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Amir Iljazi

"R.I. Rep. Loughlin Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge in 1st Congressional District"


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Monday, March 29th, 2010, 5:05 PM PERMALINK


State House Minority Whip John Loughlin, who is running for congress in Rhode Island, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Loughlin is the first candidate to sign the pledge in the race for the 1st congressional district in the Ocean State.

Loughlin, who has served in the Rhode Island State Legislature since 2004, is running in the 1st district to replace retiring Democrat Rep. Patrick Kennedy. Though a Democrat has held the seat for many years, the election of Scott Brown put an end to any “Kennedy” mystique carryover; and put Democrats in the Northeast on notice that the voters don’t care about legacy or party, they care about common sense economic policies that are beneficial to the taxpayers of each and every community.
                                                         
As a pledge signer, Representative Loughlin has made a commitment to the taxpayers in Rhode Island that he will fight outrageous tax increases from an ever-hostile and out-of-touch Congress that has burdened working families in Rhode Island with massive government debt. ATR continues to strongly encourage candidates for Federal Office to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
 
ATR’s official statement on Representative Loughlin can be read below.
John Loughlin (R-R.I.) Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – John Loughlin, a Republican running in Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge 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, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package,” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, John Loughlin demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional district.”
 
“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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Florida-24 candidate Karen Diebel signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Friday, March 26th, 2010, 3:50 PM PERMALINK


Winter Park City Commissioner Karen Diebel, a congressional candidate for the 24th district in Florida, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for her race. This is one of the more closely watched, and hotly contested seats in the Sunshine State, and the district has received some national attention over the last few weeks due to issues ranging from NASA to Health Care reform legislation.

Diebel, who has served as Winter Park City Commissioner since 2007, is running in the GOP Primary for the chance to unseat Democratic Freshman Rep. Suzanne Kosmas. Cook Political Report rates the contest as a “toss-up”, and classifies the seat as an R+4 on their PVI index, one of many Republican leaning districts currently being held by a Democrat. The incumbent, Suzanne Kosmas, was one of the crucial “undecided” votes leading up to the final vote on the Senate Health Care bill that passed the House by merely four votes Sunday. Kosmas, with her “yes” vote, joined President Obama in violating his pledge not to increase taxes on those making less than $250,000. The vote was even more telling of Kosmas’ commitment to the working families in Florida in that less than a week after voting for a bill that will lead to increased job losses, Florida’s unemployment rate hit a record high 12.2%.

As a pledge signer, Commissioner Diebel has made a commitment to the taxpayers in Florida that she will fight to ensure that their taxes are not increased by an out-of-touch and out-of-control Congress that has shouldered trillions of debt on Florida’s working families. Congresswoman Kosmas is not a pledge-signer, but we here at ATR encourage her and all candidates in FL-24 to follow suit and pledge to the taxpayers that they will do their part in fighting on behalf of the interests of those who elect them.

The official statement from ATR can be read below:
Karen Diebel (R-Fla.) Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Karen Diebel, a Republican running in Florida’s 24th Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge 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, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package,” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Karen Diebel demonstrates that she understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Florida’s 24th Congressional district.”
 
“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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Dana Walsh becomes First Pledge Signer in Pelosi's District


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Friday, March 26th, 2010, 3:25 PM PERMALINK


GOP activist and congressional candidate Dana Walsh has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for her race in California’s 8th district. Walsh is the first pledge signer in the district that is currently held by House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.
 
Walsh is running in the GOP Primary which will be held in June with the chance to take on the Speaker. Pelosi has presided over the chamber in a year which she personally ensured the passage in the House of Representatives of three bills that were anything but beneficial to the taxpayers in California. The “stimulus” bill that created more debt than it did jobs; the “cap-and-trade” bill that would increase energy costs for families all across the country; and most recently a health care bill laden with tax increases that would hit working families in districts all over the nation. The winner of the GOP primary will certainly have the chance to mention these monstrosities throughout the summer and leading up to the November midterm election.
 
