## Kyle Baccei

## Americans for Tax Reform Releases 2012 List of AK State Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers

**WASHINGTON, D.C. — **With the Alaska general election taking place Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of incumbents and challengers for state legislative and state-wide office who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Tuesday, November 6. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday is as follows:

*Incumbents*

Fred Dyson (S-F)

Catherine Giessel (S-N)

Bob Lynn (H-23)

Cathy Munoz (H-31)

Mark Neuman (H-10)

*Challengers*

David Eastman (S-C)

Jeffrey Landfield (S-K)

Lynette Bergh (H-1)

Pete B. Higgins (H-5)

Gabrielle LeDoux (H-13)

Roman Romanoski (H-16)

Chris Eichenlaub, Jr. (H-18)

## Americans for Tax Reform Releases 2012 State Ballot Measure Guide

Americans for Tax Reform today issued its recommendations on the most important state ballot measures to be decided on by voters on Nov. 6. Issues of national significance, including massive tax increases in California, and a measure that would let unions run roughshod over the constitution in Michigan will be ruled on by the electorate.

“Many of these statewide measures are of national importance,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Even if you don’t live in California, you should be concerned about Gov. Jerry Brown’s crippling income and sales tax hikes. Even though Brown likes to think his measure is a parochial issue, his effort to tank the California economy, the largest in the country, would negatively impact the prospects for recovery nationally.”

Aside from tax hikes, the fate of measures that would grant government employee unions unprecedented powers to loot taxpayers, such as Michigan’s Proposal 2 and Idaho’s Propositions 1 and 2, will be decided in less than two weeks.

“Tax increases can hinder state economies, but so can the unchecked power of government employee unions, which is typically wielded to lobby for higher taxes,” said Norquist. “In Michigan, Proposal 2 would literally give labor unions the constitutional power to override the legislature and rewrite entire laws. Meanwhile, in Idaho two sensible education reform laws are being challenged on the ballot by teachers union bosses who don’t want teacher compensation tied to performance in the classroom.”

“I urge taxpayers to put as much thought into how they vote on ballot measures as they dedicate to the presidential election and legislative contests.”

To see ATR’s 2012 Ballot Guide, visit www.ATR.org/ballot.

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## Ballot Measures Would Provide Needed Tax Relief for Oklahoma

On Election Day this November, two important questions will be presented to voters in Oklahoma. State Questions 766 and 758 will appear on the state ballot and give voters a chance to lessen the tax burden on their state. Question 766 will decide whether or not taxes will be assessed on intangible property, while Question 758 will cap annual property tax increases to three percent and will freeze increases for senior citizens. If passed, both questions will provide Sooners with a stronger economy and needed tax relief.

Prior to a 2009 State Supreme Court ruling, some Oklahoma businesses were “centrally assessed” by the State Board of Equalization while others were “locally assessed” by county assessors. Those that received local tax assessments were generally exempt from paying taxes on intangible property, while “centrally assessed” businesses had to pay taxes on intangible property. After that ruling small businesses that were previously "locally assessed," are now "centrally assessed”, and therefore, are no longer exempted from paying taxes on intangible property. Small and large businesses throughout the state are now on the hook to pay taxes on the value of their customer lists, contracts, philanthropy and goodwill, patents, trademarks, and even advertisements. Passing Question 766 would correct this and again exempt these businesses from paying taxes on intangible property.

Additionally, Oklahomans are faced with an annual increase of five percent on the fair cash values on their property. Question 758 would cap property tax increases at three percent instead of the current five percent cap. The measure also freezes the annual increase on senior citizens. The proposal is designed to slow the growth in property tax bills.

If passed, both measures will help increase economic growth and provide Oklahomans with some much needed relief in mid the current economic uncertainty. Prohibiting the taxation of intangible property and capping property tax increases to three percent is necessary to assist Oklahoma in a full economic recovery.

