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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)

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2021 Governor's State of the State speeches

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    from 2021 Governor's State of the State speeches (number of quotes indicated):
  • Andrew Cuomo (4) New York Democratic Governor
  • Andy Beshear (5) Kentucky Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Asa Hutchinson (6) Arkansas Republican Governor
  • Bill Lee (10) Tennessee Republican candidate for governor of Tennessee
  • Brad Little (8) Idaho Republican
  • Charlie Baker (5) Massachusetts Republican Governor
  • David Ige (3) Hawaii Democratic Governor
  • Doug Burgum (5) North Dakota Republican candidate for Governor
  • Doug Ducey (4) Arizona Republican Governor
  • Eric Holcomb (7) Indiana Republican candidate for Governor
  • Gina Raimondo (3) Rhode Island Secretay of Commerce
  • Greg Abbott (10) Texas Republican Governor
  • Greg Gianforte (5) Montana Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Gretchen Whitmer (3) Michigan Democratic Governor
  • Henry McMaster (8) South Carolina Republican
  • Jared Polis (7) Colorado Democratic candidate for Colorado Governor
  • Jay Inslee (3) Washington Democratic Washington Governor
  • John Carney (6) Delaware Democratic candidate for Governor
  • Kay Ivey (6) Alabama Republican Alabama Governor
  • Kevin Stitt (6) Oklahoma Republican candidate for governor of Oklahoma
  • Kim Reynolds (7) Iowa Republican
  • Kristi Noem (7) South Dakota Republican
  • Larry Hogan (4) Maryland Republican Maryland Governor
  • Laura Kelly (5) Kansas Democratic candidate for governor of Kansas
  • Michelle Lujan-Grisham (7) New Mexico Democrat
  • Mike Dunleavy (8) Alaska Republican candidate for governor of Alaska
  • Mike Parson (7) Missouri Republican governor of Missouri
  • Ned Lamont (3) Connecticut Democratic Candidate for governor
  • Peter Ricketts (5) Nebraska Republican Governor
  • Phil Murphy (7) New Jersey Democratic 2021 Gubernatorial contender
  • Phil Scott (3) Vermont Republican challenger for Governor
  • Ralph Northam (8) Virginia Democratic Governor
  • Spencer Cox (3) Utah Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Steve Sisolak (4) Nevada Democratic candidate for Nevada Governor
  • Tate Reeves (12) Mississippi Republican candidate for governor
  • Tony Evers (10) Wisconsin Democratic candidate for governor of Wisconsin
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 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Greg Abbott: Ensure every child is spared from ravages of abortion.
    Kevin Stitt: We'll protect the rights of unborn children.
    Greg Gianforte: Urges legislature to pass restrictive abortion laws.
    Henry McMaster: Send me the heartbeat bill and I will immediately sign it.
    Asa Hutchinson: Now we're the number one pro-life state in the nation.
    Kristi Noem: Ban abortion of preborn diagnosed with Down syndrome.
Budget & Economy
    Jared Polis: Road repair: make it easier to travel our great state.
    Bill Lee: Addressing maintenance the fiscally responsible thing to do.
    Larry Hogan: COVID: $1 billion in tax relief and economic stimulus.
    Kay Ivey: Business tax credits attract new companies to Alabama.
    Kay Ivey: Our roads are the arteries of Alabama's commerce.
    Mike Parson: Workforce development programs has attracted businesses.
    Charlie Baker: Massive transformation of work has wide impact.
    John Carney: Proposes fund to convert existing properties for employers.
    Eric Holcomb: Infrastructure a priority, complete interstate project.
    Steve Sisolak: COVID: Additional $50 million to help small businesses.
    Steve Sisolak: Launch State Infrastructure Bank to leverage outside capital.
    Tony Evers: $40 million for Rural Innovation Fund.
    Henry McMaster: Propose nearly doubling rainy day reserve fund.
    Laura Kelly: Funding & assistance to strengthen rural small businesses.
    Phil Murphy: COVID: Grants and loans to nearly 55,000 small businesses.
    Phil Murphy: Largest investment in infrastructure in New Jersey history.
    Andrew Cuomo: COVID: Washington passed the buck without passing the bucks.
    Brad Little: $126 million for highways; $80 million for transportation.
    Andy Beshear: Better Kentucky Budget: no tax increase, no budget cuts.
    Doug Burgum: Investing in infrastructure now will save us millions.
