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Kate Marshall Urged to Apologize for Lies About Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Paul Blair on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, 4:21 PM PERMALINK


WASHINGTON, DC— Today Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) called on Kate Marshall, candidate for Congress in Nevada’s 2nd District, to apologize for recent false statements about candidate Mark Amodei and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Marshall’s desperate attacks are similar to those of former Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus, whose claims about the Pledge were deemed “blatantly false” by the nonpartisan FactCheck.org.

Marshall simply seeks to distract from Amodei’s principled opposition to tax increases. Meanwhile, she refuses to make the same commitment to the voters of the 2nd District.

During a debate taped Monday and airing tonight, Marshall is reported to have made claims similar to falsehoods she put forth during the August 17 debate, when she said:  “(Amodei) signed a tax pledge which basically says no tax loopholes shall be left behind. The tax pledge says he shall never, he vows, turn down a subsidy. He shall never close a loophole.”

As FactCheck.org has noted:

[The Pledge] leaves ample room for elimination of any number of special tax breaks so long as the overall level of taxation is not increased. To claim that this "protects" any particular provision of the tax code is simply untrue.

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 41 U.S. Senators and 235 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.

 

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Mark Amodei Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge in Nevada Special Election


Posted by Paul Blair on Monday, August 22nd, 2011, 12:09 PM PERMALINK


Former state senator Mark Amodei has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District Special Election. In April, U.S. Senator John Ensign announced his resignation and Rep. Dean Heller was appointed to fill his seat. The special election is scheduled for September 13th. Mark Amodei, the Republican, is running against the Nevada State Treasurer, Democrat Kate Marshall.

Nevada’s 2nd Congressional district, which includes all of Nevada outside of Clark County, and some parts of the County, has been represented by a Republican since the district was created in 1982. The most recent poll put Amodei 13 points ahead of Marshall and there are 30,000 more Republicans than Democrats in the district.

By signing the Pledge, Amodei commits to the taxpayers of Nevada 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.”

Upon Amodei signing the Pledge, ATR’s President Grover Norquist had this to say:

I want to congratulate Mark Amodei for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure last November 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.

Mark Amodei Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge in Nevada Special Election

WASHINGTON, DC— Former state senator Mark Amodei has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District special election. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), reads as follows:

I, Mark Amodei, pledge to the taxpayers of the 2nd district of the state of Nevada, and to the American people that I will:

ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and

TWO, oppose any further reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar further reducing tax rates.

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 41 U.S. Senators and 235 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 Mark Amodei for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure last November 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, Amodei demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working Nevadans.”

“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

             Amodei last signed the Pledge in his 2009 bid for the U.S. Senate.

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South Carolina Congressional Candidate Thad Viers Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Paul Blair on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011, 2:08 PM PERMALINK


State Representative Thad Viers has become the first candidate in the race for South Carolina’s 7th Congressional seat to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The 7th district is a new district, created based on South Carolina’s increase in population from the 2010 census. Rep. Viers is running against Mande Wilkes, a Tea Party activist, and there are several other potential candidates considering a run for the Republican nomination. No Democrats have announced their intent to seek the party nomination at this point.

South Carolina’s 7th Congressional district, which includes Myrtle Beach and Florence, is rated as a solid Republican district so whoever wins the Republican nomination will likely win in next November’s general election.

By signing the Pledge, Viers commits to the taxpayers of South 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.”

Upon Viers signing the Pledge, ATR’s President Grover Norquist had this to say:

I want to congratulate Rep. Thad Viers for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure last November 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.

South Carolina Congressional Candidate Thad Viers signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

WASHINGTON, DC— South Carolina Representative Thad Viers has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for South Carolina’s 7th Congressional 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 235 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 Thad Viers 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, cut government spending and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Thad Viers demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of South Carolina.”

“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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Connecticut Congressional Candidate Mark Greenberg Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Paul Blair on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011, 1:30 PM PERMALINK


Mark Greenberg has become the first candidate in the race for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional seat to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Incumbent Representative Chris Murphy announced he was running for Senate in January, making the 5th district an open seat. Greenberg is running against two other announced candidates for the Republican nomination. Farmington Town Council Chair Mike Clark, 2010 Lt. Gov. Candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley, and Ex-State Military Affairs Director Justin Bernier have already entered the race with several other potential candidates considering a run.

Connecticut’s 5th Congressional district, which is located in the northwestern part of the state, is rated as lean democrat but could get more competitive as we get closer to the election. Rep. Chris Murphy won the district in 2010 with 52% of the vote, 59% in 2008, and 56% in 2006.

At this point, there are a number of declared Democrats vying for Murphy’s seat including State House Speaker Chris Donovan, Ex-State Rep. Elizabeth Esty, P.R. Executive, Dan Roberti, and Foreign Policy Analyst Mike Williams.

By signing the Pledge, Greenberg commits to the taxpayers of Connecticut 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.”

Upon Greenberg signing the Pledge, ATR’s President Grover Norquist had this to say:

I want to congratulate Mark Greenberg for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure last November 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.

Connecticut Congressional Candidate Mark Greenberg signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

WASHINGTON, DC— Connecticut businessman Mark Greenberg has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional 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 235 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 Mark Greenberg 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, cut government spending and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Mark Greenberg demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Connecticut.”

“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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Democrats More Interested in Fundraising than Nation's Future


Posted by Paul Blair on Friday, August 12th, 2011, 12:18 PM PERMALINK


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced her appointments to the "Super Committee," created by the debt deal, tasked with reining in $1.5 trillion in federal spending. Following the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, these political appointments mimic tax-and-spenders' efforts to prevent significant spending reform in Congress.

