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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 Nebraska Politicians: Archives


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  • Ben Sasse (20) Republican Challenger
  • Bob Kerrey (10) Democratic Challenger (previously Senator) Nebraska
  • Dave Domina (2) Democratic Senate Challenger Nebraska
  • Dave Heineman (23) Nebraska Republican Governor
  • Deb Fischer (24) Republican Senate Challenger Nebraska
  • Don Stenberg (12) Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012) Nebraska
  • Jon Bruning (15) Nebraska Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Mike Johanns (28) Nebraska Former Republican Governor (2005-2007); elected Senator 2008
  • Pat Flynn (6) Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012) Nebraska
  • Rick Berg (1) Republican Challenger North Dakota
  • Scott Kleeb (35) Former Democratic Challenger (2008) Nebraska
  • Shane Osborn (11) Republican Senate Challenger Nebraska
  • Steven Larrick (26) Green Senate Challenger (2008) Nebraska
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Abortion
    Dave Domina: Women should search their soul before deciding on abortion.
    Ben Sasse: Defend the sanctity of life.
    Bob Kerrey: Government should stay out of abortion decision.
    Bob Kerrey: Trust women rather than regulating half the population.
    Deb Fischer: I believe in the sanctity of life.
    Deb Fischer: Exception for life of mother but not incest nor rape.
    Deb Fischer: Look at the record: Opposes abortion.
    Dave Heineman: Signs informed consent Legislation.
    Steven Larrick: No government control over a woman’s body.
    Steven Larrick: Supports embryonic stem cell research.
    Mike Johanns: No new embryonic stem cell lines, but existing research ok.
    Mike Johanns: Partial-birth abortion is a barbaric practice.
Budget & Economy
    Shane Osborn: Nation can grow out of fiscal woes by expanding the economy.
    Dave Heineman: Use $1.2 billion in cash reserves to reduce over-taxation.
    Shane Osborn: Combat spending instead of kicking the can down the road.
    Ben Sasse: Reform entitlement programs & live within our means.
    Bob Kerrey: We balanced the budget in the 1990s without an amendment.
    Bob Kerrey: Balanced budget amendment would double NE unemployment.
    Deb Fischer: Balanced budget amendment forces tough decisions on cuts.
    Deb Fischer: Congress spends every dime they can get their hands on.
    Mike Johanns: I’m the only candidate who’s actually dealt with the budget.
    Scott Kleeb: Bush & Johanns created current failed policies.
    Mike Johanns: Growing the economy will balance the budget over time.
    Scott Kleeb: Return to pay-as-you-go spending.
    Scott Kleeb: End pork-barrel spending.
Civil Rights
    Ben Sasse: Don't redefine one-man-one-woman marriage.
    Steven Larrick: Sexual orientation & gender identity in discrimination laws.
    Steven Larrick: Allow same-sex couples to marry.
    Steven Larrick: Continue affirmative action programs.
    Mike Johanns: Define marriage as between a man and a woman.
    Mike Johanns: No affirmative action.
    Jon Bruning: No affirmative action in public employment or contracting.
    Jon Bruning: No civil unions; no same-sex marriage.
Corporations
    Dave Heineman: We lowered taxes over last 3 years; do same for next 4 years.
    Scott Kleeb: Close corporate tax loopholes; keep R&D tax credits.
Crime
    Dave Heineman: Don't reduce sentences automatically for "good time".
    Pat Flynn: Supports "stand-your-ground" self-defense laws.
    Don Stenberg: Supports "stand-your-ground" self-defense laws.
    Jon Bruning: Supports "stand-your-ground" self-defense laws.
    Steven Larrick: Eliminate the federal death penalty.
    Steven Larrick: Prevent criminal behavior rather than focus on punishment.
    Mike Johanns: Supports death penalty for federal crimes.
    Mike Johanns: Juvenile justice package: more funding; more coordination.
    Jon Bruning: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
    Jon Bruning: Supports death penalty by lethal injection in Nebraska.
Drugs
    Jon Bruning: Requested an earmark to fund a drug-war program.
    Scott Kleeb: Treat kids’ substance abuse as a mental health issue.
