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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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    Jimmy Gomez: Fight for Planned Parenthood and women's access.
    David Hadley: Pregnancy is a woman's decision, but restrictions ok.
    Nanette Barragan: Don't force views of men in Congress on women's bodies.
    Gail Lightfoot: Oppose embryonic stem cell research.
    Carly Fiorina: Exceptions for rape, incest, and maternal endangerment.
    Barbara Boxer: Don't go back to criminalizing women and doctors.
    Carly Fiorina: Overturn the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.
    Carly Fiorina: Embryonic stem cell research ok if not created for purpose.
    Peter Camejo: Abortions should always be legally available.
Budget & Economy
    Kevin Faulconer: COVID: important that we save both lives and livelihoods.
    Doug Ose: COVID: Open schools and businesses; get people back to work.
    John Cox: Worried about COVID restrictions on hospitality, jobs.
    Kevin Faulconer: Put tax dollars to keeping roads smooth and safe.
    Kevin Faulconer: Conduct a top-to-bottom review of spending.
    Jimmy Panetta: Strengthen local agriculture, tourism, technology & research.
    Nanette Barragan: Balance business interests and jobs for our communities.
    John Chiang: Found $8 billion in government waste, fraud, & abuse.
    Dianne Feinstein: I'm a prudent voice for deficit reduction.
    Elizabeth Emken: Robust growth produces more revenue; reduce spending now.
    Herman Cain: 9-9-9 economic growth: stop picking winners & losers.
    Michele Bachmann: Problem is $1 in tax increases for each $3 in spending.
    Mitt Romney: I understand how the economy works because I lived in it.
    Mitt Romney: Let middle-income Americans save money tax-free.
    Mitt Romney: QE2 didn't work; focus on jobs & higher growth.
    Newt Gingrich: The Fed's secrecy & power are antithetical to a free society.
    Newt Gingrich: Put people back to work to raise revenues without taxes.
    Rick Perry: Keynesian theory is now done; never again in America.
    Rick Perry: Balanced Budget Amendment is the only way to sleep at night.
    Ron Paul: 1980s had huge deficits, despite Reagan's message.
    Carly Fiorina: Stimulus package is a failure; more tax cuts instead.
    Carly Fiorina: Key to recovery is less government, taxation, & regulation.
Civil Rights
    Kevin Faulconer: Called on Congress to adopt LGBTQ rights legislation.
    Kevin Faulconer: Keep treatment of LGBTQ young adults as sex offenders.
    John Melendez: Ensure equal rights regardless of sexual orientation.
    Jimmy Gomez: Defend LGBTQIA rights, including seniors.
    Jimmy Gomez: Retrofit facilities for Americans with Disabilities Act.
    Jimmy Gomez: Protect Social Security from GOP restructuring.
    David Hadley: Recognize same-sex marriages, with religious exemptions.
    David Hadley: Merit, not racial quotas, for college admissions.
    Delaine Eastin: Commissioned first State Dept. of Education LGBT Task Force.
    Jimmy Panetta: So much more needs to be done for LGBT equality.
    Jimmy Panetta: Close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act.
    Nanette Barragan: One of America's greatest injustices is gender pay inequity.
    Barbara Boxer: Full equality only with same-sex marriage.
    Carly Fiorina: Marriage is between a man and a woman; but civil unions ok.
    Carly Fiorina: No same-sex marriage; yes civil unions; repeal DADT.
    Rick Santorum: Cut the corporate tax to zero, to create jobs.
    Larry Elder: Police are pulling back, afraid of being called racist.
    Kevin Faulconer: Won't forget your safety is the government's top priority.
    Kevin Faulconer: I strongly support the death penalty in California.
    Doug Ose: Build new prisons, oppose reducing of some felonies.
    Jimmy Gomez: Ban for-profit prisons; support sentencing reform.
    David Hadley: Supports death penalty; tracking sex offenders; and more.
    David Hadley: Prevent schools from covering up staff sexual abuse.
    Jimmy Panetta: Ban racial profiling; build trust of law enforcement.
    Jimmy Panetta: Pursued justice for victims and families.
    Rick Perry: If you kill a TX citizen, you will face ultimate justice.
    David Hadley: $85 million funding for drug and gang enforcement programs.
    Ron Paul: Our drug war is driving our immigration policy.
    Carly Fiorina: Provide Mexico support in war on drugs.
    Larry Elder: Schools need to purge bad teachers, they inflict damage.
    Kevin Faulconer: COVID: School closings not based on science.
    Kevin Faulconer: Take a firm stance with teachers unions over COVID closures.
    Doug Ose: COVID: Newsom sided with unions to close public schools.
    John Cox: I am a school choice advocate; I will push to end tenure.
    Kevin Faulconer: Better teacher salaries, give them tools they need.
