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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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2020 West Virginia Gubernatorial race: debates and news coverage

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    from 2020 WV Governor's race (number of quotes indicated):
  • Ben Salango (6) West Virginia Democratic Governor Challenger
  • Jim Justice (13) West Virginia Democratic governor
  • Michael Folk (16) West Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Ron Stollings (12) West Virginia Democratic candidate for governor
  • Stephen Noble Smith (5) West Virginia Democratic 2020 Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Woody Thrasher (21) West Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

    West Virginia 2020 Gubernatorial debates and race coverage:
  • The Charleston Gazette-Mail, "WV Governor candidate: Ben Salango (D)," Oct 21, 2020
  • The Charleston Gazette-Mail,."Justice, Salango pick on each other's records in first, and likely only, WV gubernatorial debate," by Lacie Pierson, Oct 13, 2020
  • Charleston Gazette-Mail, "Time to get things done for working people in WV," by Ben Salango, 5/25/2020
  • Weirton Daily Times, "The election goes on: voting and campaigning in the time of corona," by Steven Allen Adams, Mar 29, 2020
  • The Marshall Parthenon, "Democratic gubernatorial candidates debate crisis responses, state economy," by Douglas Harding, March 25, 2020
  • Williamson Daily News, "W.Va. Governor candidate: Woody Thrasher," Mar 24, 2020
  • Martinsburg Journal-News, "Woody Thrasher visits Gat Creek and talks about entrepreneurship," by Tricia Lynn Strader, Mar 9, 2020
  • Dayton Daily News, "Billionaire governor OK'd on state plane for reelection bid," March 05, 2020
  • WSAZ TV-3, "W.Va. Democratic lawmakers try to push health-related bills forward," by Chaelesse Delpleche, Mar 02, 2020
  • Weirton Daily Times, "Thrasher wants to give voters a choice," by Craig Howell, Mar 1, 2020
  • W.V. MetroNews , "Senator searches for $2 million to help with W.Va. coronavirus preparation," by Brad McElhinny, February 28, 2020
  • W.V. MetroNews , "Senate passes Medicaid reserve fund bill," by Brad McElhinny, February 25, 2020
  • Martinsburg Journal-News, "Gubernatorial candidate Mike Folk holds town hall in Inwood," by Kelsie LeRose, Feb 20, 2020
  • Martinsburg Journal-News, "Thrasher takes in Wild Beast Feast, talks business, Eastern Panhandle issues," by Toni Milbourne, Feb 2, 2020
  • Martinsburg Journal-News, "Michael Folk officially files for governor," by Kelsie LeRose, Jan 13, 2020
  • The Huntington Herald-Dispatch, "Foster care system needs state attention," Jan 8, 2020
  • Charleston Gazette-Mail, "Health care, education, economy keys to future," by Ron Stollings, Dec 23, 2019
  • WTRF Valley Grove, "Thrasher lays out his plan to defeat Governor Justice in primary," by John Lynch, Dec 5, 2019
  • WVLiving.com, "You Haven't Heard the Last of Stephen Smith," by Zack Haroldno, Fall 2018
  • W.V. MetroNews, "Thrasher's opioid addiction plan includes capital punishment," by Brad McElhinny, October 24, 2019
  • The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register, "Thrasher Campaign Kicking Into High Gear," by Steven Allen Adam, Oct 6, 2019
  • W.V. MetroNews, "Stollings to Run for Governor," by Jeff Jenkins, September 23, 2019
  • MyBuckhannon.com, "Gunning for governor: Thrasher, Folk field questions at CWVRW meeting," by Beth Christian Broschart, 8/27/19
  • WVPress.org, "W.Va. Gubernatorial Candidate Folk issues statement on 'red flag' gun laws," Aug. 7, 2019
  • Constant Contact press release, "Thrasher Unveils Sustainable Roads Plan," July 9, 2019
  • Constant Contact press release, "Thrasher Praises Final Affordable Clean Energy Rule," June 20, 2019
  • W.V. MetroNews, "Thrasher: Education reform vital for state to retain talent," June 16, 2019
  • W.V. MetroNews, "Justice surprised by DeVos tweet in favor of W.Va. school choice initiatives," by Brad McElhinny, June 02, 2019
  • The Intercept, "Powered by the People," by Aída Chavez, May 18, 2019
  • The Intelligencer, "Jim Justice Responds to Criticism in 'Blunt' Terms," by Steven Allen Adams, Apr 14, 2019
  • Beckley Register-Herald, "State agency focused on human rights understaffed," by Erin Beck, Mar 28, 2019
  • W.V. MetroNews, "Justice signs Social Security tax bill as officials declare victory," by Jake Flatley, March 28, 2019
  • The Huntington Herald-Dispatch, "Women's health bills head to governor's desk," by Erin Beck, Mar 9, 2019
  • The Herald-Dispatch, "Tobacco use restrictions pass Senate," by Taylor Stuck, Feb 28, 2019
  • Herald-Mail, "Former Delegate Michael Folk to announce run for governor," by Matthew Umstead, Feb 5, 2019
  • The Daily Caller, "Justice Tells Democrats To Grow Up And Come To The Table On Immigration," by Nick Givas, Jan 24, 2019
  • Martinsburg Herald-Mail, "Justice proposes elimination of Social Security tax," by Tim Shea, Jan 10, 2019
  • Charleston Gazette-Mail, "The two West Virginias," by Stephen Smith, Jan 10, 2019
  • Beckley Register-Herald, "Governor appoints WV NAACP-condemned former delegate to head minority affairs office," by Erin Beck, Dec 4, 2018
  • White House press release, "WTAS: Support for President Trump's Successful Trade Negotiations with Mexico and Canada," Oct. 2, 2018
  • Coal Valley News, "Roads initiative merits a 'yes' vote to help state," Sep 27, 2017

