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)
(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)
Setti Warren: Require state & local governments to allow abortion coverage.
Jay Gonzalez: Close the federal gap in funding for Planned Parenthood.
Don Berwick: States can't exclude Planned Parenthood from Medicaid.
Steve Grossman: Endorsed by NARAL as "a steadfast pro-choice voice".
Charlie Baker: I support a woman's right to choose.
Budget & Economy|
Setti Warren: Closed $40M deficit in city of Newton & maintained services.
Jay Gonzalez: Preserved important investments during Great Recession.
Don Berwick: Fought against bank home foreclosures.
Setti Warren: Appointed first transgender member of Newton government.
Jay Gonzalez: Equal rights for women in workplace.
Setti Warren: Transgender military ban makes us less safe.
Jesse Gordon: Address disproportionate minority arrests & drug problems.
Jesse Gordon: Shouldn't be legal to deny housing for being transgendered.
Jesse Gordon: For Native Americans, replace paternalism with support.
Setti Warren: Make Newton a more hospitable climate for African Americans.
Jay Gonzalez: Hate and discrimination based on sexual orientation isn't OK.
Jay Gonzalez: Continue Massachusetts leadership like on marriage equality.
Charlie Baker: Running-mate supports existing law on gay marriage.
Steve Grossman: Embrace marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform.
Bob Massie: Ceres Reporting Initiative: socially rate pension funds.
Jesse Gordon: Nationalize banks, or break up those too-big-to-fail.
Setti Warren: Downgrading of Massachusetts bond rating is a serious thing.
Steve Grossman: OpEd: Combines progressive values with business experience.
Setti Warren: More parole instead of privatization of prisons.
Jay Gonzalez: Treat underlying conditions that contribute to crime.
Jay Gonzalez: Over-incarceration has terrible costs for society.
Jay Gonzalez: End mandatory minimum sentencing.
Setti Warren: Opposes federalization of police.
Charlie Baker: Seek death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber.
Don Berwick: No death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber.
Steve Grossman: No death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber.
Deval Patrick: Marathon bomber will die in prison, one way or another.
Martha Coakley: Supports seeking federal death penalty for Marathon Bomber.
Charlie Baker: Hold accountable those responsible for state drug lab crisis.
Steve Grossman: 7-year sentence not enough for rogue state lab chemist.
Setti Warren: End mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug crimes.
Bob Massie: End mandatory minimums for low level drug offenses.
Setti Warren: Combat opioid addiction by funding treatment.
Charlie Baker: Legal marijuana sales in Massachusetts by 2020.
Bob Massie: Supports legal marijuana from local businesses.
Jay Gonzalez: Support addicts and get them on a path to recovery.
Jay Gonzalez: Ok to tweak marijuana law, but the people have spoken.
Charlie Baker: Vigorously oppose recreational marijuana but medical pot ok.
Charlie Baker: Get dispensaries open for medical marijuana.
Don Berwick: Rollout of medical marijuana was a management fiasco.
Setti Warren: Make all public colleges and universities tuition-free.
Jesse Gordon: Incentives for tuition, & retroactively for college loans.
Setti Warren: Invest in new school facilities & classroom resources.
Bob Massie: Charter schools should be limited.
Jay Gonzalez: Take on big challenge of making college affordable.
Jay Gonzalez: Fierce advocate for high-quality early education.
Jay Gonzalez: Opposed expanding charter schools.
Don Berwick: Student loan forgiveness for grads entering some professions.
Don Berwick: Teachers are not the problem; they are the solution.
Steve Grossman: More funding for K-12 & public higher education.
Energy & Oil|
Jay Gonzalez: Make Massachusetts the first state to adopt carbon pricing.
Jay Gonzalez: Accelerate transition to clean energy.
Jesse Gordon: Supports wind, solar & alternatives; paid for with a gas tax.
Bob Massie: Ran Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston.
Setti Warren: Support use of wind, solar, & other renewable energy.
Bob Massie: Transform the state completely by pursuing renewable energy.
Don Berwick: Tax carbon emissions to reduce "undeniable climate crisis".
Don Berwick: Double state investment in clean energy from 0.6% to 1.2%.
Martha Coakley: Supports cap-and-trade, but not a carbon tax.
Steve Grossman: Allocate 1% of state budget to climate change & clean energy.
Steve Grossman: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
Jay Gonzalez: New revenue to fix our broken mass transit system.
Jay Gonzalez: Address water pollution despite Trump administration.
Bob Massie: Climate injustice is another form of social injustice.
Bob Massie: Integrate thinking: environment, transportation, & housing.
Setti Warren: Reinstate Lynn ferry service and extend the Blue Line.
Don Berwick: The air matters, the water matters; it's all a system.
Steve Grossman: Grossman company uses sustainable energy, paper, & ink.
Families & Children|
Jesse Gordon: Provide paid family and medical leave.
Jay Gonzalez: Quality childcare and preschool from birth to age 5.
Martha Coakley: PACWatch on DCF: not to fix it but to fight it.
Don Berwick: Seeds of kids' success are sown early--beginning prenatally.
Jay Gonzalez: Recognize Syrian refugees and others in need.
Bob Massie: Fought apartheid in South Africa.
Jesse Gordon: Include labor & environmental standards in trade agreements.
Charlie Baker: Automatic voter registration via RMV and MassHealth.
Bob Massie: Organized people can beat organized money.
Jay Gonzalez: Special interests and big money have no place in elections.
Setti Warren: Supports automatic voter registration.
Jay Gonzalez: Strong campaign finance policies ensure democracy's promise.
Jesse Gordon: Reform campaign finance to stop protecting incumbents.
