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)
(click a book cover for a review or other books by or about the presidency from Amazon.com)
State of Minnesota Politicians: Archives
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from State of Minnesota Archives (number of quotes indicated):
- Al Franken (13) Democrat/DFL Jr Senator (resigned 2017) Minnesota
- Amy Klobuchar (11) Minnesota Democratic candidate for President; Minnesota Senator
- Angie Craig (1) Democrat U.S. Rep Minnesota- 2
- Chris Coleman (3) Minnesota DFL
- Erin Murphy (14) Minnesota DFL
- Gary Johnson (1) New Mexico Libertarian Gubernatorial Challenger
- George W. Bush (1) Republican
- Heather Johnson (10) Libertarian Challenger Minnesota
- Ilhan Omar (3) Democrat U.S. Rep Minnesota- 5
- Jared Huffman (1) Democrat U.S. Rep California-2
- Jason Lewis (40) Republican Senate challenger Minnesota
- Jeff Johnson (28) Minnesota Republican candidate for governor of Minnesota
- Jesse Ventura (3) Minnesota Former Minnesota Independent Governor
- Jim Abeler (35) Republican challenger Minnesota
- Jim Hagedorn (4) Republican U.S. Rep Minnesota- 1
- Jim Newberger (46) Republican candidate for Minnesota U. S. Senator Minnesota
- Karin Housley (35) Republican candidate for Minnesota U.S. Senator Minnesota
- Kurt Bills (3) Republican Challenger Minnesota
- Lori Swanson (14) Minnesota Democratic candidate for governor of Minnesota
- Mark Dayton (54) Minnesota Democratic Governor
- Mark Kennedy (5) Republican challenger (2006), U.S. Rep Minnesota
- Matt Dean (13) Minnesota Republican candidate for Governor
- Michelle Fischbach (7) Republican U.S. Rep Minnesota-7
- Mike McFadden (27) Republican Challenger Minnesota
- Norm Coleman (12) Former Republican Senator; lost court battle, 2009 Minnesota
- Paula Overby (20) Green Party candidate for Minnesota U. S. Senator Minnesota
- Pete Stauber (7) Republican U.S. Rep Minnesota- 8
- Rebecca Otto (16) Minnesota Democratic candidate for Governor
- Robert Fitzgerald (9) Independence Party Challenger (2006) Minnesota
- Roger Wicker (1) Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative Mississippi
- Steve Carlson (18) Democratic 2020 Senate Challenger Minnesota
- Tim Pawlenty (13) Minnesota Republican challenger and previous Governor
- Tim Walz (22) Minnesota Democratic candidate for Governor
- Tina Liebling (27) Minnesota Democratic candidate for Governor
- Tina Smith (31) Minnesota Democratic Minnesota Lieutenant Governor
- Tom Emmer (16) Republican House Member U.S. Rep Minnesota- 6
- Walter Mondale (1) Former Democratic Challenger and Vice President (1981) Minnesota
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| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Jim Newberger: De-fund Planned Parenthood.
Karin Housley: I've fought hard for our unborn.
Jeff Johnson: Heartbeat bill: ban abortions at about 6 weeks of pregnancy.
Tim Walz: Maintain funding for Planned Parenthood.
Jeff Johnson: Pro-lifer who believes in protecting the life of the unborn.
Paula Overby: Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right.
Jim Newberger: Abortion is not an unrestricted right.
Karin Housley: Pro-choice advocates don't represent state's everyday values.
Tina Smith: Served as a Planned Parenthood executive.
Rebecca Otto: Reproductive health is up to women, not government.
Jim Newberger: 100% pro-life.
Jim Newberger: Require that doctor be in room when taking RU-486.
Mark Dayton: Vetoed exposure of abortion clinic employees for licensure.
Michelle Fischbach: Require exposure of abortion clinic employees for licensure.
Tina Liebling: No government infringement of decision to reproduce.
Erin Murphy: Oppose exposure of abortion clinic employees for licensure.
Ilhan Omar: Oppose exposure of abortion clinic employees for licensure.
Matt Dean: Require exposure of abortion clinic employees for licensure.
Tina Liebling: Oppose exposure of abortion clinic employees for licensure.
Jason Lewis: Allow pro-life state laws under 10th Amendment.
Tina Smith: Vice president of Planned Parenthood of MN/SD/ND.
Mike McFadden: Make contraceptives available without a prescription.
Erin Murphy: Fight Hobby Lobby: cover all FDA-approved contraception.
Jim Abeler: Human life begins at conception.
Mike McFadden: Anti-abortion and pro-guns.
Mark Dayton: Vetoed licensure requirements for abortion facilities.
Mark Dayton: No additional license requirements for abortion clinics.
Erin Murphy: No additional license requirements for abortion clinics.
Jim Abeler: Stricter licensure requirements for abortion facilities.
Kurt Bills: Stricter licensure requirements for abortion facilities.
Matt Dean: Stricter licensure requirements for abortion facilities.
Matt Dean: Voted YES on additional requirements for abortion clinics.
