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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
United,
by Cory Booker (2016)
The Truths We Hold,
by Kamala Harris (2019)
Smart on Crime,
by Kamala Harris (2010)
Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
Conscience of a Conservative,
by Jeff Flake (2017)
Two Paths,
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
Every Other Monday,
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
Courage is Contagious,
by John Kasich (1998)
Shortest Way Home,
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
Becoming,
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

Book Reviews

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Survey of 2018 House campaign websites


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Special coverage of "Blue Wave" states:

  • CA: 7 new House members including 6 Democrats and 5 Democratic takeovers
  • FL: 5 new House members including 2 Democrats and 2 Democratic takeovers
  • MI: 5 new House members including 4 Democrats and 2 Democratic takeovers
  • MN: 5 new House members including 3 Democrats and 2 Democratic takeovers (and 1 Republican takeover!)
  • NJ: 4 new House members including 4 Democrats and 3 Democratic takeovers
  • NY: 4 new House members including 4 Democrats and 2 Democratic takeovers
  • PA: 7 new House members including 4 Democrats and 4 Democratic takeovers (with statewide redistricting)
  • TX: 10 new House members including 4 Democrats and 2 Democratic takeovers
  • VA: 5 new House members including 3 Democrats and 3 Democratic takeovers
  • Endorsements: Organizational endorsements of new House members, from groups that focus on one issue
  • All other states: 51 new House members including 17 Democratic takeovers
    Conclusion: the "Blue Wave" means Democrats took over Congress but the rest is media hype.
     OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Abortion
        David Trone: Fight for women's right to choose; he's 100% pro-choice.
        Deb Haaland: Backs women's right to make their own reproductive decisions.
        Kevin Hern: All life is sacred and begins at conception.
        Ayanna Pressley: Abortion is a woman's right.
        Debbie Lesko: Life begins at conception and must be protected.
    Budget & Economy
        Dusty Johnson: Supports the tax cut but wants to stop debt from growing.
        Kevin Hern: Reduce business regulations; economic growth will follow.
        Lori Trahan: Restore economic fairness to all, not just those at top.
        Troy Balderson: Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.
        Troy Balderson: Close Ohio's $8 billion budget deficit without raising taxes.
        Ayanna Pressley: Federal projects can spur economic growth.
    Civil Rights
        Rashida Tlaib: Will propose new Civil Rights Act, Justice for All.
        Deb Haaland: Justice, dignity and safety for all the marginalized.
        Dusty Johnson: Our Constitution is a pillar of American exceptionalism.
        Kevin Hern: Marriage is a sacrament between a man and a woman.
        Lori Trahan: Close the pay gap: give women equal pay for equal work.
        Ayanna Pressley: The LGBTQ community should be treated as equals.
    Corporations
        Deb Haaland: A society where all get an equal shot starts with tax reform.
        Ayanna Pressley: No one on Wall Street is bigger than the law.
    Crime
        David Trone: History of working with ACLU to help reform justice system.
    Drugs
        Abigail Spanberger: Remove marijuana from federal Controlled Substances list.
        David Trone: We can't accept government's response to fight opioid crisis.
        Lori Trahan: Substance abuse culture must change: promote rehabilitation.
        Amy Mcgrath: Medical marijuana can help PTSD and addiction.
    Education
        Cindy Axne: All-day kindergarten for ALL kids, not just the lucky half.
        Cindy Axne: Invest in STEM in schools, then trade schools OR college.
        David Trone: Recruit, train, and retain high quality teachers.
        Deb Haaland: Calls for big, smart investments in public education now.
        Lori Trahan: High quality public education is key to our economic future.
        Ayanna Pressley: Debt free college should be available for all.
    Energy & Oil
        David Trone: Renewable solar energy is proven source; continue investment.
        Lori Trahan: Supports alternative energy source with no barriers to entry.
        Amy Mcgrath: Invest in renewable energy.
        Amy Mcgrath: Climate change is a fact we can no longer deny.
        Ayanna Pressley: We need to encourage renewable energy.
    Environment
        Jahana Hayes: Pro-actively protect natural assets, waterways, & open space.
        Andy Kim: Stop gutting the EPA.
        David Trone: Against proposal to cut EPA budget by $2.5B.
        Deb Haaland: Fight for access to clean water, air, and housing.
        Lori Trahan: Hold responsible those who pollute the biosphere.
        Ayanna Pressley: Empower the EPA; strengthen clean air & water laws.
    Families & Children
        Chrissy Houlahan: Voted for more resources for domestic violence victims.
        David Trone: Supports the Childcare for Working Families Act.
        Deb Haaland: National 6-months paid family leave program.
        Kevin Hern: Fight to defend conservative family values.
        Lori Trahan: Put working/middle class families first, not corporations.
        Lori Trahan: Pass paid family leave and make it gender-neutral.
        Ayanna Pressley: Paid family leave is a necessity.
    Foreign Policy
        Amy Mcgrath: America's role in the world is that of a unique leader.
    Free Trade
        Andy Levin: Need trade policy to support workers, planet, not free trade.