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## ATR Releases 2012 List of State Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers for September 11 Primaries

With the New Hampshire, Delaware, and Rhode Island primaries taking place Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of incumbents and challengers for state legislative and state-wide office in each of these states who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Tuesday, September 11. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday is as follows:

New Hampshire Incumbents

Jeb Bradely (S-3 Carroll)

Jeanie Forrester (S-2 Belknap and Grafton)

Nancy F. Stiles (S-24 Rockingham)

Russell Prescott (S-23 Rockingham)

86 House members of 400

Donald Andolina (H-6 Strafford)

Jason P. Antosz (H-9 Rockingham)

Kevin A. Avard (H-28 Hillsborough)

Gary Azarian (H-8 Rockingham)

Al Baldasaro (H- 5 Rockingham)

J. Michael Ball (H-9 Hillsborough)

Ronald Belanger (H-8 Rockingham )

Jerry Bergevin (H-45 Hillsborough)

Spec Bowers (H-2 Sullivan)

Lester W. Bradley (H-6 Grafton)

John A. Burt (H-6 Hillsborough)

John Cebrowski ( H-7 Hillsborough)

Gene Chandler (H-1 Carroll)

Jenn Coffey (H-1 Merrimack)

Tim Comerford (H-33 Rockingham)

Gary Daniels (H- 40 Hillsborough)

Russell Day (H-7 Hillsborough)

Robert Elliott (H-8 Rockingham)

Susan Emerson (H-11 Chesire)

Susan DeLemus (H-11 Strafford)

J.B. Duarte (H-2 Rockingham)

Beverly Ferrante (H-6 Rockingham)

Robert Fesh (H-6 Rockingham)

Dennis H. Fields (H-4 Belknap)

Edmund Gionet (H-5 Grafton)

Brandon Giuda (H-20 Merrimack)

Robert Greemore (H-2 Belknap)

Mary E. Griffin (H-7 Rockingham))

Warren Groen (H-10 Stafford)

Bob Haefner (H-37 Hillsborough)

Joseph Hagan (H-4 Rockingham)

John Hikel (H-6 Hillsborough)

Gregory Hill (H-3 Merrimack)

Edith Hogan (H- 34 Hillsborough)

Karen K. Hutchinson (H-5 Rockingham)

Will Infantine (H-13 Hillsborough)

Robert Introne (H-5 Rockingham)

Laura Jones (H-24 Strafford)

Walter Kolodziej (H-7 Rockingham)

Don LeBrun (H-32 Hillsborough)

Robert Luther (H-3 Belknap)

Michael McCarthy (H-28 Hillsborough)

Jeanine Notter (H-21 Hillsborough)

Lynne Ober (H-37 Hillsborough)

Russell T. Ober (H-37 Hillsborough)

William O’Brien (H-5 Hillsborough)

Bill O’Connor (H-4 Strafford)

Bill Ohm (H-36 Hillsborough)

Barry Palmer (H-32 Hillsborough)

Stephen Palmer (H-23 Hillsborough)

Matt Quandt (H-18 Rockingham)

Dennis Reed (H-2 Merrimack)

Andrew Renzullo (H-37 Hillsborough)

Beverly T. Rodeschin (H-6 Sullivan)

John B. Sedensky, PhD (H-13 Rockingham)

Carl Seidel (H-28 Hillsborough)

Steven Smith (H-11 Sullivan)

William Smith (H-24 Rockingham)

Kathleen Souza (H-43 Hillsborough)

Kathleen Stroud (H-21 Hillsborough)

Steve Vaillancourt (H-15 Hillsborough)

Moe Villeneuve (H-7 Hillsborough)

Mark Warden (H-39 Hillsborough)

Steve Winter (H-5 Merrimack)

Colette Worsman (H-2 Belknap)

New Hampshire Challengers

Ovide Lamontagne (Gov.)

