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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)

Book Reviews

(from Amazon.com)

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2022 Maryland Gubernatorial race: debates and news coverage

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    from 2022 MD Governor's race (number of quotes indicated):
  • Ashwani Jain (28) Maryland Democratic Challenger
  • Dan Cox (22) Maryland Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Doug Gansler (17) Maryland Democratic Challenger
  • Jeff Colyer (1) Kansas Candidate for Governor
  • John B. King (10) Maryland Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Kelly M. Schulz (1) Maryland Republican challenger for Governor
  • Larry Hogan (2) Maryland Republican Maryland Governor
  • Michael Steele (5) Republican challenger, Lt. Gov. Maryland
  • Peter Franchot (28) Maryland Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Robin Ficker (6) Maryland Republican candidate for Governor
  • Rushern Baker (11) Maryland Democratic Challenger
  • Thomas Perez (3) Maryland Democratic Challenger for Governor
  • Wes Moore (20) Maryland Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

    2022 Maryland Gubernatorial debates and race coverage:
  • ABC News: Full transcript of "This Week": interview of Gov. Larry Hogan, moderated by Jonathan Karl, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, (Link)
  • Maryland Matters, "Wes Moore: Work, Wages and Wealth Will be North Stars," by Danielle E. Gaines, August 26, 2021
  • Baltimore Sun, "What you need to know about Maryland GOP gubernatorial nominee Dan Cox," by Sam Janesch, Jul 20, 2022
  • FOX 5 DC, "Maryland Primary 2022: Where each gubernatorial candidate stands on gun control," July 15, 2022
  • Frederick News Post, "Election 2022 Primary Voters Guide: Governor: Dan Cox," Jul 2, 2022
  • Maryland Matters, "Md. Candidates Fret, Tout Green Credentials as Supreme Court Ties EPA's Hands on Emissions," by Josh Kurtz & Jacob Fischler, June 30, 2022
  • Maryland Matters, "Md. Republicans Rap Wes Moore Pitch on GOP Voter Suppression," by Josh Kurtz, June 11, 2021
  • Maryland Matters, "Rushern Baker Suspends Gubernatorial Campaign, Will Likely Endorse a Democratic Rival Soon," by Bruce DePuyt, June 10, 2022
  • WJLA, "Meet Dan Cox, Trump-endorsed gubernatorial candidate in Maryland's Republican primary," by Brad Bell, May 30, 2022
  • MSNBC, "Transcript: The ReidOut," interview of MD Governor candidate John B. King, 10/15/21
  • WJZ (CBS Local), "Advocates Rally in Annapolis to Defend Abortion Rights," October 2, 2021
  • Kent County News, "Franchot talks Talbot Boys, Bay Bridge," by Brad Dress and Natalie Jones, Aug 20, 2021
  • WJZ (CBS Local), "Peter Franchot Outlines Equity Plan in Campaign for Governor," August 9, 2021
  • CNN.com, "Tom Perez launches bid for Maryland governor," by Dan Merica, June 23, 2021
  • Baltimore Sun, "Nearly 350,000 Marylanders don't have health insurance. Here's how to close the gap," by Tom Perez, Jun 09, 2021
  • KPVI TV 6 NBC News, "Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz running for governor," 4/22/21
  • Baltimore Sun, "John King Jr., former Obama education secretary, enters race for governor of Maryland," by Bryn Stole, Apr 20, 2021
  • Washington Post, "John B. King, former Obama education secretary, running for Maryland governor," by Erin Cox, April 20, 2021
  • MarylandMatters.org blog, "John King, Former U.S. Secretary of Education, Announces Gubernatorial Bid," by Bennett Leckrone, April 20, 2021
  • Baltimore Sun, "A bold commitment to offshore wind would be a win-win for Maryland," by Tom Perez, Apr 05, 2021
  • Tufts Daily, "Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series hosts Michael Steele," by Madeline Mueller, April 2, 2021
  • MSNBC Transcript: The ReidOut interviewing Michael Steele, 3/29/21
  • MSNBC Transcript: The Beat with Ari Melber interviewing Michael Steele, 3/25/21
  • Maryland Matters, "The Other John King," by Josh Kurtz, March 2, 2021
  • Baltimore Sun, "Maryland expands tax credit to more immigrants," by Pamela Wood, Feb 26, 2021
  • CNN State of the Union interview of Larry Hogan, January 10, 2021
  • ABC This Week interview of Larry Hogan, December 27, 2020
  • The Week newsmagazine, "Centrists have a solution for Trumpism: Trump Lite," by Ryan Cooper, December 16, 2020
  • Maryland Matters, "Crises Can Be Catalysts for Change," by John King, October 5, 2020
  • The Hill, "It's time to start restoring the party of Lincoln," by Michael Steele, 08/31/20
  • Bethesda Magazine, "Ficker running for governor in 2022 to cut sales tax," by Dan Schere, April 23, 2020
  • MyMcMedia.org blog, "Robin Ficker is Running Again, This Time for Governor," by Suzanne Pollak, April 19, 2020
  • WJLA, "Robin Ficker fighting to limit property tax hikes," by Kevin Lewis, February 21, 2020
  • Basketball Network, "NBA's most famous heckler," by Filip Trivic, November 30, 2018
  • Bethesda Magazine, "Q &A With County Executive Candidate Robin Ficker," by Louis Peck, October 11, 2018
  • RedMaryland.com, "Candidate Survey: Dan Cox for Delegate, District 4," May 19, 2018
  • The Frederick News Post, "Dan Cox," by Kate Masters, Feb 24, 2018
  • WTOP News, "Suit challenging Md. school system's transgender policy dropped," by Nick Iannelli, November 29, 2017
  • Baltimore Sun, "Federal appellate court upholds Md. handgun permit laws," by Justin Fenton, Mar 21, 2013

