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Crippled America,
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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 Louisiana Politicians: Archives

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  • Bill Cassidy (5) Republican Challenger Louisiana
  • Bobby Jindal (2) Louisiana Republican 2016 Presidential candidate
  • Buddy Roemer (5) Republican (Former LA Governor)
  • Charles Boustany (3) Louisiana U.S. Trade Representative
  • Charles Melancon (14) 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. Louisiana
  • Clay Higgins (21) Republican U.S. Rep Louisiana-3
  • David Vitter (35) Louisiana Republican 2015 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Foster Campbell (23) Democratic candidate for Senate Louisiana
  • Garret Graves (11) Republican Runoff Nominee U.S. Rep Louisiana- 6
  • Jay Dardenne (15) Louisiana Republican 2015 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Jeff Landry (8) Republican U.S. Rep Louisiana-3
  • John Bel Edwards (27) Louisiana Democratic Governor
  • John Fleming (7) Republican Senate candidate Louisiana
  • John Neely Kennedy (16) Louisiana Republican candidate for governor
  • Joseph Cao (2) Republican Senate challenger Louisiana
  • Mary Landrieu (10) Democratic Sr Senator Louisiana
  • Mike Johnson (9) Republican U.S. Rep Louisiana-4
  • Murphy Foster (2) Louisiana Former Republican Governor (1996-2003)
  • Ralph Abraham (17) Republican Runoff Nominee U.S. Rep Louisiana- 5
  • Rob Maness (6) Republican Challenger Louisiana
  • Thomas Clements (20) Libertarian candidate for Senate Louisiana
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    Clay Higgins: 96 million children have been murdered in the womb.
    Thomas Clements: Supreme Court has ruled on abortion.
    David Vitter: I'm endorsed by pro-life groups; my rivals not 100% pro-life.
    David Vitter: No exceptions for rape or incest victims.
    Jay Dardenne: Sweeping ban on human cloning would harm medical research.
    Jay Dardenne: Exceptions for rape & incest victims are ok.
    John Bel Edwards: Provide alternatives to Planned Parenthood before blocking.
    David Vitter: Supported by anti-abortion group Louisiana Right to Life.
    David Vitter: Promote a positive culture of life.
    Ralph Abraham: A child's life begins at conception.
    Garret Graves: Human life begins at conception.
    Ralph Abraham: Human life begins at conception.
    Buddy Roemer: Tight limits on abortion are unconstitutionally restrictive.
    Jeff Landry: Life is a gift from God; encourage adoption.
Budget & Economy
    Clay Higgins: Insidious lust for power and money drives deficit spending.
    Mike Johnson: Balance the budget; reduce licensing requirements.
    John Neely Kennedy: Balanced budget amendment to restore fiscal responsibility.
    John Bel Edwards: Blind allegiance to Grover Norquist cripples our economy.
    Garret Graves: Free enterprise instead of assuring livable income.
    Ralph Abraham: Free enterprise instead of assuring livable income.
    Charles Melancon: Stimulus package will avoid God-awful recession like 1980s.
    Charles Melancon: TARP package will avoid depression from doing nothing.
    David Vitter: Stimulus package won't lead to significant job creation.
    David Vitter: TARP package will expand power & role of federal government.
    John Neely Kennedy: Be concerned about economy, but not scared.
    Mary Landrieu: Opposed $700 billion bailout; not enough taxpayer safeguards.
Civil Rights
    Clay Higgins: FactCheck: Biblical marriage includes polygamy and chattel.
    Clay Higgins: I define marriage Biblically: one man and one woman.
    Foster Campbell: Oppose same-sex marriage, but respect Supreme Court ruling.
    Thomas Clements: Support Equal Rights Amendment.
    Thomas Clements: Get government out of marriage business.
    John Bel Edwards: Supreme Court decided: issue same-sex marriage licenses.
    Garret Graves: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman.
    Ralph Abraham: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman.
    Jeff Landry: Keep traditional marriage as one man and one woman.
    Charles Melancon: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act fights women's discrimination.
