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Hard Choices,
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
Crippled America ,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)
American Dreams,
by Marco Rubio (2015)
Taking a Stand,
by Rand Paul (2015)
Unintimidated,
by Scott Walker (2013)
A Time for Truth,
by Ted Cruz (2015)
One Nation,
by Ben Carson (2014)
Trump/Pence vs. Clinton/Kaine On the Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Living History ,
by Hillary Rodham Clinton (2003)
Between Hope and History ,
by Bill Clinton (1996)
In Harmís Way ,
by Dr. Jill Stein (2000)
Democrat vs. Republican vs. Green vs. Libertarian,
Four Party's Presidential Nominees On The Issues (2016)
Books by and about 2012 presidential candidates
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)

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2016 Governor's State of the State speeches


 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Sam Brownback: Need to permanently end tax funding for Planned Parenthood.
Budget & Economy
    Matt Bevin: Must rely on cutting spending to improve financial outlook.
    Bill Walker: Strengthen budget savings plan.
    Bill Walker: Natural resource royalties to be paid out in dividends.
    Jerry Brown: Investment in infrastructure makes long term economic sense.
    Nathan Deal: Mandated spending is shrinking discretionary budget.
Civil Rights
    Bill Walker: Modernize voter registration & vote online.
    Jay Nixon: Combat employment & housing discrimination against LGBTs.
    Andrew Cuomo: Implement a default voter registration system.
    Mike Pence: Civil rights must be balanced with religious freedom.
Corporations
    Phil Bryant: Tax cuts for people before corporations.
    Bill Walker: Increase certain business licensing fees to raise money.
    Jack Markell: Reduce regulatory burdens on business.
    Jack Markell: Ease restrictions on crowdfunding.
    Andrew Cuomo: Cut taxes for small businesses to stimulate growth.
    Andrew Cuomo: Current low minimum wage amounts to corporate welfare.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Saved businesses $548M on taxes and workers' comp.
    Rick Scott: Do away with commercial lease tax.
Crime
    Robert Bentley: Construct four new state-of-the-art prison facilities.
    Matt Bevin: Imperative to address backlog of forensic tests.
    Bill Walker: Restore 'Prison Industries' job skills to reduce recidivism.
    Bill Walker: Need to reduce costs of prison system.
    Jack Markell: Increase services for prisoners to reduce recidivism.
    Jack Markell: Make it easier for felons to vote.
    Susana Martinez: Do away with bail for dangerous criminals.
    Susana Martinez: Beef up three strikes law, allow for curfews.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Take preventative approach to juvenile justice.
    Chris Christie: De-criminalizing drug use has reduced prisoner population.
    Dennis Daugaard: High rates of incarceration does not increase public safety.
    Dennis Daugaard: Reforms reduced population on parole.
    Terry Branstad: Rehabilitation over punishment to reduce recidivism.
    Terry Branstad: Investigate wrongful convictions, especially for racial bias.
    Doug Ducey: New legislation should require rape kits to be tested.
    Doug Ducey: Move to community based corrections and counselling.
Drugs
    John Hickenlooper: Regulatory regime to marijuana needs to be strengthened.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Prioritize combating substance abuse from many angles.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Behavioral therapies MUST accompany anti-addiction meds.
    Chris Christie: Addiction is an illness and should be treated as such.
    Chris Christie: Search for innovative ways to address drug epidemic.
    Mike Pence: Confront the growing epidemic of drug abuse.
    Doug Ducey: Ramp up border patrol to end drug importation.
    Peter Shumlin: Time to make marijuana well-regulated legal substance.
    Peter Shumlin: Prioritize reducing opioid misuse.
Education
    Jay Inslee: Prioritize early childhood education.
    Jay Inslee: Increase teacher salary to help recruit and retain.
    Matt Bevin: Move to performance based funding for state universities.
    Phil Bryant: Remove barriers to charter schools.
    Phil Bryant: Loosen regulations around associate degrees.
