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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
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)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
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)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

Book Reviews

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2022 Pennsylvania Senate race: debates and news coverage

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    from 2022 PA Senate race (number of quotes indicated):
  • Carla Sands (4) Republican Challenger Pennsylvania
  • Craig Snyder (1) Republican Senate Challenger Pennsylvania
  • David McCormick (17) Republican Challenger Pennsylvania
  • Everett Stern (6) Republican Senate candidate Pennsylvania
  • Jeff Bartos (31) Republican Challenger Pennsylvania
  • John Fetterman (11) Pennsylvania Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania Lt. Gov.
  • Kathy Barnette (11) Republican Challenger Pennsylvania
  • Malcolm Kenyatta (6) Senate Candidate Pennsylvania
  • Mehmet Oz (23) Republican Challenger Pennsylvania
  • Pat Toomey (4) Republican (Until 2004) U.S. Rep Pennsylvania-15
  • Sean Parnell (3) Republican Challenger Pennsylvania
  • Sharif Street (12) Democratic Challenger Pennsylvania
  • Val Arkoosh (17) Democratic Challenger Pennsylvania
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

    2022 Pennsylvania Senate debates and race coverage:
  • League of Conservation Voters, "Bio: John Fetterman," 2022 [downloaded 1/31/24], (Link)
  • Press release on 2022_PA_Senate, "Fetterman Statement On House Gop Proposal To Cut Snap Funding," by John Fetterman, 4/12/2023, (Link)
  • Fox News FactCheck, "Fetterman stumbles during debate when questioned about flip-flop on support for fracking," by Kyle Morris, October 25, 2022, (Link)
  • Snopes/OnTheIssues interviews for legislators who missed votes on the January 6th Scorecard, 1/6/22
  • FOX News, "Dr. Oz's past gun control positions raise eyebrows, but he says he strongly supports Second Amendment," by Timothy Nerozzi, 12/7/21
  • Inside Sources blog, "Energy Pros Dismiss Liz Warren's Complaints: 'It's Econ 101, Not Rocket Science'," by Chris Woodward, December 06, 2021
  • The Bulwark, "Dr. Oz Quacks the Code of Republican Politics," by Mona Charen, December 1, 2021
  • LGBTQ Nation blog, "Dr. Oz is running for Senate as a Pennsylvania Republican; he lives in New Jersey," by John Gallagher, November 30, 2021
  • FOX News Hannity: "Dr. Oz: 'Any Government That's Large Enough To Give You Everything Is Powerful Enough To Take It All Away'," November 30, 2021
  • Internet Movie Database: Carla Sands, Actress, downloaded 11/2/2021
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer{ "Pa. Senate candidate Sean Parnell's wife testified that he choked her and hit their children," by Jonathan Tamari, Nov 1, 2021
  • Townhall: "The Mandates Are Just Starting," by Carla Sands, Oct 19, 2021
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Abortion is a key issue for Pa. Democrats, and it could supercharge the 2022 midterms," by Julia Terruso, Oct 10, 2021
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Here's where candidates for Pa. Senate and governor stand on Texas' abortion ban," by Julia Terruso and Jonathan Tamari, Oct 10, 2021
  • KDKA Pittsburgh-CBS, "In GOP Race For Senate Nomination, Jeff Bartos Calls Sean Parnell 'Unelectable,' Bringing Tough Response From Parnell," by Jon Delano, September 20, 2021
  • Imperial Valley Press, "Senate candidates bash big tech while owning their stock, " by John L. Micek, Sep 10, 2021
  • Philadelphia Inquirer, "Accepting Afghan refugees is the latest issue dividing Pennsylvania Republicans," by Andrew Seidman, Aug 31, 2021
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, "On board the Jeff Bartos bus, a Senate candidate blends business talk with culture-war rhetoric," by Chris Brennan, Aug 4, 2021
