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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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Winners and Losers
Senate candidates from Florida

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    from Past and present Senate candidates from Florida (number of quotes indicated):
  • Alan Grayson (3) Democratic Senate candidate Florida
  • Ann Kirkpatrick (1) Democratic Senate candidate Arizona
  • Augustus Invictus (13) Republican Candidate for U.S. Senator (withdrew Dec. 2017) Florida
  • Betty Castor (17) 2004 former Democratic Challenger Florida
  • Bill Nelson (5) Democratic Sr Senator Florida
  • Bob Smith (1) 2010 Challenger; lost FL GOP primary; previous NH Senator Florida
  • Carlos Lopez-Cantera (6) Republican Senate Challenger Florida
  • Charlie Crist (24) Florida Democratic Governor Challenger
  • Connie Mack IV (9) Republican Challenger Florida
  • David Jolly (8) Republican Senate Challenger Florida
  • Edward Janowski (20) Independent candidate for Florida U. S. Senator Florida
  • George LeMieux (2) 2012 Republican Primary Challenger Florida
  • Kendrick Meek (5) 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. Florida
  • Marco Rubio (30) FL Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Mel Martinez (13) Cabinet-2005
  • Pam Keith (4) Democratic Senate candidate Florida
  • Patrick Murphy (13) Democratic Senate candidate Florida
  • Rick Scott (5) Florida Republican Governor
  • Ron DeSantis (2) Florida Republican candidate for governor
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Edward Janowski: Men imposing on pregnant women makes them breeding stock.
    Augustus Invictus: Leave abortion decisions to the states.
    Charlie Crist: Vetoed bill requiring ultrasound exams before abortions.
    Kendrick Meek: I have a 100% voting record on abortion, unlike Gov. Crist.
    Charlie Crist: Tea Party is too extreme on outlawing abortion.
    Betty Castor: Abortion is a personal matter that should not be interfered.
    Mel Martinez: Opposed to abortion--life begins at conception.
    Betty Castor: Abortion should be rare, safe and legal.
Budget & Economy
    Edward Janowski: Stimulus is short-lived; reduce barriers to market growth.
    Augustus Invictus: Fight for balanced budget & against Federal Reserve.
    David Jolly: Balance the budget: morally bound and for national security.
    Carlos Lopez-Cantera: As Lt. Governor: focus on job creation and tax reduction.
    David Jolly: We've doubled our national debt in the last 8 years.
    Bill Nelson: Budget sequestration avoided national default.
    Charlie Crist: OpEd: As incumbent, blamed for Florida's weak economy.
    Kendrick Meek: Grow the economy rather than applying ideology.
    Charlie Crist: Supports economic stimulus and some parts of ObamaCare.
    Kendrick Meek: For economic stimulus, ObamaCare, & repealing Bush tax cuts.
    Charlie Crist: $8B stimulus funds saved or created 87,000 jobs in Florida.
    Marco Rubio: Oppose Obama stimulus package; it's bad for America.
    Betty Castor: No tax cuts to the wealthy while we are facing huge deficits.
    Mel Martinez: Promote growth and job creation to reduce the deficit.
Civil Rights
    Edward Janowski: Focus on corporate benefits for same-sex couples.
    Marco Rubio: Men's bathrooms are for men & women's bathrooms for women.
    Augustus Invictus: Who one marries is not the concern of the Government.
    Pam Keith: Racists are sad aberrations, but they still exist.
    Charlie Crist: Opposed gay adoption; then praised Court overturning ban.
    Charlie Crist: Lifetime member of NAACP.
    Betty Castor: Support basic protections for gay couples, but not marriage.
    Mel Martinez: Support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
    Marco Rubio: Businesses need certainty to commit to hiring new workers.
    Marco Rubio: Work across the aisle to make America more business-friendly.
    Edward Janowski: Enforce existing sentences; eliminate other crimes.
    Charlie Crist: Chain-Gang Charlie: reinstitute prison chain gangs.
    Edward Janowski: Ridiculous to consider marijuana a gateway drug.
    Marco Rubio: Prove medical benefits to FDA before legalizing marijuana.
    Patrick Murphy: Let states decide marijuana legalization.
    Alan Grayson: Exempt high-CBD/low-THC medical marijuana from Drug War.
    Patrick Murphy: Protect people complying with state marijuana laws from feds.
    Augustus Invictus: Abolishing the DEA is a start to end war on drugs.
    Edward Janowski: Vouchers are regularly abused due to lack of oversight.
    Patrick Murphy: Quality public education is best way to grow middle class.
    Augustus Invictus: Enemy of Common Core and No Child Left Behind.
Energy & Oil
    Edward Janowski: Strong supporter of green energy.
    Augustus Invictus: Find alternatives to dependence on foreign energy sources.
