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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)

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State of Oregon Politicians: Archives

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  • Bob Niemeyer (6) Oregon Republican 2016 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Bruce Broussard (8) Former Republican challenger (2004) Oregon
  • Bud Pierce (20) Oregon Republican Gubernatorial candidate
  • Gordon Harold Smith (13) Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2008) Oregon
  • Jason Conger (17) Republican Challenger Oregon
  • Jay Inslee (2) Washington Democratic Governor
  • Jeff Merkley (34) Democratic Jr Senator Oregon
  • Jim Huffman (12) 2010 Republican Challenger Oregon
  • John Kitzhaber (14) Oregon Democratic Governor (resigned 2015)
  • Julian Bell (1) Oregon Democratic 2016 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Kate Brown (31) Oregon Democratic Governor
  • Kevin Mannix (3)
  • Kevin Stine (25) Democratic Senate candidate Oregon
  • Knute Buehler (17) Oregon Republican candidate for governor
  • Mark Callahan (24) Republican Senate challenger Oregon
  • Monica Wehby (27) Republican Challenger Oregon
  • Ron Wyden (8) Democratic Sr Senator Oregon
  • Ted Kulongoski (1) Oregon Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010)
  • Tom Vilsack (1) Iowa Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002); Cabinet Sec'y (USDA)
  • Winona LaDuke (10)
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    Knute Buehler: Pro-choice: wants abortions rare, safe and legal.
    Mark Callahan: Abortion is murder.
    Kevin Stine: No new federal law restricting access to abortion.
    Bud Pierce: Accessible contraceptives & family planning services.
    Mark Callahan: You are either Pro-Life or you are not.
    Monica Wehby: Abortion is a personal choice.
    Monica Wehby: Abortion is a personal decision.
    Jim Huffman: Pro-choice but Roe v. Wade was a bad decision.
    Jim Huffman: Supports abortion rights, but no federal funding.
    Jim Huffman: Pro-choice, but issue has corrupted politics.
    Jeff Merkley: Public funding for stem cell research.
    Tom Vilsack: Informed consent is government telling women what to do.
    Winona LaDuke: Supports a womanís right to choose.
    Winona LaDuke: Choice means quality of life for low-income families.
    Jeff Merkley: Abortions should always be legally available.
    John Kitzhaber: Abortions always legally available, & government funded.
    Kate Brown: Abortions should always be legally available.
Budget & Economy
    Knute Buehler: Boost economy via spending controls and cutting regulations.
    Bob Niemeyer: Cut the size of government and jobs will follow.
    Kevin Stine: Supports stimulus over market-led recovery.
    Bud Pierce: Cut growth in state budget by half.
    Mark Callahan: Balanced Budget Amendment to the US Constitution.
    John Kitzhaber: State recovering from Great Recession, but not every person.
    Monica Wehby: Problem is uncertainty in federal regulation & tax climate.
    Jason Conger: Supports executive bonuses; opposes federal bailout.
    Jim Huffman: No $2M spending on exotic ant research.
    Ron Wyden: No bailout of finance industry, no Wall Street bonuses.
    Jim Huffman: Supports balanced budget amendment.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Supports bailout as BETTER regulation, not MORE regulation.
    Jeff Merkley: Oppose bailout bill; more oversight needed.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Stabilize the monster that is devouring Wall Street.
    Jeff Merkley: Bailout bill is a $700-million blank check.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Supports government help for people facing foreclosure.
    Jeff Merkley: Our children have to repay debt from deregulated Wall Street.
    Winona LaDuke: Replace corporate subsidies with community revitalization.
    Kate Brown: Fund infrastructure; start-up businesses; and job retraining.
Civil Rights
    Kevin Stine: Affirmative action is ok, bur don't enforce statistically.
    Kevin Stine: Strongly supports same-sex marriage.
    Mark Callahan: Marriage is between one man and one woman.
    Bud Pierce: Same-sex marriage is a "settled" issue.
    Jeff Merkley: Ensure that women earn equal pay for equal work.
    Monica Wehby: Paycheck Fairness Act hurts women in the workplace.