Sam Cataldo (S-6)

William Grimm (S-7)

Michael F. Kenney (S-9)

Howard Pearl (S-17)

John Reagan (S-17)

Phil Greazzo (S-20)

Bruce Hodgdon (H-1 Rockingham)

Antonio J. Luciani (H-2 Strafford)

Kenneth A. Deshaies (H-3 Belknap)

L. Mike Kappler (H-3 Rockingham)

Glenn Cordelli (H-4 Carroll)

Dan Dumaine (H-4 Rockingham)

William L. O’Brien (H-5 Hillsborough)

Richard Meaney (H-6 Hillsborough)

Jim Webb (H-6 Rockingham)

Keith Murphy (H-7 Hillsborough)

Kelleigh D. Murphy (H-7 Hillsborough)

R. Christopher Richards (H-7 Hillsborough)

Mark Samsel (H-7 Rockingham)

Omer F. Beaudoin (H-8 Hillsborough)

Jane Cormier (H-8 Belknap)

Zulfaigar Shaikh (H-9 Merrimack)

Harry Accornero (H-9 Belknaop)

Robert Hull (H-9 Grafton)

Douglas Whitfield (H-9 Hillsborough)

Dick Thackson (H-10 Cheshire)

Michael J. Walsh (H-10 Cheshire)

John Callahan III (H-11 Hillsborough)

Shuvom Ghose (H-11 Hillsborough)

Susan DeLemus (H-11 Strafford)

Kevin Moore (H-18 Merrimack)

Phil Straight (H-19 Hillsborough)

Daniel Oberlander (H-21 Hillsborough)

Lenette M. Peterson (H-21 Hillsborough)

Stephen B. Stepanek(H-22 Hillsborough)

John F. Martin (H-23 Merrimack)

Shawn Sweeney (H-23 Hillsborough)

Dick Marple (H-24 Merrimack)

Len Turcotte (H-25 Strafford)

Al Jones (H-28 Merrimack)

Doris Hohensee (H-30 Hillsborough)

David Murotake (H-32 Hillsborough)

Timothy P. Comerford (H-33 Rockingham)

Greg Surbey (H-33 Hillsborough)

Jacqueline Casey (H-34 Hillsborough)

Marie N. Sapienza (H-34 Rockingham)

Willard Brown (H-36 Hillsborough)

Bob Goodman (H-36 Rockingham)

Rich LeVasseur (H-37 Hillsborough)

Mark Warden (H-39 Hillsborough)

Benjamin Linn (H-40 Hillsborough)

Laurie Sanborn (H-41 Hillsborough)

Andre Martel (H-44 Hillsborough)

Matthew Swank (H-45 Hillsborough)

Keith Hirschmann (H-45 Hillsborough)

Delaware Incumbents

Robert Venables, Sr. (S-21)

Colin Bonini (S-16)

Harvey Kenton (H-36)

Michael Ramone (H-21)

Rhode Island Incumbents

Francis Maher, Jr. (S-34)

Michael Pinga (S-9)

Beth Moura (S-19)

Dr. Christopher Ottiano (S-11)

Glen Shibley (S-33)

Michael Chippendale (H-40)

Joseph Trillo (H-24)

## ATR Releases 2012 List of State Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers for August 28 Primaries

With the Arizona, Alasak, and Vermont primaries taking place Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of incumbents and challengers for state legislative office in each of these states who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Tuesday, August 28. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday is as follows:

**Arizona Incumbents**

Gail Griffin (S-14)

Judy Burges (H-4)

David Gowan (H-14)

John Kavanagh (H-23)

Debbie Lesko (H-21)

Phil Lovas (H-22)

Steve Montenegro (H-13)

Justin Olson (H-25)

Carl Seel (H-28)

David Smith (H-15)

David Stevens (H-14)

**Arizona Challengers**

Sam Scarmardo (S-5)

Joe Ortiz (S-8)

Dennis Grenier (S-15)

Russell Pearce (S-25)

Phil Stago (H-7)

Adam Kwasman (H-11)

Warren Peterson (H-12)

Daniel Coleman (H-27)

**Alaska Incumbents**

Gov. Sean Parnell

Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell

Fred Dyson (S-F)

Catherine Giessel (S-N)

Bob Lynn (H-23)

Cathy Munoz (H-31)

Mark Neuman (H-10)

**Alaska Challengers**

David Eastman (S-C)

Jeffrey Landfield (S-K)

Lynette Bergh (H-1)

Pete B. Higgins (H-5)

Gabrielle LeDoux (H-13)

Roman Romanoski (H-16)

Chris Eichenlaub, Jr. (H-18)

**Vermont Incumbents**

Carolyn Whitney Branagan (Franklin-1)

Robert Helm (Rutl.-3)

Duncan F. Kilmartin (Orl.-2)

Leigh Larocque (Caled.-1)

Mary Morrissey (Benn. 2-2)

Andy Donaghy (Rutland 1)

Mike Hebert (Windham 1)

Gary Reis (Caledonia 3)

Vicki Strong (Orl.-Caled.)

