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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)

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2022 Governor's State of the State speeches

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  • Vermont 2023 Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Address, January 18, 2022 (Link)
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    Bill Lee: Ready to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade overturned.
    Tate Reeves: America's abortion laws closer to Chinese communists.
    Kristi Noem: As soon as Roe is overturned, ready to protect every unborn.
    Phil Murphy: Will sign bill securing woman's right to choose into law.
Budget & Economy
    Andy Beshear: Budget will invest in infrastructure, including bridges.
    Mike DeWine: Make a long-overdue, comprehensive investment in Appalachia.
    John Bel Edwards: Federal funds allow us to move on big ticket projects.
    Chris Sununu: Reduce homelessness, 13,500 new units in next three years.
    Tony Evers: Use surplus to give $150 surplus refund to every resident.
    Janet Mills: Return half state surplus through direct checks to people.
    J.B. Pritzker: Time to rebuild state's Rainy Day Fund.
    Mike Dunleavy: We must have land reform to increase food production.
    David Ige: Spending on infrastructure helps economic recovery.
    John Carney: Put a hyper-focus on small business: they drive job creation.
    Henry McMaster: $1.26 billion for roads, bridges, highways, interstates.
    Mike Parson: Near completion on work on 75% of state's bridges.
    Dan McKee: Make a once in a generation investment in our housing stock.
    Tim Walz: Our plan will repair and replace critical infrastructure.
    Tim Walz: $1 billion+ to maintain and renew existing state property.
    Tim Walz: Reach communities excluded from past capital investment.
    Peter Ricketts: $500 million to construct a canal reservoir system.
    Jim Justice: Proposes Inflatocine: one-time pay bonus for public workers.
    Eric Holcomb: Investing $3.6 billion this year in road projects.
    Doug Ducey: First time ever we are demolishing unneeded state buildings.
    Phil Scott: We must recognize housing policy is workforce policy.
Civil Rights
    Kristi Noem: In South Dakota, only girls can play in girls' sports.
    Kathy Hochul: National movements for equality were all started in New York.
    Andy Beshear: Ford is betting its future on the people of Kentucky.
    Mike DeWine: Create permanent funding for on-going police training.
    Mike DeWine: Get tough on convicted violent offenders who use guns.
    John Bel Edwards: Need to do more to hold few bad police officers accountable.
    Chris Sununu: Ensure violent criminals don't automatically go free on bail.
    Doug Burgum: North Dakota has been backing the blue, not defunding.
    Asa Hutchinson: Build new 498 inmate prison because we have a growing state.
    Gavin Newsom: Bolster police, more prosecutors, get guns off the street.
    Ned Lamont: Larger and more diverse police force, speed up prosecution.
    Kevin Stitt: Oklahoma is a proud law and order state, we back the police.
    J.B. Pritzker: If we want to reduce crime, we have to solve crimes.
    Larry Hogan: Increase penalties for using guns to commit violent crimes.
    Bill Lee: Respect rule of law; reject defund the police movement.
    Mike Dunleavy: Ending catch-and-release policies has made Alaska safer.
    Tate Reeves: Educational opportunities for prisoners is a wise investment.
    Tate Reeves: Target violent felons for prosecution and conviction.
    Mike Parson: In Missouri, we DEFEND law enforcement, not defund them.
    Michelle Lujan-Grisham: We need tougher penalties for the worst of the worst.
    Glenn Youngkin: Return respect to those who wear the uniform.
    Jared Polis: Make Colorado one of the 10 safest states over next 5 years.
    Jared Polis: As long as I'm Governor, Georgia will always back the blue!
    Peter Ricketts: Fully fund replacement of Nebraska State Penitentiary.
    Kim Reynolds: In Iowa police receive the respect and support they deserve.
    Kristi Noem: We recruited law enforcement officers to move to our state.
    Ron DeSantis: Florida is a law and order state.
    Brad Little: Idaho is a state that openly values its police officers.
    Doug Ducey: Attacks on law enforcement and rising crime rates correlated.