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Wes Moore: Enshrine the right to abortion into Maryland's Constitution.
    Dan Cox: Sponsored bills to severely restrict abortion access.
    Dan Cox: I am unashamedly 100% Pro-Life from conception to death.
    Doug Gansler: I have always fought for reproductive rights.
    Peter Franchot: A very important right that we need to defend for women.
    Ashwani Jain: I believe in reproductive rights and reproductive justice.
Budget & Economy
    Wes Moore: Provide Minority Business Enterprises with support.
    Rushern Baker: A strong transit system with diverse options is crucial.
    Peter Franchot: Bring high quality public transportation throughout state.
    Peter Franchot: $5.5B in delinquent taxes; $1B in unclaimed property.
    Peter Franchot: Led record state investments to transportation projects.
    Peter Franchot: Reformed procurement system increasing accountability.
    Robin Ficker: Improve transportation in congested parts of the state.
Civil Rights
    Wes Moore: Ensure Maryland schools adopt LGBTQ+ affirming policies.
    Rushern Baker: Our differences are to be celebrated, accepted, protected.
    Dan Cox: Critical Race Theory is Marxist propaganda.
    Doug Gansler: Received Equality Maryland award for support of LGBT rights.
    Peter Franchot: Appoint Secretary of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
    Thomas Perez: Civil rights is part of his DNA (and job history).
    Ashwani Jain: LGBTQ people welcome in Maryland: you make us stronger.
    John B. King: Great-grandfather enslaved; must grapple with racial equity.
    John B. King: We undermine societal improvement by burying historic racism.
    Dan Cox: Filed suit against high school transgender accommodation.
    Wes Moore: Increase diversity on Maryland corporate boards.
    Peter Franchot: Less for corporate tax breaks, more help for small business.
    Wes Moore: Remove barriers to state aid for those with criminal records.
    Rushern Baker: Key to public safety is healing underlying root causes.
    Dan Cox: End police vaccine mandate and increase police pay.
    Dan Cox: Hold dangerous criminals accountable with stiff jail terms.
    Doug Gansler: Bring every police shooting to the grand jury.
    Peter Franchot: End all use of no-knock warrants.
    Ashwani Jain: Ban the use of chokeholds; end the money-bail system.
    Ashwani Jain: Repeal prohibition of prosecution for marital sexual assault.
    Wes Moore: Legalize cannabis, expunge possession convictions.
    Rushern Baker: Those hit by war on drugs owed windfall from legalization.
    Doug Gansler: Legalize cannabis and expunge convictions.
    Doug Gansler: Drug use should be treated like a public health problem.
    Peter Franchot: If legalized wants benefits to go to areas impacted in past.
    Ashwani Jain: Legalize marijuana, expunge the records of those imprisoned.
    Ashwani Jain: Treat drug use as a public health crisis, not a crime.
    Dan Cox: Opposed to the legalization of marijuana.
    Wes Moore: Fully fund Blueprint for Education, Child Care.
    Rushern Baker: For fully funding The Blueprint for Maryland's future.
    Dan Cox: End Marxist type approach: CRT, gender indoctrination.
    Dan Cox: Constitutional education mandate must include school choice.
    Peter Franchot: Fully debt-free paths to a vocational or college degree.
    Ashwani Jain: Public dollars should be used to improve public schools.
    Ashwani Jain: Ease student loan debt for those who teach public school.
    Ashwani Jain: For comprehensive Sex Ed in public schools.
    John B. King: Inspiring public school teachers saved my life.
    John B. King: Expand education access; seek universal preschool.
    Peter Franchot: Supports financial literacy & college capital projects.
    Peter Franchot: Healthy classrooms yes; standardized testing no.
    Robin Ficker: We need to teach kids to love libraries, not raise taxes.
Energy & Oil
    Wes Moore: Reduce 60% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
