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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)

Book Reviews

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Survey of 2013 Senate, House, and Gubernatorial campaign websites


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Abortion
    Vance McAllister: Stand strong for the unborn.
    Marty Walsh: More to be done for access to reproductive choices.
    Bill de Blasio: Protect the right to choose.
    Katherine Clark: Defend women's access to family planning and birth control.
    Liz Cheney: I am strongly pro-life.
    Nancy Mace: Defend life and liberty from conception to natural death.
    Jason Smith: Don't abandon traditional Judeo-Christian values.
    Barbara Buono: Promote potentially life-saving stem cell research.
    Gabriel Gomez: I am pro-life, but Roe v. Wade is settled law.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Protect life and families.
    Terry McAuliffe: Don't interfere with decisions better made by women.
    Robin Kelly: Work to preserve abortion rights.
    Mead Treadwell: I am pro-life; I am pro-family.
    Mead Treadwell: Support parental notification for minors getting abortions.
    Karen Handel: Prioritize on the sanctity of human life.
    Karen Handel: Adult stem cells but no embryonic stem cells.
Budget & Economy
    Vance McAllister: More spending means more debt for our children.
    Bradley Byrne: Lead the charge to balance budget & hold line on spending.
    Jay Stamper: Open discussion of tax and entitlement reform.
    Jay Stamper: Raise the debt ceiling; then consider new revenue.
    Jay Stamper: No to mindless across-the-board sequester cuts.
    Nancy Mace: Day of reckoning is coming if politicians continue to spend.
    Jason Smith: Support Balanced Budget Amendment, like 49 states out of 50.
    Brian Schatz: Established the Hawaii Fair Share Initiative.
    Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: Drop the foolish idea of across-the-board cuts.
    Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: Supports raising the debt ceiling.
    Steve Lynch: 2011: Supported sequestration and SuperCommittee.
    Steve Lynch: Sequestration: Across-the-board cuts are a bad idea.
    Gabriel Gomez: Enact meaningful, fair, bipartisan spending reductions.
    Robin Kelly: Fight the Republican assault on the middle class.
    Dan Wolf: Make home insurance more competitive & more transparent.
    Steve Lonegan: End out-of-control spending; freeze spending and debt.
Civil Rights
    Marty Walsh: Care for our LGBTQ elders and support our LGBTQ youth.
    Marty Walsh: Gender wage gap is still $10B per year in Boston.
    Bill de Blasio: Co-sponsored the Gender Based Discrimination Protection law.
    Bill de Blasio: Increase NYC usage of minority businesses from 3% to 10%.
    Katherine Clark: Equal pay for equal work by women.
    Katherine Clark: Let out-of-state gay couples marry in Massachusetts.
    Nancy Mace: First woman to graduate from The Citadel.
    Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: Our diversity is one of our great strengths.
    Gabriel Gomez: Same sex couples should be free to marry.
    Heritage Foundation: Redefining marriage sabotages child-rearing.
    Karen Handel: Enforce marriage as one man and one woman.
Corporations
    Bill de Blasio: Preserve physical integrity of Industrial Business Zones.
    Robert Sarvis: End ALL government subsidies of specific industries.
    Jay Stamper: Wasteful tax loopholes only benefit profitable corporations.
    Robin Kelly: Small businesses are the engines of our recovery.
    Dan Wolf: Founded Cape Air; chairs Cape Cod Business Roundtable.
    Dan Wolf: Ensure that our future, not corporate profit, comes first.
    Alison Grimes: Make the Secretary of State's office more business friendly.
    Karen Handel: High taxes inhibit job creation & stifle entrepreneurialism.
    Steve Lonegan: NJ has worst business tax and highest state tax.
Crime
    Marty Walsh: More community policing & diversions for non-violent crimes.
    Bill de Blasio: Stop-and-frisk disproportionately targets people of color.
    Bill de Blasio: Invest in Shot Spotter technology: audio & video on streets.
    Robert Sarvis: Reverse the militarization of law-enforcement tactics.
    Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: Focus on fraudulent telemarketers who target elderly.
    Ken Cuccinelli: 1991: established Sexual Assault Fact & Education (SAFE).
    Ken Cuccinelli: Fought the war against human trafficking since 2006.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Free wrongly convicted, when technology proves innocence.
Drugs
    Marty Walsh: Create an Office of Addiction Recovery Services.
    Bill de Blasio: 50,000 arrests for marijuana possession unjust and wrong.
    Robert Sarvis: Legalize marijuana & decriminalize harder drugs.
Education
    Marty Walsh: Further raise public confidence in Boston Public Schools.
    Bill de Blasio: Stop closures & develop a minimum of 100 community schools.
    Bill de Blasio: Create an early warning system before school failures.
    Katherine Clark: Support early intervention and early childhood education.
    Robert Sarvis: Bad schools persist because politicians are in charge.
    Robert Sarvis: Supports vouchers, tax credit, charters, & parental triggers.
    Barbara Buono: Provide equitable K-12 funding across New Jersey.
    Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: Portfolio of public options: magnet, charter, Montessori.
    Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: Quality public education is the key to our future.
    ACLU: Oppose CO voucher system because it funds religious schools.
    Heritage Foundation: Support Colorado voucher system: 75% funding to any school.
    Ken Cuccinelli: No child should be forced to remain in a failing school.
    Terry McAuliffe: We're not doing enough to support our schools.
    Dan Wolf: Serving on board of Sturgis Charter.
    Karen Handel: Make approving Charter Schools easier and less cumbersome.
Energy & Oil
    Marty Walsh: Reduce Boston's carbon emissions & mitigate climate change.
    Bill de Blasio: No to fracking; yes to wind, solar, & geothermal.
    Katherine Clark: Carbon tax: it's time to get America running on clean energy.
    Jay Stamper: Invest in a clean-energy economy.
    Barbara Buono: Invest in our solar and renewable energy industries.
    Brian Schatz: Focus on clean energy and fighting climate change.
    Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: Clemson's Restoration Institute: 1000s of wind-turbine jobs.
    Gabriel Gomez: Climate change is real, but don't disadvantage America.
    Gabriel Gomez: Wrong to stop the Keystone pipeline.
    Heritage Foundation: Environmental fracking via local decision on Marcellus Shale.
    Ken Cuccinelli: We need oil, natural gas, and coal, plus new sources.
    Terry McAuliffe: Capture wind offshore: for jobs & green energy.
    Heritage Foundation: Carbon tax would hurt economy but not reduce global warming.
    Heritage Foundation: CO2 restrictions threaten property rights & economic freedom.
    Dan Wolf: Make the Cape and Islands energy neutral by 2030.
    Dan Wolf: Green Initiatives like solar panels have economic payback.
    Steve Lonegan: Stop gasoline tax hikes.
Environment
    Marty Walsh: More programs in parks and green spaces.
    Bill de Blasio: Increase bicycling to 6% of all NYC trips by 2020.
    Bill de Blasio: SPARE pledge: Stop Polystyrene & Revitalize the Environment.
    Barbara Buono: Stop pollution waivers: they dirty our air and water.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Reform eminent domain laws; only for true public uses.
    Heritage Foundation: Theory that "humans are a plague on earth" is wrong.
    Dan Wolf: Concentrate new building while preserving open space.
    Dan Wolf: Keep wastewater from drinking water and shorelines.
    Steve Lonegan: Restrict Eminent Domain; repeal regulations for high-density.
Families & Children
    Katherine Clark: Champion of victims' rights in domestic violence.
    Barbara Buono: Passed historic family leave legislation.
    Dan Wolf: Real estate tax abatements for elderly on fixed income.
    Steve Lonegan: Stand up to elite who look down on your values.
Foreign Policy
    Gabriel Gomez: I support a two-state solution for Israel.
Government Reform
    Bill de Blasio: Battle corrupting influence of corporate money in politics.
    Bill de Blasio: Citizens United is a body blow to our democracy.
    Nancy Mace: I don't trust this government; it overreached its boundaries.
    Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: If Congress were a business, our leaders would be fired.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse: I've actually done it.
    Alison Grimes: Kentuckians need greater access to polls.
    Karen Handel: No "secret orders"; no nepotism; no revolving door.
Gun Control
    Vance McAllister: Stand strong for the 2nd Amendment.
    Bradley Byrne: Gun restrictions don't address true reason for mass tragedy.
    Bill de Blasio: Wall Street for Change: campaign to support gun divestment.
    Katherine Clark: Ban assault weapons; implement universal background checks.
    Robert Sarvis: Gun-control measures fail to reduce violent crime.
    Nancy Mace: Debate over gun rights ended with the Second Amendment.
    Eric Garcetti: Track record of leadership against gun˙violence.
    Jason Smith: Right to bear arms is as fundamental.
    Barbara Buono: Restrict military grade and high capacity magazines.
    Gabriel Gomez: I am a strong Second Amendment supporter.
    Karen Handel: Opposes assault weapons ban; supports concealed carry.
Health Care
    Vance McAllister: Repeal ObamaCare, red tape and bureaucracy.
    Bill de Blasio: Recruit & train nurses without need to go overseas.
    Bill de Blasio: Enroll 600,000 more New Yorkers in ObamaCare by 2018.
    Bill de Blasio: Train New Yorkers to fill 16,000 nursing positions.
    Robert Sarvis: Focus on catastrophic insurance & cash subsidies.
    Peter King: Increase funding for mammographies & breast cancer research.
    Jay Stamper: No privatizing Medicare; and no voucher system.
    Jay Stamper: Implement what works in ObamaCare and fix what doesn't.
    Jason Smith: Defund ObamaCare; no government-run programs.
    Barbara Buono: Expand health care for low-income New Jerseyans.
    Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: Implement what works in ObamaCare, and fix what doesn't.
    Gabriel Gomez: Let states design their own systems instead of ObamaCare.
    Heritage Foundation: Providing basics ok; telling people what to buy is not ok.