    Kathy Hochul: Jails-to-Jobs: get incarcerated people training for jobs.
    Kevin Stitt: Voters for medical marijuana were sold a bill of goods.
    Jared Polis: Strengthen penalties for drug dealers peddling fentanyl.
    Kristi Noem: Make medical cannabis program safest, most responsible.
    John Bel Edwards: Get teacher pay up to at least the Southern Regional Average.
    Chris Sununu: Education Freedom Savings Accounts provides options.
    Tony Evers: Tuition freeze at state university for in-state students.
    Janet Mills: Make two years of community college free.
    Janet Mills: Met state's commitment to fund 55% of cost of education.
    Tom Wolf: Refusing to fund education equitably does not save us money.
    Bill Lee: Set aside money per child for the public school they attend.
    Bill Lee: Informed patriotism and American exceptionalism at colleges.
    Bill Lee: Shut down university group tied to Chinese Communist Party.
    Mike Dunleavy: Protect rights of parents in education of their children.
    Tate Reeves: Basic right of parents to determine their child's education.
    Tate Reeves: Critical race theory is a looming threat in too many schools.
    David Ige: Virtual learning can supplement in-person classes.
    John Carney: A robust, accurate, Black history curriculum in schools.
    Henry McMaster: Parents must know what their children are learning.
    Mike Parson: Raise teacher pay in every corner of this state.
    Glenn Youngkin: We will teach all of our history: the good and the bad.
    Glenn Youngkin: Parents should have a say in what is taught in school.
    Jared Polis: Increase funding by roughly $12-13 thousand per classroom.
    Jared Polis: Address obscene materials online and in our school libraries.
    Jared Polis: Completely restore all austerity cuts to education funding.
    Kim Reynolds: Give families funds for education system of their choice.
    Kim Reynolds: Launch the first teacher registered apprenticeship program.
    Kristi Noem: Re-instill right to pray in school, absent far too long.
    Kristi Noem: Teach true, honest history not radical Critical Race Theory.
    Ron DeSantis: Provide parents with means to enforce state standards.
    Brad Little: Add $47 million in ongoing funding to literacy programs.
    Brad Little: Empowering Parents grants let families control education.
    Brad Little: Double scholarships for members of Idaho National Guard.
    Doug Ducey: Arizona is the number one school choice state in the nation.
    Doug Ducey: We waive tuition for veterans; let's do spouses too.
    Kay Ivey: Won't accept the existence of a failing elementary school.
    Kathy Hochul: Free tuition for medical students if they remain in New York.
    Phil Scott: Time we end the stigma around career and technical education.
Energy & Oil
    John Bel Edwards: Goal is offshore oil platforms, wind turbines side by side.
    Gavin Newsom: We need to be fighting polluters, not bolstering them.
    Doug Burgum: Soybean oil can be refined into renewable green diesel fuel.
    Asa Hutchinson: We need to accelerate electric charging states across state.
    Mark Gordon: Needn't choose between fossil fuels or new types of energy.
    Gavin Newsom: We will write the playbook on confronting climate change.
    Ned Lamont: Carbon free electric grid; transportation system to follow.
    Kate Brown: Closed our last coal power plant decades ahead of schedule.
    Bill Lee: Nuclear power is clean energy that actually works.
    Mike Dunleavy: We need oil and gas revenue to transition to renewables.
    Mike Dunleavy: Alaska should remain oil & gas giant for another 45 years.
    David Ige: Capture more carbon that we produce by 2045.
    Spencer Cox: Help Utah lead in sustainable energy development.
    Tim Walz: Invest in statewide electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
    Eric Holcomb: Building largest solar farm in US on 13,000 acres.
    Jay Inslee: State's legal and moral obligation to reduce emissions.
    Kim Reynolds: We must continue to embrace an all-of-the-above approach.
    Kathy Hochul: $500 million investment in offshore wind energy.
    Chris Sununu: $150M to address PFAS contamination in our water systems.
    Gavin Newsom: Invest more in fighting wildfires, tackling historic drought.
