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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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2014 Minnesota Senate debates


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    from 2014 MN Senate debate (number of quotes indicated):
  • Al Franken (4) Democrat/DFL Jr Senator Minnesota
  • Heather Johnson (10) Libertarian Challenger Minnesota
  • Jim Abeler (6) Republican challenger Minnesota
  • Mike McFadden (22) Republican Challenger Minnesota
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

    Minnesota Senate debates: (August primary)
  • Morrison County Record OpEd: "Franken, McFadden treating voters poorly", August 28, 2014
  • Star Tribune, "Republicans trying to recapture statewide viability in primary", by Patrick Condon, August 10, 2014
  • The Hill weblog, "Dem-controlled Senate land of '10,000 excuses'," by Benjamin Goad, Aug. 9, 2014
  • News Examiner, "Interview with candidate Heather Johnson", by Bob Knudsen, Aug. 11, 2014
  • Duluth News Tribune, "Why I support PolyMet", by Mike McFadden, Jun 15, 2014
  • Minneapolis Post, "Battling for Minnesota GOP endorsement," by Briana Bierschbach, 05/31/14
  • Minneapolis Post, "McFadden gets 'soft-focus' specific", by Cyndy Brucato, 5/12/14
  • AdWatch: The Hill e-zine, "Franken touts small business work in first ad", May 6, 2014
  • N. Y. Times, "Campaign Against Comcast Is No Joke", by Ashley Parker, April 11, 2014
  • The Huffington Post, "GOP Candidate Refuses Basic Questions About Equal Pay", by Samantha Lachman, 4/10/2014
  • Washington Post, "Franken: So sorry for that terrible law 100 years ago", by Colby Itkowitz, 4/3/2014
  • Wall Street Journal, "Franken Draws Attack Ad From American Encore", by Patrick O'Connor, March 25, 2014
  • CBS News, "Franken seeks more assistance for school lunches", by Stephanie Condon, March 18, 2014
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune, "D.C. Republicans", by Corey Mitchell, March 9, 2014
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Act fast to reject Common Core," by Jim Abeler, Feb. 14, 2014
  • Patrick Condon, Associated Press, "Sex offenders", December 2, 2013
  • Deb Gau in Marshall Independent, "Offers substance", November 28, 2013
  • Lori Sturdevant in Minneapolis Star Tribune, Nov. 23, 2013
  • Star Tribune reporting on Senate hearing, Nov. 14, 2013

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Mike McFadden: Anti-abortion and pro-guns.
Budget & Economy
    Jim Abeler: Led $3.8B in human services cuts to close MN budget gap.
    Mike McFadden: We've been spending like a drunken sailor.
Civil Rights
    Heather Johnson: LGBT persons are created with inalienable right to marry.
    Mike McFadden: Gay marriage ok; but I'm personally for traditional marriage.
Corporations
    Heather Johnson: Don't use eminent domain for private companies' benefit.
    Al Franken: Oppo AdWatch: Franken limits free speech issue advocacy.
Crime
    Heather Johnson: Don't punish victimless crimes like prostitution & gambling.
    Jim Abeler: Major overhaul needed for sex offender laws.
Drugs
    Heather Johnson: Release prisoners convicted of marijuana possession.
Education
    Heather Johnson: Common Core is unconstitutional, and also underhanded.
    Jim Abeler: Oppose Common Core's centralized federal oversight.
    Mike McFadden: Measure more; dictate reading lists less.
Energy & Oil
    Heather Johnson: Federal legislation has limited alternative energy.
    Mike McFadden: Approve Keystone; faster permits for gas plants.
Environment
    Mike McFadden: Supports PolyMet mining project in Hoyt Lakes.
Families & Children
    Heather Johnson: Politics is not my passion; it's my God, my kids & family.
Foreign Policy
    Al Franken: OpEd: Campaign website devoid of views on foreign policy.
    Mike McFadden: OpEd: Campaign website devoid of views on foreign policy.
    Mike McFadden: Inaction abroad sends message that US will do nothing.
    Mike McFadden: Crisis in Ukraine came about due to Obama's indecisiveness.
Free Trade
    Mike McFadden: Use Chinese steel over U.S. steel if the import was cheaper.
Government Reform
    Heather Johnson: Term limits for Congress, local officials, and judges.
    Mike McFadden: Effective but limited government, stressing "limited".
Gun Control
    Mike McFadden: Expand background checks; close gun show loophole.
    Mike McFadden: Open to looking at expanding background checks.
Health Care
    Jim Abeler: Big companies benefit from ObamaCare but not regular people.
    Jim Abeler: Preventative care; coordinated treatment; low-income clinics.
    Mike McFadden: We need an alternative to ObamaCare, not just repeal.
Homeland Security
    Al Franken: Let companies reveal how much data NSA has gathered.
Immigration
    Mike McFadden: Secure the borders, then conditional path to citizenship.
    Mike McFadden: Secure the borders & then find way to grant citizenship.
    Mike McFadden: Status quo is not acceptable; we need to find a solution.
Jobs
    Heather Johnson: Oppose increase in the minimum wage.
    Mike McFadden: Gender-based pay equality & minimum wage? "Wrong questions".
Principles & Values
    Jim Abeler: Former investment banker; outsider with no voting record.
Social Security
    Mike McFadden: Discuss raising the eligibility age for social security.
Tax Reform
    Mike McFadden: Wouldn't vote for tax increases.
War & Peace
    Mike McFadden: Lack of anti-ISIS strategy makes world more dangerous.
Welfare & Poverty
    Heather Johnson: Regulate but advocate for independent charity.
    Al Franken: Pay in full for school lunches instead of partly subsidizing.
    Mike McFadden: Let states decide school lunch payments, not feds.


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