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)
| 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)
(click a book cover for a review or other books by or about the presidency from Amazon.com)
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Bill Lee: Seeing premature granddaughter strengthened my resolve.
Tate Reeves: Our commitment to pro-life values must never waver.
Henry McMaster: Prevent funneling of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood.
Brian Kemp: We need to protect the unborn and the born.
Kim Reynolds: State constitution does not grant right to abortion.
Phil Murphy: Codify woman's full reproductive rights into state law.
Jim Justice: Without any question whatsoever, I stand with the unborn.
Ralph Northam: End laws restricting woman's right to direct her health care.
Budget & Economy|
Kay Ivey: $122 million to Rebuild Alabama infrastructure.
Kay Ivey: Gather the facts on whether to allow state gaming & lottery.
Bill Lee: Investment & incentives to support rural counties.
Gary Herbert: Efforts to develop rural Utah are paying off.
Doug Burgum: Increased teacher & state employee pay without raising taxes.
J.B. Pritzker: A balanced budget reflects our values as a state.
Mike Dunleavy: We can't spend what we don't have.
Mike Dunleavy: Create a statewide lottery.
Janet Mills: Tax credit for new business will diversify economy.
Andy Beshear: Fully supports legalized sports betting.
Eric Holcomb: Building "One Indiana" border to border.
Gina Raimondo: We've made it easier to do business in Rhode Island.
Gina Raimondo: Put line-item veto on the ballot.
Phil Scott: We don't need more taxes; we need more taxpayers.
Andrew Cuomo: Many building projects; all on budget.
Andrew Cuomo: I'm not in business of papering over problems with money.
Ralph Northam: Built up financial reserves six times to $1.9 billion.
J.B. Pritzker: Pride flag flew at state capitol for first tie in history.
Andy Beshear: Restore voting rights to non-violent offenders.
Andy Beshear: Diversity isn't a buzz word; it's a value.
Andrew Cuomo: Prosecute violent hate as domestic terrorism.
Ralph Northam: Remove discriminatory language from Virginia laws.
J.B. Pritzker: Phasing out corporate franchise tax helped small business.
Jim Justice: Eliminate business inventory and machinery tax if we can.
Kay Ivey: Build three new prisons, but focus on rehabilitation.
Bill Lee: Increase penalties for firearm theft & reckless endangerment.
Bill Lee: Improve supervision; encourage hiring of former prisoners.
Kevin Stitt: Consolidated work of Dept. of Corrections and Parole Board.
J.B. Pritzker: Criminal justice reform starts with phasing out cash bail.
Mike Dunleavy: The days of catch-and-release are over.
John Carney: Inmates should leave prison better than when they entered.
Henry McMaster: Invest $100 million in upgrading prisons.
Tony Evers: Granted the first pardons in our state in nine years.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Dangerous, repeat offenders have got to be in jail.
Brian Kemp: Launched Anti-Gang Task Force to keep neighborhoods safe.
Brian Kemp: We must end modern-day slavery in our state.
Mike Parson: I am not interested in building more prisons.
Eric Holcomb: Training programs for felons reduced recidivism.
Kim Reynolds: Priority to focus on prisoner re-entry, rehabilitation.
Doug Ducey: Decreased recidivism means a state prison can be shut down.
Andrew Cuomo: Bail reform is right, but complicated.
Ralph Northam: Release unthreatening older or terminally offenders.
Brad Little: Intervention better than incarceration to turn lives around.
J.B. Pritzker: Legal cannabis creates jobs, businesses, new tax revenue.
Charlie Baker: Led the nation in responding to warning signs for vaping.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Cannabis is the next frontier of economic expansion.
Jim Justice: Create Narcotics Intelligence Unit strike force.
Chris Sununu: Obtained $26 million grant for Preschool Development.
Chris Sununu: Compromise on student debt relief at no expense to taxpayers.
Kay Ivey: $25 million for Pre-K; $1B for public schools & colleges.
Bill Lee: 4% salary boost for teachers; make $40,000 minimum salary.
Bill Lee: Focus on new initiatives in teacher training.
Kevin Stitt: Raise donations caps for fund for public and private schools.
Doug Burgum: Help students be "choice ready" for their career paths.
Gretchen Whitmer: Double down on investment in early literacy.
Gretchen Whitmer: Increase number of post-secondary credentials to 60% by 2030.
J.B. Pritzker: Illinois will be best state for young families.
J.B. Pritzker: Added 10,000 scholarships, free tuition at U. of Illinois.
Mike Dunleavy: Introduced bipartisan Alaska Reads Act to promote literacy.
