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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)
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

Book Reviews

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Survey of Gubernatorial campaign websites 2011-2014

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    Eliot Cutler: Unequivocally pro-choice; allow abortions via MaineCare.
    Phil Bryant: Supports the Personhood Initiative: protect the unborn.
    Andrew Cuomo: Fight for passage of the Reproductive Rights Act.
    Dennis Daugaard: Protect the unborn; overturn Roe v. Wade.
    Dennis Daugaard: Ban embryonic stem cell research.
    Jerry Brown: Uncompromising champion of a woman's right to choose.
    Matt Mead: I believe in the sanctity of life.
    Nikki Haley: Every life is blessed by God.
    Pat Quinn: Support Roe v. Wade; oppose Parental Notice law.
    Dan Malloy: Expand state investment in stem cell research.
    John Kitzhaber: Endorsed by NARAL and Planned Parenthood.
Budget & Economy
    Charles Djou: Runaway federal spending threatens our economy & job growth.
    Phil Bryant: Lower taxes to spur economic growth and job creation.
    Lincoln Chafee: 100-Day, 10-Point Economic Plan for RI development.
    Sam Brownback: Road Map for Kansas: integrated growth plan.
    Charlie Baker: Getting MA Back in Business: streamline rules; reduce taxes.
    Charlie Baker: Cut government spending and roll back sakes taxes.
    Dan Malloy: As mayor, expanded services within budget.
Civil Rights
    Eliot Cutler: Early and vocal supporter of Maine's marriage equality.
    Maggie Hassan: Instrumental in passing marriage equality in NH.
    Phil Bryant: Constitutionally define marriage: one man and one woman.
    Andrew Cuomo: Marriage equality gains 1,000 federal and 700 state rights.
    Andrew Cuomo: Require complying with MWBE reporting requirements.
    Dennis Daugaard: Define marriage as one man and one woman.
    Lincoln Chafee: Longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community.
    Matt Mead: Marriage is only between a man and a woman.
    Pat Quinn: Same rights for same-sex couples as heterosexual couples.
    Sam Brownback: Defend traditional marriage.
    Dave Heineman: Marriage is between one man and one woman.
    John Kitzhaber: Endorsed by pro-GLBT Basic Rights Oregon's Equality PAC.
    Mark Schauer: Build economy that works for everyone--not just the wealthy.
    Robert Sarvis: End ALL government subsidies of specific industries.
    Pat McCrory: Eliminate cumbersome and duplicative regulations.
    Nikki Haley: Eliminate business taxes, starting with corporate income tax.
    Charlie Baker: Cut business tax to 5%; remove ancillary business fees.
    Rick Scott: Phase out Florida's Business Income Tax over 7 Years.
    Mark Schauer: Restore funding for police & fire.
    Robert Sarvis: Reverse the militarization of law-enforcement tactics.
    Ken Cuccinelli: 1991: established Sexual Assault Fact & Education (SAFE).
    Ken Cuccinelli: Fought the war against human trafficking since 2006.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Free wrongly convicted, when technology proves innocence.
    Steve Bullock: Arrest and prosecute sex predators and scam artists.
    Phil Bryant: Fight drug crime & punish sexual predators.
    Jerry Brown: Cracked down on violent gangs.
    Matt Mead: Mandatory minimum sentences for crimes against kids.
    Dan Malloy: Prevent crime; reduce gang activity; address recidivism.
    Robert Sarvis: Legalize marijuana & decriminalize harder drugs.
    Steve Bullock: Confront the invisible epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
    Matt Mead: Confront substance abuse aggressively.
    Jill Stein: Bring marijuana sales under a legal regulatory framework.
    Eliot Cutler: Earlier schooling; longer school year; more school funding.
    Eliot Cutler: Pay it Forward, Pay it Back: tuition-free college.
    Charles Djou: Empower parental involvement in schools over bureaucracy.
    Steve Grossman: More funding for K-12 & public higher education.
    Robert Sarvis: Bad schools persist because politicians are in charge.
    Robert Sarvis: Supports vouchers, tax credit, charters, & parental triggers.
    Ken Cuccinelli: No child should be forced to remain in a failing school.
    Terry McAuliffe: We're not doing enough to support our schools.
    Maggie Hassan: Our public schools are essential to best-trained workforce.
    Pat McCrory: Virtual education choice and charter schools choice.
    Pat McCrory: Partner colleges with business to focus on marketable skills.
    Phil Bryant: Close failing districts & implement charters.
    Nikki Haley: Expand charter schools.
    Andrew Cuomo: Double the charter school cap.
    Charlie Baker: Increase charter, magnet, and alternative public schools.
    Dan Malloy: Engage parents in local school governance councils.
    Dan Malloy: Make public schools money follow children.
    Dan Malloy: Charter schools provide options within the public system.
    Jerry Brown: Give school districts more flexibility and hold accountable.
