Amir Iljazi

Race for Kirk's seat gets its first Pledge Signer!


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Friday, September 25th, 2009, 1:55 PM PERMALINK


Illinois’ 10th Congressional District, which is currently held by Republican Congressman Mark Kirk, has just officially become a Pledge Signer’s contest. Republican Dick Green signed the ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge, the first candidate in the race to do so. 
 
Green is aiming to replace pledge signer, and now Illinois Senate candidate Mark Kirk. According to the Cook Political Report, the district has a PVI of D +6; but the Republican he’s looking to replace has been there since 2001, which has made the race for IL-10 a “toss up” according to Cook.
                                                         
With his signing of the pledge, Mr. Green becomes the first candidate to let the taxpayers in Illinois’ 10th Congressional district know that he is committed to fighting against increased government spending that leaves the bill on the doorsteps of America’s middle-class. Mr. Green is the only pledge signer that is in the race, but we here at ATR encourage all candidates in the Illinois-10 contest, as well as all candidates for Federal office to follow suit and promise the taxpayers that they will do their part in making sure that someone is Congress is looking out for them.
 
Dick Green (R-Ill.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
                                                                                  
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dick Green, a Republican running in Illinois’ 10th 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, Dick Green demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Illinois’ 10th 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.
 
Copies of the Pledge are available at www.atr.org or by calling (202) 785-0266.
 
Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases.  For more information or to arrange an interview please contact John Kartch at (202) 785-0266 or by email at jkartch@atr.org
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To see the PDF of ATR’s official Press Release on Dick Green, click here

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Arizona CD-08 gets two pledge signers!


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Friday, September 18th, 2009, 2:05 PM PERMALINK


Jesse Kelly and Brian Miller, Republican candidates for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, both signed the ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

The 8th Congressional District in Arizona is rated with a PVI of R+4 according to the Cook Political Report. The seat is held by Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who was elected to replace retiring Republican and Pledge Signer Jim Kolbe.
                                                         
With their signing of the pledge, Mr. Miller and Mr. Kelly have made clear to the voters in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District that they are committed to protecting the family budget by holding the line on taxes. Gabrielle Giffords has made no such commitment to the taxpayers; we strongly encourage her and every other candidate that has not made this commitment to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
 
To see ATR’s official release on Jesse Kelly, click here
To see ATR’s official release on Brian Miller, click here

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David Castillo signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Wednesday, September 9th, 2009, 12:02 PM PERMALINK


David Castillo, a candidate running in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Castillo is competing in the GOP Primary for the opportunity to succeed Democrat Congressman Brian Baird, who is retiring in 2010. The Cook Political Report keeps a close eye on all the races around the country, and Washington’s 3rd has been classified as a “toss-up” in the 2010 midterm election.
 
By signing the pledge, Mr. Castillo has shown the taxpayers in Washington that he will look out for their family budget. ATR encourages all candidates running in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, and all Federal Office to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

To see ATR's official statement on David Castillo, click here

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Adam Kokesh signs ATR Pledge in race for NM-03


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Monday, August 3rd, 2009, 5:30 PM PERMALINK


The Third Congressional District of New Mexico now has an official signatory of the ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Recently, Republican challenger Mr. Adam Kokesh signed the ATR Pledge becoming the first candidate in the race to do so.

Cook Political Report classifies the seat as a D+7 on the PVI index. The seat is currently held by Democratic Congressman Ben Lujan, who was elected in 2008. Though the PVI index favors the incumbent, there is certainly a long way to go in this contest.
 
As a pledge signer, Mr. Kokesh has made a commitment to the taxpayers in New Mexico that he will fight to ensure that their taxes are not increased. Congressman Lujan is not a current pledge-signer, but we here at ATR encourage Rep. Lujan and all candidates for Federal office 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.
 
To see the official ATR release on Adam Kokesh, please click here.
 

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Nevada Senate Race gets a Pledge Signer!


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Friday, July 24th, 2009, 10:55 AM PERMALINK


The Nevada Senate Race for the seat currently held by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) has just secured its first signer. Republican challenger Ed Hamilton recently signed the ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Senator Reid has a lifetime rating from ATR of 8.5%, which takes into account his votes from over more than a decade of scoring that ATR has compiled since the early 1990's. ATR scores every member of Congress during each session, and all of our Congressional ratings can be found at the ATR website.
                                                         
As a pledge signer, Mr. Hamilton has made a commitment to the taxpayers in Nevada that he will fight to ensure that their taxes are not increased. Senator Reid is not a current pledge-signer, but we here at ATR encourage the Senator and all candidates for Federal office 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.
 
To see ATR’s official release on Ed Hamilton, click here

 

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Another Pledge Signer gears up for Indiana CD-5


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009, 4:02 PM PERMALINK


Indiana’s 5th Congressional District, which is currently held by Republican Congressman Dan Burton, has just landed another signer. Republican Brose McVey just put his name on the ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Congressman Burton  is a current pledge signer, and he has a lifetime rating of 92%, using the formula that ATR implements when rating congressional votes for each session of Congress. ATR lists Congressional Ratings on our website.
                                                         
As a pledge signer, Mr. McVey has made a commitment to the taxpayers in Indiana that he will fight to ensure that their taxes are not increased. We here at ATR encourage all candidates in the Indiana-5 contest, as well as all candidates for Federal office 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.
 
