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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

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2014 Minnesota Senate debates

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    from 2014 MN Senate debate (number of quotes indicated):
  • Al Franken (3) Democrat/DFL Jr Senator Minnesota
  • Jim Abeler (6) Republican challenger Minnesota
  • John Walsh (6) Democratic Senate Challenger Montana
  • Mike McFadden (17) Republican Challenger Minnesota
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    Minnesota Senate debates: (August primary)
  • The Hill weblog, "Dem-controlled Senate land of '10,000 excuses'," by Benjamin Goad, Aug. 9, 2014
  • Duluth News Tribune, "Why I support PolyMet", by Mike McFadden, Jun 15, 2014
  • Minneapolis Post, "Abeler to compete against GOP endorsee McFadden in Senate primary," by Briana Bierschbach, 6/3/14
  • Anchorage Daily News, "Abeler pushes to GOP primary for Senate," Associated Press, 6/3/2014
  • Minneapolis Post, "Battling for Minnesota GOP endorsement," by Briana Bierschbach, 05/31/14
  • Minneapolis Post, "McFadden gets 'soft-focus' specific", by Cyndy Brucato, 5/12/14
  • AdWatch: The Hill e-zine, "Franken touts small business work in first ad", May 6, 2014
  • Washington Post, "Franken: So sorry for that terrible law 100 years ago", by Colby Itkowitz, 4/3/2014
  • Wall Street Journal, "Franken Draws Attack Ad From American Encore", by Patrick O'Connor, March 25, 2014
  • CBS News, "Franken seeks more assistance for school lunches", by Stephanie Condon, March 18, 2014
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune, "D.C. Republicans", by Corey Mitchell, March 9, 2014
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Act fast to reject Common Core," by Jim Abeler, Feb. 14, 2014
  • Patrick Condon, Associated Press, "Sex offenders", December 2, 2013
  • Deb Gau in Marshall Independent, "Offers substance", November 28, 2013
  • Lori Sturdevant in Minneapolis Star Tribune, Nov. 23, 2013
  • Star Tribune reporting on Senate hearing, Nov. 14, 2013 excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    John Walsh: Opposes extremism like declaring life begins at conception.
    Mike McFadden: Anti-abortion and pro-guns.
Budget & Economy
    Jim Abeler: Led $3.8B in human services cuts to close MN budget gap.
    Mike McFadden: We've been spending like a drunken sailor.
Civil Rights
    John Walsh: Voted against NAACP staffer's appointment to Dept.of Justice.
    Mike McFadden: Gay marriage ok; but I'm personally for traditional marriage.
    Al Franken: Oppo AdWatch: Franken limits free speech issue advocacy.
    Jim Abeler: Major overhaul needed for sex offender laws.
    Jim Abeler: Oppose Common Core's centralized federal oversight.
    Mike McFadden: Measure more; dictate reading lists less.
Energy & Oil
    Mike McFadden: Approve Keystone; faster permits for gas plants.
    Mike McFadden: Supports PolyMet mining project in Hoyt Lakes.
Foreign Policy
    Mike McFadden: Inaction abroad sends message that US will do nothing.
Government Reform
    Mike McFadden: Effective but limited government, stressing "limited".
Gun Control
    Mike McFadden: Expand background checks; close gun show loophole.
    Mike McFadden: Open to looking at expanding background checks.
Health Care
    John Walsh: Yes to Medicare Rx negotiations; no to privatization.
    Jim Abeler: Big companies benefit from ObamaCare but not regular people.
    Jim Abeler: Preventative care; coordinated treatment; low-income clinics.
    Mike McFadden: We need an alternative to ObamaCare, not just repeal.
Homeland Security
    John Walsh: Cut wasteful spending in our military.
    Al Franken: Let companies reveal how much data NSA has gathered.
    Mike McFadden: Secure the borders, then conditional path to citizenship.
    Mike McFadden: Secure the borders & then find way to grant citizenship.
    Mike McFadden: Status quo is not acceptable; we need to find a solution.
    John Walsh: Supports increasing the minimum wage.
Principles & Values
    Jim Abeler: Former investment banker; outsider with no voting record.
Social Security
    Mike McFadden: Discuss raising the eligibility age for social security.
Tax Reform
    John Walsh: Tax cuts for the wealthy only seek to preserve privilege.
    Mike McFadden: Wouldn't vote for tax increases.
Welfare & Poverty
    Al Franken: Pay in full for school lunches instead of partly subsidizing.
    Mike McFadden: Let states decide school lunch payments, not feds.

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  • Al Franken Democrat/DFL Jr Senator Minnesota
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