    Jay Inslee: As the future of salmon goes so goes the future of our state.
    Doug Ducey: $1 billion for desalination, securing Arizona's water future.
Families & Children
    Mike DeWine: Help kids with multiple medical and behavioral challenges.
    Tony Evers: $130 million tax relief through child/caregiver tax credits.
    Janet Mills: More than $12 million to increase pay for childcare workers.
    Janet Mills: Budget will fully fund universal free meals in our schools.
    Kevin Stitt: We know God gave kids to parents--not the government!
    Kate Brown: For working parents child care is infrastructure.
    Charlie Baker: Massachusetts needs to make "revenge porn" a crime.
    Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Create New Mexi-Care to support family caregivers.
    Jared Polis: Strengthen our state's foster care and adoption systems.
    Jay Inslee: Increase number of mental health workers for youth.
    Kim Reynolds: Awarded grants creating 4,000 new childcare spots.
    Laura Kelly: Reformed foster care, focused on kinship care.
Free Trade
    Andy Beshear: Worked to remove harmful tariffs against bourbon industry.
    Gina Raimondo: Worked to remove harmful tariffs against bourbon industry.
    Kay Ivey: Proud to invite the world to do business at Alabama's Port.
Government Reform
    John Bel Edwards: Vetoed Congressional redistricting for racial imbalance.
    Doug Burgum: Make it easier, not harder, to come work in North Dakota.
    Mark Gordon: We enacted strong voter ID law, election integrity critical.
    Ned Lamont: Let's make easier absentee balloting a reality for everyone.
    Spencer Cox: Voting security must never be about making it harder to vote.
    Henry McMaster: Create an Election Integrity and Compliance Audit Program.
    Jay Inslee: Outlaw efforts by pols whose election lies cause violence.
    Kristi Noem: Eliminate fees for starting or renewing a business.
    Ron DeSantis: Clean the voter rolls, mails ballots only on request.
    Brad Little: We have cut or simplified 95% of Idaho regulations.
    Brad Little: Proactive integrity audits to enhance election transparency.
    Doug Ducey: Hidden taxes of the regulatory state can be the real killer.
    Kathy Hochul: Enact two-term limits for statewide elected officials.
Gun Control
    Ned Lamont: You can't be tough on crime if you are weak on guns!
    Mike Parson: Fight violent crime but protect Second Amendment rights.
    Kristi Noem: Won't cost you a penny to exercise 2d amendment rights.
    Kathy Hochul: Double down on strategies to combat gun violence.
Health Care
    Mike DeWine: Treat mental illness as a health issue, not a crime.
    Gavin Newsom: Proposed Health For All, regardless of immigration status.
    Chris Sununu: We stopped the federal vaccine mandates, for personal choice.
    Tony Evers: $5 million for mental health and wellness for National Guard.
    Tony Evers: No one should call an ambulance and wonder if it will come.
    Tony Evers: New public school funding for mental health services.
    Gavin Newsom: First state to offer universal access to healthcare.
    J.B. Pritzker: Remove barriers for new front-line healthcare workers.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Expand coverage for insulin; and coverage for mental health.
    Mike Dunleavy: Defend Alaskans' rights to make their own medical decisions.
    David Ige: Expand University of Hawai'i's doctor residency program.
    Henry McMaster: Review State's behavioral health funding and delivery system.
    Mike Parson: COVID: I don't support mandates; my position WILL NOT CHANGE.
    Dan McKee: Extend Medicaid coverage for new moms to 12 months.
    Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Kickstart rural hospital construction with bridge financing.
    Jared Polis: Offer more integrated physical and mental health services.
    Jared Polis: Hope to add 1,300 healthcare practitioners in our state.
    Jared Polis: Don't force people to choose between jobs or a COVID vaccine.
    Jim Justice: Vaccinations helped me, but won't require vaccinations.
    Eric Holcomb: I beg you to speak to your doctor and get vaccinated.
    Eric Holcomb: Expand access for mental health, reduce stigma.
    Kristi Noem: Unvaccinated Americans are still Americans.
