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| Saturday, October 25, 2014 9:00 p.m.

“Regulators are little more than roadblocks standing in the way of innovation.”

— Claire Caine Miller, writing in The New York Times, on government crackdowns on the likes of Lyft, Uber and Airbnb.com.

“The message from Democrats has been the same since the end of the primary season this summer: The Obama 2012 model is coming to midterms, and it’s going to save the Senate. The Obama model for re-electing a struggling incumbent requires holding down GOP base turnout and keeping Republican-leaning swing voters at home through a barrage of negative ads. Then it’s about juicing the Democratic base with the use of sophisticated targeting and expensive voter contact efforts. But as we get to the final days before the election, fresh questions arise about the strategy — first and foremost whether the blue team succeeded in the first part of the mission. The latest polling suggests that it did not.”

— Fox News political analyst Chris Stirewalt.

“Groups like the NAACP and ACLU are looking to justify their continued existence, decades after they won the fight. Opposition to voter ID helps them fundraise and pay salaries. So next time you wonder why Democrats oppose photo ID, don’t fall for the easy answer. Don’t think it’s because Democrats have organized cheating operations. The real answer is much more sophisticated, and much more sinister.”

— J. Christian Adams, writing in The PJ Tatler (pjmedia.com/tatler), on why Democrats oppose voter ID.

“This court and I had no idea whatsoever that Justice McCaffery was using court equipment to forward this material — we do not monitor a justice’s email.”

— Ronald Castille, chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in his concurring opinion that Justice Seamus McCaffery should be suspended with pay for admittedly sending sexually explicit emails to a friend in the state Attorney General’s Office.

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