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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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State of Rhode Island Politicians: Archives

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    from State of Rhode Island Archives (number of quotes indicated):
  • Barry Hinckley (12) Republican Challenger Rhode Island
  • Bob Flanders (16) Republican Challenger Rhode Island
  • Bobby Nardolillo (1) Republican candidate for Rhode Island U.S. Senator Rhode Island
  • Carl Sheeler (12) Democratic Challenger (2006) Rhode Island
  • Chris Young (1) Democratic Senate Challenger (2008) Rhode Island
  • Dan McKee (5) Rhode Island Democratic candidate for governor
  • Gina Raimondo (11) Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce
  • Helena Foulkes (10) Rhode Island Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Jack Reed (1) Democratic Sr Senator Rhode Island
  • Lincoln Chafee (16) Rhode Island Independent Rhode Island Governor
  • Luis-Daniel Munoz (4) Rhode Island Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Mark Zaccaria (21) Republican Senate Challenger Rhode Island
  • Patricia Morgan (1) Rhode Island Republican candidate for Rhode Island Governor
  • Sheldon Whitehouse (9) Democratic Jr Senator Rhode Island
  • Stephen Laffey (17) Republican challenger (2006) Rhode Island
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    Carl Sheeler: Roe v. Wade has been decided; keep abortion legal.
    Lincoln Chafee: The real potential for cures is in the embryonic stem cells.
    Lincoln Chafee: Opposed the Alito nomination on 3 issues, not litmus test.
    Mark Zaccaria: Safe, legal, and rare: don't return to back alley abortions.
    Mark Zaccaria: Make adoption a more palatable choice.
    Mark Zaccaria: Make abortion unthinkable but not illegal.
    Mark Zaccaria: No federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
    Stephen Laffey: Very few scientists believe in embryonic stem cell research.
    Stephen Laffey: Don't have any litmus tests for judges.
    Helena Foulkes: She will always fight to protect a woman's right to choose.
Budget & Economy
    Barry Hinckley: Our children have to pay back the debt; it's a train wreck.
    Lincoln Chafee: Pork barrel accounts for 1% of the budget, and is requested.
    Luis-Daniel Munoz: Invest in micro-businesses with path towards livable wage.
    Mark Zaccaria: Do the right thing and cut pork, then cut all expenditures.
    Sheldon Whitehouse: Grow the economy from the middle class out.
    Stephen Laffey: Pork barrel spending does not benefit Rhode Island.
    Stephen Laffey: Pay for entitlement programs by keeping taxes low.
    Stephen Laffey: Cut corporate welfare and sink the 600 page tax code.
    Helena Foulkes: A strong supporter of the line-item veto, accountability.
    Dan McKee: Quarter billion dollar investment in creating more housing.
    Dan McKee: $2B for 137 state infrastructure projects moving forward.
Civil Rights
    Carl Sheeler: Recognize civil unions; supports same-sex marriage.
    Carl Sheeler: Women & minorities are underrepresented in business.
    Gina Raimondo: Fight for pay equity for working women.
    Mark Zaccaria: Marriage only between one man and one woman.
    Mark Zaccaria: End federal affirmative action programs.
    Stephen Laffey: Find a way to wiretap al-Qaeda members calling into the US.
    Helena Foulkes: Supports state amendment to protect marriage equality.
    Barry Hinckley: Make R.I. the most attractive place to do business.
    Barry Hinckley: Cut the business tax rate from 35% to 20%.
    Bob Flanders: Enhance federal programs to help small business grow.
    Bob Flanders: Our economy is strong due to tax cuts and regulatory relief.
    Gina Raimondo: Rhode Island Innovation Institute: bring back manufacturing.
    Dan McKee: Eliminate litter tax, a big nuisance for small business.
    Bobby Nardolillo: Public safety is a fundamental duty of government.
    Carl Sheeler: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
    Gina Raimondo: Tackle human trafficking and strip clubs.
    Mark Zaccaria: Supports capital punishment.
    Bob Flanders: Enhance treatment & recovery services; and public engagement.
    Carl Sheeler: Decriminalize marijuana possession.
    Mark Zaccaria: Mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs.
    Barry Hinckley: Give a grant to every family to choose school.
    Bob Flanders: Parental school choice: federal funds follow students.
    Bob Flanders: Simplify aid; subsidize students who can't afford college.
    Carl Sheeler: Educate children about sex rather than moralizing.
    Gina Raimondo: Treat teachers as professionals; rebuild school classrooms.
    Lincoln Chafee: Fund special education before tax cuts for the wealthy.
    Luis-Daniel Munoz: Change educational funding formula for needs of municipality.
    Mark Zaccaria: Supports vouchers but not charters.
    Sheldon Whitehouse: Extend "Race to the Top" to middle school.
    Stephen Laffey: Chafee failed on funding the IDEA program and the NCLB Act.
    Helena Foulkes: Fund universal Pre-K, public preschool for three-year-olds.
    Dan McKee: Plan to reach Massachusetts education levels by 2030.
Energy & Oil
    Bob Flanders: Balance a bipartisan & diverse energy supply.
    Carl Sheeler: Begin with environment friendly public transportation.
    Gina Raimondo: Make R.I. a model for climate change preparedness.
    Gina Raimondo: Create state "Green Bank" for clean energy financing.
    Mark Zaccaria: No climate change laws; no cap-&-trade; more oil exploration.
    Stephen Laffey: Need a new national energy policy to fight the War on Terror.
    Helena Foulkes: Make Rhode Island a leader in clean, affordable energy.
    Bob Flanders: Overburdensome regulation and red tape costs $2T annually.
    Chris Young: Stop constructing schools on toxic dumps.
