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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
United,
by Cory Booker (2016)
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)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
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)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
Becoming,
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
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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News coverage of `Blue Wave` 2018 House races in Michigan


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    from 2018 House MI elections (number of quotes indicated):
  • Andy Levin (20) Democrat U.S. Rep Michigan- 9
  • Brenda Jones (21) Democrat U.S. Rep Michigan- 13
  • Debbie Dingell (2) Democratic House Member U.S. Rep Michigan-12
  • Elissa Slotkin (17) Democrat U.S. Rep Michigan- 8
  • Haley Stevens (9) Democrat U.S. Rep Michigan- 11
  • Justin Amash (5) Michigan Libertarian Presidential Challenger
  • Rashida Tlaib (22) Democrat U.S. Rep Michigan- 13
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

    2018 Michigan House race news coverage:
  • MI-12: Orlando Sentinel, "EPA's Clean Water Act rollbacks must be stopped," by Jenna Stevens and Rep. Darren Soto, May 07, 2020
  • MI-12: Fox News Sunday interview of Debbie Dingell, Dec. 22, 2019
  • MI-11: The Oakland Press, "Haley Stevens forms task force to improve recycling efforts nationwide," by Mark Cavitt, Dec 10, 2019
  • MI-9 & MI-11: Michigan Advance, "2 Michigan Dems push for federal family leave changes," by Allison Donahue, November 14, 2019
  • MI-11: FOX 2 Detroit, "Haley Stevens introduces bill to lower prescription drug costs," by Jack Nissen, October 15, 2019
  • MI-3: Washington Blade, "House votes to defund trans military ban in rebuke to Trump," by Chris Johnson, June 18, 2019
  • MI-8: Detroit Free Press, "Why Elissa Slotkin passed on the Green New Deal," by Todd Spangler, 3/29/2019
  • MI-8: WKYC3, "Why Michigan's new Congresswoman Slotkin took heat from angry Democrats," by Phoebe Wall Howard, 11/9/2018
  • MI-8: The Oakland Press, "Election 2018: Elissa Slotkin Q&A," by Mark Cavitt, 10/22/2018
  • MI-11: National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM.org), "Seniors Advocacy Group Endorses Five New Social Security & Medicare Champions," 10/17/2018
  • MI-9, HRC Michigan, "Human Rights Campaign Endorses Andy Levin for U.S. Congress," September 28, 2018
  • MI-13: ThinkProgress.org, "Rashida Tlaib lays out her radical green vision for Michigan," by E.A. Crunden, August 30, 2018
  • MI-9: AFL-CIO.org, "Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Andy Levin," by Kenneth Quinnell, 8.16.2018
  • MI-13: The Nation, "Tlaib Is Running for Congress on a Mission to Expand Civil-Rights Protections," by John Nichols, 8/9/2018
  • MI-13: The Southgate News-Herald, “Special election, regular primary to be held concurrently,” by Dave Herndon, July 26, 2018
  • MI-8: Yahoo News, "Not Your Average Democrat: Who is Elissa Slotkin?" by Brendan Cole, 6/9/2018
  • MI-3: Mother Jones magazine, "Will GOP Rebel Justin Amash Bring Down the NSA?", by Tim Murphy, 11/30/2013


    Special coverage of "Blue Wave" states:
  • CA: 7 new House members including 6 Democrats and 5 Democratic takeovers
  • FL: 5 new House members including 2 Democrats and 2 Democratic takeovers
  • MI: 5 new House members including 4 Democrats and 2 Democratic takeovers
  • MN: 5 new House members including 3 Democrats and 2 Democratic takeovers (and 1 Republican takeover!)
  • NJ: 4 new House members including 4 Democrats and 3 Democratic takeovers
  • NY: 4 new House members including 4 Democrats and 2 Democratic takeovers
  • PA: 7 new House members including 4 Democrats and 4 Democratic takeovers (with statewide redistricting)
  • TX: 10 new House members including 4 Democrats and 2 Democratic takeovers
  • VA: 5 new House members including 3 Democrats and 3 Democratic takeovers
  • Endorsements: Organizational endorsements of new House members, from groups that focus on one issue
  • All other states: 51 new House members including 17 Democratic takeovers
    Conclusion: the "Blue Wave" means Democrats took over Congress but the rest is media hype.