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Woody Thrasher: I am a strong defender of the right to life.
    Ron Stollings: For access to birth control; against age requirements.
Budget & Economy
    Ben Salango: State has yet to spend most of CARES Act money.
    Ron Stollings: Promote economic growth during coronavirus pandemic.
    Woody Thrasher: Economic development requires numerous approaches.
    Michael Folk: State money not spent should go into rainy day fund.
    Michael Folk: Support free enterprise, job creation, and tax reform.
    Woody Thrasher: Delays lead to roads needing to be rebuilt, not repaired.
    Jim Justice: Proposed nearly $3 billion for infrastructure.
Civil Rights
    Ben Salango: One can support both Black Lives Matter and the police.
    Jim Justice: Black lives matter because all lives matter.
    Jim Justice: Would sign Fairness Act to protect LGBTQ in housing, jobs.
    Jim Justice: State human rights commission is understaffed & underfunded.
    Jim Justice: Governor's Minority Affairs director condemned by NAACP.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Help shift who has wealth and political power in our state.
    Michael Folk: Shouldn't have taxes that drive business out of state.
    Ben Salango: For medical marijuana; roadside test for recreational use.
    Woody Thrasher: Focus on treatment, prevention, helping families.
    Jim Justice: Jobs & Hope: $29.7 million to guide people in recovery.
    Michael Folk: Government can't solve drug problem; only community can.
    Ron Stollings: Addiction is a disease; integrate recovery into primary care.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Rapidly expand access to drug treatment services.
    Woody Thrasher: Execute drug dealers whose sales result in death.
    Woody Thrasher: Addiction is a disease; but no compassion for dealers.
    Ron Stollings: Establish the Governor's Office of Substance Abuse.
    Michael Folk: Led push to force vote to legalize medical marijuana.
    Woody Thrasher: I fundamentally believe in choice and competition.
    Michael Folk: Don't need to buy new math books every few years.
    Michael Folk: Teach basics to young children, not how to use devices.
    Ron Stollings: Invest in education; value our educators.
    Michael Folk: Repeal Common Core and Testing.
    Woody Thrasher: For charter schools; not sure on education savings accounts.
    Jim Justice: Cool to education savings accounts & charter schools.
    Jim Justice: Supports education, with focus on public school teachers.
Energy & Oil
    Ben Salango: Don't turn back on coal miners, but focus on future.
    Jim Justice: I truly believe that coal has a future, a real future.
    Woody Thrasher: Praise for ending "Obama's war on coal".
    Woody Thrasher: Eliminate unnecessary regulations, balance with conservation.
Families & Children
    Michael Folk: Wrong incentives put kids in foster care instead of families.
    Ron Stollings: We need to invest in first 1,000 days of a child's life.
Free Trade
    Jim Justice: Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA.
Government Reform
    Michael Folk: Cut red tape on state purchasing.
    Michael Folk: Government is not the answer.
Gun Control
