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Three Candidates in Maryland's GOP Senate Primary Sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Paul Blair on Friday, March 23rd, 2012, 5:47 PM PERMALINK


In their race to secure the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Maryland, ex-secret service agent Dan Bongino, businessman and attorney Richard Douglas, and limousine company owner Corrogan Vaughn have all signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Nine GOP candidates have declared their candidacy for the nomination against the Democrat. Current incumbent, Democrat Senator Ben Cardin faces eight opponents in the April 3rd primary. As of now, Cook Political Report, rates Maryland as a Safe Democratic seat.

By signing the Pledge, these candidates have committed to the taxpayers of Maryland that they will “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.”

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Ed Hamilton Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Paul Blair on Friday, March 23rd, 2012, 12:00 PM PERMALINK


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Businessman and ex-auto industry executive Ed Hamilton has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the race for Nevada’s U.S. Senate Seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), 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, 41 U.S. Senators and 238 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Hamilton for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure last election 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, Ed Hamilton demonstrates that he understands the problems of hardworking taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Nevada.”

“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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Six Candidates in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District Sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Paul Blair on Friday, March 16th, 2012, 3:14 PM PERMALINK


Dan Barry, Robert Pittenger, Jim Pendergraph, Mike Steinberg, Richard Lynch and Ken Leonczyk have become the first candidates to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District. Due to redistricting northern Mecklenburg County, southern Iredell County, and new precincts in northeastern Union County, are now included in this district.

The new district, rated by Cook Political Report and Stew Rothenberg as being a “safe” Republican seat, is in the southwest corner of North Carolina. The current incumbent Rep. Sue Myrick will be retiring after representing the district for nine terms.

Twelve GOP candidates have declared their candidacy in the 9th District, thus far. Other declared candidates include Charlotte City Councilman Andy Dulin, Financial Advisor Jon Gauthier, State Rep. Ric Killian, Ex-Charlotte City Councilman Edwin Peacock III, and Real Estate Broker Michael Shaffer.

By signing the Pledge, these candidates have committed to the taxpayers of North Carolina that they will “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.”

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ATR Releases 2012 List of Federal Pledge Signers in Ohio


Posted by Paul Blair on Friday, March 2nd, 2012, 12:00 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of incumbents and challengers in Ohio who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Tuesday, March 6th. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

Incumbents

  • Steve Chabot (OH-01)
  • Jean Schmidt (OH-02)
  • *Mike Turner (OH-03)
  • Jim Jordan (OH-04)
  • Bob Latta (OH-05)
  • Bill Johnson (OH-06)
  • Bob Gibbs (OH-07)
  • John Boehner (OH-08)
  • **Steve Austria (OH-10)
  • Pat Tiberi (OH-12)
  • Steve LaTourette (OH-14)
  • Steve Stivers (OH-15)
  • James Renacci (OH-16)

Challengers

  • Josh Mandel (SEN)
  • Kevin Coughlin (SEN)
  • Samuel Wurzelbacher (OH-09)
  • Robert Frost (OH-10)
  • Marisha Agana (OH-13)

*Representative Mike Turner, current incumbent for OH-03, has been redistricted into OH-10.

**Representative Steve Austria, current incumbent for OH-10, is retiring.

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Georgia Congressional Candidate Maria Sheffield Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Paul Blair on Friday, December 16th, 2011, 12:00 PM PERMALINK


Maria Sheffield has become the first candidate in the race for Georgia’s 12th Congressional seat to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The incumbent in this race is John Barrow, a Democrat who won his last election with 56.6% of the vote. His 2012 race, however, will not be as easy.

According to the Cook Political Report Barrow’s 2010 district went to Obama with a margin of 55% but in the redrawn district, Obama would only have garnered 44% of the vote. This lean Democrat district has flipped favorability and is rated by the Cook and Rothenberg Political Reports as leans Republican. By drawing Barrow’s home, in heavily Democratic Savannah, into a neighboring district Barrow has had to move to remain eligible to run for the seat in the 12th district. This, too, may add to his difficulty of getting re-elected next November.

The Republican favorable environment in the newly drawn 12th Congressional district has led to five candidates declaring their bids for the Republican nomination next year. Other declared candidates include construction company owner Rick W. Allen, State Representative Lee Anderson, Retired Navy Commander Wright McLeod, and businesswoman Jeanne Seaver.

By signing the Pledge, Sheffield commits to the taxpayers of Georgia she will “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.”

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Texas Senate Candidate Glenn Addison Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Paul Blair on Thursday, December 1st, 2011, 5:35 PM PERMALINK


WASHINGTON, DC—Funeral home owner Glenn Addison has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Texas’s U.S. Senate seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), 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, 41 U.S. Senators and 238 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Addison for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs and cut government spending,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Glenn Addison 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.

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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Texas Senate Candidate David Dewhurst Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Paul Blair on Thursday, December 1st, 2011, 5:29 PM PERMALINK


WASHINGTON, DC— Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Texas’s U.S. Senate seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), 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, 41 U.S. Senators and 238 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Dewhurst for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs and cut government spending,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, David Dewhurst 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.

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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Texas Senate Canate Ted Cruz Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledgedid


Posted by Paul Blair on Thursday, December 1st, 2011, 5:25 PM PERMALINK


WASHINGTON, DC—Ex-State Solicitor General Ted Cruz has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Texas’s U.S. Senate seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), 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, 41 U.S. Senators and 238 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Cruz for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs and cut government spending,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Ted Cruz 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.

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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Texas Senate Candidate Lela Pittenger Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Paul Blair on Thursday, December 1st, 2011, 5:20 PM PERMALINK


WASHINGTON, DC— Bible studies teacher Lela Pittenger has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in her race for Texas’s U.S. Senate seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), 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, 41 U.S. Senators and 238 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Ms. Pittenger for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs and cut government spending,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Lela Pittenger demonstrates that she 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.

 

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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North Carolina Congressional Candidate Richard Hudson Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Paul Blair on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011, 2:39 PM PERMALINK


Two candidates have now signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in their bid to secure the Republican nomination and challenge North Carolina’s 8th Congressional district incumbent Congressman Kissell (D).  Ex-Iredell County Commissioner Scott Keadle and business consultant Richard Hudson have both taken the Pledge.

Other announced candidates for the Republican nomination include Weddington Town Councilman Dan Barry, Ex-Winston-Salem City Councilman Vernon Robinson, and surgeon John Whitley.

According to the Cook Political Report, because of 2012 redistricting, this district is rated as lean Republican. Although Rep. Kissell won his 2010 race with 53% of the vote, many of the heavily democratic neighborhoods have been drawn out of the district. The incumbent Kissell will face a tough reelection in a district drawn to favor Republicans. 

By signing the Pledge, Hudson commits to the taxpayers of North Carolina that he will “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.” 

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