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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)
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

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Survey of 2014 Gubernatorial campaign websites

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    from Survey of 2014 Gubernatorial campaign websites (number of quotes indicated):
  • Andrew Cuomo (2) New York Democratic Governor
  • Andrew Hunt (10) Georgia Libertarian Governor Challenger
  • Bill Walker (8) Alaska Independent Governor
  • Bob Beauprez (6) Colorado Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Bruce Rauner (5) Illinois Republican Governor
  • Charles Djou (5) Republican Governor challenger U.S. Rep Hawaii-1
  • Charlie Baker (1) Massachusetts Republican Governor
  • Chet Culver (1) Iowa Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
  • David Ige (9) Hawaii Democratic Governor
  • David Walker (16) Connecticut Republican Challengr for Lt. Governor
  • Don Berwick (14) Massachusetts Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Doug Ducey (8) Arizona Republican Governor
  • Duke Aiona (5) Hawaii Republican Challenger
  • Eliot Cutler (13) Maine Independent Challenger
  • Frank Riggs (8) Arizona Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Fred DuVal (10) Arizona Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Gary King (10) New Mexico Democratic Challenger
  • Gina Raimondo (11) Rhode Island Democratic Governor
  • Greg Abbott (6) Texas Republican Governor
  • Jack Hatch (7) Iowa Democratic Challenger
  • Jason Carter (4) Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Joe Dorman (5) Oklahoma Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
  • John Hickenlooper (1) Colorado Democratic Governor
  • Karyn Polito (1) Massachusetts Republican Lt. Governor
  • Katie McGinty (8) Democratic Senate candidate Pennsylvania
  • Larry Hogan (4) Maryland Republican Governor
  • Mark Schauer (4) Michigan Democratic Challenger for Governor
  • Neel Kashkari (6) California Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Paul LePage (1) Maine Republican Governor
  • Peter Ricketts (8) Nebraska Republican Governor
  • Rob Astorino (5) New York Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Steve Grossman (6) Massachusetts Democratic Challenger
  • Tom Foley (2) Connecticut Republican challenger
  • Tom Wolf (16) Pennsylvania Democratic Governor
  • Zephyr Teachout (13) New York Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
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 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Peter Ricketts: Life begins at conception.
    Doug Ducey: Defend the most fundamental right--the right to life.
    Frank Riggs: Conscience clause for businesses: don't mandate abortion.
    Frank Riggs: I believe in the sanctity of life.
    Gary King: Helped defeat ballot measure attacking women's health.
    Tom Wolf: Government should not tell women what choices to make.
    Don Berwick: Fight for full access to basic reproductive health services.
    Eliot Cutler: Unequivocally pro-choice; allow abortions via MaineCare.
Budget & Economy
    Larry Hogan: Job #1: get government off our backs and out of our pockets.
    Doug Ducey: Balance budget without raising taxes.
    David Walker: Revise and respect the Constitutional spending cap.
    Frank Riggs: No one-time gimmicks; we need truth in budgeting.
    Joe Dorman: Prosperity requires more than making irresponsible cuts.
    Rob Astorino: N.Y. is most regulated, least business friendly state.
    Gary King: Less government and less regulation has meant less growth.
    Bob Beauprez: Decrease government's power over the economy.
    Charles Djou: Runaway federal spending threatens our economy & job growth.
Civil Rights
    Gina Raimondo: Fight for pay equity for working women.
    Peter Ricketts: Marriage is the union of one woman and one man.
    Katie McGinty: Morally wrong to fire gays simply because of who they are.
    Katie McGinty: Marriage equality so all can marry the person they love.
    Frank Riggs: Ok for private businesses to decline services to gays.
    Neel Kashkari: Race-based quotas perpetuate existing inequality.
    Gary King: Jobs and economic growth to rural tribal members.
    Gary King: Supports same-sex marriage equality.
    Tom Wolf: Don't tell two people that love each other they can't marry.
    Tom Wolf: Fight salary discrimination based on gender.
    Jason Carter: Look out for all the people, not just some of the people.
    Don Berwick: Equity regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
    Don Berwick: Women should have same opportunities and pay as men.
    Eliot Cutler: Early and vocal supporter of Maine's marriage equality.
    Gina Raimondo: Rhode Island Innovation Institute: bring back manufacturing.
    Larry Hogan: Reduce the burden on job creators.
    Andrew Hunt: Eliminate employment penalty taxes.
    David Walker: Less regulation to promote more company expansion.
    Fred DuVal: Competitiveness Impact Statement before any new laws.
    Zephyr Teachout: Level playing field between family stores and big business.
    Gary King: Corporate tax cuts mean families must pay more.
    Jason Carter: Incentives will attract businesses searching for a new home.
    Tom Wolf: Make Commonwealth an engine for economic development.
    Mark Schauer: Build economy that works for everyone--not just the wealthy.
    Bill Walker: More resources to protect against child abuse.
    Gina Raimondo: Tackle human trafficking and strip clubs.
    Greg Abbott: 2003 Fugitive unit resulted in 4,400 more arrests.
    Eliot Cutler: Assure support services for victims of domestic violence.
    John Hickenlooper: Longer minimum prison sentences do not reduce crime.
    Rob Astorino: Block publication of gun owner names and addresses.
    Rob Astorino: Address root causes of student violence like mental illness.
    Andrew Hunt: Community rehab programs instead of incarceration.
    Karyn Polito: Leading advocate for the passage of "Jessica's Law".
    Doug Ducey: Appoint judges who understand impact their decisions have.
    Zephyr Teachout: Disenfranchising due to criminal convictions is undemocratic.
    Zephyr Teachout: We have a long way to go on criminal justice reform.
    Zephyr Teachout: Give minorities opportunity, not criminal justice system.
    Zephyr Teachout: Raise age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18.
    Gary King: Eradicate human trafficking and crimes against children.
    Don Berwick: Invest in prevention and rehabilitation.
    Mark Schauer: Restore funding for police & fire.
    Bill Walker: Misuse of alcohol and drugs contribute to child abuse.
    Andrew Hunt: Fines instead of imprisonment for non-violent drug offenses.
    Zephyr Teachout: Marijuana decriminalization, on the path to legalization.
    Duke Aiona: Primary architect of state's Drug Court's.
    Don Berwick: Substance abuse treatment instead of incarceration.
    Bill Walker: Our public schools must be adequately funded.
    Bruce Rauner: Let families choose traditional, charter, or private schools.
    Gina Raimondo: Treat teachers as professionals; rebuild school classrooms.
    Peter Ricketts: Oppose the implementation of Common Core.
    Katie McGinty: Strong Schools; Bright Futures:restore $1B in education cuts.
    Andrew Hunt: Increase both public and private school choices.
    Doug Ducey: Option to get kids out of failing schools.
    David Ige: Quality public education necessary for a strong economy.
    David Ige: Implement early education through DOE, not private schools.
    David Walker: More K-12 parental involvement and choice.
    Fred DuVal: Invest early in education; start with all-day kindergarten.
    Joe Dorman: I will continue to be a champion for public education.
    Neel Kashkari: Give freedom & flexibility to teachers, principals & parents.
    Rob Astorino: Common Core has been a disaster; replace with local control.
    Zephyr Teachout: Public education is the foundation of democracy.
    Gary King: End privatization of our public education system.
    Duke Aiona: Substitute teacher in Hawai'i's public schools.
    Jack Hatch: Put quality public education at top of investment list.
    Jason Carter: Restore billions slashed from public education.
    Tom Wolf: Support our state's public education system.
    Tom Wolf: Charters ok, but no mass expansion.
    Don Berwick: Increase "in-district" charter schools; but not for-profit.
    Don Berwick: Absolutely universal access to the best schooling.
    Bob Beauprez: Opt out of Common Core; more choice at local level.
    Eliot Cutler: Earlier schooling; longer school year; more school funding.
    Eliot Cutler: Pay it Forward, Pay it Back: tuition-free college.
    Charles Djou: Empower parental involvement in schools over bureaucracy.
    Steve Grossman: More funding for K-12 & public higher education.
Energy & Oil
    Bill Walker: Develop local alternative energy sources, plus a new gasline.
    Gina Raimondo: Make R.I. a model for climate change preparedness.
    Gina Raimondo: Create state "Green Bank" for clean energy financing.
    Peter Ricketts: Don't reduce the ethanol Renewable Fuels Standard.
    Katie McGinty: Make Pennsylvania a leader in wind and solar once again.
    David Ige: Reduce fossil fuel use; increase renewable energy.
    Andrew Cuomo: Led multi-state effort to lower carbon emissions by 45%.
    David Walker: Reduce energy costs while protecting the environment.
    Fred DuVal: Capitalize on the growth of solar energy.
    Neel Kashkari: Develop the Monterey Shale formation.
    Rob Astorino: Tap into New York's vast energy resources.
    Zephyr Teachout: Reduce carbon emissions& adopt clean sources of energy.
    Zephyr Teachout: Ban fracking; it contaminates our groundwater.
    Tom Wolf: Take advantage of Marcellus Shale.
    Don Berwick: Double down on efforts to reduce our carbon footprint.
    Eliot Cutler: Burning fossil fuels is more and more problematic.
    Steve Grossman: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
    Bill Walker: Fisheries: science-based policy & input from stakeholders.
    Gina Raimondo: Coordinated marketing effort to promote R.I. tourism.
    Greg Abbott: EPA is a runaway federal agency that must be reined in.
    Doug Ducey: Keep decisions in hands of Arizonans, not EPA bureaucrats.
    David Ige: Push Congress to spend more on Hawaii tourism.
    David Ige: Increase funding for watersheds & against invasive species.
    Andrew Cuomo: Commit to a greener future for our children & grandchildren.
    Frank Riggs: Oppose job-killing EPA regulatory mandates.
    Fred DuVal: Preserve and promote state parks.
    Gary King: Stand up for environment; polluters already have clout.
    Jack Hatch: Keep our top soil rich and productive for 100 years.
    Tom Wolf: Marcellus Shale tax for Dept. of Environmental Protection.
    Don Berwick: Clean our water & air, and push other states also.
    Bob Beauprez: Take public lands back from the federal government.
    Eliot Cutler: Helped Senator Ed Muskie craft the Clean Air Act.
    Steve Grossman: Grossman company uses sustainable energy, paper, & ink.
Families & Children
    Fred DuVal: Close "Age Loophole": hard time for soliciting a minor.
    Duke Aiona: Married 33 years; four children and one grandchild.
    Jack Hatch: Partner with faith-based agencies for kids services.
    Eliot Cutler: Empower women to succeed at home and at work.
    Charles Djou: Deeper appreciation of role faith plays in American families.
Free Trade
    Fred DuVal: More export trade with Mexico; border is a strategic asset.
    Neel Kashkari: Work with Washington to pass free trade bills.
Government Reform
    Bruce Rauner: Reduce lobbyist influence; push for term limits.
    Greg Abbott: Voter fraud is real; voter ID is nondiscriminatory.
    Larry Hogan: More transparency, more truthfulness, and tougher ethics.
    Katie McGinty: Make it easier for people to participate in our elections.
    Andrew Hunt: Erase laws instead of creating new ones.
    Andrew Hunt: Ensure easy access to voting, including electronic.
    David Ige: Run government with open & public two-way communication.
    David Walker: Constitution State should call for Constitutional Convention.
    David Walker: Lifetime ban from government if guilty of public corruption.
    David Walker: Support local non-profits to take over social services.
    David Walker: Eliminate egregious loopholes in state campaign finance law.
    Fred DuVal: Ban on legislator gifts from lobbyists or companies.
    Fred DuVal: Toll-free phone number to report unnecessary regulations.
    Zephyr Teachout: Public financing for all statewide and legislative elections.
    Gary King: Created Accountability Division to fight public corruption.
    Jack Hatch: Eliminate duplication and secrecy in government agencies.
    Jason Carter: Caps on gifts from lobbyists & more ethics reforms.
    Tom Wolf: Ban "no-bid" contracts; increase transparency.
Gun Control
    Bill Walker: 2nd Amendment establishes an individual right.
    Gina Raimondo: Enact common-sense gun control measures.
    Greg Abbott: Individual right to keep and bear arms was settled in 1791.
    Peter Ricketts: Supports Nebraska's concealed carry law.
    Doug Ducey: Gun tragedies would not be averted with stricter gun laws.
    Bob Beauprez: Repeal unworkable laws that curtail Second Amendment.
    Eliot Cutler: Restrict access to firearms via universal background checks.
Health Care
    Bill Walker: Expand Medicaid as long as federal funds continue.
    Greg Abbott: ObamaCare was a bad law from the beginning.
    Peter Ricketts: Oppose ObamaCare and oppose Medicaid expansion.
    Katie McGinty: Expand Medicaid; embrace ObamaCare.
    Tom Wolf: Expanding health care is good for economy & creates jobs.
    Andrew Hunt: Georgia can do better than ObamaCare.
    Doug Ducey: ObamaCare is a monumental failure.
    David Ige: Supports employer-mandated health care insurance law.
    David Walker: ObamaCare promised too much and costs too much.
    Frank Riggs: Stop the "Obamanization" of Arizona.
    Joe Dorman: Drop the partisan games & Invest in rural telemedicine.
    Jack Hatch: Integrated delivery system: Make Iowa the healthiest state.
    Don Berwick: 2011: #4 on list of most influential health care leaders.
    Don Berwick: 2010: Ran Medicare/Medicaid agencies, with budget of $800B.
    Bob Beauprez: Healthcare between patients and doctors-not government.
    Eliot Cutler: Universal access to essential health care services.
Homeland Security
    Bill Walker: Friend & strong advocate for our veterans & their families.
    Gina Raimondo: Honor and support our veteran population, including housing.
    Tom Wolf: More services for veterans: education, jobs, & housing.
    Fred DuVal: Incent veterans' businesses in competitive bidding process.
    Chet Culver: More funding for veteran's jobs, homes, and education.
    Mark Schauer: Ensure veterans have access to the benefits they've earned.
    Steve Grossman: Unwavering advocate for veterans and their families.
    Steve Grossman: Welcome Home Bonus Program: financial support for veterans.
    Charlie Baker: Adopt Secure Communities and REAL ID standards.
    Peter Ricketts: No state services for illegal immigrants.
    Tom Wolf: Support a Pennsylvania DREAM Act.
    Frank Riggs: No "parole in place" amnesty.
    Fred DuVal: Comprehensive immigration reform will benefit economy.
    Zephyr Teachout: Immigrants are a pillar of our economy.
    Bruce Rauner: Create Right-to-Work zones; reform workers' comp.
    Gina Raimondo: Pair CCRI with local businesses for job training.
    Katie McGinty: Raise minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 per hour.
    Tom Foley: Raise minimum wage nationally, but focus on jobs in CT.
    Andrew Hunt: Job Powerhouse plan instead of crony capitalism.
    Andrew Hunt: Reduce payroll tax when paying over $11/hour.
    David Walker: Reform public employee collective bargaining to avoid abuse.
    David Walker: Emphasize approaches that help people help themselves.
    Gary King: End rampant outsourcing of New Mexico jobs.
    Tom Wolf: Company strategy: source its own American-made products.
    Steve Grossman: Proudly supports raising minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2016.
Local Issues
    David Walker: Comprehensive plan of action for large cities.
    Don Berwick: Opposes casino gambling; costs are too high.
    Eliot Cutler: Prepare Eastport for opportunity of Northern Passage.
Principles & Values
    Greg Abbott: Defend "One Nation, Under God" in our Pledge of Allegiance.
    Duke Aiona: Law degree rfom U. Hawaii; prosecutor & then judge.
    Don Berwick: Basic values: justice; equity; fairness; respect; compassion.
    Bob Beauprez: Veto legislation that infringes on religious freedoms.
Social Security
    Bruce Rauner: Move state pensions towards a defined contribution system.
    David Ige: Double the governor's request for Kupuna Care.
    Paul LePage: Keep our promise; don't tax Social Security.
    David Walker: Restructure retiree pensions to be equitable & sustainable.
    Tom Wolf: Ensure our seniors dignity in the twilight of their lives.
    Charles Djou: Never renege on our promises & commitment to our seniors.
Tax Reform
    Bruce Rauner: Reduce anti-competitive corporate tax & income tax.
    Larry Hogan: Roll back taxes by cutting $1.75B in waste, fraud, & abuse.
    Peter Ricketts: Protect taxpayers from bureaucracy & burdensome regulations.
    Doug Ducey: Push income tax rates as close to zero as possible.
    David Ige: State must operate within its means instead of raising taxes.
    Tom Wolf: Schools need sustainable funding source, not cigarette tax.
    David Walker: No retroactive tax increases; reduce relative tax burdens.
    Joe Dorman: End tax giveaways to those who really don't need a tax break.
    Neel Kashkari: High individual income tax rates have not reduced poverty.
    Zephyr Teachout: No tax breaks for those earning $500,000 to $2 million.
    Jack Hatch: Middle-class tax cut averaging $1,013 for all below $200K.
    Jack Hatch: Retain progressive tax system with higher filing threshold.
    Gina Raimondo: Sustainable funds for RIPTA; revolving funds for roads.
    Katie McGinty: Pennsylvania should drive renaissance of manufacturing in US.
    Andrew Hunt: Apply lessons of nanotech to colleges; stop importing talent.
    David Walker: CT is last nationally in roads & critical infrastructure.
    David Walker: Create comprehensive integrated state data system.
    Joe Dorman: Build storm shelters via local school district funding.
    Neel Kashkari: Cancel the Crazy Train high-speed rail.
    Zephyr Teachout: Open universal broadband: 21st Century Internet.
    Duke Aiona: Member of the Aerospace States Association.
    Tom Wolf: Invest in a 21st Century transportation system.
    Eliot Cutler: Invest capital in our backbone infrastructure.
    Charles Djou: Consistently opposes Honolulu rail project.
    Mark Schauer: Restore tax incentives for high-tech businesses.
Welfare & Poverty
    Tom Foley: New urban enterprise zones and urban renewal initiatives.
    Frank Riggs: Entitlement society encourages dependency on government.
    Don Berwick: Implement "best practices" to end homelessness.
    Eliot Cutler: Never abandon citizens who are unemployed, ill, or hungry.

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