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Justin Amash: Would extend 14th Amendment rights to fetuses.
Budget & Economy
    Justin Amash: Wants major cuts of government programs.
Civil Rights
    Justin Amash: Allow transgender people in the military.
    Rashida Tlaib: Will propose new Civil Rights Act, Justice for All.
    Brenda Jones: Fight for funding & legal protection for LGBT community.
    Andy Levin: Will work to end discrimination against LGBT+ people.
    Rashida Tlaib: Supports fighting discrimination with new Civil Rights Act.
    Rashida Tlaib: Title IX creates incentives to ignore gender discrimination.
    Elissa Slotkin: Important LGBTQ progress must be defended and advanced.
    Justin Amash: Government shouldn't be defining marriage.
Corporations
    Brenda Jones: Close corporate tax loopholes; make them pay fair share.
    Rashida Tlaib: Stop corporate welfare tax giveaways; they hurt citizens.
Crime
    Brenda Jones: Work to decriminalize non-violent federal offenses.
    Andy Levin: Advocates criminal justice reform for fairer system.
Education
    Brenda Jones: Federally fund state & public higher education choices.
    Rashida Tlaib: Tuition-free higher education, including trade schools.
    Brenda Jones: Universal education plan: early education through college.
    Elissa Slotkin: Earn-while-you-learn at community colleges.
    Andy Levin: Universal public education, starting with preschool.
Energy & Oil
    Elissa Slotkin: Need a climate change bill that's specific & result-oriented.
    Brenda Jones: Backs clean energy incentives & expanding renewables.
    Andy Levin: Stopping global warming is moral imperative.
    Brenda Jones: Invest in clean, renewable and alternative energy sources.
    Haley Stevens: Supported Cash for Clunkers, for environmental efficiency.
    Rashida Tlaib: Expand renewable energy; phase out dirty fossil fuels.
    Rashida Tlaib: For green new deal: building renewable energy infrastructure.
Environment
    Debbie Dingell: Called on EPA to maintain & strengthen Clean Water Act.
    Haley Stevens: Launched Congressional Plastics Solutions Task Force.
    Brenda Jones: Close loopholes that exempt drilling & fracking from EPA.
    Rashida Tlaib: Fight to cleanup environment and undo EPA's budget cuts.
    Brenda Jones: Protect wildlife and national parks from private interests.
    Elissa Slotkin: Protecting our Great Lakes must be a top priority.
    Rashida Tlaib: Fight invasive species & pollution in the Great Lakes.
Families & Children
    Andy Levin: Expand Family Leave for both spouses at same employer.
    Haley Stevens: Expand Family Leave for both spouses at same employer.
    Andy Levin: Expand paid family leave; fight for gender pay equity.
Free Trade
    Andy Levin: Need trade policy to support workers, planet, not free trade.
    Elissa Slotkin: Discipline China on trade, without hurting American business.
    Andy Levin: Make increasing living standards a part of all trade deals.
    Rashida Tlaib: Helping trade flow should mean good jobs for the community.
Government Reform
    Andy Levin: Supports election reform & overturning Citizens United.
    Elissa Slotkin: Doesn't accept corporate contributions to her campaign.
    Rashida Tlaib: Overturn Citizens United; fight voter suppression.
    Andy Levin: Turn democracy from a spectator sport to participation sport.
    Brenda Jones: Eliminate discriminatory voter suppression laws.
    Brenda Jones: Eliminate dark money in federal elections.
    Elissa Slotkin: We should be making it easier to legally vote, not harder.
    Haley Stevens: Citizens United lets anonymous billionaires buy elections.
    Rashida Tlaib: Fight back against voter suppression that targets minorities.
Gun Control
