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Crippled America,
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Fire and Fury,
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Trump Revealed,
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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,
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Smart on Crime,
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Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
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Our Revolution,
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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 ,
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Outsider in the White House,
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    Billie Sutton: Strong conservative history on abortion.
    Billie Sutton: Moderate with pro-gun and pro-life stances.
    Billie Sutton: Require counseling at anti-abortion crisis center.
    Billie Sutton: Require counseling at anti-abortion crisis center.
    Daniel Ahlers: Oppose requiring counseling at anti-abortion crisis center.
    Dennis Daugaard: Require counseling at anti-abortion crisis center.
    Gordon Howie: Man does not have the right to destroy innocent life.
    Jamie R. Smith: I think abortion should be rare but legal.
    Jamie R. Smith: Oppose requiring counseling at anti-abortion crisis center.
    Jay Williams: Passing laws that restrict abortions won't stop abortions.
    Joel Dykstra: Voted to classify abortion as a Class 4 felony.
    Kristi Noem: Ban abortion of preborn diagnosed with Down syndrome.
    Kristi Noem: No mother should be pressured into ending a child's life.
    Kristi Noem: As soon as Roe is overturned, ready to protect every unborn.
    Larry Pressler: Supports abortion law allowing first trimester terminations.
    Marty Jackley: AdWatch: Protect the unborn.
    Nancy Turbak Berry: Voted against requiring sonograms at abortion facilities.
    Nancy Turbak Berry: No state interference with birth control or contraception.
    Nancy Turbak Berry: Repeal ban on conducting embryonic stem cell research.
    Steven Haugaard: Right to life exists from conception to natural death.
    Steven Haugaard: Require counseling at anti-abortion crisis center.
    Steven Haugaard: Introduced amendment that life begins at conception.
    Jamie R. Smith: Uphold state abortion ban: no exceptions for rape or incest.
    Kristi Noem: Focus on doctors breaking the law; ban telemedicine abortion.
    Kristi Noem: Supreme Court gave authority back to the states to decide.
    Kristi Noem: South Dakotans overwhelmingly support right to choose.
Budget & Economy
    Billie Sutton: Plan for robust economic development statewide.
    Brian Bengs: Military spending is an important part of state economy.
    Dennis Daugaard: Invite, increase, and innovate--for economic development.
    Dennis Daugaard: Good stewardship achieves a structurally balanced budget.
    Gordon Howie: Say No to $17 trillion national debt.
    Gordon Howie: Economic survival depends on fiscal responsibility.
    Jamie R. Smith: Promoting sustainable growth will be prioritized.
    Larry Pressler: Pay a little more taxes & give up some programs.
    Mike Rounds: Don't promise everything then borrow it from next generation.
    Scyller Borglum: Federal budget: reduce debt & spending.
    Scyller Borglum: Wooden Nickel Plan: Public vote on budget increases over 5%.
    Steven Haugaard: Federal dependency can be limited, we are a 'welfare state'.
Civil Rights
    Billie Sutton: Indian Country will have a seat at the table.
    Gordon Howie: Gays and lesbians choose to live outside the laws of God.
    Gordon Howie: Civil unions and equal rights for gays, but not marriage.
    Gordon Howie: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
    Jay Williams: Far too often, Native Americans are forgotten & ignored.
    Kristi Noem: Bars transgender athletes from women's sports.
    Kristi Noem: In South Dakota, only girls can play in girls' sports.
    Larry Pressler: I was wrong to support 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
    Larry Pressler: Supports gay marriage.
    Larry Pressler: Filed legal brief to overturn S.D.'s gay marriage ban.
    Mike Rounds: Legal contracts for gay couples, but not marriage.
    Rick Weiland: Favors same-sex marriage.
    Scyller Borglum: Voted no on banning gender-dysphoria instruction in schools.
    Scyller Borglum: Voted no on posting "In God We Trust" signs in schools.
    Scyller Borglum: Shouldn't adultery laws include bestiality?
    Steven Haugaard: Radical transgender ideology rejects parental rights.
    Jamie R. Smith: Critical race theory not a problem in South Dakota schools.
    Dennis Daugaard: Revamp MicroLOAN program for small businesses.
    Larry Pressler: Both parties beholden to corporate backers.
    Mike Rounds: $75M in Future Fund grants to support entrepreneurialism.