Jesse Gordon: Why require in-person voting? Why register? Why Tuesday?
Bob Massie: Rigged political system addressed by democratic engagement.
Setti Warren: Public records laws for open and transparent governing.
Bob Massie: Supports same-day voter registration.
Jay Gonzalez: Supports same-day voter registration.
Charlie Baker: Declined to sign "People's Pledge" against outside PAC ads.
Charlie Baker: $500 donor limit is crazy; it's suppression of free speech.
Jay Gonzalez: Ban assault weapons and gun silencers.
Jay Gonzalez: Combating gun violence a priority.
Setti Warren: Join 18 mayors in banning assault weapons.
Charlie Baker: Let local police chiefs decide who can get shotguns.
Charlie Baker: Expand background checks; no gun unless mentally healthy.
Charlie Baker: Supports tough gun control laws.
Jay Gonzalez: Medicare for All, regardless of income or employment.
Setti Warren: Health care is a right; support single-payer.
Setti Warren: Accessible and affordable mental health and dental health.
Setti Warren: Move us towards single-payer healthcare.
Charlie Baker: Opposed Republican bill to eliminate ObamaCare.
Jay Gonzalez: System is fundamentally dysfunctional; we need single-payer.
Jay Gonzalez: Health insurance coverage for low-income residents.
Charlie Baker: Push for a state waiver from ObamaCare.
Charlie Baker: Access to health care is a basic right.
Don Berwick: Institute for Healthcare Improvement: focus on quality.
Steve Grossman: Workplace wellness programs are a good investment.
Don Berwick: Triple Aim strategy: improve experience, health, and cost.
Don Berwick: Explore single payer system in Massachusetts.
Steve Grossman: Unwavering advocate for veterans and their families.
Steve Grossman: Welcome Home Bonus Program: financial support for veterans.
Charlie Baker: Revoke MA National Guard on border due to family separation.
Jay Gonzalez: No MA National Guard on border due to inhumane policies.
Setti Warren: Support sanctuary cities; oppose summary deportations.
Bob Massie: Support Safe Communities over Trump's abhorrent ICE policies.
Setti Warren: Local police shouldn't enforce immigration law.
Charlie Baker: Open to ideas from Latino advisers on sanctuary state.
Jay Gonzalez: Opposes Trump's Muslim ban.
Setti Warren: Make City Hall an immigrant sanctuary to lead sanctuary city.
Jay Gonzalez: No round-up of immigrants by National Guard.
Jay Gonzalez: Safe Communities: no Muslim registry; no state enforcement.
Martha Coakley: Opposed services for illegal immigrants; now supports them.
Steve Grossman: Local police helping deport illegals is a "blunt instrument".
Bob Massie: Supports $15 per hour minimum wage ballot question.
Jay Gonzalez: Raise minimum wage; support paid family leave.
Setti Warren: Unions let workers fight economic inequality.
Setti Warren: $15 minimum wage and paid family leave.
Steve Grossman: A million MA workers have no earned sick time.
Don Berwick: No one answer to job creation: appoint Czar of Adaptations.
Charlie Baker: One casino is best, but vote "no" on casino repeal.
Don Berwick: Casino gambling cannibalizes the Lottery and costs jobs.
Don Berwick: Only Democrat in race to oppose Gaming Act.
Steve Grossman: Repatriate money from Connecticut's casinos.
Don Berwick: Supports offshore wind farms.
Principles & Values|
Setti Warren: Supports 5 out of 8 of ORMA's "People's Platform".
Martha Coakley: I know how tough my 2010 Senate loss was for many people.
Steve Grossman: We need a job creator, not a prosecutor, for governor.
Don Berwick: Son of a Connecticut doctor; attended med school in Boston.
Don Berwick: OpEd: "The second most dangerous man in America".
Bob Massie: Overcame childhood hemophilia, hepatitis, and HIV.
Setti Warren: Raise taxes on wealthy; close loopholes.
Bob Massie: Supports "millionaire's tax" with 4% surcharge.
Jay Gonzalez: Supports "millionaire's tax" with 4% surcharge.
Setti Warren: Eliminate tax breaks; wealthy pay their fair share.
Jay Gonzalez: Fair Share Tax: We need additional revenue for services.
Jay Gonzalez: Tax surcharge on incomes greater than $1 million.
Charlie Baker: My job is to make sure the T works, not to ride it.
Jay Gonzalez: Accepted challenge to ride the T for 5 days.
Setti Warren: Supports MBTA extension plus high-speed East-West Rail.
Jay Gonzalez: Don't just re-arrange deck chairs on Transportation Titanic.
Setti Warren: Build cross-state rail service.
Setti Warren: Reconstruct roadways; establish innovation centers.
Setti Warren: Public transportation systems are underfunded.
Charlie Baker: Lynn ferry service wasn't worth the $700,000 operating cost.
Jay Gonzalez: High-speed rail between Springfield and Boston.
Don Berwick: $600M via gas tax indexing for transportation financing.
Steve Grossman: Create 50,000 "lab coat"-manufacturing jobs.
Don Berwick: Nurture public transportation, resist fare increases.
Don Berwick: Safe, convenient, responsive, reliable transportation system.
Don Berwick: Switch from gas tax to pay-per-use fees on mileage.
Martha Coakley: Supports commuter rail for the South Coast.
Welfare & Poverty|
Jay Gonzalez: Address the affordable housing crisis.
Setti Warren: Economic inequality is the defining issue of our time.
Jay Gonzalez: Back to FDR values: good home, school, doctor, & job.
Charlie Baker: Raise both minimum wage & Earned Income Tax Credit.
Don Berwick: All means all: focus on equality and poverty.