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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
Turnaround
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

Book Reviews

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Survey of 2002 House & Senate campaign websites


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Abortion
    Michael Burgess: Constitution already guarantees right to life.
    Denise Majette: Support a woman’s right to choose.
    Devin Nunes: Protect unborn with exceptions for rape, incest, health.
    Trent Franks: Protect unborn children.
    Dave Freudenthal: Protect a woman’s right to choose.
    Dick Posthumus: Protect life; abortion only to save mother’s life.
    Linda Lingle: Oppose partial-birth abortion; support parental notification.
    Roger Moe: No new restrictions: defend the right to choose.
    Tim Penny: No new restrictions: refocus on unwanted pregnancies.
    Frank Vondersaar: Expand women's choice.
    Mike Taylor: Opposes abortion; promote adoption.
Budget & Economy
    Michael Burgess: Highway funds to Texas.
    Chellie Pingree: More corporate disclosure; less insider transactions.
    John Cornyn: Supports fewer lawsuits, regulations, & taxes.
Civil Rights
    Joyce Jansa Corcoran: Ratify anti-gender discrimination treaty.
Corporations
    David Cobb: Revoke charters when corporations flagrantly violate law.
Crime
    Linda Lingle: Implemented “3-strikes” law for habitual violent felons.
    Trent Franks: Harsher penalties including “Three Strikes” law.
    Dick Posthumus: MI Exile: Mandatory minimums for felons possessing guns.
    Linda Lingle: End death penalty; DNA proves innocence.
    Bill Bradbury: Community policing: more COPS funding.
    Mark Pryor: More resources for police & more enforcement.
    John Cornyn: Fight crime by making criminals pay.
Drugs
    Linda Lingle: Addicts get treatment; dealers & repeat users get jail.
Education
    Michael Burgess: Parents and school boards should control local education.
    Denise Majette: Increase federal funding; no vouchers.
    Raul Grijalva: Increase federal share of funding for public schools.
    Doug Racine: Improve Act 60 funding system by removing sharing pool.
    Jim Douglas: Public school choice for poor & middle class.
    Dick Posthumus: Annual testing to measure student progress.
    Linda Lingle: No vouchers; more funding, more charters.
    Roger Moe: More funding, then accountability.
    Roger Moe: Vouchers drain resources from public schools.
    Tim Penny: Limit bureaucracy; deregulate education.
    Tim Penny: No vouchers: educate the young in public schools.
    Joe Neal: Increase funding with gaming tax.
    Stormy Dean: Fund Education First: higher priority for state funding.
    Stormy Dean: Reform funding formula to reduce property taxes.
    Bill Curry: Increase education funding.
    Jimmie Lou Fisher: Raise teacher salaries by $4,000.
    Jimmie Lou Fisher: Double classroom funding for supplies.
    Jimmie Lou Fisher: $2.7M for 1,000 new teacher signing bonuses.
    Sonny Perdue: Streamline school bureaucracy; empower parents.
    Bill Bradbury: Increase funding--don't drain to private schools.
    Lois Combs Weinberg: More funding; no vouchers.
    Norm Coleman: Supports charters; and teacher accountability.
    Susan Parker: More federal funding for public schools; smaller classes.
    Joyce Jansa Corcoran: Increase resources: children and teachers are first concern.
    Mark Pryor: Increase federal funding; raise teacher salaries.
    Alan Blinken: Increase school funding instead of cutting taxes.
    Gloria Tristani: Increase federal funding; money IS part of the answer.
    Chellie Pingree: Reform schools through increased funding.
    Jim Talent: Return local control to Missouri's public schools.
    David Walters: Educate children to protect the environment.
    David Walters: Improve schools with standards and accountability.
    David Walters: Increase resources for public schools.
    John Cornyn: Competition would help improve our public schools.
Energy & Oil
    Dave Freudenthal: Link development of wind power with electrical transmission.
    Katherine Harris: Prevent Orimulsion use; no offshore drilling near FL.
    Raul Grijalva: No ANWR drilling, permanently.
