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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
United,
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)
Becoming,
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)
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)

Book Reviews

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News coverage of `Blue Wave` 2018 House races in Texas


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    2018 TX House race news coverage:
  • TX-27 , Fox News, "China's coronavirus blunder is the last straw--move past reliance on them," by Michael Cloud, 3/19/20
  • TX-16: Vox.com, "Democrats' response to the State of the Union laid out their 2020 Latino outreach strategy," by Nicole Narea, Feb 4, 2020
  • TX-21: The Pluralist, "Rep Pushes for Drug Cartels to Be Designated as Terrorist Organizations," by Jason Hopkins, 11/21/19
  • TX-6: Stars and Stripes, "Texas congressman introduces bill to care for military dogs," by Steven Beynon, Nov. 14, 2019
  • TX-10: Dallas Morning News, "Get U.S. troops out of the way if Turkey planned to 'ethnically cleanse the Kurds'," by Todd J. Gillman, Oct. 23, 2019
  • TX-6: Waxahachi Daily Light, "One-on-one with Congressman Ron Wright," by Patrick Clarke, Oct 12, 2019
  • TX-32: CNBC, "House Democrats will decide the fate of Trump's North American trade deal as Congress returns," by Jacob Pramuk, Sept 9 2019
  • TX-2: The Texan News, "Crenshaw Talks Guns, Healthcare, and Immigration," by Holly Hansen, August 29, 2019
  • TX-2: Houston Chronicle, "Dan Crenshaw irks both the left and right with gun comments," by Jeremy Wallace, Aug. 7, 2019
  • TX-5: The Cedar Creek Lake Monitor, "Congressman Gooden holds town hall meeting at high school," by Denise York, 7/28/2019
  • TX-23: Washington Blade, "House votes to defund trans military ban in rebuke to Trump," by Chris Johnson, June 18, 2019
  • TX-6: Dallas News, "Should women be punished for having abortions? 'Absolutely,' Wright says," by Matthew Adams, 6/6/19
  • TX-21: CNBC.com, "House Republican holds up $19 billion disaster relief bill expected to pass unanimously," May 24, 2019
  • TX-16: NBC News Latino, "Veronica Escobar made history in Congress," by Suzanne Gamboa, Phillip Mena and Cora Cervantes, 3/8/19
  • TX-27 , KRIS 6 News, "Congressman Cloud remains steadfast in support of Trump's border policies," Mar 04, 2019
  • TX-27 , The Daily Signal, "Congress Spends Without Counting the Full Cost," by Michael Cloud, February 13, 2019
  • TX-23: Rolling Stone, "Republican Congressman: Trump's Border Crisis Is a 'Myth'," by Andy Kroll, 1/18/19
  • TX-5: KERA News 91.7FM NPR, "Gooden Backs A National Emergency Declaration Over The Border Wall," by Jill Ament, 1/11/19
  • TX-16, CNN.com, "Meet your new member of Congress: Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar," by Lauren Dezenski, January 7, 2019
  • TX-3: Texas Scorecard, "Taylor Reflects on Good Governance and How to Bring it to DC," by Saurabh Sharma, 12/21/2018
  • TX-2: Washington Post, "Why guys like me go to places like Syria," by Dan Crenshaw, Dec. 21, 2018
  • TX-29: Houston Chronicle, "Rep-elect Garcia gets another shot at 'Dreamer' legislation," by Kevin Diaz, 12/2/2018
  • TX-21: Politico.com, "Meet the Next Ted Cruz," by Tim Alberta, October 23, 2018
  • TX-7: PolitiFact, "Fletcher does not want government-funded universal health care as Culberson ad claims," by S.Putterman, 10/30/18
  • TX-32, Dallas News, "Colin Allred is a son of his Dallas district," by Gromer Jeffers Jr., Oct 21, 2018
  • TX-32, Dallas News, "Pete Sessions, Colin Allred clash on tax cuts at Dallas debate," by Gromer Jeffers Jr., Sep 19, 2018
  • TX-7: University of Houston Public Media, KUHT-TV-8, "Fletcher Talks about Role of Congress and Local Topics," by A.Ortiz, 9/11/18
  • TX-29: Houston Public Media, "Garcia Calls for Protecting, Expanding Affordable Health Care" by Andrew Schneider, 9/4/2018
  • TX-7: Texas Observer, "Two Democratic Primary Hopefuls Run Afoul of State Labor Group," by Christopher Collins, Jan 31, 2018
  • TX-29: San Antonio Express-News, "Senate passes 'school choice' bill," by Bobby Cervantes, 3/30/2017
  • TX-3 & TX-29: Texas Tribune, "Senate Education Committee passes school choice legislation," by Aliyya Swaby, 3/23/2017
  • TX-29: KHOU 11, "Bill would make schools test water for lead," by Scott Noll, 3/9/2017
  • TX-3: Pew Trusts, "After Court Setbacks, Lawmakers Push for New Voting Restrictions," by Rebecca Beitsch, 2/28/2017
  • TX-3 & TX-29: Victoria Advocate, "Senator files bills on water rights" by Sara Sneath, 1/10/2017
  • TX-3: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "Texas lawmaker pushes majority rules in the oilfield," by Max B. Baker, 11/25/2016
  • TX-29: Texas Observer, "Religious Freedom is Only for Christians in Texas," by David R. Brockman, 11/1/2016
  • TX-29: Waco Tribune-Herald, "Hispanics need to think about health care enrollment," by Sylvia Garcia, 3/16/2014
  • TX-29: San Antonio Express-News, "Democrat Lucio followed faith, not party," by Kolten Parker, 7/19/2013
  • TX-3: USA Today, "Texas House passes 12 firearms bills on 'gun day'" 5/4/2013