Michelle Fischbach: Stricter licensure requirements for abortion facilities.
Tina Liebling: No additional license requirements for abortion clinics.
Tom Emmer: Abortions should always be illegal.
Tom Emmer: State funding of embryonic stem cell research.
Jim Abeler: No public funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Jesse Ventura: Vetoed 4-hour waiting period for abortions.
Amy Klobuchar: Supports embryonic stem cell research.
Norm Coleman: End partial birth abortion; require parental consent.
Budget & Economy|
Paula Overby: Stimulus AND market-led recovery.
Jim Newberger: Market-led recovery better than stimulus.
Jason Lewis: Across-the-board budget reductions.
Jim Newberger: Work to reduce government growth and waste.
Al Franken: Economy is "top down" and "rigged" in favor of the wealthy.
Jim Abeler: Borrowing places our sovereignity at risk.
Tina Smith: Strengthen Minnesota's economy through economic development.
Jim Abeler: Led $3.8B in human services cuts to close MN budget gap.
Mike McFadden: We've been spending like a drunken sailor.
Mark Dayton: Lift us out of miserable deficit-to-deficit cycle.
George W. Bush: Too much government spending will end prosperity.
Mark Dayton: Don’t “give it all back”; economy will sour someday.
Jason Lewis: Racism still is a problem, but it is not the chief threat.
Jason Lewis: Prohibiting worship during lockdown restricts freedom.
Jason Lewis: HRC: 0 score in Congress, compared LGBTQ people to rapists.
Roger Wicker: Worked to get Medgar Evers home declared national monument.
Lori Swanson: Will fight for all citizens to receive the same civil rights.
Paula Overby: Supports same-sex marriage.
Karin Housley: Pitched for gay rights but no specifics.
Rebecca Otto: Address racial inequality gaps with social justice.
Jim Newberger: Opposes same-sex marriage.
Jim Newberger: Rated 0% by Voices for Racial Justice.
Tina Liebling: No government infringement of decision to marry.
Jason Lewis: Support Hobby Lobby religious right to avoid gay weddings.
Steve Carlson: Endorses Trump's efforts to reform elections.
Steve Carlson: Proportional representation laws are unconstitutional.
Heather Johnson: LGBT persons are created with inalienable right to marry.
Rebecca Otto: Endorsed by Stonewall DFL as ally of LGBT community.
Jim Abeler: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
Mike McFadden: Gay marriage ok; but I'm personally for traditional marriage.
Mark Dayton: Grant same-sex marriage, but with religious exemptions.
Erin Murphy: Grant same-sex marriage, but with religious exemptions.
Jim Abeler: No state authorization of same-sex marriage.
Jim Newberger: Voted NO on same-sex marriage with religious exemptions.
Matt Dean: Voted NO on same-sex marriage with religious exemptions.
Tina Liebling: Grant same-sex marriage, but with religious exemptions.
Mark Dayton: Opposed constitutional amendment defining marriage.
Erin Murphy: Opposed constitutional amendment defining marriage.
Jim Abeler: Define marriage as one-man-one-woman.
Kurt Bills: Define marriage as one-man-one-woman.
Matt Dean: Constitutional amendment disallowing same-sex marriage.
Tina Liebling: Opposed constitutional amendment defining marriage.
Tom Emmer: No same-sex marriage; no civil unions.
Tom Emmer: Affirmative action yes; but not in state contracting.
Mark Dayton: Supports federal funding of arts organizations.
Jason Lewis: Voted to roll back parts of Dodd-Frank.
Tina Smith: Opposes reduction of CFPB funding.
Jeff Johnson: Help small business and embrace all present and future jobs.
Karin Housley: De-regulation could be new stimulus to help small business.
Karin Housley: Small business needs lower taxes, less government to survive.
Mark Dayton: Eliminate corporate tax loopholes & tax relief for families.
Tina Smith: Eliminate corporate tax loopholes & tax relief for families.
Tom Emmer: Family business is Viking Forest Products.
Heather Johnson: Don't use eminent domain for private companies' benefit.
Al Franken: Block merger of biggest & 2nd biggest cable providers.
Al Franken: Oppo AdWatch: Franken limits free speech issue advocacy.
Mark Dayton: Lowest business tax states accompanied by lowest incomes.
Tim Pawlenty: Reduce business tax from 3rd highest corporate tax rate.
Tina Smith: Supports comprehensive police-reform legislation.
Jason Lewis: Public order is not a privilege, it is a right.
Jason Lewis: Without public order, the mob will control the neighborhood.
Jeff Johnson: Violent criminals must be locked up, some for long sentences.
Karin Housley: Rehabilitative programs in prisons cut down on recidivism.
Paula Overby: Oppose "tough on crime": it promotes autocracy.
Lori Swanson: Warns citizens about new methods of phone scamming.
Jim Newberger: Stricter punishment reduces crime.
Karin Housley: Fight to end criminal elderly abuse in senior care homes.
Tina Liebling: Officers should control situation without deadly force.