    Rushern Baker: Move up goal of 100% renewable energy to 2030.
    Doug Gansler: Begin work on 4 Gigawatts offshore wind generation by 2026.
    Doug Gansler: Use school funding/construction to promote renewable energy.
    John B. King: It's past time to act on climate change, shift to renewables.
    Peter Franchot: Our target goal for moving fully to renewable energy is 2030.
    Ashwani Jain: Ban fracking; deactivate all in-state coal power plants.
    Ashwani Jain: We need to invest in solar and offshore wind farms.
    Ashwani Jain: We must take deliberate steps to focus on climate justice.
    Thomas Perez: Offshore wind a win for workers, businesses, & environment.
    Wes Moore: Will push back against Supreme Court ruling against EPA.
    Doug Gansler: Won largest environmental settlement in American history.
    Peter Franchot: Work with EPA to help clean up Chesapeake Bay.
    Ashwani Jain: Ban single-use plastic bags; achieve 100% composting.
    Ashwani Jain: Help farmers afford water conservation requirements.
    Peter Franchot: Voted for over $1.4 billion in environmental protection.
Families & Children
    Wes Moore: Paid sick, family, and medical leave for every Marylander.
    Doug Gansler: Universal pre-kindergarten and universal child care.
    Ashwani Jain: Create a Paid Family Leave Insurance Fund.
    Ashwani Jain: Require free menstrual products in public school bathrooms.
Government Reform
    Dan Cox: We need more transparency; all meetings will be open.
    Rushern Baker: Require dark money groups to disclose their donors.
    Dan Cox: Require citizen voter ID, end unverified mail-in ballots.
    Doug Gansler: Judicial retention elections promote diversity on the bench.
    Peter Franchot: Deliver on specific goals to rebuild trust in government.
    Peter Franchot: Create a universal, transparent vote by mail system.
    Wes Moore: Opposed GOP voter ID bill as voter suppression.
    Ashwani Jain: Committed to imposing anti-corruption measures.
    Michael Steele: We know this is all about a fear of black voters.
    Michael Steele: Biden showed moral courage in criticizing voter suppression.
    Larry Hogan: Just like Trump he refuses to release his tax returns.
    Robin Ficker: 2016: Helped pass ballot measure for county term limits.
    Dan Cox: One of the big issues is less burdensome regulations.
Gun Control
    Wes Moore: Combat gun violence, ban ghost guns.
    Dan Cox: Opposed state bill banning ghost guns.
    Dan Cox: Will work to bring Constitutional Carry to Maryland.
    Doug Gansler: Supported Maryland's handgun permitting law.
    Ashwani Jain: For universal background checks, universal licensing.
    Jeff Colyer: Pro-Second Amendment, authentic conservative.
    Peter Franchot: Sponsored strict gun control legislation.
    Dan Cox: Need more gun freedom to combat growing evil of far left.
Health Care
    Wes Moore: Ensure access to quality, affordable health care coverage.
    Rushern Baker: Implement a single-payer Medicare for All program.
    Dan Cox: On day one I will end the vaccine and health mandates.
    Doug Gansler: Operate 10 new regional behavioral centers across the state.
    Peter Franchot: Expand Medicaid; control cost of insurance premiums.
    Thomas Perez: Implement and strengthen state health equity program.
    Ashwani Jain: Healthcare is a human right, supports a public option.
Homeland Security
    Wes Moore: Expand and improve quality of care for veterans.
    Doug Gansler: Expand programs and housing for homeless veterans.
    Dan Cox: I strongly believe that veterans need to be supported.
    Dan Cox: Remove criminal illegal aliens from our communities.
    Ashwani Jain: Police shouldn't ask individuals about immigration status.
    Ashwani Jain: Advocate for Sanctuary counties & refugee right to counsel.
    Peter Franchot: Praised tax credit that includes undocumented people.
    Wes Moore: Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023.
    Wes Moore: Protect and expand the right of workers to join unions.