    Doug Ose: College shouldn't be free; it undermines its intrinsic value.
    Doug Ose: More emphasis on standardized tests to ensure proficiency.
    John Melendez: Lower college tuition, equal access.
    Jimmy Gomez: Public college education should be debt free.
    Jimmy Gomez: Vouchers take resources out of public education.
    David Hadley: Let military families choose any public school district.
    Delaine Eastin: In 1965, California led American education; we can do better.
    Delaine Eastin: Combined higher education and K-12 schools into one bond.
    Delaine Eastin: Oppose Prop 187 targeting immigrant students in classrooms.
    Jimmy Panetta: Focus on expanding pre-K and early education.
    Jimmy Panetta: Make higher education both accessible and affordable.
    Nanette Barragan: Free-to-low-cost education for college or trade school.
    Nanette Barragan: Public education is a right--not a privilege for the wealthy.
    Gail Lightfoot: STEM education is important for science advancement.
    Newt Gingrich: I liked charter school programs in Obama's Race to the Top.
    Rick Perry: We reduced school spending in TX and raised graduation rates.
    Barbara Boxer: $1.2 billion to save the jobs of 16,500 California teachers.
    Bill Simon: Donít allow children to be trapped in failing schools.
    Gray Davis: CA schools are bad, but headed in the right direction.
    Peter Camejo: Pay teachers more than prison guards.
Energy & Oil
    John Cox: We must employ an all-of-the-above strategy.
    Kevin Faulconer: Unleash technological might to become energy independent.
    Jimmy Gomez: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
    David Hadley: Ban off-shore oil drilling; require 50% wind and solar.
    Nanette Barragan: Climate change is an urgent environmental problem.
    Jon Huntsman: Gas is $13/gal if we count cost of troop deployments.
    Michele Bachmann: Goal is to keep gas prices low, like $1.79 a gallon.
    Rick Perry: Don't put economy in jeopardy based on unsettled science.
    Ron Paul: I can get you a gallon of gas for a silver dime.
    Barbara Boxer: Work with China on global warming, but California leads.
    Carly Fiorina: Dealing with global warming requires a global solution.
    Barbara Boxer: Prop. 23: California clean energy policy creates jobs here.
    Carly Fiorina: Examine the science; US can't act alone on global warming.
    John Cox: Blaming climate change for wildfires unacceptable.
    John Melendez: Promoting hemp will protect our amazing planet.
    Jimmy Gomez: Fund river revitalization; fight for environmental justice.
    Jimmy Gomez: Protect endangered species; and protect animal shelters.
    David Hadley: Protect wildlife corridors and marine areas.
    Delaine Eastin: Pushed landfill cleanup and innovative recycling.
    Jimmy Panetta: Collaborate to protect of our coastline, farmland, & forests.
    Nanette Barragan: Fight to protect public health from big corporate polluters.
    John Chiang: Safeguard our vast and precious natural resources.
    Michele Bachmann: EPA rulemaking has been based on politics, not science.
    Rick Perry: We reduced NO2 and ozone in TX without scientists dictating.
    Carly Fiorina: Protect families, not just fish and flies and frogs.
    Carly Fiorina: Account for social & economic impact of Endangered Species.
Families & Children
    Jimmy Gomez: Expand Paid Family Leave.
    Delaine Eastin: Prop 10: Raise tobacco taxes for early childhood development.
    Michele Bachmann: Best results when family involved; worst with government.
Foreign Policy
    Travis Allen: Unified Israel with Judea & Samaria; Jerusalem as capital.
    Michele Bachmann: Biggest issue in Middle East is nuclear Iran.
    Rick Perry: America shouldn't be in the business of adventurism.
    Tom Campbell: Unwaveringly pro-Israel, despite votes against aid.
Government Reform
    John Cox: I'm the outsider, not beholden to any donors.
    John Melendez: Electoral College broken, voters unheard.
    Jimmy Gomez: Replace Citizen's United with public financing.
    John Chiang: Dock pay of legislators unless they balance budget.
    John Chiang: Caught state paying $11 million salaries to dead employees.
    Ron Paul: I believe in market regulation, but not federal regulation.
    Ron Paul: Everything government does is a mandate.
    Ron Paul: Don't use Executive Orders for controversial laws.
    Ron Paul: FEMA just conditioned people to build where they shouldn't.
    Carly Fiorina: American dream is perishable, if government keeps growing.
    Bill Simon: Voters are turned off by negative campaigns.
    Bill Simon: Davisí pursuit of contributions are an obsession.
    Gray Davis: Campaign contributions let regular people run for office.
    Gray Davis: Your vote is your voice-legislate open process.
    Peter Camejo: Encourage volunteerism and political activism.
    Peter Camejo: Greenís contributions for message; Dem-Repís for investments.
Gun Control
    Jimmy Panetta: Mental illness is often the root of gun violence.
