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Can NC-09 GOP Primary Voters Trust the Word of Jim Pendergraph?


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, April 30th, 2012, 3:20 PM PERMALINK


Recent actions by Mecklenburg County commissioner Jim Pendergraph should have voters scratching their heads and asking where, exactly, he stands on taxes.

On March 29, 2012, Pendergraph signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge making a written commitment to the voters in NC-09 to oppose tax hikes. However immediately after signing the Pledge, Pendergraph began to distance himself from his promise.

DavidsonNews.Net reported on April 4, 2012, that Pendergraph supported the creation of a new fire service tax on property in Mecklenburg County. The new tax is set to go into effect on July 1, 2012. While his vote was not a violation of the federal “no-tax increases” Pledge, his decision to support a tax hike on the local level should have voters questioning his dedication to them should he be elected to Congress.

Additionally, The Charlotte Observer reported on April 28, 2012, that while Pendergraph signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, he ultimately would leave the door open to tax hikes:

He did sign a no-tax increases pledge and said he would focus on spending cuts. But he said he would consider taxes if “every other way possible” was tried and failed to reduce the deficit and get the economy going.

Pendergraph’s actions make a mockery of his written commitment to the taxpayers of NC-09. Cook Political Report (need subscription to access) rates the district as “Solid R” with a PVI of R+11. The GOP primary will most likely decide the next representative of the district. It’s important voters know where the candidates stand on the issues. With Pendergraph flip-flopping on taxes, voters are left with more questions than answers.

Would you believe the wedding vows of a person who promised to love you “till death do us part,” but included an escape clause for one reason or another? No. It’s the same with the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Candidates and/or elected officials sign the Pledge because they oppose tax hikes as a matter of principle; not as a matter of convenience.

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Gary Moore and the Boone County Park's Initiative


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, April 20th, 2012, 4:36 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform has received several requests to review the implications of the Boone County Parks Fund ad valorem tax proposal and whether, as Judge-Executive of Boone County, Gary Moore supported a tax hike because the proposal was referred to the 2008 General Election ballot.  Moore is currently a candidate for the GOP nomination in KY-04 and a Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer.

In late summer, 2008, the Boone County Fiscal Court passed a resolution proposing a 2.2 cent tax rate on property be referred to the General Election ballot. The objective of the tax rate increase was to raise funds for public parks. To offset the rate increase, and thus make the resolution revenue-neutral, tax rates in several other taxing districts were lowered. The Health Department rolled back their property tax rate from 2.0 to 1.9 cents, the Boone County Public Library Board of Trustees rolled back their tax rate from 6.3 to 5.0 cents, and the Boone County Cooperative Extension District Board lowered their rate from 1.9 to 1.6 cents. The net reduction of these combined taxing districts equaled the 2.2 cent increase put on the ballot in 2008.

While ATR has no opinion on the quality of the proposal, we do believe the proposal was revenue-neutral and not a tax hike. At worst, the decision to raise rates to increase funding for public parks and roll back tax rates for the other districts yielded a revenue-neutral proposal. In reality, the rolling back of tax rates for three other taxing districts actually led to a tax cut, because the Parks Fund ad valorem tax failed at the ballot in 2008.

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U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Severson Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, April 12th, 2012, 12:59 PM PERMALINK


Former state Rep. Dan Severson (R-Minn.) recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Minnesota’s U.S. Senate seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), commits signers 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."

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 41 U.S. Senators and 238 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Severson for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in the last election cycle with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, grow our economy, and cut government spending,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Dan Severson demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Minnesota.”

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

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Taxpayers Clear Winners in Tuesday Special Elections


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011, 5:58 PM PERMALINK


Voters expressed their clear dissatisfaction with President Obama’s economic policies by electing Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers in the two special elections yesterday. Mark Amodei will be replacing Sen. Dean Heller, also a Pledge signer, in Nevada’s second congressional district while Bob Turner will be replacing the disgraced Democrat Congressman Anthony Weiner in New York’s ninth congressional district.

The addition of Amodei and Turner brings the total number of Pledge signers in the U.S. House of Representatives to 238 members. There are currently 41 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate.

“The election of two Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers in the NV-02 and NY-09 special elections yesterday should send a clear message to President Obama that Americans are tired of his unsuccessful, big government tax-and-spend policies. They are looking for a coherent economic policy that supports job creation and fiscal responsibility without the class warfare rhetoric,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

“I applaud the decisions of Rep.-elect Mark Amodei and Rep.-elect Bob Turner to stand with taxpayers by signing the “no tax” Pledge. Voters have a right to know where candidates stand on the issues before they’re elected. Amodei and Turner showed they are on the side of taxpayers and were chosen to represent taxpayers in Nevada and New York to reverse the President’s failed economic policies,” continued Norquist.