Civil Rights
    Tate Reeves: Committed to building a more equitable world.
    Jay Inslee: We have work ahead to undo racial inequities.
    Bill Lee: Improved enforcement training for police cadets.
    Greg Abbott: Emergency laws to prevent cities from defunding the police.
    Kay Ivey: New modern prisons will improve conditions, rehabilitation.
    Mike Dunleavy: Ramp up prosecution for sexual crimes and domestic violence.
    Mike Parson: Require de-escalation and bias recognition police training.
    Charlie Baker: Passed one of the most comprehensive police reform laws.
    John Carney: We banned chokeholds, now body cameras for every officer.
    Peter Ricketts: Build a new, modern correctional facility.
    Tony Evers: As long as I'm governor, we back the blue!
    Tony Evers: Reform laws to help victims of sex trafficking.
    Henry McMaster: Shield companies providing drugs for lethal injection.
    Ralph Northam: It's time to end the death penalty in Virginia.
    Asa Hutchinson: Let's not be last state to enact hate crimes legislation.
    Jay Inslee: Investigations & prosecutions into racial injustice.
    Kim Reynolds: There will be no talk of defunding the police here.
    Kim Reynolds: Ban racial profiling and other forms of disparate treatment.
    Phil Murphy: Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent crimes.
    Brad Little: Other places defund the police; Idaho defends the police.
    Ralph Northam: Time to join 16 others states, make marijuana legal.
    Ned Lamont: Work with legislature on legalization of marijuana.
    Bill Lee: Expanding civics education with Civics Seal Initiative.
    Gina Raimondo: Made community college tuition free before most states.
    Larry Hogan: Scholarships for deserving students for non-public schools.
    Greg Abbott: Teach students what it means to be American & to be a Texan.
    Kay Ivey: $1.25 billion bond for K-12 public schools, state colleges.
    Kevin Stitt: Change school funding formula to current enrollment.
    Greg Gianforte: More trade education scholarships; more teacher incentives.
    Mike Dunleavy: Increase funding for public homeschooling.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Our economy demands every child has a great public education.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Tuition-free opportunities for COVID front line workers.
    John Carney: Double Opportunity Funding for public schools.
    Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Enact an equity-first budget for public education.
    Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Supports tuition-free two-year higher education.
    Tate Reeves: Job training lifts people out of poverty, into proud work.
    Tate Reeves: Ensure parental choice to save children from bad districts.
    David Ige: Maximize school land by building compatible structures.
    Spencer Cox: Change the way we fund schools, what's best for entire state.
    Tate Reeves: Have invested more than $10 billion in education programs.
    Eric Holcomb: Parents deserve options but not at expense of public schools.
    Eric Holcomb: Help Hoosiers obtain post-secondary education for jobs.
    Steve Sisolak: Dollars follow students, not districts nor schools.
    Peter Ricketts: Fully fund aid to K-12 education, invest in next generation.
    Tony Evers: COVID: Hold schools harmless for enrollment reductions.
    Henry McMaster: $13 million to establish Education Scholarship Accounts.
    Henry McMaster: Remove outdated "Common Core" textbooks from classrooms.
    Asa Hutchinson: Raise average teacher salaries $2,000 over next two years.
    Kim Reynolds: $28 million for public-private partnerships for child care.
    Kim Reynolds: Make open enrollment available in all school districts.
    Kristi Noem: Schools should teach is US is most special nation in history.
    Brad Little: Make sure all students can read by end of third grade.
    Doug Ducey: Parents have new options, we should empower them.
    Andy Beshear: $1000 salary boost for all school workers.
    Andy Beshear: $100 million to repair crumbling public schools.
    Phil Scott: Investing in childcare a top priority; address inequities.
    Doug Burgum: Expand career/technical academies across the state.
Energy & Oil
    Jared Polis: Colorado is a national leader in green energy jobs.
    Kevin Stitt: Protect oil and gas industry from radical liberals.
    Mike Dunleavy: Harness renewable energy resources: wind, tidal, hydro.
    Mike Dunleavy: False premise: protect environment or economic development.
    Charlie Baker: Roadmap to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
    Michelle Lujan-Grisham: New Mexico to have nation's largest single wind complex.
    Steve Sisolak: We're poised to lead the world on clean energy storage.
    Doug Burgum: Clean coal will allow us to shape global energy policy.