    Rick Weiland: Immigration problem from profits from cheap immigrant labor.
    Rick Weiland: Stop sweetheart deals for businesses 'too big to fail'.
    Billie Sutton: Require mental health evaluations in jails within 21 days.
    Daniel Ahlers: Require mental health evaluations in jails within 21 days.
    Dennis Daugaard: Achieved Level 4 certification for Juvenile Corrections.
    Dennis Daugaard: Justice reinvestment: focuses resources on proven tools.
    Dennis Daugaard: High rates of incarceration does not increase public safety.
    Dennis Daugaard: Reforms reduced population on parole.
    Dennis Daugaard: Make mugshots and pardon process open to the public.
    Dennis Daugaard: Require mental health evaluations in jails within 21 days.
    Jay Williams: Our criminal justice system is broken.
    Kristi Noem: We recruited law enforcement officers to move to our state.
    Nancy Turbak Berry: Define hate crimes by sexual orientation or gender identity.
    Nancy Turbak Berry: Remove requirement that physicians be present at executions.
    Steven Haugaard: We've neglected budgeting for prisons, probation, parole.
    Steven Haugaard: Require mental health evaluations in jails within 21 days.
    Billie Sutton: We're not going to incarcerate our way out of this.
    Dennis Daugaard: More funding for drug courts; a bargain compared to prison.
    Dennis Daugaard: Swift and certain sanctions for drug addicts.
    Jamie R. Smith: Recreational marijuana should be legalized in South Dakota.
    Joel Dykstra: Require blood testing for drunk driving arrests.
    Kristi Noem: Make medical cannabis program safest, most responsible.
    Marty Jackley: We must explain consequences of legalized marijuana.
    Marty Jackley: Double headline - Already Done.
    Marty Jackley: Congress has failed us on drugs; keep drug dealers out.
    Marty Jackley: Bolster rehabilitation and mental health programs for drugs.
    Billie Sutton: Strong economy and workforce start with the right education.
    Daniel Ahlers: Improve educational services for deaf children.
    Daniel Ahlers: Must invest in schools, teachers and our children.
    Daniel Ahlers: Investing in education invests in our present and our future.
    Dennis Daugaard: Repeal 100 student minimum for state aid to districts.
    Dennis Daugaard: Increase teacher salaries to retain and attract hires.
    Dennis Daugaard: Tuition freeze on college education.
    Dennis Daugaard: Increase enrolment in technical institutes.
    Jamie R. Smith: The first thing we should do in our budget is pay teachers.
    Jay Williams: I moved back to SD for quality of schools; focus on that.
    Jay Williams: Served a term on the Yankton school board.
    Joel Dykstra: Voted for abstinence-only sex education.
    John Thune: Teachers & parents know best how to spend education funds.
    Kristi Noem: Schools should teach is US is most special nation in history.
    Kristi Noem: Re-instill right to pray in school, absent far too long.
    Kristi Noem: Teach true, honest history not radical Critical Race Theory.
    Nancy Turbak Berry: Increase teacher pay and student spending annually.
    Scyller Borglum: Rural education initiative: address gaps in education.
    Steven Haugaard: I will oppose Critical Race Theory in our classrooms.
    Steven Haugaard: We must cut unnecessary expenditures for higher education.
    William Janklow: Reward extra teacher effort with extra pay.
    William Janklow: $9500 for college tuition for all Regents grads.
Energy & Oil
    Billie Sutton: Must invest in energy efficiency options to move forward.
    Brian Bengs: Speed the transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources.
    Brian Bengs: Energy independence through clean energy not fossil fuels.
    Daniel Ahlers: Promote conservation, sustainability, and coal.
    Dennis Daugaard: Increase ethanol revolving fund from $7M to $17M.
    Dennis Daugaard: Explore our potential for oil development.
    Gordon Howie: Congress should pass laws benefiting the oil & gas industry.
    Gordon Howie: No subsidies for wind and solar.
    Jay Williams: This planet is our only home; curb carbon emissions.
    Larry Pressler: Immediate increase of 12 cents per gallon in the gas tax.
    Mike Rounds: Tax energy exploration on federal land instead of gas tax.
    Rick Weiland: Opposes Keystone XL pipeline.
    Rick Weiland: End subsidies to big oil companies, instead of gas tax.