    David Vitter: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a trial lawyer bonanza.
    Jay Dardenne: OpEd: Mixed record on gender identity issues.
    John Bel Edwards: Provide regulatory relief for small business.
    John Bel Edwards: 80% of C-corps pay no state tax; that's just not right.
    Thomas Clements: Eliminate corporate tax to create jobs & avoid more debt.
    Charles Melancon: Supported $30 billion small-business lending fund.
    David Vitter: Small Business Tax and Lending Bill is a government bailout.
    John Neely Kennedy: Disallow bank getting so big that its failure wrecks economy.
    John Bel Edwards: Reduce incarceration rate of non-violent offenders.
    Clay Higgins: Resounding voice for the Thin Blue Line.
    Clay Higgins: Penitentiaries should be for PENITENCE, not punishment.
    Foster Campbell: Death penalty yes; alternatives yes; mandatory minimums no.
    Thomas Clements: Unconstitutionally strict punishment is˙a problem.
    John Bel Edwards: Blue Lives Matter: targeting police officer is a hate crime.
    John Bel Edwards: End tax giveaways but keep funding for first responders.
    David Vitter: More community crime tips; more DNA testing; more options.
    David Vitter: Keep state police presence in New Orleans' French Quarter.
    Jay Dardenne: Let New Orleans police itself; remove state police sometime.
    John Bel Edwards: Let New Orleans police itself; remove state police soon.
    Bobby Jindal: Crack down on the horrific crime of human sex trafficking.
    Thomas Clements: Marijuana is a benefit to people's health.
    Charles Boustany: Consistently votes against marijuana reform.
    John Fleming: OpEd: One of few remaining "reefer madness" legislators.
    Jay Dardenne: Opposes legalizing marijuana.
    John Bel Edwards: Opposes legalizing marijuana.
    David Vitter: Strengthen penalties against meth and heroin dealers.
    Clay Higgins: Dismantle Common Core; dismantle Education Department.
    Clay Higgins: College education has become more of burden than benefit.
    Foster Campbell: Fight for public schools with $1 billion Excellence Fund.
    Thomas Clements: Supports homeschooling and vouchers.
    Jay Dardenne: Common Core's high standards move LA in the right direction.
    Jay Dardenne: TOPS cannot be sustained without capping costs.
    David Vitter: Get Louisiana out of Common Core.
    John Bel Edwards: Replace Common Core with more K-12 school funding.
    David Vitter: No federal incentives to get states to adopt Common Core.
    Garret Graves: Oppose nationwide standards like Common Core.
    Ralph Abraham: Oppose nationwide standards like Common Core.
    Bobby Jindal: $141M more to train students for the jobs of the future.
    Jeff Landry: Empower parents with home school, charters, & church schools.
Energy & Oil
    Clay Higgins: Do more in DC to help the oil & gas industry.
    Mike Johnson: Further expand our domestic oil and natural gas production.
    Mike Johnson: CAFE standards add $3,800 to price of every new vehicle.
    Foster Campbell: Build Keystone pipeline; no farcking regulation for now.
    Foster Campbell: Regulate greenhouse gases; incentivize reducing emissions.
    Thomas Clements: No cap and trade; no taxing carbon emissions.
    Garret Graves: No federal subsidies for wind & solar.
    Ralph Abraham: No federal subsidies for wind & solar.
    Bill Cassidy: Don't pick winners & losers in energy market.
    Buddy Roemer: Railed against ethanol subsidies in Iowa.
    Jeff Landry: Drill here, drill now; not cap-and-trade.
    Charles Melancon: Congressional trip to Antarctica to study global warming.
    Charles Melancon: Funnel BP oil-leak penalties into coastal restoration.
    Mary Landrieu: Proud of expanding oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
    John Neely Kennedy: Incentives for non-petroleum automobiles are a tax increase.
    John Neely Kennedy: More domestic drilling, including in Gulf of Mexico & ANWR.
    Mary Landrieu: Member of bipartisan “Gang of 10” for comprehensive oil plan.