    Dianne Feinstein: Gun lobby has too much power in Washington.
    Carly Fiorina: Opposed 1994 assault weapon ban; opposes no-fly list gun ban.
    Carly Fiorina: Let people on no-fly list purchase guns; it's poorly managed.
    Barbara Boxer: Assault weapon ban has kept people safe.
    Carly Fiorina: Assault weapon ban is arbitrary about which weapons qualify.
Health Care
    Jimmy Gomez: Supports single-payer at state level and federal level.
    David Hadley: Government-run health care reduces quality & increases costs.
    Jimmy Panetta: Committed to making ObamaCare even better.
    Gail Lightfoot: Everyone benefits from health research, but not by gov't.
    Gail Lightfoot: Repeal ObamaCare & replace it with private sector.
    Elizabeth Emken: Government-run health care is not the solution.
    Elizabeth Emken: ObamaCare is poorly written and it needs to repealed.
    Jon Huntsman: We reformed UT healthcare without mandates.
    Michele Bachmann: ObamaCare is killing jobs.
    Mitt Romney: On Day One, ObamaCare waivers to all 50 states.
    Rick Perry: Individual mandate just won't work.
    Rick Perry: Wipe out ObamaCare; block grant healthcare back to states.
    Rick Perry: TX wants freedom for healthcare menus & co-pays; feds refuse.
    Rick Perry: HillaryCare did not address agricultural needs.
    Rick Perry: I hate cancer; inoculate girls against HPV.
    Ron Paul: Markets instead of lobbyists writing drug laws.
    Ron Paul: Vaccinating 12-year-olds against HPV is bad medicine.
Homeland Security
    Jay Obernolte: I have always stood for a strong national defense.
    Jimmy Gomez: VA medical benefits, job training, and housing loans.
    David Hadley: Strong champion for the Los Angeles Air Force Base.
    Jimmy Panetta: Strong defense includes two facilities in our district.
    Nanette Barragan: Advocate for veterans to receive comprehensive benefits.
    Herman Cain: Fix FEMA; don't abolish FEMA.
    Jon Huntsman: We need a DHS that doesn't make us feel like a shakedown.
    Jon Huntsman: 9-11 shattered our innocence and lost our confidence.
    Newt Gingrich: We have enemies that want disasters on an enormous scale.
    Rick Perry: Unprincipled to create Department of Homeland Security.
    Rick Perry: Glad Obama kept Gitmo open; America is safer because of it.
    Rick Santorum: Department of Homeland Security fixed an internal mess.
    Ron Paul: Abolish the TSA; let airlines establish security.
    Carly Fiorina: Campaign donations from jihadists should be returned.
    Carly Fiorina: Guantanamo Bay isn't broken, so don't fix it.
    Tom Campbell: 2000 campaign donor later convicted of terrorism.
    Tom Campbell: Execute terrorists without trial nor Miranda rights.
    Doug Ose: Set standards for DACA kids, some should be deported.
    John Melendez: Find path for immigrants here illegally.
    Jimmy Gomez: Deporting parents of U.S. citizens is morally wrong.
    Jimmy Panetta: Let DREAMers earn their way to citizenship.
    Nanette Barragan: Comprehensive reform instead of fences and deportation.
    Tom Del Beccaro: Immigration is a national security issue; ports are a danger.
    Elizabeth Emken: Comprehensive solution that starts by securing our borders.
    Herman Cain: Secure the border with more boots on the ground.
    Jon Huntsman: Focus on fixing legal immigration as well as illegal.
    Michele Bachmann: Our immigration law worked beautifully until 1960s.
    Michele Bachmann: Lack of border fence yields our sovereignty.
    Mitt Romney: Build 2,600-mile fence with enough guards to secure it.
    Mitt Romney: Turn off the magnet that attracts immigrants.
    Newt Gingrich: Require official English plus American history.
    Newt Gingrich: I voted for Reagan's legal guest worker program.
    Rick Perry: El Paso border is not safe until we have boots on the ground.
    Rick Santorum: No tricks like 1986; secure the border first.
    Rick Santorum: No promises & no government benefits to immigrants.
    Ron Paul: ID cards and border fences are not the American way.
    Barbara Boxer: Cosponsored DREAM Act: legal status from college or military.
    Carly Fiorina: No comprehensive reform; but yes to DREAM Act.
    Karen Bass: Human services for immigrants and their children.
    Bill Simon: Immigration system needs fundamental reform.
    Gray Davis: Diversity is our strength; welcome all good citizens.
    Peter Camejo: Immigrants are necessary to keeping the economy strong.
    Kevin Faulconer: Make fixing unemployment system top technology project.
    Doug Ose: Repeal law that employers provide benefits to more workers.
    Doug Ose: Opposed higher minimum wage; base income on productivity.