Tina Liebling: More treatment courts; lower barriers to re-entry after jail.
Jason Lewis: Don't second-guess the actions of police officers.
Jason Lewis: End overcriminalization: focus on high risk offenders.
Chris Coleman: Audit police response to alleged officer misconduct.
Jim Newberger: Let's connect a new prison by rail to North Minneapolis.
Rebecca Otto: Establish security practices for crime evidence.
Rebecca Otto: Shut down traffic ticket diversions with alternative penalty.
Heather Johnson: Don't punish victimless crimes like prostitution & gambling.
Jim Abeler: Major overhaul needed for sex offender laws.
Jim Abeler: Supports use of deadly force in self-defense.
Tom Emmer: Establish the death penalty in Minnesota.
Walter Mondale: Gideon brief established right to attorney.
Mark Dayton: More resources for local law enforcement & COPS.
Jason Lewis: Allow states to decide on marijuana legalization.
Karin Housley: Legalize limited forms of medical marijuana.
Tina Smith: Learn from states that have legalized recreational.
Pete Stauber: Does not support the legalization of marijuana.
Jeff Johnson: Medical marijuana ok but not recreational.
Tim Walz: Full legalization of medical and recreational marijuana.
Ilhan Omar: Supports cannabis legalization.
Karin Housley: Focus opioid resources on prevention, treatment, & education.
Lori Swanson: Joined with other AG's to investigate opioid manufacturers.
Paula Overby: Marijuana isn't a gateway drug.
Jim Newberger: Marijuana is a gateway drug.
Rebecca Otto: War on drugs is a failure.
Tina Liebling: War on drugs failed; end prohibition & use pot responsibly.
Heather Johnson: Release prisoners convicted of marijuana possession.
Mark Dayton: Establish rules for medical marijuana.
Erin Murphy: Establish rules for medical marijuana.
Jim Newberger: Voted NO on establishing rules for medical marijuana.
Matt Dean: Voted NO on establishing rules for medical marijuana.
Tina Liebling: Establish rules for medical marijuana.
Tim Pawlenty: Legalizing marijuana is unneeded & unwise.
Tim Pawlenty: Vetoed legalizing medical marijuana.
Erin Murphy: Voted YES on legalizing medical marijuana.
Jim Abeler: No legalized medical marijuana.
Jim Abeler: Voted NO on legalizing medical marijuana.
Matt Dean: Voted NO on legalizing medical marijuana.
Tina Liebling: Voted YES on legalizing medical marijuana.
Mark Dayton: Greatest threat to national security is flood of drugs.
Mark Dayton: Strengthen the fight against illegal drugs.
Jason Lewis: No taxpayers should bear burden of defaulted student loans.
Angie Craig: Remote special ed financial strain for school districts.
Jared Huffman: Remote special ed financial strain for school districts.
Pete Stauber: Remote special ed financial strain for school districts.
Jim Newberger: Supports 529-college savings plans.
Karin Housley: More students should opt for two-year colleges.
Karin Housley: I'm a school choice person.
Tina Smith: More funding for emergency loans, financial aid & grants.
Tina Smith: School vouchers create a 2-tiered education system.
Pete Stauber: Students should have more options than college.
Jeff Johnson: Don't increase funding for low-income early education.
Tim Walz: 2 years tuition-free education at MN state institutions.
Tim Walz: Fully fund pre-K-to-12; make Minnesota the education state.
Jeff Johnson: Believes parents know best about their kid's education needs.
Lori Swanson: Believes schools need K-12 funding & teachers need support.
Paula Overby: Vouchers are ok locally but not federally.
Karin Housley: Work together to improve the public school system.
Jim Newberger: Vouchers for school choice are possible.
Rebecca Otto: No tax dollars for private schools.
Tim Walz: Recognized as the 2003 Minnesota Teacher of Excellence.
Tina Liebling: Fully fund our public education system at the state level.
Tina Liebling: Free college credits via Post-Secondary Education Options.
Jason Lewis: Question rising tuition rather than taxpayer funding.
Jason Lewis: Replace Department of Education with school choice.
Mark Dayton: Invest in education before tax cuts for millionaires.
Erin Murphy: Invest more in early childhood and K-12 education.
Jim Newberger: Reduce K-12 education funding from $627M to $400M.
Matt Dean: $400M for early childhood & K-12 education instead of $606M.
Tina Liebling: Invest more in early childhood and K-12 education.
Heather Johnson: Common Core is unconstitutional, and also underhanded.
Jim Abeler: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards.
Tina Smith: Free all-day kindergarten.
Mike McFadden: Repeal federal Common Core education standards.
Jim Abeler: Oppose Common Core's centralized federal oversight.
Mike McFadden: Measure more; dictate reading lists less.
Jim Abeler: Resident tuition rates for immigrants if they follow rules.
Mark Dayton: Education begins early in life, & continues throughout life.
Mark Dayton: Restore $240M for higher ed, but still lowest since 1981.
Tom Emmer: Vouchers for private or religious school.
