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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 Governor's State of the State speeches


 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Matt Mead: Navigated recession while shrinking state government.
    Maggie Hassan: Invest to keep economy moving forward post-Recession.
    Pat Quinn: Hardest Hit: affordable homeownership in Great Recession.
    Jerry Brown: Follow advice from Book of Genesis: out away some surplus.
    Scott Walker: Blueprint for Prosperity: Lower taxes & $100M Rainy Day fund.
    Rick Snyder: Create an environment that encourages job growth.
    Dave Heineman: Use $1.2 billion in cash reserves to reduce over-taxation.
    Nathan Deal: We survived Great Recession, and reformed state government.
    Terry Branstad: Restored Iowa's rainy day and economic emergency funds.
    Jan Brewer: Fixed $3B deficit & replenished Rainy Day Fund.
    John Hickenlooper: Increase budget reserves; extend job-creation tax credit.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: We will not impose financial burdens on future generations.
Civil Rights
    Maggie Hassan: Women earn only 77 cents on the dollar compared to men.
    Scott Walker: A Better Bottom Line & Project SEARCH: job help for disabled.
    Jay Nixon: Partnership for Hope: for Missourians with disabilities.
    Lincoln Chafee: People of color are the future of Rhode Island.
    Jan Brewer: Arnold v. Sarn deal: mentally ill participate in society.
Corporations
    Tom Corbett: End antiquated system of state-owned liquor stores.
    Pat Quinn: Reduce LLC fee from $500 to $39, the lowest in the nation.
    Martin O`Malley: Maryland is #1 in businesses owned by women.
    Scott Walker: Put in place manufacturing/agriculture production tax credit.
    John Hickenlooper: Colorado Blueprint: build a business friendly environment.
Crime
    Bobby Jindal: Crack down on the horrific crime of human sex trafficking.
    Mary Fallin: Be as "smart on crime" as we are "tough on crime".
    Martin O`Malley: Repealed death penalty; reduced prison incarceration.
    Jerry Brown: Major reductions in our prison population.
    Dave Heineman: Don't reduce sentences automatically for "good time".
    Chris Christie: Bail reform: Keep dangerous criminals in jail until trial.
    John Hickenlooper: $34 million for violence-preventing mental health services.
Drugs
    Maggie Hassan: Experience & data suggest legalizing marijuana does not help.
    Paul LePage: We are losing War on Drugs; more enforcement & prosecution.
    Jack Markell: Addiction is a disease; fill gaps in drug treatment system.
    Phil Bryant: Drug courts work; fully fund them.
    Chris Christie: Drug courts: mandate treatment, not imprisonment.
    Peter Shumlin: Address drug addiction as a public health crisis.
Education
    Bobby Jindal: $141M more to train students for the jobs of the future.
    Rick Scott: $80M for state colleges; hold the line on tuition at $10K.
    Bill Haslam: Drive to 55: 55% get post-HS certificate or degree by 2025.
    Sean Parnell: Digital Teaching Initiative: video conference remote schools.
    Sean Parnell: Put school choice to the people for a Constitutional vote.
    Jay Inslee: $1.2B for automatic COLA adjustments for teachers.
    Andrew Cuomo: Replace 1950s bureaucracy with 2020 performance organization.
    Butch Otter: Replace "K-thru-12" with "K-thru-Career".
Environment
    Rick Scott: Break tourism records while protecting our environment.
    Mary Fallin: Oklahoma Strong: Rebuild after devastating tornadoes.
    Pat Quinn: Clean Water Initiative: $1B for wastewater & stormwater.
    Martin O`Malley: Passed milestone of preserving 1 million acres of open space.
    Terry Branstad: Fight EPA on biofuel rules; protect agricultural sector.
    John Hickenlooper: Start methane capture rule; finish Water Plan.
Families & Children
    Matt Mead: Fund Boys' School; elderly-at-home; & Life Resource Center.
    Dan Malloy: Permanently establish the Office of Early Childhood.
    Paul LePage: Focus on services for children, not on expanding welfare.
    Tom Corbett: $41.5 million for home and community-based disabled care.
    Bill Haslam: Support services to 100% of former foster youth.
