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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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Commonwealth of Kentucky Politicians: Archives

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  • Alison Grimes (30) Kentucky Democratic candidate for governor
  • Amy McGrath (4) Democratic Candidate U.S. Rep Kentucky- 6
  • Brett Guthrie (1) Republican U.S. Rep Kentucky-2
  • Bruce Lunsford (9) Former Democratic Senate challenger (2008) Kentucky
  • Chuck Pennacchio (1) Former Democratic challenger (2006) Pennsylvania
  • Harry Blackmun (1)
  • Jack Conway (33) Kentucky Democratic 2015 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Jack Reed (1) Democratic Sr Senator Rhode Island
  • James Comer (20) Republican U.S. Rep Kentucky- 1
  • Jim Gray (17) Kentucky Democratic candidate for governor
  • John Paul Stevens (1) Republican Appointee to Supreme Court (retired 2010)
  • Matt Bevin (27) Kentucky Republican Governor
  • Mitch McConnell (21) Republican Sr Senator Kentucky
  • Rand Paul (17) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Sandra Day O`Connor (1) Republican Appointee to Supreme Court (retired 2005)
  • Scott Walker (1) Wisconsin WI Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Steve Beshear (31) Kentucky Democratic Governor (term-limited 2015)
  • Trey Grayson (1) Republican 2010 Senate Challenger; Secretary of State Kentucky
  • William Rehnquist (1) Republican Appointee to Supreme Court (until 2005)
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    Amy McGrath: 100% pro-choice; it is a woman's right to choose.
    James Comer: Abortion should NEVER be allowed, except for maternal life.
    James Comer: Not one penny of tax dollars to Planned Parenthood.
    Alison Grimes: Pro-choice down the line.
Budget & Economy
    James Comer: Federal fiscal restraint to tackle $19 trillion debt.
    Jim Gray: Think globally when talking about job creation.
    Matt Bevin: Must rely on cutting spending to improve financial outlook.
    Matt Bevin: AdWatch: Supporting a debt-limit increase is too liberal.
    Matt Bevin: No budget deal; let the sequester cuts take place.
    Mitch McConnell: Proud of role in high-profile deal to end federal shutdown.
    Mitch McConnell: Supports sequester cuts: 2.4% out of $3.6 trillion budget.
    Jack Reed: Address the sequester & debt ceiling without any new taxes.
    Jack Conway: Against TARP bailouts due to lack of accountability.
    Rand Paul: Bank bailout was bad policy & helped no banks in KY.
    Steve Beshear: Cut government spending due to the revenue shortfall.
    Steve Beshear: Some budget priorities won’t go away despite budget crisis.
    Steve Beshear: Revenue situation becomes a golden opportunity for change.
Civil Rights
    Amy McGrath: Agrees with Supreme Court upholding same sex marriage.
    James Comer: Support traditional marriage between one man and one woman.
    Jim Gray: Pay equity for women; and raise the minimum wage.
    Jim Gray: Openly gay mayor of Lexington: not all are anti-gay.
    Jack Conway: Same-sex marriage ban is last vestige of discrimination.
    Jack Conway: Didn't challenge court ruling that allowed same-sex marriage.
    Alison Grimes: Supports allowing gay marriage.
    Alison Grimes: AdWatch: VAWA and equal pay for women.
    Mitch McConnell: I co-sponsored VAWA but final version went too far.
    Alison Grimes: Both supportive and apprehensive about marriage equality.
    Matt Bevin: Why not define marriage as a parent marrying their child?
    Alison Grimes: Fight for pay equity for women.
    Jack Conway: Claims Paul questions Civil Rights Act and the ADA.
    Jack Conway: I abhor discrimination; end "don't ask, don't tell".
    Steve Beshear: Will veto a bill that would ban gay marriage in KY.
    Rand Paul: Opposes same-sex marriage.
    Trey Grayson: Opposes same-sex marriage.
    Steve Beshear: Incentive programs for businesses; to bring in jobs.
    Matt Bevin: Overturn voting rights to ex-felons who completed sentences.
    Steve Beshear: Grant voting rights to ex-felons who completed sentences.
    Matt Bevin: Imperative to address backlog of forensic tests.
    Matt Bevin: Restore felon voting rights, but only through legislature.
    Steve Beshear: Restore right to vote to most nonviolent felons.