Tom Emmer: Supports voluntary school prayer & abstinence-only sexual ed.
Norm Coleman: Fully fund special education; no unfunded mandates.
Mark Dayton: Make college tuition fully tax deductible.
Mark Dayton: 40% more for special education; plus easier college loans.
Mark Dayton: Vouchers take precious tax dollars from public schools.
Energy & Oil|
Karin Housley: Paris Climate Accord would cost trillions & kill jobs.
Tina Smith: Climate change is real & poses a threat.
Jim Hagedorn: Don't turn our economy upside-down due to climate change.
Pete Stauber: Against Paris Climate deal, oppose job killing regulation.
Jeff Johnson: Climate is changing naturally; human involvement debatable.
Tim Walz: Climate change is real and urgent.
Jim Newberger: Does not believe climate change is man-made.
Karin Housley: Diverse portfolio of energy: wind, solar, fossil fuels.
Steve Carlson: Want to see much more science on climate change linkages.
Paula Overby: Pursue green energy aggressively; it is the future.
Jim Newberger: Don't prioritize green energy.
Rebecca Otto: Minnesota should lead on clean energy.
Jim Newberger: Defended coal-burning Xcel plant in Becker.
Lori Swanson: Proceed with caution approach to solar energy gardens.
Tina Liebling: 25% renewable energy by 2025.
Karin Housley: Increase Minnesota's Renewable Energy Standard to 50%.
Jason Lewis: Unlawful for EPA to impose cap-and-trade on refineries.
Al Franken: Delay Keystone pipeline; but if built, use American steel.
Heather Johnson: Federal legislation has limited alternative energy.
Jim Abeler: No subsidies for wind and solar.
Mike McFadden: Approve Keystone; faster permits for gas plants.
Jim Abeler: Voted NO on removing CO2 emissions ban.
Tom Emmer: Increase production of coal, gas, oil, plus alternatives.
Tim Pawlenty: Cap-and-trade to achieve MN greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Jim Abeler: Supports regional cap-and-trade emissions program.
Jim Abeler: Cap-and-trade to achieve MN greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Matt Dean: Voted NO on cap-&-trade for greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Michelle Fischbach: Voted NO on cap-&-trade for greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Tina Liebling: Cap-and-trade to achieve MN greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Erin Murphy: Cap-and-trade to achieve MN greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Tina Smith: Supports EPA agreement on St. Louis River contamination.
Karin Housley: Opposes too much regulation & bureaucracy.
Tina Smith: No cutbacks to EPA; keep responsible environmental policy.
Jim Hagedorn: EPA regulations are invasive toward farming efforts.
Pete Stauber: Can be a balance between mining & protecting the environment.
Jeff Johnson: Best stewards of natural resources are those who need them.
Lori Swanson: Won settlement for corporation to pay $890M for pollution.
Amy Klobuchar: Open PolyMet copper-nickel mine in the Iron Range.
Karin Housley: Unequivocal support for PolyMet copper-nickel mine.
Tina Smith: Open PolyMet copper-nickel mine in the Iron Range.
Paula Overby: Protect natural resources from exploitation.
Jim Newberger: Fight EPA regulatory over-reach.
Jim Newberger: Get government & extreme environmental Left off our backs.
Tina Liebling: Those who exploit resources should pay for any cleanup.
Jason Lewis: EPA WOTUS rule diminishes property rights.
Rebecca Otto: Home is passive solar, wind-powered, & superinsulated.
Al Franken: Ok the PolyMet copper mine only after 9-year review.
Al Franken: Prevent invasive species Asian carp in Great Lakes.
Mike McFadden: Develop our natural resources AND protect the environment.
Mike McFadden: Supports PolyMet mining project in Hoyt Lakes.
Mark Dayton: Protect clean air to breathe & clean water to drink.
Gary Johnson: Vetoed limits on number of pets people can own.
Tim Pawlenty: Establish Great Lakes Water Resources Compact.
Matt Dean: Voted NO on Great Lakes Water Resources Compact.
Tina Liebling: Establish Great Lakes Compact to protect public resources.
Erin Murphy: Establish Great Lakes Compact to protect public resources.
Jim Abeler: Establish Great Lakes Compact to protect public resources.
Families & Children|
Jeff Johnson: Gay "contractual unions" for hospital visits & inheritance.
Tim Walz: Full marriage equality for same-sex couples.
Lori Swanson: Find options to make childcare affordable.
Karin Housley: If women are empowered and independent they don't need laws.
Tina Liebling: High quality child care is essential for work.
Heather Johnson: Politics is not my passion; it's my God, my kids & family.
Michelle Fischbach: Define marriage as one-man-one-woman.
Jason Lewis: China is responsible for this pandemic.
Jason Lewis: 2013: GOP support of Israel shows "dual loyalties".
Steve Carlson: Pull out of the United Nations.
Paula Overby: Oppose American Exceptionalism.
Jim Newberger: Support American Exceptionalism.
