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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)

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State of Kansas Politicians: Archives

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    Chad Taylor: No prosecution of Planned Parenthood for lost reports.
    Joe Bellis: Pro-life with no exceptions.
    Joe Bellis: Supports federal embryonic stem cell research.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Boozman's pro-life stance puts rapists over victims.
    John Boozman: Opposes transporting minors across state lines for abortion.
    Jim Slattery: Record in US Congress in support of abortion rights.
    Pat Roberts: Staunch stance as an advocate for life and families.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Take objective approach to judicial confirmation process.
    Jim Holt: Would not support any pro-choice judicial candidate.
    Mike Huckabee: Supports woman’s right-to-know legislation.
    Mike Huckabee: Pro-life, but respects choice as mandated law.
Budget & Economy
    Greg Orman: Report federal spending by strict accounting standards.
    Chad Taylor: Budget cuts threaten basic prosecutorial services.
    Mike Ross: AdWatch: Voted for $7 trillion in new debt and bailouts.
    Asa Hutchinson: AdWatch: Worked for lobbying firm after leaving Congress.
    Mike Ross: AdWatch: Trillions of things in common with Pelosi & Obama.
    Robin Carnahan: 2008 bank bailout helped Wall Street, not ordinary people.
    Roy Blunt: Bailout ok; stimulus package a huge mistake.
    Robin Carnahan: TARP financial bailout let banks run wild.
    Roy Blunt: TARP was a plan that worked.
    Mark Parkinson: Constitutionally require set-aside for emergency fund.
    Bill Graves: Reauthorize the Kansas state lottery.
Civil Rights
    Chad Taylor: Advocate for equality, including equal pay for equal work.
    Chad Taylor: Make bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
    Asa Hutchinson: Marriage should be only one-man-one-woman.
    Frank Gilbert: State should stay out of the marriage business.
    Mike Ross: Personally opposes gay marriage, but abide by Supreme Court.
    Charlie Hardy: Equal pay for equal work.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Defer to military decision on Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell.
    John Boozman: Keep Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell; the policy has worked well.
    Chad Taylor: Successfully prosecuted 9-year-long rape case.
    Joe Bellis: No definition of marriage; but no gays in military.
    Joe Bellis: End affirmative action, and most other, federal programs.
    Lisa Johnston: Embracing diversity strengthens us as a nation.
    Mark Parkinson: Embrace diversity rather than rejecting new citizens.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Oppose amending the federal constitution to ban gay marriage.
    Jim Holt: Amend the federal constitution to ban gay marriage.
    George W. Bush: Education, housing, and hiring must be equal for all.
    Jean Carnahan: Advocated for Equal Rights Amendment.
    John McCain: We don’t need laws against Spanish language & culture.
    Howard Phillips: Censorship is dumbing down our children.
    John Boozman: Tax cuts for higher income helps small business owners.
    Lisa Johnston: Ensure that U.S. corporations pay U.S. taxes.
    Mark Swaney: Eliminate the federal death penalty.
    Mike Beebe: Let non-violent offenders repay debt to society productively.
    Joe Bellis: No capital punishment.
    Chad Taylor: Legalizing marijuana may decrease crime & increase revenue.
    Chad Taylor: Successfully prosecuted case on hallucinogenic level-2 drugs.
    Mike Beebe: Heavier penalties for drug trade; but not for possession.
    Joe Bellis: No mandatory prison sentences for selling drugs.
    Mike Huckabee: Treatment for drug use instead of incarceration.
    Greg Orman: National innovation for high student achievement.
    Mike Ross: AdWatch: Unwavering commitment to our children and schools.
    Mike Beebe: Teach science and math using new, national methods.
    Joe Bellis: No vouchers; no charters; no federal involvement.
    Lisa Johnston: K-12 education must be a top priority.
    Mark Parkinson: World-class public school system is investment in future.
    John Kerry: Chides Bush for not fully funding No Child Left Behind.
    Kathleen Sebelius: Education First: Target additional $300M where most needed.
    Kathleen Sebelius: Minimize the need for college tuition increases.
    Kathleen Sebelius: Review district finances and bring efficiency.