    Laura Kelly: Medicaid expansion is something we can do right now.
    Phil Murphy: More people have insurance and they're paying less for it.
    Brad Little: $50 million to improve behavioral healthcare across Idaho.
    Kay Ivey: Commitment to expanding access to quality mental health care.
    Kathy Hochul: Pay healthcare worked a retention bonus up to $3000.
    Phil Scott: Increase mental health beds, expand suicide prevention.
Homeland Security
    Chris Sununu: Create Veterans Campus for veterans, active military.
    Doug Burgum: Make North Dakota the most military-friendly state.
    Asa Hutchinson: In Arkansas we support our military bases and their missions.
    Mark Gordon: Proud Wyoming remains critical component of nuclear triad.
    Henry McMaster: Eliminate all state income taxes on veteran retirement pay.
    Michelle Lujan-Grisham: It is time that we build a new veterans home.
    Doug Burgum: States are addressing border crisis ignored by Feds.
    Spencer Cox: Welcome new residents, but don't try to change us.
    Henry McMaster: Deployed National Guard to defend border & protect state.
    Ron DeSantis: Re-route illegal aliens in Florida to sanctuary states.
    Doug Ducey: Increase the criminal penalties against human smuggling.
    John Bel Edwards: 13 year old minimum wage ($7.25) not fair nor acceptable.
    Ned Lamont: On way to $15 minimum wage, indexed for inflation.
    Tom Wolf: Minimum wage hasn't been raised in thirteen years.
    Kevin Stitt: Protect teachers' paychecks from union bosses.
    Kate Brown: Future Ready Oregon provides skills to advance to careers.
    Mike Parson: Cutting off federal unemployment benefits the right call.
    Kim Reynolds: Reduce unemployment benefits from six months to 16 weeks.
    Phil Murphy: One way to make state more affordable is pay a livable wage.
    Kathy Hochul: Grow programs that train for jobs actually in demand.
    Phil Scott: Invest more to help cover interns' wages.
Local Issues
    John Bel Edwards: Protect tenants from wrongful evictions after hurricanes.
    John Bel Edwards: Hold insurance companies accountable for post-storm actions.
Principles & Values
    Andy Beshear: Kentucky no longer a fly-over state; we are the destination.
    Mike DeWine: There is simply no better place to raise a family than Ohio!
    Chris Sununu: Granite State is ranked as the Freest State in the Nation.
    Chris Sununu: Put Suicide Prevention phone number on every student ID card.
    Tony Evers: I believe that there is more that unites us than divides us.
    Mark Gordon: We always stand for our national anthem in Wyoming.
    Mark Gordon: Right now, the world needs more cowboys.
    Ned Lamont: I have zero tolerance for any ethical malfeasance.
    Tom Wolf: Some leaders are turning against the very idea of democracy.
    Kevin Stitt: Americans are moving to states that value freedom.
    J.B. Pritzker: Illinois is the best place to live in the entire country.
    Charlie Baker: Trust is where possibility in public life comes from.
    Mike Dunleavy: Our purpose is to be servants of the people.
    Tate Reeves: I love data; I swim in it; it's what I do for fun.
    Tate Reeves: Sin is inherent in the human condition.
    Tate Reeves: America's founding set world to greater prosperity & freedom.
    Tate Reeves: In Mississippi we realize that your life is a gift from God.
    David Ige: The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
    Spencer Cox: If America is world's last great hope, Utah is America's.
    Henry McMaster: Defend the Rule of Law, preserve our State's sovereignty.
    Mike Parson: Missouri is the best state in the United States.
    Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Government isn't a competition; we're all on the same team.
    Glenn Youngkin: The most exceptional nation the world has ever known.
    Glenn Youngkin: Faith in a loving God, whose presence can be felt here today.
    Peter Ricketts: Remember: Nebraska is what America is supposed to be.
    Jim Justice: Shedding image of being uneducated, dusty, poor, backward.
    Laura Kelly: We can be as good and decent as the people who sent us here.