Walsh, with her signing of the pledge, has made a clear commitment to the taxpayers in California’s 8th District that she will fight for taxpayers’ interests. There are more than 300 candidates across the entire nation that have taken the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as Dana Walsh has, and we here at ATR continue to reach out to candidates in every state and encourage them to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
 
The official statement from ATR on Dana Walsh can be read below:
Dana Walsh (R-Calif.) Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dana Walsh, a Republican running in California’s 8th Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge 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, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package,” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Dana Walsh demonstrates that she understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in California’s 8th Congressional district.”
 
“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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Craig Miller Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge in FL-24


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Friday, March 12th, 2010, 2:42 PM PERMALINK


Florida businessman and congressional candidate Craig Miller recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for the “Sunshine State’s” 24th district. Miller becomes the 4th pledge signer in what appears to be one of the more closely watched races for the upcoming midterm elections in November.

Miller will be competing in the GOP Primary, being held in August, for the opportunity to take on Democratic Representative Suzanne Kosmas. The Cook Political Report classifies the seat as “Lean Democratic”; but the PVI sits at R + 4, combined with the fact that a Republican had held the district since it was created after the 2000 census, it should make for a competitive contest. A Pledge-signing challenger who comes out of the Primary will certainly have something to say to the taxpayers in the 24th district about a non-taxpayer friendly voting record from Kosmas that includes a “yes” vote on the Pelosi-Obama-Reid “stimulus”; a “yes” vote on the National Energy Tax bill that barely squeaked by the Congress last summer; not to mention she has yet to declare how she will vote on the Senate Health Bill, loaded with special deals for members and tax hikes on the middle class, when it comes to the floor.
 
With his signing of the pledge, Craig Miller has made clear to the taxpayers in the 24th district that he will be fighting for them if elected. Pledge takers make a promise, once elected, they will fight against an out of control Congress that has hijacked billions from the pockets of taxpayers all over the country and wasted those dollars in a brazen and outright insulting manner. ATR continues to reach out to candidates in Florida and all other states to encourage those running to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, and make that same promise that hundreds of candidates have already made.
 
ATR's official statement on Craig Miller can be read below:
Craig Miller (R-Fla.) Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Craig Miller, a Republican running in Florida’s 24th Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge 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, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package,” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Craig Miller demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Florida’s 24th Congressional district.”
 
“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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Economic Issues Dominate at the Bloggers Briefing


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Thursday, March 11th, 2010, 1:14 PM PERMALINK


This week’s Blogger’s Briefing, hosted by The Heritage Foundation, gave an in-depth look at one of the most important issues that is currently in the hands of Congress, but not really in the minds of the American people: Financial Regulatory Reform. Health Care has dominated the headlines, but the issues coming into the fray with Financial Regulatory Reform are becoming increasingly important as the Congress moves ever closer to legislative action. The featured speakers took on this issue by looking at it through the eyes of the overall state of the Economy and recent publications that have showed the degree of decline that the US has seen over the last few years, most notably the Index of Economic Freedom; and then a closer look at what Congress is doing to “repair” the financial sector. 

Bill Beach, Director of The Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis, discussed the recently released Index of Economic Freedom and other indexes relating to it. This is the 16th year they have published the study; but what is important about this year was that the United States, for the first time, earned a distinction in the index that they had never earned before: “For the 1st time in the sixteen year history of the index, the United States was scored as a mostly free country.” The index has usually rated the United States as a “free” index, so this was something of extreme importance in terms of where the United States is at as a country with regard to the state of our economy. He also talked about Heritage’s Index on Dependence on Government, and how for the United States it has risen over 31% in less than a decade. Beach made the point about how in the last 40-plus years the ways in which civil-society dependency is something that is lacking because people are no longer being “helped, to get stronger.” Beach also described the effect this has on those receiving the aid: “We become a number, we become a statistic,” and he described how the incentive is taken away when Government becomes the sole caretaker. He also talked about reforming the tax system in the country, “tax reform is desperately needed.” The theme that Beach continued to stress is that the recently released indexes are showing a pattern of decline, a decline in the trends and momentum of the US Economy.
 
