Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates|
| Crippled America,|
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
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)
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)
Books by and about the 2016 presidential election|
| What Happened ,|
by Hillary Clinton (2017)
| Higher Loyalty ,|
by James Comey (2018)
| Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,|
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
| Hard Choices,|
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
| Becoming ,|
by Michelle Obama (2018)
| Outsider in the White House,|
by Bernie Sanders (2015)
(click a book cover for a review or other books by or about the presidency from Amazon.com)
2017 Governor's State of the State speeches
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Greg Abbott: Protect unborn children and promote a culture of life.
Budget & Economy|
Chris Sununu: Increase Rainy Day Fund to $100M; start Infrastructure Fund.
Doug Burgum: Right-size government: cutting $1.2B is a great start.
Jim Justice: Cut Rainy Day fund by $123M for WV's biggest depression ever.
Bruce Rauner: Reduce regulatory costs & economy will take off like rocket.
Steve Bullock: Veto any budget in the red.
Bill Walker: With oil prices low, we have made cuts & must cut more.
Phil Bryant: Implement a state lottery; Arkansas got $80M last year.
Matt Mead: We used rainy day fund for rainy days; now make guidelines.
Sam Brownback: The days of "tax first, cut never" have come to an end.
Tom Wolf: Grow paltry rainy day fund from $245,000 to $500M by 2022.
Roy Cooper: Repeal the "Bathroom Bill"; it's a dark cloud over NC.
Phil Scott: Support peaceful march against bias & discrimination.
John Bel Edwards: 80% of C-corps pay no state tax; that's just not right.
John Kasich: Businesses are job creators, the engines of job growth.
Rick Scott: Fighting for Florida's Future: cut the commercial lease tax.
Chris Sununu: New department of Business and Economic Affairs.
Jim Justice: Raise business B&O tax, sales tax, state fees, & gas tax.
Phil Scott: Agency of Economic Opportunity: help find qualified workers.
John Bel Edwards: Reduce incarceration rate of non-violent offenders.
Jim Justice: Stiffer laws for drug pushers; treatment for addicts.
Larry Hogan: Justice for Victims Initiative: protect vulnerable citizens.
Greg Abbott: Make it a hate crime to target uniformed police officers.
Bruce Rauner: Close outdated prisons; focus on reducing recidivism.
Bruce Rauner: Police trooper surge to counter Chicago violence.
Phil Scott: Close Windsor prison; expand home detention monitoring.
Brian Sandoval: Reform juvenile justice system to reduce recidivism.
Eric Greitens: Fight Ferguson Effect with Blue Alert to empower police.
Phil Bryant: More Highway Patrol troopers on the road.
Susana Martinez: Collect DNA from felons.
Peter Ricketts: Automated sentence calculation for Department of Corrections.
Nathan Deal: 20% pay raise for state-level law enforcement.
Terry McAuliffe: Lowest adult recidivism rate in America.
Asa Hutchinson: Balance public safety with giving a second chance in life.
Chris Christie: Ban the box: don't ask job applicants about criminal record.
Dennis Daugaard: Make mugshots and pardon process open to the public.
Doug Ducey: Fully fund rape test kits, to finally ensure justice.
Dan Malloy: Prison population has dropped AND recidivism has declined.
Doug Burgum: Jail time without rehab is not a cure for addiction.
John Kasich: Shut down the pill mills; put crooked doctors in jail.
John Kasich: StartTalking! Talk to kids to say no to opiates.
John Carney: Impose new protections for the safe prescribing of opioids.
Roy Cooper: Eliminate stigma & encourage opioid addicts to get treatment.
Jim Justice: We have to have stiffer laws to fix the drug problem.
Matt Bevin: Crack down on drug dealers and others who abuse the system.
Larry Hogan: Created the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force.
Brian Sandoval: Rid the state of the scourge of opioid abuse.
Brian Sandoval: I opposed legalization, but let's make pot market work well.
Eric Holcomb: Attack epidemic with prevention, treatment & enforcement.
Rick Snyder: Enforce prescription law, but Good Samaritans get treatment.
Terry McAuliffe: Second chance at citizenship for recovering addicts.
Chris Christie: Jailing & stigmatizing addiction victims won't help.
Doug Ducey: Drug addiction is an epidemic plaguing our entire country.
Robert Bentley: Fight opioid addiction and fight drug abuse.
Tom Wolf: Opioid epidemic has stolen the futures of far too many.
Roy Cooper: 4,700 additional Pre-K slots for at-risk 4-year olds.
Roy Cooper: NC GROW: Getting Ready for Opportunities in the Workforce.
Chris Sununu: Increase operating budget $10M of Community College System.
Doug Burgum: Kids can't prepare for 21st century using 19th-century model.