    Gary Herbert: Population growth is challenging: doubling in 35 years.
    Pat Quinn: Birth to Five Initiative: prenatal care & early learning.
    Deval Patrick: A child's future should not be defined by their zip code.
    Martin O`Malley: Cut infant mortality by 21%, after setting goal of 10%.
    Phil Bryant: Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi: 2-parent families.
    Mike Pence: Adoption is a beautiful way for families to come together.
    Jan Brewer: Office of Child Welfare Investigations is first step.
Free Trade
    Matt Mead: Our state is not an island; compete in global market.
    Maggie Hassan: N.H. is fastest-growing state in the nation for exports.
    Paul LePage: Make Maine more competitive vs. fierce global competition.
    Deval Patrick: New airports open our doors to new markets.
    Scott Walker: Milk exports up; but also ginseng exports to China.
    Robert Bentley: Spread word far & wide: Made in Alabama.
    Robert Bentley: Spread word far & wide: Made in Alabama.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: West Virginia is a strong international competitor.
    Steve Beshear: New records in exports; thousands of jobs from in-sourcing.
Government Reform
    Gary Herbert: Ongoing review of election laws to upholding public trust.
    Deval Patrick: To be in the leadership business, govern for the long-term.
    Chris Christie: Consolidate duplicative town governments into single towns.
    John Hickenlooper: Apply LEAN principles to EVERY state agency.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Dissolve state boards & councils that no longer operate.
Gun Control
    Maggie Hassan: Background check system to avoid gun sales to mentally ill.
Health Care
    Nikki Haley: Reject ObamaCare state exchange; reject Medicaid expansion.
    Dave Heineman: Nebraska will not be pressured into expanding Medicaid.
    Mike Pence: Medicaid is not just broke, it is broken.
    Robert Bentley: Don't expand Medicaid, even if paid for by federal dollars.
    Robert Bentley: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is not Affordable.
    Steve Beshear: Kentucky leads the way on affordable health care for all.
Homeland Security
    Rick Scott: Florida has one of country's largest veteran populations.
    Matt Mead: Pay tribute to all people in uniform.
    Dan Malloy: Pledge to end homelessness for veterans by end of 2015.
    Maggie Hassan: Thank veterans for unyielding dedication to our freedom.
    Tom Corbett: Fight to keep Apache helicopters based in PA.
    Phil Bryant: Veterans treatment courts: 2nd chance for convicted vets.
    Susana Martinez: Provide more jobs & build more cemeteries for veterans.
    Dave Heineman: Our military personnel work to preserve our freedom.
Jobs
    Scott Walker: $35M for Wisconsin Fast Forward: technical skill training.
    Rick Snyder: MAT2: Michigan Advanced Technician Training for skills gap.
    Dave Heineman: NE needs more middle-class jobs; so lower income tax rates.
    Chris Christie: Zero means zero: fight abuse of sick leave & pension fraud.
    Dennis Daugaard: South Dakota WINS: a 20-point job training plan.
    Dennis Daugaard: Assist disabled with employment; adversity builds character.
    Terry Branstad: Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress: investment for jobs.
    Bob McDonnell: Campaign bumper sticker: "Bob's for Jobs".
Local Issues
    Matt Mead: Wyoming is rated in top ten states in many economic rankings.
    Dan Malloy: Connecticut is the land of steady habits, for good & for bad.
    Maggie Hassan: High-end "destination" casino to counter Massachusetts.
    Paul LePage: Entrepreneurial "doers" create jobs all over the state.
    Tom Corbett: New high-tech centers in Pittsburg & Philadelphia.
    Gary Herbert: State Capitol, built a century ago, was built for the future.
    Deval Patrick: New rail to Assembly Square, Worcester, and the Cape.
    Jack Markell: $7M for Downtown Development Districts.
    Martin O`Malley: Recognized native Piscataway People after 350 years.
    Jerry Brown: Local Control Funding Formula: breakthrough in subsidiarity.
    Nikki Haley: South Carolina is the "Beast of the Southeast".
    Phil Bryant: Year of the Creative Economy: a Mississippi Homecoming.
    Sean Parnell: Great Alaska Comeback: summer visitor volume increasing.