    Gretchen Whitmer: It's time to rebuild Michigan's water infrastructure.
    John Carney: $50 million investment in new Clean Water Trust Fund.
    Michelle Lujan-Grisham: State recovered over $1 million from corporate polluters.
    Eric Holcomb: Investing in community trails, planting a million new trees.
    Brad Little: Wildfires are about land management, not climate change.
Families & Children
    Bill Lee: Extend coverage for new moms, mental health for children.
    Bill Lee: Pro-life includes improving lives of struggling families.
    Mike Parson: Consolidate several programs into new Office of Childhood.
    Ralph Northam: Fund doula services for pregnant women.
    Phil Murphy: Make New Jersey safest place to deliver and raise babies.
    Phil Murphy: Committed to more robust child-care support system.
Free Trade
    Laura Kelly: First Democratic governor for US/Canada/Mexico trade deal.
Government Reform
    Gina Raimondo: Rhode Island Supreme Court now multiracial, majority female.
    Greg Abbott: Election integrity essential to our democracy.
    Kevin Stitt: Government's job is to get out of the way & cut red tape.
    Greg Gianforte: Red Tape Relief Task Force to review all regulations.
    Mike Dunleavy: Strengthen agricultural sector with fewer regulations.
    John Carney: Make mail-in voting a permanent feature of our elections.
    Tate Reeves: Will advocate for Oregon's voting innovations nationally.
    Henry McMaster: Magistrate judges should be lawyers, publicly screened.
    Ralph Northam: $12 million into natural resources agencies.
    Ralph Northam: Amend constitution so that ex-cons can vote automatically.
    Tony Evers: Fixing broken unemployment system is a priority.
    Tony Evers: End gerrymandering, stop legislature from destroying records.
    Brad Little: Idaho is now the least regulated state in the nation.
    Ned Lamont: Easier absentee ballots, early voting should be permanent.
    Doug Burgum: One-stop reporting for hazardous spills helps state respond.
Gun Control
    Bill Lee: Reintroducing concealed carry legislation.
    Greg Abbott: Texas must be a Second Amendment Sanctuary State.
Health Care
    Jared Polis: Telehealth is literally a lifesaver for many in rural areas.
    Bill Lee: Tennessee first state to get Medicaid block grant waiver.
    Greg Abbott: We must focus on mental health challenges.
    Greg Abbott: Ensure coverage without being forced into the ObamaCare.
    Kevin Stitt: Use managed care to operate Medicaid expansion.
    Mike Parson: Will expand Medicaid but be vigilant against fraud and waste.
    Charlie Baker: Emergency telehealth order worked, now it's permanent.
    Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Mental health care is health care, we must meet those needs.
    Tate Reeves: Ensure everyone has access to affordable health care.
    Eric Holcomb: Now is the time to implement a managed care system.
    Tony Evers: Fund state alternatives to ObamaCare.
    Kim Reynolds: $30 million over two years to fund mental health reform.
    Kristi Noem: Make pandemic rules for telehealth permanent.
    Andrew Cuomo: Telehealth invaluable, but must ensure accessibility to all.
    Brad Little: Expanded telehealth access, let's make changes permanent.
    Doug Ducey: Once we're all vaccinated we can get on with life.
    Andy Beshear: COVID: Troubling that a public health crisis was politicized.
    Phil Scott: Time to cap annual increases, prioritize prevention.
Homeland Security
    Jared Polis: Allow gay veterans to receive certain state benefits.
    Peter Ricketts: Working to bring Space Command to the Heartland.
    Kristi Noem: Tax exemptions for veterans with disabilities.
    Andy Beshear: Full exclusion of military pensions from state income tax.
    Greg Abbott: Texas must fortify its efforts to secure our border.
    Greg Gianforte: Ban sanctuary cities in Montana to maintain rule of law.
    Jared Polis: Passed a law to ensure women are paid the same as men.
    Bill Lee: Helped faith communities connect people with job services.
    Mike Dunleavy: Bring gaming to Alaska: create hundreds of high-paying jobs.
    Mike Parson: Expand programs to link high school graduates with jobs.
    Spencer Cox: Funding for job training, not everyone needs a degree.
    Eric Holcomb: Pass pregnancy accommodations bill for women on the job.
    Peter Ricketts: We've been cutting red tape to keep Nebraskans working.
    Laura Kelly: Rebuilding crumbling infrastructure means jobs.