“After the success of Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers in Nevada and New York this week, I encourage all candidates running for elected office to stand on behalf of taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today.”

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George LeMieux Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in U.S. Senate Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011, 11:43 AM PERMALINK


Senate candidate George LeMieux has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Florida's U.S Senate seat. LeMieux was appointed to the Senate in August 2009, by former Governor Charlie Crist to serve out the remainder of Mel Martinez’s term after he retired. He will face off against former Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, retired Army Colniel Mike McCallister, and former Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse CEO Craig Miller in the Republican primary next August.

The winner of the Republican primary will face two-term incumbent Senator Bill Nelson, who won his 2006 election with 60% of the vote against former Secretary of State Katherine Harris.

President Obama won Florida in 2008 with 50.9% and the state is rated as slightly leaning Democratic. However, Republican Marco Rubio won the general election in 2010 by a 19-point margin in a three-way Senate race with Independent Charlie Crist and Democrat candidate Kendrick Meek.

By signing the Pledge, LeMieux commits to the taxpayers of Florida that he will “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.”

Upon LeMieux signing the Pledge, ATR’s President Grover Norquist had this to say:

I want to congratulate Mr. LeMieux for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure last November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again.

Adam Hasner has also signed the Pledge for this race. A copy of ATR's official statement on Sen. LeMieux signing the Pledge is below.

Florida Senate Candidate George LeMieux Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

WASHINGTON, DC— Former US Senator, George LeMieux has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), commits signers 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."

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 41 U.S. Senators and 236 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Sen. LeMieux for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs and cut government spending,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, George LeMieux demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Florida.”

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

[Click here] for a printable copy of the press release

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Mitt Romney Takes Tax Hikes Off The Table


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011, 4:41 PM PERMALINK


Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), is a commitment to the American taxpayer to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1986. In the 112th Congress, 41 U.S. Senators and 236 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,250 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“By signing the Pledge, Governor Romney keeps the faith of the American taxpayer by taking tax hikes off the table as President,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Politicians in Washington should be focused on reducing government spending.”

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Sarah Steelman Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for U.S. Senate Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011, 4:09 PM PERMALINK


Today, former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman became the first candidate in the Missouri U.S. Senate race to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Currently, the Republican primary field consists of only two officially announced candidates: Ed Martin, Chief of Staff to former Gov. Matt Blunt and 2010 congressional candidate, and Sarah Steelman. The eventual winner of the primary contest will face off against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill next November.

McCaskill is seeking reelection in a state that voted for Sen. John McCain in 2008 (50%-49%) and only elected her by 3% or roughly 45,000 votes in 2006.

By signing the Pledge, Steelman commits to the taxpayers of Missouri that she will “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.”

Upon Steelman signing the Pledge, ATR’s President Grover Norquist had this to say:

I want to congratulate Mrs. Steelman for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure last November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, grow the economy, and cut government spending.

To read ATR’s official statement, click “read more.”

Missouri Senate Candidate Sarah Steelman Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

WASHINGTON, DC—Former Missouri State Treasurer Sarah Steelman has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in her race for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), commits signers 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."

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 41 U.S. Senators and 237 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mrs. Steelman for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, grow the economy, and cut government spending,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Sarah Steelman demonstrates that she understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Missouri.”

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

[printable PDF of the press release]

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Tom Leppert signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for U.S. Senate Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011, 3:15 PM PERMALINK


Today former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. The Pledge commits Leppert 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.”

ATR President Grover Norquist had this to say about Leppert’s decision to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge:

By signing the Pledge, Tom Leppert demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Texas.

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

Ex-State Solicitor General Ted Cruz, former Mayor of Dallas Tom Leppert and former Secretary of State Roger Williams have also signed taken the Pledge in this race.

To read the entire ATR press release on Leppert signing the Pledge, click “read more.”

Tom Leppert (R-Texas) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Leppert promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Texas’s U.S. Senate seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), commits signers 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.”

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 41 U.S. Senators and 237 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mayor Leppert for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real pro-growth solutions that create jobs and cut government spending,”said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Tom Leppert demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Texas.”

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

Click here for a printable pdf of the release.

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George Allen Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for U.S. Senate Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, January 25th, 2011, 2:50 PM PERMALINK


Former Gov. George Allen has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), commits signers 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."

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 41 U.S. Senators and 237 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Gov. Allen for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs and cut government spending,”said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, George Allen demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Virginia.”

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

Click here for a printable pdf of the relase.

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