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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
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)
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)
Books by and about the 2016 presidential election
What Happened ,
by Hillary Clinton (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Hard Choices,
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
Becoming ,
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

Book Reviews

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2016 Voter Guides for Senate and Gubernatorial races

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Alex Merced: Invest in technology & charity to reduce number of abortions.
    Darryl Glenn: Life begins at conception.
    Donald Trump: Unpredictable abortion funding good; Planned Parenthood bad.
    Frank Gilbert: Only allow abortion for rape, incest, and maternal life.
    Hillary Clinton: Troubled by misleading allegations about Planned Parenthood.
    Jerry Moran: Life from conception is sacred and must be defended.
    Joe Miller: Roe v. Wade is judicial activism at its worst.
    Misty Snow: Don't interfere with private medical decisions of women.
    Richard Shelby: Roe v. Wade flawed on both a constitutional & moral basis.
    Ron Johnson: Only allow abortion for rape, incest, and maternal life.
    Wendy Long: Attempt to save life of child if you must do abortion.
    Darryl Glenn: Supports fetal personhood; opposes Planned Parenthood.
    Deborah Ross: All employers should cover contraceptives (no RFRA).
    Evan Bayh: Supports public funding for Planned Parenthood.
    Jason Kander: Supports public funding for Planned Parenthood.
    John McCain: Defund Planned Parenthood.
    Katie McGinty: Supports public funding for Planned Parenthood.
    Mark Kirk: Fund Planned Parenthood for non-abortion health services.
    Michael Bennet: Classify contraception as preventive care & no moral issue.
    Pat Toomey: Great news that employer can withhold contraceptive coverage.
    Patty Judge: Supports public funding for Planned Parenthood.
    Ron Johnson: Roe v Wade decision was a tragedy.
    Russell Feingold: Supports public funding for Planned Parenthood.
    Ted Strickland: Supports some restrictions but Planned Parenthood ok.
    Evan McMullin: Pro-life.
    Scott Milne: Pro-life; and no free birth control.
Budget & Economy
    Gary Johnson: Veto any legislation that will result in deficit spending.
    Jason Kander: Supports federal spending to promote economic growth.
    Bob Niemeyer: Cut the size of government and jobs will follow.
Civil Rights
    Jill Stein: Don't use 'religious freedom' as fig leaf for discrimination.
    Marcia Squier: Racial inequality continues to be a serious problem.
    Deborah Ross: Transgender individuals use public bathrooms of their choice.
    Joe Heck: Accepts Supreme Court ruling on transgendered bathrooms.
    Maggie Hassan: Ban discrimination against transgender individuals.
    Marco Rubio: Men's bathrooms are for men & women's bathrooms for women.
    Richard Burr: Let same-sex marriage be decided by the states.
    Evan McMullin: I believe in traditional marriage; but not everyone does.
    Mike Weinholtz: 100% score from Equality Utah for pro-LGBT policy stances.
    Scott Milne: Opposes affirmative action.
    Marcia Squier: Taxes & fees for overseas corporations; incentives at home.
    Deborah Ross: Corporations and wealthiest should pay their fair share.
    Kate Brown: Grow Our Own: develop existing Oregon businesses.
    Kathy Szeliga: Policy makers care more about Wall Street than Main Street.
    Kevin Stine: Tax loopholes allow companies to pay meager tax rates.
    Mike Workman: Don't reduce corporate tax; do prosecute Wall Street crimes.
    Eric Holcomb: Give prosecutors resources to protect vulnerable seniors.
    John Gregg: Adult Protective Services is underfunded and understaffed.
    Deborah Ross: No incarceration for nonviolent misdemeanors.
    Jason Kander: End school-to-prison pipeline.
    Evan McMullin: Opposes death penalty.
    Scott Milne: Supports the death penalty.
    Mike Workman: Supports the death penalty, but only for horrific crimes.
    Catherine Cortez Masto: Legalize medical marijuana, and eventually recreational use.
    Deborah Ross: Supports medical marijuana.
    Jason Kander: Supports medical marijuana.
    Joe Heck: Legalize medical marijuana, but not recreational use.
    Marco Rubio: Prove medical benefits to FDA before legalizing marijuana.
    Mark Kirk: Decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana.
    Patrick Murphy: Let states decide marijuana legalization.
    Patty Judge: Legalize medical marijuana, but not recreational use.
