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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)

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Politicians: Archives


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  • Alan Khazei (8) Democratic Challenger Massachusetts
  • Christy Mihos (12) Former Independent Challenger 2006
  • Deval Patrick (19) Massachusetts Democratic Governor
  • Don Berwick (6) Massachusetts Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Ed Markey (13) Democratic Challenger Massachusetts
  • Gabriel Gomez (23) Republican Challenger Massachusetts
  • Grace Ross (12) Former Green Challenger 2006
  • Jack Robinson (6) Former Republican Special Election Challenger (2009) Massachusetts
  • Jeff Beatty (12) Republican Senate challenger (2008) Massachusetts
  • Joe L. Kennedy (1) Libertarian Senate challenger Massachusetts
  • John Kerry (2) Cabinet
  • Kerry Healey (17) Former GOP 2006 Challenger
  • Martha Coakley (26) Massachusetts Democratic Challenger
  • Michael Capuano (8) Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) Massachusetts
  • Scott Brown (36) Previsouly MA Republican Jr Senator New Hampshire
  • Stephen Pagliuca (10) Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) Massachusetts
  • Steve Lynch (6) Democrat (Senate run 2013) U.S. Rep Massachusetts-8
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Abortion
    Ed Markey: Endorsed by Planned Parenthood; supports abortion rights.
    Ed Markey: Litmus test for Supreme Court nominees on abortion.
    Gabriel Gomez: I'm personally prolife but I'm not changing any abortion law.
    Gabriel Gomez: 24-hour waiting period for a woman to get an abortion.
    Steve Lynch: Protect Roe v. Wade; it keeps abortion in clinical setting.
    Steve Lynch: Opposes abortion funding but funded Planned Parenthood.
    Martha Coakley: AdWatch: Brown denied contraception to rape victims.
    Scott Brown: 2005: Conscience-based opt out of post-rape contraception.
    Scott Brown: Provide info about emergency contraception to rape victims.
    Scott Brown: Support legalized abortion, but not partial-birth abortion.
    Martha Coakley: Helped minors get court orders without parental consent.
    Martha Coakley: Partial-birth ban needs exceptions for maternal health.
    Scott Brown: Supported by right-to-life groups for stem cell stance.
    Scott Brown: Authored bill for 24-hour waiting period for abortion.
    Kerry Healey: I've always been pro choice, even when Romney disagreed.
    Scott Brown: Abortions should always be legally available.
Budget & Economy
    Ed Markey: Home mortgage deduction should not be on the table.
    Gabriel Gomez: Deficit reduction might even include home mortgage deduction.
    Ed Markey: Sequestration is another word for mindless cuts.
    Steve Lynch: Voted for sequestration because debt default was worse.
    Steve Lynch: Supported sequestration and opposed financial bailouts.
    Scott Brown: AdWatch: $2 trillion spending spree puts us deeper in debt.
    Scott Brown: No new regulation of the financial markets.
    Scott Brown: People are angry over tax and spend mentality and $12T debt.
    Martha Coakley: Economic system spiraling out of control; go after Wall St.
    Stephen Pagliuca: Managing director at Bain Capital; trained as accountant.
    Scott Brown: Let private enterprise try to get us out of this mess.
    Scott Brown: No cap on bankers' salaries.
    Deval Patrick: Focus on stimulating economic growth via local aid.
    Grace Ross: Shift $3B in more taxes on very rich by flattening tax rates.
    Kerry Healey: Focus on local aid and mobilizing people to call for it.
Civil Rights
    Gabriel Gomez: I support Paycheck Fairness Act's equal pay for women.
    Ed Markey: History of voting for women's rights.
    Gabriel Gomez: Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
Corporations
    Stephen Pagliuca: Not right to pay bankers bonuses with 320,000 unemployed.
    Christy Mihos: Property tax rollback will bring businesses back in-state.
    Deval Patrick: Local capital for local biz, & state pays for infrastructure.
    Grace Ross: Focus on reducing costs for small biz, not big corporations.
    Kerry Healey: Make permitting process easier for businesses.
Crime
    Martha Coakley: Lobbied hard to keep Gerald Amirault in prison.
    Martha Coakley: Opposes death penalty, but federal death penalty ok.