    Mary Landrieu: Voted against allowing exploration in oil shale in Colorado.
    Foster Campbell: Charge 6.25% oil refining tax and wipe out income tax.
    Foster Campbell: 3% tax on hydrocarbon processing facilities.
    Clay Higgins: Pipe system to replenish river silt & fight coastal erosion.
    Mike Johnson: National Environmental Policy is needless red tape.
    Thomas Clements: States should deal with water quality not federal EPA.
    David Vitter: Coastal restoration with private funding.
    Jay Dardenne: Coastal restoration with federal funding.
    John Bel Edwards: Mississippi River diversion: backbone to coastal restoration.
    David Vitter: Drafted hurricane protection & flood control bill.
    Rob Maness: Reject Katrina aid bill if pork-laden with other projects.
    David Vitter: Introduced bill to extend National Flood Insurance Program.
    John Neely Kennedy: Wetlands will wash away before 2017 coastal protection.
    Foster Campbell: Ban possession of dogfighting paraphernalia.
    Murphy Foster: Ban possession of dogfighting paraphernalia.
Families & Children
    John Bel Edwards: Family Services placed 735 kids in foster homes despite cuts.
    John Bel Edwards: Catholic upbringing shapes commitments to community & family.
    David Vitter: Prostitute was "serious sin" but made me a better family man.
Foreign Policy
    Clay Higgins: Russia is a Christian ally to be handled with caution.
    Clay Higgins: The United Nations compromises our sovereignty.
    Foster Campbell: Keep allies involved, but heed advice of military experts.
    Foster Campbell: U.S. should remain in the United Nations.
    John Neely Kennedy: Radical Islamic fundamentalists despise our core values.
    Thomas Clements: Foreign aid spending only to protect US interests.
    John Fleming: Defund the Syrian refugee influx.
Free Trade
    Clay Higgins: TPP is massive transfer of American wealth to Pacific Rim.
    Charles Boustany: 2013: Supported TPP; 2016: too many concessions.
    Foster Campbell: TPP is skewed to the advantage of big business.
    John Fleming: TPP means open season on American jobs.
    John Neely Kennedy: TPP lacks safeguards against currency manipulation.
    Joseph Cao: No trade deal with Vietnam due to human rights abuses.
    Rob Maness: Criticized TPP for its closed-door negotiations.
    Thomas Clements: No restrictions on trade, but no corporatism.
    Charles Boustany: Yes to Ex-im bank; Yes to fast-track.
    John Fleming: No to Ex-im bank; No to fast-track.
Government Reform
    Foster Campbell: 10 year ban on lobbying for ex-members of congress.
    Thomas Clements: Term limits for Congress; but voter ID too.
    Jay Dardenne: Tighten disclosure rules for lobbyists, to limit influence.
    David Vitter: Led and won the fight for state term limits.
    David Vitter: Term limits instead of automatic pay raises for Congress.
    Jay Dardenne: Don't bring dysfunctional Washington politics to Louisiana.
    Ralph Abraham: Term limits for Congress, plus no salary.
    Garret Graves: Require photo ID for voting.
    Ralph Abraham: Require photo ID for voting.
    Buddy Roemer: Won Governor & House seat with voluntary contribution limit.
    John Neely Kennedy: No pay-for-play; campaign contributions notwithstanding.
    Mary Landrieu: I have delivered for Louisiana; send me back for more.
    Foster Campbell: Bar election officials from campaigning for candidates.
    Foster Campbell: Increase legislator limit from 5 bills to 15 per session.
Gun Control
    Clay Higgins: We already have reasonable limits on 2nd Amendment rights.
    Foster Campbell: Enforce the gun laws we already have on the books.
    Foster Campbell: Generally opposes additional gun control measures.
    Thomas Clements: Second Amendment is the law of the land.
    John Fleming: Perennial A rating from the NRA.
    John Bel Edwards: I support gun rights, unlike national Democrats.
    Ralph Abraham: We must protect our right to bear arms.