    Monica Wehby: Government shouldn't be involved in same-sex marriage.
    Jim Huffman: Supports the legal rights of gays.
    Jeff Merkley: Oregon Equality Act: sexual orientation is a civil right.
    Jeff Merkley: Apply affirmative action to state hiring.
    John Kitzhaber: Maintain affirmative action in colleges & state hiring.
    John Kitzhaber: Recognize same-sex marriages.
    Kate Brown: Prosecute discrimination cases; support affirmative action.
    Kate Brown: Grow Our Own: develop existing Oregon businesses.
    Kevin Stine: Tax loopholes allow companies to pay meager tax rates.
    Kevin Stine: Cut corporate handouts & thus raise tax rates on the 1%.
    Monica Wehby: Gov't should encourage growth, not squeeze businesses out.
    Jim Huffman: Moratorium on new federal regulations on businesses.
    Knute Buehler: A crime victim himself, vows to make citizen's lives safer.
    Kevin Stine: Give judges more leeway on sentencing.
    Bob Niemeyer: Death penalty is less cruel to families of victims.
    Jason Conger: Voted NO on reducing sentences for non-violent offenses.
    Jim Huffman: Death penalty is too inaccurate to deserve support.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Stiffer laws against gang crimes, rapists & child sex.
    Jeff Merkley: Worked hard to get better laws to deal with criminals.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Supports use of federal death penalty.
    Jeff Merkley: Mandatory minimum sentence for some 1st-degree sex offenders.
    Jeff Merkley: Opposes the death penalty.
    Jeff Merkley: Increase rehabilitation & alternatives to incarceration.
    John Kitzhaber: Oppose the death penalty.
    John Kitzhaber: End parole for repeat violent felons.
    Kate Brown: Supports community policing; opposes death penalty.
    Knute Buehler: Federal government needs to respect state laws on marijuana.
    Jay Inslee: Pilot program for growing industrial hemp.
    Kate Brown: Liberalize recreational marijuana use but regulate it.
    Kevin Stine: Fearful rhetoric about marijuana leads to waste, not safety.
    Jeff Merkley: Positives of pot legalization outweigh the negatives.
    Jason Conger: Voted NO on retail medical marijuana establishments.
    Jeff Merkley: Toughen laws against meth traffickers.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
    John Kitzhaber: Decriminalize medicinal marijuana.
    Kate Brown: Seamless system of education, from cradle to career.
    Knute Buehler: Combat failing graduation; improve academic achievement.
    Kate Brown: Future Ready Oregon: Prepare students for today's jobs.
    Bob Niemeyer: Charter schools are the answer; throw out Common Core.
    Bud Pierce: Apply Massachusetts Education Reform act to Oregon schools.
    Kate Brown: Seamless public education from cradle to career.
    Jay Inslee: Reverse transfer credits toward associate degrees.
    Kevin Stine: Opposes school vouchers.
    Bud Pierce: We need motivated, well-trained teachers.
    Bob Niemeyer: Common Core creates a putrid educational system.
    Mark Callahan: Common Core is dumbing down the next generation.
    Kate Brown: Make it easier to opt out from Common Core testing.
    Monica Wehby: Increase school choice options for our families.
    Mark Callahan: Get rid of the Department of Education.
    Bruce Broussard: Take full advantage of No Child Left Behind Program.
    Kevin Mannix: Increase funding without raising taxes.
    John Kitzhaber: Public education is the cornerstone of democracy.
    Kate Brown: More state funds for low-income districts.
Energy & Oil
    Knute Buehler: May 2017: tax carbon; Oct.2017: oppose clean-energy jobs.
    Kevin Stine: End corporate handouts to fossil fuel companies.
    Mark Callahan: Do nothing about global warming; it's a fraudulent invention.
    Ron Wyden: Boost renewable energy and the low-carbon economy.
    Kate Brown: Wean Oregon off coal and boost renewable sources.
    Kevin Stine: Prioritize green energy.
    Bud Pierce: End low-carbon fuel mandate: 19 cents-a-gallon hidden tax.
    Julian Bell: Combat climate change and promote clean energy.