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## ATR Releases 2012 List of State Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers for Wyoming

With the Wyoming primary taking place Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of incumbents and challengers for state legislative office in each of these states who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Tuesday, August 21. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday is as follows:

**Wyoming Incumbents**

John Hastert (S-13)

Curt Meier (S-3)

Kendell Kroeker (H-35)

**Wyoming Challengers**

Anthony Bouchard (S-6)

Robert Berry (S-18)

Bob Johnson (S-22)

Robert Brechtel (S-30)

Robert Biolchini (H-16)

David Kellett (H-25)

Rob DiLorenzo (H-26)

Jim Allen (H-33)

David Wolfe (H-38)

Thomas Zachary (H-44)

Mark Baker (H-48)

Merle L. McClure (H-52)

## ATR Releases 2012 List of State Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers for August 14 Primaries

With the Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Connecticut primaries taking place Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of incumbents and challengers for state legislative office in each of these states who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Tuesday, August 14. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday is as follows:

**Florida Incumbent**

Gov. Rick Scott

Greg Evers (S-2)

Joe Negron (S-32)

John Thrasher (S-7)

Janet Adkins (H-11)

Larry Ahern (H-66)

Frank Artiles (H-118)

Dennis Baxley (H-23)

Michael Bileca (H-115)

Jason Brodeur (H-28)

Matt Caldwell (H-79)

Steve Crisafulli (H-51)

Clay Ford (H-2)

Tom Goodson (H-50)

Doug Holder (H-74)

Clay Ingram (H-1)

John Patrick Julien (H-107)

Debbie Mayfield (H-54)

Seth McKeel (H-40)

Marlene O’Toole (H-33)

Kathleen C. Passidomo (H-106)

Warren Keith Perry (H-21)

Ray Pilon (H-72)

Steve Precourt (H-44)

Ken Roberson (H-75)

Greg Steube (H-73)

John Trobia (H-53)

Charles Van Zant (H-19)

John Wood (H-41)

**Florida Challenger**

Mike Weinstein (S-4)

Fritz Jackson Seide (S-12)

Jack R. Myers (S-15)

Jeff Brandes (S-22)

Soren Swensen (S-29)

Juan Selaya (S-33)

Michael Lameyer (S-34)

Daniel Glidewell (H-5)

Don Curtis (H-7)

Mike Davis (H-17)

Kim Kendau (H-17)

Travis Hutson (H-24)

Jeffrey Onest (H-29)

Neil Combee (H-39)

John W. Lindsey, Jr. (H-41)

John Wood (H-41)

Marco Pena (H-49)

Cary Pigman (H-55)

Randy Johnson (H-55)

Ross Spano (H-59)

Philip Tropea (H-65)

Michael Grant (H-76)

Marylynn Magar (H-82)

Carla Pavalock (H-98)

**Wisconsin Incumbents**

Gov. Scott Walker

Pamela Galloway (S-29)

Glenn Grothman (S-20)

Frank Lasee (S-1)

Joe Leibham (S-9)

Mary Lazich (S-28)

Leah Vukmir (S-5)

Rich Zipperer (S-33)

Tyler August (H-32)

Garey Bies (H-1)

Mark Honadel (H-21)

Andrew Jacque (H-2)

Chris Kapenga (H-99)

Joel Kleefisch (H-38)

Dale P. Kooyenga (H-14)

Bill Kramer (H-97)

Scott Krug (H-72)

Jim Ott (H-23)

Don Pridemore (H-22)

Roger L. Rivard (H-75)

Scott Suder (H-69)

Jeremy Thiesfeldt (H-52)

Robin J. Vos (H-63)

Evan B Wynn (H-43)

