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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
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)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
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)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
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)

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2001 Governor's State of the State speeches

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    from 2001 Governor's State of the State speeches (number of quotes indicated):
  • Angus King (7) Maine Former Independent Governor (1995-2002)
  • Benjamin Cayetano (9)
  • Bob Holden (10) Missouri Former Democratic Governor (2001-2004)
  • Bob Taft (10) Ohio Former Republican Governor (1999-2006)
  • Bob Wise (16) West Virginia Former Democratic Governor (2001-2004)
  • Dirk Kempthorne (11) Idaho Former GOP Governor (1999-2006); and Cabinet Sec'y.
  • Don Sundquist (6) Former Republican Governor (1995-2002)
  • Frank Keating (13) Former Republican Governor (1995-2002)
  • Frank O'Bannon (4) Indiana Former Democratic Governor (1997-2003)
  • Gary Locke (3) Washington Former Democratic Governor (1997-2004); Cabinet (Commerce)
  • Jane Dee Hull (9) Arizona Former Republican Governor (1997-2002)
  • Jesse Ventura (6) Minnesota Former Minnesota Independent Governor
  • Jim Geringer (10) Wyoming Former Republican Governor (1995-2002)
  • Jim Gilmore (12) Republican presidential candidate
  • John Engler (9) Michigan Former Republican Governor (1991-2002)
  • Judy Martz (16) Montana Former Republican Governor (2001-2005)
  • Kenny Guinn (10) Nevada Former Republican Governor (1999-2006)
  • Lincoln Almond (5) Former Republican Governor (1995-2002)
  • Mike Easley (6) North Carolina Democrat Governor (elected 2000; retired 2008)
  • Mike Huckabee (9) Arkansas Republican Presidential candidate
  • Mike Johanns (8) Nebraska Former Republican Governor (2005-2007); elected Senator 2008
  • Mike Leavitt (10) Cabinet-2008
  • Parris Glendening (7) Maryland Former Democratic Governor (1995-2002)
  • Ronnie Musgrove (6) Mississippi Former Democratic Governor (2000-2003)
  • Roy Barnes (2) Georgia Former Democratic Governor (1999-2002)
  • Ruth Ann Minner (3) Delaware Former Democrat Governor (retired 2008)
  • Tommy Thompson (9) Cabinet-2005
  • William Owens (4) Colorado Former Republican Governor (1999-2006)
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Mike Johanns: Partial-birth abortion is a barbaric practice.
    Jim Gilmore: Informed consent and 24-hour waiting period.
    Mike Huckabee: Supports woman’s right-to-know legislation.
    Mike Huckabee: Pro-life, but respects choice as mandated law.
Budget & Economy
    Bob Wise: Limit capital assistance find to new businesses.
    Bob Wise: The cupboard is bare, despite national economic growth.
    Lincoln Almond: $325M tax cuts & business incentives to attract investment.
    John Engler: Michigan lagged in 1990s; now restored & renewed.
    Tommy Thompson: Build the roads and the jobs follow.
    Bob Holden: Missouri is and should be fiscally conservative.
    Judy Martz: Diversify the economy; expand job market.
    Judy Martz: Teach businesses about venture capital, to create jobs.
    Bob Taft: Keep budget balanced without new taxes; hold spending.
    Benjamin Cayetano: More funding for tourism infrastructure.
    Kenny Guinn: Change government to deal with explosive growth.
    Frank O'Bannon: Focus during slowdown on education & vulnerability.
    Mike Leavitt: Highest priority is “economic transition”.
    Jim Geringer: Spend one-time revenue on one-time expenditures.
    Jim Gilmore: Virginia is booming; unemployment at record lows.
    Ronnie Musgrove: Attract new businesses; develop existing ones.
Civil Rights
    Bob Wise: Restrict and regulate video gambling.
    Judy Martz: Return human remains to Indian nations.
    Benjamin Cayetano: Defend native Hawaiian Homelands project.
    Parris Glendening: Racial Profiling is immoral and must stop.
    Parris Glendening: Do more to foster and support small and minority business.
    Parris Glendening: Combat discrimination based on sexual orientation.
    Bob Wise: $1.5M to raise pay for police and prison guards.
    Frank Keating: Target violent and career criminals.
    Tommy Thompson: Building more prisons reduces the crime rate.
    Tommy Thompson: Give prisoners a work ethic, and substance-abuse programs.
    Bob Holden: Lower drunk driving limit to .08.
    Judy Martz: After 100 years, we have enough prison cells, for now.
