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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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Ballotpedia.org political website

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    Articles from Ballotpedia news/analysis website:
  • Ballotpedia, "Rick Becker: Law enforcement drones", downloaded 12/23/23, (Link)
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  • FL-20: (On Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick): Ballotpedia.org "Key Message" and "Candidate profile" on 2022 FL-20 House race
  • Ballotpedia 2018 House CO-6 'Key Message' analysis, (for numerous to-be-elected House members), 10/9/2018
  • Ballotpedia 2018 House biography submission: (for numerous to-be-elected House members), 9/9/2018
  • Ballotpedia 2018 House biographical submission: (for numerous recently-elected House members), 6/7/2018
  • (On Arvin Vohra): Ballotpedia.org on 2018 Maryland Senate race, 2/22/2018
  • HJ 41: Ballotpedia.org summary: Virginia bill HJ 41, 2/8/2018
  • (On Ben Cline, Sonny Perdue & Bob McDonnell): Ballotpedia.org: Virginia legislative voting record HB-2012, 1/1/2018
  • (On Donald McEachin): Ballotpedia.org: Virginia legislative voting record SB-1331, 1/1/2018
  • (On Jan Brewer & Debbie Lesko): Ballotpedia.org on Arizona legislative voting record, 3/16/2017
  • (On John Chiang): Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2018 CA Gubernatorial race, 2/12/2017
  • (On Wilbur Ross): Ballotpedia.org: 2017 Trump transition confirmation hearings, 2/3/2017
  • (On Donald Trump, Bill Clinton & Ronald Reagan): Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2017 Trump transition, 1/27/2017
  • (On Tom Price, Linda McMahon & Mick Mulvaney): Ballotpedia.org: 2017 Trump transition confirmation hearings, 1/25/2017
  • (On Betsy DeVos & Ryan Zinke): Ballotpedia.org: 2017 Trump transition confirmation hearings, 1/18/2017
  • (On Mike Pompeo, James Mattis & Ben Carson): Ballotpedia.org: 2017 Trump transition confirmation hearings, 1/13/2017
  • (On Henry McMaster): Ballotpedia.org politician profile, 1/11/2017
  • (On Lou Correa): Ballotpedia.org on 2016 California House campaign, 11/8/2016
  • (On Anthony Brown): Ballotpedia.org on 2016 Maryland House campaign, 11/8/2016
  • (On Chris Sununu, Mark Callahan & Colin Van Ostern): Ballotpedia.org on 2016 New Hampshire Gubernatorial race, 8/31/2016
  • (On Phil Scott): Ballotpedia.org on 2016 Vermont Gubernatorial race, 8/31/2016
  • (On Donald Trump): Ballotpedia.org on Campaign speech in Phoenix Arizona, 8/31/2016
  • (On Gary Johnson): Ballotpedia.org analysis of Epidemic control, 5/2/2016
  • (On Wayne Stenehjem): Ballotpedia.org on 2016 North Dakota gubernatorial race, 5/2/2016
  • (On Zak Ringelstein): Ballotpedia.org on 2018 Maine Senatorial campaign, 2/3/2016
  • (On Joe Heck, Alan Grayson & Ann Kirkpatrick): Ballotpedia.org coverage of Syrian Refugee crisis, 11/19/2015
  • (On Maggie Hassan): Ballotpedia.org coverage of Syrian Refugee crisis, 11/13/2015
  • (On Ann Kirkpatrick): Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 Arizona Senate race, 10/27/2015
  • (On Ron DeSantis, David Jolly): Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 Florida Senate race, 10/27/2015
  • (On Tammy Duckworth): Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 Illinois Senate race, 10/27/2015
  • (On David Jolly): Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 Florida Senate race, 9/11/2015
  • (On James Lankford): Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 Oklahoma Senate race, 6/24/2015
  • (On Tim Scott): Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 South Carolina Senate race, 6/24/2015
  • (On Ron Johnson): Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 Wisconsin Senate race, 6/24/2015
  • (On Patrick Murphy): Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 Florida Senate race, 6/12/2015
  • (On Charles Boustany & John Fleming): Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 Louisiana Senate race, 6/12/2015
  • (On Patrick Murphy & Alan Grayson): Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 Florida Senate race, 5/15/2015
  • (On Joe Heck): Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 Nevada Senate race, 5/15/2015
  • (On Carol Shea-Porter): Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 New Hampshire Governor race, 6/6/2013
  • (On Ron DeSantis): Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 Florida Senate race, 5/22/2013
  • (On Luther Strange): Ballotpedia.org article on Alabama judge Luther Strange, 2/22/2012
  • (On Kamala Harris): Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 California Senate race, 1/30/2004

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Arnold Mooney: Pro-life and pro-family.