Jim Justice: Return education back from bureaucracies to local level.
Jim Justice: Replace Smarter Balance with ACT testing.
Jim Justice: We're dead last: 2% teacher raise; and dump state testing.
Larry Hogan: $7M for student scholarships to attend a private school.
Larry Hogan: Tuition relief for state colleges: 2% growth cap.
Larry Hogan: More charter school choice; more P-TECH schools.
Greg Abbott: Fully fund GURI: Governor's University Research Initiative.
Bill Haslam: Narrow score gaps for minority and female students.
Bill Haslam: STRONG Act: tuition-free public college for veterans.
Bruce Rauner: $100M for early education; close district funding gaps.
Phil Scott: Realign funding toward early care and trades training.
Phil Scott: $4M to state colleges; low tuition increases thru 2021.
Steve Bullock: Increase funding for higher education.
Steve Bullock: Invest in publicly funded early childhood education.
Brian Sandoval: $115 million in new investments for higher education.
Gina Raimondo: PrepareRI Dual Enrollment: free tuition for high schoolers.
Gina Raimondo: All-day kindergarten for all; computers in every school.
Rick Snyder: CCSTEP: capital equipment for training in community colleges.
Asa Hutchinson: ArFuture Grants: pay tuition & stay in state for 3 years.
Kim Reynolds: Future Ready Iowa: 70% of Iowans beyond high school.
Sam Brownback: TeachersKan: scholarship program for Kansas college students.
Scott Walker: Private refinancing options for student loan debt.
Terry Branstad: Future Ready Iowa: 70% of Iowans beyond high school.
Terry Branstad: Teacher Leadership System for every public school.
Butch Otter: $58M to make public school teacher pay competitive.
Doug Ducey: Lead the nation on school choice and charters.
Doug Ducey: Invest in public school teachers with tuition & bonuses.
Kate Brown: Oregon Promise: community college access program.
Energy & Oil|
Jim Christiana: Cut spending, cut taxes.
Doug Burgum: Protest campers at Dakota Access Pipeline should leave.
Jim Justice: Lower the severance tax on coal and gas.
Jim Justice: Lower, and then tier, the severance tax on coal and gas.
Larry Hogan: Clean Cars Act: invest in electric cars & charging stations.
Phil Scott: Tax holiday on hybrids, electric vehicles, & green products.
Charlie Baker: Reduce carbon footprint while maintaining supply of energy.
Jerry Brown: No climate deniers: the science is clear; the danger is real.
David Ige: 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2045.
Rick Snyder: Protect our environment while meeting our energy needs.
Susana Martinez: Diversify so we're not at mercy of federal government.
Matt Mead: $10M prize for making a useful product from captured CO2.
John Kasich: $2.5B invested in cleaning Lake Erie, and keep it clean.
Chris Sununu: Fund asbestos cleanup, and clean water infrastructure.
Jim Justice: I love the outdoors, but regulatory agencies tell you no.
Larry Hogan: Reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment in Chesapeake Bay.
Bruce Rauner: Test drinking water for lead, as social justice issue.
Phil Scott: $50M for clean-up of our impaired waterways.
Rick Snyder: Pure Michigan: promote tourism like U.P. and brewery trail.
Rick Snyder: More resources to fight invasive species in Great Lakes.
Rick Snyder: Work tirelessly, plus $27M, to make Flint's water safe.
Matt Mead: Improve Endangered Species Act: only 1% ever got delisted.
Gary Herbert: Re-opened National Parks during 2013 shutdown.
Robert Bentley: Gulf State Park: economically & environmentally sustainable.
Families & Children|
John Bel Edwards: Family Services placed 735 kids in foster homes despite cuts.
John Kasich: CATCH court: prostitutes are victims of human trafficking.
John Carney: Re-establish the Family Services Cabinet Council.
Matt Bevin: Czar to overhaul state foster care and adoption programs.
Larry Hogan: Pass the Common Sense Paid Sick Leave Act.
Greg Abbott: Reform Child Protective System or more children will die.
Bruce Rauner: Created the Governor's Cabinet on Children and Youth.
Phil Scott: $800,000 for Guardians ad Litem for kids of drug addicts.
Phil Scott: $7.5 million for Child Care Financial Assistance.
Steve Bullock: Don't cut workers from Child and Family Services Division.
Eric Greitens: Let parents decide how to spend special needs funding.
Gina Raimondo: Pass modern, common-sense paid sick leave laws.
Phil Bryant: $34M for new Department of Child Protection Services.
Peter Ricketts: More resources for Child and Family Services.
Nathan Deal: 19% pay raise for Family and Children Services.
Asa Hutchinson: More funding for foster children.
Andrew Cuomo: Middle Class Child Care Tax Credit for 200,000 families.
