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Grover Norquist Endorses Susan Stimpson in Bid to Defeat Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015, 10:44 AM PERMALINK


Today, ATR president Grover Norquist released a statement endorsing Susan Stimpson in her bid to defeat Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell in House District 28.  

"In signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, Susan Stimpson has demonstrated that she understands the problems of hardworking taxpayers in Virginia. Her written commitment to Virginia voters helps differentiate her candidacy from that of her opponent, Speaker Bill Howell."

Click here to view Susan Stimpson's Pledge to Virginia voters. 

"Speaker Howell is a serial tax-hiker. Ever since he took the helm as the top ranking Republican in Richmond in 2003, Howell has been a major force behind every major tax hike in Virginia.

Under Democrat Governor Mark Warner in 2004, Bill Howell could have prevented a $615 million tax hike. Instead, he convinced Republicans who opposed the tax to take a hike, allowing the vote to proceed and eventually be signed into law."

As PolitiFact Virginia noted, "The bill survived a hostile House committee because Howell persuaded four conservative allies to skip the vote. "

Norquist continued, "The Speaker was even more involved in tax hikes in 2007 under Democrat Governor Tim Kaine. Howell sponsored legislation that raised taxes and fees by $500 million and authorized regional tax hikes amounting to more than $600 million annually. The Supreme Court struck down the regional tax hikes as unconstitutional. 

Speaker Howell’s involvement in both of these tax hikes allowed Kaine and Warner to run for U.S. Senate campaigning as moderates who could work across the aisle with Republicans. Thanks largely to Bill Howell, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are now U.S. Senators.

Bill Howell wasn’t done. In 2013, Howell sponsored the largest tax hike in Virginia history. He raised the sales tax, property taxes, hotel taxes, hybrid vehicle taxes, and the gas tax all for special spending projects like light rail in Northern Virginia."

The 2013 vote on Speaker Howell's transportation tax hike, House Bill 2313, cost two powerful 20-year incumbents their seats that year. Americans for Tax Reform was proud to support Dave LaRock in particular, in his primary challenge to House Transportation Chair Joe May. 

Norquist concluded, "Howell embodies the type of politician who raises taxes instead of reforming government. For more than a decade, he has caved to special interests by raising taxes instead of using a Republican majority to benefit Virginia taxpayers and small businesses with a pro-growth and limited government agenda.

That is why I am proud to endorse Susan Stimpson in her bid to defeat Bill Howell in Virginia House District 28."

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Political Victim

Mr. Blair,

I AM a taxpayer in Virginia. I am also a person whose family used to be close to the Stimpson's. We have known her personally, professionally and casually for over twenty years. Our children grew up together. We have also known her better than anyone else, including her family, period! ...until she began taking advantage of each of us, and all of us as a whole, and throwing everyone under the bus. (Don't even think of asking for THOSE details. You can read about them when they're published...like the rest of the Virginia taxpayers.)

Yet, surprise! It was all tied to her political aspirations. Talk about loyalty? I don't trust her to be loyal to, as you refer to us ubiquitously, Virginia taxpayers.

Regardless, I came to this site to read opinions, not a legalistic approach to forcing commenters to prove Susan Stimpson's worth or worthlessness.

Shame on you for making such a baffoonery of the ATR site & effort, including your representation of Mr. Norquist!

Your comments & retort are paramount to the very troll behaviour you ascribe to commenters of a differing position than your own. And, your remarks are nothing short of juvenile jackassery "in forum." If you [collectively] ever wonder why the participation numbers in online discussions at ATR are as low as they are, remember your rants & tantrums herein. Sad. Just sad. I would suggest that PR is not a good career choice for you. But, I'm sure I already know what response I would get...

As for me, I have been an ardent supporter of ATR & Mr. Norquist, even to the extent of recommending the same for my friends, colleagues & casual acquaintances. However, if this is the kind of behaviour & language Grover Norquist condones, I can promise you/him that it will become past tense. Trust ME on that!

Otherwise, I AM a conservative & registered republican. I lead many lower-tax efforts, vote regularly, pay taxes & endorse only people who a) are trustworthy, b) are loyal to their constituency, friends & advocates, c) have legitimate experience & d) have a provable record of successes.

Mrs. Stimpson fails each of those benchmarks...with flying [dull] colors!

Considering that neither you nor Mr. Norquist have endured Susan Stimpson's public "service" and will also not be voting in June, an ounce of respect for those of us who have painfully survived her "reign" (we are also Stafford residents), and will be voting in June, would reap great rewards for you, et alia.

