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Books by and about 2016 presidential candidates
Hard Choices,
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
Crippled America ,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)
American Dreams,
by Marco Rubio (2015)
Taking a Stand,
by Rand Paul (2015)
Unintimidated,
by Scott Walker (2013)
A Time for Truth,
by Ted Cruz (2015)
One Nation,
by Ben Carson (2014)
Trump/Pence vs. Clinton/Kaine On the Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Living History ,
by Hillary Rodham Clinton (2003)
Between Hope and History ,
by Bill Clinton (1996)
In Harmís Way ,
by Dr. Jill Stein (2000)
Democrat vs. Republican vs. Green vs. Libertarian,
Four Party's Presidential Nominees On The Issues (2016)
Books by and about 2012 presidential candidates
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)

Book Reviews

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VoteSmart synopsis of 2015-2016 legislative records


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    from VoteSmart 2015-2016 legislative records (number of quotes indicated):
  • Brian Mast (8) Republican U.S. Rep Florida- 18
  • Cory Booker (1) New Jersey Mayor of Newark
  • Curtis Coleman (4) Republican Senate challenger Arkansas
  • David Jolly (1) Republican Senate Challenger Florida
  • Eliot Glassheim (11) Democratic candidate for Senate North Dakota
  • Foster Campbell (11) Democratic candidate for Senate Louisiana
  • Jay Dardenne (1) Louisiana Republican 2015 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Jimmy Panetta (5) Democrat U.S. Rep California- 20
  • Kathy Szeliga (2) Republican Senate candidate Maryland
  • Kelli Ward (2) Republican Senate Challenger Arizona
  • Napoleon Harris (9) Democratic Senate candidate Illinois
  • Ro Khanna (5) Democrat U.S. Rep California- 17
  • Rocky Chavez (1) Republican Senate candidate California
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

  • Project Vote-Smart surveys state legislative records and summarizes bill sponsorships and votes.
  • OnTheIssues does the same thing from federal legislative records, by reading the Congressional Record (available through the Library of Congress online.)
  • OnTheIssues sometimes reads state legislative records (for the few states that post their House and Senate journals online) and sometimes relies on VoteSmart (who use the more readily-available printed version).
  • In both cases, the summaries are intended to be non-biased politically: a description of the bill, rather than an analysis of its effect.
  • OnTheIssues also adds Pro and Con opinions on federal legislation, from proponents and opponents of each bill in the legislature or in private organizations.
  • Generally, Pro and Con opinions are not available for most state legislation, so VoteSmart sticks to just summaries.
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Brian Mast: Only allow abortion for rape, incest, and maternal life.
    Eliot Glassheim: Pro-choice, but parental notification is ok.
Budget & Economy
    Jimmy Panetta: Grow economy in a way that creates jobs & raises wages.
    Eliot Glassheim: Federal spending promotes growth better than tax cuts.
Civil Rights
    Foster Campbell: Oppose same-sex marriage, but respect Supreme Court ruling.
    Eliot Glassheim: Supports same-sex marriage.
    Kelli Ward: Rated 0% by Stonewall Democrats for anti-gay policies.
    Jay Dardenne: OpEd: Mixed record on gender identity issues.
Corporations
    Brian Mast: Tax businesses less, to spur job creation.
    Ro Khanna: Close loopholes that allow companies to avoid paying taxes.
Crime
    Brian Mast: Supports capital punishment & mandatory minimums.
    Jimmy Panetta: Supports alternatives but accepts mandatory minimums.
    Ro Khanna: Support alternatives to prison; oppose capital punishment.
    Foster Campbell: Death penalty yes; alternatives yes; mandatory minimums no.
    Curtis Coleman: No mandatory minimums, but death penalty ok.
    Eliot Glassheim: Supports death penalty & alternatives for non-violent crimes.
    Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on amending "profiling" regulations for police.
    Napoleon Harris: Seal criminal records upon earning a GED, AA, or BA.
Drugs
    Napoleon Harris: Add PTSD to allowed compassionate use of marijuana.
    Kathy Szeliga: Keep mandatory sentencing for drug offenses.
Education
    Ro Khanna: Make college affordable; prepare students for 21st century.
    Curtis Coleman: Opposes mandatory reforms for competitive federal grants.
Energy & Oil
    Napoleon Harris: More renewable energy credit; more CO2 regulation.
    Brian Mast: Regulate fracking; acknowledge climate change.
    Jimmy Panetta: Regulate fracking; address climate change.
    Foster Campbell: Build Keystone pipeline; no farcking regulation for now.
    Foster Campbell: Regulate greenhouse gases; incentivize reducing emissions.
    Eliot Glassheim: Regulate greenhouse gases, and fund renewable energy.
    David Jolly: Prohibit accounting for "social cost" of carbon emissions.
Environment
    Cory Booker: Rated 100% on all animal welfare ratings.
    Brian Mast: Repair infrastructure surrounding Lake Okeechobee.
    Napoleon Harris: Exposing cats & dogs to extreme temperature is misdemeanor.
    Kelli Ward: Rated 5% by Sierra Club for anti-environment policies.
Families & Children
    Kathy Szeliga: Voted against new birth certificates for sex changes.
Foreign Policy
    Foster Campbell: Keep allies involved, but heed advice of military experts.
Government Reform
    Brian Mast: Regulate "dark money" indirect campaign contributions.
    Jimmy Panetta: Regulate "dark money" indirect campaign contributions.
    Ro Khanna: I never accept contributions from lobbyists or PACs.
    Foster Campbell: 10 year ban on lobbying for ex-members of congress.
    Eliot Glassheim: Regulate campaign contributions from corporations and unions.
    Napoleon Harris: Automatic voter registration when getting driving license.
Gun Control
    Napoleon Harris: No concealed carry on private property, unless posted.
    Napoleon Harris: Ban 3D-printed handguns for personal use.
    Foster Campbell: Enforce the gun laws we already have on the books.
    Eliot Glassheim: Opposes gun-control legislation except assault weapons ban.
Health Care
    Eliot Glassheim: Don't repeal ObamaCare, but do improve it.
Homeland Security
    Brian Mast: Don't cut defense to balance budget.
    Jimmy Panetta: Defense spending on the table to balance the budget.
    Ro Khanna: Control the ballooning of the Defense budget.
Immigration
    Foster Campbell: No pathway to citizenship without exiting US first.
    Eliot Glassheim: Supports comprehensive immigration package.
Social Security
    Foster Campbell: I do not support privatization of Social Security.
    Curtis Coleman: Divert some FICA taxes into personal retirement accounts.
    Eliot Glassheim: No personal retirement accounts.
    Napoleon Harris: Allow old age beneficiaries to also receive unemployment.
Tax Reform
    Foster Campbell: Make sure the super-rich pay their fair share.
Technology
    Napoleon Harris: $15M for studying high speed rail.
War & Peace
    Brian Mast: ISIS is simply evil; such people need to be erased.
    Foster Campbell: No American intervention in Iraq & Syria beyond air support.
    Curtis Coleman: Use military force top prevent nuclear proliferation.
    Eliot Glassheim: Target terrorists anywhere; prevent hostile nuclear weapons.


The above quotations are from VoteSmart synopsis of 2015-2016 legislative records.

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