Americana: Battle of the Sexes

In Ionia, Mich., two bedfellows are making for strange politics. Robert Cusack, 38, and his wife Beverly, 35, who are both real estate agents, have been arguing at home about politics for years. Now they are both running for the same county commission seat, he as a Democrat, she as a Republican.

The chief issues are local land use and the candidates' personalities. Robert promises to uphold property rights. Says he: "I don't like to see the government push people around." Besides, he insists that he is better qualified by temperament for the job:...

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