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Sam Clovis Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013, 4:27 PM PERMALINK


Radio talk show host Sam Clovis has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for Iowa’s U.S. Senate 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. Clovis 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, Sam Clovis demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Iowa.”

“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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Update: Crowded Race Underway for Iowa's Open U.S. Senate Seat


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013, 3:30 PM PERMALINK


On January 26, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced his retirement after serving for close to 30 years. Since then, nine candidates have declared for the junior senator’s open seat. Republican State Senator Joni Ernst and radio talk show host Sam Clovis are the first candidates to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. According to Politics1, the Republican primary field also includes: Mark Jacobs, Paul Lunde, Scott Schaben, Matt Whitaker, and David Young.

The primary is scheduled for June 3, 2014. The winner will go on to face Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) and Independent Jay Williams, who have no listed primary challengers.

The Cook Political Report and The Rothenberg Political Report rate the race as “Lean Democrat.” In the 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama won Iowa with 52 percent of the vote.

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Rhonda Sivarajah Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Monday, July 29th, 2013, 3:11 PM PERMALINK


Anoka County Board of Commissioners Chair Rhonda Sivarajah has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in her 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 Mrs. Sivarajah 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, Rhonda Sivarajah demonstrates that she 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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Joni Ernst Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Thursday, July 18th, 2013, 5:08 PM PERMALINK


State Senator Joni Ernst has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in her bid for Iowa’s U.S. Senate 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 Mrs. Ernst 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, Joni Ernst demonstrates that she understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Iowa.”

“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 Louisiana's Open 6th Congressional Seat Heats Up


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013, 10:06 AM PERMALINK


On April 3, Rep. Bill Cassidy announced his run against Sen. Mary Landrieu, who faces re-election in 2014. One Republican candidate and two Democrats have since entered the race for Cassidy’s open seat.

Republican Paul Dietzel is the first candidate so far to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, but others could join him as they jump into the race. Politics1 lists Dan Claitor, Hunter Greene, Erich Ponti, and Chas Roemer as potential challengers.

The Cook Political Report rates the race as “Solid Republican” with a Partisan Voter Index of “R+21.” In the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney carried the district with 66 percent of the vote.

Due to Louisiana’s “jungle primary” system, the first ballots will be cast on November 4, 2014. Unless a candidate obtains a majority, a runoff contest will be held for the top two vote-getters on December 6. When it comes time to vote, the people of Louisiana’s 6th District will know which candidates are committed to protecting them from higher taxes.

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Paul Dietzel Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013, 9:58 AM PERMALINK


Businessman Paul Dietzel has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for Louisiana’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 Mr. Dietzel 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, Paul Dietzel demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Louisiana.”

“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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Update: New Jersey Republicans Vie for U.S. Senate Seat in Special Election


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Monday, July 15th, 2013, 11:15 AM PERMALINK


*This post has been updated to reflect Dr. Alieta Eck's signing of the Pledge

Following Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D-NJ) passing, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appointed Republican Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to represent the Garden State in the interim. This decision was made with the understanding that Chiesa would not seek re-election, and prospective special election candidates scrambled to obtain the required 1,000 signatures before the March 10 deadline.

Steve Lonegan, one of the two Republican candidates, was the first to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. He currently works for Americans for Prosperity as New Jersey’s State Director, and he previously served as the mayor of Bogota, NJ, from 1996-2007. Lonegan is challenged by Dr. Alieta Eck, a fellow Pledge signer and the former President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. They will square off in the Republican primary on Tuesday, August 13.

The Cook Political Report rates the race as “Solid Democrat,” and the Rothenberg Political Report concurs, placing it in the “Currently Safe Democrat” column. In the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney won just over 40% of the state’s overall vote.

The general election is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16. When it comes time to vote, the people of New Jersey will know which candidates are committed to protecting them from higher taxes.

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Candidates Emerge in Race for Georgia's 1st Congressional Seat


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Monday, July 1st, 2013, 3:52 PM PERMALINK


Not long after Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced his plan to retire at the end of his term, a new crop of Georgia candidates popped up, including Rep. Jack Kingston, who formally declared his candidacy on May 1. This leaves Georgia’s 1st Congressional seat open in 2014, where a competitive Republican primary is already underway.

The conservative 1st District, anchored in Savannah, comprises much of southeast Georgia. The Cook Political Report rates the race as “Solid Republican” with a PVI of “R+9.” In the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney won 56% of the district’s vote.

Politics1 lists Bob Johnson, Buddy Carter, Jeff Chapman, Stefan Jarvis, and David Schwarz as the official candidates. Of these 5 Republicans, Dr. Bob Johnson is the first to sign ATR’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written promise to Georgia taxpayers to oppose higher taxes.

ATR will release an official list of federal Pledge signers as Georgia’s July 15, 2014 primary date approaches. When it comes time to vote, the people of Georgia’s 1st District will know which candidates are committed to protecting them from higher taxes.

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Bob Johnson Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Monday, July 1st, 2013, 2:56 PM PERMALINK


Surgeon and former Army Ranger Bob Johnson has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for Georgia’s 1st 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 Dr. Johnson 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, Bob Johnson demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Georgia.”

“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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Steve Lonegan Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Thursday, June 20th, 2013, 4:37 PM PERMALINK


Former Mayor of Bogota Steve Lonegan has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for New Jersey’s U.S. Senate 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. Lonegan 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, Steve Lonegan demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of New Jersey.”

“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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