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Books by and about 2016 presidential candidates
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)
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 Harm’s 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)

Book Reviews

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State of Minnesota Politicians: Archives

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  • Al Franken (13) Democrat/DFL Jr Senator (resigned 2017) Minnesota
  • Amy Klobuchar (6) Democrat/DFL Sr Senator Minnesota
  • Chris Coleman (3) Minnesota DFL
  • Erin Murphy (5) Minnesota DFL
  • Gary Johnson (1) New Mexico Libertarian Gubernatorial Challenger
  • George W. Bush (1) Republican
  • Heather Johnson (10) Libertarian Challenger Minnesota
  • Jason Lewis (17) Republican U.S. Rep Minnesota- 2
  • Jesse Ventura (3) Minnesota Former Independent Governor (1999-2002)
  • Jim Abeler (26) Republican challenger Minnesota
  • Jim Newberger (9) Republican candidate for Minnesota U.S. Senator Minnesota
  • Mark Dayton (44) Minnesota Democratic Governor
  • Mark Kennedy (5) Republican challenger (2006), U.S. Rep Minnesota
  • Matt Dean (5) Minnesota Republican candidate for Governor
  • Mike McFadden (27) Republican Challenger Minnesota
  • Norm Coleman (12) Former Republican Senator; lost court battle, 2009 Minnesota
  • Rebecca Otto (10) Minnesota Democratic candidate for Governor
  • Robert Fitzgerald (9) Independence Party Challenger (2006) Minnesota
  • Tim Pawlenty (8) Minnesota Former Republican Governor (2002-2010)
  • Tina Liebling (19) Minnesota Democratic candidate for Governor
  • Tina Smith (7) 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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    Rebecca Otto: Reproductive health is up to women, not government.
    Jim Newberger: 100% pro-life.
    Tina Liebling: No government infringement of decision to reproduce.
    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.
    Jim Abeler: Human life begins at conception.
    Mike McFadden: Anti-abortion and pro-guns.
    Mark Dayton: No additional license requirements for abortion clinics.
    Erin Murphy: No additional license requirements for abortion clinics.
    Matt Dean: Voted YES on additional requirements for abortion clinics.
    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
    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.
Civil Rights
    Tina Liebling: No government infringement of decision to marry.
    Jason Lewis: Support Hobby Lobby religious right to avoid gay weddings.
    Heather Johnson: LGBT persons are created with inalienable right to marry.
    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.
    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.
    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 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.
    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.
    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.
    Jim Abeler: No legalized medical marijuana.
    Mark Dayton: Greatest threat to national security is flood of drugs.
    Mark Dayton: Strengthen the fight against illegal drugs.
    Rebecca Otto: No tax dollars for private schools.
    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
    Rebecca Otto: Minnesota should lead on clean energy.
    Tina Liebling: 25% renewable energy by 2025.
    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.
    Jim Abeler: Supports regional cap-and-trade emissions program.
    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.
Families & Children
    Tina Liebling: High quality child care is essential for work.
    Heather Johnson: Politics is not my passion; it's my God, my kids & family.
Foreign Policy
    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.
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.
Government Reform
    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.
    Tim Pawlenty: Proposed 2-term limit for governor & 12 years for Congress.
    Tom Emmer: Limit PAC contributions, but all others ok.
    Norm Coleman: Frivolous lawsuits raise consumer prices.
    Mark Dayton: No PAC money, no soft money.
Gun Control
    Jim Newberger: Supports 2nd Amendment rights.
    Jason Lewis: Liquor prohibition failed & so will gun prohibition.
    Rebecca Otto: Status quo on guns isn't working.
    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.
Health Care
    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.
Homeland Security
    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.
    Jim Newberger: Immigrants must accept American law.
    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.
    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.
Local Issues
    Mark Dayton: Make capital investments in the downtowns of major cities.
    Mark Dayton: Highway 62 model: remain open while rebuilding roads.
Principles & Values
    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.
    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.
Social Security
    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.
Tax Reform
    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.
    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
    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
    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.

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