    Mary Fallin: Give option of escaping failing schools.
    Mary Fallin: Oppose Question 744: no $850M mandated spending.
    Paul LePage: Supports vouchers, local control and charter schools.
    Charlie Baker: Teachers' unions put their own interests above students'.
    Jill Stein: Vital public system under attack from privatization.
    Jill Stein: Stop blaming teachers for "underperforming schools".
    Jill Stein: Standardized tests are misused; they hurt students.
    Jill Stein: No economic barriers to quality college education.
Energy & Oil
    Eliot Cutler: Burning fossil fuels is more and more problematic.
    Steve Grossman: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
    Ken Cuccinelli: We need oil, natural gas, and coal, plus new sources.
    Terry McAuliffe: Capture wind offshore: for jobs & green energy.
    Maggie Hassan: Join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
    Pat McCrory: Develop offshore resources, plus natural gas exploration.
    Steve Bullock: Develop our resources for American energy independence.
    Phil Bryant: Supports both conventional and unconventional energy sources.
    Jerry Brown: Clean energy investment produces jobs for CA.
    Dennis Daugaard: Wind & ethanol instead of cap-and-trade.
    Jerry Brown: Clean Energy Jobs Plan: invest to replace fossil fuel.
    John Kitzhaber: Transition away from damaging fossil fuels.
    Andrew Cuomo: Comprehensive study before exploring Marcellus Shale.
    Charlie Baker: Support Hydro Quebec, efficient appliances, and LED lighting.
    Charlie Baker: Renewable energy is an important investment in our future.
    Dan Malloy: Comprehensive plan to conserve and lower consumption.
    Dan Malloy: Explore wind energy but no windmills in Long Island Sound.
    Jill Stein: Logging wood for electricity is neither clean nor green.
    Eliot Cutler: Helped Senator Ed Muskie craft the Clean Air Act.
    Steve Grossman: Grossman company uses sustainable energy, paper, & ink.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Reform eminent domain laws; only for true public uses.
    Phil Bryant: Protect property rights; develop forest & agribusiness.
    Andrew Cuomo: Greater focus on environmental justice.
    Charlie Baker: Protect & preserve natural resources for future generations.
    Dan Malloy: Invest in clean water projects to clean up Long Island Sound.
    Jill Stein: $200M for 50,000 green jobs: address both supply demand.
Families & Children
    Eliot Cutler: Empower women to succeed at home and at work.
    Charles Djou: Deeper appreciation of role faith plays in American families.
    Andrew Cuomo: Strengthen penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders.
    Jill Stein: Fund community youth programs for at-risk youth.
Free Trade
    Pat McCrory: ExportNC: public-private partnership to promote exports.
    Phil Bryant: Secure global businesses located in Mississippi.
Government Reform
    Ken Cuccinelli: Eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse: I've actually done it.
    Pat McCrory: Appoint people who understand the private sector.
    Phil Bryant: Hold elected officials accountable via open government.
    Andrew Cuomo: Tough new ethics standards & expand disclosure requirements.
    Jerry Brown: Forced legislators to comply with campaign disclosure laws.
    John Kasich: Skinny-down bureaucracy & kick out special interests.
    Nikki Haley: Strongly in favor of term limits at all levels of government.
    Sam Brownback: Terminate failed programs like we close unneeded army bases.
    Brian Sandoval: Strongly uphold values of the Constitution & 10th amendment.
    Dan Malloy: Bring federal money back to Connecticut programs.
    Tom Foley: Reduce the cost and size of state government.
    Jill Stein: Re-establish Clean Elections Law: end "pay-to-play".
    Rick Scott: Reducing Tallahassee's unnecessary costs.
Gun Control
    Eliot Cutler: Restrict access to firearms via universal background checks.
    Robert Sarvis: Gun-control measures fail to reduce violent crime.
    Steve Bullock: Forever preserve access to public land for hunting & fishing.
    Phil Bryant: Defend the Second Amendment.
    Andrew Cuomo: Enact commonsense laws lie microstamping of guns.
    Dennis Daugaard: Second Amendment is clear: individual right to bear arms.
    Matt Mead: Advocate for protection of Second Amendment rights.
    Matt Mead: Sunset the assault weapons ban, including my AR15.
    Nikki Haley: Make concealed weapons permits easier.
    Dan Malloy: Reduce illegal gun activity by removing illegal guns.
    Paul LePage: Upholds Constitutional right to bear arms.
    Rick Scott: A-rating from the NRA.
    Nikki Haley: Founding fathers gave us the absolute right to bear arms.
    Gary Herbert: Support the 2nd Amendment as well as the 10th.
Health Care
    Eliot Cutler: Universal access to essential health care services.
    Robert Sarvis: Focus on catastrophic insurance & cash subsidies.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Government out of healthcare decisions: focus on competition.