    Garret Graves: Additional restrictive gun control laws are unneeded.
    Ralph Abraham: Additional restrictive gun control laws are unneeded.
    Jeff Landry: Fight to preserve and protect the Second Amendment rights.
    Murphy Foster: Youth deer hunting season prior to regular season.
    Foster Campbell: Youth deer hunting season prior to regular season.
Health Care
    John Bel Edwards: Medicaid expansion addresses opioid crisis.
    John Bel Edwards: Medicaid expansion reduced uninsured by 43% & saved $200M.
    Clay Higgins: Repeal ObamaCare's 2800 pages of unintelligible psychobabble.
    Mike Johnson: Replace ObamaCare with patient-centered, market-based plan.
    Thomas Clements: Cost is the only thing that has expanded under ObamaCare.
    Jay Dardenne: I would accept Medicaid expansion, under certain conditions.
    David Vitter: Fight to repeal the fatally flawed ObamaCare.
    Jay Dardenne: Don't leave LA at the mercy of Washington bureaucrats.
    Jay Dardenne: Don't accept Medicaid expansion as-is; get LA waiver.
    John Bel Edwards: Don't delay Medicaid expansion; that ties up LA tax dollars.
    John Fleming: If Supreme Court bans ObamaCare subsidies, let them die.
    Ralph Abraham: Repeal ObamaCare; don't expand Medicaid.
    Mary Landrieu: Mandatory quarantine for returning Ebola healthcare workers.
    Garret Graves: Repeal ObamaCare.
    Ralph Abraham: Repeal ObamaCare.
    Rob Maness: ObamaCare is hurting the folks it's trying to help.
    Mary Landrieu: AdWatch: Promised wrongly that all can keep insurance.
    Mary Landrieu: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
    Bill Cassidy: AdWatch: propose ObamaCare-lite plan in state legislature.
    Mary Landrieu: Let consumers keep health plans, but only if told options.
    Jeff Landry: Nationalized care reduces quality and increases costs.
    Charles Melancon: Supports kids on parents' insurance policies until age 26.
    David Vitter: Introduced legislation to repeal ObamaCare.
    Charles Melancon: Opposed healthcare bill because it didn't work for America.
    David Vitter: I fought ObamaCare & I'm still fighting it.
    Charles Melancon: ObamaCare costs too much & does too little for middle-class.
    David Vitter: ObamaCare injects government into private decisions.
    David Vitter: Pushed to allow re-importation of Rx drugs from Canada.
    David Vitter: Opposes SCHIP; it subsidizes wealthy states.
Homeland Security
    John Neely Kennedy: We don't need a military parade to show off American power.
    Clay Higgins: I have no problem with FISA: not a secretive rubber-stamp.
    Mike Johnson: No cheap talk: grow our local defense establishments.
    John Neely Kennedy: Increase size of the military; increase spending for defense.
    Thomas Clements: Why do we need military bases in the Phillipines?
    David Vitter: Help defense budget, but follow the sequester.
    Ralph Abraham: Never forget our veterans: we owe them.
    Garret Graves: Maintain a numerically superior nuclear arsenal.
    Ralph Abraham: Maintain a numerically superior nuclear arsenal.
    Jeff Landry: End the war on terrorism by winning the war.
    Clay Higgins: Forgive passive visa overstays; deport aggressive illegals.
    Mike Johnson: Strengthen the border with drones, cameras and sensors.
    Foster Campbell: No pathway to citizenship without exiting US first.
    Foster Campbell: Grant citizenship to children of illegal immigrants.
    Thomas Clements: Annex Mexico economically to avoid immigration issues.
    David Vitter: Led Senate's Border Security and Enforcement First caucus.
    David Vitter: Block federal funds going to sanctuary cities.
    Rob Maness: Send unaccompanied minors back to their country of origin.
    Garret Graves: Protect the border and prevent illegal entry.
    Ralph Abraham: Protect the border and prevent illegal entry.
    Jeff Landry: Enforce existing laws to close our borders.
