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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)

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State of California Politicians: Archives



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Abortion
    Neel Kashkari: Supports abortion rights.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: GOP rejects abortion in case of rape & incest.
    Julia Brownley: Supports embryonic stem cell research.
    Bill Jones: Pro-life except in cases of rape, incest, or maternal health.
    Bill Jones: Oppose partial birth; support parental notification.
Budget & Economy
    Jerry Brown: Ping-pong budgeting makes no sense.
    Jerry Brown: Follow advice from Book of Genesis: out away some surplus.
    Neel Kashkari: Ran program to bail out the nation's largest banks.
    Jerry Brown: $27B budget gap then; multibillion-dollar surplus now.
    Jerry Brown: Proposes balanced budget and $12.5 billion in cuts.
    Sam Granato: Balanced Budget Amendment leads to irresponsible tax policy.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: Painful spending cuts & temporary tax increases were needed.
    Bill Jones: Concerned about higher federal spending.
    Bill Jones: Stop subsidizing the rest of the country.
Civil Rights
    Neel Kashkari: Supports gay marriage.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: LA's diversity program is "absolutely insufficient".
    Julia Brownley: Supports affirmative action.
    Julia Brownley: Supports same-sex domestic partnerships & marriage.
    Carly Fiorina: Proud conservative vote for Proposition 8.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: Keep gambling commission independent of tribes.
Corporations
    Carly Fiorina: Focus on supporting small family-owned businesses.
Crime
    Jerry Brown: Major reductions in our prison population.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Reduced violent crime by 50%; increased size of LAPD.
    Jerry Brown: Curb prison spending through an historic realignment.
    Jared Huffman: Life-without-parole instead of capital punishment.
    Julia Brownley: Opposes capital punishment.
    Julia Brownley: Alternative sentencing and separate juvenile courts.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: Allow private prisons to compete, to spend less on prisons.
    Dick Mountjoy: No visitation for sex offenders with kids or grandkids.
    Bill Jones: Three Strikes is a worthy criminal justice reform.
Drugs
    Jerry Brown: Vetoed prosecutor discretion on drugs; keep it a felony.
    Julia Brownley: Decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Interstate commerce laws do not apply to personal marijuana.
    Sandra Day O`Connor: Interstate commerce laws do not apply to personal marijuana.
Education
    Jerry Brown: No government-imposed standards for public schools.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Mayoral control of 22 poorly performing schools.
    Jerry Brown: Consider subsidiarity: central authority only if local fails.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Police in the schools, every day, but not all day.
    Jerry Brown: Vetoed considering demographics in college admissions.
    Jerry Brown: Let people vote to avoid cutting schools & colleges.
    Julia Brownley: Supports charter schools.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: Until now, children were trapped in low-performing schools.
    Dan Quayle: “Students’ rights” wrongly undermines school discipline.
    Dan Quayle: Mentioning God in classrooms should not be illegal.
Energy & Oil
    Jerry Brown: CO2 emissions could warm planet by 7 degrees.
    Alan Lowenthal: Restrict offshore drilling; regulate greenhouse gases.
    Julia Brownley: Switch from traditional energy to alternatives.
    Carly Fiorina: Use every source, including nuclear and clean coal.
Environment
    Jerry Brown: $25B for water-shortage farmland.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Added 669 acres of open space & 1,549 miles of bikeways.
    Jerry Brown: $14B to build tunnels and restore San Joaquin Delta habitat.
    Jerry Brown: Banned shark fin harvesting to protect sharks and ocean.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: $11B for water bonds to invest in future water flow.
    Bill Jones: Supports the ban on drilling oil off the California coast.
Families & Children
    Dan Quayle: “Children’s rights” wrongly undermines parental authority.
Foreign Policy
    Bill Jones: UN has not acted decisively during major conflicts.
Free Trade
    Jerry Brown: Open CA trade and investment office in Shanghai.
    Carly Fiorina: Change rules about outsourcing; current climate forces it.
