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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller Refuses to Rule out Tax Hikes in Bid for Congress

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Posted by Adam Radman, Paul Blair on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016, 3:04 PM PERMALINK


Greg Zoeller is the only Republican candidate for Indiana’s 9th Congressional district to refuse to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge promising to oppose higher taxes. His unwillingness to rule out tax hikes is somewhat unsurprising, given his call for higher taxes in Indiana as recently as last year. Zoeller asked the state legislature to impose a new 24 percent wholesale tax on tobacco-free electronic cigarettes and vapor products in the lead-up to the legislative session.

His ignorance and outright hostility to this emerging product category flies in the face of growing evidence that vapor products are at least 95% less harmful than combustible cigarettes and are proven-effective smoking cessation devices. It also stands to make him among the only Republican member of Congress with such misguided and outspoken opposition to the products.

The Taxpayer Protection Pledge has been offered to every candidate for federal office since 1986. In the 114th Congress, 218 Congressmen and 48 Senators have signed the Pledge, including Rep. Todd Young (IN-09). 

Each of the remaining candidates has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, promising to voters that they would oppose tax hikes. Those candidates include Trey Hollingsworth, Brent Waltz, Erin Houchin, and Robert Hall.

This primary election also comes on the heels of new state regulations that stand to decimate the state vapor market. One could argue that Zoeller’s outspoken position on the products jump-started the effort to overregulate the products in Indiana last year.  

The voters in Indiana have a right to know where a candidate stands on the issues before electing them to Congress. Zoeller’s refusal to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge puts him outside the mainstream of the Republican Party. Eighty-nine percent of all congressional Republicans have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. He would be one of a small group of Republicans open to raising taxes,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The only reason  Zoeller wouldn't sign the Pledge is if he intends to raise taxes.

The promises that Zoeller makes about strengthening Indiana’s economy mean little without the backing of a concrete written promise to oppose higher taxes. Only by signing the Pledge can Indiana taxpayers be certain that Zoeller stands with them.

Voters should keep this in mind as they head to the polls in Indiana next Tuesday, May 3rd.

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I'm glad I don't live in Indiana. I switched from smoking to vaping 18 months ago and so did some other people who are very important to me. I feel better and save $3,000 a year. Low income families with parents who smoke as I did and who switch as I did will make a huge improvement in family finances. The biggest beneficiaries of that would be their kids. There should be no interference with smokers switching to vaping.


Ambassador Grover Joseph Rees, III Signs Written Commitment to Oppose Tax Hikes

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Posted by Adam Radman, Alec DiFruscia on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016, 9:34 AM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates Ambassador Grover Joseph Rees, III for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Louisiana to oppose higher taxes. Ambassador Rees signed the pledge on February 22, 2016, and is running in Louisiana's Third Congressional District which is being vacated by Rep. Charles Boustany, who is running for United States Senate.  

 Ambassador Rees graduated from Louisiana State University School of Law with honors, and was editor-in-chief of the Louisiana Law Review. Rees served in the Reagan Administration as a judicial appointments advisor, and served for six years as the Chief Justice of the High Court of America Samoa. In 2002, Rees was appointed as the first United States Ambassador to the country of East Timor, a position he held until 2009.  

“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 Rees's commitment to the taxpayers of Louisiana. I challenge all candidates for Louisiana's third congressional district to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist.

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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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