**Wisconsin Challenger**

Josh Young (H-3)

Thomas Schellinger (H-13)

Rob Hutton (H-13)

David Stowlow (H-32)

Chris Ruetten (H-37)

Russell Rucker (H-45)

Trish Schaefer (H-46)

Sandy Back (H-47)

David Kuhle (H-49)

Ben Olson III (H-50)

Jay Schroeder (H-55)

Nancy VanderMeer (H-70)

John Sendra (H-74)

David Vanderleest (H-90)

Bruce F. Evers (H-94)

Kevin Hintz (H-94)

**Minnesota Incumbent**

Dave Brown (S-15)

Roger C. Chamberlain (S-38)

Paul Gazelka (S-9)

Dan D. Hall (S-56)

David Hann (S-48)

Warren Limmer (S-34)

Julianne Ortman (S-47)

Charles Wiger (S-43)

Jim Abeler (H-35A)

King Banaian (H-14B)

Matt Dean (H-38B)

Bob Dettmer (H-39A)

Steve Drazkowski (H-21B)

Sondra Erickson (H-15A)

Bob Gunther (H-23A)

Tom Hackbarth (H-31B)

Mary Liz Holberg (H-58A)

Larry Howes (H-5B)

Ann Lenczewski (H-50B)

Carolyn McElfatrick (H-5B)

Mary Murphy (H-3B)

Paul Marquart (H-4B)

Bud Nornes (H-8A)

Gene Pelowski (H-28A)

Joyce Peppin (H-34A)

Linda Runbeck (H-38A)

Steven Smith (H-33B)

Chris Swedzinksi (H-16A)

Bruce Vogel (H-17B)

Kurt Zellers (H-34B)

**Minnesota Challenger**

Eric Langness (S-39)

Roger Champagne (S-46)

Janis Quinlan (S-54)

Josh Ondich (S-55)

David Meyer (H-6B)

Cindy Pugh (H-33B)

Richard D. Cushing (H-40B)

Dale Helm (H-41A)

Gary J. Mazzotta (H-59B)

Tom F. Johnson III (H-62B)

Ben Blowgren (H-66B)

**Conneticut Incumbent**

Joe Crisco (S-17)

John A. Kissel (S-7)

Joe Markley (S-16)

Michael McLachlan (S-24)

Jason Welch (S-31)

Anthony J. D’Amelio (H-71)

Fred Camillo (H-151)

Vincent Candelora (H-86)

Christopher Davis (H-57)

Marilyn Giuliano (H-23)

DebraLee Hovey (H-112)

Lawrence G. Miller (H-122)

Selim Noujaim (H-74)

Robert Sampson (H-80)

Bill Simanski (H-62)

Prasad Srinivasan (H-31)

Sean Williams (H-68)

**Conneticut Challenger**

Chris DeSanctis (H-133)

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## ATR Releases 2012 List of State Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers for August 7 Primaries

With the Missouri, Michigan, Washington, and Kansas primaries taking place Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of incumbents and challengers for state legislative office in each of these states who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Tuesday, August 7. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday is as follows:

Missouri Incumbents

Dan W. Brown (S-16)

Sue Allen (H-100)

Jay Barnes (H-60)

Cloria Brown (H-94)

Eric Burlison (H-133)

Kathie Conway (H-104)

Tony Dugger (H-141)

Kevin Elmer (H-139)

Doug Funderburk (H-103)

Chuck Gatschenberger (H-108)

Dave Hinson (H-119)

Steve Hodges (H-149)

Jay D. Houghton (H-43)

Penny V. Hubbard (H-78)

Timothy W. Jones (H-110)

Shelley Keeney (H-145)

Andrew Koenig (H-99)

Mike Lair (H-7)

Brent Lasater (H-20)

Mike Leara (H-96)

John McCaherty (H-97)

Jeanie Riddle (H-49)

Lindell F. Shumake (H-5)

Jason T. Smith (H-120)

Noel Torpey (H-29)

Anne Zerr (H-65)

Missouri Challengers

Cynthia Davis (Lt. Gov)

Terry Varner (S-3)

