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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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2022 California Senate race: debates and news coverage

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    from 2022 CA Senate race (number of quotes indicated):
  • Alex Padilla (24) Democratic Appointee California
  • James Bradley (3) Republican Challenger California
  • Mark Meuser (20) Republican Senate Challenger California
  • Xavier Becerra (1) California HHS Secretary
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    2022 California Senate debates and race coverage:
  • Word & Way, "Bringing the Culture War to the Pulpit," by Brian Kaylor & Beau Underwood, August 30, 2022

    Newsweek, "Senate Candidate Slammed for Comparing Obama and AOC to Trump Raid," by Xander Landen, 8/11/22

  • The San Francisco Chronicle, "Alex Padilla is coasting into the general election. Here's what we know about Mark Meuser, his Senate challenger," by Tal Kopan, June 8, 2022
  • KPIX TV CBS-5, "KPIX talks to principle Senate candidates ahead of primary," by Kiet Do, June 3, 2022
  • NBC San Diego, "U.S. Senate Candidates Duel Over Country's Trembling Economy," by Omari Fleming, May 26, 2022
  • KUSI News (San Diego), "Mark Meuser (R) campaigns for U.S. Senate in California," May 23, 2022
  • Orange County Breeze, "US Senate Candidate Mark Meuser's car broken into while in San Francisco for Bay to Breakers," May 17, 2022
  • MSNBC: Transcript of Alex Padilla interview: The Rachel Maddow Show, 9/20/21
  • Sierra Sun Times, "Alex Padilla Introduces Legislation to Protect Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California, 16 September 2021
  • Orange County Spectrum News-1, "Republicans try their luck with California elections lawsuit," by William D'Urso, Jun. 08, 2021
  • Washington Post, "Transcript: New Government with Alex Padilla," March 23, 2021
  • KPIX CBS-San Francisco, "Feinstein, Padilla Ask Biden Admin To Get China To Lift Tariffs On U.S. Wines," May 11, 2021
  • U.S. Term Limits press release, "Lily Zhou Pledges to Support Term Limits on Congress," March 7, 2021
  • San Diego Union-Tribune, "Q&A: Lily Zhou, candidate for San Diego City Council District 1," Jan. 9, 2020
  • Politico e-zine, "Alex Padilla would bring election security chops to the Senate," by Eric Geller, 12/07/2020
  • Sacramento Bee, "California tax dollars must not fund Padilla's illegal contract with partisan firm," by Patricia Bates & Jim Nielsen, December 03, 2020
  • Politico e-zine, "California secretary of state slams Trump tweets on mail voting," by Carla Marinucci, 05/20/2020
  • KCET San Bernadino, "Alex Padilla: From Engineer's Road to Politician's Path," by Pilar Marrero, Oct. 21, 2020
  • KQED San Francisco 88.5 FM, "Some Wonder If California's Election Chief Is Too Partisan," by Scott Shafer, Oct 12, 2020
  • San Diego Union Tribune, "Vote yes on Prop. 18 to engage, energize and empower the next generation of voters," by Alex Padilla, Sep. 17, 2020
  • Los Angeles Times, "California congressional candidate slams Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's 'WAP'," by August Brown, Aug. 7, 2020
  • San Jose Inside, "Secretary of State Alex Padilla Slams Santa Clara's Measure C," by Jennifer Wadsworth, February 20, 2020
  • San Diego Union-Tribune, "Q&A: Lily Zhou, candidate for San Diego City Council District 1," Jan. 9, 2020
  • Orange County Register, "Top California Republican Senate finisher enters 2020 House race against Rouda," by Jordan Graham, February 20, 2019