Jim Newberger: Prevent MN from implementing policies set by UN Agenda 21.
Al Franken: OpEd: Campaign website devoid of views on foreign policy.
Mike McFadden: OpEd: Campaign website devoid of views on foreign policy.
Mike McFadden: Inaction abroad sends message that US will do nothing.
Mike McFadden: Crisis in Ukraine came about due to Obama's indecisiveness.
Mark Dayton: Relax the Cuban embargo.
Jason Lewis: Punish China, bring our supply chains home.
Jason Lewis: America First: end outsourcing to China, Buy American.
Amy Klobuchar: Supports tariffs on foreign steel & aluminum.
Jeff Johnson: Tariffs on China negatively affect Minnesota farmers.
Tim Walz: Rash tariffs on China against interests of America's farmers.
Jim Hagedorn: Tariffs aren't permanently beneficial; support open markets.
Steve Carlson: Tariffs are necessary to make the world play fair.
Steve Carlson: Tariffs make world play fair, & bring jobs back to America.
Paula Overby: Expand free trade but not economic exploitation.
Jim Newberger: Support & expand free trade.
Jason Lewis: I support free trade, but not TPP.
Mike McFadden: Use Chinese steel over U.S. steel if the import was cheaper.
Tim Pawlenty: 2005 trade mission led to Minnesota-China Partnership.
Norm Coleman: Blocking increased trade hurts Minnesota farmers.
Mark Dayton: US policy should favor American workers and sovereignty.
Mark Dayton: Against Permanent Normal Trade Relations; for human rights.
Tina Smith: Restore voting rights to ex-felons.
Jason Lewis: Abolish FISA court which violates civil liberties.
Jim Newberger: Opposes regulation of political contributions.
Karin Housley: Supports free market for campaigns, and Citizen United.
Tina Smith: Reverse Citizens United by Constitutional Amendment.
Jeff Johnson: Require voters to show photo ID.
Tim Walz: Limit corporate campaign donations, and disclose all.
Tim Walz: Remove barriers to voting.
Jeff Johnson: Government needs to give the power back to the people.
Jeff Johnson: People make better decisions on spending than government.
Karin Housley: Supports Citizens United: let corporations participate.
Lori Swanson: Fight to make campaign financing fairer & all-inclusive.
Paula Overby: Make voter registration easier.
Jim Newberger: No need to make voter registration easier.
Karin Housley: Switch from partisan way of governing back to compromise.
Tina Liebling: Require disclosure of state legislature perks.
Heather Johnson: Term limits for Congress, local officials, and judges.
Jim Abeler: Photo ID for voting.
Mike McFadden: Effective but limited government, stressing "limited".
Mark Dayton: Make even-years "The Unsession", to eliminate laws & rules.
Jim Abeler: Require photo ID to vote.
Erin Murphy: Voted NO on photo ID for voting.
Jim Abeler: Require photo ID for voting.
Kurt Bills: Require photo ID for voting.
Tina Liebling: Voted NO on photo ID for voting.
Matt Dean: Constitutional amendment requiring photo ID for voting.
Mark Dayton: Vetoed photo ID requirement for voting.
Tim Pawlenty: Proposed 2-term limit for governor & 12 years for Congress.
Tom Emmer: Limit PAC contributions, but all others ok.
Tim Pawlenty: Keep restrictions on liquor licenses near state facilities.
Jim Abeler: Keep restrictions on liquor licenses near state facilities.
Rebecca Otto: Loosen restrictions on liquor licenses near state facilities.
Tim Pawlenty: Keep approval of local rules with Governor, not Legislatur.
Jim Abeler: Shift approval of local rules from Governor to Legislature.
Michelle Fischbach: Shift approval of local rules from Governor to Legislature.
Rebecca Otto: Shift approval of local rules from Governor to Legislature.
Norm Coleman: Frivolous lawsuits raise consumer prices.
Mark Dayton: No PAC money, no soft money.
Tina Smith: Endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety for gun-sense majority.
Karin Housley: Reasonable ban on bump stocks.
Tina Smith: Supports common-sense gun laws.
Pete Stauber: Protect 2nd amendment: database on mentally ill & abusers.
Jeff Johnson: Arm trained professionals in schools.
Tim Walz: Expand background checks; ban assault-style weapons.
Jeff Johnson: Gun control laws only put the guns in the hands of criminals.
Karin Housley: No background checks nor buyers' waiting periods.
Lori Swanson: Supports variety of common sense gun safety reforms.
Paula Overby: I don't support an absolute right to gun ownership.
Jim Newberger: Absolute right to gun ownership.
Mark Dayton: Commonsense criminal background checks to all gun purchases.
Jim Newberger: Supports 2nd Amendment rights.
Jason Lewis: Liquor prohibition failed & so will gun prohibition.
Rebecca Otto: Status quo on guns isn't working.
Karin Housley: Convicted felons can get firearm license reinstated.
Michelle Fischbach: Convicted felons can get firearm license reinstated.
Mark Dayton: Lifetime ban on convicted felons getting firearm license.