    Phil Murphy: For all of us, the politicking ends and the governing begins.
    Ron DeSantis: We have made Florida the freest state in these United States.
    Kathy Hochul: Not here to make history; I came to make a difference.
Social Security
    Doug Burgum: Permanently eliminated state income tax on Social Security.
    Larry Hogan: Time to finally pass the Retirement Tax Elimination Act.
    Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Eliminate taxation of Social Security benefits.
Tax Reform
    Chris Sununu: If your town isn't lowering taxes, go out and make it happen.
    Chris Sununu: Tax cuts work, so let's do it again!
    Tony Evers: 15% middle class tax cut of largest in state history.
    Ned Lamont: Expand business tax credit to repay employee student loans.
    Ned Lamont: Eliminate income tax on pension and 401K income for most.
    Kevin Stitt: We need more taxpayers; not more taxes.
    J.B. Pritzker: Fight inflation by suspending grocery tax in coming year.
    Larry Hogan: We've cut taxes, tolls, fees by more than $2.7 billion.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Repeal retirement tax; restore Earned Income Tax Credit.
    Charlie Baker: Tax cuts for families, low income workers, renters, seniors.
    Tate Reeves: Attract business by elimination of the state's income tax.
    Spencer Cox: $160 million grocery tax credit will help fight inflation.
    Henry McMaster: Our work will not be done unless I sign an income tax cut.
    Mike Parson: Second tax cut: new low rate of 5.3%.
    Dan McKee: Reduce corporate minimum tax to help small business.
    Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Haven't cut sales tax in 40 years; let's do it.
    Glenn Youngkin: We will double the standard deduction on income taxes.
    Jared Polis: Implemented historic tax relief; funded Child Tax Credit.
    Peter Ricketts: Reduce top individual tax rate from 6.84% to 5.84%.
    Eric Holcomb: End 30% personal property tax floor on new equipment.
    Kim Reynolds: Replace multiple tax brackets with 4% flat tax.
    Laura Kelly: $250 tax rebate to every Kansan who filed in 2021.
    Phil Murphy: Greater tax fairness, cuts for middle, families, seniors.
    Phil Murphy: State school funding is property tax relief.
    Ron DeSantis: I am proposing a $1 billion gas tax holiday.
    Brad Little: Already cut $1 billion in taxes, relief for Bidenflation.
    Doug Ducey: Supply-side economic looks good, we will cut taxes.
    Kathy Hochul: Provide $1 billion middle-class property tax rebate.
    Phil Scott: Will propose a balanced and progressive tax relief package.
    Phil Scott: Let's eliminate the tax on military pensions.
    John Bel Edwards: GUMBO grants will eliminate digital divide by 2029.
    Doug Burgum: Adopt computer and cyber science graduation standards.
    Janet Mills: Universal high-speed internet for Maine by 2024.
    Ned Lamont: Internet access not just nice to have, it's a necessity.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Proposing $2500 electric vehicle rebate for families.
    David Ige: Internet expansion to connect all main Hawaiian Islands.
    Eric Holcomb: Forbes calls state national model for boosting broadband.
    Laura Kelly: Expanded internet to 50,000+ new households, businesses.
    Ron DeSantis: Enact protections for the data privacy of all Floridians.
    Kathy Hochul: $1 billion investment in digital infrastructure.
Welfare & Poverty
    Gavin Newsom: Address homelessness with 55,000 new housing units.
    Kate Brown: An additional $400 million investment in affordable housing.
    David Ige: Increased funding to lift people out of homelessness.
    John Carney: Develop more than 1,200 affordable housing units.
    Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Reducing poverty is the most important work of government.
    Tim Walz: Repair shelters, invest in affordable housing.
    Jared Polis: Funded more than 14,000 units of affordable housing.
    Jim Justice: Fighting food insecurity is a big priority of mine.
    Jay Inslee: Wrap-around services critical in addressing homelessness.
    Kim Reynolds: The safety net has become a hammock.
    Kathy Hochul: Housing plan to create and preserve 100,000 affordable homes.

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