    Kate Brown: Angered environmentalists via compromise transportation bill.
    Mark Callahan: Energy independence: based on the free market.
    Kate Brown: Clean fuel bill critical; we are seeing a warming planet.
    Monica Wehby: Complete the Keystone Pipeline; end EPA overreach.
    Jason Conger: Voted NO on electronic energy efficiency standards.
    John Kitzhaber: Making renewable energy in state also keeps dollars in state.
    Ron Wyden: Biomass is a clean energy source & a job machine.
    Ted Kulongoski: Require 1.5% solar energy technology in public construction.
    Kate Brown: Require 1.5% solar energy technology in public construction.
    Bruce Broussard: Team with business for hybrid vehicles and renewables.
    Winona LaDuke: Support alternative energy & industrial hemp.
    Knute Buehler: Wants to combat wildfire damage to forests with new policies.
    Bud Pierce: Enhance infrastructure & natural resource based jobs.
    Mark Callahan: Constitution disallows so much federal land ownership.
    Kevin Stine: Common sense solutions to ensure environmental security.
    Bud Pierce: Maintain forestlands through proper forest management.
    Monica Wehby: Fisherman, miners, and loggers need a partner in D.C.
    Jason Conger: Higher timber harvests on public land.
    Jason Conger: Voted NO on prohibiting motorized mining in riverbeds.
    Jason Conger: Rated 53% by Conservation Voters; 80% by Humane Society.
    Jim Huffman: End restrictions for logging federal timber land.
    Jim Huffman: Upset at impact on rural communities from logging ban.
    Ron Wyden: Worked out compromise Eastside Forest Plan.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Inserted Oregon timber payments into $70 bailout bill.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Create more jobs in timber industry.
    Jeff Merkley: Son of a timber family; will fight for timber payments.
    Jeff Merkley: Sustainable forest harvest important for economy.
    Kate Brown: Supports watershed planning & reservoir drawdowns.
Families & Children
    Knute Buehler: Create a "rapid-improvement team" for foster care.
    Bud Pierce: Partially support hospice/respite centers.
    Knute Buehler: Early supporter of marriage equality for all citizens.
    Bud Pierce: Alleviate the scourge of sex trafficking.
    Monica Wehby: 2007: Ex-husband filed police report, but good friends now.
    Monica Wehby: 2013: Ex-boyfriend filed police report, but now regrets it.
    Jason Conger: Rated 79% by Oregon Stand for Children.
    John Kitzhaber: Invest in children in early years to prevent tragic failures.
    Winona LaDuke: Gore and Bush endorse a myth of the American family.
Foreign Policy
    Kevin Stine: Supports American Exceptionalism.
    Kevin Stine: Avoid foreign entanglements.
    Mark Callahan: Strong support of our military and of Israel.
    Jeff Merkley: In a dangerous world, we need to work with other nations.
    Jason Conger: Russia emboldened in Ukraine by Obama's weak foreign policy.
    Monica Wehby: Russia emboldened in Ukraine by Obama's weak foreign policy.
    Mark Callahan: UN Small Arms Treaty yields our sovereignty.
    Winona LaDuke: Opposes military aid to Colombia.
Free Trade
    Kevin Stine: We need fair trade, not free trade.
    Kevin Stine: Oppose "fast track" trade legislation; oppose TPP.
    Kate Brown: International trade supports a half million Oregon jobs.
    Jeff Merkley: Support free-trade, but wait on Trans-Pacific Partnership.
    Monica Wehby: Support free-trade, but wait on Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Government Reform
    Knute Buehler: End pay-to-play politics, to restore confidence.
    Bud Pierce: Mandate government to release requested info for free.
    Kate Brown: Disclose lobbyist info & pay, on public website.
    Kevin Stine: Allow absentee ballots for all; extend early voting.
    Bob Niemeyer: Go back to voting in person, with verified photo ID.
    Mark Callahan: Limit terms in Congress & the U.S. Senate.
    Monica Wehby: Founders never imagined a permanent political class.
    Jeff Merkley: Nuclear option: Allow confirmation of Obama's appointees.