    Kristi Noem: Get these American-first energy supplies back online.
    Billie Sutton: Listen to all parties to protect pheasant hunting habitats.
    Dennis Daugaard: Invest $8 million to fight the mountain pine beetle.
    Marty Jackley: Legislature decides recreational use of non-meandered waters.
    Mike Rounds: Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency.
    William Janklow: Remove old gas tanks and their contaminants.
Families & Children
    Billie Sutton: Don't allow LGBTQ discrimination by foster/adoption agencies.
    Billie Sutton: Don't allow LGBTQ discrimination by foster/adoption agencies.
    Daniel Ahlers: Don't allow LGBTQ discrimination by foster/adoption agencies.
    Dennis Daugaard: Infant Mortality Task Force: distribute safe sleep kits.
    Dennis Daugaard: Allow LGBTQ discrimination by foster/adoption agencies.
    Jamie R. Smith: Don't allow LGBTQ discrimination by foster/adoption agencies.
    Kristi Noem: My vision: maintain our family traditions & way of life.
    Mike Rounds: Our children are our most valuable resource.
    Steven Haugaard: Allow LGBTQ discrimination by foster/adoption agencies.
    William Janklow: Supports Bright Start boxes to help new parents.
Foreign Policy
    Brian Bengs: Preserving close relationship with allies makes us all safer.
    Jay Williams: Negotiate with Iran over nuclear weapons.
Free Trade
    Billie Sutton: Better trade deals, not trade wars and tariffs.
    Dennis Daugaard: Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA.
    Kristi Noem: Supports trade deal with Mexico/Canada.
    Kristi Noem: China trade wars makes low soybean prices & hurts farmers.
    Steven Haugaard: Don't export unprocessed agricultural products, do it here.
Government Reform
    Billie Sutton: Clean up entrenched system & champion good government.
    Brian Bengs: Signed U.S. Term Limits pledge.
    Daniel Ahlers: Establish commission for legislative redistricting.
    Daniel Ahlers: Filed bill for commission to establish legislative districts.
    Dennis Daugaard: Better Government Red Tape Review: eliminate 26,000 words.
    Dennis Daugaard: Red Tape Repeal: remove 4,000 obsolete laws & rules.
    Gordon Howie: Photo ID for voting.
    Jay Williams: GOP's 2013 government shutdown caused S.D. suffering.
    Jay Williams: Campaign spending is out of control.
    Joel Dykstra: Voted to restrict campaign donations.
    John Thune: Don't put Washington in charge of state elections.
    Kristi Noem: Summoned employee who denied daughter's license.
    Kristi Noem: Eliminate fees for starting or renewing a business.
    Nancy Turbak Berry: $4000 limit on individual campaign contribution.
    Rick Weiland: Congress should fight for people, not for big donors.
    Steven Haugaard: We need transparent leadership, not CDC/White House dictates.
    Kristi Noem: So many serious election integrity concerns in 2020 election.
Gun Control
    Billie Sutton: Supports open carry for guns and extra handgun training.
    Billie Sutton: Don't allow concealed carry of guns at state capitol.
    Billie Sutton: Don't allow concealed carry of guns at state capitol.
    Brian Bengs: Gun owner; favors background checks.
    Daniel Ahlers: Vetoed allowing concealed carry of guns at state capitol.
    Dennis Daugaard: Vetoed allowing concealed carry of guns at state capitol.
    Gordon Howie: Bumper sticker: God, Guns, and Gordon.
    Gordon Howie: Opposes more gun restrictions.
    Jamie R. Smith: We should have a concealed carry permit in the state.
    Jamie R. Smith: Don't allow concealed carry of guns at state capitol.
    Jay Williams: Common sense measures like background checks.
    Kristi Noem: Won't cost you a penny to exercise 2d amendment rights.
    Marty Jackley: Double headline - Already Done.
    Rick Weiland: Universal background checks for guns.
    Steven Haugaard: Founders understood evil people/tyrants part of our world.
    Steven Haugaard: Allow concealed carry of guns at state capitol.
Health Care
    Billie Sutton: Look for ways to get health care coverage to all citizens.
    Billie Sutton: Our aging veterans will continue receiving high quality care.
    Brian Bengs: Public health shouldn't be treated as a political football.
    Brian Bengs: Opposes Republican plans to kill off Affordable Care Act.