Jacquelyn M. Thomas (S-13)

Wayne Wallingford (S-27)

Gayk Wridge (S-29)

Jonathan Steruberg (H-24)

Adnan Bayazid (H-27)

David Sater (H-29)

Ron Harvey (H-33)

Beverly A. Steiniger (H-41)

Frederick S. Berry (H-46)

Dave Muntzel (H-48)

Bryan Spencer (H-63)

Todd Hoffman (H-68)

Rekha Sharma (H-68)

Tyler Holyfield (H-70)

Al Faulstich (H-92)

Tony Leech (H-93)

Kyle Albert (H-106)

John Robinson (H-116)

Jeff Messenger (H-130)

Tom Martz (H-131)

Michigan Incumbents

Jon Bumstead (H-100)

Hugh Crawford (H-38)

Frank Foster (H-107)

Bob Genetski (H-80)

Ken Goike (H-33)

Gail Haines (H-43)

Thomas B. Hooker (H-77)

Matt Huuki (H-110)

Eileen Kowall (H-44)

Pete Lund (H-36)

Tom McMillin (H-45)

Aric Nesbitt (H-66)

Lisa Posthumus Lyons (H-86)

Al Pscholka (H-79)

Michigan Challengers

Rene Simpson (H-9)

Priscilla Parness (H-15)

Mary L. Stargell (H-16)

Jeremy Cady (H-23)

Michael Shallal (H-30)

Howard Worthy (H-35)

Robert Murphy (H-36)

Deborah DeBacker (H-41)

Martin Howrylak (H-41)

Harold Melton (H-47)

Michael Perrin (H-60)

Dr. George Nastas, III (H-69)

Randy Brink (H-80)

Peter Frangedukis (H-81)

Thomas Raymond (H-81)

Sami Khoury (H-84)

Roger Victory (H-88)

Jeremiah Napier (H-93)

Michael F. Trebesh (H-93)

Ryan McReynolds (H-94)

Jeff Baker (H-95)

Chad Dewey (H-96)

George Huffman (H-102)

Washington Incumbents

Mike Armstrong (H-12, P-2)

Cary Condotta (H-12, P-1)

Larry Crouse (H-4, P-1)

Mark Hargrove (H-47, P-1)

Brad Klippert (H-8, P-1)

Joel Kretz (H-7, P-2)

Ed Orcutt (H-18, P-2)

Jason Overstreet (H-42, P-1)

Charles Ross (H-14, P-2)

Matthew Shea (H-4, P-2)

David Taylor (H-15)

Washington Challengers

Rae Lowery (S-20)

Mary Ruth Edwards (H-16, P-1)

Drew MacEwen (H-35, P-2)

Leslie Klein (H-36, P-1)

Dean Lemke (H-39, P-2)

Kansas Incumbents

Steve E. Abrams (S-32)

Rob Olson (S-23)

Mary Pilcher-Cook (S-10)

Mike Petersen (S-28)

Dennis Pyle (S-1)

Susan Wagle (S-30)

Steve Brunk (H-85)

Richard Carlson (H-61)

Peter DeGraaf (H-82)

Jana Goodman (H-41)

Phil Hermanson (H-98)

Jim Howell (H-81)

Steve Huebert (H-90)

Brenda Landwehr (H-92)

Peggy Mast (H-76)

Connie O’Brien (H-42)

Joseph Scapa (H-88)

Kansas Challengers

Mark Gilstrap (S-5)

Jeff Melcher (S-11)

Jake LaTurner (S-13)

Richard Barta (S-18)

Joe Patton (S-20)

Tom Arpke (S-24)

Michael O’Donnell (S-25)

Gary Mason (S-31)

Jesse Bryant (S-35)

Charlotte O’Hara (S-37)

Larry Powell (S-39)

Brad Bolin (H-1)

Jeff Locke (H-2)

Tim Kelb (H-31)

Ron Highland (H-51)

Ken Corbet (H-54)

Ronald L. Young (H-71)

Tim Garvey (H-83)

George Edwards, III (H-93)

Phil Hermanson (H-98)

Travis London Couture-Lovelady (H-110)

## Six Pledge Signers Challenge State Senate Leadership in August Primary

Six Kansas state Senators who colluded with Democrat Minority Leader Tony Hensley to scuttle Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to phase-out the state’s income tax face tough primary challenges next Tuesday. Each has a challenger who has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to their constituents and vowed to stand strong against higher taxes on Kansans.