    Kate Brown: Oregon sees high turnout because of vote-by-mail.
    Kate Brown: 15 million ballots via vote-by-mail with only 9 fraud cases.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Increase individuals campaign donation limit.
    Bruce Broussard: Good government follows clearly outlined public procedures.
    Kevin Mannix: Fix budget with government structure change not tax hike.
    Winona LaDuke: Stop corporate funding of elections.
    Jeff Merkley: Spending limits on campaigns, plus full disclosure.
    John Kitzhaber: Limit individual campaign donations; require full disclosure.
Gun Control
    Kate Brown: Supports IP43 assault weapon ban and IP44 safe storage rules.
    Knute Buehler: Opposes gun control proposals as intruding on basic freedoms.
    Bud Pierce: Oppose background checks; they won't reduce gun violence.
    Bud Pierce: Surveillance of schools & social media, to curb gun violence.
    Kevin Stine: Gun lobby has redefined 2nd Amendment in a perverse way.
    Mark Callahan: The 2nd Amendment was meant to protect the 1st Amendment.
    Kate Brown: Require criminal background checks for gun purchases.
    Kate Brown: Require more background checks on gun sales.
    Monica Wehby: Protect all constitutional rights, especially 2nd Amendment.
    Jim Huffman: Oppose restrictions on right to bear arms.
    Jeff Merkley: Maintain restrictions on purchase & possession of firearms.
    John Kitzhaber: Increase restrictions on gun purchase and possession.
Health Care
    Knute Buehler: Single-payer health care as a qualified not absolute right.
    Kate Brown: Access to healthcare improving, but there is more we must do.
    Kevin Stine: We need real healthcare reform, like single-payer.
    Bud Pierce: Subsidize "adequate" insurance for low-income Oregonians.
    Bud Pierce: Fight any one-size-fits-all single-payer healthcare system.
    Mark Callahan: Full repeal of ObamaCare / WydenCare.
    Monica Wehby: Prominent and early opponent of ObamaCare.
    Jason Conger: State-run Cover Oregon exchange better than ObamaCare.
    Monica Wehby: We need more MDs and fewer JDs in Congress.
    Monica Wehby: I was against ObamaCare when it wasn't cool.
    Jason Conger: Opposes "Cover Oregon" and state-run insurance exchanges.
    Mark Callahan: Opposes "Cover Oregon" and state-run insurance exchanges.
    Jeff Merkley: I couldn't enroll in ObamaCare, but it'll eventually succeed.
    Jeff Merkley: 2009: "Keep your insurance"; 2014: fix ObamaCare so you can.
    Jason Conger: Delay health plan cancellations due to ObamaCare.
    Jeff Merkley: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
    Winona LaDuke: Moms know we need an affordable health care system.
    Winona LaDuke: Aid to families is sacrificed in favor of military aid.
    Kate Brown: Fund care for infants; disabled; seniors; & Oregon citizens.
Homeland Security
    Bud Pierce: State duty to honor the sacrifice of those who've served.
    Kevin Stine: Wasteful defense spending is rampant.
    Mark Callahan: Strongly support veterans & active duty military personnel.
    Monica Wehby: Put the needs and care of our veterans first.
    Monica Wehby: Strengthening our armed forces protects our freedoms.
    Jason Conger: Opposes reduction in size of America's military force.
    Monica Wehby: Opposes reduction in size of America's military force.
    Jeff Merkley: Be slow to go to war and be fast to take care of veterans.
    Bruce Broussard: More funding for First Responders.
    Bruce Broussard: Support more comprehensive information sharing programs.
    Knute Buehler: Omit minor infractions from sanctuary state rules.
    Kevin Stine: Any reasonable reform includes a pathway to citizenship.
    Kate Brown: Oregon will accept refugees and help them rebuild lives.
    Kate Brown: Open the doors of opportunity for Syrian refugees.
    Mark Callahan: No driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.
    Kate Brown: Expand state college aid to undocumented students.
    Monica Wehby: Secure the border but increase H1B visas & guest workers.
    Jason Conger: Temporary visas for needed undocumented immigrants.
