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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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State of Oregon Politicians: Archives



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Abortion
    Monica Wehby: Abortion is a personal choice.
    Jim Huffman: Pro-choice but Roe v. Wade was a bad decision.
    Jim Huffman: Supports abortion rights, but no federal funding.
    Jim Huffman: Pro-choice, but issue has corrupted politics.
    Jeff Merkley: Public funding for stem cell research.
    Winona LaDuke: Supports a womanís right to choose.
    Winona LaDuke: Choice means quality of life for low-income families.
    Jeff Merkley: Abortions should always be legally available.
    John Kitzhaber: Abortions always legally available, & government funded.
Budget & Economy
    Monica Wehby: Problem is uncertainty in federal regulation & tax climate.
    Jason Conger: Supports executive bonuses; opposes federal bailout.
    Jim Huffman: No $2M spending on exotic ant research.
    Ron Wyden: No bailout of finance industry, no Wall Street bonuses.
    Jim Huffman: Supports balanced budget amendment.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Supports bailout as BETTER regulation, not MORE regulation.
    Jeff Merkley: Oppose bailout bill; more oversight needed.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Stabilize the monster that is devouring Wall Street.
    Jeff Merkley: Bailout bill is a $700-million blank check.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Supports government help for people facing foreclosure.
    Jeff Merkley: Our children have to repay debt from deregulated Wall Street.
    Winona LaDuke: Replace corporate subsidies with community revitalization.
Civil Rights
    Monica Wehby: Government shouldn't be involved in same-sex marriage.
    Jim Huffman: Supports the legal rights of gays.
    Jeff Merkley: Oregon Equality Act: sexual orientation is a civil right.
    Jeff Merkley: Apply affirmative action to state hiring.
    John Kitzhaber: Maintain affirmative action in colleges & state hiring.
    John Kitzhaber: Recognize same-sex marriages.
Corporations
    John Kitzhaber: Oregon Business Plan: create jobs & income; reduce poverty.
    Jim Huffman: Moratorium on new federal regulations on businesses.
Crime
    Jason Conger: Voted NO on reducing sentences for non-violent offenses.
    John Kitzhaber: Spend $600M on education now instead of on prisons later.
    Jim Huffman: Death penalty is too inaccurate to deserve support.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Stiffer laws against gang crimes, rapists & child sex.
    Jeff Merkley: Worked hard to get better laws to deal with criminals.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Supports use of federal death penalty.
    Jeff Merkley: Mandatory minimum sentence for some 1st-degree sex offenders.
    Jeff Merkley: Opposes the death penalty.
    Jeff Merkley: Increase rehabilitation & alternatives to incarceration.
    John Kitzhaber: Oppose the death penalty.
    John Kitzhaber: End parole for repeat violent felons.
Drugs
    Jason Conger: Voted NO on retail medical marijuana establishments.
    Jeff Merkley: Toughen laws against meth traffickers.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
    John Kitzhaber: Decriminalize medicinal marijuana.
Education
    Jason Conger: Voted NO on in-state tuition for non-resident aliens.
    Monica Wehby: Increase school choice options for our families.
    Bruce Broussard: Take full advantage of No Child Left Behind Program.
    Kevin Mannix: Increase funding without raising taxes.
    John Kitzhaber: Public education is the cornerstone of democracy.
Energy & Oil
    Jason Conger: Voted NO on electronic energy efficiency standards.
    John Kitzhaber: Making renewable energy in state also keeps dollars in state.
    Ron Wyden: Biomass is a clean energy source & a job machine.
    Bruce Broussard: Team with business for hybrid vehicles and renewables.
    Winona LaDuke: Support alternative energy & industrial hemp.
Environment
    Monica Wehby: Fisherman, miners, and loggers need a partner in D.C.
    Jason Conger: Higher timber harvests on public land.
    Jason Conger: Voted NO on prohibiting motorized mining in riverbeds.
    Jason Conger: Rated 53% by Conservation Voters; 80% by Humane Society.
    Jim Huffman: End restrictions for logging federal timber land.
    Jim Huffman: Upset at impact on rural communities from logging ban.
    Ron Wyden: Worked out compromise Eastside Forest Plan.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Inserted Oregon timber payments into $70 bailout bill.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Create more jobs in timber industry.
    Jeff Merkley: Son of a timber family; will fight for timber payments.
    Jeff Merkley: Sustainable forest harvest important for economy.
Families & Children
    Jason Conger: Rated 79% by Oregon Stand for Children.
    John Kitzhaber: Invest in children in early years to prevent tragic failures.
    Winona LaDuke: Gore and Bush endorse a myth of the American family.