Have a good day, sir. And, remember Iran-Contra or any of the foreign policy failures of the current administration. Because "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" is a very, VERY bad way to choose political bedfellows...

Quite sincerely,

A Stimpson Victim


ATR Does Not Support Murphy-Corker Gas Tax Plan

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, 2:13 PM PERMALINK


ATR has not endorsed any legislation dealing with the present highway bill in the House or Senate.

ATR does not endorse the outline of a proposal by Senators Murphy and Corker today. 

The tax increases in that proposal are certain and permanent, and there is a vague and uncertain discussion of offsetting tax reductions.

ATR has been clear that the problem with the highway trust fund and the present gas tax is that the Davis-Bacon Act drives up the cost of construction by 25 percent or more and much of the gas tax money paid by drivers of cars and trucks is siphoned off to pay for mass transit.

The highway trust fund does not have an under-taxing problem.  It has an overspending problem. There is no good reason to raise the gas tax.

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Grover Norquist to Appear on Bloomberg's Political Capital


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Friday, August 16th, 2013, 4:56 PM PERMALINK


This weekend, tune in to watch Grover Norquist’s interview with Al Hunt on Bloomberg’s Political Capital show.

Topics include Obamacare, the CR and debt-ceiling showdown, and the 2016 presidential race.

Bloomberg congressional correspondent Heidi Przybyla has a preview of the interview here. She writes:

“They’ve been delaying whole sections of it [Obamacare], again and again and again,” Norquist, president of Washington-based Americans for Tax Reform, said on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Political Capital with Al Hunt’ airing this weekend. “It’s going to be increasingly difficult for the White House’ not to delay the entire law.”

 

Air times:

Friday: 9:00 pm                        

Saturday: 12:00 am, 5:00 am, 8:00 am, 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 9:00 pm                   

Sun: 12:00 am, 5:00 am, 8:00 am, 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm        

All times Eastern.

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"Free speech isn't always free.It gets downright cumbersome when Durbin has you on his enemies list"


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Friday, August 16th, 2013, 10:56 AM PERMALINK


"If only thinly coded letters from senators with as much clout as Durbin were that benign. Because it would be more than wrong for a U.S. senator to use the power of his high federal office as a cudgel against his enemies." -- Chicago Tribune editorial: "Durbin's Enemies List"

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Repeal Coalition: Delay 2014 Obamacare Provisions


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Monday, August 12th, 2013, 4:23 PM PERMALINK


On August 7, members of the Obamacare Repeal Coalition sent the below letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell. It started out with 19 signatures and now is up to 39 signers. Below is the full text of the letter followed by the updated list of signatories:

With the clock ticking to open enrollment on October 1, it is abundantly clear to members of the Repeal Coalition that the structure at the heart of PPACA is simply not ready. To help the American people avoid getting hit by what Senator Max Baucus memorably referred to as “a huge train wreck coming down,” we the undersigned urge you to insist on, at minimum as part of any final deal, a one-year delay of all 2014 provisions (including mandates, subsidies, and taxes) in the upcoming CR and in fiscal negotiations with the White House.

1. Mandates. The president has already delayed the mandate for the biggest corporations unilaterally, although his legal authority to do so is questionable. Congress should lift the legal cloud on that delay and extend the same relief to individuals and small businesses by delaying the individual mandate. It is wrong to force people to participate in a system that is simply not ready.

2. Subsidies. Without a complete, workable verification system to protect taxpayers it would be reckless to allow tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to flow in subsidies. And there is a real risk that navigators, in their zeal to enroll people, will accidentally or even intentionally induce people to accept subsidies for which they do not qualify, risking steep IRS fines and audits. The money should not flow when the law’s verification provisions are not ready to be enforced.

3. Taxes. The American people should not be forced to pay higher taxes for a system that isn’t ready.

Kevin Counihan, chief executive of Connecticut’s state exchange, has repeatedly said: “I wish we had one more year.” With the train wreck coming, millions of Americans feel the same way. We therefore urge you to insist on a one-year delay and we will strongly support all efforts to include one on any long-term continuing resolution, extenders package, or other negotiated budget deal this fall.