    Mark Callahan: Enforce borders; enforce existing laws; say no to amnesty.
    Jason Conger: Voted NO on drivers licenses for non-resident aliens.
    Jason Conger: Stricter rules for non-citizen college tuition equity.
    Jeff Merkley: Rated 90% by Oregonians for Immigration Reform.
    Knute Buehler: More job training; less job-killing regulations.
    Bud Pierce: Vigilance in enforcing Equal Pay laws for women.
    Jeff Merkley: Minimum wage should be left to the states.
    Bruce Broussard: Create more jobs domestically.
    Bruce Broussard: Get more of federal $23B for job training for Oregon.
    Kevin Mannix: Support small businesses to spur job growth.
Principles & Values
    Knute Buehler: Freedom and new opportunities are bedrock GOP principles.
    Mark Callahan: God is guiding me to fight for the freedom of our country.
    Mark Callahan: Very conservative first-time office holder.
    Kevin Stine: The Senate is full of multi-millionaires over the age of 60.
    Ron Wyden: Give voice to those who often feel left out of the debate.
    Kevin Stine: Separate church & state, but some leeway for societal norms.
    Bob Niemeyer: Separating church & state doesn't pull God out of government.
    Mark Callahan: Religious freedom is under attack by political correctness.
    Kevin Stine: Served in Navy for 9 years; on City Council for 1.
    John Kitzhaber: 36 years in government: state House; state Senate; Governor.
    Monica Wehby: Declined to debate on live TV in Senate primary.
    Monica Wehby: AdWatch: Parents trust her as a pediatric neurosurgeon.
    Ron Wyden: FactCheck: No truth to rumors that Wyden lives in New York.
    Gordon Harold Smith: Works often with Sen. Wyden (D-OR) & Sen. Obama (D-IL).
    Jeff Merkley: Endorsed by Sen. Wyden; Iíll be his partner.
    Jeff Merkley: Iíve lived a pretty unconventional life.
Social Security
    Bud Pierce: Require automatic enrollment with payroll deductions.
    Kate Brown: More options & opportunities to save for retirement.
    Kevin Stine: Opposes privatizing Social Security.
    Monica Wehby: Put entitlements on a path to being financially secure.
    Jim Huffman: Option of putting payroll taxes in a private account.
    Gordon Harold Smith: People should prepare for retirement in addition to Soc.Sec.
    Jeff Merkley: Privatization would melt away retirement in stock crash.
Tax Reform
    Bud Pierce: Tax relief on mid-tier income earners, to create more jobs.
    Knute Buehler: No new or higher taxes during booming economy.
    Mark Callahan: Support flat tax or FairTax; oppose growing government.
    Ron Wyden: Sophisticated wealthy few distort tax system.
    Mark Callahan: Implement a Flat Tax to replace 74,000-page tax system.
    Kate Brown: Need more taxes from business to support basic needs.
    Monica Wehby: 40% of budget on debt servicing is generational theft.
    Jason Conger: Pushed tax relief for middle and low income families.
    Gordon Harold Smith: I believe in pro-growth tax cuts.
    Jeff Merkley: Supports raising taxes on earnings over $250,000 per year.
    Bruce Broussard: Provide businesses with tax incentives to create jobs.
    Winona LaDuke: Favors economic and tax policies to benefit poor, not rich.
    Jeff Merkley: No state sales tax.
    John Kitzhaber: No state sales tax; no flat tax; increase gas tax.
    Knute Buehler: Funding transit by payroll tax is unfair and bad policy.
    Bud Pierce: Public transit ok, but future is autonomous drive vehicles.
    Kate Brown: Expand public transit to ease traffic congestion.
    Ron Wyden: Limit taxes on Internet-based companies.
War & Peace
    Mark Callahan: Iran nuclear deal endangers U.S. and our allies.
    Monica Wehby: Ensure that Iranian nukes don't threaten Israel.
    Jeff Merkley: Opposed Iraq war from the very beginning, against Party.
Welfare & Poverty
    Gordon Harold Smith: Block grants for state and local flexibility in welfare.
    Jeff Merkley: Supports workfare and 2-year welfare limits.

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