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)
(click a book cover for a review or other books by or about the presidency from Amazon.com)
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Brad Little: No state government dollars for funding abortion.
Paulette Jordan: Planned Parenthoods value is more than reproductive care.
Tommy Ahlquist: Tax dollars should not go to Planned Parenthood.
Tommy Ahlquist: A strong voice for the unborn: life is a gift from God.
Nels Mitchell: Support woman's right to make her own health decisions.
Raul Labrador: Protect and defend innocent human life.
Tom Sullivan: Decision by an individual based upon their faith.
Butch Otter: Make providing unlicensed abortions a felony, with jail time.
Butch Otter: Require parental consent for underage abortions.
Brad Little: Require parental consent for underage abortions.
Brad Little: Make providing unlicensed abortions a felony, with jail time.
Raul Labrador: Require parental consent for underage abortions.
Russ Fulcher: Make providing unlicensed abortions a felony, with jail time.
Russ Fulcher: Require parental consent for underage abortions.
Budget & Economy|
Paulette Jordan: Invest in infrastructure while interest rates are low.
Brad Little: Look for too much spending on autopilot.
Paulette Jordan: The way to a strong economy is investing in innovation.
Tommy Ahlquist: Balance budget, cut waste.
Brad Little: Come out Great Recession with budget balanced.
Jerry Sturgill: Profitability driven by productivity, not pinching pennies.
Nels Mitchell: No silly votes to shut down government; no budget blackmail.
Butch Otter: State government should never grow as fast as our economy.
Butch Otter: Great Recession shows need for building Rainy Day accounts.
Jim Risch: Bailout plan needs more protection for taxpayers.
Larry LaRocco: Bailout plan needed to get credit for small companies.
Rex Rammell: Over-regulation caused the economic disaster.
Jim Risch: Government cannot replicate what businesses accomplish.
Paulette Jordan: Formed Idaho Voice, non-partisan voter rights group.
Nancy Harris: Protect the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals.
Raul Labrador: 1st Amendment Defense: religious opposition to gay marriage.
Brad Little: No to gay marriage.
Raul Labrador: Detests white supremacy AND black nationalism.
Tommy Ahlquist: Opposed gay marriage; will safeguard tradition.
Raul Labrador: Marriage is between one man and one woman.
Jim Risch: States define marriage; Idaho prohibits same-sex.
Brad Little: Voter referendum to define marriage in State Constitution.
Russ Fulcher: Voter referendum to define marriage in State Constitution.
Jerry Sturgill: Financial adviser, and turnaround CEO.
Jim Risch: Jobs are created by private sector and not by government.
Jim Risch: No tax incentive for repatriation of overseas jobs.
Nels Mitchell: Subsidies to established corporations waste taxpayer money.
Butch Otter: Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission: state plus business.
Brad Little: Fewer regulations on private businesses.
Brad Little: Intervention better than incarceration to turn lives around.
Brad Little: Expand community re-entry centers for former offenders.
Paulette Jordan: Laws need to be applied and the guilty held accountable.
Raul Labrador: Supports bipartisan criminal justice reform.
Butch Otter: $70M for secure mental health facility at state prison.
Michael Crapo: Punish convicts to the highest extent of the law.
Butch Otter: Improve offender assessment to reduce inmate population.
Tom Sullivan: Supports capital punishment.
Tom Sullivan: No mandatory prison for drugs; reduced for non-violence.
Jim Risch: Hold criminals accountable & punish for crimes.
Brad Little: Supports death penalty.
Dirk Kempthorne: No new prisons; warehousing people is not the solution.
Dirk Kempthorne: Drug treatment & education opportunities for inmates.
Brad Little: Five-year plan to face the scourge of opioid addiction.
Paulette Jordan: Legalize marijuana and create tax revenue from it.
Tommy Ahlquist: More law enforcement & clinical resources for opioid crisis.
Michael Crapo: 2012: Pleaded guilty after DUI arrest, and apologized.
Russ Fulcher: Oppose efforts to legalize marijuana, including "medical".
Gary Peters: Implement voter legalization of medical marijuana.
Tom Sullivan: No mandatory prison for drugs, yes substance-abuse treatment.
Raul Labrador: Scholarships for high schoolers agreeing to random drug test.
Jerry Brady: Cannot just throw people in jail for drugs; more treatment.
Dirk Kempthorne: Target meth with more manpower.
Nancy Harris: Protect public education from privatization.
Brad Little: Doubled funding for literacy; don't rely on property tax.
Brad Little: Direct state colleges & universities to work together.
Nancy Harris: Education without massive debt.