    Jeff Beatty: Endorsed Jessica's Law to punish sex offenders.
    Deval Patrick: Supports criminal rehabilitation and alternative sentencing.
    Deval Patrick: Focus on guns & gang violence, not immigration status.
    Kerry Healey: Check immigration status when police stop motorists.
    Scott Brown: Implement the death penalty in Massachusetts.
Drugs
    Gabriel Gomez: Federal medical marijuana OK; leave the rest to states.
    Scott Brown: Stop dependence on drug trade in Afghanistan.
Education
    Christy Mihos: MCAS has become a weapon against public education.
    Christy Mihos: No state-based merit pay; let cities & towns decide.
    Deval Patrick: Favors MCAS, but not as only measure of education reform.
    Deval Patrick: Incentives & merit pay on school-wide basis only.
    Grace Ross: MCAS is a big part of why kids drop out of high school.
    Grace Ross: Constitutional commitment to education--35 kids is too many.
    Kerry Healey: Strong supporter of the MCAS and standards.
    Kerry Healey: Merit pay for best teachers & those at most-needed schools.
    Scott Brown: Vouchers for public, private, or religious schools.
Energy & Oil
    Ed Markey: Simply unneeded to subsidize oil industry.
    Gabriel Gomez: Keystone XL project brings jobs.
    Scott Brown: Cap-and-trade is a national energy tax.
    Martha Coakley: Supports national cap-and-trade system, plus renewables.
    Scott Brown: Opposes cap-and-trade system, but renewables OK.
    Jeff Beatty: Additional drilling has to be part of the solution.
    Jeff Beatty: Should have drilled ANWR 10 years ago; so drill now.
    Jeff Beatty: Opposed gas tax hikes; roll-back gasoline prices.
    Kerry Healey: I like wind energy, but Cape Wind is a bad idea.
    Scott Brown: Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Environment
    Gabriel Gomez: I'm a "green Republican"; others in GOP deny science.
    Steve Lynch: Help Massachusetts fishermen as working class.
    Christy Mihos: Cape Wind hurts fishing industry.
    Deval Patrick: Engage in DC regulatory fight to protect our fishing fleet.
    Grace Ross: Agriculture deserves more economic development attention.
    Kerry Healey: Fight new regulations that put fishermen out of business.
Families & Children
    Martha Coakley: Mandatory prosecution of restraining order violations.
    Scott Brown: Presumption of shared parenting after divorce.
    Michael Capuano: Healthy Families Act: paid time off for respite care.
    Jeff Beatty: Supports protecting families.
Free Trade
    Jeff Beatty: Protect jobs for American citizens.
Government Reform
    Don Berwick: Fight overturn or repeal Citizens United.
    Ed Markey: Authored laws on Telecomm, insider trading, and Alzheimers.
    Gabriel Gomez: No anti-ad pledge; my only pledge is to Constitution.
    Martha Coakley: Current FEC reporting on donors & meetings is enough.
    Michael Capuano: If meetings are made public, people will not visit Senators.
    Alan Khazei: Include senior opportunities in Serve America Act.
    Scott Brown: Let president decide on nominees.
    Deval Patrick: Limit campaign donations.
    Scott Brown: Campaign disclosure but no donation limits.
Gun Control
    Don Berwick: Weapons of war have no place on our streets.
    Ed Markey: Expand background checks; ban assault weapons; fight NRA.
    Gabriel Gomez: A lot of people in the GOP are wrong on gun control.
    Ed Markey: Fight the NRA for broader gun control measures.
    Gabriel Gomez: I oppose the NRA on expanded background checks.
    Gabriel Gomez: In favor of closing the gun-show loophole.
    Gabriel Gomez: Tie gun sales to mental health checks.
    Deval Patrick: Strengthen existing gun laws; require background checks.
    Scott Brown: Concealed carry ok; but licenses & background checks ok too.
Health Care
    Gabriel Gomez: Repeal medical device tax in ObamaCare.
    Gabriel Gomez: ObamaCare hurts the middle class & small business.
    Gabriel Gomez: Universal affordable coverage, but repeal ObamaCare.
    Ed Markey: Supported ObamaCare but would repeal aspects of it.
    Steve Lynch: Opposed ObamaCare and would repeal aspects of it.
