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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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2017 Governor's State of the State speeches

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Greg Abbott: Protect unborn children and promote a culture of life.
Budget & Economy
    Chris Sununu: Increase Rainy Day Fund to $100M; start Infrastructure Fund.
    Doug Burgum: Right-size government: cutting $1.2B is a great start.
    Jim Justice: Cut Rainy Day fund by $123M for WV's biggest depression ever.
    Bruce Rauner: Reduce regulatory costs & economy will take off like rocket.
    Steve Bullock: Veto any budget in the red.
    Bill Walker: With oil prices low, we have made cuts & must cut more.
    Phil Bryant: Implement a state lottery; Arkansas got $80M last year.
    Matt Mead: We used rainy day fund for rainy days; now make guidelines.
    Sam Brownback: The days of "tax first, cut never" have come to an end.
    Tom Wolf: Grow paltry rainy day fund from $245,000 to $500M by 2022.
Civil Rights
    Roy Cooper: Repeal the "Bathroom Bill"; it's a dark cloud over NC.
    Phil Scott: Support peaceful march against bias & discrimination.
    John Bel Edwards: 80% of C-corps pay no state tax; that's just not right.
    John Kasich: Businesses are job creators, the engines of job growth.
    Rick Scott: Fighting for Florida's Future: cut the commercial lease tax.
    Chris Sununu: New department of Business and Economic Affairs.
    Jim Justice: Raise business B&O tax, sales tax, state fees, & gas tax.
    Phil Scott: Agency of Economic Opportunity: help find qualified workers.
    John Bel Edwards: Reduce incarceration rate of non-violent offenders.
    Jim Justice: Stiffer laws for drug pushers; treatment for addicts.
    Larry Hogan: Justice for Victims Initiative: protect vulnerable citizens.
    Greg Abbott: Make it a hate crime to target uniformed police officers.
    Bruce Rauner: Close outdated prisons; focus on reducing recidivism.
    Bruce Rauner: Police trooper surge to counter Chicago violence.
    Phil Scott: Close Windsor prison; expand home detention monitoring.
    Brian Sandoval: Reform juvenile justice system to reduce recidivism.
    Eric Greitens: Fight Ferguson Effect with Blue Alert to empower police.
    Phil Bryant: More Highway Patrol troopers on the road.
    Susana Martinez: Collect DNA from felons.
    Peter Ricketts: Automated sentence calculation for Department of Corrections.
    Nathan Deal: 20% pay raise for state-level law enforcement.
    Terry McAuliffe: Lowest adult recidivism rate in America.
    Asa Hutchinson: Balance public safety with giving a second chance in life.
    Chris Christie: Ban the box: don't ask job applicants about criminal record.
    Dennis Daugaard: Make mugshots and pardon process open to the public.
    Doug Ducey: Fully fund rape test kits, to finally ensure justice.
    Dan Malloy: Prison population has dropped AND recidivism has declined.
    Doug Burgum: Jail time without rehab is not a cure for addiction.
    John Kasich: Shut down the pill mills; put crooked doctors in jail.
    John Kasich: StartTalking! Talk to kids to say no to opiates.
    John Carney: Impose new protections for the safe prescribing of opioids.
    Roy Cooper: Eliminate stigma & encourage opioid addicts to get treatment.
    Jim Justice: We have to have stiffer laws to fix the drug problem.
    Matt Bevin: Crack down on drug dealers and others who abuse the system.
    Larry Hogan: Created the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force.
    Brian Sandoval: Rid the state of the scourge of opioid abuse.
    Brian Sandoval: I opposed legalization, but let's make pot market work well.
    Eric Holcomb: Attack epidemic with prevention, treatment & enforcement.
    Rick Snyder: Enforce prescription law, but Good Samaritans get treatment.
    Terry McAuliffe: Second chance at citizenship for recovering addicts.
    Chris Christie: Jailing & stigmatizing addiction victims won't help.
    Doug Ducey: Drug addiction is an epidemic plaguing our entire country.
    Robert Bentley: Fight opioid addiction and fight drug abuse.
    Tom Wolf: Opioid epidemic has stolen the futures of far too many.
    Roy Cooper: 4,700 additional Pre-K slots for at-risk 4-year olds.