Tate Reeves: Let's pay our teachers as much as we can possibly afford.
John Carney: Opportunity Funding targets resources to neediest students.
Henry McMaster: Boost teacher pay; surpass southeastern average salaries.
Henry McMaster: Fund PreK for needy kids, including religious schools.
Henry McMaster: 5% funding increase for colleges not raising tuition.
Tony Evers: Education debt affects not just students, but their families.
Charlie Baker: Vocational schools should provide classes in three shifts.
Janet Mills: Restore budget cuts to higher education.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Pay teachers more; hire more teachers: education a priority.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Make tuition-free higher education a reality.
Brian Kemp: $2000 pay raise for all public school teachers.
Mike Parson: Invest in advanced training in high demand areas.
Peter Ricketts: $16 million in scholarships to connect students with careers.
Andy Beshear: Waive GED testing fee for those who can't afford it.
Andy Beshear: Teachers deserve a living wage, teacher shortage is a threat.
Andy Beshear: End historic cuts to universities, community colleges.
Eric Holcomb: $115 million to increase teacher pay, more to come.
Gina Raimondo: Additional $30 million to support schools statewide.
Gina Raimondo: Make scholarships for community college permanent.
Kim Reynolds: We need 100% of schools to teach computer science.
Phil Murphy: Tuition-free community college for eligible students.
Ron DeSantis: Boost teacher's minimum salary to $47,500.
Ron DeSantis: Parents should have public school choice.
Doug Ducey: Invest in teachers, students and K-12 public schools.
Doug Ducey: Have a school day devoted to instruction on civics.
Jared Polis: Achieve universal pre-school for 4-year-olds by end of term.
Jared Polis: Increased higher education funding, plus $100 for newborns.
Phil Scott: Build the country's best cradle-to-career education system.
Ralph Northam: $95 million for early childhood education for at-risk kids.
Ralph Northam: Financial aid: Get skilled, get a job, give back.
Brad Little: Doubled funding for literacy; don't rely on property tax.
Brad Little: Direct state colleges & universities to work together.
Energy & Oil|
Chris Sununu: Rejects regional Transportation & Climate Initiative.
Mark Gordon: Others vilify fossil fuels--not on my watch!
Mark Gordon: Lower severance taxes on natural gas industry.
Gary Herbert: Make commuting by transit as easy as commuting by car.
Doug Burgum: Private sector innovation over regulation on carbon.
J.B. Pritzker: Won't sign an energy bill written by utility companies.
Mike Dunleavy: Alaskan oil industry is undergoing a renaissance.
Mike Dunleavy: Goal of 50% renewable energy by 2025.
John Carney: By 2035, 40% of state's energy from renewable sources.
Tony Evers: We brought science back to the state of Wisconsin.
Charlie Baker: $1 billion for climate resiliency by 2022.
David Ige: 30% renewable energy by 2020; carbon negative by 2045.
Janet Mills: Bring back wind platforms to Maine.
Gina Raimondo: First state to be 100% renewable energy by end of decade.
Jay Inslee: Washington state is a state of climate science acceptance.
Kim Reynolds: New $2 million for Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program.
Phil Murphy: 100% clean energy economy by 2050.
Jared Polis: We all need to lead on clean air and climate.
Phil Scott: Use funds to help Vermonters purchase electric vehicles.
Jim Justice: State's coal can be used for construction instead of fuel.
Ralph Northam: Make Virginia 100% carbon free by 2050.
Brad Little: Supports "cleaner, safer carbon-free nuclear energy".
Mark Gordon: Allow a few corridors for big game migration.
Doug Burgum: Dept. of Environmental Quality to focus on clean air & water.
Mike Dunleavy: The ability to own land is a core American value.
Eric Holcomb: Additional million trees to be planted over next five years.
Kim Reynolds: Increase funding for water quality and conservation.
Doug Ducey: Turn Arizona into international capital for water technology.
Jared Polis: We are loving our public lands to death; needs upgrades.
Ralph Northam: Modernize regulations; strengthen enforcement.
Families & Children|
Chris Sununu: Accommodate infants in workplace; support paid family leave.
Gretchen Whitmer: Extend postpartum care from 60 days to a full year.
John Carney: Give children books free of charge from birth to school.
David Ige: Build 17,000 affordable homes on state-owned land.
Kim Reynolds: Expand Early Childhood tax credits.
Kristi Noem: My vision: maintain our family traditions & way of life.
Jared Polis: Wants "unique Colorado solution" to provide paid leave.
Doug Burgum: We have an amazing relationship with Canada.
