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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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VoteSmart synopsis of 2015-2016 legislative records

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    from VoteSmart 2015-2016 legislative records (number of quotes indicated):
  • Brian Mast (8) Republican U.S. Rep Florida- 18
  • Cory Booker (1) New Jersey Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator
  • Curtis Coleman (4) Republican Senate challenger Arkansas
  • Daniel Biss (2) Illinois Democratic candidate for Governor
  • David Jolly (1) Republican Senate Challenger Florida
  • Eliot Glassheim (11) Democratic candidate for Senate North Dakota
  • Foster Campbell (11) Democratic candidate for Senate Louisiana
  • Jamie Raskin (2) Democrat U.S. Rep Maryland- 8
  • Jared Polis (2) Colorado Democratic candidate for Colorado Governor
  • Jay Dardenne (1) Louisiana Republican 2015 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Jimmy Panetta (5) Democrat U.S. Rep California- 20
  • Kathy Szeliga (2) Republican Senate candidate Maryland
  • Kelli Ward (2) Republican candidate for Arizona U.S. Senator Arizona
  • Matthew Corey (5) Republican Candidate for Connecticut U.S. Senator Connecticut
  • Mike Luke (5) Libertarian candidate for Washington U. S. Senator Washington
  • Napoleon Harris (9) Democratic Senate candidate Illinois
  • Richard Madaleno (2) Maryland Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland
  • Ro Khanna (5) Democrat U.S. Rep California- 17
  • Rocky Chavez (1) Republican Senate candidate California
  • Rocky De La Fuente (14) Alliance / Reform Party primary challenger
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

