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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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2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race: debates and news coverage

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    from 2018 CO Governor's race (number of quotes indicated):
  • Cary Kennedy (12) Colorado Democratic candidate for Governor
  • Cynthia Coffman (1) Colorado Republican Challenger for CO Governor
  • Donna Lynne (1) Colorado Republican candidate for Colorado Governor
  • Doug Robinson (13) Colorado Republican candidate for Governor
  • George Brauchler (27) Colorado Republican candidate for Governor
  • Greg Lopez (6) Colorado Republican candidate for governor
  • Jared Polis (19) Colorado Democratic candidate for Colorado Governor
  • John Hickenlooper (2) Colorado Democratic Colorado Governor
  • Mike Johnston (11) Colorado Democratic candidate for Governor
  • Noel Ginsburg (1)
  • Raul Labrador (3) Idaho Republican candidate for Idaho Governor
  • Steve Barlock (13) Colorado Republican candidate for Colorado Governor
  • Tom Tancredo (1) Colorado Republican Gubernatorial Challenger (withdrew)
  • Victor Mitchell (23) Colorado Republican candidate for Colorado Governor
  • Walker Stapleton (20) Colorado Republican candidate for governor of Colorado
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

    Colorado 2018 Gubernatorial debates and race coverage:
  • Colorado Springs Gazette, "Stapleton rolls out education policy," by Joey Bunch, 8/31/2018
  • CBS Denver, "Stapleton Talks About Dark Family Past," by Shaun Boyd, August 28, 2018
  • Denver Post, "Great Colorado Payback," by Anna Staver, August 26, 2018
  • 9News.com KUSA, "Ad says Polis would turn Colorado into California," by Marshall Zelinger, Aug. 13, 2018
  • The Coloradoan, "Gov. candidates provide stances on gun control," by Saja Hindi, March 3, 2018
  • Colorado Independent, "Barlock is tying his bid 100% to Trump," by Corey Hutchins, September 05, 2017
  • Akron News-Reporter, "Brauchler hitting Governor campaign trail," by Jo Anne Busing, 08/29/2017
  • The Cannabist, "Query over reported cannabis research obstruction," by Alicia Wallace, Aug. 23, 2017
  • Westword, "At Least Eleven Pot-Related Homicides Since Legalization," by George Brauchler, August 21, 2017
  • Vail Daily, "Polis visits to discuss new wilderness bill," by John LaConte, Aug. 20, 2017
  • Westword, "Meet Steve Barlock, Co-Chair for Trump in Denver," by Michael Roberts, August 17, 2017
  • Sterling Journal-Advocate, "Brauchler envisions decentralized state government," by Lisa Young, 8/09/2017
  • Summit Daily, "Polis responds to Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military," July 26, 2017
  • ColoradoPolitics.com, "Blizzard of criticism over climate order," by Ernest Luning, July 12, 2017
  • Denver Post, "Brauchler announces bid for Colorado governor," by John Frank, June 22, 2017
  • ColoradoPolitics.com, "Mitchell trying to raise his profile from lowest name ID", by Joey Bunch, 6/13/17
  • Daily Kos, "Raise Colorado's Renewable Energy Standard," by Cary Kennedy, June 2, 2017
  • Westword.com, "Introducing Doug Robinson, Mitt Romney Nephew," by Michael Roberts, 5/15/17
  • Colorado Independent, "Colorado Democrats on oil and gas appeal", by Corey Hutchins, May 15, 2017
  • Denver Post, "Doug Robinson, nephew of Mitt Romney, running for governor," by John Frank, April 25 2017
  • Westword.com, "Cary Kennedy and Why She's Running," by Michael Roberts, April 24, 2017
  • ColoradoPolitics.com, "Hickenlooper Has Little Faith in Brauchler," by Peter Marcus, Apr. 19, 2017
  • Colorado Times-Recorder, "A look at the 2018 candidates for governor," by Madeleine Schmidt, April 17, 2017
  • The Pueblo Chieftain, "Brauchler says leadership sets him apart," by Peter Roper, April 11, 2017