    Kathleen Sebelius: Pay teachers adequately and provide them with health care.
    Wesley Clark: Decries lack of funding for No Child Left Behind.
    Kathleen Sebelius: Increase state funding instead of local property taxes.
    Mike Huckabee: First priority: Raise teacher salaries.
    Bill Graves: More funding for special education and parental services.
    Howard Phillips: Education debate today is about sex & crime.
    Howard Phillips: Schools sponsor the official state religion of humanism.
    Howard Phillips: Separate education from state, or it’s establishing religion.
Energy & Oil
    Mark Swaney: Tax carbon to encourage people to use alternatives.
    Chad Taylor: "Wind cowboys" maintain fields of windmills in west Kansas.
    Sam Brownback: New wind energy projects; make KS the Renewable State.
    Lisa Johnston: Encourage emerging green technology.
    Mark Parkinson: Bring wind farms and green jobs to Kansas.
    Jim Holt: Drilling for oil in Alaska won’t cause environmental damage.
    Chad Taylor: Good farmers use best practices, as stewards of the land.
    Greg Orman: We can protect our environment AND create jobs.
    Pat Roberts: For early farm bill, but final bill had too many subsidies.
    Mike Beebe: Important to preserve forests to protect jobs.
    Robin Carnahan: Brother's $107M wind project created 1000s of jobs statewide.
    Howard Phillips: Property rights are ours, not government’s.
Families & Children
    Chad Taylor: Successfully prosecuted case on child sexual exploitation.
    Mike Huckabee: Supports “covenant marriage”.
    Jean Carnahan: Workplace child-care & more commitment to families.
Foreign Policy
    Chad Taylor: Diplomatic solutions are always preferable.
    Greg Orman: Eliminate our country's dependence on foreign creditors.
    Charlie Hardy: Most military people want peace-making foreign policies.
    Pat Roberts: Opposed UN ban on discrimination against disabilities.
    Dick Cheney: Tenet rejects Cheney statements on Iraq/Al-Qaida connection.
    George Tenet: Tenet rejects Cheney statements on Iraq/Al-Qaida connection.
Free Trade
    Chad Taylor: Trade has globalized US, but also exports jobs.
    Mark Parkinson: Export planes, energy, & wheat to China, India, & Brazil.
    Mike Beebe: Cuba's interest in AR exports is good for the state.
Government Reform
    Greg Orman: Ballot requirements hinder 3rd-party candidates.
    Asa Hutchinson: 1999: Brought articles of impeachment against Bill Clinton.
    Mike Ross: Left Congress due to growing acrimony of national politics.
    Mark Pryor: Government shutdown is reckless & irresponsible.
    Chad Taylor: Require open meetings for water utility rate-setting.
    Roy Blunt: Carnahan's $107M wind energy project created only 16 jobs.
    Roy Blunt: Took $200K from lobbyists for 2010; tops among House members.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: No moratorium on earmarks; they fund local projects.
    Lisa Johnston: Fight special interests by plain-language laws on Internet.
    Jim Holt: Campaign reform is incumbency protection.
    Kathleen Sebelius: Implemented $85 million in savings and efficiencies.
    Kathleen Sebelius: Spending cut to provide a raise for state workers.
    Kathleen Sebelius: Audit government to eliminate waste.
    Mike Huckabee: Not more government, but more efficient government.
Gun Control
    Greg Orman: Owns handguns but supports background checks.
    Chad Taylor: I'm a gun owner, but we need to enforce gun laws.
    Joe Bellis: Armed citizenry is only obstacle to oppressive governmen.
    Lisa Johnston: Guarantee both 1st and 2nd amendment rights.
    Mike Huckabee: Supports self-defense and ‘castle doctrine’.
    Jean Carnahan: Advocated for gun control with sportsmen’s rights.
Health Care
    Mike Beebe: Expand state Medicaid, but with low-income private option.
    Milton Wolf: Apologizes for posting gruesome medical X-rays on Facebook.
    Mark Pryor: AdWatch: False that Medicare vouchers increase seniors' cost.
    Tom Cotton: AdWatch: Cotton supports Medicare "premium support" vouchers.