    Mike Johanns: Juvenile justice package: more funding; more coordination.
    William Owens: DNA tests for all felons; “Two strikes” for child molesters.
    Dirk Kempthorne: No new prisons; warehousing people is not the solution.
    Dirk Kempthorne: Drug treatment & education opportunities for inmates.
    Jane Dee Hull: $1.1M to collect DNA samples from all prisoners.
    Ronnie Musgrove: Teach prisoners skills by building senior housing.
    Frank Keating: Supports community sentencing in drug courts.
    Bob Taft: Enact more laws to fight methamphetamines.
    Benjamin Cayetano: Philosophy shift to treatment instead of punishment.
    Mike Leavitt: Drug Courts are working; expand them statewide.
    Jim Geringer: Supports drug courts & breaking the drug cycle.
    Jim Gilmore: Illegal drugs are not an acceptable part of our society.
    Mike Huckabee: Treatment for drug use instead of incarceration.
    Dirk Kempthorne: Target meth with more manpower.
    Mike Easley: Get K-12 up to levels of rest of education system.
    Mike Easley: More Pre-K; smaller classes; more teacher pay.
    Mike Easley: Use a lottery to fund elementary schools.
    Bob Wise: First priority: PROMISE College Scholarship Program.
    Bob Wise: Raise teacher salaries by $1,000; plus $2,500 in incentives.
    Lincoln Almond: Measure school performance and report to parents.
    Lincoln Almond: We will not tolerate failing schools.
    Frank Keating: More funding for schools and colleges.
    Frank Keating: Supported largest teacher pay raise in state history.
    Frank Keating: $80M in block grants to schools.
    John Engler: Expand public school choice; lift cap on charters.
    Tommy Thompson: Let’s eradicate illiteracy in Wisconsin.
    Tommy Thompson: Use Milwaukee charters & private choice as model for US.
    Bob Holden: More resources for student and teachers.
    Bob Holden: Cash incentive for National Board Certification for teachers.
    Bob Holden: Provide parents with school accountability report cards.
    Don Sundquist: Invest more in teachers and in early education.
    Don Sundquist: We test students & rate schools; now invest in reading.
    Don Sundquist: Invest in teachers: scholarships, mentors, merit pay.
    Judy Martz: More spending; more accountability via testing.
    Judy Martz: 3-Rs of education: recruit, retain, & reward teachers.
    Ruth Ann Minner: Put reading specialists in every elementary school.
    Bob Taft: Implement system of standards, assessments & accountability.
    Bob Taft: Ohio’s success depends on keeping education as #1 priority.
    Bob Taft: Called for 20,000 reading tutors; program is succeeding.
    Benjamin Cayetano: $290M for school capital improvements.
    Kenny Guinn: $23M for new teacher’s college at Henderson.
    Kenny Guinn: $10M for reading teachers; all kids read by 3rd grade.
    Frank O'Bannon: Standards worked for math & English; apply to other subjects.
    Frank O'Bannon: $50 million for flexible school readiness program.
    Mike Leavitt: Emphasize market relevance in state colleges.
    Mike Leavitt: 14.8% increase in funding for public education.
    Mike Leavitt: U-PASS: Accountability and skills testing in every grade.
    Mike Johanns: $27M for state colleges’ recruitment & diversity.
    Mike Johanns: More teacher bonuses and incentives, locally decided.
    William Owens: Teacher merit pay; student standards; smaller class sizes.
    Gary Locke: Reduced class size, despite legislative opposition.
    Gary Locke: Teacher merit pay; less rules for certification.
    Jim Geringer: $10M per year for college merit scholarships.
    Jim Geringer: $26M for professional and vocational skills training.
    Jim Geringer: Reform Charter School law to allow real parental choice.
    Jim Gilmore: College scholarships for every qualified needy student.
    Jim Gilmore: Expand Algebra Readiness Initiative; hire more teachers.
    Jim Gilmore: Raise teacher pay with local funds.
    Mike Huckabee: First priority: Raise teacher salaries.
    Dirk Kempthorne: Reading Initiative: 90% of 3rd graders reading by 2004.
    Dirk Kempthorne: Exit standards for high school via SAT-like exam.
    Dirk Kempthorne: Supports charter schools and innovative classrooms.
    Jane Dee Hull: Students FIRST: Build more schools; maintain existing ones.
    Jane Dee Hull: Supports Prop. 301, raising taxes for use in schools.
    Parris Glendening: Began the Golden Age of School Construction ($1.6B).
    Parris Glendening: Make tuition an anachronism: free college for all.
    Roy Barnes: End social promotion.