    Woody Thrasher: I am a strong defender of the Second Amendment.
    Michael Folk: Red flag gun laws unconstitutional & unacceptable.
Health Care
    Woody Thrasher: AdWatch: Be proactive on coronavirus, not reactive.
    Ron Stollings: Supports bill to cap monthly supply of insulin at $25.
    Ron Stollings: Coronavirus: $2m to prepare a plan now.
    Ron Stollings: Re-examine Medicaid reimbursement rates to medical providers.
    Ron Stollings: Invest in more mental health services & foster care crisis.
    Ron Stollings: Affordable health care should include oral and mental health.
    Michael Folk: Abolish "Certificate of Need" law as anti-competitive.
    Michael Folk: We need a free market in health care.
    Jim Justice: Attacks Democrats for not supporting border security.
    Woody Thrasher: Lower taxes, fewer regulations, incentivize small business.
    Woody Thrasher: State must help diversify economy.
    Woody Thrasher: WV needs jobs or we'll keep losing population.
Principles & Values
    Ben Salango: Focused on public service rather than self-service.
    Ben Salango: Shouldn't have to sue governor to live in capital city.
    Woody Thrasher: West Virginia is hurting, we need strong leadership.
    Woody Thrasher: If elected, I'll put my businesses in a blind trust.
    Stephen Noble Smith: We get what we want when we unite, build power to take it.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Wants to be an ally, not the face of any movement.
Social Security
    Michael Folk: Eliminate state tax on Social Security.
    Jim Justice: Signs law phasing out tax on Social Security for most.
    Jim Justice: Eliminate state tax on Social Security benefits.
Tax Reform
    Woody Thrasher: We are not in favor of tax increases.
    Michael Folk: Don't raise taxes on shrinking population.
    Woody Thrasher: Broadband is a must; recruit tech companies.
    Woody Thrasher: Only build highways that generate new economic activity.
    Ron Stollings: Invest in infrastructure and site development.
    Woody Thrasher: More Internet infrastructure, to keep young people in W.V.
Welfare & Poverty
    Stephen Noble Smith: Try This: individual communities decide what they need.

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  • Ben Salango West Virginia Democratic Governor Challenger
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  • Michael Folk West Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Ron Stollings West Virginia Democratic candidate for governor
  • Stephen Noble Smith West Virginia Democratic 2020 Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Woody Thrasher West Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Challenger

The above quotations are from 2020 West Virginia Gubernatorial race: debates and news coverage. Gov. Justice up for re-election in 2020; contenders:
2020 West Virginia Gubernatorial debate
Jim Justice(R)
vs.Ben Salango(D)
vs.Woody Thrasher(R)
vs.Edwin Ray Vanover(D)
vs.Michael Folk(R)
vs.Stephen Noble Smith(D)
vs.Ron Stollings(D)
Former races:
2016 West Virginia Gubernatorial debates:
Jim Justice(R)
vs.State Senator Bill Cole(D)
vs.Minority Leader of the Senate Jeff Kessler(R)
vs.Former Senator Carte Goodwin(D)

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