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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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2012 Governor's State of the State speeches

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    from 2012 Governor's State of the State speeches (number of quotes indicated):
  • Andrew Cuomo (16) New York Democratic Governor
  • Bob McDonnell (7) Virginia Republican Governor
  • Chris Christie (5) New Jersey N.J. Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Dan Malloy (4) Connecticut Democratic Governor
  • Dave Heineman (2) Nebraska Republican Governor
  • Deval Patrick (8) Massachusetts Democratic Governor
  • Earl Ray Tomblin (3) West Virginia Democratic Governor (term-limited 2016)
  • John Hickenlooper (9) Colorado Democratic Colorado Governor
  • Martin O`Malley (6) Maryland Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Matt Mead (8) Wyoming Republican Governor
  • Mitch Daniels (6) Indiana Former Republican Governor (2005-2013)
  • Nikki Haley (16) South Carolina UN Ambassador 2017-2018
  • Peter Shumlin (3) Vermont Democratic Governor (retiring 2016)
  • Phil Bredesen (1) Tennessee Former Democrat Governor (2002-2010)
  • Sean Parnell (5) Alaska Republican Governor
  • Susana Martinez (13) New Mexico Republican Governor
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    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
    John Hickenlooper: 2012: It's time to pass civil unions.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Phil Bredesen: $10M to partially restore cuts in land acquisition fund.
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
    John Hickenlooper: 2012: Make healthcare both affordable and accessible.
    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.
    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.
    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.

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