    Jimmy Gomez: Raise the national minimum wage.
    Jimmy Gomez: Equal pay for equal work & Paycheck Fairness Act.
    Nanette Barragan: Raise minimum wage & demand pay equity for women.
    Elizabeth Emken: Public unions have too much political influence.
    Mitt Romney: Bain Capital created thousands of jobs during my time there.
    Mitt Romney: America is an extraordinary jobs machine.
    Rick Perry: We created 1M jobs in TX while US lost 2.5M.
    Barbara Boxer: TV ad: Fiorina fired thousands and moved their jobs to China.
Local Issues
    John Cox: Build infrastructure for adequate surface water storage.
Principles & Values
    Kevin Faulconer: Strive to govern by being as inclusive as possible.
    John Cox: I'm against corruption in government and in business.
    Kevin Faulconer: I treat people with dignity and respect even if we disagree.
    Doug Ose: Riot: For 'patriots to do that,' that really pisses me off.
    John Melendez: Equal opportunity instead of catering to 1%.
    Dianne Feinstein: OpEd: Feinstein refusing to debate is a democracy dodge.
    Elizabeth Emken: Feinstein is arrogant and dismissive for not debating.
    Elizabeth Emken: Wins primary slot against 14 Republicans and 5 Democrats.
    Elizabeth Emken: Wins primary slot against 14 Republicans and 5 Democrats.
    Dianne Feinstein: Offers three televised Senate debates, but no Fox News.
    Orly Taitz: Sen. Feinstein offers three debates, without birther issue.
    Mitt Romney: Me & Tea Party are both for small government & low spending.
    Carly Fiorina: I'll work across the aisle, including with Sen. Feinstein.
    Bill Simon: Successful businessman, charity contributor, family man.
    Gray Davis: Proud of record on education, healthcare, guns, environment.
    Peter Camejo: His candidacy broadened the debate and gave people choices.
    George W. Bush: Priorities: Reaganesque tax cuts; education & health reform.
    John McCain: Reagan Republican: simplify taxes, stop waste, pay down debt.
Social Security
    David Hadley: Raise state employee retirement age & make pensions portable.
    Nanette Barragan: Never gamble Social Security benefits on Wall Street.
    Herman Cain: Chilean model: they fixed the same broken system as US.
    Mitt Romney: Funding for Social Security is not working, but system works.
    Rick Perry: It's a monstrous lie that young people will get benefits.
    Rick Perry: Cannot keep the Social Security status quo.
Tax Reform
    John Cox: I will reduce California's sky-high sales taxes, gas taxes.
    Kevin Faulconer: He will veto any tax increase that comes to his desk.
    Jay Obernolte: Failed notion that high taxes & big government improve life.
    David Hadley: Oppose sales and income tax hikes in Proposition 30.
    John Chiang: No gimmicks to balance budget on backs of taxpayers.
    Rocky Chavez: Californians pay an overall tax rate near 50%: too high!
    Elizabeth Emken: Protect the social safety net and entitlement programs.
    Herman Cain: 9-9-9 economic plan: 9% income tax + 9% sales tax.
    Jon Huntsman: Let's take a pledge to not take any pledges, including taxes.
    Carly Fiorina: Tax burden is already too high.
    Carly Fiorina: I will vote against every tax increase; cut waste instead.
    Tom Campbell: $600 billion to cut in Obama's budget; don't increase taxes.
    Tom Campbell: Won't sign taxpayer protection pledge; we need flexibility.
    David Hadley: Stop the wasteful high-speed rail project.
    Gail Lightfoot: Not up to government to provide R&D for business & industry.
    Jon Huntsman: For GOP to win, we can't run from science.
    Carly Fiorina: Taxation on the internet would be disastrous.
    Tom Campbell: Equalize internet sales taxes with bricks-and-mortar.
War & Peace
    Nanette Barragan: Too many soldiers lost in unnecessary wars.
    Jon Huntsman: Bring troops home from Afghanistan.
    Michele Bachmann: It was wrong for US to go into Libya.
    Rick Santorum: No isolationism on Libya; but Obama did it wrong.
    Ron Paul: Cut $20B in Green Zone air conditioning to force troops home.
    Carly Fiorina: Impose crippling sanctions against Iran.
    Carly Fiorina: Impose sanctions on Iran: no refined petroleum imports.
    Carly Fiorina: Two-state solution with Jerusalem as undivided capital.
    Tom Campbell: Stand by Israel if they attack Iranian nukes.
    Tom Campbell: Consider but don't insist on Jerusalem as undivided capital.
Welfare & Poverty
    John Cox: Public-private partnership with churches can help homeless.
    Kevin Faulconer: Cut red tape; promote policies to get people off the street.
    Jimmy Panetta: More affordable housing units in new developments.
    Ron Paul: Welfare state isn't in the Constitution.

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