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Grover Rallies Conservatives in Colorado to Stop New Obamacare Taxes

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Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, September 21st, 2017, 2:30 PM PERMALINK

ATR President Grover Norquist spent yesterday rallying Conservatives in Colorado to contact their representatives to urge repeal of all Obamacare taxes.

Grover spoke at Politics on the Rocks, a regular gathering of conservative professionals and activists, to explain how abolishing Obamacare’s taxes - especially the Individual and Employer Mandates, Health Insurance Tax, Medical Device Tax - would provide much-needed relief to the paychecks of families across the country and reduce healthcare costs for everyone.

Grover also appeared in studio for the Dan Clapis Show, a Colorado-based radio show, to discuss healthcare reform and taxes. During the interview, Grover explained that Obamacare’s taxes have already driven costs up and reduced choice. While the effort to pass the Graham-Cassidy healthcare reform legislation is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, it is also important that all of Obamacare’s taxes are addressed.

Listen to the full interview here.

Obamacare, from the start, was a trillion-dollar collection of tax hikes with a stethoscope stapled to the top. While passing the Graham-Cassidy bill would be an improvement over the status quo of Obamacare, it is also important that the taxes that the bill does not touch are repealed.

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Kevin Nicholson Makes Written Commitment to Oppose Higher Taxes in U.S. Senate Race

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Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017, 2:05 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Wisconsin to oppose higher taxes.

Marine Corp Veteran and businessman Nicholson is the first Republican candidate to officially enter the Wisconsin senate race and looks to unseat liberal Sen. Tammy Baldwin next fall.

“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 get the economy going again. 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.

By signing the Pledge, Nicholson joins a large list of Wisconsin public officials dedicated to protecting taxpayers that includes Speaker Paul Ryan, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, Gov. Scott Walker, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Rep. Glenn Grothman, Rep. Sean Duffy, and Rep. Mike Gallagher.

“Kevin Nicholson is the first candidate in the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race to put his opposition to higher taxes in writing. I challenge all candidates to make the same commitment to Badger State taxpayers,” continued Norquist.

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires these candidates to put their 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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Competition Reduces Costs, Price Controls Reduce Innovation

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Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, 6:02 PM PERMALINK

Congress is considering health care reforms to lower costs, increase access, and empower doctors. As part of this legislative agenda, they may consider price controls. Price controls never work as advertised. They do not lower costs and do not increase access to new medicines. Instead, they allow the government to ration the supply and development of new life-saving medicines at the expense of consumers, patients, and doctors. To learn more about the negatives consequences of price controls, tune in to ATR President Grover Norquist's latest podcast below: 

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Danny Tarkanian Defeats Tax Hike Mike Roberson in GOP Primary

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Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016, 2:29 PM PERMALINK

Businessman Danny Tarkanian has defeated tax-hiking state Sen. Michael Roberson in the GOP primary for Nevada’s open Third Congressional District.

Despite the endorsement of Gov. Brian Sandoval, Silver State taxpayers were clearly frustrated with Roberson’s broken promise, “to oppose and vote against any and all tax hikes.”

Tarkanian, a Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer, hammered Roberson throughout the campaign over his decision to break his “No New Tax” promise and help steer through the state senate Gov. Sandoval’s $1.4 billion tax hike.

ATR President Grover Norquist endorsed Tarkanian over Roberson. “Too many of Nevada’s politicians say one thing and do another,” said Norquist. “I am personally reminding Nevada voters that state Sen. Michael Roberson broke his promise to you to oppose any and all tax hikes. He voted for last year’s one-and-a-half-billion dollar tax hike, the largest tax hike in Nevada’s history.”

“Last night was a victory for taxpayers. Washington doesn’t need another big government politician saying one thing to get elected and doing something else entirely in Congress. We need more conservatives like Danny Tarkanian in Congress to help jumpstart the economy by cutting taxes and simplifying the tax code,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for tax Reform. 

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KY-01: Comer, Pape, and Batts Promise Never to Raise Taxes

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Posted by Adam Radman, Alec DiFruscia on Friday, May 13th, 2016, 3:21 PM PERMALINK

Three of the four candidates in Tuesday’s Republican primary in Kentucky’s First Congressional District have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to Kentucky taxpayers. The Pledge is a written commitment to the constituents of the First Congressional district and to all Americans to oppose higher taxes. Former Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Congressional Aide Mike Pape, and Hickman County Attorney Jason Batts are all competing for the seat being vacated by the retiring Rep. Ed Whitfield.

The three gentlemen have all had distinguished careers in public service. James Cormer served twelve years as a state representative, safeguarding the taxpayers from greedy politicians in Frankfort. Mike Pape has worked in this congressional district for over twenty years and knows the needs and the challenges facing the constituents. Jason Batts serves as Hickman County Attorney, where he ensures the Constitution is upheld, in addition to his service as Judge Advocate in the Army Reserves.

“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 get the economy going again. Signing the Pledge is the first step in that process.”

The Taxpayer Protection Pledge has been offered to every candidate for federal office since 1986. In the 114th Congress, 218 Congressmen and 48 Senators have signed the Pledge.

“We are ecstatic about Cormer’s, Pape’s, and Batts’ commitment to the taxpayers of Kentucky. I challenge all candidates to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist.

Cormer, Pape, and Batts will face off in the Kentucky Primary on Tuesday, May 17th. 