    David Jolly: I support offshore drilling, but not off Florida's coasts.
    Ron DeSantis: No delay on Keystone pipeline for security & safety study.
    Charlie Crist: Open to cap-and-trade plan for carbon emissions.
    Betty Castor: We won’t solve this problem with more drilling.
    Mel Martinez: Allow exploration in areas that support drilling.
    Rick Scott: OpEd: Protestors blame Scott for red tide algae bloom.
    Rick Scott: Repealed mandatory septic tank inspection & cut state DEP.
    Rick Scott: Emergency $9M to cope with red tide algae bloom.
    Bill Nelson: Lake Okeechobee water is murky, but it's a state issue.
    Rick Scott: Lake Okeechobee water is murky, but it's a federal issue.
    Edward Janowski: Rein in EPA along with other bureaucracies.
    Patrick Murphy: Vital to Florida's future that we protect our environment.
    Augustus Invictus: Respecting environment over business is a must.
    Connie Mack IV: Criticizes agricultural tax breaks for grazing land.
Foreign Policy
    Edward Janowski: Support American Exceptionalism.
    Pam Keith: Don't live by fear; we're the most bad-ass nation.
    Pam Keith: Born in Turkey; lived outside US for 9 years.
    Carlos Lopez-Cantera: Defend democracy in Cuba, Venezuela, & Israel.
    Carlos Lopez-Cantera: After Cuban "normalization," more beatings & more oppression.
    David Jolly: Help create stability in regions where there is none.
    Bill Nelson: Keep the Cuban embargo, but let family members travel.
    Connie Mack IV: Keep the Cuban embargo until Cuba is a free democracy.
    Betty Castor: Bush’s travel restrictions to Cuba are wrong.
Free Trade
    Edward Janowski: Trade deals not balanced for US but favor global economy.
    David Jolly: Yes to Ex-im bank; No to fast-track.
    Ron DeSantis: No to Ex-im bank; Yes to fast-track.
    Patrick Murphy: Yes to Ex-im bank; No to fast-track.
Government Reform
    Bill Nelson: Russians penetrating our elections, but details classified.
    Edward Janowski: Voter ID system to end election fraud.
    David Jolly: OpEd AdWatch: Worked for lobbyists associated with Pakistan.
    George LeMieux: Opposed thousands of earmarks during time in Senate.
Gun Control
    Edward Janowski: Absolute right to gun ownership.
    Rick Scott: Don't ban AR-15s; fully automatic weapons already illegal.
    Patrick Murphy: Expand background checks; bar people on watch lists.
    Augustus Invictus: Wants restoration of the Second Amendment.
    Patrick Murphy: No civilian access to military-style assault weapons.
    Patrick Murphy: More background checks: close the terrorist gun loophole.
Health Care
    Edward Janowski: Dismantle ObamaCare, for personal sovereignty & cost too.
    Patrick Murphy: We can improve ObamaCare, but it has hugely positive impact.
    Connie Mack IV: ObamaCare cuts $700 billion out of your Medicare.
    Connie Mack IV: Repeal ObamaCare but preserve pre-existing condition rule.
    Charlie Crist: Cover Florida: 6,000 uninsured given peace of mind.
    Charlie Crist: Get waste & fraud out of Medicare so program will survive.
    Marco Rubio: Provide alternatives to employer-based insurance system.
    Betty Castor: Fight for a meaningful prescription drug plan.
    Mel Martinez: Support Bush’s plan to provide prescription drug benefits.
    Betty Castor: Expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Homeland Security
    Edward Janowski: Expand military to provide jobs and education.
    Augustus Invictus: Non-interventionism & no unconditional support to Israel.
    Pam Keith: My military service exposed me to issues that we face.
    Patrick Murphy: Voted with GOP for DoD bill that Obama vetoed.
    Alan Grayson: Opposed $607 billion national defense bill.
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Voted with GOP for DoD bill that Obama vetoed.
    Connie Mack IV: Budget sequestration guts our military.
    Charlie Crist: Military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy has worked.
    Marco Rubio: No evidence to change policy of don't ask, don't tell.
    Betty Castor: Support the all volunteer military, not a military draft.
    Mel Martinez: Volunteers for military service make a draft unnecessary.
    Alan Grayson: Allow administrative amnesty to some illegal aliens.
    Edward Janowski: Pathway to citizenship for some, to work thru quagmire.
    Augustus Invictus: Screen immigrants for status and ISIS connections.
    Carlos Lopez-Cantera: FactCheck: Supports E-Verify, but not racial profiling.
    Bill Nelson: Path to citizenship with fines & English proficiency.
    Connie Mack IV: No amnesty for illegal immigrants.
    Marco Rubio: AZ law may unreasonably single out some citizens.
    Marco Rubio: Don't count illegal immigrants in the 2010 census.
    Charlie Crist: Seal borders; enforce laws; send illegals to back of line.
    Marco Rubio: Allow children of illegals to pay in-state college tuition.
