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Race for Texas' 4th Congressional Seat Features All Pledge Signers


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Friday, August 16th, 2013, 3:12 PM PERMALINK


In Texas’ 4th Congressional District, Incumbent Republican Rep. Ralph Hall is facing a trio of primary challengers. According to Politics1, the list of declared candidates includes realtor Tony Arterburn Jr., businessman Lou Gigliotti, and Grayson County GOP Precinct Chairman Brent Lawson. Each of the four candidates has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

The Cook Political Report rates Texas’ 4th Congressional District as one of the most conservative in the state, with a Partisan Voter Index of “R+25.” Without any declared candidates from other parties, the race falls in the “Solid Republican” column. Mitt Romney carried the district with 74 percent of the vote in November.

The primary date is scheduled for March 4. When it comes time to vote, Lone Star State taxpayers will know which candidates are committed to opposing higher taxes in Washington.

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Brent Lawson Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Friday, August 16th, 2013, 3:07 PM PERMALINK


Electrical Engineering Manager and Grayson County GOP Precinct Chairman Brent Lawson has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for Texas’ 4th Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, 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, 39 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen governors and over 1,000 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Lawson for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people have clearly shown their displeasure 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,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Brent Lawson 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.

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Lou Gigliotti Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Friday, August 16th, 2013, 3:05 PM PERMALINK


Businessman Lou Gigliotti has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for Texas’ 4th Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, 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, 39 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen governors and over 1,000 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Gigliotti for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people have clearly shown their displeasure 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,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Lou Gigliotti 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.

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Tony Arterburn Jr. Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Friday, August 16th, 2013, 3:02 PM PERMALINK


Realtor and U.S. Army Veteran Tony Arterburn Jr. has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for Texas’ 4th Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, 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, 39 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen governors and over 1,000 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Arterburn for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people have clearly shown their displeasure 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,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Tony Arterburn 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.

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Top 10 Reasons for President Obama's 35% Economic Approval Rating


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Thursday, August 15th, 2013, 3:22 PM PERMALINK


According to a Gallup poll released on August 15, only 35 percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s handling of the economy, down from 42 percent in June. His overall approval rating also fell from 47 to 44 percent.

Here are the top 10 reasons American workers’ patience is wearing thin:

10. Lavish Vacations: With Congress in recess during August, the Obama family decided to take a taxpayer-funded vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. They even flew their dog, Bo, in his own Osprey MV-22 helicopter! Public road closures have left local residents dealing with “extraordinary and lengthy” detours, much like the rest of the country is waiting for signs of economic growth.

9. Talking the Talk: Since he took office, President Obama has made ten talk show appearances, outpacing every other president since John F. Kennedy. While he’s laughing it up with the likes of Leno and Letterman, working class Americans are struggling to make ends meet. This shameless self-promotion also costs taxpayers millions of dollars for each trip.

8. Internet Sales Tax: It remains unclear if the Marketplace Fairness Act will pass in the House, but the President has signaled that he will sign the bill if it makes it to his desk. This highly flawed piece of legislation will put online retailers at risk by subjecting them to potential audits from 45 different states. The burdensome compliance costs will be too much for many small business owners to bear.

7. Reagan Did it Better: In case you hadn’t heard, President Obama inherited a weak economy, but so did Ronald Reagan. A recent NewsBusters.org report demonstrates that the current economic “recovery” pales in comparison to President Reagan’s. Which sounds better: 97,000 new jobs per month, or 233,000?

6. Corporate Special Interests: The President recently called for a slightly lower corporate tax rate. If only it were that simple. Meanwhile, small businesses would be left paying an effective rate close to 44 percent. This is not what real tax reform looks like.

5. Untapped Energy: Studies show that the Keystone XL Pipeline will create tens of thousands of jobs, yet it’s taken 1,791 days (and counting) to be approved. So much for a “laser-like focus” on jobs.