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Taxpayers Win Big in Indiana

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Posted by Adam Radman, Alec DiFruscia on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 3:17 PM PERMALINK

Taxpayers can breathe a sigh of relief as Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers swept the competitive primary races in Indiana. Americans for Tax Reform congratulates U.S. Senate candidate Todd Young, state Sen. Jim Banks (IN-03), and businessman Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09) for their hard-fought victories last night.

Todd Young swept into Congress in 2010 during the rise of the Tea Party and committed and kept his word to the Hoosier taxpayers to oppose tax hikes. Young signed the Pledge during his time in the U.S. House and now, his run for the U.S. Senate. 

Since 2011, Sen. Jim Banks has chaired the Taxpayer Protection Caucus in the Indiana Senate. The caucus provides a single voice on tax issues among pro-taxpayer legislators and forms an entire body of legislators that believe in the same principle: no new taxes.

Banks also led the fight to repeal Indiana’s death tax. In 2012, ATR urged Indiana legislators to support Banks’ legislation to phase out this punitive tax on hardworking Hoosiers.

Trey Hollingsworth battled to victory in a heated 5-way primary against Attorney General Greg Zoeller, Businessman Robert Hall, and state Senators Erin Houchin and Brent Waltz. Of the candidates running, Greg Zoeller was the only candidate to refuse to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. ATR focused its voter education campaign in Indiana's ninth congressional district on Zoeller's decision to leave the door open to higher taxes. 

Candidates running for office like to say they oppose higher taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing. It is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials, from state representative to governor to US Senator, have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Todd Young, Jim Banks, and Trey Hollingsworth for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Until you take tax increases firmly off the table, true and lasting spending restraint is impossible,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

 “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 get the economy going again. Signing the Pledge is the first step in that process.”

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller Refuses to Rule out Tax Hikes in Bid for Congress

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Posted by Adam Radman, Paul Blair on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016, 3:04 PM PERMALINK

Greg Zoeller is the only Republican candidate for Indiana’s 9th Congressional district to refuse to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge promising to oppose higher taxes. His unwillingness to rule out tax hikes is somewhat unsurprising, given his call for higher taxes in Indiana as recently as last year. Zoeller asked the state legislature to impose a new 24 percent wholesale tax on tobacco-free electronic cigarettes and vapor products in the lead-up to the legislative session.

His ignorance and outright hostility to this emerging product category flies in the face of growing evidence that vapor products are at least 95% less harmful than combustible cigarettes and are proven-effective smoking cessation devices. It also stands to make him among the only Republican member of Congress with such misguided and outspoken opposition to the products.

The Taxpayer Protection Pledge has been offered to every candidate for federal office since 1986. In the 114th Congress, 218 Congressmen and 48 Senators have signed the Pledge, including Rep. Todd Young (IN-09). 

Each of the remaining candidates has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, promising to voters that they would oppose tax hikes. Those candidates include Trey Hollingsworth, Brent Waltz, Erin Houchin, and Robert Hall.

This primary election also comes on the heels of new state regulations that stand to decimate the state vapor market. One could argue that Zoeller’s outspoken position on the products jump-started the effort to overregulate the products in Indiana last year.  

The voters in Indiana have a right to know where a candidate stands on the issues before electing them to Congress. Zoeller’s refusal to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge puts him outside the mainstream of the Republican Party. Eighty-nine percent of all congressional Republicans have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. He would be one of a small group of Republicans open to raising taxes,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The only reason  Zoeller wouldn't sign the Pledge is if he intends to raise taxes.

The promises that Zoeller makes about strengthening Indiana’s economy mean little without the backing of a concrete written promise to oppose higher taxes. Only by signing the Pledge can Indiana taxpayers be certain that Zoeller stands with them.

Voters should keep this in mind as they head to the polls in Indiana next Tuesday, May 3rd.

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Ambassador Grover Joseph Rees, III Signs Written Commitment to Oppose Tax Hikes

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Posted by Adam Radman, Alec DiFruscia on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016, 9:34 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates Ambassador Grover Joseph Rees, III for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Louisiana to oppose higher taxes. Ambassador Rees signed the pledge on February 22, 2016, and is running in Louisiana's Third Congressional District which is being vacated by Rep. Charles Boustany, who is running for United States Senate.  

 Ambassador Rees graduated from Louisiana State University School of Law with honors, and was editor-in-chief of the Louisiana Law Review. Rees served in the Reagan Administration as a judicial appointments advisor, and served for six years as the Chief Justice of the High Court of America Samoa. In 2002, Rees was appointed as the first United States Ambassador to the country of East Timor, a position he held until 2009.  

“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 get the economy going again. Signing the Pledge is the first step in that process.”

Candidates running for office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires these candidates to put their 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.

“We are ecstatic about Rees's commitment to the taxpayers of Louisiana. I challenge all candidates for Louisiana's third congressional district to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist.

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Chrys Kefalas Signs Written Commitment to Oppose Higher Taxes

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Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015, 10:56 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates attorney Chrys Kefalas for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Maryland to oppose higher taxes. Kefalas is running to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Kefalas serves as the Vice President at the National Association of Manufacturers, which is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. He previously served as the Deputy Legal Counsel to Gov. Bob Erlich and Trial and appellate attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.  

“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 get the economy going again. Signing the Pledge is the first step in that process.”

Candidates running for office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires these candidates to put their 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.

“We are ecstatic about Kefalas's commitment to the taxpayers of Maryland. I challenge all candidates for Maryland U.S. Senate seat to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist.

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