    Betsy Sweet: Protect a woman's right to choose.
    Bill Clinton: 1993: Rescind Mexico City Policy: fund abortion abroad.
    Dan Forest: I believe in the sanctity of human life.
    Donald Trump: Reinstate Mexico City Policy: end abortion funding abroad.
    Gavin Clarkson: Oppose taxpayer funded abortions, & Planned Parenthood.
    Jo Rae Perkins: Pro life and support Medical Freedom.
    Lou Correa: Rated 71% by Planned Parenthood; moderately pro-choice.
    Ronald Reagan: 1984 Mexico City Policy: no abortion funding abroad.
Budget & Economy
    Jo Rae Perkins: Shrink government; cut BLM, USFS, and the Fed.
    Joan Farr: Get Out of Debt plan: cut waste, fraud and abuse.
    Kevin Stitt: Create a level playing field for competition.
    Maggie Toulouse Oliver: Create a "One-Stop-Shop" Business Portal to cut red tape.
    Tom Steyer: Require Rainy Day budget stabilization in state constitution.
    Jeff Jackson: Prepare citizens to compete in the new economy.
Civil Rights
    Betsy Sweet: Equal pay for women; plus commission on racial justice.
    Deb Haaland: Parent of lesbian daughter: LGBTQIA rights are human rights.
    James Mattis: Opposed women serving in infantry; but will allow it.
    James Mattis: Not about who soldiers go to bed with, but how they'll fight.
    Yana Ludwig: Increase protections for the LGBTQIA community.
    Yana Ludwig: Reparations for our Indigenous populations.
    Dan Forest: Small businesses create jobs; repeal excessive regulations.
    Deb Haaland: Create an environment that is conducive to startups.
    Linda McMahon: SBA should respond quickly in emergencies.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Help shift who has wealth and political power in our state.
    Tom Steyer: Supported 2012 income tax increase for multistate businesses.
    Yana Ludwig: Socialism instead of trying to make capitalism nicer.
    Wilbur Ross: CEO of International Coal Group, plus Steel & Textiles.
    Marc Molinaro: Corporations that would remain in NY without cash grants.
    Donald Trump: Think of the VICTIMS and keep the death penalty.
    Gavin Newsom: Moratorium on the California death penalty.
    Jim Neely: Let courts reduce life-without-parole to include parole.
    Kamala Harris: Personally opposed to death penalty; as DA, never pursued it.
    Tom Steyer: More parole opportunities for convicted non-violent felons.
    Tom Steyer: Repeal the California death penalty.
    Bob McDonnell: Allow use of drones for law enforcement.
    Betsy Sweet: Expand substance abuse treatment.
    Betsy Sweet: Legalize and promote industrial hemp.
    Colin Van Ostern: Legalize medical marijuana for chronic pain.
    David Zuckerman: Legalize marijuana, starting with two ounces at a time.
    Gavin Clarkson: Supports local drug courts & opioid treatment.
    Hirsh Singh: Treat drug addiction as a public health problem.
    Aimee Winder Newton: No one-size-fits-all program; let parents choose.
    Arnold Mooney: Repeal Common Core.
    Betsy DeVos: Federally-funded vouchers for public or private schools.
    Betsy DeVos: Nothing is free; someone has to pay for "free tuition".
    Betsy Sweet: Pay teachers better; cut back on standardized tests.
    C. Wesley Morgan: Reform education towards career prep.
    Colin Van Ostern: Universal full-day kindergarten; more PACE; more local aid.
    Dan Forest: Support school choice and competition in education.
    David Zuckerman: Stricter standards for independent charter schools.