Foreign Policy
    Jason Conger: Russia emboldened in Ukraine by Obama's weak foreign policy.
    Monica Wehby: Russia emboldened in Ukraine by Obama's weak foreign policy.
    Winona LaDuke: Opposes military aid to Colombia.
Government Reform
    Jason Conger: Voted NO on looser campaign finance reporting.
    Monica Wehby: Founders never imagined a permanent political class.
    Jeff Merkley: Nuclear option: Allow confirmation of Obama's appointees.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Increase individuals campaign donation limit.
    Bruce Broussard: Good government follows clearly outlined public procedures.
    Kevin Mannix: Fix budget with government structure change not tax hike.
    Winona LaDuke: Stop corporate funding of elections.
    Jeff Merkley: Spending limits on campaigns, plus full disclosure.
    John Kitzhaber: Limit individual campaign donations; require full disclosure.
Gun Control
    Monica Wehby: Protect all constitutional rights, especially 2nd Amendment.
    Jim Huffman: Oppose restrictions on right to bear arms.
    Jeff Merkley: Maintain restrictions on purchase & possession of firearms.
    John Kitzhaber: Increase restrictions on gun purchase and possession.
Health Care
    Monica Wehby: Prominent and early opponent of ObamaCare.
    Jason Conger: State-run Cover Oregon exchange better than ObamaCare.
    Monica Wehby: We need more MDs and fewer JDs in Congress.
    Monica Wehby: I was against ObamaCare when it wasn't cool.
    Jeff Merkley: I couldn't enroll in ObamaCare, but it'll eventually succeed.
    Jeff Merkley: 2009: "Keep your insurance"; 2014: fix ObamaCare so you can.
    Jason Conger: Delay health plan cancellations due to ObamaCare.
    Jeff Merkley: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
    Winona LaDuke: Moms know we need an affordable health care system.
    Winona LaDuke: Aid to families is sacrificed in favor of military aid.
Homeland Security
    Monica Wehby: Put the needs and care of our veterans first.
    Monica Wehby: Strengthening our armed forces protects our freedoms.
    Jason Conger: Opposes reduction in size of America's military force.
    Monica Wehby: Opposes reduction in size of America's military force.
    Jeff Merkley: Be slow to go to war and be fast to take care of veterans.
    Bruce Broussard: More funding for First Responders.
    Bruce Broussard: Support more comprehensive information sharing programs.
Immigration
    Monica Wehby: Secure the border but increase H1B visas & guest workers.
    Jason Conger: Voted NO on drivers licenses for non-resident aliens.
    Jason Conger: Stricter rules for non-citizen college tuition equity.
    Jeff Merkley: Rated 90% by Oregonians for Immigration Reform.
Jobs
    John Kitzhaber: Focus budget on investing in jobs and innovation.
    Bruce Broussard: Create more jobs domestically.
    Bruce Broussard: Get more of federal $23B for job training for Oregon.
    Kevin Mannix: Support small businesses to spur job growth.
Principles & Values
    Ron Wyden: FactCheck: No truth to rumors that Wyden lives in New York.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Works often with Sen. Wyden (D-OR) & Sen. Obama (D-IL).
    Jeff Merkley: Endorsed by Sen. Wyden; Iíll be his partner.
    Jeff Merkley: Iíve lived a pretty unconventional life.
Social Security
    Monica Wehby: Put entitlements on a path to being financially secure.
    Jim Huffman: Option of putting payroll taxes in a private account.
    Gordon Harold Smith: People should prepare for retirement in addition to Soc.Sec.
    Jeff Merkley: Privatization would melt away retirement in stock crash.
Tax Reform
    Monica Wehby: 40% of budget on debt servicing is generational theft.
    Jason Conger: Pushed tax relief for middle and low income families.
    John Kitzhaber: Opportunity for revenue: capping total deductions & credits.
    Gordon Harold Smith: I believe in pro-growth tax cuts.
    Jeff Merkley: Supports raising taxes on earnings over $250,000 per year.
    Bruce Broussard: Provide businesses with tax incentives to create jobs.
    Winona LaDuke: Favors economic and tax policies to benefit poor, not rich.
    Jeff Merkley: No state sales tax.
    John Kitzhaber: No state sales tax; no flat tax; increase gas tax.
Technology
    Ron Wyden: Limit taxes on Internet-based companies.
War & Peace
    Monica Wehby: Ensure that Iranian nukes don't threaten Israel.
    Jeff Merkley: Opposed Iraq war from the very beginning, against Party.
Welfare & Poverty
    John Kitzhaber: Beware uneven, unequal "recovery" without rural & minorities.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Block grants for state and local flexibility in welfare.
    Jeff Merkley: Supports workfare and 2-year welfare limits.


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