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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
Turnaround
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

Book Reviews

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2012 Governor's State of the State speeches


 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Martin O`Malley: $101M for stem cell research over six years.
Budget & Economy
    Dan Malloy: Vision for economic revival, not just recovery.
    Nikki Haley: It's time for truth in budgeting; & government spending cap.
    Susana Martinez: Post-stimulus, balanced the budget without raising taxes.
    Andrew Cuomo: Economic Blueprint: growth via development projects.
Civil Rights
    Martin O`Malley: Civil marriage rights for all Marylanders.
    Andrew Cuomo: Marriage equality for ALL New Yorkers.
    Andrew Cuomo: $200M contract support to get 20% MWBE contracts.
    Andrew Cuomo: Improved services to 2 million residents with disabilities.
Corporations
    Susana Martinez: Exempt small business from gross receipts tax.
    Peter Shumlin: Getting credit to entrepreneurs when they need it grows jobs.
    Andrew Cuomo: Prevent landlords from avoiding rent regulation.
Crime
    Matt Mead: Wyoming has 4th lowest rate of violent crimes.
    Deval Patrick: Reform mandatory sentencing law: longer time for 3rd felony.
    Deval Patrick: Comprehensive reentry program with job training & education.
    Nikki Haley: Restore funding for Law Enforcement DNA lab.
    Chris Christie: Bail reform package: jail violent offenders before trial.
    Susana Martinez: Mandatory prison time for child abuse.
    Mitch Daniels: Strengthen laws against horrid practice of human trafficking.
    Andrew Cuomo: Prisons are not an economic development program.
    Andrew Cuomo: Collect DNA for all crimes, to exonerate the innocent.
Drugs
    Deval Patrick: Warehousing non-violent offenders is a costly policy failure.
    Chris Christie: Drug treatment rather than non-violent offenders in prison.
    Susana Martinez: Crack down on repeat drunk drivers.
    Bob McDonnell: Tough sentences for dealers; but new drug courts too.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Not just criminal penalties: use technology for enforcement.
Education
    Matt Mead: No federal curriculum standards; keep Wyoming standards.
    Nikki Haley: Make a real investment in our charter schools.
    Chris Christie: Replace Abbott District funds with tenure reform & charters.
    Susana Martinez: $97M to improve our local schools; invest in reform.
    Susana Martinez: $17M for reading reforms; don't pass failing kids.
    Mitch Daniels: End cruel, defeatist practice of passing kids who can't read.
    Andrew Cuomo: Additional SUNY Challenge Grants.
Energy & Oil
    Martin O`Malley: Raise gas tax by 2% per year, to rebuild infrastructure.
    Sean Parnell: Build the Alaska gasline to extract natural gas.
    Susana Martinez: Eliminate gross receipts tax on locomotive fuels.
    John Hickenlooper: Develop unconventional technology for extracting shale oil.
    John Hickenlooper: Fracking opens new era of energy; but disclose ingredients.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Fight the federal government's war on coal.
    Andrew Cuomo: Focus more attention on exploiting our solar potential.
Environment
    Matt Mead: Mineral production resources equate to tremendous value.
    Matt Mead: With courts wolf management, winners are lawyers & wolves.
    Martin O`Malley: Flush Tax: fund green upgrade to wastewater treatment plants.
    Nikki Haley: Charleston is now US's top tourism spot; sell South Carolina.
    Sean Parnell: Alaska is not just one big national park; keep EPA out.
    Sean Parnell: Invest in natural resources: fishing, mining, and timber.
    Susana Martinez: $3.3M in fines from those who break environmental rules.
    Bob McDonnell: $5 million for open space land conservation.
    Mitch Daniels: First state to phase in new environmental Clean Air permits.
Families & Children
    Deval Patrick: Parents wonder if their kids will do as well as them.
    Sean Parnell: Choose Respect: $12M to eradicate domestic violence epidemic.
    Dave Heineman: Reform child welfare system: collaborative & measurable.
    John Hickenlooper: Consolidate 23 early childhood services under one roof.
Free Trade