    Heritage Foundation: Replace mandates; let consumers decide on coverage.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Government out of healthcare decisions: focus on competition.
    Terry McAuliffe: Expand Medicaid with $21B in federal funds.
    Karen Handel: Supports free-market system; opposes single payer system.
Homeland Security
    Bradley Byrne: Do more--much more--to ensure our national defense.
    Marty Walsh: Values the sacrifice of veterans & provide benefits.
    Mike Rounds: Saved Ellsworth Air Force Base from closure in 2005.
    Peter King: Wiretapping ok to defend against Islamic terrorism.
    Jay Stamper: Increase funding for veterans' benefits; we need to do more.
    Jay Stamper: SC's military bases contribute $16B and 11,000 jobs.
    Nancy Mace: Provide resources for military's no-fail mission.
    Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: Dedicate a staff person to work on behalf of veterans.
    Gabriel Gomez: Essential for freedom that America maintain strong defense.
Immigration
    Bradley Byrne: Secure our borders and stop illegal immigration.
    Marty Walsh: More services via New Bostonians Office.
    Bill de Blasio: Greater outreach and assistance to immigrant entrepreneurs.
    Bill de Blasio: Created privately-funded the DREAM fellowship.
    Bill de Blasio: Universal City ID for services for undocumented immigrants.
    Katherine Clark: Path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
    Peter King: We must secure our borders; 700 mile fence on Mexican border.
    Nancy Mace: Citizenship should be earned.
    Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: Since 1800s, America is a land of promise and freedom.
    Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: Comprehensive immigration reform with path to citizenship.
    Gabriel Gomez: Bring undocumented workers out of the shadows.
    Gabriel Gomez: Legal immigration is a great benefit to this country.
    Karen Handel: SAVE: Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlement Program.
Jobs
    Bill de Blasio: Peg living wage to increases in the cost of living.
    Katherine Clark: Raise the minimum wage; it has fallen since the 1980s.
    Nancy Mace: In order to have jobs, you must have employers.
    Eric Garcetti: Create one online portal for job seekers.
    Jason Smith: Government can't create jobs; small business does.
    Barbara Buono: Raise minimum wage & restore Earned Income Tax Credit.
    Tim Scott: 2010: Fought the National Labor Relations Board, and won.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Government does not create jobs; people do.
    Dan Wolf: Government part of sustaining a strong fishing community.
Principles & Values
    Bradley Byrne: Focus on traditional Alabama values for a better America.
Social Security
    Bradley Byrne: Protect our seniors' investments; keep government promises.
    Katherine Clark: Keep our promises to seniors: keep retirement age & no cuts.
    Peter King: Strong supporter of preserving Social Security.
    Jay Stamper: I do not support privatizing Social Security.
    Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: No privatization; no vouchers; no cuts.
    Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: Keep the promises made to and paid for by our seniors.
    Gabriel Gomez: Commit to reforming without scare tactics.
    Robin Kelly: Oppose raising the eligibility age for receiving benefits.
    Dan Wolf: Stronger social support for older residents benefits us all.
Tax Reform
    Vance McAllister: Government is too big, taxes are too high.
    Bradley Byrne: Fight for a simpler and fairer tax code.
    Robert Sarvis: Eliminate or dramatically reduce the income tax.
    Jay Stamper: Drop the foolish idea of across-the-board cuts.
    Nancy Mace: Every government dollar would be better spent by taxpayers.
    Jason Smith: Simplify tax code & cut red tape.
    Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: Be fair to middle-class families and small businesses.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Reform tax system to encourage entrepreneurs.
    Heritage Foundation: True tax reform is revenue-neutral by lowering rates.
    Karen Handel: Support FairTax; eliminate personal income tax.
    Steve Lonegan: Taxpayers First: mandate public vote for increasing debt.
Technology
    Bradley Byrne: Build new I-10 bridge & deepen Mobile harbor.
    Marty Walsh: Modern transportation system means less traffic congestion.
    Bill de Blasio: Keep MTA fares affordable via payroll tax.
    Bill de Blasio: Create public Wi-Fi hot zones & citywide broadband.
    Robert Sarvis: 21st-century transportation policy based on user-pays.
    Jay Stamper: Rebuild our antiquated system of roads, bridges and ports.
    Eric Garcetti: Supports investment in public transportation.
    Barbara Buono: Take federal $3B to build ARC tunnel from NJ to NYC.
    Elizabeth Colbert-Busch: Millions of jobs rebuilding our antiquated roads.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Focus on traffic congestion and capacity problems.
    Terry McAuliffe: Our infrastructure system feels outdated and inefficient.
    Robin Kelly: Support South Suburban Airport and the Red Line Expansion.
    Dan Wolf: Multi-modal transit is the way to go.
War & Peace
    Nancy Mace: Only Congress has the ability to declare war.
Welfare & Poverty
    Bill de Blasio: Recognize & legalize basement apartments & granny flats.
    Mike Rounds: Launched several initiatives to develop economy.
    Tim Scott: Conservative values based on "think your way out of poverty".


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