I'm going to streamline things a little today because in reality I'm at football camp right now. "A Political Issue" is a short story by Janice Law that appeared in the September 2013 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. As with most stories from AHMM, I liked it.
Characters: interesting; a little odd, but quirky isn't too bad a character trait; motivations are tough to decipher.
Setting: a little bland, but it didn't need to be great for this story to work.
Plot: because of those iffy motivations, I'm not sure if the story should have happened in the first place; as it was, I would have liked more Act II before Act III.
Overall: Not bad; 88%