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Chrys Kefalas Signs Written Commitment to Oppose Higher Taxes

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Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015, 10:56 AM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates attorney Chrys Kefalas for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Maryland to oppose higher taxes. Kefalas is running to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Kefalas serves as the Vice President at the National Association of Manufacturers, which is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. He previously served as the Deputy Legal Counsel to Gov. Bob Erlich and Trial and appellate attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.  

“The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again. Signing the Pledge is the first step in that process.”

Candidates running for office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing. It is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the Pledge.

“We are ecstatic about Kefalas's commitment to the taxpayers of Maryland. I challenge all candidates for Maryland U.S. Senate seat to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist.

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Dr. Neal Dunn (R-Fla.) Makes Written Commitment to Oppose Higher Taxes

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Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, 3:41 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates Dr. Neal Dunn for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Florida to oppose higher taxes. Dr. Dunn signed the Pledge on August 31, 2015 and is running for the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. Gwen Graham.

Dr. Dunn served in the United States Army for ten years. In his 35 years as a surgeon, Neal received numerous awards, including being named among America's Top Physicians and America's Top Surgeons.

“The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again. Signing the Pledge is the first step in that process.”

Candidates running for office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing. It is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials, from state representative to governor to US Senator, have signed the Pledge.

“We are ecstatic about his commitment to the taxpayers of Florida. I challenge all candidates for FL-02 to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist.

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Timothy Derickson (R-Ohio.) Makes Written Commitment to Oppose Higher Taxes

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Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, October 26th, 2015, 12:00 AM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates state Rep. Timothy Derickson for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Ohio to oppose higher taxes. Mr. Derickson is seeking to replace retiring former Speaker John Boehner in Ohio’s eighth congressional district.

Timothy Derickson is a current member of the Ohio House of Representatives, where he represents the taxpayers of the 53rd District. He serves as Chairman of the Community and Family Advancement Committee as well a member of the Government Accountability and Oversight Committees.

“I want to congratulate Timothy Derickson for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Until you take tax increases firmly off the table, real and lasting spending restraint is impossible,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

“The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington, and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again. Signing the Pledge is the first step in that process.”

Candidates running for office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing. It is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials, from state representative to governor to US Senator, have signed the Pledge.

 

“We are ecstatic about his commitment to the taxpayers of Ohio. I challenge all candidates for Ohio’s 8th District to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist.

ATR will continue to follow this race closely and will provide additional updates as more candidates sign the Pledge.

 

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IN-09 Update: Houchin, Waltz, Pfaff, and Hall Make Written Commitment to Oppose Higher Taxes

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Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, September 28th, 2015, 10:44 AM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform would like to congratulate state Sen. Erin Houchin, state Sen. Brent Waltzformer radio show host Jim Pfaff, and businessman Robert Hall for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the race to replace Rep. Todd Young in Indiana's ninth congressional district. Rep. Young is vacating the seat to run for the U.S. Senate. By signing the Pledge, these candidates have made a written commitment to the voters of Indiana to oppose higher taxes.

Only Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has have yet to sign The Taxpayer Protection Pledge in this race. ATR is in the process of reaching out to both campaigns.

The Cook Political Report (requires a subscription) and the Rothenberg/Gonzales Political Report rank this as a safe Republican seat; making the winner of the GOP primary the most likely winner of the general election. 

Indiana holds their primary on May 3, 2016 and ATR will continue to monitor this race and others across the country to help educate voters on what candidates have made the bold decision to sign the Pledge and what candidates have left the door open to higher taxes.

Politicians often run for office saying they won't raise taxes, but then quickly turn their backs on the taxpayer. The idea of the Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing. Until you take tax increases firmly off the table, true and lasting spending restraint is impossible.​

Today the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials, from state representative to governor to US Senator, have signed the Pledge.

Please check out the Pledge database to see if your current elected officials have signed the Pledge.

Update: This blog post was updated to include Robert Hall as a Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer.

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IN-3: Jim Banks Makes Written Commitment to Oppose Higher Taxes

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Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, 1:44 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates state Sen. Jim Banks for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Indiana to oppose higher taxes. Banks is running for Rep. Marling Stutzman’s open seat, which he left to run for the U.S. Senate.

Since 2011, Banks has chaired the Taxpayer Protection Caucus in the Indiana Senate. The caucus provides a single voice on tax issues among pro-taxpayer legislators, and forms an entire body of legislators that believe in the same principle: no new taxes.

Sen. Jim Banks also led the fight to repeal Indiana’s death tax. In 2012, ATR urged Indiana legislators to support Banks’ legislation to phase out this punitive tax on hardworking Hoosiers.

“I want to congratulate state Sen. Banks for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Until you take tax increases firmly off the table, true and lasting spending restraint is impossible,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

“The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again. Signing the Pledge is the first step in that process.”

Candidates running for office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing. It is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials, from state representative to governor to US Senator, have signed the Pledge.

“Senator Banks is a leader on fiscal issues, and we are ecstatic about his commitment to the taxpayers of Indiana. I challenge all candidates for IN-03 to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist.

ATR will continue to follow this race closely and will provide additional updates as more candidates sign the Pledge.

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Mary Thomas (R-Fla.) Makes Written Commitment to Oppose Higher Taxes

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Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, July 24th, 2015, 12:00 AM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates Mary Thomas for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Florida to oppose higher taxes. Mrs. Thomas is running for the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. Gwen Graham.

Mary Thomas is an attorney and a member of Gov. Rick Scott's administration. She currently serves as General Counsel at the Department of Elder Affairs where she manages and oversees the legal department of an agency that administers a $900 million budget.

“I want to congratulate Mary Thomas for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Until you take tax increases firmly off the table, real and lasting spending restraint is impossible,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

“The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington, and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again. Signing the Pledge is the first step in that process.”

Candidates running for office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing. It is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials, from state representative to governor to US Senator, have signed the Pledge.

“We are ecstatic about her commitment to the taxpayers of Florida. I challenge all candidates for FL-02 to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist.

ATR will continue to follow this race closely and will provide additional updates as more candidates sign the Pledge.

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Update: MS-01 Special Election Update

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 5:33 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform recently released an updated list of U.S. congressional candidates in Mississippi's first district who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to "oppose and vote against higher taxes." The list of candidates who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

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MS-01 Special Election Update

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Friday, April 10th, 2015, 2:06 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of United States Congressional candidates in Mississippi's first district who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. The list of candidates who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

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MS-01: Quentin Whitwell Makes Written Committment to Oppose Taxation

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Monday, March 30th, 2015, 2:30 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates former Jackson City Councilman Quentin Whitwell for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Mississippi to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." Whitwell is running in the May 12 special election to fill the seat vacated by the recently deceased Alan Nunnelee in Mississippi’s first congressional district.

Candidates running for office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing and provide an additional layer of accountability to the taxpayer.

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. Currently, 48 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen incumbent governors and over 1,000 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

I want to congratulate Whitwell for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

ATR will continue to follow this race closely and will provide additional updates as more candidates sign the Pledge.

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MS-01: Boyce Adams Makes Written Committment to Oppose Higher Taxes

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Monday, March 16th, 2015, 3:01 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates Mississippi small business owner Boyce Adams for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Mississippi to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." Adams is running in the May 12 special election to fill the seat vacated by the recently deceased Alan Nunnelee in Mississippi’s first congressional district.

Candidates running for office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing and provide an additional layer of accountability to the taxpayer.

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. Currently, 48 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen incumbent governors and over 1,000 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

I want to congratulate Boyce for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

ATR will continue to follow this race closely and will provide additional updates as more candidates sign the Pledge.

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