  • Observer-Reporter, "Bartos visits Washington County to stir support for U.S. Senate bid," by Brad Hundt, Jul 30, 2021
  • Westfield Free Press-Courier, "U.S. Senate candidate visits Wellsboro on statewide tour," by Kelly Stemcosky, Jul 29, 2021
  • WITF / WHYY, "Philly Republican makes bid for U.S. Senate on anti-Trump agenda," by Katie Meyer, July 28, 2021
  • Emily's List endorsement, Val Arkoosh, 7/25/21
  • WTAE Pittsburgh Action News, "One-on-one with Democratic candidate for US Senate Val Arkoosh," Jul 20, 2021
  • Philadelphia Inquirer, "Val Arkoosh would be the first Pa. woman elected to the Senate," by Julia Terruso, July 5, 2021
  • Bloomberg.com Politics: "Republican Senators Urge Biden to End Trump-Initiated Trade War," by Laura Davison, July 1, 2021
  • Delaware Valley Journal, "Clear Party Differences In Candidates' Stances on Voting Rights Bill," by Jessica Bond, June 30, 2021
  • The Bradford Era, "Everett Stern to attend Stand Up For Israel Rally in Philadelphia," by Everett Stern, May 22, 2021
  • KDKA Pittsburgh CBS, "Sean Parnell Announces Bid For Republican Nomination For Pennsylvania's Open U.S. Senate Seat," by Jon Delano, May 11, 2021
  • The Jewish Exponent, "Whistleblower Prepares for GOP Senate Run," by Jesse Bernstein, April 1, 2021
  • Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, "Republican Jeff Bartos running for U.S. Senate," by Dave Sutor, Mar 19, 2021
  • Jewish Insider, "Jeff Bartos looks ahead to 2022," by Matthew Kassel, March 11, 2021
  • Associated Press, "Bartos declares candidacy for US Senate in Pennsylvania," by Marc Levy, March 8, 2021 Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, "Everett Stern, 'famed whistleblower,' announces run for U.S. Senate," by Bill O'Boyle, February 25, 2021
  • NEXTPittsburgh.com, "Why does Lt. Gov. John Fetterman want to run for Senate?," by Michael Machosky, January 14, 2021
  • Meet the Press interview of Pat Toomey, January 10, 2021
  • CNN State of the Union interview of Pat Toomey, January 10, 2021
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is eyeing a run for Senate in 2022," by Chris Brennan, January 8, 2021
  • Slate blog, "A Layman's Guide to John Fetterman, America's Secret Political Hope," by Heather Schwedel, Nov 07, 2020
  • KDKA-TV Pittsburgh CBS News, "Lt. Gov. Fetterman Speaks at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Picket Event," September 19, 2020
  • Pink News (LGBT UK), "Black gay Democrat tears into 'corrupt' Republican attempt to 'intimidate' voters," by Emma Powys Maurice, September 7, 2020
  • NorthCentralPA.com, "Proposed change would level the playing field between local businesses and online retailers," Jul 24, 2020
  • Marijuana Moment blog, "Dr. Oz Claims DEA And FDA Blame Each Other For Keeping Marijuana Illegal," by Kyle Jaeger, July 13, 2020
  • LGBTQ Nation News, "Black gay Pennsylvania Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta is running for reelection," by Molly Sprayregen, June 28, 2020
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Pa. State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta to fellow lawmakers: 'You can boo but it's true!'," by Jenice Armstrong, May 25, 2020
  • Forbes magazine, "Dr. Oz Says Medical Marijuana Could Help Solve Opioid Addiction," by Tom Angell, Sep 19, 2017
  • Rolling Stone magazine, "Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail," by Matt Taibbi, Feb. 14, 2013

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Carla Sands: Is "unapologetically pro-life".
    David McCormick: Staunchly pro-life; life begins at conception.
    Jeff Bartos: Rated pro-life by Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, LifePac.
    Kathy Barnette: I value all life, will promote alternatives to abortion.
    Mehmet Oz: Knows how precious life is and is 100% Pro-Life.
    Val Arkoosh: We need to codify Roe v. Wade immediately.