  • Westword.com, "Brauchler on Why He's Running for Governor," by Michael Roberts, Westword, April 7, 2017
  • Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, "Field in governor race starting to take shape", by Charles Ashby, April 6, 2017
  • Colorado Springs Gazette, "Robinson wants to give back," by Joey Bunch, April 25, 2017
  • Colorado Statesman, "Higher ed spending to support STEM disciplines," by Ernest Luning, April 20, 2017
  • Denver Post, "George Brauchler announces bid for governor," by John Frank, April 5, 2017
  • Colorado Gazette, "Mitchell is officially in the race for governor", by Joey Bunch, 2/14/17
  • The Denver Post, "Mitchell announces 2018 bid for Colorado governor", by John Frank, February 13, 2017
  • Westword.com, "Meet Mike Johnston, fast rising political star," 1/25/2017
  • The Denver Post, "Johnston announces 2018 bid for governor", Jan. 17, 2017
  • Denver Post, "Udall and Bennet uncommitted on assault weapons ban", by Allison Sherry, January 24, 2013
  • Huffington Post, "Cary Kennedy’s Shameful Final Days," by Jessica Peck, May 25, 2011

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Jared Polis: Fund Planned Parenthood; require insurers' contraception.
    Walker Stapleton: Ban abortion with exceptions for rape & incest.
    Cary Kennedy: Endorsed by EMILY's List for pro-choice women.
    Cynthia Coffman: Pro-choice; moderate on social issues.
Budget & Economy
    Greg Lopez: Wants to champion and advocate for small business.
    Walker Stapleton: Balanced budgets in private career & then as state treasurer.
    George Brauchler: Requested pay cut & budget cut as County Commissioner.
    Victor Mitchell: To save jobs, we must halt any kind of tax increase.
    Victor Mitchell: In an over regulated Colorado, regulations need to be cut.
    Victor Mitchell: Cutting regulations will promote small businesses.
    Doug Robinson: Problems should be fixed by spending less, not raising taxes.
    Doug Robinson: Use our budget more effectively, instead of raising taxes.
    Doug Robinson: State budget is a mess; improve it by cutting spending.
    Cary Kennedy: Balanced budget after citizens vote on taxes.
Civil Rights
    Walker Stapleton: My grandfather was in the KKK but I denounce racism.
    Raul Labrador: Orientation/gender identity shouldn't bar employment.
    Jared Polis: Would be Colorado's first openly gay Governor.
    Victor Mitchell: Voted against Trump due to misogyny concerns.
    Mike Johnston: Participated in Women's March in Denver.
    Doug Robinson: To help the economy, government has to get out of the way.
    George Brauchler: Protect business from excessive regulation.
    George Brauchler: Defend local law enforcement and provide resources.
    George Brauchler: Create specialized units to fight crime.
    George Brauchler: Supports death penalty; would lift stays of execution.
    John Hickenlooper: Issued stay of execution for convicted killer.
    Mike Johnston: Ban police chokeholds; push the CLEAR Act.
    George Brauchler: Death penalty is legitimate rule of law.
    Mike Johnston: Reduce sentencing disparities; ban police chokeholds.
    Jared Polis: Treat marijuana like alcohol; end Drug War on states.
    Walker Stapleton: Concerned about unintended consequences of legalizing pot.
    Raul Labrador: Challenges AG on stopping pot research.
    George Brauchler: Pot law has not ended criminal activity.
    Steve Barlock: Will follow state law on pot.
    Doug Robinson: Do better by preventing addiction & promoting natural high.
    Doug Robinson: Children need to be protected from the dangers of pot.
    George Brauchler: Must increase mental health & drug treatment programs.
    Victor Mitchell: Marijuana revenues are being "ripped off" in the status quo.
    Victor Mitchell: THC is dangerous, but voters ok'ed the pot amendment.
    Doug Robinson: Opposes recreational marijuana.