With the appointment of former DCCC Chairman Van Hollen, Clyburn, and Becerra, House Democrats, like the Senate counterparts appear to be aiming to undermine any attempt at serious reform in the Joint Committee. Democrats have now chosen the former top fundraiser for Democrats in the House and current top fundraiser, DSCC Chair Patty Murray, in the Senate to lead Congress's efforts to deal with the country's fiscal mess.

Democrats are clearly more interested in turning the next three months into campaign contributions than making the tough choices about our nation's fiscal future. As Politico points out, Representative Becerra wasted no time in seeking to bring in some campaign cash merely two hours after Pelosi's announcement, asking $1500/plate for a fundraiser at the end of the month.

In 2010, after the biggest Congressional Republican victory since Grover Cleveland’s administration, one would think that Congressional Democrats would be willing to get serious about reform in Washington. Sadly it seems that this is simply not true. It seems for them, that using their position on the Super Committee to raise a few thousand dollars is more important than putting our country on a path to prosperity. With the debt deal specifying that the absence of a comprehensive $1.5 trillion deficit reduction plan will not give the President enough borrowing authority to go past the next election, the Democrats’ purely political appointments must raise some eyebrows; if they decide to use the committee as a campaign stump instead of a serious policy tool, are they trying to throw their president’s re-election under the bus? Only time will tell.

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Senate Democrats Still Unwilling to Get Serious on Spending


Posted by Paul Blair on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011, 5:13 PM PERMALINK


This week, the Senate Leadership has announced their appointments to the “Super Committee” created by the debt deal, which will be tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in savings by the end of the year. Senate Democrats have not passed a budget in over two years and failed to propose a real plan in the debt ceiling negotiations. Senator Reid’s appointments infer he is willing to defer duty for the country’s fiscal mess even longer; by naming DSCC Chairwoman Patty Murray and Senators John Kerry and Max Baucus, Reid has made clear that Senate Dems are prepared to continue to avoid responsibility for governing.

Senator Murray, as the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman is clearly meant to mimic the Reid agenda and block any significant spending reform. Picking a big spender and the chief campaign fundraiser for Democrats in the Senate, Leader Reid seems intent to make a mockery of a serious effort to restore federal spending restraint.

Unless Congress, specifically big spenders like Reid and Murray, are willing to come to terms with their addiction to overspending, there is no hope for restoring economic prosperity.

In contrast, Republicans have stepped up to the plate once again to show they are ready to lead. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appointed the next highest ranked Republican in the Senate, John Kyl, former OMB Budget Director, Ohio Senator Rob Portman, and Tea Party favorite Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey. It is clear by this selection that Senate Republicans are serious about the necessary reform needed in the coming months. Senator Kyl was an inimitable force against tax hikes in the debt limit negotiations, and the other two senators have proven their fiscal credo time and again by waging the battle against big government. House Republican leaders, appointing Ways and Means Chairman David Camp, Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton and House Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling, have shown they are ready to get down to business.

By taking tax hikes off the table and focusing on Washington’s true problem: overspending, only then will Congress demonstrate that it is serious about the reform needed to get our fiscal house in order. Democrats apparently want to campaign on spending reform. Republicans want to enact it.

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Arizona Congressional Candidate Matt Salmon Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Paul Blair on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011, 3:35 PM PERMALINK


Matt Salmon became the second candidate in the race for Arizona’s 6th Congressional seat to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Salmon, who is a former Congressman and State Senator, signed the Pledge during his term as a Congressman from 1995-2001. He is vying for the seat being vacated by Republican incumbent Rep. Jeff Flake, who announced he was running for U.S. Senate earlier this year.

Salmon is running against two other announced candidates for the Republican nomination. Arizona House Speaker Kirk Adams and State Senator Chuck Gray have already entered the race with several other potential candidates considering a run. Gray has also signed the Pledge. No Democrats have announced their candidacy for the seat yet.

Arizona’s 6th Congressional district, which covers the southeast suburbs of Phoenix, is heavily Republican. Rep. Flake won the district in 2010 with 67% of the vote, 62% in 2008, 74% in 2006, 79% in 2004, and 65% in 2002. Every Republican Presidential candidate has also won the district since 2000. it seems likely that the the winner of the Republican primary will win the district, barring any dramatic alterations caused by the current redistricting in the state.

By signing the Pledge, Salmon commits to the taxpayers of Arizona 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.”

Upon signing the Pledge, ATR’s President Grover Norquist had this to say:

I want to congratulate former Congressman Salmon for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid to reclaim his former seat in Congress. The American people clearly showed their displeasure last November 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.

Arizona Congressional Candidate Matt Salmon signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

WASHINGTON, DC— Former Congressman Matt Salmon has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Arizona’s 6th Congressional 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 236 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 former Congressman Salmon for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid to reclaim his former seat in Congress. 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, cut government spending and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Matt Salmon demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Arizona.”

“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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Tell All GOP Senators to Leave the Gang of Six


Posted by Paul Blair on Monday, June 6th, 2011, 3:10 PM PERMALINK


Three of the members of the “gang” have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.  This pledge is a sacred promise a candidate makes to voters that he won’t vote to hike net taxes.  If these senators were to support a tax hike proposal, they would be admitting that they lied to voters in order to get elected.

Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) recently left the Gang of Six.  Two Pledge signers remain—Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho).  Tell Senators Chambliss and Crapo to keep their Pledge and resign from the Gang of Six.

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