    Special coverage of "Blue Wave" states:
  • CA: 7 new House members including 6 Democrats and 5 Democratic takeovers
  • FL: 5 new House members including 2 Democrats and 2 Democratic takeovers
  • MI: 5 new House members including 4 Democrats and 2 Democratic takeovers
  • MN: 5 new House members including 3 Democrats and 2 Democratic takeovers (and 1 Republican takeover!)
  • NJ: 4 new House members including 4 Democrats and 3 Democratic takeovers
  • NY: 4 new House members including 4 Democrats and 2 Democratic takeovers
  • PA: 7 new House members including 4 Democrats and 4 Democratic takeovers (with statewide redistricting)
  • TX: 10 new House members including 4 Democrats and 2 Democratic takeovers
  • VA: 5 new House members including 3 Democrats and 3 Democratic takeovers
  • Endorsements: Organizational endorsements of new House members, from groups that focus on one issue
  • All other states: 51 new House members including 17 Democratic takeovers
    Conclusion: the "Blue Wave" means Democrats took over Congress but the rest is media hype.

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Chip Roy: Will always oppose abortion in any form.
    Lance Gooden: As adoptee he understands more than most sanctity of life.
    Ron Wright: Says women should be punished; later says only providers.
    Chip Roy: Life begins at conception; don't fund Planned Parenthood.
    Ron Wright: Life begins at conception; never allow abortion.
    Sylvia Garcia: Women capable of making own decision with doctor's advice.
    Sylvia Garcia: Against abortion, but respects a woman's right to one.
Budget & Economy
    Chip Roy: Refuse to increase debt ceiling without spending reductions.
    Michael Cloud: Add cost of servicing debt to any legislation.
    Ron Wright: Pass a balanced budget then get out of the way.
Civil Rights
    Dan Crenshaw: Social media shuts down conservative opinions.
    Will Hurd: Allow transgender people in the military.
Crime
    Ron Wright: Supports the death penalty.
Drugs
    Chip Roy: Label Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.
    Lance Gooden: Allow states to legalize medical cannabis, but no other uses.
Education
    Ron Wright: Local control, parental choice; expand vouchers.
    Dan Crenshaw: Vocational/technical education options instead of college.
    Lance Gooden: Feds should stop using one-size-fits-all policies.
    Ron Wright: Expand education aid for prisoners & those in trade schools.
    Van Taylor: Protecting public schools is critical for future success.
    Chip Roy: Bureaucrats should not override political officials.
    Ron Wright: No tuition-free public college.
    Sylvia Garcia: Texas school choice bill grabs funding from public schools.
    Van Taylor: Vouchers decrease growth and help public schools in long run.
Energy & Oil
    Dan Crenshaw: Green New Deal has limited focus, need exportable solutions.
    Lizzie Pannill Fletcher: Can support both fossil fuels, protecting environment.
    Ron Wright: Regulating climate change is not a government responsibility.
    Van Taylor: Allow energy producers easier oilfield access.
Environment
    Van Taylor: Bureaucratic hold up diminishes access to water resources.
Families & Children
    Ron Wright: Marriages are one-man-one-woman; so are bathrooms.
Foreign Policy
    Chip Roy: Peace through strength; stand up to enemies; support allies.
    Ron Wright: Protect our sovereignty from the United Nations.
Free Trade
    Michael Cloud: Move away from?China?as global manufacturing base.
    Colin Allred: Trade with Mexico and Canada is critical to business.
Government Reform
    Chip Roy: Judges & bureaucrats have too much power.
    Chip Roy: Congress must go further in reining in regulations.
    Ron Wright: Reduce red tape; eliminate unnecessary regulations.
    Van Taylor: Voter registration database would ensure citizenship status.
Gun Control
    Ron Wright: Fight liberal efforts to infringe right to bear arms.
    Dan Crenshaw: Adamant about protecting right to bear arms.