    Richard Burr: Marijuana has no value that you can't get thru other things.
    Rob Portman: No legalization; focus instead on drug prevention.
    Ron Johnson: No federal legalization; but let's see how states do.
    Roy Blunt: Don't decriminalize marijuana federally, but let states try.
    Ted Strickland: Decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana.
    Evan McMullin: Opposes legalization of marijuana.
    Patrick Wiesner: Failure to stop opioid drug trade is a failure of government.
    Patrick Wiesner: Legalizing pot would be surrender, but treat addicts who ask.
    Bruce Lisman: No legalization now; let's see what happens in other states.
    Matt Dunne: Legalize marijuana quickly; prohibition hasn't worked.
    Phil Scott: No legalization at this time; but I'm not saying never.
    Scott Milne: Pass tougher drug laws instead of decriminalizing.
    Sue Minter: Supports legalizing marijuana.
    Darryl Glenn: Feds should leave marijuana law to states, including banking.
    Darryl Glenn: Congress should leave opioid law to states.
    Jon Keyser: Feds should let marijuana businesses use normal banking.
    Jon Keyser: Focus on awareness and treatment for opioid addiction.
    Donald Trump: I may cut Department of Education.
    Donald Trump: Call them vouchers or scholarships; I call it competition.
    Hillary Clinton: Common Core is most important non-family enterprise in US.
    Hillary Clinton: Voted against vouchers; but public school choice ok.
    Hillary Clinton: Unconstitutional to post Ten Commandments in schools.
    Jill Stein: No charter schools; yes public; no Common Core; yes local.
    Brenda Lawrence: Public-private partnerships to connecting college to jobs.
    Marcia Squier: Extend free public education from pre-school to PhD.
    Deborah Ross: Make first two years of community college free.
    Jill Stein: Guarantee tuition-free education pre-school thru university.
    Kelly Ayotte: Cut Pell Grants; use private student loan financing.
    Bob Niemeyer: Charter schools are the answer; throw out Common Core.
    Bud Pierce: Apply Massachusetts Education Reform act to Oregon schools.
    Kate Brown: Seamless public education from cradle to career.
Energy & Oil
    Donald Trump: Fracking will lead to American energy independence.
    Hillary Clinton: Natural gas is a "bridge fuel".
    Marcia Squier: Green New Deal & fossil fuel-free vehicles by 2030.
    Sue Minter: Keep electric rates low to compete in New England.
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Some government action for climate change.
    Darryl Glenn: I do not believe that man is contributing to climate change.
    Evan Bayh: Climate science is unequivocal, but don't hurt business.
    Jill Stein: Halt any investment in fossil fuel infrastructure.
    John McCain: Dramatic Arctic changes might be man-made; might be natural.
    Mark Kirk: Climate change is real, but no carbon tax.
    Rob Portman: Human activity contributes to climate change; but no laws.
    Tammy Duckworth: Human activity is the major factor driving climate change.
    Evan McMullin: Expand offshore oil drilling.
    Patrick Wiesner: Build Keystone pipeline without environmental mistakes.
    Kevin Stine: End corporate handouts to fossil fuel companies.
    Mark Callahan: Do nothing about global warming; it's a fraudulent invention.
    Ron Wyden: Boost renewable energy and the low-carbon economy.
    Brenda Lawrence: Flint water crisis is example of environmental injustice.
    Marcia Squier: Federal funding for Flint; and prosecution for poisoning too.
    Bud Pierce: Enhance infrastructure & natural resource based jobs.
    Mike Workman: Preserve and protect national parks.
Families & Children
    Bud Pierce: Partially support hospice/respite centers.
    Chris Sununu: More home-care funding ultimately lowers the cost of care.
    Colin Van Ostern: Include respite care for family caregivers.
    John Carney: Respite care programs for family caregivers.
    Kathy Szeliga: Encourage flexibility so employees can be good parents.
Foreign Policy
    Donald Trump: Treating Israel like a second-class citizen will end.
    Catherine Cortez Masto: Supports US-Iran nuclear treaty.
    Deborah Ross: Work with Iran on nukes; work with allies on ISIS.
    Jason Kander: Supports Iranian nuclear deal.
    Jill Stein: Support Iranian nuclear deal as part of nuclear-free Mideast.
    Joe Heck: Opposes US-Iran nuclear treaty.
