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Paul McKinley Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Friday, February 22nd, 2013, 5:09 PM PERMALINK


Grassroots Activist Paul McKinley has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for Illinois's 2nd 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 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. McKinley 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 McKinley demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Illinois.”

“I challenge all candidates for Illinois's special election to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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Keith Blandford Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Friday, February 8th, 2013, 6:05 PM PERMALINK


Small business owner Keith Blandford has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for South Carolina’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 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Blandford 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, Keith Blandford demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of South Carolina.”

“I challenge all candidates for South Carolina’s special election to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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21 Candidates Jockey for Position in South Carolina Special Election


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Friday, February 8th, 2013, 4:00 PM PERMALINK


By the close of the filing period on January 28th, an eye-opening 21 candidates formally declared their candidacy for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional seat. The position has been vacant ever since Gov. Nikki Haley appointed former Rep. Tim Scott the state’s junior senator in the wake of Jim DeMint’s resignation.

The crowded field officially includes sixteen Republicans, three Democrats, and two Green Party candidates. According to the Cook Political Report, the race rates as “Solid Republican.” The 1st District’s Partisan Voter Index is listed as “R+11.”

Listed alphabetically, the Republican candidates are: Keith Blandford, Curtis Bostic, Ric Bryant, Larry Grooms, Jonathan Hoffman, Jeff King, John Kuhn, Tim Larkin, Chip Limehouse, Peter McCoy, Elizabeth Moffly, Ray Nash, Andy Patrick, Shawn Pinkston, Mark Sanford, and Teddy Turner.

Since 1980, no GOP candidate has won the 1st District in an open-seat primary with more than fifty percent of the vote needed to avoid a runoff. If history repeats itself on March 19th, the top two candidates will have only two weeks to scramble for the likely runoff primary on April 2nd. The general election, which only requires a plurality to win, is scheduled for May 7th.

So far, Keith Blandford, Chip Limehouse, Andy Patrick, Mark Sanford, and Teddy Turner have made a written promise to South Carolina taxpayers to oppose new tax hikes. ATR encourages all candidates to make the same commitment by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge before the first set of primaries.

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Mark Sanford Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Friday, February 8th, 2013, 1:22 PM PERMALINK


Former Governor Mark Sanford has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for South Carolina’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 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Sanford 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, Mark Sanford demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of South Carolina.”

“I challenge all candidates for South Carolina’s special election to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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Pledge Signer Luke Messer Reaffirms His Promise to Indiana Taxpayers


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Friday, February 1st, 2013, 5:00 PM PERMALINK


This week, Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.) was a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal program to answer a variety of viewer-submitted questions. One viewer asked if the freshman lawmaker had taken “the Norquist pledge,” referring to the Taxpayer Protection Pledge championed by Americans for Tax Reform. Congressman Messer responded:

“I did. When I ran in the Republican primary . . . last fall, I did sign the Pledge to not raise taxes. I just believe that the key to getting America turned around is a growing economy. The best way to get more revenue for our federal government is to have more jobs, therefore more taxpayers, therefore tax revenue that comes from that. And I don’t think the solution is to raise more taxes, so I signed the Pledge and did it gladly.”

Messer’s reply shows that he, along with 218 of his House colleagues, understands the importance of economic growth when it comes to generating revenue. As he points out, higher taxes are not conducive to that goal. Watch the full video below:

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Special Election Underway in South Carolina's 1st District


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Friday, January 25th, 2013, 12:15 PM PERMALINK


When South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint announced his resignation to become president of the Heritage Foundation, Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Rep. Tim Scott (SC-01) to fill the Charleston-based seat. As a result, the 1st District seat is now up for grabs in a special election to be held on May 7.

The Cook Political Report lists Teddy Turner, Mark Sanford, Larry Grooms, Chip Limehouse, Andy Patrick, John Kuhn, and Ray Nash as the current Republican candidates. It rates the crowded race as “Solid Republican” with a Partisan Voter Index of R+11.

As the March 19th primaries approach, ATR will release an official list of candidates who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Andy Patrick, Teddy Turner, and Chip Limehouse have already provided their signatures, and others are expected to follow suit. When it comes time to vote, the people of South Carolina’s 1st District will know which candidates are committed to protecting them from higher taxes.

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Andy Patrick Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Friday, January 25th, 2013, 12:00 PM PERMALINK


State Rep. Andy Patrick has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for South Carolina’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 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Patrick 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, Andy Patrick demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of South Carolina.”

“I challenge all candidates for South Carolina’s special election to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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Teddy Turner Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Friday, January 25th, 2013, 12:00 PM PERMALINK


Teacher and businessman Teddy Turner has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for South Carolina’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 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Turner 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, Teddy Turner demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of South Carolina.”

“I challenge all candidates for South Carolina’s special election to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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Chip Limehouse Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Friday, January 25th, 2013, 12:00 PM PERMALINK


State Rep. Chip Limehouse has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for South Carolina’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 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Limehouse 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, Chip Limehouse demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of South Carolina.”

“I challenge all candidates for South Carolina’s special election to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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Eric Wallace Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Eric Oldfather on Thursday, January 24th, 2013, 12:15 PM PERMALINK


WASHINGTON, DC— Publisher and minister Eric Wallace has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for Illinois’s 2nd 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 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Dr. Wallace for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people have waited too long for Washington to take sensible steps toward jumpstarting the economy. The path to growth is through reducing burdensome tax rates and cutting government spending,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Eric Wallace demonstrates that he understands the failed tax-and-spend policies of Illinois will be just as bad for hard-working taxpayers across the country.”

“I challenge all candidates for Illinois’s special election to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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