Jim Abeler: Opposes more gun restrictions.
Mike McFadden: Expand background checks; close gun show loophole.
Mike McFadden: Open to looking at expanding background checks.
Tom Emmer: Concealed carry ok; but require licenses & restrictions.
Mark Dayton: Against gun registration.
Mark Dayton: For background checks & trigger locks.
Mark Dayton: Zero tolerance for guns in schools.
Jason Lewis: Enhanced medically screening of all international travelers.
Steve Carlson: Help people with pre-existing conditions.
Jeff Johnson: ObamaCare was sold as reform & there was no reform in it.
Tim Walz: Single-payer system is on Minnesota's horizon.
Jeff Johnson: For multi state buying, selling insurance across state lines.
Amy Klobuchar: Allow sick people to obtain insurance.
Jim Newberger: Opening up Medicare for anyone would cost $32 trillion.
Karin Housley: Buy health insurance like we do our car insurance.
Lori Swanson: Plans to make healthcare affordable and accessible to all.
Paula Overby: Oppose ObamaCare; Medicare for all is a better path.
Jim Newberger: Opposes ObamaCare.
Mark Dayton: MinnesotaCare Buy-In: affordable choices for consumers.
Karin Housley: Examine and revamp failed health investigations.
Rebecca Otto: Health care is a human right.
Jim Newberger: Repeal ObamaCare, by any method.
Matt Dean: Repeal MNSure; it has harmed thousands.
Tina Liebling: ObamaCare was a valiant attempt but did not go far enough.
Erin Murphy: Allow only non-profit insurers to do business in the state.
Mark Dayton: Allow only non-profit insurers to do business in the state.
Mark Dayton: Preserve successes like Medicaid expansion & MinnesotaCare.
Jason Lewis: We've seen the system collapse under MNSure & ObamaCare.
Tina Smith: Pushed state subsidy for the expansion of the Mayo Clinic.
Tom Emmer: Lost sister to breast cancer, but kept her upbeat attitude.
Jim Abeler: ObamaCare risks access to care, ironically.
Jim Abeler: Big companies benefit from ObamaCare but not regular people.
Jim Abeler: Preventative care; coordinated treatment; low-income clinics.
Mike McFadden: We need an alternative to ObamaCare, not just repeal.
Tim Pawlenty: Terminate GAMC Medicare Care and fold into MinnesotaCare.
Tom Emmer: Medical care is not a responsibility of state government.
Tim Pawlenty: Supports market-driven healthcare reform.
Robert Fitzgerald: Opposes single-payer coverage because it’s a liability.
Robert Fitzgerald: Sever health care coverage from employment.
Norm Coleman: Favors some type of universal coverage.
Mark Dayton: Expand Medicare Rx coverage & other coverage.
Jason Lewis: Maintain military strength to eradicate threat of terrorism.
Steve Carlson: We must build up our defense industries.
Steve Carlson: Build up defense and rebuild defense industries.
Tina Smith: Preserved funding for state-owned National Guard facilities.
Paula Overby: Shift military spending to social and economic development.
Jim Newberger: Expand the military.
Jim Newberger: Part of what makes our nation great is our military.
Karin Housley: Put veteran programs in place for active and retired.
Lori Swanson: Joined other AG's in fight to keep transgendered troops.
Tim Walz: Enlisted in Army National Guard at 17; served for 24 years.
Tim Walz: Suicide prevention programs & mental health for veterans.
Jason Lewis: We need reform at the Pentagon to ensure its solvency.
Al Franken: Worked since 2009 on fighting ISIS recruitment in Minn.
Mike McFadden: Combat propaganda & recruiting by the Islamic State.
Mike McFadden: We need a national strategy against ISIS, and don't have one.
Jim Abeler: Our friends don't trust us; our enemies don't fear us.
Al Franken: Let companies reveal how much data NSA has gathered.
Mark Dayton: Redirect military spending to focus within US.
Jason Lewis: Opposes open borders, abolishing ICE, sanctuary cities.
Steve Carlson: Defend our borders and our people.
Steve Carlson: Defend our border; build the Wall.
Jim Hagedorn: Build the wall to enforce legal immigration process.
Pete Stauber: Secure border with walls in some places.
Jeff Johnson: Stop MN's refugee resettlement program now.
Tim Walz: Give DREAMers a path to citizenship.
Jeff Johnson: Opposes sanctuary state and all sanctuary cities.
Amy Klobuchar: Path to citizenship for people who have been law abiding.
Jim Newberger: We must build the wall; we must secure our border.
Steve Carlson: ICE should not be abolished; work with Mexico.
Lori Swanson: Joined forces to fight against Trump's zero tolerance policy.
Paula Overby: Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens.
Karin Housley: Supports path to legal status for DREAMers.
Jim Newberger: Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens is possible.
Karin Housley: Backs pathway to citizenship for DREAMers.
Erin Murphy: Support driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.
Jeff Johnson: Distinguish legal residents for getting state services.