Education
    Ben Sasse: At Midland U., fixed broken system of higher ed.
    Dave Heineman: Increasing state aid to education from $852M to $939M.
    Dave Heineman: Two-year tuition freeze for State colleges via more funding.
    Dave Heineman: Virtual school is good for Nebraska.
    Dave Heineman: $1.5M Nebraska Internship Program for college students.
    Scott Kleeb: Accountability should enhance and support, not to punish.
    Scott Kleeb: More college via Pell Grants, & G.I. Bill.
    Steven Larrick: Federally funded universal pre-K programs.
    Steven Larrick: Federal funding for charter schools.
    Mike Johanns: Opposes “No Child Left Behind”--leave it to states.
    Mike Johanns: $27M for state colleges’ recruitment & diversity.
    Mike Johanns: More teacher bonuses and incentives, locally decided.
    Jon Bruning: Vouchers for public, private, & religious schools.
Energy & Oil
    Ben Sasse: Shale oil revolution could create energy independence.
    Rick Berg: AdWatch: Support oil exploration and coal mining.
    Jon Bruning: Coal is good, cheap energy.
    Dave Heineman: Support pipeline but not at expense of environment.
    Steven Larrick: Only candidate to oppose drilling in ANWR.
    Mike Johanns: New corn genetics brings 40% yield increase & more ethanol.
    Mike Johanns: Opposes Warner-Lieberman Climate Security Act.
    Scott Kleeb: Always a supporter of ethanol; along with solar & wind.
    Scott Kleeb: Supports Warner-Lieberman Climate Security Act.
    Steven Larrick: We need a renewable energy policy.
    Steven Larrick: Green energy is the future of Nebraska.
    Scott Kleeb: Release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
    Steven Larrick: More ethanol; more emission controls; more alternative fuels.
    Don Stenberg: Develop domestic energy to lower prices.
Environment
    Deb Fischer: Base gas tax on price, not volume, to pay for highways.
    Dave Heineman: Vetoes 25% State Park Fee Increase.
    Scott Kleeb: Increase flexibility in the Conservation Reserve Program.
    Scott Kleeb: Develop a long-term water strategy.
Families & Children
    Dave Heineman: Reform child welfare system: collaborative & measurable.
    Scott Kleeb: Support healthy childbearing & treat post-partum depression.
    Don Stenberg: Strong, traditional families are foundation of our culture.
Foreign Policy
    Ben Sasse: Healthy skepticism of foreign entanglements.
    Shane Osborn: Economic sanctions against Russia to stem Ukrainian crisis.
    Deb Fischer: Leadership & strong messages make the world safer.
    Pat Flynn: Strong support for traditional ally Israel.
    Don Stenberg: Strong support for traditional ally Israel.
    Jon Bruning: Strong support for traditional ally Israel.
    Scott Kleeb: Stop genocide in Darfur.
Free Trade
    Dave Heineman: Trade mission: Nebraska exports to China grow rapidly.
    Dave Heineman: Expand trade with Taiwan & Hong Kong.
    Scott Kleeb: Promote fair trade, not free trade.
    Steven Larrick: We need fair trade that protects people and environment.
Government Reform
    Shane Osborn: Cut 60 redundant federal agencies and save $60B.
    Ben Sasse: AdWatch: Campaign film "The Outsider", after years in DC.
    Ben Sasse: Permanent bureaucracy should not write big legislation.
    Ben Sasse: Optimistic about America but pessimistic about Washington.
    Deb Fischer: Accused of coordinating anti-Bruning TV ad with super-PAC.
    Deb Fischer: Against earmarks and would oppose them.
    Pat Flynn: No earmarks: it's not my duty to bring home the bacon.
    Pat Flynn: Don't renew legislative earmarks.
    Don Stenberg: Don't renew legislative earmarks; and attack past ones.
    Jon Bruning: Don't renew legislative earmarks, but past ones ok.
    Jon Bruning: Political contributions ok from out-of-state coal companies.
    Deb Fischer: No campaign contributions from industry tied to your office.
    Dave Heineman: Disallow using government resources for politics.
    Scott Kleeb: Johanns wastefully spent $20M studying crawdads in Australia.