    Wes Moore: Ensure equal pay for women, remove salary history in hiring.
    Rushern Baker: Make Maryland the nation's Black Business Startup Capital.
    Doug Gansler: Raising the minimum wage is a racial justice issue.
    Peter Franchot: Create 100,000 family supporting jobs in 100 weeks.
    Ashwani Jain: Expand access to collective bargaining & union rights.
    Ashwani Jain: Create the nation's first Guaranteed Jobs Program.
Local Issues
    Peter Franchot: Helped reform alcohol laws to support local craft breweries.
Principles & Values
    Wes Moore: Everyone deserves an equal opportunity to succeed.
    Rushern Baker: Withdrew from gubernatorial race before primary.
    Dan Cox: Tweeted "Pence is a Traitor" during Capitol attack.
    Dan Cox: Trump: Dan Cox is an America First Patriot.
    Dan Cox: Can't back down from reliance upon God, law and order.
    Doug Gansler: Helps run a non-profit lacrosse league for inner-city youth.
    John B. King: Crises can be catalysts for change: it's up to us.
    Peter Franchot: Would melt down Confederate statue, make door knobs.
    Ashwani Jain: Remove religious exemptions in state non-discrimination laws.
    Ashwani Jain: Every event I host will be free, open to the press.
    Kelly M. Schulz: Served in House of Delegates and as Labor Secretary.
    John B. King: A progressive problem solver; work to expand opportunity.
    John B. King: Teacher, administrator, Obama's Secretary of Education.
    Michael Steele: If you're not ready to listen, you will never learn.
    Michael Steele: Religion set how I come to view and experience the world.
    Peter Franchot: Measure commitment not by money spent, but results we demand.
    Larry Hogan: Return GOP to its roots, become a bigger tent.
    Michael Steele: Trump turned GOP from honorable party to personality cult.
    Robin Ficker: Was noted NBA heckler; they responded with "Ficker rule".
Social Security
    Peter Franchot: Tax incentives for seniors for mentorship program.
Tax Reform
    Doug Gansler: Employer tax credits for businesses hiring military spouses.
    John B. King: Ask wealthiest to pay fair share, end corporate giveaways.
    Wes Moore: Supported making child tax credit fully refundable.
    Peter Franchot: Ease filing for those with simple tax obligations.
    Ashwani Jain: Eliminate the state income tax for 95% of Maryland workers.
    Ashwani Jain: Ensure richest pay their fair share of taxes.
    John B. King: If we have to pay a little more in taxes, we should.
    Peter Franchot: Supported online retailers collecting state sales tax.
    Robin Ficker: Cut sales tax by two cents; give everyone a tax cut.
    Robin Ficker: Fought to limit property tax hikes to rate of inflation.
    Dan Cox: Oppose any tax increase, support tax cuts on every level.
    Peter Franchot: Access to the internet will become a right for each citizen.
Welfare & Poverty
    Wes Moore: Prioritize environmental justice for low-income communities.
    Rushern Baker: Affordable housing is a right.
    Doug Gansler: Provide economic incentives to address housing affordability.
    Ashwani Jain: Offer grants, incentives to grocers to serve food deserts.

The above quotations are from 2022 Maryland Gubernatorial race: debates and news coverage.
Next election in 2022; Gov. Hogan term-limited in 2022; contenders:
MD 2022 Gubernatorial debate: Incumbent Larry Hogan(R,term-limited)
vs.State Rep. Daniel Cox(R nominee)
vs.Wes Moore(D nominee)
vs.State Rep. Robin Ficker(R)
vs.State Del.Kelly M. Schulz(R)
vs.State Rep. Peter Franchot(D)
vs.Former DNC chair Tom Perez(D)
vs.Education Secretary John B. King(D)
vs.Obama administration Ashwani Jain(D)
vs.State attorney-general Doug Gansler(D)
vs.County executive Rushern Baker(D)
Past gubernatorial races:
2018 Maryland gubernatorial debate,
Hogan vs.Jealous(D) vs.Ross (D) vs.Cummings(D) vs.Madaleno(D) vs.Quinn(L) vs.Schlakman(G)
Former contenders:
Steele (R,2006); Vaughn (R,2010).

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