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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)
Books by and about the 2016 presidential election
What Happened ,
by Hillary Clinton (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Hard Choices,
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
Becoming ,
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

Book Reviews

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2015 Governor's State of the State speeches

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    from 2015 Governor's State of the State speeches (number of quotes indicated):
  • Andrew Cuomo (17) New York Democratic Governor
  • Bill Haslam (6) Tennessee Republican Governor
  • Bill Walker (6) Alaska Independent Governor
  • Bruce Rauner (4) Illinois Republican Governor
  • Chris Christie (8) New Jersey N.J. Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • David Ige (7) Hawaii Democratic Governor
  • Doug Ducey (6) Arizona Republican Governor
  • Greg Abbott (9) Texas Republican Governor
  • John Kasich (7) Ohio Republican Governor
  • John Kitzhaber (2) Oregon Democratic Governor (resigned 2015)
  • Martin O`Malley (10) Maryland Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Mike Pence (4) Indiana Republican nominee for Vice President
  • Nikki Haley (2) South Carolina UN Ambassador
  • Pat McCrory (8) North Carolina Republican Governor
  • Peter Ricketts (2) Nebraska Republican Governor
  • Phil Bryant (2) Mississippi Republican Governor
  • Rick Snyder (3) Michigan Republican Governor
  • Scott Walker (7) Wisconsin WI Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Steve Bullock (3) Montana Democratic Governor
  • Terry McAuliffe (14) Virginia Democratic Challenger
  • Tom Wolf (7) Pennsylvania Democratic Governor
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 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Tom Wolf: Cut personal taxes 13%; fund schools by gas extraction tax.
    Greg Abbott: Constitutional amendment to limits growth of state budget.
    Martin O`Malley: Tax reductions & regulatory reforms to help job creators.
    Pat McCrory: Tax & unemployment overhaul helped economic crisis recovery.
    David Ige: We are spending more than we take in; fix the imbalance.
    Bill Walker: Low oil prices mean millions in state budget deficit.
    Andrew Cuomo: 2015 Opportunity Agenda: cut $1.7B taxes; add $1.5B programs.
    Mike Pence: Amend state constitution to require a balanced budget.
    Scott Walker: Wisconsin Comeback: lower unemployment and lower tax burden.
    Doug Ducey: Problem is over-spending; so solution isn't more spending.
    John Kitzhaber: State recovering from Great Recession, but not every person.
Civil Rights
    Greg Abbott: Wife is first Hispanic First Lady in Texas history.
    Bruce Rauner: Create minority enterprise small business investment program.
    David Ige: Follow the lessons offered by our host culture.
    Andrew Cuomo: Pay equity for women; stop pregnancy discrimination.
    Tom Wolf: Lower corporate tax rate by 50%, and close loopholes.
    John Kasich: No income taxes on small businesses up to $2M.
    Greg Abbott: $2 billion reduction in the business franchise tax.
    Bill Haslam: Revenue Modernization Act: level playing field for business.
    Martin O`Malley: Change Maryland's anti-business attitude.
    Martin O`Malley: Repeal personal property tax on small business.
    Pat McCrory: NC Competes: promote long-term job growth in global market.
    David Ige: $10 million for HI Growth initiative to support innovation.
    Terry McAuliffe: Made 267 economic development deals, with $5.58B in capital.
    Chris Christie: $2.3 billion small business tax relief package.
    Pat McCrory: Celebrate police who come back stronger after getting shot.
    Andrew Cuomo: Raise the Age: prosecute 16- and 17-year olds as juveniles.
    Andrew Cuomo: Recruit more minorities into law enforcement.
    Terry McAuliffe: Restore voting rights to former offenders.
    John Kasich: 50% lower chance of drug use if kids hear "don't do drugs".
    Greg Abbott: Respond to the evil threat posed by drug cartels.
    Martin O`Malley: Executive Order to address this heroin epidemic.
    Pat McCrory: Let's Talk It Out: campaign to stop underage drinking.
    Chris Christie: Drug addiction is a disease & it can be treated.
    Tom Wolf: $15M for community colleges but they must freeze tuition.
    John Kasich: $120 million student debt relief fund; plus online college.
    Greg Abbott: Additional funding for schools to adopt high-quality Pre-K.
    Greg Abbott: Ensure having the best teachers by saying NO to Common Core.
    Bill Haslam: Tennessee Promise: two years of free community college.
    Bill Haslam: $2.5M for SAILS program: math tutors for high school seniors.
    Martin O`Malley: Encourage more public charter schools.
    Martin O`Malley: Tax credits for contributions to private & parochial schools.
    Andrew Cuomo: Invest in the teaching profession, plus teacher evaluations.
    Andrew Cuomo: Ambitious P-12 agenda to stop NY from falling behind.
    Andrew Cuomo: MA model for NY: receivership when schools fail for 3 years.
    Andrew Cuomo: Expand charter schools: more lotteries; 100 more slots.
    Andrew Cuomo: Full SUNY or CUNY tuition for schoolteachers.
    Nikki Haley: Incentives for teachers, including tuition & grad school.
    Terry McAuliffe: Don't wait until kindergarten to prepare for success.
    Chris Christie: Tenure reform for failing teachers; merit pay for good ones.
    Chris Christie: Choice of schools to meet child's needs.
    Scott Walker: Choose schools based on objective info, not Common Core.
    Scott Walker: Over past 4 years, graduation rates & ACT scores are up.
    Doug Ducey: American Civics Bill: pass civics test like new citizens.
    Doug Ducey: Classrooms First Initiative: end one-size-fits-all model.