    Asa Hutchinson: A lot of budget "fuzziness" if private option is not renewed.
    Mike Ross: Voted for ObamaCare early on but now consistently against it.
    Mike Ross: Voted against individuals keeping health insurance plans.
    Mark Pryor: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
    Pat Roberts: First to call for Sebelius resignation over ObamaCare fiasco.
    Todd Tiahrt: Calls for Sebelius resignation over ObamaCare fiasco.
    Tom Cotton: Federal shut down to force ObamaCare delay by one year.
    Tom Cotton: FactCheck: No special subsidies for congressional staff.
    Mike Beebe: Provide better care without federal Affordable Care Act.
    Milton Wolf: ObamaCare extends "crony health care" which began in 1929.
    Milton Wolf: ObamaCare turns health insurers into public utilities.
    Milton Wolf: Free market solutions ALREADY work; so add more.
    Robin Carnahan: To repeal ObamaCare, repeal Congress plan first.
    Roy Blunt: Limit health costs by limiting medical malpractice liability.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Fix broken logistics of healthcare delivery.
    John Boozman: I want to be the deciding vote to repeal ObamaCare.
    John Boozman: Nothing in healthcare bill controls cost; much escalates it.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Worked to ensure the overhaul helped small businesses.
    John Boozman: Solution like overhaul is what's wrong with government.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: I stopped the public option in ObamaCare.
    John Boozman: Something needs to be done, but ObamaCare is a job killer.
    Lisa Johnston: Guaranteed high quality care for all health conditions.
    Todd Tiahrt: FactCheck: Yes, ObamaCare levies some taxes before services.
    Mark Parkinson: Enact a real public smoking ban.
    Matt Blunt: Allow small businesses to form association health plans.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Can’t get our arms around the uninsured.
    Kathleen Sebelius: Obtain better prices for prescriptions & services.
    Mike Huckabee: ARKids First program: record decreases in uninsured.
    Bill Graves: Eliminate waiting period for HealthWave child health care.
    Bill Graves: More funding for Medicaid matching & pharmaceuticals.
    Jean Carnahan: Supports Patient Bill of Rights.
Homeland Security
    Greg Orman: Understand costs of military action, including veterans.
    Tom Cotton: AdWatch: No sense of entitlement from serving in military.
    Chad Taylor: Advocate of a national defense respected throughout world.
    Roy Blunt: Amended defense bill for company donating $20,000.
    Joe Bellis: More spending to develop new weapons.
    Lisa Johnston: We should never hastily initiate military conflict.
    Jerry Moran: No constitutional rights for terrorists, categorically.
    Todd Tiahrt: 2006: For military tribunals to try suspected terrorists.
    Jerry Moran: Military tribunals for terrorists are unconstitutional.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Seniority concerns shouldn’t outweigh intelligence decisions.
    Jim Holt: Trust Bush’s homeland security decisions and recommendations.
    Kathleen Sebelius: Strategic Military Planning to protect vital military assets.
    Chad Taylor: Unmuddy the waters and create a path to citizenship.
    Greg Orman: Illegals already here should register and pay taxes.
    Todd Akin: Illegal immigrants receiving benefits is unacceptable.
    Jerry Moran: No driver's licenses & no college discounts for illegals.
    Todd Tiahrt: I've shifted my view: build the fence on Mexican border.
    Todd Tiahrt: Compassion for illegals on lower tuition, but no more.
    Kathleen Sebelius: Focus on employers who hire illegal workers.
    John McCain: No more ballot initiatives against immigration.
    Mark Swaney: Abandon minimum wage in favor of living wage.
    Greg Orman: Government should create environment conducive to job growth.
    Lisa Johnston: Clean energy technology will create jobs.
    Jim Holt: Restrict China trade until they float their currency.
Local Issues
    Asa Hutchinson: Shift lottery authority to new state agency.
    Frank Gilbert: Do away with the lottery; not the right way to fund schools.
    Mike Ross: Opposed lottery initially; but now let's make it better.
    Sam Brownback: Plan future 3 millionth Kansan: education, farming, & water.
    Sam Brownback: ROZes: Rural Opportunity Zones with income tax waiver.