    Jack Conway: Reduce crime via focus on cybercrime against kids.
    Alison Grimes: One in six US women will be victims of domestic violence.
    Steve Beshear: Require DNA samples from all criminal parolees.
    Brett Guthrie: Require DNA samples from all criminal parolees.
    James Comer: Require DNA samples from all criminal parolees.
    James Comer: Allow expungement of criminal records after 5 years.
    Harry Blackmun: Black defendants have Constitutional right to blacks on jury.
    John Paul Stevens: Black defendants have Constitutional right to blacks on jury.
    Sandra Day O`Connor: Black defendants have Constitutional right to blacks on jury.
    William Rehnquist: Black defendants have no right to blacks on jury.
    Matt Bevin: Crack down on drug dealers and others who abuse the system.
    James Comer: Help farmers with first hemp program in Kentucky.
    Jim Gray: Fully fund drug treatment and addiction recovery.
    Jack Conway: Fight prescription drug abuse; set up treatment centers.
    Alison Grimes: Have a discussion about marijuana legalization.
    Mitch McConnell: Strongly opposed to legalization of marijuana.
    Steve Beshear: KASPER: KY All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting.
    Steve Beshear: Reduce historic addiction to tobacco with smoke-free law.
    Jack Conway: Meth lab count is up because we are identifying smaller labs.
    Rand Paul: Tackle drug problem; no one cares where funding comes from.
    Rand Paul: Community treatment instead of federal anti-drug programs.
    Jack Conway: Epidemic of prescription pill abuse spurs crime.
    Rand Paul: Drug abuse isn't a pressing issue; 10-20 years is too harsh.
    Matt Bevin: Proposed school cuts of $128M; legislature restored them.
    James Comer: Teach without interference from the federal government.
    James Comer: Mountains of student debt hinders getting a job.
    Jim Gray: Investment in education and our teachers is essential.
    Matt Bevin: Move to performance based funding for state universities.
    Matt Bevin: End education monopoly with school choice and vouchers.
    Matt Bevin: FactCheck: No, not MIT grad; education is "School of Life".
    Alison Grimes: Every child has the right to a quality education.
    Steve Beshear: We made cuts to survive; now let's assess damage.
    Steve Beshear: Reinvest in SEEK: Support Education Excellence in Kentucky.
    Jack Conway: Enforce consumer protection laws at for-profit schools.
    Steve Beshear: Alternative programs to reduce school dropout rate.
    Steve Beshear: High national rankings shows that education is good in KY.
Energy & Oil
    James Comer: War on coal is a war on Kentucky's economy.
    Jim Gray: Let's stop mining? No, invest in coal's future.
    Jim Gray: Fund clean coal via Carbon Capture and Storage.
    Jack Conway: Maintain low energy rates by protecting coal economy.
    Matt Bevin: Fight against EPA's relentless attacks on the coal industry.
    Mitch McConnell: I blocked the passage of Obama's cap-and-trade.
    Alison Grimes: Balanced approach to deal with global warming.
    Mitch McConnell: AdWatch: Fights EPA regulation on coal production.
    Alison Grimes: Rely heavily on domestic coal, oil and natural gas.
    Steve Beshear: To Washington: Get off our backs! about coal.
    Jack Conway: Protect coal even under cap-and-trade.
    Rand Paul: Unelected EPA should not regulate greenhouse emissions.
    Jack Conway: Coal yes; cap-and-trade no.
    Bruce Lunsford: Expand drilling; draw strategic reserve; plus alternatives.
    Mitch McConnell: Supports coal-to-liquid fuels, nuclear tech, & electric cars.
    Mitch McConnell: Has clout to implement GOP solutions for high gas prices.
    Bruce Lunsford: Double oil production by developing 70M federal acres.
    Jim Gray: EPA regulations overstep bounds, but we can't throw them out.
    Jack Conway: Fight the EPA's burdensome regulations.
    Matt Bevin: I don't support cockfighting, but don't criminalize it.
    Alison Grimes: OpEd: Disdain for the EPA, but better choice for greens.
    Steve Beshear: Secures Clean Water Act funding to clean up pollution.
    Bruce Lunsford: Worked on father’s tobacco farm as a youngster.
    Bruce Lunsford: Bring together all parties to review mountaintop removal.
Families & Children
    Matt Bevin: Czar to overhaul state foster care and adoption programs.