    Katie McGinty: Supports Iran nuclear deal.
    Russell Feingold: Supports Iran nuclear deal.
    Ted Strickland: Support Iran nuke treaty; opposes ground troops against ISIS.
    Evan McMullin: The U.S. should remain in the United Nations.
    Foster Campbell: U.S. should remain in the United Nations.
    Kathy Szeliga: Cutting deals with our enemy puts America at risk.
    Margaret Flowers: ISIS is a symptom of the failure of "War on Terror".
    Scott Milne: US out of the UN, and UN out of the US.
    Mike Workman: Use U.N. peacekeeping forces; don't spy on our allies.
Free Trade
    Brenda Lawrence: Oppose TPP, NAFTA, and similar trade deals.
    Marcia Squier: Oppose TPP, NAFTA, and similar trade deals.
    Patrick Wiesner: Protect American companies against foreign dumping.
    Kathy Szeliga: Support TPP to expand free trade with Pacific nations.
Government Reform
    Donald Trump: It's scary that people can vote without ID.
    Hillary Clinton: Automatic voter registration and 20-day early voting.
    Jill Stein: Make voter ID laws obsolete and impossible.
    Marcia Squier: Repeal Citizens United; publicly fund campaigns.
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Joined lawsuit challenging AZ voting restrictions.
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Overturn Citizens United with constitutional amendment.
    Darryl Glenn: Supports unlimited contributions by individuals.
    Gary Johnson: Citizens United decision protects First Amendment.
    John McCain: Citizens United was worst decision ever, but don't overturn.
    Katie McGinty: Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
    Michael Bennet: Federal review voting of discriminatory state voting changes.
    Pat Toomey: Voter ID law protects integrity of the system.
    Ted Strickland: Overturn Citizens United with constitutional amendment.
    Bud Pierce: Mandate government to release requested info for free.
    Kate Brown: Disclose lobbyist info & pay, on public website.
Gun Control
    Brenda Lawrence: Enact common sense gun control reforms & close loopholes.
    Marcia Squier: Universal background checks to reduce gun crime.
    Kelly Ayotte: No gun restrictions except terrorist watch lists.
    Mark Kirk: Both major-party Senate candidates support gun restrictions.
    Pat Toomey: Expand background checks and apply terrorist watch lists.
    Patrick Murphy: Expand background checks; bar people on watch lists.
    Patty Judge: Supports banning assault rifles.
    Evan McMullin: Opposes further restrictions on gun purchases.
    Margaret Flowers: More background checks; more ammo limits; more regulations.
Health Care
    Brenda Lawrence: ObamaCare is sound policy, but deal with consequences.
    Marcia Squier: Repeal ObamaCare & replace with full coverage for all.
    Eric Holcomb: New Medicaid waiver for Structured Family Caregiving.
    John Gregg: Protect CHOICE program for seniors aging at home.
    Kate Brown: Access to healthcare improving, but there is more we must do.
    Colin Bonini: Expand on the CARE Act and educate caregivers.
    Mark Kirk: For 2013 shutdown over ObamaCare, but then for compromise.
    Evan McMullin: Opposes ObamaCare.
    Darryl Glenn: ObamaCare has made health insurance much more expensive.
Homeland Security
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Supports Iranian nuclear deal & Congressional debate on war.
    Evan McMullin: Supports PATRIOT Act, but with limited scope.
    Jon Keyser: Keep United States Northern Command in Colorado.
    Brenda Lawrence: Refugees aren't terrorist; that's just more fear tactics.
    Marcia Squier: Moratorium on deportation of undocumented immigrants.
    Deborah Ross: Support the DREAM Act.
    Joe Heck: No blanket amnesty but earned citizenship ok.
    Katie McGinty: Support DREAM Act plus earned path to citizenship.
    Mark Kirk: First secure the border; then path to citizenship.
    Ron Johnson: Address comprehensive reform after border is secure.
    Evan McMullin: Anchor babies ok, but no benefits & no amnesty.
    Foster Campbell: Grant citizenship to children of illegal immigrants.
    Scott Milne: No immigrant benefits; no DREAMers; no amnesty.
    Marcia Squier: Minimum wage of $15 per hour, including Congress.
    Darryl Glenn: Repeal the federal minimum wage.
    Evan McMullin: Opposes raising federal minimum wage.
    Foster Campbell: Raise the federal minimum wage.
    Kathy Szeliga: Look to improve wages for all, not how low wages should be.
Principles & Values
    John Neely Kennedy: Belief in Jesus informs every decision I make.
    Alex Merced: I consider myself spiritual, via faith and forgiveness.
    Darryl Glenn: God is the highest authority in my life.
    Donald Trump: Fiercely defend religious freedom and terms like "Christmas".
    Donald Trump: I go to communion and that's asking forgiveness.
    Frank Gilbert: Christian Libertarian & believes in Non-Aggression Principle.
    Hillary Clinton: They say "religious freedom" but mean "gay discrimination".
    Jerry Moran: I led the fight to give Republicans control of the Senate.
    Joe Miller: I am a limited government constitutionalist.
    Joe Miller: We created greatest Republic by looking to God for wisdom.
    Misty Snow: Spiritually, I value love and compassion for all people.
    Misty Snow: I describe myself as a libertarian-leaning progressive.
    Richard Shelby: Judeo-Christian values should guide all that we do.
    Wendy Long: Human nature's propensity for sin necessitates Constitution.
    Wendy Long: Conservative work for Judicial Confirmation Network.
    Kevin Stine: The Senate is full of multi-millionaires over the age of 60.
    Ron Wyden: Give voice to those who often feel left out of the debate.
Social Security
    Brenda Lawrence: Protect social security, Medicare and Medicaid programs.
    Marcia Squier: Including eldercare services in universal health care.
    Bud Pierce: Require automatic enrollment with payroll deductions.
    Chris Sununu: Flexible retirement savings, and ensure Soc. Sec. solvency.
    Colin Van Ostern: Focus on good jobs so people can save for retirement.
    Eric Holcomb: No mandates to offer retirement plans, but voluntary IRAs ok.
    John Gregg: Pledge to always protect & strengthen Social Security system.
    Kate Brown: More options & opportunities to save for retirement.
    Colin Bonini: Tax incentives to encourage payroll deduction savings.
    Evan Bayh: Raise Social Security age.
    John Carney: Expect to work longer than our parents did before retiring.
    Michael Bennet: Eliminate income cap for payroll taxes.
    Rob Portman: Supported Bush's privatization, but no longer supports it.
    Ted Strickland: No Social Security privatization.
    Todd Young: Strong support for privatization.
    Mike Workman: Don't transition pensions into privately managed accounts.
    Darryl Glenn: Raise retirement age for those aged under 55 now.
    Jon Keyser: For next generation, use free market reforms.
Tax Reform
    Brenda Lawrence: I believe in a progressive tax.
    Marcia Squier: Highest earners should pay the highest taxes.
    Maggie Hassan: Wealthy should pay their fair share.
    Mark Callahan: Support flat tax or FairTax; oppose growing government.
    Ron Wyden: Sophisticated wealthy few distort tax system.
    Bud Pierce: Public transit ok, but future is autonomous drive vehicles.
    Kate Brown: Expand public transit to ease traffic congestion.
    Phil Scott: Reform alternative utility regulation; no executive bonuses.
    Sue Minter: Utility rate goal: transparent process & affordable rates.
    Patrick Wiesner: Immediately start work on roads, bridges, and airports.
War & Peace
    Marcia Squier: Immediate US cease-fire and weapons embargo on all countries.
    Chuck Grassley: Signed letter opposing Iranian nuclear deal.
    Gary Johnson: Boots on ground, bombs, & drones make things worse.
    Katie McGinty: No ground troops against ISIS.
    Mark Kirk: Ground troops against ISIS only with long-term exit strategy.
    Patrick Murphy: Air strikes against ISIS but no ground troops.
    Patty Judge: Supports Iranian nuclear deal.
    Ron Johnson: 25,000 US combat troops to fight ISIS in Iraq.
    Patrick Wiesner: Protection of Iraqi oil reserves is a vital US interest.
    Patrick Wiesner: It's up to the US to completely defeat ISIS.
    Chris Van Hollen: End 2002 Iraq War authority; no ground troops in Mideast.
    Kathy Szeliga: ISIS presents a serious threat and must be destroyed.
    Margaret Flowers: Iran nuke deal is first step towards normalizing relations.
    Jon Keyser: Iranian regime is evil, and cannot be trusted.
Welfare & Poverty
    Mike Workman: Create more affirmative action programs to address poverty.

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