  • Project Vote-Smart surveys state legislative records and summarizes bill sponsorships and votes.
  • OnTheIssues does the same thing from federal legislative records, by reading the Congressional Record (available through the Library of Congress online.)
  • OnTheIssues sometimes reads state legislative records (for the few states that post their House and Senate journals online) and sometimes relies on VoteSmart (who use the more readily-available printed version).
  • In both cases, the summaries are intended to be non-biased politically: a description of the bill, rather than an analysis of its effect.
  • OnTheIssues also adds Pro and Con opinions on federal legislation, from proponents and opponents of each bill in the legislature or in private organizations.
  • Generally, Pro and Con opinions are not available for most state legislation, so VoteSmart sticks to just summaries.
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Brian Mast: Only allow abortion for rape, incest, and maternal life.
    Matthew Corey: Pro-choice.
    Mike Luke: Define life at conception; abortion is repugnant.
    Rocky De La Fuente: Support a woman's right to choose, with limitations.
    Eliot Glassheim: Pro-choice, but parental notification is ok.
Budget & Economy
    Jimmy Panetta: Grow economy in a way that creates jobs & raises wages.
    Eliot Glassheim: Federal spending promotes growth better than tax cuts.
Civil Rights
    Foster Campbell: Oppose same-sex marriage, but respect Supreme Court ruling.
    Matthew Corey: Supports same-sex marriage.
    Eliot Glassheim: Supports same-sex marriage.
    Kelli Ward: Rated 0% by Stonewall Democrats for anti-gay policies.
    Jay Dardenne: OpEd: Mixed record on gender identity issues.
    Brian Mast: Tax businesses less, to spur job creation.
    Ro Khanna: Close loopholes that allow companies to avoid paying taxes.
    Rocky De La Fuente: Tax incentives to businesses for purpose of job creation.
    Brian Mast: Supports capital punishment & mandatory minimums.
    Jimmy Panetta: Supports alternatives but accepts mandatory minimums.
    Ro Khanna: Support alternatives to prison; oppose capital punishment.
    Foster Campbell: Death penalty yes; alternatives yes; mandatory minimums no.
    Jared Polis: No mandatory minimums; yes alternative sentencing.
    Matthew Corey: Supports capital punishment but not mandatory minimums.
    Rocky De La Fuente: Supports capital punishment.
    Curtis Coleman: No mandatory minimums, but death penalty ok.
    Eliot Glassheim: Supports death penalty & alternatives for non-violent crimes.
    Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on amending "profiling" regulations for police.
    Daniel Biss: Seal criminal records upon earning a GED, AA, or BA.
    Napoleon Harris: Seal criminal records upon earning a GED, AA, or BA.
    Rocky De La Fuente: Yes substance abuse treatment; no sentencing drug possession.
    Napoleon Harris: Add PTSD to allowed compassionate use of marijuana.
    Jamie Raskin: Reduce mandatory sentencing for drug offenses.
    Richard Madaleno: Reduce mandatory sentencing for drug offenses.
    Kathy Szeliga: Keep mandatory sentencing for drug offenses.
    Ro Khanna: Make college affordable; prepare students for 21st century.
    Curtis Coleman: Opposes mandatory reforms for competitive federal grants.
Energy & Oil
    Brian Mast: Regulate fracking; acknowledge climate change.
    Jimmy Panetta: Regulate fracking; address climate change.
    Foster Campbell: Build Keystone pipeline; no farcking regulation for now.
    Foster Campbell: Regulate greenhouse gases; incentivize reducing emissions.
    Matthew Corey: Yes to Keystone; no to funding renewables.
    Mike Luke: Human activity isn't contributing to climate change.
    Rocky De La Fuente: Build Keystone XL for biofuels; also regulate fracking.
    Eliot Glassheim: Regulate greenhouse gases, and fund renewable energy.
    Napoleon Harris: More renewable energy credit; more CO2 regulation.
    David Jolly: Prohibit accounting for "social cost" of carbon emissions.
    Cory Booker: Rated 100% on all animal welfare ratings.
    Brian Mast: Repair infrastructure surrounding Lake Okeechobee.
    Napoleon Harris: Exposing cats & dogs to extreme temperature is misdemeanor.
    Kelli Ward: Rated 5% by Sierra Club for anti-environment policies.
Families & Children
    Rocky De La Fuente: Same-sex marriage is a fundamental right & a privacy right.
    Kathy Szeliga: Voted against new birth certificates for sex changes.
    Jamie Raskin: Voted for new birth certificates for sex changes.
    Richard Madaleno: Voted for new birth certificates for sex changes.
Foreign Policy
    Foster Campbell: Keep allies involved, but heed advice of military experts.
Government Reform
    Brian Mast: Regulate "dark money" indirect campaign contributions.
    Jimmy Panetta: Regulate "dark money" indirect campaign contributions.
    Ro Khanna: I never accept contributions from lobbyists or PACs.
    Foster Campbell: 10 year ban on lobbying for ex-members of congress.
    Matthew Corey: Don't regulate union/corporate campaign contributions.
    Rocky De La Fuente: Regulate campaign contributions from corporations and unions.
    Eliot Glassheim: Regulate campaign contributions from corporations and unions.
    Napoleon Harris: Automatic voter registration when getting driving license.
Gun Control
    Foster Campbell: Enforce the gun laws we already have on the books.
    Jared Polis: Supports gun-control legislation.
    Rocky De La Fuente: Balance second amendment with "general welfare".
    Eliot Glassheim: Opposes gun-control legislation except assault weapons ban.
    Napoleon Harris: No concealed carry on private property, unless posted.
    Napoleon Harris: Ban 3D-printed handguns for personal use.
Health Care
    Mike Luke: Repeal ObamaCare & leave healthcare to states.
    Rocky De La Fuente: Course correction on ObamaCare, but no repeal.
    Eliot Glassheim: Don't repeal ObamaCare, but do improve it.
Homeland Security
    Brian Mast: Don't cut defense to balance budget.
    Jimmy Panetta: Defense spending on the table to balance the budget.
    Ro Khanna: Control the ballooning of the Defense budget.
    Rocky De La Fuente: Balance budget by reducing defense spending.
    Foster Campbell: No pathway to citizenship without exiting US first.
    Rocky De La Fuente: Secure our broken borders without abandoning our values.
    Eliot Glassheim: Supports comprehensive immigration package.
Social Security
    Foster Campbell: I do not support privatization of Social Security.
    Mike Luke: Opposes personal retirement accounts.
    Rocky De La Fuente: Divert some Soc.Sec. taxes to personal retirement accounts.
    Curtis Coleman: Divert some FICA taxes into personal retirement accounts.
    Eliot Glassheim: No personal retirement accounts.
    Daniel Biss: Allow old age beneficiaries to also receive unemployment.
    Napoleon Harris: Allow old age beneficiaries to also receive unemployment.
Tax Reform
    Foster Campbell: Make sure the super-rich pay their fair share.
    Mike Luke: Eliminate inheritance taxes; decrease middle-income taxes.
    Rocky De La Fuente: Decrease capital gains, inheritance, & income taxes.
    Napoleon Harris: $15M for studying high speed rail.
War & Peace
    Brian Mast: ISIS is simply evil; such people need to be erased.
    Foster Campbell: No American intervention in Iraq & Syria beyond air support.
    Rocky De La Fuente: Increase intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support.
    Curtis Coleman: Use military force top prevent nuclear proliferation.
    Eliot Glassheim: Target terrorists anywhere; prevent hostile nuclear weapons.

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