Budget & Economy
    David McCormick: Support small businesses; get government out of the way.
    Jeff Bartos: Big companies thrived in pandemic; mom-and-pops got crushed.
    Jeff Bartos: Trump tax cuts, deregulation led to best economy pre-COVID.
    Jeff Bartos: Opposed American Rescue Plan as "spendapalooza".
    Jeff Bartos: Concerned infrastructure bill might burden working families.
    Kathy Barnette: Incentivize investments in assets that generate real growth.
    Mehmet Oz: President Biden's reckless spending has led to inflation.
Civil Rights
    David McCormick: 2013: supported same-sex marriage to Supreme Court.
    Kathy Barnette: Critical Race Theory is evil race-based Marxism.
    Malcolm Kenyatta: BLM has to include Black queer folks & Black trans folks.
    Mehmet Oz: Did program on "curing" gays; later blogged it was harmful.
    Sharif Street: Add LGBT protection in our non-discrimination laws.
    Sharif Street: Against discrimination based on religion or lack of one.
    Val Arkoosh: Would be first woman physician elected to the Senate.
    Val Arkoosh: For Equality Act to protect LGBTQ+ community.
    Everett Stern: Supports regulation of financial institutions.
    David McCormick: Will always back and support law enforcement officials.
    Jeff Bartos: Against "Defund the Police," police need to be fully funded.
    John Fetterman: Overhauled clemency process, recommended more commutations.
    John Fetterman: Must expand redemption, forgiveness side of criminal justice.
    Malcolm Kenyatta: We really do need radical reform to policing.
    Sharif Street: Allow life sentence convictions to be open to parole.
    Val Arkoosh: Train our police in de-escalation techniques.
    John Fetterman: Listening tour, report got governor to support legalization.
    John Fetterman: Legalization means billions in revenue, thousands of jobs.
    Mehmet Oz: Cannabis safer than alcohol & safer than narcotics.
    Mehmet Oz: Marijuana not gateway to narcotics, may be the exit drug.
    Sharif Street: Emerging cannabis industry could boost job opportunities.
    Val Arkoosh: Decriminalize marijuana, reform on nonviolent drug offenses.
    Jeff Bartos: Silencing conservative students is fundamentally un-American.
    Jeff Bartos: Critical race theory is "state-sponsored racism".
    Kathy Barnette: Competition is the best way to ensure innovation.
    Mehmet Oz: Extreme left indoctrinating kids with anti-American ideology.
    Mehmet Oz: Will fight for more school choice for all Americans.
    Sharif Street: Free state college for family incomes under $110,000.
    Val Arkoosh: COVID: Showed tears realizing what her own teens had lost.
    Val Arkoosh: Supports funding of public schools, childcare, Pre-K.
Energy & Oil
    David McCormick: Needn't choose between clean environment & affordable energy.
    Jeff Bartos: Natural gas is bounty God has given us here in Pennsylvania.
    Jeff Bartos: Natural gas is key to future of Pennsylvania's economy.
    John Fetterman: Can't ban fracking immediately, have to be honest.
    Kathy Barnette: Green New Deal will put millions of people out of work.
    Mehmet Oz: I believe in energy independence, don't beg other countries.
    Mehmet Oz: Supports fracking, will make us safer and create jobs.
    Sharif Street: Put Pennsylvania on track to 100% renewable energy by 2050.
    Val Arkoosh: Supports federal efforts to ban fracking nationwide.
    John Fetterman: 2018: I oppose fracking; 2022: I support fracking.
Families & Children
    Sean Parnell: Denies wife's claim of physical and verbal abuse.
    Sharif Street: Every woman deserves access to affordable childcare.
    Val Arkoosh: Voters set priorities: the economy, jobs, cost of child care.
Foreign Policy
    David McCormick: Promote equality and pluralism around the world.
    David McCormick: Sanction China for its crimes; reparations for COVID.
    Everett Stern: Pro-Israel candidate; attended "Stand Up for Israel" rally.