    Martha Coakley: System is broken and needs to be fixed now.
    Scott Brown: 41st vote against Obama's healthcare plan.
    Alan Khazei: Close the Medicare Part D coverage gap.
    Jack Robinson: Universal coverage; no Medicare cuts; no tax increase.
    Jack Robinson: Increase consumer choice and control for longterm care.
    Martha Coakley: Individual mandate with public insurance option.
    Martha Coakley: Target enforcement against corrupt long term care facilities.
    Michael Capuano: Preserve all the Medicare benefits for seniors.
    Stephen Pagliuca: Close the Medicare Part D "doughnut hole" coverage gap.
    Stephen Pagliuca: Expand home and community-based long term care services.
    Scott Brown: MA already has health bill; don't impose new federal bill.
    Scott Brown: Public option is really a government option.
    Kerry Healey: Save $160M by consolidating city & town insurance purchases.
    Scott Brown: Ensure access to basic health care, including state funding.
Homeland Security
    Ed Markey: Don't compromise innocent haystack looking for guilty needle.
    Gabriel Gomez: Only traitors reveal harmful surveillance information.
    Gabriel Gomez: Fight to preserve Western Massachusetts' military units.
    Martha Coakley: Protect due process in any plan to keep America safe.
    Scott Brown: Supports enhanced interrogation techniques.
    Scott Brown: No constitutional rights for enemy combatants.
    Alan Khazei: Would vote against Patriot Act.
    Martha Coakley: Would vote against Patriot Act as currently formulated.
    Stephen Pagliuca: Would vote against Patriot Act.
    Jeff Beatty: Restructure forces, larger, & for liberation, not occupation.
Immigration
    Don Berwick: Comprehensive reform with pathway to citizenship.
    Gabriel Gomez: Make the Senate "Gang of Eight" a "Gang of Nine".
    Gabriel Gomez: Pathway to citizenship should include learning English.
    Christy Mihos: Illegal immigration is illegal--they cost Massachusetts $1B.
    Christy Mihos: Dems want immigrants votes; GOP wants their cheap labor.
    Christy Mihos: No licenses for illegals; felony for driving without license.
    Deval Patrick: In-state tuition ok for illegals; focus on employers.
    Deval Patrick: Drivers licenses for illegals, for security and safety.
    Grace Ross: Illegal immigrants pay taxes like the rest of us.
    Grace Ross: Illegal immigration is only an issue because of jobs.
    Kerry Healey: Opposes in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
    Kerry Healey: Urges Attorney General to investigate hiring illegals.
    Kerry Healey: Opposes issuing licenses to illegal immigrants.
Jobs
    Ed Markey: $10 an hour minimum wage is just a first step.
    Scott Brown: AdWatch: I agree with JFK that cutting taxes creates jobs.
    Alan Khazei: Enforceable workforce protection for seniors.
    Jack Robinson: Restore the full protections of the age discrimination laws.
    Martha Coakley: Restore the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
    Michael Capuano: Strengthen rights of seniors against age discrimination.
    Stephen Pagliuca: Reverse Gross v FBL Financial: no age discrimination.
    Stephen Pagliuca: 10% unemployment is totally unacceptable.
    Deval Patrick: Pledge to work with AFL-CIO means being open to all voices.
    Kerry Healey: Deval's pledge to work with AFL-CIO means higher costs.
    Scott Brown: No affirmative action in public employment nor contracting.
Local Issues
    Deval Patrick: Governor should take responsibility and get Big Dig reform.
    Kerry Healey: Called for Big Dig reform in 2003; still investigating now.
Principles & Values
    Don Berwick: I believe steadfastly in the separation of church and state.
    Gabriel Gomez: FactCheck: Markey authored successful bills over 22 years.
    Jack Robinson: Ran as Republican in past; running as Independent in 2013.
    Scott Brown: $1.3 million in 24 hours via Internet "Money Bomb" appeal.
    Alan Khazei: Would take a "big citizenship" approach to Washington.
    Martha Coakley: Considers herself a liberal, but look at the record.
    Michael Capuano: Proud to say I'm a liberal.
    Christy Mihos: On being a spoiler: How can you spoil a rotten system?
    Christy Mihos: Not just passing through Massachusetts, like some governors.