Rebecca Otto: Support driver's licenses for undocumented workers.
Tim Walz: Helped resettle countless immigrants into this community.
Tina Liebling: America offers a promise to desperate immigrants.
Jim Newberger: Immigrants must accept American law.
Mark Dayton: Require compliance with federal REAL ID.
Ilhan Omar: Voted NO on complying with federal REAL ID.
Jim Abeler: Require compliance with federal REAL ID.
Jim Newberger: Require compliance with federal REAL ID.
Matt Dean: Voted NO on complying with federal REAL ID.
Michelle Fischbach: Voted NO on complying with federal REAL ID.
Tina Liebling: Voted NO on complying with federal REAL ID.
Erin Murphy: Voted NO on complying with federal REAL ID.
Chris Coleman: Our sanctuary city law not subject to Trump executive ban.
Jason Lewis: Fiscal cost of unlawful immigration is simply unsustainable.
Jim Abeler: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
Al Franken: Apologize for stripping citizenship for marrying foreigners.
Mike McFadden: Secure the borders, then conditional path to citizenship.
Mike McFadden: Secure the borders & then find way to grant citizenship.
Mike McFadden: Status quo is not acceptable; we need to find a solution.
Jim Abeler: Withhold state aid for sanctuary cities.
Amy Klobuchar: No amnesty for companies hiring illegal immigrants.
Mark Kennedy: Good fences make good neighbors.
Robert Fitzgerald: Show me 50-foot border fence, I’ll show you 51-foot ladder.
Robert Fitzgerald: Making bogeymen of illegal immigrants doesn’t address issue.
Mark Dayton: Unsnarl the INS bureaucracy to reduce backlog.
Jason Lewis: Supports local right-to-work laws, not national law.
Jason Lewis: Minimum-wage hikes cost jobs among least-skilled people.
Tina Smith: Sponsored bill against states passing right-to-work laws.
Steve Carlson: Continue and improve Trump initiatives to create jobs.
Jim Newberger: 2014: Voted against raising state minimum wage to $7.75.
Karin Housley: Prohibit cities from raising local minimum wage.
Tina Smith: Raise federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024.
Jeff Johnson: Minimum wage increase lessens options for young.
Jeff Johnson: Make Minnesota a right-to-work state.
Tim Walz: Push back against right-to-work legislation.
Tim Walz: Supports $15 minimum wage for Minnesota.
Lori Swanson: Prioritize decent jobs that pay the bills.
Tina Smith: End federal contracts if employer mistreats employees.
Paula Overby: Oppose affirmative action.
Jim Newberger: Opposes affirmative action.
Rebecca Otto: Raise minimum wage.
Tina Liebling: Don't permit employers to pay non-sustaining wages.
Tina Liebling: Defend the right to organize and bargain collectively.
Mark Dayton: Unemployment is down, but average family is poorer.
Heather Johnson: Oppose increase in the minimum wage.
Mike McFadden: Gender-based pay equality & minimum wage? "Wrong questions".
Tim Pawlenty: Jobs Creation Bill: R&D tax credit; 20% corporate tax cut.
Norm Coleman: Gut the USDA’s milk marketing system.
Jesse Ventura: Make Agriculture Competitive Anywhere in the World.
Jesse Ventura: Training and retraining to resolve workforce shortage.
Mark Dayton: Freedom To Farm Bill causes falling farm prices.
Mark Dayton: Make capital investments in the downtowns of major cities.
Mark Dayton: Highway 62 model: remain open while rebuilding roads.
Principles & Values|
Jason Lewis: Founders weren't trying to ban religion; it was the opposite.
Jason Lewis: Appoint Constitutional conservatives to the courts.
Steve Carlson: Models are Jesus Christ, Christmas, and the Holy Bible.
Steve Carlson: Fake news exists; as a journalist I know real news.
Paula Overby: Don't empower human institutions with authority of God.
Jim Newberger: Keep God in the public sphere.
Karin Housley: Traditional homespun values keep her honest and guilt free.
Tim Walz: Got political when students were turned away from Bush event.
Chris Coleman: Vision of Cooperation, Responsibility and Respect.
Jim Newberger: I stand for traditional values.
Tom Emmer: Served on two city councils and in State Legislature.
Tom Emmer: Hosts conservative radio talk show on Twin Cities News Talk.
Steve Carlson: Member of Tea Party; but won Independence Party primary.
Jim Abeler: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
Tina Smith: Employed as marketing professional at General Mills.
Jim Abeler: Former investment banker; outsider with no voting record.
Mark Dayton: Five-Point Plan for Future Prosperity: Invest, & invest more.
Amy Klobuchar: This election is about change; crowd in charge won’t do it.
Robert Fitzgerald: Millionaire 60-year-olds cannot legislate for young families.
Norm Coleman: Switched parties, but didn’t switch his opinions on issues.
Mark Dayton: Truly believes in government.
Jason Lewis: Guarantee Social Security benefits through economic growth.
Tina Smith: No privatization nor cuts to benefits.