Local Issues
    Kevin Stitt: Must address state sovereignty over tribal land & peoples.
    Tate Reeves: Invest in emergency management to prepare for fire seasons.
Principles & Values
    Jared Polis: Embracing the outdoors part of the Colorado Way of Life.
    Bill Lee: Through times of trial we become more purposeful.
    Gina Raimondo: To young women: look within; summon courage to lead.
    Greg Abbott: Prevent government from shutting churches during pandemic.
    Mike Dunleavy: Alaskans are a different breed: we don't run and hide.
    Charlie Baker: More important to ask questions than be judgmental.
    Tate Reeves: We're all on the same team, made in the image of God.
    Spencer Cox: We are friends; we must always be friends.
    Henry McMaster: COVID: We slowed down, but safely remained open.
    Laura Kelly: Leaders must set an example that we share a common bond.
    Ralph Northam: Voters deserve the truth, even when it's hard to hear.
    Asa Hutchinson: When the election is over we need to come together.
    Kristi Noem: COVID: no shutdowns, we stayed open the entire time.
    Phil Murphy: New Jerseyans need to know government has their backs.
    Brad Little: Our statehouse demonstrates openness of political process.
    Doug Ducey: Condemns violence & destructive rioting at US Capitol.
    Ned Lamont: Important to reset relationships with regional states.
Tax Reform
    Jared Polis: Get rid of special interest tax breaks for the few.
    Larry Hogan: $1 billion+ in tax cuts for every single retired Marylander.
    Larry Hogan: Not a single tax increase since I was elected governor.
    Kay Ivey: Online sales tax means no need for raising income tax.
    Greg Gianforte: Lowering top tax rate will make Montana more competitive.
    Mike Dunleavy: Any new broad-base tax must be approved by Alaska people.
    Mike Parson: For lower taxes, but online retailers hurt local business.
    Tate Reeves: We need a bold move: elimination of the income tax.
    Tony Evers: Incentivize in-state pharmaceutical, medical equipment.
    Henry McMaster: 15% across-the-board reduction for all personal brackets.
    Asa Hutchinson: Lower tax rate for new residents to 4.9% for five years.
    Jay Inslee: Reduce increases in unemployment tax.
    Kim Reynolds: We need to continue the conversation about cutting taxes.
    Kristi Noem: The taxes we have are stable and predictable, no increases.
    Andrew Cuomo: COVID: Raise taxes on the wealthy to help states.
    Brad Little: Proposes the single largest tax cuts in Idaho history.
    Doug Ducey: Haven't raised taxes, on tax reform let's think big.
    Phil Scott: Reduce unemployment payroll tax without impacting benefits.
    Bill Lee: One-time investment of $200 million in broadband expansion.
    Greg Abbott: Broadband not a luxury; it's an essential tool.
    Kay Ivey: $500 million investment over three years to expand broadband.
    Mike Parson: $5 million investment to expand and improve broadband.
    John Carney: Provided 25,000 low-income students with internet access.
    Michelle Lujan-Grisham: $200 million for high-speed internet is urgently needed.
    David Ige: Hawai'i 2.0: we must pivot to a digital economy.
    Tate Reeves: $100 million in statewide broadband expansion.
    Tate Reeves: Broadband expansion could mend the urban rural divide.
    Eric Holcomb: Additional $100 million to boost broadband connectivity.
    Peter Ricketts: Bring broadband coverage to every corner of the state.
    Tony Evers: Ongoing investment in rural broadband expansion.
    Laura Kelly: Established Kansas's Office of Broadband Development.
    Ralph Northam: Broadband is as critical now as electricity in 1900s.
    Asa Hutchinson: $30 million to expand high-speed internet into rural areas.
    Kim Reynolds: $450 million for statewide high-speed broadband by 2025.
    Kristi Noem: Finish connecting the state with broadband.
    Phil Murphy: We're closing the digital divide for schoolchildren.
    Tony Evers: Declares 2021 to be Year of Broadband Access.
    Andrew Cuomo: Broadband internet must be accessible and affordable.
    Doug Burgum: Essential to invest in protecting the data of our citizens.
Welfare & Poverty
    David Ige: Affordable housing: 10,000 homes built, 3000 more by 2022.
    Tate Reeves: $250 million investment in affordable housing.
    Ralph Northam: $25 million new dollars to housing trust fund.

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