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Mark Meuser: Against abortion; it's a state's rights issue.
Budget & Economy
    Alex Padilla: These aren't stimulus checks; they're basic survival checks.
    Mark Meuser: The Federal Government needs to start balancing its budget.
    Mark Meuser: Criminals do not fear any repercussions for their actions.
    Alex Padilla: Expanded after school programs; reduced class sizes.
    Mark Meuser: Schools are failing children.
    Mark Meuser: Funding should follow the student rather than fund systems.
Energy & Oil
    Alex Padilla: Got state agency to increase use of renewable energy.
    Alex Padilla: 2006: for solar power, modernizing electrical grid.
    Mark Meuser: Grant drilling permits; encourage domestic oil production.
    Mark Meuser: I can't get a straight definition on what climate change is.
Free Trade
    Alex Padilla: Urge China to lift tariffs on U.S. wines.
    Mark Meuser: Encourage US manufacturing, don't rely on foreign industry.
Government Reform
    Alex Padilla: Implemented same-day voter registration.
    Alex Padilla: Gave voter outreach money to consulting firm, not counties.
    Alex Padilla: Has focused on lowering barriers to voting.
    Alex Padilla: Supported allowing let 17-year-olds vote in primaries.
    Alex Padilla: Reducing city council districts an assault on voting rights.
    Alex Padilla: Vote by mail works in blue states and red states.
    Alex Padilla: Yes to expanding Supreme Court; not sure on term limits.
    James Bradley: Party to suit challenging state election laws.
    Mark Meuser: Time to start reining in the unelected bureaucrats.
    Mark Meuser: Can't have confidence in the results of 2020 election.
    Mark Meuser: So many irregularities about the 2020 election.
Gun Control
    Alex Padilla: 2006: Stopped felons from possessing body armor.
    Mark Meuser: On universal background checks, Congress shall not infringe.
Health Care
    Alex Padilla: 2006: Fought for universal health care.
    Alex Padilla: We've got to better support our health care infrastructure.
    Mark Meuser: COVID isolation policy caused poor job market & inflation.
    Mark Meuser: Won't comment on publicly was his vaccination status.
    Xavier Becerra: 133M people with pre-existing conditions rely on ObamaCare.
Homeland Security
    Alex Padilla: Maintain San Diego's Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
    Alex Padilla: Battle over Prop. 187 led to involvement in politics.
    James Bradley: Opposes California's sanctuary state laws.
    Mark Meuser: Don't defund the border patrol.
    Mark Meuser: Strengthen law enforcement's ability to protect the border.
Principles & Values
    Alex Padilla: Son of Mexican immigrants; taught him value of education.
    Alex Padilla: Became a teenage activist on crime, environmental racism.
    Alex Padilla: Dedicated to having as an inclusive democracy as possible.
    Alex Padilla: What drives my public service passion are issues of equity.
    James Bradley: Cardi B's "WAP" made me want to pour holy water in my ears.
    Mark Meuser: Vote twice: short-term and long-term Senate on same ballot.
    Mark Meuser: Compared seized Trump documents to raid on Obama.
    Mark Meuser: Calls those saying he can't win "uncircumcised Philistines".
    Alex Padilla: Bill created statewide Earthquake Early Warning System.
    Alex Padilla: Election security is ongoing effort, not once a generation.
    Alex Padilla: States run elections, Feds can standardize administration.
War & Peace
    Mark Meuser: Foreign policy weakness allowed Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The above quotations are from 2022 California Senate race: debates and news coverage.

Special election 2022 to replace Vice President Kamala Harris:
CA: Appointed Incumbent Alex Padilla(D)
vs.Mark Meuser(R,nominee)
vs.State Rep. Jerome Horton(D,withdrew)
vs.House nominee James Bradley(R,lost primary)
vs.Candidate for San Diego city council 2020 Lily Zhou(R,lost primary)
Former Senate debates:
2018 California Senate debate: Feinstein(D) vs.de Leon(D) vs.Sanchez(D) vs.Eisen(I)
2016 California Senate debates, Sanchez vs.Harris
2012 California Senate debate, Feinstein, Taitz, and Emken
2010 California Senate debate, Fiorina vs. Boxer

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