Brad Little: Invest in public school teacher salary increases.
Paulette Jordan: Spending wiser will help create funds to invest in education.
Paulette Jordan: Invest in STEM technology in high school to drive economy.
Butch Otter: Focus on student outcomes.
Brad Little: Local and parental control of schools.
Gary Jones: Leadership & local control will improve schools.
Butch Otter: $58M to make public school teacher pay competitive.
Jerry Sturgill: Investments in education are investments in our future.
Butch Otter: Need to increase access to college education.
Butch Otter: Imperative that reading outcomes are improved.
Butch Otter: Career ladders will attract and retain school staff.
Butch Otter: $5M for professional development for teachers.
Butch Otter: Move to `mastery-based' learning from `seat time'.
Nels Mitchell: More funding for schools, from property tax, not sales tax.
Butch Otter: Replace "K-thru-12" with "K-thru-Career".
Butch Otter: No major school improvement measures, just progress.
Michael Crapo: Preserve state and local decision-making authority.
Rex Rammell: Department of Education is unconstitutional; eliminate it.
Jim Risch: Local decisions on education dollars, not federal.
Jerry Brady: Support sustainable funding for public schools.
Jerry Brady: Parents in concert with schools develop kids’ moral compass.
Jerry Brady: Supports school prayer.
Jerry Brady: Evaluate and reward teachers.
Dirk Kempthorne: Reading Initiative: 90% of 3rd graders reading by 2004.
Dirk Kempthorne: Exit standards for high school via SAT-like exam.
Dirk Kempthorne: Supports charter schools and innovative classrooms.
Energy & Oil|
Paulette Jordan: Respect our land, combat corporate greed on climate change.
Paulette Jordan: Cap and trade, carbon fees on table for climate change.
Nancy Harris: Supports Green New Deal as galvanizing momentum for change.
Brad Little: Supports "cleaner, safer carbon-free nuclear energy".
Paulette Jordan: Clean energy creates more jobs than fossil fuels.
Jerry Sturgill: Energy law practice: finance & privatize electric utilities.
Jerry Sturgill: Do more to reduce carbon emissions.
Marvin Pro-Life Richardson: Splitting atoms murders atoms; no nuclear power.
Butch Otter: Clean energy leadership helps economic development.
Nels Mitchell: Oil & gas industries get huge subsidies despite high profits.
Butch Otter: Get all nuclear waste out of Idaho by 2035.
Jim Risch: We’re running out of oil; we must drill our way through this.
Larry LaRocco: Create 14,000 new jobs by embracing new types of energy.
Rex Rammell: Lies about global warming will destroy our economy.
Jerry Brady: Harness wind, geothermal and bio-waste.
Brad Little: Opposes requiring 2% biodiesel biodegradable fuel.
Russ Fulcher: Opposes requiring 2% biodiesel biodegradable fuel.
Nancy Harris: Enjoy clean air & clean water of our mountains & streams.
Brad Little: Replenish more water into aquifers than we remove.
Paulette Jordan: Wants to keep federal lands and sites safe from sell offs.
Tommy Ahlquist: Let farmers manage land, not government scientists.
Jerry Sturgill: Protect public lands by keeping federal control.
Nels Mitchell: Committed to protecting our unique outdoor heritage.
Butch Otter: Endangered Species Act creates federal-state conflict.
Michael Crapo: Conservation and progress do not need to be at odds.
Butch Otter: To EPA: Delist wolves and restore state management.
Jim Risch: Manage public lands for multiple uses.
Brad Little: Remove wolves from Endangered Species list.
Michael Crapo: Improve ESA with innovative collaborative species management.
Dirk Kempthorne: Supports salmon recovery without breaching Snake River dams.
Dirk Kempthorne: States’ rights: no grizzly bears; no roadless forests.
Families & Children|
Brad Little: Defend our constitution by defining marriage.
Paulette Jordan: Marriage equality should not be limited by state boundaries.
Raul Labrador: Challenge Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.
Tommy Ahlquist: Marriage should be the union of a man and a woman.
Nels Mitchell: Strong supporter of the Violence Against Women Act.
Michael Crapo: Strong families are bedrock of healthy society.
Donald Trump: Protect human rights in Hong Kong against China.
Jim Risch: Hold China accountable for erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy.
Robert Menendez: Unequivocal support for Hong Kong protests against China.
Jim Risch: OpEd: did nothing against Saudis for Khashoggi death.
Nancy Harris: Stand up to Saudis for Khashoggi death.
Michael Crapo: Vet refugees to keep out terrorists, but other Muslims ok.
Jim Risch: Call on Iran to release those imprisoned for Christianity.