Tina Smith: Raise payroll cap; no to raising eligibility age.
Jeff Johnson: End the taxation of social security benefits.
Paula Overby: We need a safe way to save for retirement.
Jim Newberger: Don't privatize Social Security.
Jim Newberger: Social Security must be protected.
Jason Lewis: Protect Social Security for seniors today & future retirees.
Mike McFadden: Discuss raising the eligibility age for social security.
Norm Coleman: For private investment of IRA’s, but against privatization.
Mark Dayton: People shouldn’t have access to withholdings; too risky.
Mark Dayton: Keep Social Security intact.
Jeff Johnson: Trump tax cuts lower Minnesota taxes.
Tim Walz: Trump tax cuts go mostly to top 1%.
Jeff Johnson: Growth comes from lower spending and increased take-home pay.
Paula Overby: Wealth does not trickle down.
Jim Newberger: Opposes higher taxes on the wealthy.
Mark Dayton: Raised taxes only on top 2%, not the other 98%.
Jim Newberger: Simplify our tax code; the IRS has become too powerful.
Karin Housley: Supporter of Trump tax reform bill; jobs are being created.
Karin Housley: Economy will boom with more tax reform and deregulations.
Rebecca Otto: Fair and progressive taxes to pay for new benefits.
Tina Liebling: Progressives taxation with a 4th tier for wealthiest.
Mark Dayton: Tax cuts for the wealthy do not lead to economic growth.
Jason Lewis: You can't tax, spend or borrow your way to prosperity.
Tina Smith: We need to tax wealthier Minnesotans, to fix problems.
Tom Emmer: Keep taxes low to move toward a path of prosperity.
Mike McFadden: Wouldn't vote for tax increases.
Tim Pawlenty: Get Minnesota out of the top ten states in taxes.
Amy Klobuchar: Roll back tax cuts on people making over $336,000 a year.
Mark Kennedy: Tax relief promotes job growth.
Robert Fitzgerald: Bush tax cuts will be paid for by young people in the future.
Norm Coleman: Clinton tax increases failed to create jobs.
Norm Coleman: Permanently repeal the estate tax.
Norm Coleman: Wrong, wrong, wrong to not topple Saddam in 1991.
Mark Dayton: Target tax cuts to middle class, not the rich.
Amy Klobuchar: Opposes recent FCC decision to eliminate net neutrality.
Tim Walz: Supports Net Neutrality (equal access to Internet).
Jeff Johnson: Moratorium on light rail; focus on first-class bus system.
Lori Swanson: Crucial need to repair and modernize infrastructure.
Tina Smith: Helped rebuild collapsed Interstate-35 bridge in Minneapolis.
Mark Dayton: $6B investment in highway projects & infrastructure.
Jason Lewis: Prioritizing highway spending instead of urban light rail.
Al Franken: Apply oil subsidies to upgrade transportation infrastructure.
Mark Dayton: Investing in transportation infrastructure improves business.
War & Peace|
Steve Carlson: Eliminate Korean nuclear weapons by diplomacy or military.
Tina Smith: No War with Iran without Congressional OK.
Tina Smith: Voted to remove US armed forces from Yemen.
Karin Housley: Pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal.
Karin Housley: Supports Trump's prioritizing of American interests abroad.
Steve Carlson: Denuclearization of North Korea will be end of Korean War.
Paula Overby: I support the Powell doctrine, not foreign entanglements.
Tina Smith: Keep the Iran Nuclear Agreement in place.
Jim Newberger: Avoid foreign entanglements.
Tim Walz: Served overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Al Franken: Supported airstrikes in Syria to fight ISIS.
Mike McFadden: Lack of anti-ISIS strategy makes world more dangerous.
Amy Klobuchar: Work together with other countries to solve Iraq problem.
Amy Klobuchar: Iraq has devolved into a civil war; get US troops out.
Mark Kennedy: Must focus on victory in Iraq, not on retreat.
Mark Kennedy: Listen to military in Iraq, not politicians in Washington.
Robert Fitzgerald: Iraq war being fought with other’s people’s children.
Robert Fitzgerald: Iraq conflict can no longer be solved with military action.
Mark Kennedy: Reject “more-of-the-same” in Iraq; favor “adapt-to-win”.
Robert Fitzgerald: We’re experiencing mission-creep in Iraq.
Norm Coleman: Supports strike on Iraq: Saddam is a menace.
Mark Dayton: Maintain military & economic aid to Israel at current level.
Welfare & Poverty|
Jason Lewis: Supports end of "fair housing rule" promoting affordability.
Jason Lewis: People on government assistance are parasites & scoundrels.
Jeff Johnson: Goal is to have all able bodied welfare recipients working.
Heather Johnson: Regulate but advocate for independent charity.
Al Franken: Pay in full for school lunches instead of partly subsidizing.
Mike McFadden: Let states decide school lunch payments, not feds.
Mark Dayton: No 5-year limit on cash benefits.
The above quotations are from State of Minnesota Politicians: Archives.
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