    Dan Malloy: Make sure entire world knows: CT is open for business.
    Bob McDonnell: Trade missions worked in London, Shanghai, and Mumbai.
Government Reform
    Nikki Haley: We capped lawsuit damages; next tort reform is loser-pays.
    Susana Martinez: Lead by example: eliminate governor's chef & cut salaries.
    Susana Martinez: Close revolving door: no lobbying for 2 years after office.
    John Hickenlooper: Pits and Peeves: Replace red tape with LEAN government.
    Andrew Cuomo: Public Integrity Reform Act: state ethics disclosures.
Health Care
    Deval Patrick: Replace fee-for-service model with quality-of-care model.
    Nikki Haley: Medicaid is a broken system; federal mandates cause problems.
    Nikki Haley: No government-run health exchanges; transparency instead.
    Susana Martinez: $45M more in Medicaid; $8M more for nursing homes.
    Dave Heineman: Don't spend money on ObamaCare until Supreme Court decision.
    Andrew Cuomo: Implement the N.Y. Health Exchange with federal funds.
Homeland Security
    Deval Patrick: Massachusetts leads the nation in veterans benefits.
    Nikki Haley: We are a patriotic people; we love those in uniform.
    Susana Martinez: $1,000 tax credit for hiring returning veterans.
    Bob McDonnell: In-state tuition for all members of Virginia National Guard.
Jobs
    Matt Mead: Wyoming unemployment at 5.8% while nation over 8%.
    Dan Malloy: We created 9,400 new, private sector jobs in the last year.
    Martin O`Malley: We have driven unemployment down to a three-year low.
    Deval Patrick: Address "skills gap" by aligned community college strategy.
    Nikki Haley: Pledge that every citizen who wants a job, has a job.
    Nikki Haley: We pushed back & NLRB dropped its frivolous Boeing lawsuit.
    Nikki Haley: ReadySC: work force training; vocational & technical college.
    Nikki Haley: I love that we are one of the least unionized states.
    Nikki Haley: No unemployment benefits for workers on strike.
    Bob McDonnell: $38 million to spur job creation in targeted programs.
    Mitch Daniels: Support Right to Work and Indiana will add jobs faster.
    Peter Shumlin: Vermont unemployment rate, 5.3%, is among lowest in America.
    Andrew Cuomo: Attack chronic unemployment among inner-city youth.
Local Issues
    John Hickenlooper: TBD Colorado: share your vision and priorities for our state.
    Peter Shumlin: Tropical Storm Irene recovery: we rebuilt faster & smarter.
Principles & Values
    Chris Christie: The New Jersey Comeback: stop blaming; start building.
    Mitch Daniels: You might dislike my decisions, but things ARE different.
Social Security
    Nikki Haley: Public service retirees: no COLA; no spiking; no double-dip.
    John Hickenlooper: Update constitutional barriers in state's retirement program.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Privatize W.V.'s workers' compensation system.
Tax Reform
    Matt Mead: Wyoming is #1 state for good tax climate.
    Nikki Haley: Flatten individual income tax from six brackets to three.
    Sean Parnell: Meaningful tax reform; cut spending by $856M.
    Chris Christie: Reduce all income tax brackets by 10% and restore EITC.
    Andrew Cuomo: A flat tax is not a fair tax.
    Andrew Cuomo: Enacted NY's first-ever property tax cap: 2% per year.
Technology
    Matt Mead: Diversify Wyoming economy with petaflop supercomputer.
    Matt Mead: Expand state teleconferencing & state cloud computing.
    Martin O`Malley: $156M for One Maryland Broadband Network.
    Nikki Haley: Deepen the port of Charleston; return to greatness.
    Susana Martinez: Tax credit for high-tech R&D.
    John Hickenlooper: COIN: Colorado Innovation Network incubates entrepreneurship.
    Bob McDonnell: $4 billion for 6-year highway and rail project plan.
    Mitch Daniels: Invest $1.2 billion in Hoosier Heartland Corridor and US31.
War & Peace
    Bob McDonnell: 230 Virginians gave lives for War on Terror, including Iraq.
Welfare & Poverty
    Dan Malloy: $103 million to maintain the safety net.
    Deval Patrick: Housing First strategy: 1,000 families out of shelters.
    Andrew Cuomo: Create a Foreclosure Relief Unit to keep people in homes.
    Andrew Cuomo: Remove barriers to food stamps: stop fingerprinting for food.


The above quotations are from 2012 Governor's State of the State speeches.

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