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TN U.S. Senate Race Update: Sethi and Hagerty Make Bold Commitment to Oppose Tax Hikes

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Posted by Gerald Sharpe, Adam Radman on Tuesday, July 14th, 2020, 11:17 AM PERMALINK

With over a dozen candidates running for the U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee, it can be hard for voters to know where each candidate stands on important issues like taxes and spending.  

So far, two candidates running to replace retiring U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge promising to oppose and vote against any tax hikes on Tennessee taxpayers: Manny Sethi and Bill Hagerty.  

With a Solid Republican rating by The Cook Political Report, the winner of the August primary is a strong favorite to become the next Senator from Tennessee. 

Hagerty is a businessman and served as the United States’ Ambassador to Japan from 2017-2019. He has also received an endorsement from President Trump. 

Sethi is an orthopedic trauma surgeon and the founder of Healthy Tennessee, a non-profit group promoting preventative healthcare. He has received endorsements from Senator Rand Paul and former Tennessee Congressman Ed Bryant.   

In The Volunteer State, both U.S. Senators and 6 of the 9 U.S. House members have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is harder to break. 

ATR strongly urges all candidates running for elected office to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledges. Candidates can still make this important commitment to voters ahead of the primary by visiting ATR.org. 

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Pledge Signers Overwhelmingly Win June 9th GOP Primaries

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Posted by Leigh Payne, Adam Radman on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020, 2:04 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates the 27 Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers who won primaries in Georgia, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and West Virginia on Tuesday. These signers made written commitments to the taxpayers of their respective states to oppose and vote against all tax hikes.  

The following primary winners signed the Pledge: 

Georgia 

  • Sen. David Purdue (GA-Sen) 
  • Rep. Buddy Carter (GA-01) 
  • Rep. Drew Ferguson (GA-03) 
  • Karen Handel (GA-06) 
  • Rich McCormick (GA-07) 
  • Rep. Austin Scott (GA-08) 
  • Matt Gurtler (GA-09) 
  • Andrew Clyde (GA-09) 
  • Rep. Jody Hice (GA-10) 
  • Rep. Barry Loudermilk (GA-11) 
  • Rep. Rick Allen (GA-12) 
  • Marjorie Greene (GA-14) 
  • John Cowan (GA-14) 


Nevada 

  • Rep. Mark Amodei (NV-02) 
  • Dan Rodimer (NV-03)* 
  • Jim Marchant (NV-04)* 


North Dakota 

  • Rep. Kelly Armstrong (ND-AL) 
     

South Carolina 

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC-Sen) 
  • Nancy Mace (SC-01) 
  • Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02) 
  • Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03) 
  • Rep. William Timmons (SC-04) 
  • Rep. Ralph Norman (SC-05) 


West Virginia  

  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (WV-Sen) 
  • Rep. David McKinley (WV-01) 
  • Rep. Alex Mooney (WV-02) 
  • Rep. Carol Miller (WV-03) 
     

There are currently 172 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 48 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. Eighty-nine percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, ZERO congressional Democrats have made that promise.

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is harder to break.

“The Taxpayer Protection Pledge stands as a barrier against tax hikes and makes continued pro-growth tax reform possible. We are ecstatic about the candidates’ decisions to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to their constituents,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. 

The June 9th primary winners join over 90% of Senatorial and Congressional Republicans in making this commitment.   

“The American people are looking for solutions that create jobs and grow the economy. Signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and holding the line on taxes is the first step in that process,” continued Norquist. 

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on these races or any other races, please visit the ATR Pledge Database

*Votes are still being collected and are expected to be finalized in Nevada on June 19th. 


Ronny Jackson and Josh Winegarner Sign Taxpayer Protection Pledge in TX-13 Runoff

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Posted by Adam Radman, Gerald Sharpe on Monday, June 8th, 2020, 2:36 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform commends Ronny Jackson and Josh Winegarner for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written commitment to Texas taxpayers to oppose and vote against tax hikes. Jackson and Winegarner face off against each other in the TX-13 congressional district runoff on July 14th, 2020. They seek to replace Pledge signer Rep. Mac Thornberry, who retires at the end of this term. With a PVI of R+33, the winner of the runoff is the heavy favorite to replace Thornberry in January.