    Jesse Ventura: Take over general education costs & eliminate local tax.
    Jesse Ventura: Support school districts that think and act outside the box.
    Ronnie Musgrove: Remove the 5% cap on teacher pay.
    Ronnie Musgrove: Universities: settle the Ayers Case.
Energy & Oil
    Bob Wise: Renew 5-cent gas tax to pay for road-building.
    Tommy Thompson: More power plants and more transmission lines.
    Judy Martz: Protected transition to competitive energy prices in 2002.
    Judy Martz: More energy plants; diversify sources; include renewables.
    Bob Taft: Project THAW: $250 for home heating oil costs.
    Kenny Guinn: Delay power deregulation until protections are in place.
    Kenny Guinn: $5M to fight becoming the nation’s nuclear waste dump.
    Mike Leavitt: Ban nuclear waste & fuel rods from the state.
    Gary Locke: Diversify to renewable energy; reduce consumption by 10%.
    Jim Geringer: Expand energy infrastructure & exploration.
    Jane Dee Hull: Supports cleaner burning fuels.
    Bob Wise: Create cabinet Environment post; end tradeoff with economy.
    Frank Keating: Regulate our precious environment because we love Oklahoma.
    John Engler: More investment of Natural Resources Trust Fund.
    Don Sundquist: Supports new State Forest and 23 new natural areas.
    Judy Martz: Stewardship belongs with the states.
    Judy Martz: Government duty to protect species & water.
    Ruth Ann Minner: Livable Delaware: channel development against sprawl.
    Angus King: Maine is clean & getting cleaner.
    Angus King: Promote Smart Growth via tax breaks.
    Benjamin Cayetano: Balance growth against environmental protection.
    Benjamin Cayetano: $22M to improve state parks.
    Mike Leavitt: Spruce up, clean up and keep up our state parks.
    Mike Leavitt: Heritage Waters: 1% of all rivers for recreational fishing.
    Jim Gilmore: Extend “Virginia Naturally”: empower people with knowledge.
    Jim Gilmore: Extend "Virginia Naturally": empower people with knowledge.
    Dirk Kempthorne: Supports salmon recovery without breaching Snake River dams.
    Dirk Kempthorne: States’ rights: no grizzly bears; no roadless forests.
    Parris Glendening: $955 million for public transit & Smart Growth initiatives.
Families & Children
    Bob Holden: $3M for more local domestic violence shelters.
    Angus King: Best state to raise children; model for America’s Promise.
    Mike Huckabee: Supports “covenant marriage”.
    Roy Barnes: More restrictions on teenage driving.
Free Trade
    Bob Wise: Protect steel industry from illegal imports.
    Bob Wise: Require use of US steel in state-funded projects.
    Judy Martz: Trade as “sister-states” in Japan, China, & Taiwan.
    Dirk Kempthorne: Double Idaho’s exports.
    Jane Dee Hull: Proud of all-time record trade levels with Mexico.
Government Reform
    Frank Keating: Attract people to Oklahoma to regain Congressional seat.
    Tommy Thompson: More regional cooperation; more e-government.
    Mike Leavitt: Count missionaries abroad in census; gain Congressional seat.
    Mike Huckabee: Not more government, but more efficient government.
    Jane Dee Hull: Pay state employees more, to ensure quality staff.
    Jesse Ventura: Close soft money loophole, give candidates public money.
Gun Control
    Angus King: No gun permits for men under restraining orders.
    Jim Gilmore: More gun convictions means less violent crime.
Health Care
    Mike Easley: Supports Patients’ Bill of Rights with right to sue.
    Mike Easley: Prescription drug plan for seniors reduces net costs.
    Bob Wise: $1.5M to provide healthcare access for every child.
    Bob Wise: Improve patient rights by allowing to sue HMOs.
    Bob Wise: More discounts for prescription drugs.
    John Engler: No assisted suicide; but End of Life Care & more pain relief.
    Bob Holden: Use tobacco settlement to pay for senior prescriptions.
    Bob Holden: Healthy Families Initiative: health care access for all.
    Don Sundquist: We must save TennCare, for children & the needy.
    Judy Martz: Insured 10,000 kids under CHIPs; aim for 20,000.
    Angus King: Fund prevention programs “Campaign for a Healthy Maine”.
    Bob Taft: Golden Buckeye Card for senior Rx discounts.
    Benjamin Cayetano: $141M for new medical school at University of Hawaii.
    Kenny Guinn: Fund alternatives to long-term care for seniors.
    Kenny Guinn: Double the funding for the disabled.