    Jeff Bartos: Supports security for Israel, against Iran nuclear deal.
    Jeff Bartos: Hold China accountable, for moving embassy in Israel.
    Jeff Bartos: U.S.-Israel relationship is sacred to me and to our family.
    Jeff Bartos: Would fight UN Human Rights Council studying racism in US.
    Jeff Bartos: Let people sue China for COVID, prosecute IP theft.
Free Trade
    David McCormick: When China succeeds, the United States succeeds.
    David McCormick: With Bush: embrace trade; with Trump: America First.
    Mehmet Oz: We need to focus on creating jobs here in America.
    Val Arkoosh: For robust Buy America policies, incentivize retaining jobs.
Government Reform
    Carla Sands: Signed Term Limits on Congress Pledge.
    David McCormick: January 6 was a dark chapter in American history.
    David McCormick: Supports Voter ID & absentee ballot signature verification.
    David McCormick: Fully supports term limits; pledges no more than two terms.
    Everett Stern: After whistleblower at HBSC, unable to find another job.
    Jeff Bartos: Election not stolen; Trump not to blame for insurrection.
    Jeff Bartos: For voter ID, end "no excuse" absentee ballots.
    Jeff Bartos: Signed U.S. Term Limits pledge.
    Jeff Bartos: Voting rights bill attempt by radical left to seize power.
    Jeff Bartos: Investigate 2020 election, particularly mail-in ballots.
    Jeff Bartos: Senseless regulations drive businesses to other countries.
    John Fetterman: Mocked Texas AG on voter fraud accusations.
    Kathy Barnette: 2020: Something horribly wrong took place in this election.
    Malcolm Kenyatta: Opposed law making voting process less accessible.
    Mehmet Oz: Government that can give you everything can take it all away.
    Pat Toomey: I think Trump committed impeachable offenses.
    Pat Toomey: Not clear if impeachment is valid after leaving office.
    Pat Toomey: Bipartisan independent commission to investigate Jan. 6th.
    Sean Parnell: Filed lawsuit against no-excuse mail-in ballot system.
    Sharif Street: For same-day voter registration, early voting, vote by mail.
    Val Arkoosh: Overturn Citizens United, won't take corporate PAC money.
Gun Control
    David McCormick: Stand against extreme left who want to abolish our rights.
    Jeff Bartos: Proud gun owner since dad gave him Glock on 21st birthday.
    Kathy Barnette: I live the 2d Amendment, registered conceal carry holder.
    Mehmet Oz: Supported "red flag laws" on his television show.
    Mehmet Oz: Proud gun owner, firm believer in Second Amendment.
    Val Arkoosh: Ban high-capacity magazines, assault weapons.
Health Care
    Carla Sands: Vaccine mandates put us on slippery slope to tyranny.
    David McCormick: Government should never impose vaccine mandates.
    Jeff Bartos: Vaccinated but opposed to federal mandates.
    Jeff Bartos: Vaccine mandate is a backbreaker for small businesses.
    John Fetterman: Supports single-payer health care.
    Kathy Barnette: Don't force people through coercive mandates.
    Kathy Barnette: Remove stigmas associated with mental illness.
    Mehmet Oz: Elites fighting COVID pandemic took away our freedom.
    Mehmet Oz: Expand access to private sector plans for prescription drugs.
    Mehmet Oz: Criticized for promoting dubious cures on his TV show.
    Sharif Street: Create a public option to compete with private insurers.
    Val Arkoosh: Focus on disparities in health outcomes for Black moms.
Homeland Security
    David McCormick: Advocate for resources for military and veterans.
    Everett Stern: Found money-laundering at HSBC bank to fund terrorist groups.
    Val Arkoosh: Robust funding for military installations & veteran benefits.
    Craig Snyder: Refugees among most loyal and contributing Americans.
    David McCormick: Stop illegal immigration; finish building the Wall.
    Jeff Bartos: Secure the border, cut funding for sanctuary cities.
    Kathy Barnette: A merit-based immigration policy that puts Americans first.