    Charlie Baker: Lift the cap on public charter schools.
    Jack Markell: Support IT education in schools.
    Jack Markell: Make university scholarships less restrictive.
    Jack Markell: Increase teacher compensation.
    Jerry Brown: Increase funding for schools and target tough students.
    Jerry Brown: Reduce centralized control of local education.
    Jay Nixon: Affordable tuition is highest priority.
    Jay Nixon: Fund public schools, don't develop voucher schemes.
    Nikki Haley: Incentivize teachers to work in rural districts.
    Nikki Haley: Higher education system is flush with cash.
    Scott Walker: Continue with tuition freezes.
    Scott Walker: Multiple strategies to increase accessibility of college.
    Susana Martinez: Prioritize reading in early education.
    Susana Martinez: Change higher education system to boost graduation rates.
    John Hickenlooper: Earn-and-learn programs to reduce attainment gap.
    John Hickenlooper: Some standardized testing is necessary.
    Andrew Cuomo: Parent participation essential for schools to function.
    Andrew Cuomo: Turn failing schools into charter schools.
    Andrew Cuomo: $200 tax break for teachers.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Create rewards program to educational innovation.
    Nathan Deal: Grants for technical skills training will help employment.
    Nathan Deal: Facilitate young adults learning about computer science.
    Nathan Deal: Public schools have discretion in how to spend funds.
    Nathan Deal: Schools should use testing sparingly but effectively.
    Brian Bosma: Next Generation Scholarship: $7,500 for teachers' tuition.
    Chris Christie: Program for at-risk youths to get them into college.
    Chris Christie: Further de-regulate charter schools.
    Dennis Daugaard: Increase teacher salaries to retain and attract hires.
    Dennis Daugaard: Tuition freeze on college education.
    Dennis Daugaard: Increase enrolment in technical institutes.
    Mike Pence: Incentivize teaching as a career.
    Mike Pence: Testing regime needs to be improved.
    Sam Brownback: More education money should be going to instruction.
    Butch Otter: Need to increase access to college education.
    Butch Otter: Imperative that reading outcomes are improved.
    Butch Otter: Career ladders will attract and retain school staff.
    Butch Otter: $5M for professional development for teachers.
    Butch Otter: Move to `mastery-based' learning from `seat time'.
    Doug Ducey: Coordinate with banks to finance school expansion.
    Doug Ducey: Reward high achievement and low income schools.
    Doug Ducey: Partner with third sector in education.
    Doug Ducey: Give foster kids a `fast pass' to best schools.
    Peter Shumlin: Publicly fund a college savings plan for each child.
    Peter Shumlin: Provide free college courses for low income people.
Energy & Oil
    Bill Walker: Expand exportation of LNG to Asian markets.
    Bill Walker: Invest in renewables to diversify economy.
    Charlie Baker: Develop hydropower--most cost effective renewable.
    John Hickenlooper: Pursuing renewables; solar and wind.
    Andrew Cuomo: Increase commitment to green energy: 50% by 2030.
    Terry McAuliffe: Renewables an economic development opportunity.
    Butch Otter: Clean energy leadership helps economic development.
Environment
    Gary Herbert: Push refineries to produce cleaner fuel.
    Gary Herbert: Utah must commit to protecting its natural resources.
    Jerry Brown: CA out front in addressing climate change.
    John Hickenlooper: Watershed cleanup shouldn't always meet fed. standards.
    Andrew Cuomo: Training program to support green energy development.
    Sam Brownback: Stewardship for water resources to lengthen useful life.
    Peter Shumlin: VT should divest from coal and ExxonMobil.
Families & Children
    Jack Markell: Increase access to effective contraception for women.
    Jay Nixon: We need childcare and parental leave.
    Jay Nixon: Made insurance cover therapy for autism.
    Susana Martinez: Each image of child porn should count as its own crime.
    Terry Branstad: Judicial discretion in releasing individual juvenile records.
