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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)
United,
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)
Becoming,
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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State of West Virginia Politicians: Archives


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    from State of West Virginia Archives (number of quotes indicated):
  • Alex Mooney (12) Republican House Member U.S. Rep West Virginia- 2
  • Bill Cole (4) West Virginia Republican 2016 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Don Blankenship (4) Constitution Party candidate for President
  • Earl Ray Tomblin (23) West Virginia Democratic Governor (term-limited 2016)
  • Evan Jenkins (10) Republican candidate for West Virginia U.S. Senator West Virginia
  • Jeff Kessler (15) West Virginia Democratic 2016 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Jim Justice (12) West Virginia Democratic governor
  • Joe Manchin III (23) West Virginia Former Democratic Governor (Until 2010)
  • John Buckley (20) Libertarian Senate challenger West Virginia
  • John Raese (20) Republican Senate Challenger West Virginia
  • Michael Folk (5) West Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Natalie Tennant (5) Democratic Senate Challenger West Virginia
  • Patrick Morrisey (7) Republican candidate for West Virginia U.S. Senator West Virginia
  • Ron Stollings (7) West Virginia Democratic candidate for governor
  • Stephen Noble Smith (23) West Virginia Democratic 2020 Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Woody Thrasher (9) West Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
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Abortion
    Stephen Noble Smith: Guarantee access to reproductive healthcare for women.
    Woody Thrasher: I'm a pro-life conservative.
    Jeff Kessler: Prohibit abortions after 20 weeks.
    Bill Cole: Ban abortion after 20 weeks when fetus feels pain.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Vetoed ban on abortion after 20 weeks.
    Jeff Kessler: Ban abortion after 20 weeks when fetus feels pain.
    Michael Folk: Ban abortion after 20 weeks when fetus feels pain.
    Alex Mooney: Fight to stop federal taxpayer funding of abortion.
    Evan Jenkins: Life begins at conception.
    John Buckley: Protections of law apply to the unborn child.
    Jeff Kessler: Stem cell research ok, but not embryonic research.
Budget & Economy
    Stephen Noble Smith: Invest in and simplify rules for small businesses.
    Patrick Morrisey: Supports Balanced Budget Amendment to protect taxpayers.
    Don Blankenship: Republican control will eventually improve state economy.
    Jim Justice: Limit lawmaker pay to 5 work days for any special session.
    Alex Mooney: Cut wasteful spending & entitlements so kids aren't burdened.
    John Buckley: Government "stimulus" is illusory.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Deficit borrowing just kicks the can down the road.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: 2011 budget: balanced; no new taxes; no new fees.
    Joe Manchin III: Constitutional amendment requiring balanced budget.
    John Raese: Constitutional amendment requiring balanced budget.
    Joe Manchin III: Balanced budget amendment except in national emergency.
Civil Rights
    Stephen Noble Smith: Tax incentives to hire people with disabilities.
    Stephen Noble Smith: End discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation.
    Patrick Morrisey: Disappointed with gay marriage legalization.
    Alex Mooney: Defines marriage as one man and one woman.
    Evan Jenkins: Marriage is between one man and woman.
    John Buckley: Marriage equality for same-gender couples.
    Jeff Kessler: No civil unions between same-sex couples.
    Jeff Kessler: Affirmative action for state college but not in state hiring.
Corporations
    Stephen Noble Smith: Raise corporate income tax rate to 9%.
    Natalie Tennant: Maintain health & retirement benefits during bankruptcies.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Relax rules on paying terminated employees within 3 days.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Sales tax credit for new business; & tax increment financing.
    Joe Manchin III: Endorsed by U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Crime
    Stephen Noble Smith: Courts, police, schools will track bias, & get help to fix.
    Woody Thrasher: Hard labor & death penalty for drug crimes.
    Patrick Morrisey: $1M more for state police drug testing in criminal cases.
    John Buckley: Neutral on whether stricter enforcement is effective.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Texting while driving now illegal; add phoning & drugs.
    Jeff Kessler: More state prisons; also penalties other than incarceration.
Drugs
    Stephen Noble Smith: Clear waiting lists for addiction recovery treatment.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Legalize cannabis; expunge drug offenses after 3 years.
    Woody Thrasher: Substance abuse significant problem in West Virginia.
    Jim Justice: Jobs & Hope: $29.7 million to guide people in recovery.
    Michael Folk: Government can't solve drug problem; only community can.
    Ron Stollings: Addiction is a disease; integrate recovery into primary care.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Rapidly expand access to drug treatment services.
    Woody Thrasher: Execute drug dealers whose sales result in death.
    Woody Thrasher: Addiction is a disease; but no compassion for dealers.
    Ron Stollings: Establish the Governor's Office of Substance Abuse.
    Jim Justice: Three-pronged attack to go after the drug runners.
    Jim Justice: Support the expansion of drug courts.
    John Buckley: Supports the legalization of marijuana.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: If you get high, you won't get hired--Drugs aren't working.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Substance abuse re-offenders cause prison overcrowding.
Education
    Stephen Noble Smith: Create 100 public "Entrepreneurial Schools".