    Elissa Slotkin: Believes in the Second Amendment but with background checks.
Health Care
    Haley Stevens: Lower prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries.
    Brenda Jones: Supports a single-payer Medicare-for-All healthcare system.
    Elissa Slotkin: Support ObamaCare's coverage of pre-existing conditions.
    Rashida Tlaib: Medicare-for-All: healthcare is a right, not a privilege.
    Andy Levin: Medicare-for-All is first step toward basic morality.
    Brenda Jones: Single-payer system is best, without individual mandate.
    Elissa Slotkin: Buy-in to Medicare; then negotiate drug prices.
    Haley Stevens: Protect ObamaCare: health care is a right, not a privilege.
    Rashida Tlaib: ObamaCare was step in direction toward universal healthcare.
    Andy Levin: Health care is a basic human right, period.
    Andy Levin: Medicare-for-All; address prescription drug cost.
Homeland Security
    Elissa Slotkin: Supports vets wage bump; but cut Pentagon budget elsewhere.
    Brenda Jones: Remove burden of proof from Vets; stop delays in benefits.
    Justin Amash: Led fight in House against domestic NSA surveillance.
Immigration
    Brenda Jones: Congress should create reasonable pathway for immigration.
    Rashida Tlaib: Provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented & DREAMers.
    Andy Levin: Founded IRATE:Immigration Reform/Advocacy/Training/Education.
    Brenda Jones: Protect DREAMers, and pathway to citizenship for others.
    Elissa Slotkin: Path to citizenship for DREAMers; then comprehensive reform.
    Haley Stevens: Comprehensive reform, with long-term solution for DREAMers.
    Rashida Tlaib: Pathway to citizenship for all undocumented residents.
Jobs
    Brenda Jones: Increase minimum wage to $15/hr and match inflation rate.
    Rashida Tlaib: Equal pay for equal work, make it fair for everyone.
    Rashida Tlaib: Protect the unions; they built the middle class.
    Rashida Tlaib: Fight for $15 minimum wage, plus livable wage jobs.
    Andy Levin: Too many of our jobs have been offshored or contracted out.
    Rashida Tlaib: $15 hourly minimum wage is economic justice.
    Andy Levin: Too many jobs have been offshored and privatized.
    Andy Levin: No Worker Left Behind: 120,000 jobs during Great Recession.
Principles & Values
    Debbie Dingell: Voted for impeachment because of danger to national security.
    Brenda Jones: Stand up for constituents when not getting their fair share.
Social Security
    Andy Levin: Make wealthy pay more to protect Social Security.
    Haley Stevens: Fight any attempt at Social Security privatization.
    Elissa Slotkin: Medicare & Social Security: pillars of retirement security.
    Brenda Jones: Expand Social Security; amend contribution limits.
    Rashida Tlaib: Against any cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
    Andy Levin: Fight efforts at Social Security privatization.
Tax Reform
    Elissa Slotkin: Make tax bill more equitable, and eliminate loopholes.
Technology
    Elissa Slotkin: Real federal dollars for infrastructure on roads and water.
    Elissa Slotkin: Laser-focus on fixing crumbling roads & water infrastructure.
    Haley Stevens: Invest in maintenance & repair of built environment.
    Andy Levin: Green infrastructure plan for roads, water, and trains.
War & Peace
    Brenda Jones: Diplomacy is basis of foreign policy; war is last resort.
    Elissa Slotkin: Since Iraq war, Congress has failed to update the 2001 AUMF.
Welfare & Poverty
    Rashida Tlaib: Lift up under-represented communities and voices.
    Brenda Jones: Abolish unfair redlining practices in her district.


The above quotations are from News coverage of `Blue Wave` 2018 House races in Michigan.

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