    Daniel Ahlers: System should be affordable, innovative, free enterprise.
    Dennis Daugaard: Add work requirements to Medicaid.
    Gordon Howie: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
    Jamie R. Smith: Expanding Medicaid crucial to our rural communities.
    Jay Williams: Health care is a basic human right.
    Kristi Noem: Make pandemic rules for telehealth permanent.
    Kristi Noem: COVID: vaccine passports are oppressive and un-American.
    Kristi Noem: Unvaccinated Americans are still Americans.
    Larry Pressler: Keep ObamaCare in place; we need it.
    Mike Rounds: Shut down ObamaCare but don't shut down government.
    Rick Weiland: Push for public option to expand ObamaCare.
    Rick Weiland: Keep parts of ObamaCare that work, and add Medicare option.
    Rick Weiland: Give Medicare recipients a choice of private insurance.
    Scyller Borglum: Oppose Medicare-for-all and replace ObamaCare.
    Scyller Borglum: Against Medicare for All; replace ObamaCare.
    Scyller Borglum: Vote against Medicare for all and "other socialist plans".
    Steven Haugaard: Never compel citizens to receive medical treatments.
    William Janklow: Re-pay med school tuition for doctors in needy areas.
    William Janklow: Fund newborn hearing-screening program.
    William Janklow: Give nicotine patches free to anyone who asks.
    Jamie R. Smith: COVID face coverings keeps people healthy & businesses open.
    Kristi Noem: Won't vote for Medicaid expansion; will implement if passed.
    Kristi Noem: No to Medicaid expansion; $80 million cost is too high.
    Kristi Noem: Listen to healthcare professionals for COVID policy.
Homeland Security
    Brian Bengs: VA closings might make it more responsive to veterans.
    Daniel Ahlers: Helped fund the new State Veteran's Cemetery.
    Daniel Ahlers: Expand VA benefits to include assisted living.
    Dennis Daugaard: Split two departments: Military & Veterans' Affairs.
    Dennis Daugaard: Transfer professional license from other states for military.
    Gordon Howie: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
    Jay Williams: Served in the US Navy and the Peace Corps.
    Jay Williams: Served in the Peace Corps as well as the U.S. Navy.
    Jay Williams: Don't use fear of ISIS to justify government overreach.
    Jay Williams: Cut defense spending: 6 aircraft carriers instead of 11.
    John Thune: PATRIOT Act is still needed in these dangerous times.
    Kristi Noem: Tax exemptions for veterans with disabilities.
    Larry Pressler: Significant cutbacks on overseas military spending.
    Larry Pressler: 1980 presidential run:focus on veteran issues & Agent Orange.
    Larry Pressler: First Vietnam vet elected to Congress.
    Gordon Howie: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
    Jay Williams: Get ten million undocumented immigrants out of the shadows.
    Larry Pressler: 5-year path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
    Mike Rounds: Border security first, then a limited path to citizenship.
    Rick Weiland: Border security and a path to citizenship at the same time.
    Scyller Borglum: Commonsense approach to immigration, with border wall.
    Scyller Borglum: Build the wall, close refugee loopholes.
    Scyller Borglum: Strong borders & safe, legal procedures.
    Steven Haugaard: Spanish-language driver's test would dilute our population.
    Billie Sutton: Exodus of talent is the price paid when offering low wages.
    Daniel Ahlers: Invest in higher ed so workers can get degrees, skills.
    Dennis Daugaard: Help find jobs for those unemployed over 12 weeks.
    Dennis Daugaard: Dakota Roots: invite former South Dakotans back home to work.
    Dennis Daugaard: South Dakota WINS: a 20-point job training plan.
    Dennis Daugaard: Assist disabled with employment; adversity builds character.
    Jay Williams: Time for the entire nation to get a raise.
    Jay Williams: Raise minimum wage to $12 and then $15.
    Kristi Noem: Keep right-to-work laws instead of labor unions.
Principles & Values
    Billie Sutton: Hard work, honesty, and integrity to improve status quo.
    Billie Sutton: More important to live by God's plan than by his own plan.
    Billie Sutton: Celebrate all of South Dakota's cultures and traditions.
    Brian Bengs: Smaller, close-knit community made him feel connected.
    Brian Bengs: No one is focusing on fixing political dysfunction in US.
    Daniel Ahlers: I dream of an America where we're not marginalized by labels.