Foreign Policy
    Jim Gray: Stand with our allies to protect our global interests.
    Mitch McConnell: 1985: Led anti-apartheid bill through Senate.
    Matt Bevin: No unilateral action in Eastern Europe.
Free Trade
    Amy McGrath: No reason for tariffs against NATO allies.
    Jim Gray: Trade deals are a net positive for Kentucky.
    Alison Grimes: Halt flow of jobs overseas; no subsidies for job exporters.
    Steve Beshear: New records in exports; thousands of jobs from in-sourcing.
    Steve Beshear: Record exports to Asia & Europe means we're importing jobs.
    Mitch McConnell: Trade agreements allow selling farm products abroad.
Government Reform
    Alison Grimes: Presidential Commission on Election Integrity is a sham.
    James Comer: Self-imposed term limit of 6 terms.
    Jim Gray: Campaign finance system is broken; root it out.
    Mitch McConnell: Federal shutdown was just a 2-week paid vacation: bad policy.
    Alison Grimes: Lifelong commitment to protecting the right to vote.
    Steve Beshear: Smart Government: sell surplus land, buildings and vehicles.
    Steve Beshear: 6-day furlough for state workers; cut top staff salaries 10%.
    Jack Conway: I stood up for the people against price-gouging & lies.
    Steve Beshear: Comprehensive ethics package to restore trust.
Gun Control
    Matt Bevin: Culture of violence, like zombie shows, cause mass shootings.
    Matt Bevin: School shootings caused by "culture of death" in media.
    Mitch McConnell: Congress cannot fix school shootings; must act locally.
    James Comer: Unwavering support of 2nd Amendment.
    Jim Gray: Ban gun purchases by people on FBI terrorist watch list.
    Jim Gray: Ok to delay gun sales for 72 hours, but no secret lists.
    Jack Conway: Believes in right to bear arms and self-protection.
    Alison Grimes: Same background-check standards at gun store versus gun show.
    Alison Grimes: Proud of long-held sporting & hunting traditions.
Health Care
    James Comer: ObamaCare stifles businesses; pass tort reform instead.
    Jim Gray: Ensure solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund.
    Jack Conway: Recovered $600M by suing providers for Medicaid fraud.
    Matt Bevin: Disband KYNECT immediately; transition to federal system.
    Alison Grimes: Kynect heroically for expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare.
    Mitch McConnell: ObamaCare's Kynect is a state decision, but yeah, it's ok.
    Steve Beshear: Kentucky leads the way on affordable health care for all.
    Mitch McConnell: ObamaCare is a train wreck; do what we can to repeal it.
    Alison Grimes: Delay mandated coverage, but keep ObamaCare.
    Jack Conway: Pay for Obamacare with bulk purchasing & fraud units.
    Rand Paul: Obamacare will cost $3T & health insurance still goes up 15%.
    Bruce Lunsford: McConnell is bought and paid for by drug companies.
Homeland Security
    James Comer: Advocate for investments in national defense.
    Jim Gray: Support the military, intelligence community, & diplomacy.
    Jack Conway: Protect veterans and active servicemembers from fraud.
    Mitch McConnell: AdWatch: Brought in new VA hospital; & higher pay for troops.
    Alison Grimes: Reduce veterans' services backlog; support new vets jobs law.
    Jack Conway: Let gays serve openly in US military.
    Rand Paul: Military should decide don't-ask-don't-tell policy.
    James Comer: Vocally in support of building a wall on the southern border.
    James Comer: Support the wall; oppose amnesty & sanctuary cities.
    Alison Grimes: Supports bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.
    Mitch McConnell: Border security first: the key to getting a final outcome.
    Rand Paul: Obamacare treats illegal aliens because it's illegal to ask.
    Jack Conway: Be tough & sensible; increase border security.
    Matt Bevin: Minimum wage stifles job creation; reduce to $7.25.
    Steve Beshear: Raise state worker minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.
    Jack Conway: Right to organize is pathway to middle class.
    Matt Bevin: Replace prevailing wage requirements with Right-to-Work.
    Alison Grimes: Increase the minimum wage to a living wage.
    Steve Beshear: Jobless rate is falling; Kentucky now 2nd in job growth.
    Jack Conway: 20% hometown tax credit for cost of creating a new job.
    Bruce Lunsford: Agrees with all issues that AFL-CIO has asked him to support.