Sincerely,

Grover Norquist -- Americans for Tax Reform
Phil Kerpen -- American Commitment
Heather Higgins -- Independent Women’s Voice
James Capretta -- Ethics and Public Policy Center
Grace Marie Turner -- Galen Institute
Brandon Arnold -- National Taxpayers Union
Tom Schatz -- Citizens Against Government Waste
Jim Martin -- 60 Plus Association
Avik Roy -- National Review
Colin Hanna -- Let Freedom Ring
Gregory T. Angelo -- Log Cabin Republicans
Ken Hoagland -- Restore America’s Voice
Penny Nance -- Concerned Women for America
David Wallace -- Restore America’s Mission
Andrew Langer -- Institute for Liberty
Betsy McCaughey -- author, Beating Obamacare
David Williams -- Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Lanhee Chen -- Hoover Institution
Peter Ferrara -- National Center for Policy Analysis
Chuck Muth -- Citizen Outreach
Brian Baker -- Ending Spending
Mario H. Lopez -- Hispanic Leadership Fund
George Landrith -- Frontiers of Freedom
Peter J. Thomas -- The Conservative Caucus
David Wallace -- Restore America’s Mission
Eric Novack -- Health Freedom Coalition
Amy Kremer -- Tea Party Express
Krista Kafer -- Colorado's Future Project
Kerri Toloczko -- Beyon Repeal
Alabama State Representative Jack William
Patrick Randy -- Alabama Christian Coalition
Marty Connors -- Alabama Center-Right Coalition
Ron Nehring -- San Diego Center-Right Coalition
Tina Pisenti -- Cascade Policy Institute (Oregon)
Jon Nigbor -- Consumer Care Corporation
Jack Boyle -- Ohio Prosperity Initiative
Darcie Johnston -- Vermonters for Healthcare Freedom
Rick Watson -- Florida Center-Right Coalition
Charlie Gerow -- Pennsylvania Center-Right Coalition

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Update: Repeal Coalition: Delay all 2014 Obamacare Provisions


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Thursday, August 8th, 2013, 4:34 PM PERMALINK


Yesterday, members of the Obamacare Repeal Coalition sent the below letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell. It started out with 19 signatures and now is up to 34 signers. Below is the full text of the letter:

With the clock ticking to open enrollment on October 1, it is abundantly clear to members of the Repeal Coalition that the structure at the heart of PPACA is simply not ready. To help the American people avoid getting hit by what Senator Max Baucus memorably referred to as “a huge train wreck coming down,” we the undersigned urge you to insist on, at minimum as part of any final deal, a one-year delay of all 2014 provisions (including mandates, subsidies, and taxes) in the upcoming CR and in fiscal negotiations with the White House.

1. Mandates. The president has already delayed the mandate for the biggest corporations unilaterally, although his legal authority to do so is questionable. Congress should lift the legal cloud on that delay and extend the same relief to individuals and small businesses by delaying the individual mandate. It is wrong to force people to participate in a system that is simply not ready.

2. Subsidies. Without a complete, workable verification system to protect taxpayers it would be reckless to allow tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to flow in subsidies. And there is a real risk that navigators, in their zeal to enroll people, will accidentally or even intentionally induce people to accept subsidies for which they do not qualify, risking steep IRS fines and audits. The money should not flow when the law’s verification provisions are not ready to be enforced.

3. Taxes. The American people should not be forced to pay higher taxes for a system that isn’t ready.

Kevin Counihan, chief executive of Connecticut’s state exchange, has repeatedly said: “I wish we had one more year.” With the train wreck coming, millions of Americans feel the same way. We therefore urge you to insist on a one-year delay and we will strongly support all efforts to include one on any long-term continuing resolution, extenders package, or other negotiated budget deal this fall.

Sincerely,

Grover Norquist -- Americans for Tax Reform
Phil Kerpen -- American Commitment
Heather Higgins -- Independent Women’s Voice
James Capretta -- Ethics and Public Policy Center
Grace Marie Turner -- Galen Institute
Jim Martin -- 60 Plus Association
Avik Roy -- National Review
Colin Hanna -- Let Freedom Ring
Gregory T. Angelo -- Log Cabin Republicans
Ken Hoagland -- Restore America’s Voice
Penny Nance -- Concerned Women for America
David Wallace -- Restore America’s Mission
Andrew Langer -- Institute for Liberty
Betsy McCaughey -- author, Beating Obamacare
David Williams -- Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Lanhee Chen -- Hoover Institution
Peter Ferrara -- National Center for Policy Analysis
Chuck Muth -- Citizen Outreach
Brian Baker -- Ending Spending
Mario H. Lopez- Hispanic Leadership Fund
George Landrith- Frontiers of Freedom
Peter J. Thomas- The Conservative Caucus
David Wallace- Restore America’s Mission
Tom Schatz- Citizens Against Government Waste
Peter Ferrara