Doug Ducey: Automatically screen all babies for SCID.
Doug Ducey: Grandmother Stipend: fund foster care for relatives.
Robert Bentley: Fund treatment for low-income children with Autism Spectrum.
Tom Wolf: Improve home-based & community-based senior care services.
Greg Abbott: Texas is exceptional; we'd be world's 10th largest economy.
Jim Justice: Bring manufacturing back from Vietnam, China and Mexico.
David Ige: Hawaii dominated world trade via entrepreneurial innovation.
Eric Holcomb: We're as likely to trade with Germany as with Georgia.
Jim Justice: Appoint a Waste Czar to root out agency excess.
Larry Hogan: Disallow legislators from drawing their own district lines.
Bruce Rauner: The people demanded fair districting; judges denied them.
Terry McAuliffe: Photo ID law made it significantly harder to vote.
Dennis Daugaard: Red Tape Repeal: remove 4,000 obsolete laws & rules.
Dan Malloy: Cut state agencies by 28% and cut state workforce by 9%.
Matt Mead: New initiative for public shooting ranges.
Terry McAuliffe: Keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
John Bel Edwards: Medicaid expansion reduced uninsured by 43% & saved $200M.
John Kasich: Medicaid expansion brought health care to 700,000 people.
Chris Sununu: Push for a true accounting of our Medicaid program.
Mark Dayton: Preserve successes like Medicaid expansion & MinnesotaCare.
John Hickenlooper: Basic health care is a right, not a privilege.
Asa Hutchinson: $5M for Mental Health Stabilization Centers.
Sam Brownback: Refusing ObamaCare like declining a discount on the Titanic.
Terry Branstad: Transform mental health system to community-based model.
Rick Scott: $6 million for counterterrorism and police equipment.
Phil Scott: $500,000 for college scholarships for veterans at UVM.
Charlie Baker: $4,000 tax credit for hiring unemployed veterans.
Matt Mead: Long-term commitment for veteran's tuition waiver.
Terry McAuliffe: Expand Virginia Values Veterans program: help vets find work.
Greg Abbott: Enforce against sanctuary cities or more Texans will die.
Jay Inslee: Stand up proudly for DREAMers.
John Bel Edwards: Close gender wage gap by ending corporate "pay secrecy".
John Bel Edwards: Meaningful increase to the minimum wage.
Roy Cooper: Grow out Unemployment Trust Fund to more than $2 billion.
Larry Hogan: New jobs in manufacturing led to low unemployment.
Greg Abbott: No state deductions of union dues on paychecks.
Phil Scott: Deal with Vermont's shrinking workforce population.
Jerry Brown: Raised minimum wage and reduced unemployment.
Mark Dayton: Unemployment is down, but average family is poorer.
Eric Greitens: Right to Work instead of Project Labor Agreements.
Eric Holcomb: Five pillars: 21st century workforce is magnet for jobs.
Gina Raimondo: Give everyone chance for dignified work at a decent wage.
Rick Snyder: People now moving to Michigan for good jobs.
Kate Brown: Raised minimum wage for struggling Oregon families.
Dan Malloy: Pushed bill to protect advanced manufacturing jobs.
John Carney: Develop incubators like DTP @ STAR, full on Day 1.
Larry Hogan: Repeal the misguided Road Kill Bill.
Andrew Cuomo: Buffalo Billion: make up for 50 years of state inattention.
Robert Bentley: Fix the fatally-dangerous Redmill Bridge, despite obstacles.
Principles & Values|
John Carney: Delawareans are willing to chip in and help, if all do.
Roy Cooper: Common Ground Solutions instead of either/or choices.
Bill Walker: Cancer survivor after routine prostrate cancer screening.
Nikki Haley: State workers all say "It's a Great Day in South Carolina".
Robert Bentley: Great State 2019 Plan: purpose by the One who ordained us.
Matt Bevin: Increase taxes to fund Kentucky Retirement Systems.
Larry Hogan: Eliminate all taxes on retirement income.
Gina Raimondo: Get most state retirees a cost of living increase.
Dan Malloy: 78% of our state pension fund is making up for past mistakes.
John Bel Edwards: Reform tax structure or face $1.3B fiscal cliff in 2018.
John Bel Edwards: Reduce sales tax; eliminate federal income tax deductibility.
John Carney: Share sacrifice of budget cuts and tax hikes.
Jim Justice: Increase fees, gas tax, and business tax to close deficit.
Greg Abbott: The only good tax is a dead tax.
Mark Dayton: Tax cuts for the wealthy do not lead to economic growth.
Gina Raimondo: Reduced the corporate minimum tax.
Gina Raimondo: Cut car tax by at least 30%.
Chris Christie: Put the death tax on life support.