    Gina Raimondo: Coordinated marketing effort to promote R.I. tourism.
    Luis-Daniel Munoz: Protect communities from pollutants; move to renewables.
Foreign Policy
    Barry Hinckley: Reduce foreign aid; robust American military presence abroad.
    Barry Hinckley: End foreign aid to Egypt, Libya and Pakistan.
    Bob Flanders: U.S. global leadership via stronger strategic alliances.
    Sheldon Whitehouse: Traditional internationalist and support of Israel.
Free Trade
    Mark Zaccaria: Today's free trade agreements are stacked against the US.
Government Reform
    Carl Sheeler: Term limits for governor but not for legislature.
    Carl Sheeler: Limit PAC, corporate, and individual campaign contributions.
    Jack Reed: Nuclear option: Allow confirmation of Obama's appointees.
    Lincoln Chafee: Vindicated for opposing Alito, by Alito's bad votes.
    Lincoln Chafee: Has concerns about Bush's expansion of executive power.
    Mark Zaccaria: Keep contribution limits & campaign finance regulations.
    Sheldon Whitehouse: Overturn Citizens United; it undid 100 years of regulations.
    Stephen Laffey: Supported Sam Alito nomination to Supreme Court.
    Helena Foulkes: Ensure citizens can exercise their right to vote.
    Helena Foulkes: Cut onerous red tape to help businesses of all sizes.
Gun Control
    Bob Flanders: Security measures & dedicated first responder at schools.
    Carl Sheeler: Supports safety locks, licensing, background checks, & more.
    Gina Raimondo: Enact common-sense gun control measures.
    Mark Zaccaria: Second Amendment guarantees individual right to own guns.
    Helena Foulkes: Ban the sale of high-capacity magazines and assault weapons.
    Dan McKee: I'm ready to sign a ban on sale of assault style weapons.
Health Care
    Barry Hinckley: ObamaCare is an example of government gone wild.
    Barry Hinckley: Voucher program provides Medicare choice.
    Bob Flanders: Supports HSAs, cross-state insurance, and tort reform.
    Bob Flanders: Drugs Affordability Act: negotiate Medicare drug prices.
    Lincoln Chafee: Bipartisanship is the key to reform Medicare.
    Lincoln Chafee: Support Canadian drug importation that Laffey opposes.
    Luis-Daniel Munoz: Healthcare is a human right.
    Mark Zaccaria: System works now, even for the uninsured.
    Stephen Laffey: Medicare has to be able to negotiate.
    Stephen Laffey: Embryonic stem cell research has produced no benefit.
    Helena Foulkes: Worked to boost insurance enrollment after passage of ACA.
Homeland Security
    Bob Flanders: Commit the resources needed for military preparedness.
    Bob Flanders: Operation Stand Down: support services for veterans.
    Gina Raimondo: Honor and support our veteran population, including housing.
    Lincoln Chafee: Keep Rhode Island's military installations thriving.
    Mark Zaccaria: Cut government, including cutting military (except salary).
    Stephen Laffey: We need to expand weapons programs.
    Bob Flanders: Control our borders & prevent visa overstays, as first step.
    Lincoln Chafee: Co-sponsored McCain-Kennedy immigration bill.
    Lincoln Chafee: Laffey supported then opposed ID cards for illegal aliens.
    Mark Zaccaria: No pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
    Stephen Laffey: Opposes the McCain-Kennedy bill?a vote for illegal aliens.
    Barry Hinckley: RI 50th in business friendliness, causing high unemployment.
    Gina Raimondo: Pair CCRI with local businesses for job training.
Principles & Values
    Barry Hinckley: Extreme partisanship is killing this country.
    Lincoln Chafee: The Club for Growth is pouring the money for Laffey.
    Lincoln Chafee: Being deliberate and responsible is not indecisive.
    Lincoln Chafee: Vote my conscience while keeping good relations with GOP.
    Mark Zaccaria: I'm running for You, to rein in government.
    Stephen Laffey: Confront real problems directly with people.
Social Security
    Barry Hinckley: Hire actuaries to bring system into line, not politicians.
    Mark Zaccaria: Privatize elements of Social Security.
    Sheldon Whitehouse: Protect and defend Social Security.
    Sheldon Whitehouse: Life without Social Security would be unimaginably worse.
Tax Reform
    Barry Hinckley: Lower rates for families, lower rates for businesses.
    Carl Sheeler: Property taxes are regressive.
    Mark Zaccaria: Eliminate the estate tax; cut spending to match tax cuts.
    Patricia Morgan: Rhode Islanders relocate to avoid the confiscatory death tax.
    Sheldon Whitehouse: Tax code is broken, but flat tax is a lousy idea.
    Sheldon Whitehouse: $2T in new revenues, and $2T in cuts, to balance budget.
    Stephen Laffey: Tax cuts are good for America.
    Helena Foulkes: $500 tax cut for anyone earning less than $100,000.
    Bob Flanders: invest in crumbling roads & bridges with Infrastructure Bank.
    Gina Raimondo: Sustainable funds for RIPTA; revolving funds for roads.
    Sheldon Whitehouse: Create new infrastructure to renew economy.
War & Peace
    Bob Flanders: Chinese expansion in the Far East must be constrained.
    Lincoln Chafee: Support a timetable if diplomacy does not work.
    Lincoln Chafee: Only Republican to vote against Iraq war?but keep Rumsfeld.
    Mark Zaccaria: We should leave Iraq & Afghanistan once we win.
    Stephen Laffey: Take the Iraqi troops to Europe to train them.
    Stephen Laffey: Calls for the resignation of Rumsfeld.
Welfare & Poverty
    Carl Sheeler: Hand-up, not hand-out.

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