    Doug Ducey: Publicly shame fathers behind on child support.
Foreign Policy
    Robert Bentley: Sue federal government to reform Refugee Resettlement Act.
Government Reform
    Bruce Rauner: Pursue devolution to control costs.
    Bruce Rauner: Term limits need to be voted on.
    Peter Ricketts: Government agencies should be user focused.
    Sam Brownback: State Supreme Court justices should be elected not appointed.
    Doug Ducey: Repeal laws to stimulate economic growth.
Gun Control
    Jay Inslee: Gun violence is a public health crisis.
    John Hickenlooper: Develop a program to reduce suicides by gun.
    Mike Pence: Gun ownership increases public safety.
Health Care
    Gary Herbert: Healthcare best solved at the state level.
    David Ige: Move management of public hospitals to private sector.
    Jack Markell: Reduce costs by moving away from fee-for-service model.
    Jerry Brown: ACA wholeheartedly embraced in CA.
    Peter Ricketts: Cannot trust Medicaid federal matching grants.
    Andrew Cuomo: Extra funding for breast cancer screenings.
    Nathan Deal: Medicaid expansion costs too much.
    Nathan Deal: Affordable Care Act is waste of money.
    Sam Brownback: KanCare at state level better than ObamaCare.
    Butch Otter: Incentivize health care professionals to come to Idaho.
Homeland Security
    Robert Bentley: Veteran-owned business stickers in small business windows.
    Andrew Cuomo: Counterterrorism unit to be moved to NY state police.
    Andrew Cuomo: State Police need more gear.
    Sam Brownback: Arm additional security at National Guard facilities.
    Sam Brownback: Halted Syrian refugees from being resettled in Kansas.
Immigration
    Susana Martinez: Stop giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants.
Jobs
    Jay Inslee: Lower paid workers deserve to earn more.
    Jay Inslee: State should actively work to reduce CEO-worker pay gap.
    Bruce Rauner: Over-burdensome workers comp makes Illinois uncompetitive.
    Bruce Rauner: Public officials do not deserve a raise.
    Andrew Cuomo: Raise minimum wage to $15, for economic justice.
    Andrew Cuomo: Require paid family leave, like 182 other countries.
    Rick Scott: State should support early-stage businesses to create jobs.
Local Issues
    Rick Snyder: $28M to deal with Flint water treatment crisis.
Principles & Values
    Gary Herbert: Governing through executive order is undemocratic.
    Jack Markell: Religious tolerance is cornerstone of US value system.
    Nikki Haley: Local government needs to be more accountable.
    John Hickenlooper: Governance needs compromise to work.
Social Security
    Jerry Brown: Moral obligation to fund pension obligations.
    Chris Christie: Do not prioritize pensions over other critical spending.
Tax Reform
    Bruce Rauner: Reduce property tax for homeowners & businesses.
    Bill Walker: Proposes modest increase in income tax.
    Bill Walker: Increase on alcohol and tobacco tax.
    Jack Markell: Reduce corporate tax to increase competitiveness.
    Jerry Brown: California needs a larger Rainy Day Fund.
    Scott Walker: Reduce property, income and production tax burden.
    Peter Ricketts: Provide tax relief through property tax regulations.
    Andrew Cuomo: Tax cuts as part of strategy to create jobs.
    Chris Christie: Abolish the estate tax to incentivize people to stay in NJ.
    Rick Scott: End sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment.
    Sam Brownback: Strengthen property tax lid.
Technology
    David Ige: Broadband capacity integral to economic growth.
    Scott Walker: Partner with private firms to install fiber network.
    John Hickenlooper: Expand broadband connectivity.
    Doug Ducey: Arizona needs to embrace new technology.
Welfare & Poverty
    Andrew Cuomo: $20B more for increasing homeless services.
    Sam Brownback: Required work/training improves quality of life.
    Doug Ducey: End `grandmother penalty' in foster care compensation.


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