    Roger Moe: Incentives for alternative fuel programs.
    Frank Vondersaar: Support ANWR exploration.
    Norm Coleman: Alternative energy; no ANWR drilling.
    Joyce Jansa Corcoran: No nuclear waste shipping -- look for alternative energy.
    James Durkin: New drilling in ANWR is OK.
    David Walters: Stop transport of nuclear waste through OK.
    David Walters: Support wind farms and alternative fuel development.
    David Walters: Opposes new oil drilling in Alaska.
    John Cornyn: Drill in Alaska; oppose global warming treaties.
Environment
    Raul Grijalva: Reform environmental regulations to make them stronger.
    Alan Blinken: Stricter CAFE standards instead of ANWR drilling.
    Chellie Pingree: Supports clean environment; $50M for public land.
    David Walters: Delicate balance between the environment and progress.
    David Walters: Established first state Department of Environment in 1992.
    David Walters: Enforce water quality standards; limit sewage discharges.
    David Walters: Encourage government recycling.
Families & Children
    John Cornyn: Strengthen families by supporting marriage.
Free Trade
    Alan Blinken: Fair trade over free trade; NAFTA needs more enforcement.
Government Reform
    Jim Douglas: Cost Control Council to audit state government spending.
    Sonny Perdue: End partisan redistricting.
Gun Control
    Denise Majette: Support gun safety requirements including gun locks.
    Devin Nunes: Support 2nd amendment; no gun registration requirement.
    Trent Franks: Unwaveringly protect the right to own and bear arms.
    Linda Lingle: No new restrictions on the right to bear arms.
    Tim Penny: Uniform permit laws; support constitutional right.
    Jimmie Lou Fisher: Hunter education instead of any new restrictions.
    Bill Bradbury: Safety locks; stronger background checks.
    Lois Combs Weinberg: No new restrictions; enforce existing laws.
    Mark Pryor: No new restrictions; 2nd amendment is vital.
    Mike Taylor: Oppose every single restriction on gun rights.
Health Care
    Dave Freudenthal: Prevention emphasis could help curb health costs.
    Michael Burgess: Empower individuals to help the uninsured.
    Michael Burgess: Delay federal privacy laws to guarantee patient care.
    Michael Burgess: Limit non-economic damages in malpractice cases.
    Michael Burgess: Favors prescription drug program.
    Michael Burgess: Streamline approval process for new drugs.
    Doug Racine: Expand coverage through flexible Medicare/Medicaid funding.
    Eli Bebout: Seek WY’s fair share of federal Medicare funds.
    Jim Douglas: Lower Rx drug costs with buying consortium.
    Roger Moe: Lower Rx costs via expanded MN programs.
    Bill Curry: Expand health coverage; reduce costs by cooperative purchase.
    Jimmie Lou Fisher: Lower Rx drug costs: 40% AR discount.
    Bill Bradbury: Broaden access to coverage.
    Mark Pryor: Extend insurance coverage with tax credits.
    Mark Pryor: Supports patients right to sue HMOs.
    Alan Blinken: Extend patents in exchange for reasonable Rx drug prices.
    Chellie Pingree: Allow states to negotiate lower drug prices.
    Chellie Pingree: Fight drug companies to make generic drugs available.
    Mike Taylor: Medical savings accounts to pay for insurance.
    Mike Taylor: Prescriptions: Make generic drugs available.
    Jim Talent: 1st Health Security Initiative: Rx benefit & accountability.
    David Walters: Support Medicare prescription drug benefit.
    David Walters: Set prices for Medicare prescriptions.
    David Walters: Expand access to health coverage via small business.
    David Walters: Enforceable Patient's Rights, with right to sue.
    David Walters: Increase funding for biomedical & AIDS research.
    Chellie Pingree: Patient’s Rights to protect privacy.
    Douglas Forrester: Americans deserve affordable access to prescription drugs.
    John Cornyn: Freedom from health care tyranny & more individual choice.
    John Cornyn: Supports prescription drug coverage for seniors.
Homeland Security
    Frank Vondersaar: Limit spending; no missile defense.