    Roy Cooper: NC GROW: Getting Ready for Opportunities in the Workforce.
    Chris Sununu: Increase operating budget $10M of Community College System.
    Doug Burgum: Kids can't prepare for 21st century using 19th-century model.
    Jim Justice: Return education back from bureaucracies to local level.
    Jim Justice: Replace Smarter Balance with ACT testing.
    Jim Justice: We're dead last: 2% teacher raise; and dump state testing.
    Larry Hogan: $7M for student scholarships to attend a private school.
    Larry Hogan: Tuition relief for state colleges: 2% growth cap.
    Larry Hogan: More charter school choice; more P-TECH schools.
    Greg Abbott: Fully fund GURI: Governor's University Research Initiative.
    Bill Haslam: Narrow score gaps for minority and female students.
    Bill Haslam: STRONG Act: tuition-free public college for veterans.
    Bruce Rauner: $100M for early education; close district funding gaps.
    Phil Scott: Realign funding toward early care and trades training.
    Phil Scott: $4M to state colleges; low tuition increases thru 2021.
    Steve Bullock: Increase funding for higher education.
    Steve Bullock: Invest in publicly funded early childhood education.
    Brian Sandoval: $115 million in new investments for higher education.
    Gina Raimondo: PrepareRI Dual Enrollment: free tuition for high schoolers.
    Gina Raimondo: All-day kindergarten for all; computers in every school.
    Rick Snyder: CCSTEP: capital equipment for training in community colleges.
    Asa Hutchinson: ArFuture Grants: pay tuition & stay in state for 3 years.
    Kim Reynolds: Future Ready Iowa: 70% of Iowans beyond high school.
    Sam Brownback: TeachersKan: scholarship program for Kansas college students.
    Scott Walker: Private refinancing options for student loan debt.
    Terry Branstad: Future Ready Iowa: 70% of Iowans beyond high school.
    Terry Branstad: Teacher Leadership System for every public school.
    Butch Otter: $58M to make public school teacher pay competitive.
    Doug Ducey: Lead the nation on school choice and charters.
    Doug Ducey: Invest in public school teachers with tuition & bonuses.
    Kate Brown: Oregon Promise: community college access program.
Energy & Oil
    Jim Christiana: Cut spending, cut taxes.
    Doug Burgum: Protest campers at Dakota Access Pipeline should leave.
    Jim Justice: Lower the severance tax on coal and gas.
    Jim Justice: Lower, and then tier, the severance tax on coal and gas.
    Larry Hogan: Clean Cars Act: invest in electric cars & charging stations.
    Phil Scott: Tax holiday on hybrids, electric vehicles, & green products.
    Charlie Baker: Reduce carbon footprint while maintaining supply of energy.
    Jerry Brown: No climate deniers: the science is clear; the danger is real.
    David Ige: 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2045.
    Rick Snyder: Protect our environment while meeting our energy needs.
    Susana Martinez: Diversify so we're not at mercy of federal government.
    Matt Mead: $10M prize for making a useful product from captured CO2.
    John Kasich: $2.5B invested in cleaning Lake Erie, and keep it clean.
    Chris Sununu: Fund asbestos cleanup, and clean water infrastructure.
    Jim Justice: I love the outdoors, but regulatory agencies tell you no.
    Larry Hogan: Reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment in Chesapeake Bay.
    Bruce Rauner: Test drinking water for lead, as social justice issue.
    Phil Scott: $50M for clean-up of our impaired waterways.
    Rick Snyder: Pure Michigan: promote tourism like U.P. and brewery trail.
    Rick Snyder: More resources to fight invasive species in Great Lakes.
    Rick Snyder: Work tirelessly, plus $27M, to make Flint's water safe.
    Matt Mead: Improve Endangered Species Act: only 1% ever got delisted.
    Gary Herbert: Re-opened National Parks during 2013 shutdown.
    Robert Bentley: Gulf State Park: economically & environmentally sustainable.
Families & Children
    John Bel Edwards: Family Services placed 735 kids in foster homes despite cuts.
    John Kasich: CATCH court: prostitutes are victims of human trafficking.
    John Carney: Re-establish the Family Services Cabinet Council.
    Matt Bevin: Czar to overhaul state foster care and adoption programs.