    Gordon Howie: A great America needs God.
    Gordon Howie: Religious liberty is foundational to our freedom.
    Jamie R. Smith: Public leaders should be able to reach across the aisle.
    John Thune: Running for 4th Senate term: breaking the "Curse of Karl"?
    Kristi Noem: Leader of 4-H and Farm Service Agency.
    Kristi Noem: COVID: no shutdowns, we stayed open the entire time.
    Larry Pressler: Non-conventional independent campaign to influence debate.
    Larry Pressler: 1978: first Vietnam veteran elected to the Senate.
    Larry Pressler: Former three-term Senator; ran for president in 1980.
    Mike Rounds: Lifelong resident of Pierre; president of local YMCA.
    Rick Weiland: Touring all 311 of South Dakota's incorporated towns.
    Scyller Borglum: What it means to be conservative is eroding.
    Scyller Borglum: Being conservative is staying out of people's business.
    Steven Haugaard: Our rights under assault by the extreme progressive left.
    Steven Haugaard: I pledge to you I will put South Dakotans first.
Social Security
    Billie Sutton: Find ways to prioritize care for our elders in our budget.
    Jay Williams: Eliminate taxable maximum of $118,500.
    Rick Weiland: Protect and expand instead of cut and destroy.
Tax Reform
    Anthony Kennedy: OK to collect sales tax on out-of-state Internet purchases.
    Billie Sutton: Examine where tax dollars are being spent and if wisely.
    Brian Bengs: Supports a wealth tax for households over $50 million.
    Brian Bengs: I'm talking about blowing up the status quo of tax policy.
    Clarence Thomas: OK to collect sales tax on out-of-state Internet purchases.
    Elena Kagan: Only Congress can allow out-of-state Internet sales tax.
    Gordon Howie: Rein in bloated government instead of raising taxes.
    Jay Williams: A call for rationality: Tax is NOT a dirty word.
    Jay Williams: Pushed for $1.4M property tax to fund school operations.
    John Roberts: Only Congress can allow out-of-state Internet sales tax.
    Kristi Noem: No state income tax; committed to keeping it that way.
    Kristi Noem: The taxes we have are stable and predictable, no increases.
    Larry Pressler: Rich people willing to pay more taxes to help our country.
    Larry Pressler: Raise taxes on estates worth more than $10 million.
    Neil Gorsuch: OK to collect sales tax on out-of-state Internet purchases.
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg: OK to collect sales tax on out-of-state Internet purchases.
    Samuel Alito: OK to collect sales tax on out-of-state Internet purchases.
    Sonia Sotomayor: Only Congress can allow out-of-state Internet sales tax.
    Stephen Breyer: Only Congress can allow out-of-state Internet sales tax.
    Jamie R. Smith: Pushed for years to repeal state's 4.5% tax on food sales.
    Kristi Noem: Repeal state's 4.5% tax on food sales.
    Billie Sutton: Investment in infrastructure is one measure to grow economy.
    Brian Bengs: Congress can't ignore impact of automation on job market.
    Dennis Daugaard: Secure $29M for deep underground lab.
    Dennis Daugaard: E-Government: government online, not standing in line.
    Dennis Daugaard: Online retailers should voluntarily remit sales tax.
    Kristi Noem: We have a chance to lead the nation in cybersecurity.
    Kristi Noem: Finish connecting the state with broadband.
    William Janklow: Continue funding computers in schools.
War & Peace
    Brian Bengs: Supports providing aircraft to Ukraine against Russia.
    John Thune: Finishing the job means setting up a democracy in Iraq.
    John Thune: Support sending more American troops to Iraq if necessary.
    John Thune: Iraq is a part of the broader war on terror.
    John Thune: We have to stay resolute or the terrorists will prevail.
    Marty Jackley: Double headline - Already Done.
    Rick Weiland: No U.S. military intervention in Syria.
    Tom Daschle: We can do much better fighting the war in Iraq.
    Tom Daschle: Would still voted to authorize Bush to go to war.
    Tom Daschle: The war in Iraq is being run the wrong way.
Welfare & Poverty
    Daniel Ahlers: Don't penalize poor people trying to improve their situation.
    Jay Williams: Address the growing problem of income inequality.
    Steven Haugaard: Engage churches, organizations to handle family issues.

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