In a crowded 15 candidate Republican primary, Winegarner earned 39 percent of the vote with Jackson following up with 19 percent. 

Winegarner, a lobbyist for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association endorsed by incumbent Rep. Thornberry, is seen as someone with government experience. Jackson just concluded a 24-year stint of active duty service in the U.S. military. Additionally, he served in the current administration as President Trump’s physician and has landed President Trump’s endorsement.

There are currently 171 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 48 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. Eighty-nine percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, ZERO congressional Democrats have made that promise. In Texas alone, 48 incumbents and candidates for Congress have signed the Pledge. Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is much harder to break.

The people of Texas’s 13th congressional district will have a tough choice come mid-July. Either way, the voters know that they will have a taxpayer advocate fighting for them in Washington.  

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Troy Nehls Stands with Texas Taxpayers

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Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020, 12:05 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) commends congressional candidate Troy Nehls for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written commitment to Texas taxpayers that they will oppose and vote against all tax hikes. Nehls made this commitment back on March 11 with ATR President Grover Norquist as one of his witnesses. 

“I applaud Sheriff Troy Nehls' decision to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Texas voters are looking for solutions that get Americans back to work and grow the economy. Signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and holding the line on taxes is the first step in that process,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is much harder to break.

There are currently 171 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 48 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. Eighty-nine percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, ZERO congressional Democrats have made that promise. 

“Voters have a right to know where candidates stand on taxes. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge is a simple litmus test that tells voters I’ll work to protect your wallet.” continued Norquist. 

Photo Credit: Troy Nehls for Congress

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Matt Mowers Becomes First Candidate to Make “No New Taxes” Commitment in NH-01

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Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020, 3:02 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) commends congressional candidate Matt Mowers for becoming the first candidate in New Hampshire’s First Congressional District to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written commitment to Granite State taxpayers that they will oppose and vote against all tax hikes.

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is much harder to break.

For those candidates who refuse to sign the Pledge, voters should wonder why this politician chooses to leave the door open to tax hikes.

“New Hampshire voters are looking for solutions that get Americans back to work and grow the economy. Signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and holding the line on taxes is the first step in that process,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform

There are currently 171 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 48 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. 89 percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, ZERO congressional Democrats have made that promise. 

Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has already promised a slew of tax increases – totally over $3.42 trillion – if elected president. These tax hikes range from repealing the Trump tax cuts to an increase in the Death Tax and higher energy taxes.  

“Voters have a right to know where candidates stand on taxes before heading to the voting booth. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge is a simple litmus test that tells voters I’ll work to protect your wallet. I encourage all candidates for elected office to make this commitment today,” continued Norquist. 

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on this race or any other, please visit the ATR Pledge Database

Photo Credit: Matt Mowers for Congress

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Sen. Kelly Loeffler Makes “No New Taxes” Commitment to Georgia Taxpayers

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Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, February 20th, 2020, 9:00 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) commends U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler for becoming the first candidate in Georgia's special U.S. Senate race to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written commitment to Peach State taxpayers to oppose tax increases.

“The Taxpayer Protection Pledge stands as a barrier against tax hikes and makes continued pro-growth tax reform possible. We are ecstatic about Sen. Loeffler’s decision to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the taxpayers of Georgia,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform.

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing. It is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 incumbent elected officials are signers of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

“The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and grow the economy. Signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and holding the line on taxes is the first step in that process,” continued Norquist.

Photo Credit: Kelly for Senate

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NM Senate and AL-05 Candidates Join Cadre of Federal 2020 Signers

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Posted by Adam Radman, Victoria Snitsar on Thursday, May 16th, 2019, 1:10 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) thanks New Mexico Senate candidate Gavin Clarkson and Alabama 5th District candidate Chris Lewis for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. By signing the Pledge, these gentlemen have made the commitment to oppose and vote against any and all tax increases as federal officeholders.

Gavin Clarkson is running in the Republican primary for New Mexico’s open Senate seat, currently held by retiring Democrat Tom Udall.  The Cook Political Report rates this seat as “Likely Democrat”.

Clarkson served in the Trump administration’s Department of the Interior as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy and Economic Development – Indian Affairs. 

Chris Lewis is running in a Republican primary for Alabama’s 5th congressional district seat, currently held by Rep. Mo Brooks. Brooks has signed and kept the Pledge as an elected official. The Cook Political Report rates this seat as “Solid Republican”.