Tony Evers: Build Wisconsin's dairy brand in international markets.
Laura Kelly: Kansas is an export state.
Brad Little: New trade agreement with Canada & Mexico good for Idaho.
Mark Gordon: One-time bonus to retain state employees.
Kevin Stitt: Moved from 47th to 7th place in online budget transparency.
Kevin Stitt: Remove two regulations every new one added.
Doug Burgum: Online state services should work like consumer sites.
J.B. Pritzker: End legislators serving as paid lobbyists.
Tate Reeves: Eliminate unfair licensing regulations.
John Carney: Citizens should be able to access state government online.
Tony Evers: Create a nonpartisan redistricting commission.
Mike Parson: Cut government jobs; eliminate one out of five regulations.
Phil Murphy: Undertake ethics reform; address pernicious sexism.
Doug Ducey: Eliminate three regulations for every new one.
Ralph Northam: We need to make it easier to vote, not harder.
Brad Little: Idaho now the least-regulated state in the nation.
Brad Little: Budget reset for all state entities except public education.
John Carney: Keep guns out of the hands of those who would harm.
Gina Raimondo: Close loopholes; ban assault weapons.
Jim Justice: The Second Amendment is ingrained in me.
Ralph Northam: Common sense gun laws do not violate Second Amendment.
Gavin Newsom: CalAIM: physical health & mental health inextricably linked.
Chris Sununu: Allow importation of prescription drugs from Canada.
Chris Sununu: Put suicide prevention for veterans at the forefront.
Mark Gordon: Improve mental health care; launch in-state suicide hotline.
Kay Ivey: Incentivize medical professionals to build rural practices.
Bill Lee: Create K-12 Mental Health Trust Fund for teachers & students.
Bill Lee: Extend postpartum coverage under TennCare to 12 months.
Kevin Stitt: SoonerCare 2.0: Medicaid modest premiums & work requirements.
J.B. Pritzker: Made health care more available & more affordable.
Tate Reeves: Invest in health care without succumbing to big government.
John Carney: Reduced rates has led to almost 95% with insurance.
Charlie Baker: Modern health issues more challenging than in the past.
Laura Kelly: Kansas must become 37th state to expand Medicaid.
Mike Parson: Expand rural access to emergency & mental health care.
Andy Beshear: Pass state law protecting people with preexisting conditions.
Andy Beshear: Rescinded Medicaid waiver, stopped managed care contracts.
Gina Raimondo: Almost 97% insurance rate through state health exchange.
Kim Reynolds: Shift mental health funding from property tax to state.
Kim Reynolds: Telehealth is a reality and will help underserved Iowans.
Phil Murphy: We're protecting the Affordable Care Act.
Doug Ducey: Insurance companies should cover mental health care.
Jared Polis: Proposes drug price transparency & public option.
Phil Scott: Must increase affordability of health insurance.
Jim Justice: We can all agree on protection for preexisting conditions.
Jim Justice: Establish Medicaid Families First Reserve Fund.
Ralph Northam: When people are healthy, they contribute to our economy.
Brad Little: First state to introduce "enhanced short-term plans".
Henry McMaster: Don't tax uniformed retirees: veterans, cops, firefighters.
Henry McMaster: Proposes a significant investment in National Guard armories.
Peter Ricketts: Retain our veterans with military retirement tax relief.
J.B. Pritzker: Will not be complicit in shameful, draconian policies.
Doug Ducey: Supports ballot initiative to ban sanctuary cities.
Jared Polis: Appointed first DREAMer to serve on state board.
Jim Justice: I hope and pray we never have sanctuary cities here.
Gavin Newsom: Californians are VIPs of GDP: 1 in 7 new jobs since 2010.
Chris Sununu: Pregnancy should not be a bar to employment.
Doug Burgum: Path to jobs is changing; not just four years of college.
Gretchen Whitmer: Expand right to overtime to tens of thousands of workers.
J.B. Pritzker: Bipartisan infrastructure bill creates 500,000 jobs.
J.B. Pritzker: Illinois Works set strong goals for diversity in hiring.
J.B. Pritzker: Diversity & inclusion in hiring not just a talking point.
John Carney: Grants to small business is investment in the future.
Janet Mills: Scholarships & boosted retirement benefits for firefighters.
Andy Beshear: It's time equal work results in equal pay.
Gina Raimondo: Raise minimum wage; expand earned income tax credit.
Jay Inslee: Goal is meaningful career training for anyone who wants it.
Phil Murphy: Jobs NJ: align education with needs of employers, workers.
Ron DeSantis: No depressed wages for Floridians due to cheap foreign labor.