    Deb Haaland: Standardized tests are ONE indicator; not one-size-fits-all.
    Eddie Melton: Every child deserves a quality public education.
    Eric Mansfield: Focus education on employment and economy.
    Erica Smith: Stop cuts to education; compensate our teachers.
    Gavin Clarkson: Concealed carry in the classroom for select teachers.
    Gavin Clarkson: Constitution doesn't mention education, so keep feds out.
    Hirsh Singh: Introduce meaningful school choice reform.
    Nancy Harris: Education without massive debt.
    Phil Scott: Preserve school choice; improve Act 46 school consolidation.
    Reilly Neill: Support public education across the state.
    Rocky De La Fuente: Keep college graduates in Florida after graduation.
    Jeff Jackson: Strengthen public education and early childhood education .
    Valerie Foushee: Quality public education from pre-K to college.
    Yadira Caraveo: Education is THE way to gain opportunity for middle class.
Energy & Oil
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: Cut greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
    Betsy Sweet: Invest in solar, wind, hydro, mass transit, & electric cars.
    Chris Sununu: Increase availability of baseload power; reduce energy rates.
    Jerome Horton: Cut greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
    Mick Cornett: Move away from the oil and gas industry.
    Mimi Walters: Don't cut greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
    Reilly Neill: Find commonality to address man-made climate change.
    Ron DeSantis: No delay on Keystone pipeline for security & safety study.
    Ryan Zinke: Climate is changing; Man is an influence but what can we do?
    Steven Cox: Save the world from the climatocalypse.
    Ted Lieu: Cut greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
    Tom Steyer: Cut greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
    Yana Ludwig: See the realities of climate disruption unflinchingly.
    Alex Padilla: Ban single-use plastic bags.
    Ben Carson: Deregulation includes land use & federal housing policy.
    Betsy Sweet: Reduce, re-use, recycle.
    Jerry Brown: Ban single-use plastic bags.
    Kevin de Leon: Ban single-use plastic bags.
    Lou Correa: Don't ban single-use plastic bags.
    Mark Callahan: Constitution disallows so much federal land ownership.
    Mark DeSaulnier: Ban single-use plastic bags.
    Mimi Walters: Don't ban single-use plastic bags.
    Nancy Harris: Enjoy clean air & clean water of our mountains & streams.
    Norma Torres: Don't ban single-use plastic bags.
    Reilly Neill: Apply science to best preserve our public lands.
    Rocky Chavez: Don't ban single-use plastic bags.
    Rocky De La Fuente: We bear responsibility as stewards of our planet.
    Ryan Zinke: Absolutely against transfer or sale of public land to states.
    Ryan Zinke: Smokey the Bear should be viewed as helpful, not as police.
    Steve Knight: Don't ban single-use plastic bags.
    Ted Lieu: Ban single-use plastic bags.
    Tom Steyer: Ban single-use plastic bags.
    Tom Steyer: Regulate confinement of farm animals more humanely.
    Travis Allen: Don't ban single-use plastic bags.
    Yana Ludwig: Restore basic ecological protections and public lands.
Families & Children
    Deb Haaland: Ensure early childhood programs are properly funded.
    Gary Johnson: No to mandatory vaccines; let parents decide.
    Jim Neely: Require insurance companies to cover fertility preservation.
    Luther Strange: Don't require contraception in company health plans.
    Mick Mulvaney: $15,000 in unpaid nanny taxes from triplets in 2000.
    Marc Molinaro: Help those living with developmental disabilities.
Foreign Policy
    James Mattis: Putin is trying to break the North Atlantic alliance.
Free Trade
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Yes to Ex-im bank; no to fast-track.
    Charles Boustany: Yes to Ex-im bank; Yes to fast-track.
    David Jolly: Yes to Ex-im bank; No to fast-track.
    Gavin Clarkson: Free trade is only free if it's truly fair.
    James Lankford: Yes to trade adjustment; Yes to fast-track.
    John Fleming: No to Ex-im bank; No to fast-track.
    Patrick Murphy: Yes to Ex-im bank; No to fast-track.
    Ron DeSantis: No to Ex-im bank; Yes to fast-track.