Energy & Oil
    John Kasich: Raise severance tax on oil & gas from 20 cents upward.
    Martin O`Malley: End the automatic gas tax increase.
    Terry McAuliffe: Diversify our fuel mix with zero-carbon emitting sources.
    Mike Pence: All-of-the-above energy strategy instead of EPA over-reach.
    Scott Walker: Lawsuit against new energy regulations: save jobs & rates.
    Doug Ducey: Moratorium on new regulations; and review all existing ones.
    Bill Haslam: 35 million visits annually to Tennessee State Parks.
    Steve Bullock: MT economy depends on hunting & fishing; let's fund LWCF.
    Andrew Cuomo: $172M for Environmental Protection Fund.
Families & Children
    Bill Haslam: Response speed exceeds standard for Child Abuse Hotline.
    David Ige: Government builds a home for our kupuna and our children.
    Bill Walker: First Lady will chair Alaska Children's Trust.
    Phil Bryant: Support Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs.
    Rick Snyder: Adoption rate in Michigan is up 25 percentage points.
    Terry McAuliffe: Children's Cabinet, and Council on Childhood Success.
    Terry McAuliffe: Allow same-sex couples to adopt.
    Doug Ducey: Serving Arizona: highlight volunteer and charitable efforts.
Foreign Policy
    Andrew Cuomo: Trade mission to Cuba across a multitude of sectors.
    Mike Pence: We're in a global war of civilization against barbarism.
    Scott Walker: Terrorists are cowards who are afraid of freedom.
Free Trade
    Tom Wolf: Create "Made in Pennsylvania" cash-back jobs program.
    Andrew Cuomo: $35M for New York export-import program.
    Nikki Haley: Trade mission to India to build S.C. ties.
    Terry McAuliffe: Travel the globe selling VA agricultural & forestry products.
    Terry McAuliffe: Rebuild shipping container gateway at Port of Virginia.
Government Reform
    Martin O`Malley: Fair Campaign Financing Act for gubernatorial elections.
    Andrew Cuomo: Campaign contributions only for election-related expenses.
    Terry McAuliffe: $100 cap on gifts to public officials & families.
    Doug Ducey: State government hiring freeze.
Gun Control
    Terry McAuliffe: Restore the one handgun a month law.
Health Care
    Bill Haslam: Must provide health coverage, if not Insure Tennessee.
    Pat McCrory: Healthy NC reform: controls costs & incentivizes providers.
    Pat McCrory: Reform Medicaid based on NC plan, not DC plan.
    Steve Bullock: Insure the working poor with federal dollars.
    Chris Christie: Hold down Medicaid costs while providing focused choice.
Homeland Security
    Greg Abbott: Exempt veterans from state business fees.
    Pat McCrory: Establish state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
    David Ige: Proactive and aggressive support of troops in Hawaii.
    Bill Walker: Thank our military and law enforcement for their sacrifice.
    Andrew Cuomo: $80M investment in emergency response.
    Rick Snyder: 24/7/365 service to our veterans for benefits.
    Terry McAuliffe: Foolish sequestration cost VA $9.8B in military contracts.
    Scott Walker: Support for our military transcends partisan differences.
    Greg Abbott: 500 new state troopers plus Texas Rangers at the border.
    Bruce Rauner: Raise minimum wage to $10 an hour over the next 7 years.
    David Ige: Make Hawaii farms more sustainable; above 15% level now.
    Peter Ricketts: Grow Nebraska: create jobs by recruiting new businesses.
    Phil Bryant: $50M for Keep Mississippi Working Fund & workforce training.
    Terry McAuliffe: Workforce development package: apprenticeships and training.
    Chris Christie: Focus on reducing unemployment but not government employment.
Local Issues
    David Ige: Good hospitals must be distributed throughout the islands.
    Bill Walker: Tourism produces 50,000 jobs and $4B annually.
    Andrew Cuomo: $1.5 billion Upstate NY Economic Revitalization Competition.
    Rick Snyder: Detroit has a bright future, but more work to be done.
Principles & Values
    Tom Wolf: Schools that teach; jobs that pay; government that works.
    Bruce Rauner: Moral duty to serve long-term interest of people of Illinois.
    Bill Walker: Don't panic when times are tough; make a plan.
    John Kitzhaber: 36 years in government: state House; state Senate; Governor.
Social Security
    Tom Wolf: Stop paying Wall Street millions to manage PA pension fund.
    Martin O`Malley: Repeal income tax on retired veterans; & later all retirees.
    Chris Christie: State pensions cut by $120B; but $90B still to go.
Tax Reform
    Tom Wolf: Cut property tax; raise sales tax & income tax.
    John Kasich: $3 billion in tax cuts for job creators.
    Chris Christie: I will veto any income tax increases that come before me.
    Mike Pence: Simplify the tax code.
    Scott Walker: Reduced property taxes by $141 in 4 years; more coming.
    John Kasich: Replace "Rust Belt" with Cloud computing and 3-D printing.
    Greg Abbott: Proposition 1: the people have demanded $4B for roads.
    Bruce Rauner: Competitive bidding at Department of Transportation.
    Martin O`Malley: $25M more for road improvements.
    Pat McCrory: Establish cabinet-level Department of Information Technology.
    Steve Bullock: Create jobs by investing in roads and bridges.
    Andrew Cuomo: $291M for road & airport infrastructure improvements.
    Terry McAuliffe: $4.2M to compete for high energy Electron Ion Collider.
    Terry McAuliffe: Launched Cybersecurity Commission & bioscience summit.
Welfare & Poverty
    John Kasich: People who played by the rules suffered; act decisively now.
    Bill Walker: Unacceptable that so many Alaskans wake up in a cold house.
    Peter Ricketts: People-centric services: hand up to get back on their feet.
    Andrew Cuomo: Establish office of Faith-Based community development.

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