    Mehmet Oz: We need to have a secure border with a barrier to protect us.
    Mehmet Oz: We're subsidizing cartels involved in human trafficking.
    Sean Parnell: 30,000 refugees from Afghanistan is irresponsible.
    Val Arkoosh: Fair pathway to citizenship for those willing to work for it.
    John Fetterman: Joined newspaper employees on the picket line.
    Malcolm Kenyatta: We need to value service industry employees.
    Sharif Street: Strengthen workers ability to collectively bargain.
    Sharif Street: Increase minimum wage to $12, increase to $15/hour by 2025.
Principles & Values
    Carla Sands: Had brief career as movie/TV actress 1987-1991.
    David McCormick: America is exceptional; will stand up against wokeness.
    Everett Stern: Protecting US is life's passion, central purpose of career.
    Everett Stern: Voted for Trump in 2020, but thinks his behavior "atrocious".
    Jeff Bartos: People just need government to get out of the way.
    Jeff Bartos: Matters to me that I'm Jewish, not to average voter.
    Jeff Bartos: Marxists are trying to divide us by race.
    Jeff Bartos: The only candidate with meaningful ties to the state.
    John Fetterman: Mentored young boy whose parents had died of AIDS.
    John Fetterman: Doesn't live in Lt. Gov.'s mansion; but opened pool to kids.
    Malcolm Kenyatta: Liberty and justice not currently attainable for all.
    Mehmet Oz: Immigrant father loved US; saw deep darkness of alternatives.
    Mehmet Oz: We need to expand the role of religious institutions.
    Pat Toomey: Choice between radical left wing and Trump, not referendum.
    Val Arkoosh: I am ready to call Republicans on their BS and get to work.
    Mehmet Oz: We cannot move on from 2020 election, but Biden is President.
Tax Reform
    Jeff Bartos: Cut spending and waste, give working families tax breaks.
    Malcolm Kenyatta: Require online retailers to collect & remit local sales tax.
    Mehmet Oz: I believe in capitalism which means lower taxes, regulations.
    Val Arkoosh: Corporations, wealthy must pay their share.
    Jeff Bartos: Rein in Big Tech--but owns stock in Google and Apple.
    Kathy Barnette: Break up monopolies colluding to censor unwanted speech.
    Sharif Street: Continue to invest in electric vehicle infrastructure.
War & Peace
    Mehmet Oz: For leaving Afghanistan but Biden surrendered to Taliban.

The above quotations are from 2022 Pennsylvania Senate race: debates and news coverage.

Sen. Toomey retiring in 2022:
PA: Incumbent Pat Toomey(R,retiring)
vs.Lt. Gov. John Fetterman(D nominee)
vs.Dr. Mehmet Oz(R nominee)
vs.Ambassador Carla Sands(R,lost primary)
vs.Congressman Conor Lamb(D,lost primary)
vs.Lt.Gov.nominee Jeff Bartos(R,lost primary)
vs.Political commentator Kathy Barnette(R,lost primary)
vs.State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta(D,lost primary)
vs.State Senator Sharif Street(D,lost primary)
vs.Candidate in 2020 House race Sean Parnell(R,withdrew)
vs.Commissioner Val Arkoosh(D,withdrew)
vs.Craig Snyder(R,withdrew)
vs.David McCormick(R,withdrew)
vs.HSBC whistleblower Everett Stern(R,withdrew)
Previous Senate debates:
2018 Pennsylvania Senate debates: vs.Casey(D) vs.Christiana(R) vs.Barletta(R) vs.Saccone(R)
2016 Pennsylvania Senate debates, Toomey vs.McGinty
2012 Penna. Senate debates, Smith vs. Scaringi vs. Rohrer
2010 Pennsylvania Senate debates, Toomey vs. Sestak
2006 Pennsylvania Senate debates, Santorum vs. Casey
Santorum authored: It Takes a Family
2004 Pennsylvania Senate debates, Specter vs. Hoeffel

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