        David Trone: Grow economy through fair trade agreements, not trade war.
        Debbie Lesko: Free trade needs to be fair trade.
        Debbie Lesko: Investment in education should be done locally.
    Government Reform
        Andy Levin: Supports election reform & overturning Citizens United.
        Andy Kim: Disapproves of partisan redistricting and voter suppression.
        David Trone: Citizen's United must be overturned; we need transparency.
        Deb Haaland: Won't take PAC money; will fight to overturn Citizens United.
        Deb Haaland: Fight for government transparency and accountability.
        Dusty Johnson: End out-of-control bureaucracies that rule by regulation.
        Kevin Hern: Put an end to the typical behaviors of career politicians.
        Lori Trahan: Ambitious campaign finance and voting reform plan.
        Amy Mcgrath: Decisions like Citizens United hurt America.
    Gun Control
        David Trone: Work with both parties to pass common sense gun control.
        Deb Haaland: We need 100% background checks, & close gun show loophole.
        Kevin Hern: Pro 2nd Amendment; fight for gun rights for everyone.
        Lori Trahan: Comprehensive background checks; no concealed carry.
        Troy Balderson: Strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment; high ratings from NRA.
        Amy Mcgrath: Gun regulation is a necessity.
        Ayanna Pressley: Gun control needs to be implemented now.
        Debbie Lesko: The second amendment provides an essential right.
    Health Care
        Cindy Axne: Protect Medicare Advantage program for Iowa seniors.
        Chuy Garcia: Supports single-payer system, based on Medicare.
        David Trone: Close Medicaid coverage gap and expand it into all 50 states.
        Deb Haaland: We need Medicare for All, a national public health insurance.
        Kevin Hern: Replace ObamaCare with free-market driven healthcare.
        Lori Trahan: Defend & expand ObamaCare; as a right, not a privilege.
        Troy Balderson: Repeal and replace ObamaCare, once and for all.
        Amy Mcgrath: ObamaCare has taken the US a step in the right direction.
        Ayanna Pressley: Obamacare should be further implemented.
    Homeland Security
        David Trone: Veterans deserve aid; empty thank you's aren't helping them.
        Deb Haaland: The Veterans deserve good health care and help finding jobs.
        Dusty Johnson: Advocate for veterans; keep promises to heroes.
        Troy Balderson: Veterans owed care, support and services on their return.
        Debbie Lesko: The military should have the best equipment around.
    Immigration
        Chrissy Houlahan: Fix immigration and give DREAMers a path to citizenship.
        Chuy Garcia: ICE should treat immigrants humanely or be cancelled.
        David Trone: Advocate for immigrants; supports pathway to citizenship.
        Deb Haaland: Immigration reform: stop deportation, protect DREAMers.
        Dusty Johnson: Enforce border security law; plus merit-based immigration.
        Kevin Hern: Enforce existing immigration laws & secure the borders.
        Lori Trahan: Work to fix broken immigration system & protect rights.
        Troy Balderson: Build wall to keep out illegals: deport those here.
        Ayanna Pressley: America needs to be immigrant friendly.
        Debbie Lesko: The border needs to be secure like Trump says.
    Jobs
        Chrissy Houlahan: Women should receive equal pay for equal work.
        Chuy Garcia: Education + training + funding = good paying jobs created.
        David Trone: Fight for equal pay for women and paid family leave.
        David Trone: Increase minimum wage; then tie to inflation.
        Deb Haaland: Pro-union; advocate for fair trade policies for unions.
        Deb Haaland: $15/hr minimum wage and a federal job guarantee program.
        Ayanna Pressley: A higher Federal minimum wage is beneficial.
    Principles & Values
        Lori Trahan: Fight to protect shared values.
        Troy Balderson: Relies on his Christian faith to be his compass in life.
    Social Security
        Dan McCready: Protect Social Security and Medicare from privatization.
        Cindy Axne: Will fight against social security privatization.
        David Trone: Social Security works but needs cap raised on taxable wages.
        Deb Haaland: Increase Social Security by ending the cap on taxable income.
        Lori Trahan: Fight to keep Social Security uncut & safe for seniors.
        Amy Mcgrath: Expand Social Security to include teachers.
        Ayanna Pressley: Social Security is crucial and must not be cut.
    Tax Reform
        David Trone: An equitable tax system means wealthy pay fair share.
        Kevin Hern: Wants simplified tax system, keep more money in your pockets.
        Lori Trahan: Bring equity back to tax code; close loopholes for wealthy.
        Troy Balderson: Road to good paying jobs is cutting taxes & keeping them low.
        Ayanna Pressley: Our tax code should relieve the 99%.
        Debbie Lesko: I have never seen a tax I didn't want to cut.
    Technology
        Andy Kim: Greater investment in fast-growing STEM industries.
        David Trone: Infrastructure 2.0 Act: set up bank to fund repairs.
        Deb Haaland: Supports net neutrality and public internet infrastructure.
        Lori Trahan: Unlock public funds for infrastructure upgrades.
        Ayanna Pressley: Spending on infrastructure will benefit Americans.
    War & Peace
        Dan McCready: Mission & strategy needed before going to war.
        David Trone: Strong advocate for our valued ally, the State of Israel.
        Deb Haaland: Supports diplomacy over violence; force must be last resort.


    The above quotations are from Survey of 2018 House campaign websites.

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