    Ron Johnson: Yes to trade adjustment; Yes to fast-track.
    Sonny Perdue: Rework NAFTA for dairy and poultry tariffs in Canada.
    Tammy Duckworth: Yes to Ex-im bank; Yes to fast-track.
    Tim Scott: Yes to trade adjustment; Yes to fast-track.
    Wilbur Ross: Criticized multinational trade deals: there is no free lunch.
Government Reform
    Aimee Winder Newton: Need strong planning for Utah's tremendous growth.
    Andy Martin: End partisan bickering and gridlock in Congress.
    Jo Rae Perkins: 12-year term limits; no more career politicians.
    Joan Farr: Term limits for Senate and House.
    John Chiang: Dock pay of legislators unless they balance budget.
    Maggie Toulouse Oliver: Supports same day voter registration & early voting.
    Mike Pompeo: Russian hacking impact 2016 election & not the first time.
    Ryan Zinke: Work with states and rebuild national parks.
    Tom Steyer: Electoral College votes should reflect popular vote.
    Zak Ringelstein: Protect democracy from corrupting influence of big money.
    Jeff Jackson: Need independent redistricting; current method is corrupt.
    Marc Molinaro: Two-term limit for governors; end pay-to-play donations.
    Valerie Foushee: Supports independent redistricting commission.
Gun Control
    Arnold Mooney: Right to bear arms.
    Betsy DeVos: Let local schools decide about guns in school.
    C. Wesley Morgan: Count on me to protect your 2nd amendment rights.
    Donald Trump: End gun-free zones in schools & military bases.
    Gavin Clarkson: No ban on assault weapons; defend 2nd amendment.
    Yana Ludwig: Control guns in the context of police reform.
Health Care
    Arnold Mooney: Free market healthcare.
    Ben Carson: There's a strong connection between health and housing.
    Betsy Sweet: Supports universal coverage including alternative therapies.
    Dan Forest: Opt out of the national healthcare plan.
    Debbie Lesko: Sued Arizona for expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare.
    Eric Mansfield: Supports tort reform & free market competition.
    Gavin Clarkson: No single-payer; repeal ObamaCare.
    Hirsh Singh: Cap malpractice damages; limit frivolous lawsuits.
    Jan Brewer: Expand Medicaid under ObamaCare.
    Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick: Healthcare reform for the hardships families face.
    Steven Cox: Passionate about healthcare.
    Tom Price: Give every American access to affordable health coverage.
    Tom Price: No right to Medicaid under state block grants.
    Tom Steyer: 2016: Increase cigarette tax by $2 per pack.
    Wayne Stenehjem: Questioned ObamaCare on constitutionality & carve-outs.
    Yana Ludwig: Universal healthcare guarantee; deprivatize health insurance.
    Yana Ludwig: Supports birth control and abortion on demand.
    Yana Ludwig: Legalize marijuana; wipe out incarceration records.
    Jeff Jackson: Expand access to health care because families struggle.
    Yadira Caraveo: Medicaid and CHIP help patients facing poverty.
Homeland Security
    Alan Grayson: Opposed $607 billion national defense bill.
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Voted with GOP for DoD bill that Obama vetoed.
    Anthony Brown: Fund Base Realignment and Closure transportation projects.
    Arvin Vohra: Cut military spending by 60% or more.
    Eddie Melton: Ensure access to veterans' resources and benefits.
    James Mattis: Bring business reforms to the Department of Defense.
    Joe Heck: Supported $607 billion national defense bill.
    Marsha Blackburn: Supported military spending bills in Congress.
    Mick Mulvaney: Raise the top line defense number.
    Patrick Murphy: Voted with GOP for DoD bill that Obama vetoed.
    Rocky De La Fuente: Address broken VA hospital system.
    Kirk Cox: Ban most use of drones by state and local agencies.
    Ben Cline: Ban most use of drones by state and local agencies.
    Donald McEachin: Ban most use of drones by state and local agencies.
    Alan Grayson: Allow administrative amnesty to some illegal aliens.
    Alan Grayson: Screening process for refugees from Iraq & Syria ok as-is.
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Screening process for refugees from Iraq & Syria ok as-is.