    James Comer: Require comparable pay regardless of gender.
Local Issues
    Steve Beshear: Statewide vote on expanding gaming: keep revenues in-state.
    Steve Beshear: Keep KY Horse Capital of the World; a $4 billion industry.
Principles & Values
    Alison Grimes: Father indicted for illegal campaign contributions to Alison.
    Scott Walker: Pray for Kentucky, that we will be blessed.
    James Comer: I believe that public servants should put God above all else.
    James Comer: I am a social conservative.
    Matt Bevin: Led public Pledge of Allegiance, & speeches about patriotism.
    Matt Bevin: Don't celebrate partisanship; call for unity instead.
    Rand Paul: Under KY law,can't run for Senate & President on same ballot.
    Alison Grimes: One of us represents Washington; one of us represents KY.
    Alison Grimes: AdWatch: Grimes' opponent offered deal to drop out.
    Steve Beshear: Focus on helping people instead of on keeping power.
    Alison Grimes: Fight "Senator Gridlock": Kentucky pays for GOP dysfunction.
    Jack Conway: TV ad: Rand Paul made fun of Christianity and Christ.
    Jack Conway: FactCheck: "Aqua Buddha" TV ad is accurate but over the top.
    Jack Conway: TV ad: Accuser is anonymous, but a Mr. Green says it's true.
    Jack Conway: Claims Rand Paul worships "Aqua Buddha" & mocks Holy Bible.
    Rand Paul: Accused of belonging to secret society NoZe Brotherhood.
    Rand Paul: I'm "a pro-life Christian"; denies worshiping "Aqua Buddha".
    Jack Conway: An honor to run for Wendell Ford's senate seat.
    Rand Paul: This election really is about the president's agenda.
    Rand Paul: This is not Wendell Ford's seat; it's the people's seat.
    Bruce Lunsford: McConnell enables Bush & squandered 24 years in Senate.
    Mitch McConnell: After 24 years, one of the two leaders in the US Senate.
    Mitch McConnell: Leadership has value; freshmen have little impact.
Social Security
    Matt Bevin: Increase taxes to fund Kentucky Retirement Systems.
    Jim Gray: Fight any measure to cut or privatize Social Security.
    Matt Bevin: Replace public pension system with 401(k) for new employees.
    Jack Conway: Sue banks to recover Great Recession public pension losses.
    Alison Grimes: Keep our promises to our nation's seniors.
    Jack Conway: Pledges to not scale back program nor raise retirement age.
    Rand Paul: I've never challenged constitutionality of Social Security.
    Rand Paul: Raise the retirement age for people under age 55.
Tax Reform
    Amy McGrath: Don't pay for tax cuts for wealthy by undermining healthcare.
    Matt Bevin: Reduce tax revenue: not simple revenue neutrality.
    Alison Grimes: Close tax loopholes for wealthy to pay for college loans.
    Mitch McConnell: Comprehensive tax reform can work if it's revenue-neutral.
    Steve Beshear: Taxes are not the answer; no broad-based increases.
    Jack Conway: Keep Bush tax cuts during recession.
    Rand Paul: Balanced budget amendment to pay to extend $4T Bush tax cuts.
    Bruce Lunsford: Eliminate the capital gains tax.
    Mitch McConnell: Resolve to lower capital gains taxes.
    James Comer: Maintain infrastructure: highways, locks, and dams.
    Bruce Lunsford: Supports net neutrality; McConnell stalled it.
    Steve Beshear: Ideas are the foundation of any new economy.
War & Peace
    Jim Gray: We must destroy ISIS where they are.
    Alison Grimes: Israel has the right to defend herself.
    Alison Grimes: Don't send US troops back to Iraq; but support role ok.
    Steve Beshear: Gratitude for troops who fight terror & keep America free.
    Chuck Pennacchio: Shred Bush’s preemptive war doctrine.
Welfare & Poverty
    Matt Bevin: Random drug testing for welfare recipients.
    Alison Grimes: Shameful to oppose food stamp program during recession.
    Mitch McConnell: Opposed Farm Bill due to too-generous food stamp program.
    Steve Beshear: We face a heavy sword: public pension unfunded liability.
    Jack Conway: Claims Paul would end federal faith-based initiatives.
    Jack Conway: Faith-based programs instead of federal money.

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