    Marco Rubio: No amnesty in any form, not even back-of-the-line.
    Betty Castor: Expedite citizenship for legal immigrants on active duty.
    Mel Martinez: Strongly oppose amnesty for illegal aliens.
    Edward Janowski: No affirmative action; no quotas.
Principles & Values
    Edward Janowski: Keep "God" on public buildings, as done historically.
    Augustus Invictus: Libertarians are the party of peace & party of principle.
    Patrick Murphy: OpEd: Angry black women should oppose party-choice Murphy.
    Patrick Murphy: Former Republican; FL's most conservative House Democrat.
    Connie Mack IV: GOP debates only help Democrats.
    Connie Mack IV: Son of Senator; husband of Congresswoman.
    George LeMieux: Kept his promise not run for re-election after appointment.
    Charlie Crist: I would have left GOP anyway; they're too extreme.
    Charlie Crist: We need open-mindedness in a Senator, not ideology.
    Marco Rubio: Fundraised via "Floridians for Conservative Leadership".
    Marco Rubio: Repaid Florida GOP for overspending on party credit card.
    Marco Rubio: Home purchases funded by very GOP-friendly bank boards.
    Marco Rubio: As Speaker, passed 57 of "100 Innovative Ideas".
    Charlie Crist: In Rubio's $600,000 slush fund only $4000 went to candidates.
    Charlie Crist: Problem solving requires consensus, and sometimes concession.
    Marco Rubio: Without America, the world would be a worse place.
    Marco Rubio: $600,000 fund was not taxpayer money, & is fully accounted.
    Marco Rubio: Attended 15-20 Tea Party events; but not formally vetted.
    Marco Rubio: Are Floridians better off than they were four years ago? No!
    Bob Smith: Only one in this race with real-world experience.
    Marco Rubio: God does not love America more than Belgium.
Social Security
    Edward Janowski: Privatizing is idiotic; it puts profits before people.
    Carlos Lopez-Cantera: Preserve and protect Social Security and Medicare.
    David Jolly: FactCheck: Discuss private accounts & other options too.
    Charlie Crist: Reducing COLA is unfair to seniors living on fixed income.
    Marco Rubio: Raise retirement age for those now under 55.
    Charlie Crist: Focus on waste & fraud, not retirement age & COLA.
    Marco Rubio: Tough choices include raising retirement age & reducing COLA.
    Charlie Crist: Don't raise retirement age; don't adjust COLA.
    Marco Rubio: Hard choices for people under 40, to avoid runaway growth.
    Marco Rubio: Keep raising the retirement age on the table.
    Marco Rubio: Keep cost-of-living adjustment on the table.
    Betty Castor: Oppose privatizing Social Security and retirement age change.
    Mel Martinez: Social Security is a sacred promise but plan future solvency.
    Betty Castor: Privatizing Social Security will reduce benefits.
    Betty Castor: Oppose investing Social Security in the stock market.
    Mel Martinez: Allow people to invest in a private account.
Tax Reform
    Edward Janowski: Remove loopholes and establish a flat tax.
    Connie Mack IV: Litmus test: Voting for higher taxes means it's time to go.
    Charlie Crist: Best to extend all tax cuts; but compromise and push later.
    Kendrick Meek: Bush tax cuts killed surpluses; no more trickle-down.
    Marco Rubio: No one should pay higher taxes in recession, not even top 2%.
    Marco Rubio: Extend Bush tax cuts, even for high earners.
    Charlie Crist: Extend the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers.
    Marco Rubio: 2000: $4 surcharge to cruise tickets to fund Marlins stadium.
    Charlie Crist: Reduce the tax brackets to let private enterprise flourish.
    Charlie Crist: 2006: Pledged no taxes; 2009: $2.2B in fees on 16M people.
    Marco Rubio: Proposed to replace property taxes with state sales tax.
    Marco Rubio: Pledged to never raise taxes as state rep.
    Betty Castor: Tax cuts must reward people who work hard for a living.
    Mel Martinez: Make Bush’s tax cuts permanent for strong economic growth.
    Augustus Invictus: Subsidies to ISPs are the internet's real problem.
War & Peace
    Edward Janowski: Support UN action on disputes, instead of CIA decisions.
    Patrick Murphy: Air strikes against ISIS but no ground troops.
    Augustus Invictus: Our foreign policies are interventionist.
    David Jolly: Cancel Obama's Iran agreement and keep sanctions.
    Carlos Lopez-Cantera: No nuclear deal with Iran; support preemptive strike.
    Kendrick Meek: Get troops out of Iraq to pay for tax cuts.
    Betty Castor: Would have let Bush use force in Iraq with given information.
    Mel Martinez: The decision to use force in Iraq was necessary.
    Betty Castor: Finish the job in Iraq, repair relations with other nations.
    Mel Martinez: Iraq was the right decision with or without WMD.
Welfare & Poverty
    Betty Castor: Raising minimum wage will help.
    Mel Martinez: A buck an hour is not going to bring someone out of poverty.