    Stephen Noble Smith: Index pay for teachers and tie it to inflation.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Support technical education & apprenticeship programs.
    Woody Thrasher: For charter schools; not sure on education savings accounts.
    Jim Justice: Cool to education savings accounts & charter schools.
    Patrick Morrisey: Endorsed by Home School Legal Defense Association.
    Jim Justice: Pay our teachers what they're worth, to attract the best.
    Bill Cole: Pilot program of 10 county-run charter schools.
    Jeff Kessler: Voted NO on pilot program of 10 charter schools.
    Alex Mooney: I support school choice programs & home-schooling.
    John Buckley: Federal government has no Constitutional role in education.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: All children should read by the end of the 3rd grade.
    Joe Manchin III: More accountability & more audits in the education system.
    Joe Manchin III: Keep public education infrastructure strong.
    John Raese: Competition is what's good for education.
    John Raese: Allow families a voucher to send kids to private schools.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: One-time $800 enhancement now; teacher raise later.
    Jeff Kessler: More funding for K-12 testing, but also teacher salaries.
    Jeff Kessler: Prayer in public schools is ok; so is sex ed.
Energy & Oil
    Jim Justice: Promote new uses for central Appalachian coal.
    Alex Mooney: No cap-&-trade; no war on coal; no job-destroying EPA burden.
    Evan Jenkins: Fight tooth & nail against the War on Coal.
    John Buckley: Let market decide about green energy.
    Natalie Tennant: Coal will play vital role in West Virginia's bright future.
    Joe Manchin III: I fought for coal in past & will fight for coal in future.
    Joe Manchin III: EPA regulatory practices unfairly hurt Appalachian coal.
    John Raese: Obama administration has caused decline of coal.
    Joe Manchin III: 2010 ad: Shot a hole in the cap and trade bill.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: We should be looking for more ways to use coal, not less.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Develop natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.
    John Raese: Global warming is a myth.
    Joe Manchin III: Obama's greenhouse gas plan won't solve the problem.
    John Raese: Hands-off approach to energy production.
Environment
    John Buckley: People should be able to legally enforce clean air & water.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Identify and remediate land available for development.
    John Raese: Abolish the EPA & the Department of Energy.
    Jeff Kessler: Fund open space & industrial site cleanup.
Families & Children
    Stephen Noble Smith: For family leave, and equal pay for equal work.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Kinship families receive same support as foster families.
    Ron Stollings: Raise age to 21 for buying tobacco and vape products.
Foreign Policy
    John Buckley: The United Nations is a joke.
Free Trade
    Evan Jenkins: Help keep jobs here in America.
    John Buckley: Expand free trade.
Government Reform
    Stephen Noble Smith: Offer public financing for all state elections.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Implement automatic voter registration.
    Jim Justice: Ban fundraising while the legislature is in session.
    Jim Justice: No contributions to legislators during legislative sessions.
    Michael Folk: No party-line voting; yes write-in voting.
    Bill Cole: No party-line voting; yes write-in voting.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: No party-line voting; yes write-in voting.
    Jeff Kessler: Straight party ticket voting ok.
    John Buckley: Require photo identification for voting.
    Natalie Tennant: Supports electronic voter registration and vote-by-mail.
    Natalie Tennant: Voter photo ID laws place unrealistic barriers.
    Joe Manchin III: Not more government, but easier government.
    John Raese: I think we need less government.
    John Raese: End the coalition of taking & government control.
    John Raese: Federal earmarks create career politicians.
    Joe Manchin III: Suspended state earmarking as governor; do same federally.
    John Raese: Supports line-item veto & balanced budget amendment.
    John Raese: Earmarks are taxation without representation.
    Jeff Kessler: Limit campaign contributions from PACs and corporations.
Gun Control
    Woody Thrasher: I believe in the Second Amendment.
    Don Blankenship: Democrats pose a real threat to our right to bear arms.
    Jeff Kessler: Don't require permit and training for concealed carry.
    Alex Mooney: Misguided gun laws only punish law-abiding gun owners.
    Evan Jenkins: Defend the Second Amendment.
    John Buckley: Supports right to gun ownership.
    Joe Manchin III: Vetoed restrictions on automatic weapon sales.
Health Care
    Ron Stollings: Coronavirus: $2m to prepare a plan now.
    Ron Stollings: Re-examine Medicaid reimbursement rates to medical providers.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Create public option for individuals & local small business.
    Jeff Kessler: ObamaCare gets thousands of the poor onto Medicaid.
    Bill Cole: Limit class-action medical malpractice awards to $500,000.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Limit class-action medical malpractice awards to $500,000.
    Jeff Kessler: Limit class-action medical malpractice awards to $500,000.
    Michael Folk: Limit class-action medical malpractice awards to $500,000.
    Alex Mooney: Replace ObamaCare with free-market reforms.
    Evan Jenkins: ObamaCare is a boondoggle; repeal and replace.
    John Buckley: Repeal ObamaCare.
    Patrick Morrisey: Repeal ObamaCare; oppose individual mandate.
    Joe Manchin III: ObamaCare makes healthcare more affordable for everyone.