    Steven Larrick: Public funding of elections creates fair political system.
    Don Stenberg: Judges should not impose liberal social policies on families.
    Jon Bruning: No campaign donation limits; but full disclosure.
Gun Control
    Dave Domina: Right to enjoy weapons should have restrictions.
    Ben Sasse: Self-described as pro-guns and pro-life.
    Deb Fischer: Support stand-your-ground self-defense laws.
    Don Stenberg: Opposed nominee for stripping Americans of gun rights.
    Dave Heineman: Harsher punishment for unlawful handguns.
    Scott Kleeb: Second Amendment is part of our rural way of life.
    Steven Larrick: We need to reduce gun violence in America.
Health Care
    Shane Osborn: AdWatch: Never waver to repeal ObamaCare & protect freedom.
    Dave Heineman: Nebraska will not be pressured into expanding Medicaid.
    Ben Sasse: Job change causes uninsurance; so make insurance portable.
    Ben Sasse: I'm the national anti-ObamaCare Senate candidate.
    Shane Osborn: Propose better options, then repeal ObamaCare.
    Deb Fischer: I won't steal $700 billion from Medicare.
    Deb Fischer: Replace ObamaCare with free market reforms & competition.
    Bob Kerrey: Supports ObamaCare even though he knows it's unpopular.
    Deb Fischer: Repeal ObamaCare health overhaul.
    Jon Bruning: Signed lawsuit opposing ObamaCare.
    Dave Heineman: Don't spend money on ObamaCare until Supreme Court decision.
    Mike Johanns: Didn’t phase out adult mental health care services.
    Mike Johanns: Giving all taxpayers federal coverage would cost $480B.
    Scott Kleeb: Shouldn’t phase out adult mental health care services.
    Scott Kleeb: Give all taxpayers access to federal coverage like Congress.
    Mike Johanns: Alternative community hospitals got 9000 more people treated.
    Scott Kleeb: Alternative community treatment not adequately funded.
    Scott Kleeb: Parity for mental health; coverage for dental health.
    Steven Larrick: I support universal single-payer health care.
    Mike Johanns: Opposes a single-payer government run program.
    Mike Johanns: Use tobacco settlement for biomedical research.
    Mike Johanns: $6M increase in funding for mental health.
Homeland Security
    Ben Sasse: Spend to maintain the greatest fighting force the world.
    Shane Osborn: Reducing size of military makes us look weak.
    Dave Heineman: Our military personnel work to preserve our freedom.
    Ben Sasse: Global preeminence essential our nation's interests.
    Shane Osborn: Hawkish on defense, but measured response.
    Mike Johanns: Negotiating with rogue nations squanders American prestige.
    Scott Kleeb: We have forgotten how to use diplomacy.
    Scott Kleeb: Refocus war on terror on Afghan-Pakistan border.
    Steven Larrick: We spend more for war than all other nations combined.
    Steven Larrick: Opposes monitoring domestic communications & federal ID card.
    Steven Larrick: Respect international law; no pre-emptive military strikes.
    Mike Johanns: Military tribunals for terrorists; domestic spying ok.
    Mike Johanns: Expand missile defense; & pre-emptive military strike policy.
    Don Stenberg: Defeat terrorists at home & abroad.
Immigration
    Ben Sasse: Neither party has gotten serious about border security.
    Shane Osborn: Begin with strict border control but don't allow citizenship.
    Dave Heineman: End Medicaid services for illegal immigrants.
    Scott Kleeb: Build border fence; increase border patrol.
    Scott Kleeb: No amnesty for lawbreakers.
    Steven Larrick: Supports amnesty & a pathway to citizenship.
    Mike Johanns: Secure the border, provide no amnesty.
    Don Stenberg: Strengthen our borders.
Jobs
    Dave Heineman: NE needs more middle-class jobs; so lower income tax rates.
    Deb Fischer: More crop insurance in the new farm bill.
    Scott Kleeb: Johanns left Secretary of Agriculture job & let down farmers.
    Scott Kleeb: Fight discrimination in the workplace.
    Don Stenberg: Assist our family farmers to compete globally.