    Bill Jones: Fair trade with level playing field.
Government Reform
    Alan Lowenthal: Regulate corporate & union campaign contributions.
    Jared Huffman: Ban "independent expenditures"; they're out of control.
    Julia Brownley: Limit campaign contributions and campaign spending.
    Julia Brownley: Lengthen term limits for state legislators.
    Bill Jones: Make government more open and responsive.
    Dan Quayle: Appoint judges who won’t push a political agenda.
Gun Control
    Neel Kashkari: Require background checks before all firearms sales.
    Jerry Brown: Ban hunting with lead bullets; but detachable magazines OK.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Supports Life Act: restrict ammunition, licenses, & weapons.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Ban sales of assault weapons and Saturday night specials.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
    Jared Huffman: 2nd amendment right is not absolute.
    Dan Quayle: Instant gun checks OK, but real issue is self-control.
Health Care
    Neel Kashkari: Fix ObamaCare's fundamental flaws, or replace it completely.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Healthcare.gov problems caused loss of confidence in Feds.
    Jerry Brown: Get started on ObamaCare, then expand Medi-Cal.
    Alan Lowenthal: KeepObamaCare; require purchasing insurance.
    Jerry Brown: Insurance companies must cover maternity leave & services.
    Carly Fiorina: Start with medical malpractice reform & more competition.
    Bill Jones: Lawsuit abuse is responsible for health care costs.
Homeland Security
    Jared Huffman: Reduce defense spending to balance the budget.
    Jared Huffman: Diplomacy and due process, instead of military action.
    Dick Mountjoy: Extend election time limit for overseas military voting.
    Bill Jones: Stop developing weapons for yesterday’s battles.
    Bill Jones: No more base closure in California.
Immigration
    Neel Kashkari: Sensible immigration reform needed, but not open borders.
    Hilda Solis: Supports "Fast for Families" in favor of immigration reform.
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Immigration reform is an economic and moral imperative.
    Jerry Brown: Supports state aid to illegals' children and DREAM Act.
    Julia Brownley: In-state tuition OK for illegal immigrants.
    Bill Jones: Support temporary work visas, but no shortcut to immigration.
    Bill Jones: Not even a suggestion of amnesty.
    Bill Jones: Oppose amnesty for undocumented immigrants.
Jobs
    Jerry Brown: Extend unemployment benefits federally.
    Jerry Brown: Recover from Great Recession: GoBiz and Jobs Hiring Credit.
    Jerry Brown: Strip away regulations that prevent job creation.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: $500M jobs package, plus $10K homebuyer tax credits.
Local Issues
    Jerry Brown: Local Control Funding Formula: breakthrough in subsidiarity.
Principles & Values
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: It is time to return California to the people.
Social Security
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Entitlement reform must be part of reining in debt.
    Neel Kashkari: We must cut entitlements, to avoid national insolvency.
Tax Reform
    Jerry Brown: Only choice is raise taxes to deal with extreme difficulty.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: Our economy is 21st century & our tax system is 20th century.
    Carly Fiorina: Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new or increased taxes.
    Bill Jones: Extend the Bush tax cuts.
    Bill Jones: Move beyond tax cuts to tax simplification.
Technology
    Neel Kashkari: Day one, high-speed rail train is dead.
    Jerry Brown: 32-year quest to build nation's first high-speed rail line.
    Jerry Brown: Pay for high-speed rail project with cap-and-trade revenue.
    Jerry Brown: I signed high speed rail in 1982; finally done in 2013.
    Jerry Brown: Supports high speed rail in CA to create jobs, ease traffic.
    Jerry Brown: CA entrepreneurialism reaps benefit from Pacific Rim trade.
    Carly Fiorina: Post federal budgets on Internet for public comment.
    Bill Jones: Championed updating water supply systems.
War & Peace
    Jared Huffman: Timetable for Afghan withdrawal should be immediately!
    Antonio Villaraigosa: End wars & spend in US in stead of Baghdad and Kandahar.
    Bill Jones: We are committed in Iraq and can’t leave the job half done.
    Bill Jones: Would have voted for the $87 billion spending on Iraq.
    Colin Powell: US need not choose between Israel & Arabs.
    Colin Powell: US has always stood with Israel; and will continue to do so.


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