    Lance Gooden: Unwavering supporter of the 2nd Amendment.
    Dan Crenshaw: AR-15 good weapon to defend yourself in your home.
    Ron Wright: More restrictive gun control doesn't protect public safety.
    Van Taylor: Proposed bill to allow gun license as form of ID.
Health Care
    Chip Roy: Healthcare freedom without Washington interference.
    Dan Crenshaw: A single-payer system is not the answer.
    Lance Gooden: ObamaCare has been a miserable failure.
    Van Taylor: Market-based solutions drive down costs; increases access.
    Lizzie Pannill Fletcher: Supports public option, not Medicare for All.
    Colin Allred: Supports offering Medicare to all Americans.
    Ron Wright: Health insurance across state lines, not from Washington.
    Sylvia Garcia: Texas refusal to expand Medicaid was economically unwise.
Homeland Security
    Chip Roy: Strengthen military with tools & rules of engagement.
    Ron Wright: Will fight for expanded military spending.
    Ron Wright: Proposes grant program for retired military & police dogs.
    Dan Crenshaw: What veterans need is a clear mission & resources to do it.
    Ron Wright: Peace maintained via a strong military.
Immigration
    Chip Roy: Design immigration system based on American values.
    Ron Wright: Secure our border from criminals and terrorists.
    Dan Crenshaw: Protect our sovereignty; oppose open borders.
    Lance Gooden: Borders greatest national security risk today.
    Lance Gooden: Pay for border wall any way we can.
    Chip Roy: Blocked disaster relief for not addressing crisis at border.
    Veronica Escobar: Border fencing needs to be better thought out.
    Michael Cloud: Compensate property owners for land seized for border wall.
    Van Taylor: America is nation of immigrants, but our system is broken.
    Will Hurd: Border wall is 3rd-century solution to 21st-century problem.
    Lance Gooden: Supports Trump's declaration of border emergency.
    Van Taylor: Break immigration issue into little pieces to find solutions.
    Sylvia Garcia: The DREAM Act cannot be combined with building border wall.
    Dan Crenshaw: Build a wall on some parts, but other security along river.
    Ron Wright: Build the border wall, not sanctuary cities.
    Sylvia Garcia: Immigrants who meet requirements deserve path to citizenship.
Jobs
    Lizzie Pannill Fletcher: Attack by AFL-CIO in union case reflects misunderstanding.
    Ron Wright: Livable income is not a government responsibility.
    Ron Wright: Removing regulations (like livable income) creates jobs.
Principles & Values
    Chip Roy: Limited government, unlimited freedom, and opportunity.
    Ron Wright: Put "In God We Trust" on all official correspondence.
    Veronica Escobar: Support women & Latinas to run for office across the ballot.
    Ron Wright: Our limited government established by Judeo-Christian values.
Social Security
    Dan Crenshaw: Must reform Medicare & Social Security to save them.
    Ron Wright: Raise retirement age; reduce benefit structure.
    Sylvia Garcia: Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security must be preserved.
Tax Reform
    Chip Roy: Reduce burden of federal tax code.
    Ron Wright: Cut taxes for middle class; simplify tax code.
    Lance Gooden: Simplify tax code; free small business from interference.
    Van Taylor: Taxation cripples businesses, families and economic growth.
    Colin Allred: Trump tax cuts helped rich far more than middle class.
    Ron Wright: Simplify taxes, with lower rates, or FairTax.
Technology
    Lizzie Pannill Fletcher: More infrastructure and transportation funding for Houston.
War & Peace
    Michael McCaul: Abrupt US withdrawal from Syria benefits our adversaries.
    Dan Crenshaw: We fight there so they don't bring it to us.
    Ron Wright: Help defend Israel & allies from terrorism & radical Islam.


The above quotations are from News coverage of `Blue Wave` 2018 House races in Texas.

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