    Joyce Jansa Corcoran: Pacifistic abhorrence of war: don't babysit the world.
    Alan Blinken: Increase military capabilities; but use it sparingly.
    Jim Talent: Strengthen national defense, improve military readiness.
    Jim Talent: Keep F-18 production lines open in Missouri.
Immigration
    Ray Clatworthy: Ban immigration from terrorist sponsoring nations.
    Douglas Forrester: Our safety depends on enforcing US immigration laws.
    John Cornyn: Fight crime by securing our borders.
Jobs
    Dave Freudenthal: Drought relief from water storage.
    Doug Racine: Increase funding for worker re-training.
    Eli Bebout: Support farm prices with producer cooperatives.
    Norm Coleman: Fair prices for farm goods.
    Jim Talent: Open new markets for Missouri's producers.
Local Issues
    Linda Lingle: No gambling: it’s a mythical economic cure.
    Stormy Dean: Expand gambling: keep the money in-state.
Principles & Values
    David Cobb: Coordinated Nader 2000 campaign in Texas.
    David Cobb: Former member of Pipeline Workers Local Union.
    Michael Burgess: Bring an ordinary citizen’s perspective to Congress.
    Douglas Forrester: Lessons on virtue & religion belong in schools.
Social Security
    Devin Nunes: Preserve existing benefits; add personal retirement accounts.
    Katherine Harris: Preserve social security trust fund.
    Raul Grijalva: No privatization; no stock market investment.
    Trent Franks: Remove earnings test; create optional private investment.
    Lois Combs Weinberg: No privatization; it risks our seniors? future.
    Susan Parker: No privatization: stock market is risky.
    Mark Pryor: Preserve trust fund; no privatization.
    Alan Blinken: Reform needed, but not privatization.
    Gloria Tristani: Fight any attempts at privatization.
    Jim Talent: Keep promises to seniors: preserve and protect Soc. Sec.
    David Walters: Save Social Security without benefit cuts or new taxes.
    Douglas Forrester: Safeguard Social Security by giving workers some control.
    John Cornyn: Social Security benefits are sacred.
Tax Reform
    Dave Heineman: I will continue to lower taxes.
    Jim Douglas: Reduced property tax rate by 7 cents.
    Michael Burgess: Flatter and fairer tax.
    Denise Majette: Repeal the estate tax; don’t penalize financial success.
    Michael Burgess: Repeal the death tax and the marriage tax.
    Michael Burgess: Work towards flat tax as a fairer system.
    Tim Penny: Work to avoid tax hike; but “no-tax pledge” is irresponsible.
    Stormy Dean: New Tax Cabinet for long-term tax relief.
    Bill Curry: Cut property taxes by $1B.
    Sonny Perdue: Amendment: all surplus pays debt or cuts taxes.
    Lois Combs Weinberg: Limit tax breaks for the rich.
    Gloria Tristani: Fair tax cuts; responsible budget.
    James Durkin: Reduce marginal rate and death tax permanently.
    Chellie Pingree: Close corporate tax loopholes.
    Mike Taylor: Lower taxes help local economy.
    Jim Talent: Permanent repeal of death tax and marriage penalty.
    David Walters: Cut taxes for middle & lower classes first.
    David Walters: Cut wasteful programs instead of raising taxes.
    Ray Clatworthy: Make the Bush tax cut permanent.
    Ray Clatworthy: Reduce Capital Gains tax rate from 20% to 15%.
    Ray Clatworthy: End the death tax: it’s double taxation.
    Douglas Forrester: Strongly supports Bush tax cut & fiscal responsibility.
    John Cornyn: Make Bush tax cuts permanent, kill death tax.
    Douglas Forrester: Wants permanent repeal of death tax.
    Rocky Raczkowski: Tax cuts help economy.
War & Peace
    Michael Burgess: As a doctor, understands biological weaponry.
Welfare & Poverty
    Jim Talent: Co-author of 1996 Welfare Reform bill.
    John Cornyn: Supports work requirement for welfare recipients.


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