    Christy Mihos: I represent 50% of voters; no difference between Dems & GOP.
    Deval Patrick: Running to reach out to all & create a stake in the future.
    Deval Patrick: Do we stay on this path, or do we make a change?
    Deval Patrick: Outsider governor balances entrenched establishment.
    Grace Ross: Earns $30K/year; millionaires have no clue what we face.
    Grace Ross: Running to rebuild democracy.
    Kerry Healey: Republican governor balances 87% Democrat legislature.
Social Security
    Don Berwick: Oppose any efforts to privatize, including chained CPI.
    Joe L. Kennedy: Ready to cut Social Security & other entitlements.
    Alan Khazei: Individual retirement accounts ok; but not from Trust Fund.
    Jack Robinson: No diversion of payroll tax to individual retirement account.
    Martha Coakley: Safety net of Social Security is more important than ever.
    Michael Capuano: Resist any attempt to privatize Social Security.
    Stephen Pagliuca: Never allow diverting into individual retirement accounts.
Tax Reform
    Don Berwick: Ask people with higher incomes to pay higher rates.
    Ed Markey: Higher-income people should pay their fair share of taxes.
    Martha Coakley: Bush tax cuts favor wealthy Americans.
    Scott Brown: Maintain Bush tax cuts after 2010.
    Martha Coakley: AdWatch: Get taxes up from more employment, not tax increase.
    Scott Brown: 15 percent across the board tax cut.
    Martha Coakley: Extend Bush tax cuts for the lowest four tax brackets.
    Martha Coakley: Some taxes are investments like for infrastructure & schools.
    Scott Brown: Permanently eliminate the estate tax.
    Alan Khazei: Supports a war tax to pay for Afghanistan surge.
    Martha Coakley: Consider a war tax to pay for Afghanistan surge.
    Stephen Pagliuca: Job Focused Tax Reform: incentives, training, & funding.
    Jeff Beatty: Abolishing state income tax would act as economic stimulus.
    John Kerry: Abolishing state income tax would be calamitous.
    Christy Mihos: Get money out of Beacon Hill and back to cities & towns.
    Christy Mihos: Roll back taxes but restore local aid.
    Deval Patrick: Cut property tax; expand circuit breaker & senior exemption.
    Deval Patrick: Tax rollback is shell game, shifting burden to property tax.
    Grace Ross: We donít have enough income tax.
    Grace Ross: Tax rollback kills cities via property tax increase of 35%.
    Grace Ross: Tax rollback gives middle class $100s, but $100,000s to rich.
    Kerry Healey: Avoid property tax increases by reducing waste.
    Kerry Healey: Failure to roll back taxes cost people $2 billion since 2000.
Technology
    Gabriel Gomez: Let the people decide if rail needed to Western Mass.
    Martha Coakley: Make federal research-and-development tax credit permanent.
    Alan Khazei: Focus on mobility as key determinants of senior wellness.
    Jack Robinson: Supports Complete Streets policy for all ages & abilities.
    Martha Coakley: Take into account drivers' abilities, from teens to seniors.
    Michael Capuano: $6B to restore MA roads, bridges, and tunnels.
    Stephen Pagliuca: Require federal fundees to adopt Complete Street principles.
War & Peace
    Gabriel Gomez: Align with right rebel group and impose no-fly zone in Syria.
    Martha Coakley: Bring troops home from Afghanistan.
    Scott Brown: Supports 30,000 more troops in Afghanistan.
    Martha Coakley: Focus efforts where terrorists are, not Afghanistan.
    Scott Brown: Terrorists are not gone from Afghanistan.
    Michael Capuano: No funding for Afghan surge; no funding for Iraq war.
    Scott Brown: Finish the job in Afghanistan: keep Taliban and al-Qaeda out.
    Jeff Beatty: Kerry failed to read vital intelligence reports pre-Iraq war.
    John Kerry: Based vote for Iraq war on CIAís intelligence reports.
    Jeff Beatty: Evidence for WMD in Iraq was not credible.
    Jeff Beatty: Iraq invasion was a mistake, but we canít leave now.
    Jeff Beatty: Leave Iraq with success, by any path.
Welfare & Poverty
    Deval Patrick: Increase funding for employment and job training programs.


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