Lewis is a retired U.S. Naval Officer, who served multiple tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Pledge is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials, from state representatives to governors and US Senators, have signed the Pledge.

ATR will continue to follow these races closely and will provide additional updates as more candidates sign the Pledge.

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ATR Congratulates Pledge Signer Dan Bishop on NC-09 GOP Primary Win

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Posted by Adam Radman, Victoria Snitsar on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019, 2:41 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates Pledge signer Dan Bishop on winning the NC-09 Republican Primary last night.  As a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, he has made a written commitment to the people of North Carolina to oppose and vote against any and all tax increases if elected to Congress. 

Bishop joins Sen. Thom Tillis, Sen. Richard Burr, and all Republican members of the North Carolina congressional delegation in making this commitment to Tar Heel State taxpayers.

“We are ecstatic that taxpayers have a true ally in NC-09 Republican primary winner Dan Bishop. I challenge his opponent Democrat Dan McCready to make the same commitment to taxpayers before the special election, and sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” said Grover Norquist, President of ATR.

McCready has yet to sign the pledge, leaving the door open to higher taxes. As a political outsider, he has no legislative track record and voters deserve to know where stands on taxes. In a Facebook post from December of 2017, McCready called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act “just one more in a never-ending string of failures from Washington.”

Bishop currently represents the 39th district, south-central Mecklenburg County, in the North Carolina State Senate. From 2015 to 2017, he served one term in the North Carolina House Representatives and two terms on the Mecklenburg County Commission. In addition to signing the federal Pledge, Bishop also signed the state Taxpayer Protection Pledge as a member of the NC State Legislature.

Candidates running for public office like to say they will never raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing. It is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the pledge.

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Which NC-09 Candidates Are Leaving the Door Open to Higher Taxes?

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Posted by Adam Radman, Leigh Payne on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019, 3:19 PM PERMALINK

As the NC-09 special election primary approaches, voters deserve to know where all 13 candidates stand on vital pocketbook issues such as taxes and jobs. Candidates often campaign in opposition to higher taxes, but disregard campaign promises once they take office.

Fortunately for North Carolina voters, the following candidates have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge:   

These candidates join Sen. Thom Tillis, Sen. Richard Burr, and all Republican members of the North Carolina congressional delegation in making this commitment to Tar Heel State taxpayers.  

Sadly, several candidates for the Republican nomination have not made this solemn promise yet. Americans for Tax Reform strongly encourages Leigh Brown, Kathie Day, Gary Dunn, Albert Wiley Jr., and Chris Anglin to show their support for taxpayers and put their commitment in writing.  

Democrat presidential candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have already campaigned on repealing the Trump tax cuts, which would be a significant tax hike on middle-class Americans.  The Taxpayer Protection Pledge ensures that candidates stay true to their word by putting their anti-tax rhetoric in writing.

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ATR Congratulates Pledge Signers Dr. Greg Murphy and Dr. Joan Perry on Advancing to NC-03 GOP Run-Off

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Posted by Adam Radman, Leigh Payne on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019, 2:51 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers Rep. Greg Murphy and Dr. Joan Perry for advancing to the NC-03 GOP Primary Run-off, which will happen on July 9th. 

Former Rep. Walter Jones’s unexpected death, shortly after his reelection, left North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District without representation. 17 Republicans filed for the primary in the special election which occurred yesterday, April 30th.  

Dr. Murphy and Dr. Perry received 22.5% and 15.4% of the primary votes respectively. Since 30% is required to win the primary, both candidates advance to a run-off.

Taxpayers can rest easy knowing that both candidates (Murphy and Perry) made written commitments to the taxpayers of North Carolina to “oppose and vote against income tax hikes.” Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr and every Republican member of the North Carolina congressional delegation have also made the same commitment to voters. 
 
Murphy is the only physician serving in the North Carolina General Assembly and currently the co-chair of the House Health Policy Committee.   

Perry has served as a pediatrician in eastern Carolina for over thirty years, member of Pat McCrory’s Health and Human Services Transition Team, and appointed by Gov. Jim Martin to the North Carolina Day Care Commission. 

Cook Political Report rates the district R+12, all but guaranteeing the winner of the GOP primary becomes the next Representative of NC-03.


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