    Charles Melancon: I have been a staunch hawk on immigration.
    Charles Melancon: Supports SCHIP, despite insuring illegal immigrant kids.
    David Vitter: TV ad: Melancon puts out a welcome sign for illegal aliens.
    Jay Dardenne: Don't increase enforcement against employers of illegals.
    John Bel Edwards: Equal pay for women; enact minimum wage.
    John Bel Edwards: Close gender wage gap by ending corporate "pay secrecy".
    John Bel Edwards: Meaningful increase to the minimum wage.
    Foster Campbell: Raise the federal minimum wage.
Local Issues
    David Vitter: Create and fund coastal restoration master plan.
Principles & Values
    John Bel Edwards: Only Democratic governor in the Deep South.
    Clay Higgins: Freedom OF religion, not the freedom FROM religion.
    John Neely Kennedy: Belief in Jesus informs every decision I make.
    Thomas Clements: Why not keep God in the public sphere?
    Joseph Cao: First Vietnamese-American to serve in Congress.
    Rob Maness: Call out those who don't have interests of US & her citizens.
    John Neely Kennedy: I speak my mind, & some politicians call me a troublemaker.
    John Fleming: Passionate conservative: Obama doesn't share our values.
    John Bel Edwards: Four generations of sheriffs in family lineage.
    Bill Cassidy: Agrees to one runoff debate; more if Obama visits.
    Bill Cassidy: No-show at Senate debate.
    Garret Graves: Judeo-Christian framework is moral.
    Ralph Abraham: Judeo-Christian framework is moral; Shariah is a threat.
    Bill Cassidy: AdWatch: Receives ad money from billionaire Koch brothers.
    Rob Maness: Support Tea Party challenger for Senate Majority Leader.
    Buddy Roemer: Placed third in 1991 re-election bid.
    Buddy Roemer: Publicly described himself as "a church-going Methodist boy".
    David Vitter: OpEd: robo-response to "Did you break the law" with DC Madam.
    Charles Melancon: OpEd: Vitter broke the law, and lied about it, with DC Madam.
    Charles Melancon: Ran based on Vitter's integrity issue from call-girl scandal.
    John Neely Kennedy: Ran for US Senate in 2004 as Democrat; & endorsed John Kerry.
Social Security
    Foster Campbell: I do not support privatization of Social Security.
    Thomas Clements: Privatize Social Security at birth for newborns today.
    Jay Dardenne: Merge Elderly Affairs & Veterans Affairs into one department.
    John Neely Kennedy: Endorses voluntary private retirement savings accounts.
    Mary Landrieu: Credit immigrants for FICA paid while status was illegal.
Tax Reform
    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.
    Clay Higgins: Eliminate the IRS; introduce 15% federal sales tax.
    Mike Johnson: Simpler, flatter and fairer tax code will spark new growth.
    Foster Campbell: Make sure the super-rich pay their fair share.
    Thomas Clements: Flat rate tax with across-the-board reduction.
    Ralph Abraham: America has been taxed to the point of bankruptcy.
    Charles Melancon: Tax increase on wealthiest taxpayers but not middle-class.
    David Vitter: Permanent extension of all Bush tax cuts.
    John Neely Kennedy: Cut taxes & stop deficit-spending, to fight economic crisis.
    John Bel Edwards: Gas tax to pay for transportation and coastal infrastructure.
    John Bel Edwards: Cut $7B in tax giveaways which cause unsafe roads & bridges.
War & Peace
    Clay Higgins: Iran is our enemy; revoke the Iran Deal.
    Clay Higgins: ISIS must be hunted, identified, and killed.
    Mike Johnson: Radical Islamic terrorism MUST be stopped.
    Foster Campbell: No American intervention in Iraq & Syria beyond air support.
    Thomas Clements: Help prevent genocide abroad, but not with U.S. lives.
    David Vitter: Iran advances their nuclear program while playing the US.
    David Vitter: Iran nuclear deal is non-binding and can be revoked.
    David Vitter: Military force against ISIS if Arab ground troops involved.

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