    Terry McAuliffe: Expand Medicaid with $21B in federal funds.
    Maggie Hassan: ObamaCare helps working families afford health insurance.
    Phil Bryant: Fight Obamacare; support insurance exchanges.
    Dennis Daugaard: Federal takeover of healthcare is not the answer.
    Matt Mead: Legal challenge to federal health mandates.
    Nikki Haley: Cap punitive damages to limit medical costs.
    Charlie Baker: Eliminate mandated benefits that are more than people need.
    Dan Malloy: Supports small business Pooling Bill.
    Dan Malloy: Every Child Matters program: more children covered.
    Jill Stein: Single-payer Medicare-for-all system.
    Gary Herbert: ObamaCare is federal government overreach.
Homeland Security
    Chet Culver: More funding for veteran's jobs, homes, and education.
    Mark Schauer: Ensure veterans have access to the benefits they've earned.
    Steve Grossman: Unwavering advocate for veterans and their families.
    Steve Grossman: Welcome Home Bonus Program: financial support for veterans.
    Phil Bryant: Strongest anti-illegal immigration law in MS history.
    Phil Bryant: E-verify at work; proof of citizenship in traffic stops.
    Lincoln Chafee: Supports legalization path & guest worker programs.
    Matt Mead: Enforce immigration laws & secure borders.
    Nikki Haley: Co-sponsored toughest standard of immigration enforcement.
    Andrew Cuomo: Disallow discrimination & exploitation of immigrants.
    Charlie Baker: Verify legal status before providing any state benefits.
    Gary Herbert: Failure to secure borders emblematic of misplaced priorities.
    Steve Grossman: Proudly supports raising minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2016.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Government does not create jobs; people do.
    Maggie Hassan: Keep collective bargaining; oppose right-to-work laws.
    Maggie Hassan: Bring one well-regulated, high-end casino to NH.
    Charlie Baker: Change direction on job losses and tax increases.
    Tom Foley: Focus on developing industries with high job potential.
    Rick Scott: 7 Steps; 700,000 jobs; 7 years.
Local Issues
    Eliot Cutler: Prepare Eastport for opportunity of Northern Passage.
    Andrew Cuomo: Replace Indian Point nuclear facility; it is too dangerous.
    Charlie Baker: Cutting local aid should be off the table right now.
    Jill Stein: Casinos are job killers; one slot machine kills one job.
Principles & Values
    Pat McCrory: Fix our broken economy with new vision and leadership.
    Steve Bullock: I teach my kids the same Montana values I was taught.
    Andrew Cuomo: Five-point plan to build a New NY.
    Sam Brownback: Kansas Report Card: measure critical points.
Social Security
    Charles Djou: Never renege on our promises & commitment to our seniors.
Tax Reform
    Robert Sarvis: Eliminate or dramatically reduce the income tax.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Reform tax system to encourage entrepreneurs.
    Maggie Hassan: NH can fund its priorities without a broad-based tax.
    Pat McCrory: Cut individual and corporate income taxes.
    Pat McCrory: Fight unnecessary & burdensome federal taxes & regulations.
    Phil Bryant: Lower taxes; end the marriage penalty; free markets.
    Dennis Daugaard: No new taxes; no increases in existing taxes.
    John Kasich: Lower taxes to create competitive climate.
    Nikki Haley: 29 taxes out of 32 create little revenue but add bureaucracy.
    Andrew Cuomo: Freeze state taxes; cap local taxes; cap spending.
    Charlie Baker: Make MA taxes competitive with other states.
    Dan Malloy: Fairer and more progressive sharing of taxation.
    Tom Foley: Aggressively reduce spending so we can reduce taxes.
    Jill Stein: Fees and sales taxes hit lower and middle income hardest.
    Charlie Baker: Signed the no-new taxes pledge.
    Rick Scott: Reducing property tax by 1 mill saves $142 per homeowner.
    Eliot Cutler: Invest capital in our backbone infrastructure.
    Charles Djou: Consistently opposes Honolulu rail project.
    Mark Schauer: Restore tax incentives for high-tech businesses.
    Robert Sarvis: 21st-century transportation policy based on user-pays.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Focus on traffic congestion and capacity problems.
    Terry McAuliffe: Our infrastructure system feels outdated and inefficient.
    Pat McCrory: Stop delaying critical infrastructure maintenance.
War & Peace
    Matt Mead: We are at war since 2001; the threat is still real.
    Jill Stein: End our military misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Welfare & Poverty
    Eliot Cutler: Never abandon citizens who are unemployed, ill, or hungry.
    Andrew Cuomo: Moral imperative to maintain safety net in difficult times.
    Matt Mead: Work with religious agencies to expedite adoptions.
    Charlie Baker: Cut state retirement benefits to reduce $22B liability.
    Dan Malloy: Youth Development Initiative via faith-based organizations.

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