John Bel Edwards: Gas tax to pay for transportation and coastal infrastructure.
Roy Cooper: Rural high-speed broadband access, and technical training.
Chris Sununu: Double infrastructure grants to towns for roads and bridges.
Doug Burgum: Main Street Initiative: use existing infrastructure fully.
Jim Justice: Bid all road jobs, with 5% construction severance.
Larry Hogan: Fix all 69 structurally deficient bridges that we inherited.
Greg Abbott: Innovation renaissance: biotech, wearable tech, clean tech.
Bill Haslam: Tools to be successful: good roads and broadband access.
Bruce Rauner: Increase state transparency: millions of documents online.
Charlie Baker: Last Mile program: high-speed internet for rural communities.
Mark Dayton: $6B investment in highway projects & infrastructure.
Brian Sandoval: $3.5M for cyberdefense against unprecedented threats.
Eric Greitens: Replace 1959 COBOL systems with online government.
Eric Holcomb: High-tech is key to unlocking 21st century economy.
Eric Holcomb: Invest a little more to keep the Crossroads of America.
Gina Raimondo: RhodeWorks: fix highways ad 12n0 bridges.
Rick Snyder: Invest billions to address risk of aging infrastructure.
Nathan Deal: Make GA the Silicon Valley of the South via cyber security.
Dennis Daugaard: Online retailers should voluntarily remit sales tax.
Kim Reynolds: STEM initiative to prepare for a 21st century economy.
Scott Walker: $35 million to expand broadband access grant program.
Butch Otter: Support STEM Action Center and Computer Science Initiative.
Dan Malloy: On-time on-budget completion of Q Bridge project & CTfastrak.
War & Peace|
Rick Scott: $1M for Homes for Heroes; $102M for active military & vets.
Brian Sandoval: Inspired by Nevadans serving in 5 middle eastern countries.
Welfare & Poverty|
John Kasich: Welfare without a path to work doesn't work.
Roy Cooper: Create affordable, available housing for disaster recovery.
Phil Scott: $35 million housing bond for full spectrum of housing.
Brian Sandoval: $1.5M more for Meals-on-Wheels for seniors.
Phil Bryant: Create the Mississippi Faith-Based Advisory Council.
John Hickenlooper: Use marijuana tax revenue to address chronic homelessness.
John Hickenlooper: More affordable housing via construction defects legislation.
Doug Ducey: 12 months extra food stamps if you're looking for a job.
The above quotations are from 2017 Governor's State of the State speeches.
Related books, debates, and candidates:
- 2021 Governors' State of the State speeches
- 2020 State of the Union speech, plus responses by the Democratic Party
- 2020 Governors' State of the State speeches
- 2019 State of the Union speech, plus responses by the Democratic Party
- 2019 Governors' State of the State speeches
- 2018 State of the Union speech, plus response by the Democratic Party
- 2018 Governors' State of the State speeches
- 2017 State of the Union speech, plus response by the Democratic Party
- 2017 Governors' State of the State speeches
- 2016 State of the Union speech
- 2016 Governors' State of the State speeches
- 2015 State of the Union speech
- 2015 Governors' State of the State speeches
- 2014 State of the Union speech, plus response by Green Party, Republican Party, and Tea Party
- 2014 Governors' State of the State speeches
- 2013 State of the Union speech, plus response by GOP and Tea Party
- 2013 Governors' State of the State speeches
- 2012 State of the Union speech, plus response by GOP and Tea Party
- 2012 Governors' State of the State speeches
- 2011 State of the Union speech, plus response by GOP and Tea Party
- 2011 Governors' State of the State speeches
- 2007-2011 Mayors' State of the City speeches
- 2010 Governors' State of the State speeches
- Obama Q+A at GOP House Retreat, Jan. 2010
- 2010 State of the Union speech, plus response by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R, VA)
- 2009 Governors' State of the State speeches
- 2009 Address to Joint Session of Congress, plus response by Gov. Bobby Jindal (R, LA)
- 2009 Governors' State of the State speeches
- 2008 State of the Union speech, plus response by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D, KS)
- 2008 Governors' State of the State speeches
- 2007 State of the Union speech, plus response by Sen. James Webb (D, VA)
- 2007 Governors' State of the State speeches
- 2006 State of the Union speech, plus response by Gov. Tim Kaine (D, VA)
- 2005 State of the Union speech, plus responses by Sen Harry Reid (D, NV) & Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA)
- 2004 State of the Union speech, plus responses by Sen Tom Daschle (D, SD) & Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA)
- 2004 Governors' State of the State speeches
- 2001 Governors' State of the State speeches
- Other early 2000s Governors' State of the State speeches
- Other late 1990s Governors' State of the State speeches
- Historical State of the Union addresses: