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)
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Commonwealth of Kentucky Politicians: Archives
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from State of Kentucky Archives (number of quotes indicated):
- ACLU (1)
- Adam Edelen (21) Kentucky Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
- Alison Grimes (30) Kentucky Democratic candidate for governor
- Amy McGrath (32) Democratic 2020 Senate Challenger Kentucky
- Andy Beshear (52) Kentucky Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
- Brett Guthrie (1) Republican U.S. Rep Kentucky-2
- Bruce Lunsford (9) Former Democratic Senate challenger (2008) Kentucky
- C. Wesley Morgan (22) Republican 2020 Senate Challenger Kentucky
- Charles Booker (31) Democratic Senate Challenger Kentucky
- Chuck Pennacchio (1) Former Democratic challenger (2006) Pennsylvania
- Harry Blackmun (1)
- Jack Conway (33) Kentucky Democratic 2015 Gubernatorial candidate
- Jack Reed (1) Democratic Sr Senator Rhode Island
- James Comer (20) Republican U.S. Rep Kentucky- 1
- Jim Gray (17) Kentucky Democratic candidate for governor
- John Paul Stevens (1) Republican Appointee to Supreme Court (retired 2010)
- Matt Bevin (52) Kentucky Republican Governor
- Mitch McConnell (28) Republican Sr Senator Kentucky
- Rand Paul (20) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
- Robert Goforth (26) Kentucky Republican challenger for Governor
- Rocky Adkins (25) Kentucky Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
- Sandra Day O`Connor (1) Republican Appointee to Supreme Court (retired 2005)
- Scott Walker (1) Wisconsin WI Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
- Steve Beshear (32) Kentucky Democratic Governor (term-limited 2015)
- Steven Cox (27) Democratic 2020 Senate Challenger Kentucky
- Trey Grayson (1) Republican 2010 Senate Challenger; Secretary of State Kentucky
- Wesley Morgan (13)
- William Rehnquist (1) Republican Appointee to Supreme Court (until 2005)
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| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Charles Booker: Women have the right to choose; Roe v. Wade must be upheld.
Steven Cox: Repeals Hyde Amendment.
Wesley Morgan: Opposes taxpayer funding for abortion.
Charles Booker: Microphone cut off during speech against anti-abortion bill.
Adam Edelen: Abortion rights are vital to ensuring equality for women.
Andy Beshear: Endorsed by NARAL; will defend women's right to choose.
Andy Beshear: Defend law requiring ultrasound before abortion.
Matt Bevin: I am the most pro-life governor in America.
Rocky Adkins: Voted for several anti-abortion bills.
Adam Edelen: Unwavering support of women's right to health care decisions.
Andy Beshear: I'm pro-choice and I support Roe v. Wade.
Robert Goforth: Introduced first version of the fetal heartbeat bill.
Rocky Adkins: Pro-life, but follow the law of the land.
ACLU: Oppose abortion restrictions based on sex, race, disability.
Matt Bevin: Allow abortion restrictions based on sex, race, disability.
Charles Booker: Oppose abortion restrictions based on sex, race, disability.
Robert Goforth: Allow abortion restrictions based on sex, race, disability.
Rocky Adkins: Oppose abortion restrictions based on sex, race, disability.
Matt Bevin: Latest abortion laws are straight-up infanticide.
Matt Bevin: Sued for closing state's only abortion provider.
Robert Goforth: Heartbeat bill: no abortion beyond 6 weeks after conception.
Amy McGrath: 100% pro-choice; it is a woman's right to choose.
James Comer: Abortion should NEVER be allowed, except for maternal life.
James Comer: Not one penny of tax dollars to Planned Parenthood.
C. Wesley Morgan: Pro-life, with exceptions for rape in first trimester.
Alison Grimes: Pro-choice down the line.
Budget & Economy|
Charles Booker: Supports Universal Basic Income; poverty is immoral.
Andy Beshear: Better Kentucky Budget: no tax increase, no budget cuts.
Amy McGrath: Against rolling back Dodd-Frank banking regulations.
Mitch McConnell: Voted to roll back Dodd-Frank banking regulations.
Mitch McConnell: Opposes infrastructure spending in COVID-19 relief bill.
Wesley Morgan: Supports balanced budget amendment.
Wesley Morgan: Supports permanent ban on earmarks, opposes bailouts.
Andy Beshear: Fully supports legalized sports betting.
Adam Edelen: Kentucky Kick Start: make Main Streets bustling again.
James Comer: Federal fiscal restraint to tackle $19 trillion debt.
C. Wesley Morgan: Balance the budget, by reducing benefits and tapping savings.
Jim Gray: Think globally when talking about job creation.
Matt Bevin: Must rely on cutting spending to improve financial outlook.
Matt Bevin: AdWatch: Supporting a debt-limit increase is too liberal.
Matt Bevin: No budget deal; let the sequester cuts take place.
Mitch McConnell: Proud of role in high-profile deal to end federal shutdown.
Mitch McConnell: Supports sequester cuts: 2.4% out of $3.6 trillion budget.
Jack Reed: Address the sequester & debt ceiling without any new taxes.
Jack Conway: Against TARP bailouts due to lack of accountability.
Rand Paul: Bank bailout was bad policy & helped no banks in KY.
Steve Beshear: Cut government spending due to the revenue shortfall.
Steve Beshear: Some budget priorities won’t go away despite budget crisis.
Steve Beshear: Revenue situation becomes a golden opportunity for change.
Charles Booker: Have to tackle structural racism and inequity head-on.
Charles Booker: Ban conversion therapy and sex/gender discrimination.
C. Wesley Morgan: Government needs to get out of business of reverse racism.
Amy McGrath: No discrimination over sexual orientation.
Mitch McConnell: Against gay marriage but now law of the land.
Steven Cox: Expand the Voting Rights Act.
Wesley Morgan: Stop government from interfering with free exercise of faith.
Andy Beshear: Restore voting rights to non-violent offenders.
Andy Beshear: Diversity isn't a buzz word; it's a value.
Steven Cox: Launched online petition to remove Confederate statue.
Robert Goforth: Constitution protects LGBTQ rights.
Andy Beshear: Government works best with a wide range of voices.
Andy Beshear: Marriage equality for whomever you love.
Andy Beshear: 60% of AG leadership were women or minorities.
Robert Goforth: Protect religious beliefs against LGBTQ people.
Amy McGrath: Agrees with Supreme Court upholding same sex marriage.
James Comer: Support traditional marriage between one man and one woman.
C. Wesley Morgan: No same-sex marriage; no gender identity hate crimes.
Jim Gray: Pay equity for women; and raise the minimum wage.
Jim Gray: Openly gay mayor of Lexington: not all are anti-gay.
Jack Conway: Same-sex marriage ban is last vestige of discrimination.
Jack Conway: Didn't challenge court ruling that allowed same-sex marriage.
Alison Grimes: Supports allowing gay marriage.
Alison Grimes: AdWatch: VAWA and equal pay for women.
Mitch McConnell: I co-sponsored VAWA but final version went too far.
Alison Grimes: Both supportive and apprehensive about marriage equality.
Matt Bevin: Why not define marriage as a parent marrying their child?
Alison Grimes: Fight for pay equity for women.
Jack Conway: Claims Paul questions Civil Rights Act and the ADA.
Jack Conway: I abhor discrimination; end "don't ask, don't tell".
Steve Beshear: Will veto a bill that would ban gay marriage in KY.
Rand Paul: Opposes same-sex marriage.
Trey Grayson: Opposes same-sex marriage.
Steven Cox: Favors stronger co-ops over pleasing shareholders.
Matt Bevin: Signed $106 million tax cut for banks & other institutions.
Andy Beshear: No consumption tax on basic needs; but ok on luxury goods.
Robert Goforth: Don't cater exclusively to corporate interests.
Robert Goforth: As business owner and pharmacists, he's a proven job creator.
Steve Beshear: Incentive programs for businesses; to bring in jobs.
Charles Booker: Need criminal justice reform & ending mass incarceration.
Amy McGrath: Police reform: ban chokeholds, guarantee body cameras.
Charles Booker: Supports criminal justice reform to address racial bias.
Robert Goforth: Incarceration comes at a high cost.
Andy Beshear: Justice for cold cases with backlog of untested rape kits.
Adam Edelen: Police departments should reflect diversity of community.
Rocky Adkins: Make expungement of criminal records easier and/or automatic.
Matt Bevin: Harsher felony penalties for those deemed gang members.
C. Wesley Morgan: Harsher felony penalties for those deemed gang members.
Robert Goforth: Harsher felony penalties for those deemed gang members.
Rocky Adkins: Opposed harsher felony penalties for gang members.
C. Wesley Morgan: Supports capital punishment; supports prosecuting minors.
Matt Bevin: Overturn voting rights to ex-felons who completed sentences.
Steve Beshear: Grant voting rights to ex-felons who completed sentences.
Matt Bevin: Imperative to address backlog of forensic tests.
Matt Bevin: Restore felon voting rights, but only through legislature.
Steve Beshear: Restore right to vote to most nonviolent felons.
Adam Edelen: Investigate the number of untested sexual assault kits.
Jack Conway: Reduce crime via focus on cybercrime against kids.
Alison Grimes: One in six US women will be victims of domestic violence.
Steve Beshear: Require DNA samples from all criminal parolees.
Brett Guthrie: Require DNA samples from all criminal parolees.
James Comer: Require DNA samples from all criminal parolees.
Rocky Adkins: Require DNA samples from all criminal parolees.
James Comer: Allow expungement of criminal records after 5 years.
Rocky Adkins: Allow expungement of criminal records after 5 years.
Harry Blackmun: Black defendants have Constitutional right to blacks on jury.
John Paul Stevens: Black defendants have Constitutional right to blacks on jury.
Sandra Day O`Connor: Black defendants have Constitutional right to blacks on jury.
William Rehnquist: Black defendants have no right to blacks on jury.
Charles Booker: Legalize cannabis, commute sentences, expunge records.
Amy McGrath: Will work for real investments in tackling opioid crisis.
Amy McGrath: For medical cannabis; research full legalization.
Charles Booker: Legalize cannabis and expunge records related to it.
Steven Cox: Follow Colorado in legalizing & taxing cannabis.
Robert Goforth: Project DARIS: combat drugs by educating students.
Andy Beshear: Legalize medical marijuana; maybe it'll replace opioids.
Adam Edelen: More beds in Kentucky to treat the scourge of addition.
Andy Beshear: Sue opioid manufacturers & distributors who flood market.
Rocky Adkins: Prohibit advertising of opiates and opioids.
Andy Beshear: Funding for prevention; focus on opioid disposal & treatment.
Matt Bevin: Crack down on drug dealers and others who abuse the system.
Robert Goforth: Regulate and tax medical marijuana.
Rocky Adkins: Regulate and tax medical marijuana.
James Comer: Help farmers with first hemp program in Kentucky.
C. Wesley Morgan: Don't legalize marijuana; no drug addiction program.
Jim Gray: Fully fund drug treatment and addiction recovery.
Jack Conway: Fight prescription drug abuse; set up treatment centers.
Alison Grimes: Have a discussion about marijuana legalization.
Mitch McConnell: Strongly opposed to legalization of marijuana.
Steve Beshear: KASPER: KY All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting.
Steve Beshear: Reduce historic addiction to tobacco with smoke-free law.
Jack Conway: Meth lab count is up because we are identifying smaller labs.
Rand Paul: Tackle drug problem; no one cares where funding comes from.
Rand Paul: Community treatment instead of federal anti-drug programs.
Jack Conway: Epidemic of prescription pill abuse spurs crime.
Rand Paul: Drug abuse isn't a pressing issue; 10-20 years is too harsh.
Andy Beshear: $1000 salary boost for all school workers.
Andy Beshear: $100 million to repair crumbling public schools.
Rand Paul: COVID: Opening schools doesn't lead to a surge.
C. Wesley Morgan: Government should get out of the student loan business.
Amy McGrath: We need a well-funded public education system.
Amy McGrath: National service program practical solution for college debt.
Amy McGrath: Perform national service to get college aid.
Steven Cox: Cover all costs at public colleges.
Andy Beshear: Waive GED testing fee for those who can't afford it.
Andy Beshear: Teachers deserve a living wage, teacher shortage is a threat.
Andy Beshear: End historic cuts to universities, community colleges.
C. Wesley Morgan: Reform education towards career prep.
Robert Goforth: My strong public education overcame childhood poverty.
Adam Edelen: Support teachers with pensions and more in classroom.
Adam Edelen: Don't make schools profit centers for charter corporations.
Adam Edelen: Make college affordable to the children of working families.
Andy Beshear: Committed to a world-class public education.
Rocky Adkins: Protect public education from private, for-profit schools.
Andy Beshear: Don't change teacher pensions to 401(k)-style plan.
Andy Beshear: Won lawsuit to improve teacher retirement pensions.
Matt Bevin: Legislature should decide teacher pensions, not judges.
Rocky Adkins: Better retirement pensions for teachers.
Matt Bevin: Proposed school cuts of $128M; legislature restored them.
Andy Beshear: Only legislature can implement charters, not Governor.
Andy Beshear: Only legislature can cut state college budget, not Governor.
Matt Bevin: 2% budget cut to state colleges and universities.
Matt Bevin: Create Charter Schools Advisory Council & implement charters.
James Comer: Teach without interference from the federal government.
James Comer: Mountains of student debt hinders getting a job.
C. Wesley Morgan: Public funding for charters and vouchers.
Jim Gray: Investment in education and our teachers is essential.
Matt Bevin: Move to performance based funding for state universities.
Matt Bevin: End education monopoly with school choice and vouchers.
Matt Bevin: FactCheck: No, not MIT grad; education is "School of Life".
Alison Grimes: Every child has the right to a quality education.
Steve Beshear: We made cuts to survive; now let's assess damage.
Steve Beshear: Reinvest in SEEK: Support Education Excellence in Kentucky.
Jack Conway: Enforce consumer protection laws at for-profit schools.
Steve Beshear: Alternative programs to reduce school dropout rate.
Steve Beshear: High national rankings shows that education is good in KY.
Energy & Oil|
Charles Booker: Climate crisis is great economic opportunity for Kentucky.
Charles Booker: Reclaim old coal land; black lung benefits for miners.
Charles Booker: Refers to Green New Deal as "Kentucky New Deal".
Mitch McConnell: Supported withdrawal from Paris climate agreement.
Amy McGrath: Climate change: wars will fought over water, resources.
Charles Booker: Kentucky should lead the way to a green new deal.
Steven Cox: Supports Green New Deal.
Andy Beshear: Climate change is real; develop renewables.
Matt Bevin: Don't subsidize renewables; we didn't cause climate change.
Steven Cox: Save the world from the climatocalypse.
Robert Goforth: Opposes raising electric costs.
Steven Cox: We need to find a system better than fossil fuels.
Steven Cox: We need to find a system better than fossil fuels.
Steven Cox: We need to find a better investment than fossil fuels.
Andy Beshear: Focus on "all-of-the-above" and low utility bills.
Adam Edelen: Jobs for out-of-work coal miners in renewable energy.
Matt Bevin: Allow utilities to pay customers less for excess solar power.
Charles Booker: No on utilities paying customers less for excess solar power.
Robert Goforth: Allow utilities to pay customers less for excess solar power.
Rocky Adkins: No on utilities paying customers less for excess solar power.
Matt Bevin: Stand up for coal; we have hundreds of years of supply.
Adam Edelen: Install solar panels on reclaimed surface mines.
Adam Edelen: Climate change is real; renewables key to tomorrow's jobs.
Rocky Adkins: Fund energy research; increase energy savings.
James Comer: War on coal is a war on Kentucky's economy.
C. Wesley Morgan: No state funding for either renewables or traditional energy.
Jim Gray: Let's stop mining? No, invest in coal's future.
Jim Gray: Fund clean coal via Carbon Capture and Storage.
Jack Conway: Maintain low energy rates by protecting coal economy.
Matt Bevin: Fight against EPA's relentless attacks on the coal industry.
Mitch McConnell: I blocked the passage of Obama's cap-and-trade.
Alison Grimes: Balanced approach to deal with global warming.
Mitch McConnell: AdWatch: Fights EPA regulation on coal production.
Alison Grimes: Rely heavily on domestic coal, oil and natural gas.
Steve Beshear: To Washington: Get off our backs! about coal.
Jack Conway: Protect coal even under cap-and-trade.
Rand Paul: Unelected EPA should not regulate greenhouse emissions.
Jack Conway: Coal yes; cap-and-trade no.
Bruce Lunsford: Expand drilling; draw strategic reserve; plus alternatives.
Mitch McConnell: Supports coal-to-liquid fuels, nuclear tech, & electric cars.
Mitch McConnell: Has clout to implement GOP solutions for high gas prices.
Bruce Lunsford: Double oil production by developing 70M federal acres.
Andy Beshear: Clean air and clean water underlie everybody's success.
Matt Bevin: Opposes federal regulations like waterway protection.
Robert Goforth: Torturing dogs and cats counts as domestic violence.
Rocky Adkins: 1996: sponsored the Kentucky Tourism Development Act.
Jim Gray: EPA regulations overstep bounds, but we can't throw them out.
Jack Conway: Fight the EPA's burdensome regulations.
Matt Bevin: I don't support cockfighting, but don't criminalize it.
Alison Grimes: OpEd: Disdain for the EPA, but better choice for greens.
Steve Beshear: Secures Clean Water Act funding to clean up pollution.
Bruce Lunsford: Worked on father’s tobacco farm as a youngster.
Bruce Lunsford: Bring together all parties to review mountaintop removal.
Families & Children|
Amy McGrath: Help working class families with checks during pandemic.
Andy Beshear: Use A.G. office to rescue victims of human trafficking.
Robert Goforth: No visitation rights for children produced by rape.
Matt Bevin: Teachers ignore their kids when they protest for pensions.
Andy Beshear: Prosecute 31 active human trafficking cases in Kentucky.
Matt Bevin: Czar to overhaul state foster care and adoption programs.
Amy McGrath: We need strong military, but also strong diplomatic corps.
Steven Cox: America is ignoring our role as stewards who save the world.
Steven Cox: America is the greatest nation; we should lead.
Jim Gray: Stand with our allies to protect our global interests.
Mitch McConnell: 1985: Led anti-apartheid bill through Senate.
Matt Bevin: No unilateral action in Eastern Europe.
Amy McGrath: Pulling out of Trans-Pacific Partnership cost us influence.
Matt Bevin: 21st century reality means re-negotiating with China.
Amy McGrath: No reason for tariffs against NATO allies.
Jim Gray: Trade deals are a net positive for Kentucky.
Alison Grimes: Halt flow of jobs overseas; no subsidies for job exporters.
Steve Beshear: New records in exports; thousands of jobs from in-sourcing.
Steve Beshear: Record exports to Asia & Europe means we're importing jobs.
Mitch McConnell: Trade agreements allow selling farm products abroad.
Charles Booker: Remove barriers to democratic participation.
Charles Booker: Restore voting rights to those who paid for their crimes.
Amy McGrath: Implement term limits, require release of tax returns.
Amy McGrath: We must protect election process from foreign interference.
Amy McGrath: I served in the military for 24 years; I voted by mail.
Steven Cox: Increase transparency in campaign finance.
Steven Cox: End Citizens United, remove corporate money from politics.
Wesley Morgan: Supports term limits; repeal 17th amendment.
Robert Goforth: Restore Felon Voting Rights.
Steven Cox: Supports any laws that ensure elections can't be bought.
Andy Beshear: Fight for every Kentuckian's right to vote.
Rocky Adkins: In-person early voting on three weekends prior to election.
Adam Edelen: Zero Tolerance: put crooked politicians behind bars.
Adam Edelen: Restore Kentucky Commission on Women; 50% women in Cabinet.
Andy Beshear: State government operates in secret: push for transparency.
Matt Bevin: Vetoed proposal to prevent party change before primary.
C. Wesley Morgan: Make it hard to switch party registration before primary.
Rocky Adkins: Make it hard to switch party registration before primary.
Alison Grimes: Presidential Commission on Election Integrity is a sham.
James Comer: Self-imposed term limit of 6 terms.
C. Wesley Morgan: Redistricting based on realistic boundaries.
Jim Gray: Campaign finance system is broken; root it out.
Adam Edelen: Bring transparency to $2.7B layer of "ghost government".
Mitch McConnell: Federal shutdown was just a 2-week paid vacation: bad policy.
Alison Grimes: Lifelong commitment to protecting the right to vote.
Steve Beshear: Smart Government: sell surplus land, buildings and vehicles.
Steve Beshear: 6-day furlough for state workers; cut top staff salaries 10%.
Jack Conway: I stood up for the people against price-gouging & lies.
Steve Beshear: Comprehensive ethics package to restore trust.
Amy McGrath: Supports background checks, honest conversation about guns.
Charles Booker: Supports gun control; background checks; no assault weapons.
Andy Beshear: Signed law requiring school police officers to carry guns.
Wesley Morgan: Oppose all efforts to eliminate; restrict 2nd Amendment.
C. Wesley Morgan: Count on me to protect your 2nd amendment rights.
Matt Bevin: Allow concealed carry of guns without a license, training.
Charles Booker: Oppose concealed carry of guns without license & training.
Robert Goforth: Allow concealed carry of guns without a license, training.
Rocky Adkins: Oppose concealed carry of guns without license & training.
Robert Goforth: Ban weapons in courtrooms and jails.
Matt Bevin: Guns aren't problem in schools; kids in my school had guns.
Robert Goforth: Concealed carry at schools, bars, and businesses.
Matt Bevin: Culture of violence, like zombie shows, cause mass shootings.
Matt Bevin: School shootings caused by "culture of death" in media.
Mitch McConnell: Congress cannot fix school shootings; must act locally.
James Comer: Unwavering support of 2nd Amendment.
C. Wesley Morgan: No background checks; yes concealed carry.
Jim Gray: Ban gun purchases by people on FBI terrorist watch list.
Jim Gray: Ok to delay gun sales for 72 hours, but no secret lists.
Jack Conway: Believes in right to bear arms and self-protection.
Alison Grimes: Same background-check standards at gun store versus gun show.
Alison Grimes: Proud of long-held sporting & hunting traditions.
