The Iowa caucuses are a week from today – and by all accounts, the field is still wide open. Candidates continue to come into town; they are spending millions on ads; every day I come home to a different door knocker that a canvasser has left for me, and the mail brings little besides glossy brochures. It’s hard to sort through the propaganda and get to the issues, but the Washington Post has devised an easy way to help you narrow your choices.

The Post has developed an assessment of 20 questions about where you stand on key issues. The form will show you all the (Democrat) candidates who agree with your position and at the end tally your totals. I was surprised by some of my alignment, and it reaffirmed my top/bottom choices, but overall, I was glad that I seemed to have chosen “my” candidate based on substance instead of glitz.

It’s important to spend a few minutes to clarify where you stand on the issues and to learn which one of the candidates merits your vote in the upcoming caucus/primary. Homework isn’t just for those in school.

(Take the assessment here.)

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