To see ATR’s official release on Bruce McVey, click here

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Media Matters Still Missing the Facts About "Card Checked"


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Friday, July 17th, 2009, 3:49 PM PERMALINK


In “rapid response” mode, the very same Media Matters blogger that attacked ATR’s interactive look at the effects of Card Check legislation has posted a new response. Unfortunately, they once again leave out important information about the very real issues that “Card Checked” portrays.

As if their criticism wasn’t enough, they once again post the comments from the AFL-CIO representative that discusses “Card Checked” and decide NOT to get any information from the other side of the debate.
 
This is a far cry from the “fact-checking” that the blogger holds up as proof that the criticism is fair and representative of both sides of the issue. What was posted in our response to the original Media Matters blog post was cited with facts: facts about “Card Checked”, facts about the public’s feelings on the legislation, and facts about what was said by the Media Matters blogger.
 
I would pose the question again. If Media Matters is concerned with the truth, why are they continuing to only quote one representative in the two sides of this very important issue? Why are they attacking an organization merely for using today’s technology to inform the mass public about a subject they may not otherwise have on their radar screen? ATR and AWF remain encouraged by the excitement “Card Checked” has created over the past week and hope that many more visit the sites to play along.

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Does "Media Matters" even matter?


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Thursday, July 16th, 2009, 2:37 PM PERMALINK


It didn’t take long for the anti-worker groups to come out in full force to attempt to discredit the opposition to the AFL-CIO’s “number one priority”… Card Check, also known to its proponents as EFCA.

With the growingpopularity of Americans for Tax Reform’s game “Card Checked”, those in the pro-Union bosses camp have decided to use their supporters at various so-called “non-partisan” groups to try and damage the opposition. Earlier this week, the liberal group Media Matters posted a blog condemning the game. The author accused the creators of mischaracterizing Labor leaders while accusing the game of being a “union-hate” program.
 
Just one problem with the take from Matt Finkelstein… he decided to only use the response from the AFL-CIO. Why?? If they are supposedly a “watchdog” group interested in the truth, then why not come straight to the source for their information?
 
There is good reason Media Matters chooses not to inform the public regarding all sides of the “Card Check” story; as well as allowing those they try to criticize any fair chance to respond… because they aren’t concerned with the truth. They are simply concerned with pushing an agenda, and “Card Check” is certainly on that agenda. They are so desperate because the American public now knows how awful this legislation is, that they are willing to subvert facts by completely bypassing an entire side of the debate.
 
The truth is “Card Checked” is so popular because it speaks to the real threat posed by the radical labor reform that the Unions are trying to force on American Businesses all over the country; the truth is that “Card Checked” does show the implications the horrible bill would have on various issues like the secret ballot, arbitration, and effects on small business, among others.

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In Georgia, there's no lack of pledge signers looking to replace Deal


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Thursday, July 9th, 2009, 10:51 AM PERMALINK


In the contest to fill the seat being vacated by Republican Gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal, Georgia’s 9th Congressional District has just landed a pair of pledge signers who are among the first to have put their names on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in this 2010 race. The two newest signers in the GA-9 race are former State Representative Mike Evans and former State Senator Bill Stephens.

Cook Political Report ranks GA-9 as R+28 on the Partisan Voter Index (PVI). Barring any unforeseen events, the winner of the Republican primary appears to be the likely winner in the general election.
                                                         
As pledge signers, Mr. Stephens and Mr. Evans have made a commitment to the taxpayers in Georgia that they will fight to ensure that their taxes are not increased. Outgoing Congressman Deal is a current pledge-signer and we here at ATR encourage all candidates competing in GA-9, as well as all candidates for Federal office 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.
 
To see ATR’s official release on Mike Evans, click here
To see ATR’s official release on Bill Stephens, click here

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Heinrich Challenger is Pledge Signer


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Tuesday, July 7th, 2009, 12:05 PM PERMALINK


New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, currently held by a 1st-term Democrat has just added a pledge signer to the mix. Republican Jon Barela just made himself a signatory on the ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Cook Political Report classifies the seat as a D+5 on the PVI index. This could certainly be a competitive race in the 2010 Mid-term elections, and there is now at least one pledge signer in the contest. The district had been previously carried by Republican Heather Wilson who left the Congress to pursue a Senate run in 2008.

As a pledge signer, Mr. Barela has made a commitment to the taxpayers in New Mexico that he will fight to ensure that their taxes are not increased. The incumbent in the race, Congressman Martin Heinrich, is not a current pledge-signer. We here at ATR encourage Rep. Heinrich and all candidates for Federal office 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.

To see ATR’s official release on Jon Barela, click here

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