Charles Booker: Expanding Medicaid under ACA led to economic boom.
Charles Booker: As diabetic knows reality of rationing insulin due to cost.
Andy Beshear: COVID: Troubling that a public health crisis was politicized.
Amy McGrath: For bipartisan plan to fix ObamaCare's problems.
Charles Booker: More expensive to do nothing than implement Medicare for all.
Amy McGrath: Will fight to lower prescription drug costs.
Amy McGrath: Improve ACA; don't get rid of private insurance.
Charles Booker: Has diabetes & rationed insulin: need Medicare for All.
Steven Cox: Support Medicare for All.
Wesley Morgan: Abolish ObamaCare; free market is best.
Andy Beshear: Pass state law protecting people with preexisting conditions.
Andy Beshear: Rescinded Medicaid waiver, stopped managed care contracts.
Charles Booker: Supports Medicare for All & Green New Deal.
Steven Cox: Passionate about healthcare.
Robert Goforth: Expand coverage to help fellow Kentuckians.
Steven Cox: Medicare-for-All would reduce healthcare costs.
Steven Cox: Medicare-For-All would reduce healthcare costs.
Steven Cox: Medicare for All absolutely needs to be done.
Andy Beshear: Protections for pre-existing conditions; stop lifetime caps.
Matt Bevin: Ban use of tobacco products in schools.
Matt Bevin: Parents should be free to vaccinate their children or not.
Matt Bevin: Work/school requirements for Medicaid.
Robert Goforth: Ban use of tobacco products in schools.
Adam Edelen: Protect ObamaCare and expanded Medicaid.
Rocky Adkins: No one should ever have to delay care to pay bills.
Andy Beshear: Protect ObamaCare: lives hang in the balance.
Rocky Adkins: Survived cancer at age 35, with chemo & surgery.
James Comer: ObamaCare stifles businesses; pass tort reform instead.
C. Wesley Morgan: Opposes universally-accessible public health insurance.
Jim Gray: Ensure solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund.
Jack Conway: Recovered $600M by suing providers for Medicaid fraud.
Matt Bevin: Disband KYNECT immediately; transition to federal system.
Alison Grimes: Kynect heroically for expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare.
Mitch McConnell: ObamaCare's Kynect is a state decision, but yeah, it's ok.
Steve Beshear: Kentucky leads the way on affordable health care for all.
Mitch McConnell: ObamaCare is a train wreck; do what we can to repeal it.
Alison Grimes: Delay mandated coverage, but keep ObamaCare.
Jack Conway: Pay for Obamacare with bulk purchasing & fraud units.
Rand Paul: Obamacare will cost $3T & health insurance still goes up 15%.
Bruce Lunsford: McConnell is bought and paid for by drug companies.
Andy Beshear: Full exclusion of military pensions from state income tax.
Amy McGrath: Fully fund the VA so veterans get quality health care.
James Comer: Advocate for investments in national defense.
Jim Gray: Support the military, intelligence community, & diplomacy.
Jack Conway: Protect veterans and active servicemembers from fraud.
Rand Paul: 2015: Introduced Arming All Pilots Act.
Mitch McConnell: AdWatch: Brought in new VA hospital; & higher pay for troops.
Alison Grimes: Reduce veterans' services backlog; support new vets jobs law.
Jack Conway: Let gays serve openly in US military.
Rand Paul: Military should decide don't-ask-don't-tell policy.
Charles Booker: Create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
C. Wesley Morgan: Ten year moratorium on all immigration.
Amy McGrath: Give DREAMers a chance to become full citizens.
Mitch McConnell: Some protections for DACA but restrict immigration.
Amy McGrath: For secure borders & meaningful immigration reform.
Charles Booker: Supports path to citizenship for undocumented.
Steven Cox: Rise to the occasion to welcome immigrants & refugees.
Wesley Morgan: Supports "real border enforcement"; opposes amnesty.
Adam Edelen: Think about human impact of anti-immigrant laws.
Andy Beshear: Intimidation and fear of deportation comes out of DC.
Rocky Adkins: Recognize diversity of Kentucky as a welcoming state.
James Comer: Vocally in support of building a wall on the southern border.
James Comer: Support the wall; oppose amnesty & sanctuary cities.
Alison Grimes: Supports bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.
Mitch McConnell: Border security first: the key to getting a final outcome.
Rand Paul: Obamacare treats illegal aliens because it's illegal to ask.
Jack Conway: Be tough & sensible; increase border security.
Charles Booker: We are going to stand up for organized labor.
Amy McGrath: Pro-union, supports gradual rise of minimum wage to $15/hour.