Alabama State Representative Jack William
Patrick Randy- Alabama Christian Coalition
Marty Connors- Alabama Center-Right Coalition
Ron Nehring- San Diego Center-Right Coalition
Tina Pisenti- Cascade Policy Institute (Oregon)
Jon Nigbor- Consumer Care Corporation
Jack Boyle- Ohio Prosperity Initiative
Darcie Johnston- Vermonters for Healthcare Freedom
Rick Watson- Florida Center- Right Coalition
Charlie Gerow- Pennsylvania Center-Right Coalition

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Repeal Coalition: Delay all 2014 Obamacare Provisions


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013, 5:00 AM PERMALINK


Today, members of the Obamacare Repeal Coalition sent the below letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell:

With the clock ticking to open enrollment on October 1, it is abundantly clear to members of the Repeal Coalition that the structure at the heart of PPACA is simply not ready. To help the American people avoid getting hit by what Senator Max Baucus memorably referred to as “a huge train wreck coming down,” we the undersigned urge you to insist on, at minimum as part of any final deal, a one-year delay of all 2014 provisions (including mandates, subsidies, and taxes) in the upcoming CR and in fiscal negotiations with the White House.

1. Mandates. The president has already delayed the mandate for the biggest corporations unilaterally, although his legal authority to do so is questionable. Congress should lift the legal cloud on that delay and extend the same relief to individuals and small businesses by delaying the individual mandate. It is wrong to force people to participate in a system that is simply not ready.

2. Subsidies. Without a complete, workable verification system to protect taxpayers it would be reckless to allow tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to flow in subsidies. And there is a real risk that navigators, in their zeal to enroll people, will accidentally or even intentionally induce people to accept subsidies for which they do not qualify, risking steep IRS fines and audits. The money should not flow when the law’s verification provisions are not ready to be enforced.

3. Taxes. The American people should not be forced to pay higher taxes for a system that isn’t ready.

Kevin Counihan, chief executive of Connecticut’s state exchange, has repeatedly said: “I wish we had one more year.” With the train wreck coming, millions of Americans feel the same way. We therefore urge you to insist on a one-year delay and we will strongly support all efforts to include one on any long-term continuing resolution, extenders package, or other negotiated budget deal this fall.

Sincerely,

Grover Norquist -- Americans for Tax Reform
Phil Kerpen -- American Commitment
Heather Higgins -- Independent Women’s Voice
James Capretta -- Ethics and Public Policy Center
Grace Marie Turner -- Galen Institute
Jim Martin -- 60 Plus Association
Avik Roy -- National Review
Colin Hanna -- Let Freedom Ring
Gregory T. Angelo -- Log Cabin Republicans
Ken Hoagland -- Restore America’s Voice
Penny Nance -- Concerned Women for America
David Wallace -- Restore America’s Mission
Andrew Langer -- Institute for Liberty
Betsy McCaughey -- author, Beating Obamacare
David Williams -- Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Lanhee Chen -- Hoover Institution
Peter Ferrara -- National Center for Policy Analysis
Chuck Muth -- Citizen Outreach
Brian Baker -- Ending Spending

 

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Norquist Statement in Response to President Obama's Call for Tax Increases


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, 2:06 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist released the following statement in response to President Obama’s request for higher taxes:

“Every time the issue of reducing federal spending comes up, Obama responds by asking for higher taxes instead.

In August of 2011, after a long national debate, President Obama agreed to trim $2.5 trillion from his projected $47 trillion in federal spending over the next decade. Now, he is saying he wasn’t telling the truth. He wants to raise taxes instead of reducing spending.

Instead of reducing spending, President Obama offers tax increases.  Those tax increases come in the form of eliminating tax credits and deductions that will be needed help pay for fundamental tax reform that many Democrats in congress claim to support.  How will America bring her 35 percent corporate income tax rate down to the European average of 25 percent if Obama has already ‘spent’ the tax deductions and credits that are expected to be the tradeoffs for tax reform? Eliminating deductions and credits outside of revenue neutral tax reform makes difficult or impossible future tax reform that most politicians in Washington say they support.

The President needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with real spending reductions equal to or greater than the sequester. He knows that anything else is just wasting the time of the American people. He should stop voting ‘present’ and actually start being part of the solution.”
 

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