Todd Zywicki, Professor at the George Mason School of Law, discussed the latest movement in the Senate with regards to the Financial Regulatory Reforms that are being crafted by Senators Dodd, and Corker. “This was a power-grab like something you’ve never seen before,” was how he described the initial stages of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency when it was first introduced last summer; though Zywicki concedes it has been scaled back since then. He also made a great point about the unintended consequences of such vast reforms and regulations: “If you ban terms that are related to risk, obviously what you’re doing is you’re laying the seeds for the next financial catastrophe.” Zywicki also talked about the politics of it all, “what’s so striking to me… is that the people get it,” and they understand the issues, and that the elitists think they know what is better for them. Lastly, he talked about why banks still aren’t lending and he broke it down into what many have already been trying to tell policy makers: UNCERTAINTY. “You can’t lend in an environment like we have now, where nobody knows what the transformation of the Economy is going to look like a year from now.” This was one of the most salient points made, because it brings clarity to why the Economy has been so rattled by the Pelosi-Obama-Reid agenda, and what legislation like the “stimulus”, “cap & tax”, and a “government takeover” of Health Care can do to an already troubled Economy: not only do they hinder the growth, they exasperate the decline.
 
There was a good amount of Q&A that followed, and a number of attendees at the Bloggers Briefing made some interesting additional points about the Financial Reform fight that is currently underway in D.C., and what the future might hold for this very important, but far less covered issue.

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"William Russell Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge in PA Congressional Race"


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Tuesday, March 9th, 2010, 12:15 PM PERMALINK


William Russell, a congressional candidate in Pennsylvania, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for the open seat in the “Keystone State’s” 12th district. Russell becomes the second pledge signer, in a contest that will be held in just a little more than two months.

Russell, a businessman and the 2008 GOP nominee for the 12th district, will be competing in an open to all Special Election, being held on May 18th, to replace the late Rep. Jack Murtha. Murtha recently passed away, so the Pennsylvania Primary will also serve as a venue for a free-for-all race for the open seat in the 12th district. The Cook Political Report has designated the race as a “Toss Up” and the PVI sits at R + 1; so certainly the chances of the 12th switching to a Republican held seat after more than 30 years are possible, if not likely.

With his signing of the pledge, Russell has made clear to the taxpayers in the 12th district that he will be fighting for them if elected. Pledge takers make a promise, once elected, they will fight against an out of control Congress that has hijacked billions from the pockets of taxpayers all over the country and wasted those dollars on legislation like the “stimulus”; which has been a failure by even the Obama Administration’s standards. ATR continues to reach out to candidates in Pennsylvania, and all other states to encourage those running to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge; making that same promise that hundreds of candidates have already made.

The official release from ATR on William Russell can be seen below:

William Russell(R-Penn.) Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – William Russell, a Republican running in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge 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, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package,” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, William Russell demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional district.”
 
“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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Rick Berg First Pledge Signer in North Dakota Congressional Race


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Friday, February 26th, 2010, 5:23 PM PERMALINK


State Representative Rick Berg recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Representative Berg is running for the sole congressional seat in the state of North Dakota, and is the first signer in the race.

Berg will be competing in the GOP Primary, being held in June, for the opportunity to face Democratic Incumbent Earl Pomeroy. Pomeroy has been in Congress since the early 90’s, but his record on some of the more recent pieces of legislation are important due to their negative impact on the taxpayer in North Dakota. In early 2009 Pomeroy voted for the $800 Billion “Stimulus” bill, which has failed by even the Administration’s standards; and in late 2009, Pomeroy voted for the House Health Care bill that contained numerous tax hikes on middle class families in North Dakota and all over the country. The Cook Political Report gives the district a PVI of R+10, pretty strong considering that Pomeroy has held the seat for more than a decade.
 