    Doug Robinson: Opposed Amendment 64: youth usage of drugs is too high.
    Doug Robinson: Ran anti-recreational marijuana group, Smart Colorado.
    George Brauchler: Opposed legalization but will defend CO laws.
    George Brauchler: Opposed marijuana legalization; but keep the feds out.
    Jared Polis: Increased across-the-board funding and preschool for all.
    Walker Stapleton: Supports school choice: $10,000 to follow student anywhere.
    Jared Polis: Prime supporter of Amendment 23 for school funding in 2000.
    Walker Stapleton: More charters, school choice, & education savings accounts.
    Walker Stapleton: Transfer funds from bloated administration to teachers.
    Steve Barlock: Favors home schooling.
    George Brauchler: Local control instead of one-size-fits-all education models.
    George Brauchler: Colorado should lead in STEM education.
    Victor Mitchell: College need to become more affordable in Colorado.
    Doug Robinson: In education, more choice makes more competition.
    Cary Kennedy: Led Amendment 23: reduce budget cuts to public schools.
    Mike Johnston: Make college more affordable.
    Cary Kennedy: Make college more affordable, including tech & vocational.
    Victor Mitchell: Teachers unions are enemies of Colorado.
    Victor Mitchell: Supports vouchers and school choice.
    Victor Mitchell: Don't boost No education spending via tax increases.
    Victor Mitchell: Lower the cost of college.
    Mike Johnston: Keep up with innovation: 2 years of free college or training.
    Mike Johnston: National Guard service in exchange for state college tuition.
    Mike Johnston: Weaken tenure protections; strengthen teacher evaluations.
Energy & Oil
    Jared Polis: Increase regulatory incentives for renewables.
    Walker Stapleton: Full-throated defense of oil-and-gas deregulation.
    Steve Barlock: Water power, but not wind power.
    Steve Barlock: State should not pick favorites in clean energy.
    George Brauchler: Colorado joining Paris Accords is meaningless symbolism.
    John Hickenlooper: Reduce greenhouse gas by 26% by 2025 and 35% by 2030.
    Victor Mitchell: Repeal misguided Paris Accords order on Day One.
    Cary Kennedy: Oil & gas are important, but protect public health.
    Mike Johnston: Balance oil & gas extraction with public safety.
    Noel Ginsburg: Develop oil & gas resources while protecting environment.
    Raul Labrador: Must work with partners to preserve public land.
    Cary Kennedy: Colorado can be national model on wind energy & cleantech.
Families & Children
    Jared Polis: Supports same-sex marriage.
    Cary Kennedy: Family adopted sister via faith-based organization.
    Cary Kennedy: Supports foster care via faith-based organizations.
Free Trade
    Walker Stapleton: Tariffs on China escalate trade war & hurt businesses.
Government Reform
    Jared Polis: More limits on campaign donations; more donor disclosure.
    Jared Polis: Investigate voter suppression; prohibit gerrymandering.
    Walker Stapleton: Great Colorado Payback: find lost bank accounts.
    Walker Stapleton: Ended hired petitioners when one surfaced as not registered.
    George Brauchler: Sunset law should apply to all regulations.
    George Brauchler: Move some state offices out of capital.
    George Brauchler: A record of official transparency.
    Steve Barlock: Drain the swamp of Colorado politics.
    Mike Johnston: No PAC money when running as state senator or as governor.
Gun Control
    Jared Polis: Ban bump stocks; end black market gun sales.
    Walker Stapleton: Repeal existing gun control laws & oppose new efforts.
    Greg Lopez: Don't like mass murder, but Second Amendment is important.
    Cary Kennedy: No military assault weapons; universal background checks.
    Donna Lynne: Ban bump stocks; disallow mental health excuses.
    Jared Polis: Ban military-style weapons; plus CDC studies gun violence.
    Mike Johnston: Ban military-style weapons; plus universal background checks.
    Steve Barlock: Teachers should protect students if there's a school shooter.
    Steve Barlock: 100% for Trump unless he rejects NRA.