    Larry Hogan: Pass the Common Sense Paid Sick Leave Act.
    Greg Abbott: Reform Child Protective System or more children will die.
    Bruce Rauner: Created the Governor's Cabinet on Children and Youth.
    Phil Scott: $800,000 for Guardians ad Litem for kids of drug addicts.
    Phil Scott: $7.5 million for Child Care Financial Assistance.
    Steve Bullock: Don't cut workers from Child and Family Services Division.
    Eric Greitens: Let parents decide how to spend special needs funding.
    Gina Raimondo: Pass modern, common-sense paid sick leave laws.
    Phil Bryant: $34M for new Department of Child Protection Services.
    Peter Ricketts: More resources for Child and Family Services.
    Nathan Deal: 19% pay raise for Family and Children Services.
    Asa Hutchinson: More funding for foster children.
    Andrew Cuomo: Middle Class Child Care Tax Credit for 200,000 families.
    Doug Ducey: Automatically screen all babies for SCID.
    Doug Ducey: Grandmother Stipend: fund foster care for relatives.
    Robert Bentley: Fund treatment for low-income children with Autism Spectrum.
    Tom Wolf: Improve home-based & community-based senior care services.
Foreign Policy
    Greg Abbott: Texas is exceptional; we'd be world's 10th largest economy.
Free Trade
    Jim Justice: Bring manufacturing back from Vietnam, China and Mexico.
    David Ige: Hawaii dominated world trade via entrepreneurial innovation.
    Eric Holcomb: We're as likely to trade with Germany as with Georgia.
Government Reform
    Jim Justice: Appoint a Waste Czar to root out agency excess.
    Larry Hogan: Disallow legislators from drawing their own district lines.
    Bruce Rauner: The people demanded fair districting; judges denied them.
    Terry McAuliffe: Photo ID law made it significantly harder to vote.
    Dennis Daugaard: Red Tape Repeal: remove 4,000 obsolete laws & rules.
    Dan Malloy: Cut state agencies by 28% and cut state workforce by 9%.
Gun Control
    Matt Mead: New initiative for public shooting ranges.
    Terry McAuliffe: Keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
Health Care
    John Bel Edwards: Medicaid expansion reduced uninsured by 43% & saved $200M.
    John Kasich: Medicaid expansion brought health care to 700,000 people.
    Chris Sununu: Push for a true accounting of our Medicaid program.
    Mark Dayton: Preserve successes like Medicaid expansion & MinnesotaCare.
    John Hickenlooper: Basic health care is a right, not a privilege.
    Asa Hutchinson: $5M for Mental Health Stabilization Centers.
    Sam Brownback: Refusing ObamaCare like declining a discount on the Titanic.
    Terry Branstad: Transform mental health system to community-based model.
Homeland Security
    Rick Scott: $6 million for counterterrorism and police equipment.
    Phil Scott: $500,000 for college scholarships for veterans at UVM.
    Charlie Baker: $4,000 tax credit for hiring unemployed veterans.
    Matt Mead: Long-term commitment for veteran's tuition waiver.
    Terry McAuliffe: Expand Virginia Values Veterans program: help vets find work.
    Greg Abbott: Enforce against sanctuary cities or more Texans will die.
    Jay Inslee: Stand up proudly for DREAMers.
    John Bel Edwards: Close gender wage gap by ending corporate "pay secrecy".
    John Bel Edwards: Meaningful increase to the minimum wage.
    Roy Cooper: Grow out Unemployment Trust Fund to more than $2 billion.
    Larry Hogan: New jobs in manufacturing led to low unemployment.
    Greg Abbott: No state deductions of union dues on paychecks.
    Phil Scott: Deal with Vermont's shrinking workforce population.
    Jerry Brown: Raised minimum wage and reduced unemployment.
    Mark Dayton: Unemployment is down, but average family is poorer.
    Eric Greitens: Right to Work instead of Project Labor Agreements.
    Eric Holcomb: Five pillars: 21st century workforce is magnet for jobs.
    Gina Raimondo: Give everyone chance for dignified work at a decent wage.
    Rick Snyder: People now moving to Michigan for good jobs.
    Kate Brown: Raised minimum wage for struggling Oregon families.
    Dan Malloy: Pushed bill to protect advanced manufacturing jobs.
Local Issues
    John Carney: Develop incubators like DTP @ STAR, full on Day 1.
    Larry Hogan: Repeal the misguided Road Kill Bill.
    Andrew Cuomo: Buffalo Billion: make up for 50 years of state inattention.
    Robert Bentley: Fix the fatally-dangerous Redmill Bridge, despite obstacles.
Principles & Values
    John Carney: Delawareans are willing to chip in and help, if all do.
    Roy Cooper: Common Ground Solutions instead of either/or choices.
    Bill Walker: Cancer survivor after routine prostrate cancer screening.
    Nikki Haley: State workers all say "It's a Great Day in South Carolina".
    Robert Bentley: Great State 2019 Plan: purpose by the One who ordained us.
Social Security
    Matt Bevin: Increase taxes to fund Kentucky Retirement Systems.
    Larry Hogan: Eliminate all taxes on retirement income.
    Gina Raimondo: Get most state retirees a cost of living increase.
    Dan Malloy: 78% of our state pension fund is making up for past mistakes.
Tax Reform
    John Bel Edwards: Reform tax structure or face $1.3B fiscal cliff in 2018.
    John Bel Edwards: Reduce sales tax; eliminate federal income tax deductibility.
    John Carney: Share sacrifice of budget cuts and tax hikes.
    Jim Justice: Increase fees, gas tax, and business tax to close deficit.
    Greg Abbott: The only good tax is a dead tax.
    Mark Dayton: Tax cuts for the wealthy do not lead to economic growth.
    Gina Raimondo: Reduced the corporate minimum tax.
    Gina Raimondo: Cut car tax by at least 30%.
    Chris Christie: Put the death tax on life support.
    John Bel Edwards: Gas tax to pay for transportation and coastal infrastructure.
    Roy Cooper: Rural high-speed broadband access, and technical training.
    Chris Sununu: Double infrastructure grants to towns for roads and bridges.
    Doug Burgum: Main Street Initiative: use existing infrastructure fully.
    Jim Justice: Bid all road jobs, with 5% construction severance.
    Larry Hogan: Fix all 69 structurally deficient bridges that we inherited.
    Greg Abbott: Innovation renaissance: biotech, wearable tech, clean tech.
    Bill Haslam: Tools to be successful: good roads and broadband access.
    Bruce Rauner: Increase state transparency: millions of documents online.
    Charlie Baker: Last Mile program: high-speed internet for rural communities.
    Mark Dayton: $6B investment in highway projects & infrastructure.
    Brian Sandoval: $3.5M for cyberdefense against unprecedented threats.
    Eric Greitens: Replace 1959 COBOL systems with online government.
    Eric Holcomb: High-tech is key to unlocking 21st century economy.
    Eric Holcomb: Invest a little more to keep the Crossroads of America.
    Gina Raimondo: RhodeWorks: fix highways ad 12n0 bridges.
    Rick Snyder: Invest billions to address risk of aging infrastructure.
    Nathan Deal: Make GA the Silicon Valley of the South via cyber security.
    Dennis Daugaard: Online retailers should voluntarily remit sales tax.
    Kim Reynolds: STEM initiative to prepare for a 21st century economy.
    Scott Walker: $35 million to expand broadband access grant program.
    Butch Otter: Support STEM Action Center and Computer Science Initiative.
    Dan Malloy: On-time on-budget completion of Q Bridge project & CTfastrak.
War & Peace
    Rick Scott: $1M for Homes for Heroes; $102M for active military & vets.
    Brian Sandoval: Inspired by Nevadans serving in 5 middle eastern countries.
Welfare & Poverty
    John Kasich: Welfare without a path to work doesn't work.
    Roy Cooper: Create affordable, available housing for disaster recovery.
    Phil Scott: $35 million housing bond for full spectrum of housing.
    Brian Sandoval: $1.5M more for Meals-on-Wheels for seniors.
    Phil Bryant: Create the Mississippi Faith-Based Advisory Council.
    John Hickenlooper: Use marijuana tax revenue to address chronic homelessness.
    John Hickenlooper: More affordable housing via construction defects legislation.
    Doug Ducey: 12 months extra food stamps if you're looking for a job.

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