Paulette Jordan: Farmers want trade, not government bailouts.
Brad Little: New trade agreement with Canada & Mexico good for Idaho.
Jerry Sturgill: His company recognized as "Cross-Border Deal of the Year".
Nels Mitchell: End tax breaks for shipping American jobs overseas.
Dirk Kempthorne: Double Idaho’s exports.
Brad Little: Idaho now the least-regulated state in the nation.
Brad Little: Budget reset for all state entities except public education.
Brad Little: Revoke two regulations for every new regulation implemented.
Tommy Ahlquist: Term limits & campaign disclosure for statewide officials.
Paulette Jordan: She'll fight to stop corporate money silencing honest votes.
Tommy Ahlquist: End excessive and burdensome regulation like EPA's.
Jerry Sturgill: Sick of career politicians staying in office forever.
Jim Risch: Gridlock results from two very different party philosophies.
Nels Mitchell: OpEd: Pledging just one six-year term means he's "lame duck".
Nels Mitchell: No junkets; no gridlock; promises one term only.
Tom Sullivan: Keep limits on political donations; restrict corporations.
Butch Otter: Require photo ID to vote.
Raul Labrador: Require photo ID to vote.
Russ Fulcher: Require photo ID to vote.
Brad Little: Term limits for governor but not state reps.
Paulette Jordan: Opposes teachers being front line defenders in classrooms.
Brad Little: Remove the duty to flee in Idaho's self-defense laws.
Paulette Jordan: Stand-your-ground laws lead to homicide of people of color.
Raul Labrador: It is time to enact 'stand your ground' legislation in Idaho.
Brad Little: Second Amendment is a sacred trust.
Tommy Ahlquist: Oppose weakening right to bear arms.
Jerry Sturgill: Keep guns from terrorists, but we have enough laws.
Nels Mitchell: High priority on right to hunt & fish on public lands.
Gary Peters: Common sense safety measures, including background checks.
Raul Labrador: Strong supporter of rights guaranteed by 2nd Amendment.
Jim Risch: Second Amendment is individual right that must be maintained.
Jerry Brady: Opposes limiting Idahoans’ right to bear arms.
Brad Little: Opposes constitutional right to hunt, trap, and fish.
Russ Fulcher: Establish constitutional right to hunt, trap, and fish.
Paulette Jordan: Healthcare should be patient-centered, not profit-centered.
Nancy Harris: Supported Medicare for All; regulate drug prices.
Brad Little: First state to introduce "enhanced short-term plans".
Brad Little: Honor the will of the people & implement Medicaid expansion.
Brad Little: Respect voters' will if Proposition 2 passes.
Butch Otter: Expand Medicaid to cover those in state's healthcare gap.
Paulette Jordan: Expand Medicaid to cover those in state's healthcare gap.
Paulette Jordan: One solution to health care for all is Medicaid expansion.
Paulette Jordan: Repeal Idaho's 'faith healing' exemption.
Brad Little: Replace ObamaCare with local control.
Tommy Ahlquist: ObamaCare has been a disaster for doctors and patients.
Butch Otter: Incentivize health care professionals to come to Idaho.
Jim Risch: ObamaCare is a regulatory quagmire.
Nels Mitchell: Most of ObamaCare is good; fix the parts that aren't.
Butch Otter: State-based health exchange, not federal one-size-fits-all.
Jerry Brady: Health care is national problem & needs national solution.
Paulette Jordan: Address mental healthcare issues of veterans.
Jerry Sturgill: Maintain force structure needed for security of our nation.
Nels Mitchell: Staunch defender of Mountain Home Air Force Base.
Jim Risch: Do everything to maintain a fully-equipped military.
Nels Mitchell: Maintain Mountain Home Air Force Base.
Jim Risch: We all agree that the military and NSA should be funded.
Tom Sullivan: Slightly increase military spending.
Paulette Jordan: Address immigration, border security, enforcement separately.
Nancy Harris: Reform immigration and provide path to citizenship.
Paulette Jordan: She wants to forge pathway for illegals to become citizens.
Raul Labrador: Building wall is critical step against illegal immigrants.
Raul Labrador: Toughen laws against illegal immigrants.
Jerry Sturgill: Refugees contribute to society; don't close borders for fear.
Nels Mitchell: Idaho's farmers need immigration reform.
Michael Crapo: Strongest border enforcement realistically possible.
Raul Labrador: Strengthen border security; redouble our efforts.
Tom Sullivan: Pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Jim Risch: I oppose amnesty in any form.
Jim Risch: First and foremost, we need to secure our borders.
Butch Otter: Make English the official state language.