4. Backdoor Carbon Tax: As the economy continues to stagnate, President Obama’s latest “pivot” has been to energy policy, this time asking the EPA to regulate carbon emissions. A plurality of Americans agree that Congress should stop this regulatory overreach, including 35 percent of self-identified Democrats! Instead, the President appears determined to make energy costs less affordable for American families.

3. 7.4% Unemployment: While it is encouraging to see that the unemployment rate dropped in July, there are some significant caveats. First, about 37,000 people gave up on looking for work and dropped out of the labor force. Second, average hourly wages declined by 0.1 percent, barely keeping up with inflation.

2. Part-Time Jobs: Another key figure from the latest unemployment report is that over the last six months, 97 percent of the jobs created were part-time. This is likely the result of employers reducing their employees’ hours to avoid costly Obamacare taxes.

1. Obamacare is a Mess: The failures of Obamacare are well documented, and the worst parts are still to come. The American people have little reason to believe the IRS is prepared to handle 47 new Obamacare provisions. The least President Obama could do is delay the 2014 taxes, mandates, and subsidies before they kick in on October 1.

Did we leave anything out? Let us know in the comments!

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Travis Schooley Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013, 3:23 PM PERMALINK


Businessman and U.S. Army Veteran Travis Schooley has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, 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, 39 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen governors and over 1,000 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Schooley for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people have clearly shown their displeasure 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,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Travis Schooley demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Pennsylvania.”

“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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Art Halvorson Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013, 3:20 PM PERMALINK


Retired Coast Guard Captain Art Halvorson has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, 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, 39 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen governors and over 1,000 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Halvorson for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people have clearly shown their displeasure 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,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Art Halvorson demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Pennsylvania.”

“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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Race for Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional Seat Features All Pledge Signers


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013, 3:17 PM PERMALINK


In Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District, Incumbent Republican Rep. Bill Shuster is facing a pair of primary challengers. According to Politics1, the list of declared candidates includes Shuster, retired Coast Guard Captain Art Halvorson, and U.S. Army veteran Travis Schooley. Each of the three candidates have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

The Cook Political Report rates Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District as the most conservative in the state, with a Partisan Voter Index of “R+14.” Without any declared candidates from other parties, the race falls in the “Solid Republican” column. Mitt Romney carried the district with 63 percent of the vote in November.

The primary date is scheduled for May 20. When it comes time to vote, Quaker State taxpayers will know which candidates are committed to opposing higher taxes in Washington.

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Update: Big Names Seek to Replace Retiring Rep. Bachmann in Minnesota's 6th


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013, 3:10 PM PERMALINK


*This post has been updated to reflect former State Rep. Phil Krinkie's signing of the Pledge

On May 29, Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN-06) made a surprise announcement that she would not be seeking re-election. According to Politics1, five candidates have officially entered the race to succeed her.

Anoka County Board of Commissioners Chair Rhonda Sivarajah and former State Rep. Phil Krinkie are the first so far to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Their Republican primary opponents include state legislature veterans Tom Emmer and John Pederson.

The Cook Political Report rates Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District as the most conservative in the state, with a Partisan Voter Index of “R+10.” It shifted the race rating to “Solid Republican” after 2012 Democratic nominee Jim Graves declined to run. Mitt Romney carried the district with 56 percent of the vote in November.

The primary date is scheduled for August 12. When it comes time to vote, Gopher State taxpayers will know which candidates are committed to opposing higher taxes in Washington.

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Phil Krinkie Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013, 3:01 PM PERMALINK


Former State Rep. Phil Krinkie has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for Minnesota’s 6th Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, 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, 39 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen governors and over 1,000 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Phil Krinkie for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. America needs leaders who are committed to protecting taxpayers, and signing the Pledge demonstrates that kind of leadership,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“A long-time Pledge signer and consistent fiscal conservative, Phil Krinkie demonstrates allegiance to hard-working taxpayers nationwide, as well as dedication to taxpayers in Minnesota. I applaud Phil for the leadership and dedication he showed by renewing the Pledge in his race for Minnesota's 6th Congressional seat.”

“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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