    George Brauchler: Supports guns for self-defense.
    Victor Mitchell: 100% record with NRA, but I don't believe in bazookas.
    Jared Polis: Banning weapons violates the Second Amendment.
Health Care
    Jared Polis: Improve ObamaCare; work toward universal single-payer system.
    Walker Stapleton: End Colorado's ObamaCare exchange; undo Medicaid expansion.
    Jared Polis: AdWatch: Supports Medicare for All.
    Greg Lopez: VA is proof against government health-care system.
    Walker Stapleton: Medicaid block grants for community health care centers.
    George Brauchler: Repeal Obamacare; local control of Medicaid.
    Victor Mitchell: Insurance is not necessary for primary care.
    Victor Mitchell: ObamaCare doesn't work for 50% of people today.
    Victor Mitchell: ObamaCare is not a solution; we need patient-centered care.
    Doug Robinson: Wants congress and Trump to repeal ObamaCare.
    George Brauchler: Medicaid block grants instead of ObamaCare expansion.
    George Brauchler: Increase Medicaid co-pays to change behavior.
    George Brauchler: Charge co-pays to low-income residents on Medicaid.
    Victor Mitchell: Promote patient-centered health care.
Homeland Security
    George Brauchler: Uniformed service includes tour in Iraq.
    Walker Stapleton: On July 4th honored all veterans for defending our freedoms.
    Victor Mitchell: "Big brother government" is terribly intrusive.
    Jared Polis: Restore DACA: Don't cast 1M aspiring Americans into shadows.
    Walker Stapleton: Deport anyone in the country illegally.
    Tom Tancredo: Sanctuary Cities are a travesty but I hate identity politics.
    Greg Lopez: I support legal immigration, not illegal immigration.
    Walker Stapleton: End these dangerous sanctuary city policies.
    Steve Barlock: Hardline against illegal immigration.
    Victor Mitchell: Supports Trump's anti-sanctuary city policies.
    George Brauchler: Opposes sanctuary cities; leave immigration to Feds.
    Cary Kennedy: Keep local cops out of immigration.
    Mike Johnston: Protect immigrants living in the country illegally.
    Jared Polis: Expand collective bargaining, instead of "right-to-work".
    Jared Polis: Let municipalities raise local minimum wage.
    Victor Mitchell: Teachers unions are about power not about helping teachers.
Principles & Values
    Greg Lopez: Military taught values of loyalty, teamwork, brotherhood.
    Steve Barlock: Statist and nationalist: Colorado and U.S. come first.
    Steve Barlock: Won't let globalist opponents steal my views.
Social Security
    Steve Barlock: Fully fund Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA).
Tax Reform
    Jared Polis: Repeal Trump's tax cuts.
    Walker Stapleton: I had the courage to support Donald Trump's tax cuts.
    Greg Lopez: I will never raise taxes; I defend Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
    Walker Stapleton: I stopped the largest tax increase in state history.
    Steve Barlock: Popular vote on any tax law or subsidy.
    George Brauchler: Supports Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
    George Brauchler: Use existing funds rather than raising taxes.
    George Brauchler: Oppose sales tax hike to raise $3.5B for road projects.
    Victor Mitchell: Not one darn penny for additional taxes.
    Victor Mitchell: No tax increases, not even to boost education spending.
    Cary Kennedy: OpEd: proudly championed the state's mill levy freeze.
    Jared Polis: Support net neutrality: free exchange of ideas on internet.
    Doug Robinson: Infrastructure via government efficiency & private solutions.
    George Brauchler: Improve roads without raising taxes.
    Victor Mitchell: Shrink state agencies to look for funds for highways.
    Cary Kennedy: Rural areas need transportation & broadband infrastructure.
War & Peace
    Doug Robinson: Trump is right with strong response on Syria.
Welfare & Poverty
    Walker Stapleton: Random drug testing for people on public assistance.
    Steve Barlock: Drug testing for welfare recipients is a slippery slope.

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