Local Issues
    Dave Heineman: Lower ag land valuations from 75 percent to 65 percent.
Principles & Values
    Ben Sasse: Endorsed by Freedom Works' founder & other Tea Party groups.
    Shane Osborn: Endorsed by Tea Party-oriented group, Freedom Works.
    Deb Fischer: Ran underdog primary campaign on shoestring budget.
    Deb Fischer: Do Nebraskans want more career politician in Washington?
    Deb Fischer: TV ad: "End the political bull".
    Don Stenberg: Our country's going in the wrong direction.
    Don Stenberg: Most campaign funds come from South Carolina PAC.
    Jon Bruning: OpEd: Became multimillionaire while serving in public office.
    Pat Flynn: Endorsed by Republican Liberty Caucus.
    Pat Flynn: I'm the only candidate who is not a "career politician".
    Mike Johanns: Focus on small towns.
    Scott Kleeb: Always keep Nebraska’s interest first.
    Steven Larrick: Healthy world relations; healthy planet; healthy Americans.
    Mike Johanns: Priorities: tax relief, education, family.
Social Security
    Ben Sasse: Entitlement reform needed: guilty of generational theft.
    Bob Kerrey: We must keep our commitments & do right for the future.
    Bob Kerrey: Entitlements are $60 trillion liability; must do something.
    Bob Kerrey: Raise payroll cap & raise retirement age to 69.
    Deb Fischer: Don't change benefits for people over the age of 40.
    Deb Fischer: Raise retirement age & limit benefits.
    Deb Fischer: Look at means testing & higher retirement age.
    Scott Kleeb: Strengthen, not privatize, Social Security.
    Steven Larrick: Increase Social Security tax on higher income individuals.
    Mike Johanns: Honor our commitment on Social Security.
Tax Reform
    Ben Sasse: Taxation should be as simple as possible.
    Dave Heineman: Eliminated sales tax exemptions, to eliminate income tax.
    Deb Fischer: No increase in local property taxes.
    Dave Heineman: To build economy: no new taxes.
    Mike Johanns: No tax increase for research on celluosic ethanol.
    Scott Kleeb: Supports $1B in tax funds for research on celluosic ethanol.
    Scott Kleeb: Keep middle-class out of AMT, estate tax, and capital gains.
    Mike Johanns: $60M in property tax relief over next two years.
Technology
    Scott Kleeb: Invest in roadway infrastructure to help farm productivity.
    Scott Kleeb: Broadband computer access in rural schools.
War & Peace
    Shane Osborn: We let Syria & Iran cross the red line.
    Bob Kerrey: We all get worked up about Iran, but there's a price.
    Bob Kerrey: Be conscious of what it means to draw a line for Iran.
    Deb Fischer: Draw a line on Iranian nukes; no mixed signals.
    Deb Fischer: Prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.
    Steven Larrick: Invasion of Iraq was based on false premises.
    Scott Kleeb: Draw down US troops, but no timetables.
    Steven Larrick: End the Iraq war as soon as possible.
Welfare & Poverty
    Ben Sasse: Churches & charities are the lifeblood of society.
    Ben Sasse: Replace entitlements with an opportunity society.
    Scott Kleeb: Stop predatory lending; close mortgage loopholes.
    Steven Larrick: Supports federal welfare block grants.
    Jon Bruning: Fund welfare via faith-based organizations.


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  • Ben Sasse Republican Challenger
  • Bob Kerrey Democratic Challenger (previously Senator) Nebraska
  • Dave Domina Democratic Senate Challenger Nebraska
  • Dave Heineman Nebraska Republican Governor
  • Deb Fischer Republican Senate Challenger Nebraska
  • Don Stenberg Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012) Nebraska
  • Jon Bruning Nebraska Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Mike Johanns Nebraska Former Republican Governor (2005-2007); elected Senator 2008
  • Pat Flynn Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012) Nebraska
  • Rick Berg Republican Challenger North Dakota
  • Scott Kleeb Former Democratic Challenger (2008) Nebraska
  • Shane Osborn Republican Senate Challenger Nebraska
  • Steven Larrick Green Senate Challenger (2008) Nebraska

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