    Jay Nixon: Government's role is to help rebuild disasters like Joplin.
    Neil Abercrombie: Preserve open spaces at Turtle Bay.
    Susana Martinez: Enhanced film incentives for TV series filmed in NM.
    Dave Heineman: Lower ag land valuations from 75 percent to 65 percent.
    Lincoln Chafee: $10 million for world-class sailing event center.
    Sam Brownback: Plan future 3 millionth Kansan: education, farming, & water.
    Chris Christie: BridgeGate: Mistakes were clearly made, but don't define us.
    Dennis Daugaard: South Dakotans believe in hard work.
    Mike Pence: Miracle on Mt. Baldy: that's the Indiana way.
    Jan Brewer: Mitigate property encroachment on military land use.
    Andrew Cuomo: $700 million in aid to localities; make consolidation easier.
    Steve Beshear: Statewide vote on expanding gaming: keep revenues in-state.
    Butch Otter: Transmission line over sage-grouse habitat on federal land.
Principles & Values
    Rick Scott: As newlyweds, opened a donut shop with wife and their moms.
    Matt Mead: First Lady Carol works on literacy via Eat.Read.Grow program.
    Dan Malloy: Don't listen to the critics; Connecticut is moving forward.
    Maggie Hassan: We do democracy better: we argue but then solve problems.
    Paul LePage: We can do better than same failed policies of past 40 years.
    Bill Haslam: Tennessee--America at Its Best: we are a model to the nation.
    Pat Quinn: Say "no" to world of powerful feeding upon the powerless.
    Jack Markell: Unleashing the potential in every Delawarean.
    Phil Bryant: Four fundamental beliefs guide our plan for the future.
    Phil Bryant: Add 'In God We Trust' to Mississippi State Seal.
    Jay Nixon: Our legacy is measured by lasting impact on our communities.
    Sam Brownback: Our dependence is not on Big Government but on a Big God.
    Terry Branstad: The Iowa Dream: working hard; working together.
    John Hickenlooper: Operate government with more common sense and less nonsense.
    Steve Beshear: Focus on helping people instead of on keeping power.
    Butch Otter: Put aside partisanship & ambition in public interest.
Social Security
    Bill Haslam: TN named the best state in the country to retire in 2013.
    Mary Fallin: 401k-style plan for OK Public Employees Retirement System.
    Sean Parnell: Make Retirement Trust Fund sustainable by adding $3B.
    Susana Martinez: Resolved a $12 billion shortfall in state pension funds.
Tax Reform
    Martin O`Malley: Cut $9.1B spending with no fee nor tax increases.
    Chris Christie: Cap property tax and interest arbitration awards.
Technology
    Tom Corbett: Sustained, large-scale investment in transportation.
    Pat Quinn: Largest infrastructure construction program in IL history.
    Jack Markell: New I-95 fly-over ramps; $1.1B for infrastructure.
    Nikki Haley: Invest in infrastructure, but no gas tax or any other tax.
    Phil Bryant: Diabetes Telehealth Initiative for complex coordinated care.
    Neil Abercrombie: TMT: build $1.3B Thirty-Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.
    Lincoln Chafee: Sales & use tax on online sellers with no physical presence.
    Robert Bentley: $1 billion for ATRIP and RAMP infrastructure improvements.
    Terry Branstad: Connect Every Iowan Act: broadband to under-served areas.
    Jan Brewer: Boost AZ's business competitiveness in technology sector.
Welfare & Poverty
    Rick Scott: People don't want handouts; they want their shot at success.
    Maggie Hassan: Help Out New Hampshire volunteerism tour.
    Jack Markell: Free college for low-income families; increase minimum wage.
    Martin O`Malley: Move from welfare to work; & raise Earned Income tax credit.
    Nikki Haley: Trade welfare check for dignity of paycheck.
    Phil Bryant: Focus on jobs for those who need public assistance.
    Scott Walker: Help transition from government dependence to independence.
    Lincoln Chafee: Yes, government has a role in struggle against poverty.
    Robert Bentley: We are poorest state, but government just causes dependency.
    Robert Bentley: We are poorest state, but government just causes dependency.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Homelessness is devastating; revive Interagency Council.


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