Principles & Values
    Chad Taylor: Separation of church and state isn't a relevant issue.
    Greg Orman: Fiscally conservative, socially tolerant independent.
    Greg Orman: We're sending the worst of both parties to Washington.
    Greg Orman: 2010 Common Sense Coalition: give voice to sensible center.
    Greg Orman: I consider myself fiscally conservative & socially tolerant.
    Milton Wolf: AdWatch: Roberts doesn't live in Kansas anymore.
    Milton Wolf: Career politicians are changed by Washington.
    Pat Roberts: Resides in Virginia but votes in Kansas.
    Sam Brownback: Our dependence is not on Big Government but on a Big God.
    Mark Pryor: Campaign theme: Pryor is responsible, Cotton is reckless.
    Mark Pryor: AdWatch: I believe in God and I believe in His word.
    Milton Wolf: Obama is my cousin, but I oppose ObamaCare.
    Sam Brownback: Five measurable, significant, achievable goals.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Some say I'm too liberal; some say I'm too conservative.
    John Boozman: Arkansas can't afford Blanche Lincoln anymore.
    Jean Carnahan: Set sail instead of choosing a safe harbor.
    John McCain: 5 principles for a great nation’s diplomacy.
Social Security
    Chad Taylor: No privatization; but we need to discuss reforms.
    Greg Orman: Lack of economic growth drains Social Security.
    Tom Cotton: Oppo AdWatch: supports Privatizing social security.
    Robin Carnahan: Accuses opponent of voting to privatize.
    John Boozman: Private accounts should be looked at as an option.
    Lisa Johnston: We must protect Social Security.
    Jean Carnahan: Save Social Security & strengthen Medicare.
Tax Reform
    Chad Taylor: Simplify tax code, but no FairTax and no national sales tax.
    Asa Hutchinson: Don't raise any taxes, while reducing individual tax rate.
    Frank Gilbert: Don't raise any taxes, and eliminate income tax.
    Mike Ross: I support lower tax rates.
    Asa Hutchinson: Tax reduction will spur job growth.
    Mike Beebe: Cut regressive grocery sales tax now; eliminate it later.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Extend tax cuts for low and middle income.
    John Boozman: Support the FairTax; abolish the Internal Revenue Service.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: The ultrawealthy should not receive tax cuts.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: National sales tax of 23% is just a bad idea for Arkansans.
    Jerry Moran: Voted for tax increases 12 times, and against 200 times.
    Mark Parkinson: Raise cigarette and sales tax to meet $400M budget gap.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Like to see tax cuts for the lower and middle class.
    Jim Holt: Taxes should be cut further.
    Kathleen Sebelius: Allow overdue taxes to be paid without penalty.
    Kathleen Sebelius: Modernize tax incentive programs for start-up businesses.
    Kathleen Sebelius: Create tax credit for rural business development.
    Wesley Clark: Middle- & working-class tax cuts are an economic-growth tool.
    Mike Huckabee: Remove the poorest taxpayers from the tax rolls.
    Kathleen Sebelius: Restore funding for transportation and biosciences projects.
    Mike Huckabee: Arkansas becoming a leader in e-government.
    Richard Nixon: Technology misused damages environment; but can restore it.
War & Peace
    Chad Taylor: Sanctions on Iran are working; no further military action.
    Chad Taylor: Air patrols on Syria ok; no deeper involvement.
    Mark Swaney: Iraq war was a waste, based on a lie.
    Tom Cotton: Jihadists attack us for who we are.
    Tom Cotton: Iraq War was just and noble.
    Joe Bellis: Withdraw US troops from Iraq & Afghanistan.
    Lisa Johnston: We have spent gigantic amounts of US taxpayer money in Iraq.
    Jim Slattery: Roberts delayed prewar intelligence to justify war in Iraq.
    Pat Roberts: I led exposure of pre-Iraq war intelligence failures.
    Jim Slattery: Roberts should have known Iraq intelligence was inaccurate.
    Pat Roberts: Whole world believed Iraq intelligence was accurate.
Welfare & Poverty
    Jim Holt: Separation of church and state cannot be done.

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