Mitch McConnell: Supports right to work laws; against minimum wage hike.
Steven Cox: Stop misuse of work visas to protect American workers.
Steven Cox: Right to work laws threaten our freedom.
Andy Beshear: It's time equal work results in equal pay.
C. Wesley Morgan: Make Kentucky a Right to Work State.
Andy Beshear: Repay miners who remain unpaid due to mine bankruptcy.
Andy Beshear: Grow our economy with skill training, not CEO giveaways.
Andy Beshear: Wrong that women make significantly less than men.
Andy Beshear: Support prevailing wage law; oppose Right-To-Work laws.
Matt Bevin: Right-to-work instead of prevailing wage.
Adam Edelen: Ensure that Kentucky workers are paid a living wage.
Rocky Adkins: Focus on fair wages for 21st century jobs.
Matt Bevin: Minimum wage stifles job creation; reduce to $7.25.
Steve Beshear: Raise state worker minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.
Jack Conway: Right to organize is pathway to middle class.
Matt Bevin: Replace prevailing wage requirements with Right-to-Work.
Alison Grimes: Increase the minimum wage to a living wage.
Steve Beshear: Jobless rate is falling; Kentucky now 2nd in job growth.
Jack Conway: 20% hometown tax credit for cost of creating a new job.
Bruce Lunsford: Agrees with all issues that AFL-CIO has asked him to support.
James Comer: Don't require comparable pay regardless of gender.
Rocky Adkins: Require comparable pay regardless of gender.
Andy Beshear: Supports state gaming to pay for state pensions.
Matt Bevin: Opposes state gaming to pay for state pensions.
Steve Beshear: 2007: pushed for casino gambling; 2018: son doing same.
Steve Beshear: Statewide vote on expanding gaming: keep revenues in-state.
Steve Beshear: Keep KY Horse Capital of the World; a $4 billion industry.
Principles & Values|
Charles Booker: Build broad coalitions; break down barriers of race & class.
Charles Booker: Launched "Hood to the Holler" to bridge urban-rural divide.
C. Wesley Morgan: Freedom of Faith, Family and Country.
Steven Cox: Criminalize pork-barrel bills.
Andy Beshear: With great power comes great responsibility.
Steven Cox: Socially progressive, fiscally conservative.
Wesley Morgan: 100 % Trump supporter: "I'm so anti-Democrat".
Robert Goforth: Self-description: Christian; father; veteran; conservative.
Andy Beshear: Kickback investigation resulted in deputy's resignation.
Wesley Morgan: Supported Democrat after 2018 primary loss.
Alison Grimes: Father indicted for illegal campaign contributions to Alison.
Scott Walker: Pray for Kentucky, that we will be blessed.
Wesley Morgan: Filed bill making it harder to remove Confederate statues.
James Comer: I believe that public servants should put God above all else.
James Comer: I am a social conservative.
Matt Bevin: Led public Pledge of Allegiance, & speeches about patriotism.
Matt Bevin: Don't celebrate partisanship; call for unity instead.
Rand Paul: Under KY law,can't run for Senate & President on same ballot.
Alison Grimes: One of us represents Washington; one of us represents KY.
Alison Grimes: AdWatch: Grimes' opponent offered deal to drop out.
Steve Beshear: Focus on helping people instead of on keeping power.
Alison Grimes: Fight "Senator Gridlock": Kentucky pays for GOP dysfunction.
Jack Conway: TV ad: Rand Paul made fun of Christianity and Christ.
Jack Conway: FactCheck: "Aqua Buddha" TV ad is accurate but over the top.
Jack Conway: TV ad: Accuser is anonymous, but a Mr. Green says it's true.
Jack Conway: Claims Rand Paul worships "Aqua Buddha" & mocks Holy Bible.
Rand Paul: Accused of belonging to secret society NoZe Brotherhood.
Rand Paul: I'm "a pro-life Christian"; denies worshiping "Aqua Buddha".
Jack Conway: An honor to run for Wendell Ford's senate seat.
Rand Paul: This election really is about the president's agenda.
Rand Paul: This is not Wendell Ford's seat; it's the people's seat.
Bruce Lunsford: McConnell enables Bush & squandered 24 years in Senate.
Mitch McConnell: After 24 years, one of the two leaders in the US Senate.
Mitch McConnell: Leadership has value; freshmen have little impact.
C. Wesley Morgan: Social security taxes should go directly to a private trust.
Adam Edelen: Fully fund government pensions; reform state system.
Andy Beshear: No cuts to government pensions; find other revenue.
Robert Goforth: Fulfill state pensions--they're inviolable contracts.