The above quotations are from Winners and Losers
Senate candidates from Florida.

Senatorial winners and losers in each state:

AK -  AL -  AR -  AZ -  CA -  CO -  CT -  DE -  FL -  GA -  HI -  IA -  ID -  IL -  IN -  KS -  KY -  LA -  MA - 
MD -  ME -  MI -  MN -  MO -  MS -  MT -  NC -  ND -  NE -  NH -  NJ -  NM -  NV -  NY - 
OH -  OK -  OR -  PA -  RI -  SC -  SD -  TN -  TX -  UT -  VA -  VT -  WA -  WI -  WV -  WY - 

U.S. House of Representatives winners and losers in each state:

AK -  AL -  AR -  AZ -  CA -  CO -  CT -  DE -  FL -  GA -  HI -  IA -  ID -  IL -  IN -  KS -  KY -  LA -  MA - 
MD -  ME -  MI -  MN -  MO -  MS -  MT -  NC -  ND -  NE -  NH -  NJ -  NM -  NV -  NY - 
OH -  OK -  OR -  PA -  RI -  SC -  SD -  TN -  TX -  UT -  VA -  VT -  WA -  WI -  WV -  WY - 

Gubernatorial winners and losers in each state:

AK -  AL -  AR -  AZ -  CA -  CO -  CT -  DE -  FL -  GA -  HI -  IA -  ID -  IL -  IN -  KS -  KY -  LA -  MA - 
MD -  ME -  MI -  MN -  MO -  MS -  MT -  NC -  ND -  NE -  NH -  NJ -  NM -  NV -  NY - 
OH -  OK -  OR -  PA -  RI -  SC -  SD -  TN -  TX -  UT -  VA -  VT -  WA -  WI -  WV -  WY - 

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