According to numbers from the Kansas Department of Labor, the Kansas economy over the past ten years has been uncompetitive, with many businesses and taxpayers migrating to states with friendlier tax climates. Between 2001 and 2010 Kansas lost 39,700 jobs and 15,683 tax filers to other states. This trend has left Kansas with a troubled economy.

If Senate Republicans stood by their conservative principles, the proposal to phase out the state’s income tax would have been a significant step forward for Kansas economically. As a state surrounded by low income tax – or in the case of Texas, no income tax – states, it is imperative that Kanas maintains a competitive tax climate. Additionally, lessening the tax burden at the state level is particularly important considering the largest federal tax increase in U.S. history will hit individuals, families, and employers in the state in less than five short months.

With the primaries in Kansas quickly approaching on August 7, voters will have a choice between Senators who have opposed the Brownback plan to create jobs and cut taxes or candidates who have made a firm commitment to the voters to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. Voters in Kansas should keep in mind Senate Republican leadership’s betrayal of taxpayers.

“Kansas voters need state senators who will stand behind taxpayers by voting for true, pro- growth tax reform,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The current senate leadership has shown that they are no friends of the people of Kansas by opposing Governor Brownback’s efforts to turn the state’s economy around and make Kansas competitive as a ‘jobs’ state again.”

A group of candidates challenging the state Senate leadership has taken a firm stand against higher taxes by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. They are listed below:

Jeff Melcher (S-11)

Joe Patton (S-20)

Tom Arpke (S-24)

Michael O’Donnell (S-25)

Gary Mason (S-31)

Larry Powell (S-39)

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## ATR Releases 2012 List of State Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers for August 2 Primary

With the Tennessee primary taking place Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of incumbents and challengers for state legislative office in each of these states who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Thursday, August 2. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday is as follows:

**Tennessee Incumbents**

Mae Beavers (S-17)

Jack Johnson (S-23)

Bill Ketron (S-13)

Randy McNally (S-5)

Steve Southerland (S-1)

Harry Brooks (H-19)

Kevin Brooks (H-24)

Glen Casada (H-63)

Bill Dunn (H-16)

Joshua Evans (H-66)

Jeremy Faison (H-11)

Dale Ford (H-6)

Steve Hall (H-18)

Beth Harwell (H-56)

Ryan Haynes (H-14)

Matthew Hill (H-7)

Julia C. Hurley (H-32)

Curtis Johnson (H-68)

Kelly T. Keisling (H-38)

Jon Lundberg (H-1)

Debra Young Maggart (H-45)

Steve K. McDaniel (H-72)

Steve McManus (H-96)

Dennis Powers (H-36)

Barrett Rich (H-94)

Charles Sargent, Jr. (H-61)

Tony Shipley (H-2)

Michael Turner (H-51)

Eric Watson (H-22)

Terry Weaver (H-40)

Kent Williams (H-4)

Rick Womick (H-34)

**Tennesee Challengers**

Greg Vital (S-10)

Jauice Bowling (S-16)

Tony Allers (S-18)

Brock Ewell (S-18)

David Hall (S-20)

Mark Green (S-22)

John Stevens (S-24)

Thomas Gray, III (H-4)

Ted Hensley (H-5)

Vanderbilt Brabson IV (H-13)

Larry Boggs (H-17)

Roger W. Griffith (H-17)

Tona Monroe (H-20)

Brian White (H-30)

Richard P. Garvin (H-37)

Derrick Waggener (H-43)

Courtney Rogers (H-45)

Ryan Harring (H-48)

Mike Sparks (H-49)

Charles Williamson (H-50)

Dave Hall (H-50)

Tonya Miller (H-53)

Robert Duvall (H-59)

Rob Hathaway (H-61)

Lee Harrell (H-66)

Rick Wilson (H-78)

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