Doug Ducey: Help rural small businesses get Arizonans back to work.
Jared Polis: Signed equal pay law; supports minority/women owned business.
Jim Justice: Free college has led to record high employment.
Ralph Northam: Raise minimum wage; distinguish contractors and employees.
Doug Burgum: Working with tribal leadership to improve quality of life.
Doug Burgum: People won't move here if spouse faces licensure barrier.
J.B. Pritzker: Ended revoking driver's licenses for parking tickets.
Kim Reynolds: Reform state professional licensing process.
Kristi Noem: Maintain state as "pheasant capital of the world".
Kristi Noem: Occupational licensing laws represent a burden.
Ron DeSantis: Occupational licensing too often hinders upward mobility.
Principles & Values|
Kay Ivey: No one party has a monopoly on good ideas.
Gretchen Whitmer: Michiganders expect results; impatience is a virtue.
J.B. Pritzker: Ignored small problems become big problems.
Mike Dunleavy: We are Alaska, envy of the world.
Henry McMaster: We believe in faith, family, the flag, and freedom.
Tony Evers: 95% of bills in first year had bipartisan support.
Janet Mills: We are not Washington; we are Maine.
Andy Beshear: With great power comes great responsibility.
Eric Holcomb: Every citizen should have equal access and opportunity.
Jay Inslee: Washington best state to do business and to be an employee.
Phil Murphy: Others focus on next election; we focus on next generation.
Jared Polis: Finding common ground part of Colorado Way of Life.
Ralph Northam: We are all equal in the beginning and in the end.
Henry McMaster: Shift pensions from defined benefit to defined contribution.
Bill Lee: Halve professional privilege tax, it's arbitrary and unfair.
Doug Burgum: Exempted military retirement benefits from state income tax.
Doug Burgum: Private investment in infrastructure reduces property taxes.
J.B. Pritzker: Property taxes must be seriously reduced.
Henry McMaster: Cut income tax by $2.6 billion over five years.
Tony Evers: Provided a 10% tax cut for Wisconsin families.
Laura Kelly: Lowering state taxes on groceries a top priority.
Peter Ricketts: Property tax relief is a top priority.
Gina Raimondo: Cut car tax & unemployment insurance tax.
Kim Reynolds: Reduce top state income tax rate to 5.5% by 2023.
Kristi Noem: No state income tax; committed to keeping it that way.
Phil Murphy: Not giving up the fight for a millionaire's tax.
Doug Ducey: No new taxes on my watch.
Jared Polis: Eliminating special interest breaks lowers everyone's rates.
Brad Little: Budget proposes $35 million in grocery tax relief.
Kay Ivey: Every Alabaman should have access to high speed broadband.
Doug Burgum: Technology has ensured abundant food and energy.
Doug Burgum: State-sponsored cyber terrorists are at war with us.
Gretchen Whitmer: Will act on infrastructure if legislature won't.
Tate Reeves: Invest in critical infrastructure, including internet access.
John Carney: New investments on roads, transit, high-speed internet.
Charlie Baker: $18 billion transportation bond bill, the largest ever.
Janet Mills: Proposes $15 million to expand broadband.
Mike Parson: Lack of access to high speed broadband is unacceptable.
Andy Beshear: We must focus on completing important infrastructure.
Gina Raimondo: Fixed roads and bridges; now let's do public transportation.
Kim Reynolds: Broadband is not a luxury; it's critical infrastructure.
Kristi Noem: We have a chance to lead the nation in cybersecurity.
Phil Murphy: Transit system must know where it's going.
Doug Ducey: Connect rural Arizona to high-speed internet.
Phil Scott: We must continue to expand access to broadband.
Andrew Cuomo: Maximize mass transportation & add capacity.
Ralph Northam: Need to change the way transit & roads are funded.
Ralph Northam: We need to invest $35 million per year in broadband.
Brad Little: Improve highway system; invest in broadband.
War & Peace|
Doug Ducey: Eliminate all state income taxes on military pensions.
Welfare & Poverty|
Gavin Newsom: Homelessness must be at the top of our agenda.
Gavin Newsom: Right to Shelter: work with counties on homelessness.
Bill Lee: Recruit business to locate in distressed, at-risk counties.
Henry McMaster: Require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work.
Janet Mills: Build nearly 1000 more affordable homes over 8 years.
Gina Raimondo: Create dedicated funding stream to build new housing.
Jay Inslee: Reduce homelessness by half in next two years.
Jim Justice: If we can't find money to fight hunger, then we're not much.
Ralph Northam: Affordable housing attracts jobs & builds communities.