    Kenny Guinn: Expand Senior Rx.
    Mike Johanns: Use tobacco settlement for biomedical research.
    Mike Johanns: $6M increase in funding for mental health.
    Jim Geringer: More funding for prescription drugs & senior care.
    Jim Gilmore: $25M more for medical care for most vulnerable citizens.
    Mike Huckabee: ARKids First program: record decreases in uninsured.
    Jane Dee Hull: Supports Kidscare; publicize it via schools.
    Ronnie Musgrove: Medical Education Scholarships for rural doctors.
    Ronnie Musgrove: Invest in state employees’ health plan, despite budget.
    Frank Keating: Reform worker’s comp: administrative instead of court-based.
    Bob Holden: Invest in life sciences to apply farm products.
    Judy Martz: Invest in Agricultural Product Promotion.
    Angus King: Worker training for transition from loom to mouse.
    Benjamin Cayetano: Increase the minimum wage.
    Kenny Guinn: Privatized state worker’s comp & insurance.
    Dirk Kempthorne: Family Farm Security Task Force to improve ag conditions.
Principles & Values
    Mike Easley: Fosters “One North Carolina” of equal opportunity.
    Bob Wise: Treat citizens as customers of government, not as subjects.
    John Engler: The “Next Michigan”: attitude for the future.
    Mike Johanns: Priorities: tax relief, education, family.
    Jim Geringer: Focus on building Wyoming’s capacity to grow.
Tax Reform
    Bob Wise: Top-to-bottom review of business taxes & regulations.
    Lincoln Almond: Eliminate the capital gains tax.
    Frank Keating: Government spending is not the government’s money.
    Frank Keating: Lower state income tax rate from 6.75% to 3.75%.
    Frank Keating: Reduce and ultimately abolish the estate tax.
    John Engler: Exempt new high-tech sectors from state business tax.
    John Engler: Has cut and will continue to cut personal & business tax.
    John Engler: Strengthen Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
    Tommy Thompson: Cut taxes 91 times in Wisconsin, totaling $16.7 billion.
    Bob Holden: $2B in tax relief in last 6 years; now tighten our belts.
    Judy Martz: No tax increase without voter referendum.
    Bob Taft: 3-year tax holiday for high-tech start-ups.
    Kenny Guinn: Nevada needs new revenue, but now is no time for new taxes.
    Mike Johanns: $60M in property tax relief over next two years.
    William Owens: Has cut income taxes, sales tax, & marriage penalty.
    Jim Geringer: One-year 1/2% reduction in sales tax.
    Jim Gilmore: End the Car Tax.
    Mike Huckabee: Remove the poorest taxpayers from the tax rolls.
    Dirk Kempthorne: Return $140M of surplus to taxpayers.
    Jane Dee Hull: $80 million in tax cuts, to make it 10 years in a row.
    Parris Glendening: Cut 28 taxes & returned $2.6B to taxpayers.
    Jesse Ventura: Property tax needs to be smaller, simpler, fairer.
    Jesse Ventura: Across the board reduction in state income tax rates.
    Jesse Ventura: Find a way for state taxes to be collected on ecommerce.
    Bob Wise: Make e-government service available 24/7.
    Lincoln Almond: $8.4 million Rhode Island E-government Fund.
    Frank Keating: Tax credits for stock options and R&D.
    John Engler: Establish “Cybercourt” to resolve disputes on-line & quickly.
    Tommy Thompson: Don’t let one high tech company escape Wisconsin.
    Don Sundquist: Wire government plus libraries and schools.
    Judy Martz: Eliminate geography as a business issue, via E-Government.
    Ruth Ann Minner: Implement e-government, starting with DMV.
    Angus King: High-speed Internet connection for rural parts of Maine.
    Bob Taft: New programs for high-tech skills training.
    Bob Taft: $52M to support high-tech research.
    Benjamin Cayetano: $21M for computers in public schools.
    Frank O'Bannon: $50 million more for 21st Century Research Fund.
    Mike Leavitt: Merit pay & scholarships for high-tech teachers.
    William Owens: More restrictions on Internet crime & porn.
    Jim Gilmore: We should “think new”, like Founding Fathers did.
    Mike Huckabee: Arkansas becoming a leader in e-government.
    Jane Dee Hull: Targeted tax cuts to attract high-tech companies.
Welfare & Poverty
    Frank Keating: Able-bodied people must stand on their own two feet.
    Judy Martz: Sell used state vehicles to welfare families.
    Jim Geringer: Work First: move families to self-sufficiency.

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