    Betsy Sweet: Pay for transition costs of new Mainers.
    Carol Shea-Porter: Allow administrative amnesty to some illegal aliens.
    Connie Conway: Only English language in public schools.
    Dan Forest: Secure our borders against illegal immigration.
    Donald Trump: 10-point plan: wall; zero tolerance; biometrics; E-Verify.
    Gavin Clarkson: I support not just the wall, but a high-tech wall.
    Gavin Clarkson: Oppose amnesty and path to citizenship, with exceptions.
    Jerry Brown: Allow non-English languages in public schools.
    Joe Heck: Stronger screening process for refugees from Iraq and Syria.
    Kevin de Leon: Allow non-English languages in public schools.
    Lou Correa: Allow non-English languages in public schools.
    Maggie Hassan: Ensure robust screening before we admit refugees from Syria.
    Mark DeSaulnier: Allow non-English languages in public schools.
    Mimi Walters: Only English language in public schools.
    Norma Torres: Allow non-English languages in public schools.
    Rocky Chavez: Only English language in public schools.
    Rocky De La Fuente: We have a rich history of embracing immigrants.
    Steve Carlson: Defend our borders and our people.
    Steve Knight: Only English language in public schools.
    Ted Lieu: Allow non-English languages in public schools.
    Tom Steyer: Allow non-English languages in public schools.
    Travis Allen: Only English language in public schools.
    Betsy Sweet: Supports $15 minimum wage and strong unions.
    C. Wesley Morgan: Make Kentucky a Right to Work State.
    Eddie Melton: Support organized labor and good-paying jobs.
    Eric Mansfield: Highly skilled work force drives sustained prosperity.
    Rocky De La Fuente: Create more jobs, and create higher paying jobs.
    Tom Steyer: Automatic deductions ok for political usage of union dues.
Principles & Values
    Brooke Paige: Nominee for Secretary of State (won 4 other nominations too).
    Henry McMaster: 1986 Senate run; 2002 elected AG; 2010 Gubernatorial run.
    Jo Rae Perkins: Professional background as real estate and insurance agent.
    Nancy Harris: I am a fourth generation Idahoan, and an entrepreneur.
    Steve Carlson: Models are Jesus Christ, Christmas, and the Holy Bible.
    Wilmot Collins: Immigrated from Liberia in 1994; served in US Navy.
Social Security
    John James: Returning lifelong investment to seniors is moral obligation.
Tax Reform
    Betsy Sweet: Level the playing field; more taxes for the top 20%.
    C. Wesley Morgan: Abolish the state income tax, to create jobs.
    Dan Forest: Lower taxes, smaller government, & personal responsibility.
    Hirsh Singh: End the inheritance tax, the gas tax, and property tax hikes.
    Tom Steyer: Oppose legislative supermajority for raising fees & levies.
    Tom Steyer: Tax surcharge on personal incomes over $250,000.
    Marc Molinaro: Prioritize property tax reduction & job growth.
    Eddie Melton: Increase reliable public transportation options.
    Mike Pompeo: Re-establish collection of all metadata; make it searchable.
    Valerie Foushee: Equal protection & opportunity via access to information.
    Amanda Chase: Supported Transportation Lockbox: restrict diverting funding.
    Ben Cline: Supported Transportation Lockbox: restrict diverting funding.
    Nick Freitas: Supported Transportation Lockbox: restrict diverting funding.
    Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick: Manager at NYC Transit Authority.
War & Peace
    David Jolly: Cancel Obama's Iran agreement and keep sanctions.
    Gavin Clarkson: Get out of Afghanistan; stay out of Syria.
    Gavin Clarkson: Need evidence & Congressional approval to trike North Korea.
    James Mattis: Iran is single most enduring threat to stability and peace.
    Mike Pompeo: I opposed Iran deal; I'll gather clear-eyed info about it.
Welfare & Poverty
    Ben Carson: Housing integration is ok, but why must residents solve it?
    Ben Carson: Ideal is every person in a home; but we don't have the funds.
    Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick: People's Prosperity Plan: $1,000-per-month for low-income.
    Marc Molinaro: Social safety net for New Yorkers genuinely in need .

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