With his signing of the Pledge, Representative Berg has made a commitment to the taxpayers in North Dakota that he will fight against the outrageous tax-and-spend policies of a reckless and seemingly out-of-touch United States Congress. ATR urges all candidates in North Dakota to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and make the same promise.
 
The full statement from ATR can be read here:
 
Rick Berg (R-N.D.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rick Berg, a Republican running in North Dakota’s 1st Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge 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, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package,” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Rick Berg demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in North Dakota’s 1st Congressional district.”
 

“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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Bob McConnell the First Signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in CO-03 Race


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010, 3:31 PM PERMALINK


Attorney Bob McConnell, a candidate running in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional district, recently became the first signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in that 2010 midterm contest

McConnell is competing in the Colorado GOP Primary, which will be held in August, for the chance to unseat current incumbent, Democratic Congressman John Salazar. Charlie Cook gives the seat a PVI of R + 5, according to his organization’s website. Salazar has been in office since 2005, and has been a staunch supporter of the out of control tax-and-spend policies that the Pelosi-Obama-Reid agenda has brought about. Voting YES to legislation such as the “Stimulus”, and the House Health Care Bill; Salazar has imposed outrageous tax hikes on the middle class, and massive amounts of debt on future generations.
 
McConnell, in signing the Pledge, has made it clear to the taxpayers in the 3rd district that he will fight for their best interests. McConnell is the only signer of the Pledge in the race. ATR continues to urge all 2010 midterm candidates across the country to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
 
ATR’s official statement on McConnell signing the Pledge can be read here,
 
Bob McConnell (R-Colo.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bob McConnell, a Republican running in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge 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, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package,” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Bob McConnell demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional district.”
 
“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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Ann Marie Buerkle Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge in NY-25


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010, 5:21 PM PERMALINK


Ann Marie Buerkle, a candidate in 25th Congressional district in New York, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Buerkle is currently the only candidate in the NY-25 race to take the Pledge, but we continue to reach out to all campaigns.

Buerkle is competing in the GOP Primary to unseat current Democratic freshman Congressman Dan Maffei. Maffei, though only being a Freshman, has proven he is no friend to the Taxpayer voting for the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Stimulus; Cap & Tax; and the House Health Care Bill, which contained numerous tax hikes on middle class families. Cook Political Report gives NY-25 a PVI rating of D+3, so the contest will be competitive in the general election.
 
With her signing of the pledge, Buerkle has made clear to the voters in New York’s 25th Congressional district that she is committed to protecting the family budget by holding the line against tax hikes. Congressman Maffei has made no such commitment to the taxpayers; ATR encourages all candidates that have not made this commitment to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
 
The official statement from ATR on Ann Marie Buerkle can be read below
  
Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.) Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ann Marie Buerkle, a Republican running in New York's 25th Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge 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, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package,” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Ann Marie Buerkle demonstrates that she understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in New York's 25th district.”
 
“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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Rose Izzo Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge in Delaware Congressional Contest


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Monday, February 15th, 2010, 10:20 AM PERMALINK


 Rose Izzo, who is running for the sole Congressional seat in the state of Delaware, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in her 2010 midterm campaign.

Izzo is competing in the GOP Primary, being held in early September, to replace long-time Representative Mike Castle, who is currently running to replace the Senate seat vacated by current Vice-President Joe Biden. The Cook Political Report classifies the seat as a D+7, but Republican Castle was elected in 1992, and has served ever since.
 
By signing the Pledge, Rose Izzo has shown the people of Delaware exactly what she is committed to: keeping their taxes low and looking out for their family budgets by fighting against wasteful spending by an out-of-touch Congress. ATR strongly encourages all candidates in Delaware to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
 
Rose Izzo (R-Del.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rose Izzo, a Republican running in Delaware’s At-Large Congressional District, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge 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, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package,” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Rose Izzo demonstrates that she understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Delaware.”
 
“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.
 
Copies of the Pledge are available at www.atr.org or by calling (202) 785-0266.

For the PDF version of ATR's release on Rose Izzo, click here 

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