    Joe Manchin III: Reform & repair ObamaCare, not repeal.
    John Raese: ObamaCare is the problem, not the solution.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: WV Connect: access for 10,000 working uninsured & spouses.
    Joe Manchin III: I'm behind reform; but a lot of ObamaCare needs repeal.
    Joe Manchin III: Opposes requiring individuals or businesses to buy insurance.
    Joe Manchin III: Prohibit denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.
    John Raese: ObamaCare is worst bill to ever come out of Congress.
    John Raese: ObamaCare is pure, unadulterated socialism.
Homeland Security
    Michael Folk: 2016: Trial, then hang Hillary Clinton for treason.
    Evan Jenkins: Increase military spending & upgrade equipment.
    Jim Justice: Exempt military retirees from the state income tax.
    John Buckley: Supports smaller & less expensive military.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Our troops safeguard us from terrorism and protect freedom.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: State cabinet-level Department of Veterans Affairs.
Immigration
    Don Blankenship: Build wall to stop illegals and choose who we want in.
    Alex Mooney: Secure the borders first; then reform without amnesty.
    John Buckley: Pathway to residency but only after welfare is reformed.
Jobs
    Stephen Noble Smith: Pass strongest pro-labor laws in the country.
    Woody Thrasher: Will work to pass "right-to-work" legislation.
    Evan Jenkins: Raise the state minimum wage & federal minimum wage.
    John Buckley: No affirmative action; hire based on merit alone.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: $20M for Unemployment Compensation Fund.
    John Raese: Abolish the minimum wage.
    John Raese: My forte is creating jobs.
Local Issues
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Update pipeline safety statutes with $200,000 per violation.
Principles & Values
    Woody Thrasher: I've learned a lot from President Donald Trump.
    Patrick Morrisey: Prohibit government from violating our God-given rights.
    John Buckley: Smaller state means less separation-of-church issue.
    Joe Manchin III: We can only fix things by coming together.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Priorities: business climate; education; reinvent government.
    Joe Manchin III: My forte is creating jobs; I'll bring spirit of capitalism.
    Joe Manchin III: To Raese: Mr. Obama's name will not be on the ballot!
    John Raese: OpEd: TV ad with hick actors hilites part-time WV residency.
    Joe Manchin III: Duty as governor to work with the president.
    John Raese: No rubber stamp for the Obama administration.
Social Security
    Ron Stollings: Stop Looting American Pensions.
    Jim Justice: Signs law phasing out tax on Social Security for most.
    Patrick Morrisey: Keep solemn promise made to our seniors.
    Evan Jenkins: Oppose privatizing Social Security or Medicare.
    John Buckley: Allow investing retirement dollars in private accounts.
Tax Reform
    Stephen Noble Smith: Institute a lobbying tax.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Shift tax breaks to small, local businesses.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Half-penny wealth tax over $2 million nonresidential assets.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Wealthy should pay same cumulative tax rate as workers.
    Don Blankenship: Stands behind Trump's agenda including the tax reform bill.
    Jim Justice: Don't tax people to death; rein in government by attrition.
    Alex Mooney: Signed "No New Taxes Pledge".
    Evan Jenkins: Tax relief instead of tax increases.
    John Buckley: Lower taxes for everyone.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Reduce, then remove, regressive & unfair sales tax on food.
    Joe Manchin III: Don't mess with or increase taxes during a time of turmoil.
    John Raese: Make tax cuts permanent, even for earners over $250K.
Technology
    Stephen Noble Smith: Update road funding formula; tax trucks for damage.
    Ron Stollings: Invest in infrastructure and site development.
    Alex Mooney: End federal obsession with big city public transportation.
    Alex Mooney: End overreach of NSA's surveillance program.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Foster public private partnerships to develop our roads.
    Natalie Tennant: Expand R&D, broadband, tourism, & energy sectors.
    Joe Manchin III: States depend on federal government for key infrastructure.
War & Peace
    Alex Mooney: Cooperate & support Israel; it makes both countries stronger.
    John Buckley: Stay out or Iran but be a friend of freedom.


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  • Alex Mooney Republican House Member U.S. Rep West Virginia- 2
  • Bill Cole West Virginia Republican 2016 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Don Blankenship Constitution Party candidate for President
  • Earl Ray Tomblin West Virginia Democratic Governor (term-limited 2016)
  • Evan Jenkins Republican candidate for West Virginia U.S. Senator West Virginia
  • Jeff Kessler West Virginia Democratic 2016 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Jim Justice West Virginia Democratic governor
  • Joe Manchin III West Virginia Former Democratic Governor (Until 2010)
  • John Buckley Libertarian Senate challenger West Virginia
  • John Raese Republican Senate Challenger West Virginia
  • Michael Folk West Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Natalie Tennant Democratic Senate Challenger West Virginia
  • Patrick Morrisey Republican candidate for West Virginia U.S. Senator West Virginia
  • Ron Stollings West Virginia Democratic candidate for governor
  • Stephen Noble Smith West Virginia Democratic 2020 Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Woody Thrasher West Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Challenger

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