Brad Little: Make English the official state language.
Russ Fulcher: Make English the official state language.
Paulette Jordan: Raise minimum wage in increments.
Paulette Jordan: Partner with local unions building apprenticeships.
Troy Minton: Raise minimum wage; relates to his fellow homeless.
Jerry Sturgill: Wage inequality is unforgivable.
Jerry Sturgill: People need a living wage.
Butch Otter: Hire One Act: income tax credit for creating new jobs.
Dirk Kempthorne: Family Farm Security Task Force to improve ag conditions.
Butch Otter: Transmission line over sage-grouse habitat on federal land.
Principles & Values|
Paulette Jordan: We need a complete shift to people-first policymaking.
Paulette Jordan: Youngest person elected to the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Council.
Paulette Jordan: Will stay awake and work on country's business.
Nancy Harris: If we're not running, we're not defending democracy.
Nancy Harris: I am a fourth generation Idahoan, and an entrepreneur.
Russ Fulcher: Motorcycle accident in middle of congressional campaign.
Brad Little: Hard work, freedom, self-reliance, family and faith.
Brad Little: I support the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Paulette Jordan: Hard work, compassion and fairness are backbone to values.
Paulette Jordan: Religious freedom is no excuse for bigotry.
Tommy Ahlquist: Protect religious freedom from assault on people of faith.
Kim Reynolds: Changed mind on Bible in classrooms.
Micahel Crapo: Town meetings in all 200 incorporated towns across Idaho.
Jerry Sturgill: LDS missionary in French Canada; then NYC financial lawyer.
Marvin Pro-Life Richardson: Better if Ten Commandments were in our Constitution.
Marvin Pro-Life Richardson: Member of IAP party, but follows Constitution Party platform.
Michael Crapo: Attending Town Hall meetings in all 200 Idaho cities.
Nels Mitchell: Idaho needs Senator who gets to work, not "Senator No".
Nels Mitchell: Most conservative voting record in Senate in 2013.
Nels Mitchell: Served in state Senate and as Lt. Governor, then governor.
Nels Mitchell: Never been within 150 miles of Harry Reid; not hand-picked.
Nels Mitchell: Middle-of-the-road Democrat; I'll team up with Republicans.
Butch Otter: Put aside partisanship & ambition in public interest.
Nels Mitchell: Fight efforts to cut or privatize entitlements.
Nels Mitchell: The greatest generation earned their retirement security.
Michael Crapo: Examine a wide array of proposals to strengthen system.
Tom Sullivan: Against privatizing; but reduce regulations.
Jim Risch: Reform Social Security without privatization.
Jim Risch: Gradual changes now to avoid lower benefits later.
Brad Little: Cap medical benefits at $155/mo for government retirees.
Russ Fulcher: Cap medical benefits at $155/mo for government retirees.
Paulette Jordan: Trump tax cut only benefitted rich, increased deficit.
Nancy Harris: Tax the wealthy; ensure they pay their fair share.
Brad Little: Budget proposes $35 million in grocery tax relief.
Brad Little: Inform taxpayers to increase state income tax withholdings.
Brad Little: Lift tax burden for everyone.
Tommy Ahlquist: Lower taxes will lead to job growth.
Jim Risch: No tax increases, but no cuts to entitlements nor veterans.
Butch Otter: Lower the marginal tax rate for highest income.
Russ Fulcher: Lower the marginal tax rate for highest income.
Butch Otter: Reduce tax burden; lower rates for individuals & businesses.
Raul Labrador: Oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes.
Jim Risch: I’ll drop out if I got $53,000 in undisclosed tax relief.
Larry LaRocco: Risch got undisclosed personal $53,000 from his tax relief.
Jim Risch: Earned nickname “taxpayers friend” by fighting tax increases.
Jerry Brady: Remove tax breaks for media.
Dirk Kempthorne: Return $140M of surplus to taxpayers.
Paulette Jordan: Strengthen cybersecurity to prevent election interference.
Jim Risch: Co-sponsored bill to protect small business from cyberattack.
Brad Little: Improve highway system; invest in broadband.
Brad Little: Adequate broadband infrastructure for both rural & urban.
Brad Little: Cybersecurity Task Force: modernize government data.
Butch Otter: Support STEM Action Center and Computer Science Initiative.
War & Peace|
Chris Smith: U.S. is not kidding about human rights in Hong Kong & China.
Nels Mitchell: Don't concentrate on Syria at the expense of home.
Tom Sullivan: Withdraw from Iraq; carry on in Pakistan.
Welfare & Poverty|
Brad Little: First-Time Home Buyer Account: tax break for young families.