Rocky Adkins: No new burdens on people who've paid into pensions.
Matt Bevin: 401(k)-style plan for state employee pensions struck down.
Andy Beshear: State gaming will cover $43B unfunded state pension plan.
Matt Bevin: More state contribution to $43B unfunded state pension plan.
Matt Bevin: Increase taxes to fund Kentucky Retirement Systems.
Jim Gray: Fight any measure to cut or privatize Social Security.
Matt Bevin: Replace public pension system with 401(k) for new employees.
Jack Conway: Sue banks to recover Great Recession public pension losses.
Alison Grimes: Keep our promises to our nation's seniors.
Jack Conway: Pledges to not scale back program nor raise retirement age.
Rand Paul: I've never challenged constitutionality of Social Security.
Rand Paul: Raise the retirement age for people under age 55.
Charles Booker: Close loopholes for wealthy, ease burden on working families.
Mitch McConnell: 2017 tax bill helped middle class & small businesses.
Wesley Morgan: Repeal 16th amendment; abolish IRS.
Wesley Morgan: Amend Constitution to balance budget without raising taxes.
Andy Beshear: Add new revenue sources like casino gambling.
C. Wesley Morgan: Abolish the state income tax, to create jobs.
Adam Edelen: No increased tax burden on poor and working Kentuckians.
Robert Goforth: Numbers don't add up to switch income tax to sales tax.
Rocky Adkins: Consumption taxes are unfair to lower income people.
Amy McGrath: Don't pay for tax cuts for wealthy by undermining healthcare.
C. Wesley Morgan: Reform taxes to a consumption based tax system only.
Matt Bevin: Reduce tax revenue: not simple revenue neutrality.
Alison Grimes: Close tax loopholes for wealthy to pay for college loans.
Mitch McConnell: Comprehensive tax reform can work if it's revenue-neutral.
Steve Beshear: Taxes are not the answer; no broad-based increases.
Jack Conway: Keep Bush tax cuts during recession.
Rand Paul: Balanced budget amendment to pay to extend $4T Bush tax cuts.
Bruce Lunsford: Eliminate the capital gains tax.
Mitch McConnell: Resolve to lower capital gains taxes.
Amy McGrath: Invest in infrastructure, broadband, electricity grid.
Steven Cox: Expand property rights to personal data; for net neutrality.
Andy Beshear: We must focus on completing important infrastructure.
Adam Edelen: Modernize to new economy including rural broadband internet.
Rocky Adkins: Improve our roads, bridges, water systems, and Internet.
James Comer: Maintain infrastructure: highways, locks, and dams.
Bruce Lunsford: Supports net neutrality; McConnell stalled it.
Steve Beshear: Ideas are the foundation of any new economy.
War & Peace|
Amy McGrath: Support NATO alliance; support two-state Israel solution.
Amy McGrath: No nukes in North Korea; nuke deal with Iran.
Amy McGrath: All major military actions must be approved by Congress.
Rand Paul: Congress needs to take back power to go to war.
Jim Gray: We must destroy ISIS where they are.
Alison Grimes: Israel has the right to defend herself.
Alison Grimes: Don't send US troops back to Iraq; but support role ok.
Steve Beshear: Gratitude for troops who fight terror & keep America free.
Chuck Pennacchio: Shred Bush’s preemptive war doctrine.
Welfare & Poverty|
Charles Booker: A universal basic income will address racism and poverty.
Amy McGrath: Established food bank relief fund in Kentucky.
Robert Goforth: We cannot ignore the plight of people who need our help.
Matt Bevin: Random drug testing for welfare recipients.
Alison Grimes: Shameful to oppose food stamp program during recession.
Mitch McConnell: Opposed Farm Bill due to too-generous food stamp program.
Steve Beshear: We face a heavy sword: public pension unfunded liability.
Jack Conway: Claims Paul would end federal faith-based initiatives.
Jack Conway: Faith-based programs instead of federal money.
The above quotations are from Commonwealth of Kentucky Politicians: Archives.
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- 2015-05: Taking a Stand, by Rand Paul
- 2015-01: The Louisville Courier-Journal
- 2014-11: 2014 KY Senate debate
- 2014-09: The Cynic, by Alec MacGillis
- 2013-10: Revitalize America, by Rand Paul
- 2012-09: Government Bullies, by Senator Rand Paul (R, KY)
- 2011-11: KY legislative records
- 2011-02: The Tea Party Goes to Washington, by Rand Paul
- 2011-02: Lexington Herald-Leader
- 2010-09: Republican Leader, by John David Dyche
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