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45th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan's "A Time for Choosing " Speech


Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009, 12:41 PM PERMALINK

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's commercial telecast on behalf of Republican Presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. Many credit this speech with launching former President Reagan into national politics. Check out the video below to see the speech in its entirety.

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Scott Keadle Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for NC-10 Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, October 19th, 2009, 8:30 AM PERMALINK

Iredell County Commissioner Scott Keadle recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his primary challenge to Rep. Patrick McHenry. McHenry has been a Pledge signer since joining Congress in 2005.

Cook Political Report ranks this district as Solid R with a PVI of R+17, which makes it the 34th most Republican district in the country. Rep. McHenry won reelection in 2008 with 58% of the vote.

For ATR’s official statement on Scott Keadle signing the Pledge, click read more.
 
Scott Keadle (R-N.C.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Scott Keadle, a Republican running in North Carolina’s 10th Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge 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, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers ,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Scott Keadle demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in North Carolina’s 10th district.”
 
“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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World Premiere of Not Evil Just Wrong Tonight


Posted by Adam Radman on Sunday, October 18th, 2009, 12:48 PM PERMALINK

Don’t forget to check out the launch of Not Evil Just Wrong at 8pm ET tonight! You can watch it live here or over at ustream.

Live TV : Ustream

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Another Pledge Signer in the NY-23 Special Election


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, October 16th, 2009, 11:18 AM PERMALINK

Yesterday, Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in her race to replace former Rep. John McHugh. Democrat Bill Owens is the only candidate not to sign the Pledge in this race.

 To see ATR’s official statement on the Scozzafava signing the Pledge, click read more.
 
Dede Scozzafava  (R-N.Y.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dede Scozzafava, a Republican running in New York’s 23rd Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge 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, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
Upon receiving the signed copy of Scozzafava’s pledge, Chris Butler, ATR’s Chief of Staff, said, “I’m encouraged that Dede Scozzafava would join Doug Hoffman in signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for New York’s 23rd Congressional District special election. The Pledge is a clear indication of where Hoffman and Scozzafava stand on taxes and on health care. Taxpayers should know that there are at least three clear violations of the Pledge in the current version of the House Health Care Bill, H.R. 3200.”
 
Butler continued, “I strongly urge Democrat Bill Owens to make the same commitment to taxpayers as Scozzafava and Hoffman did by signing the Pledge.  Americans are looking for candidates and politicians that will protect their family budgets ahead of the federal government’s coffers.”

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New Yorkers: Ask Dede Scozzafava to Sign the Taxpayer Protection


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, October 12th, 2009, 5:14 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform recently released a Twitter petition to ask Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in her race to become the next representative of New York’s 23rd Congressional District.

Scozzafava, Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, and Democrat Bill Owens are running in a special election to replace former Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.), who recently resigned to become Secretary of the Army in the Obama Administration.

While Hoffman signed the Pledge in August, Scozzafava has publicly stated that she does not intend to sign the “no tax” pledge. Taxpayers should take this opportunity to express their concerns by signing on to the following petition:
Taxpayers are faced with another dilemma in the special election to replace former Congressman John McHugh (R) of New York’s 23rd Congressional District. There are three candidates competing to replace McHugh: Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, liberal GOPer Dede Scozzafava, and Democrat Bill Owens. Of the three, Doug Hoffman is the only candidate to sign ATR’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge. It’s a simple 60 word pledge that says the signer will vote against and oppose any and all attempts to raise income taxes on the federal level.
 
NY Republican Party leaders chose the antithesis of a limited-government candidate in Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava. Her voting record and public statements scream big-government liberal. She’s openly supportive of Obama’s failed “stimulus” package, earmarks, and has voted to raise or extend taxes 190 times. Now she says she won’t protect taxpayers by signing the “no tax” Pledge.
 
American taxpayers are looking for relief from government and need candidates that understand that. Tell Dede Scozzafava to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today!
If you’d like to call her campaign directly, here’s the number: 315-755-2540. Tell her that she can find a copy of the Pledge at www.atr.org!

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President Obama Misses Out on Nobel Prize in Economics


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, October 12th, 2009, 12:46 PM PERMALINK

Market Watch reports on the “shocking” decision by the Nobel panel to award someone other than President Obama the Nobel Prize in Economics on Monday. Here’s a snippet:

From his $787 billion stimulus package, to the cap-and-trade bill, to the seizures of General Motors and Chrysler, to the undead health-care "reform" act, Obama has dominated the U.S., and therefore the global, economy as few figures have in recent years.
 
Yet the Nobel panel chose instead to award the prize to two obscure academics … Other surprise losers include celebrity noneconomist and filmmaker Michael Moore; U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; and Larry Summers, head of the U.S. national economic council. It is unclear whether the president will now refuse his peace prize in protest against the obvious slight to his real achievements this year.

At the very least, the Nobel panel could have recognized the President’s creation of the brand new, yet vague economic concept of “jobs saved or created.”

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Will Dede Scozzafava and Bill Owens Raise Your Taxes?


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, October 2nd, 2009, 4:42 PM PERMALINK

In August, ATR announced that Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for the special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District. As of today, he’s still the only candidate to have signed the Pledge. Why is this important?

Well, there are a number of important tax-related votes coming up in the House that should make taxpayers worried. The current health care debate is a perfect example. According to Ryan Ellis, ATR’s Tax Policy Director, there are at least three clear and unambiguous violations of the Pledge in H.R. 3200, the House draft of the health care bill: 
  1. Medicine cabinet tax- would deny families the ability to use flexible spending accounts (FSA accounts) and health savings accounts (HSA accounts) to purchase over-the-counter medications
  2. Uninsured 2.5% surtax- a tax on individuals failing to sign up for health care equal to the lesser of 2.5% of adjusted gross income (AGI) or the average individual premium amount
  3. Surtax on small businesses- a new "surtax" on the AGI of small businesses and other high income earners.
With so much to worry about in regards to the economy, U.S. taxpayers, and especially those in NY-23rd Congressional District, have the right to know where Hoffman, Scozzafava, and Owens stand on tax increases. We know where Hoffman stands already but the question remains open for Scozzafava and Owens. Which taxes and “fees” do they intend to hike if they’re elected?   
 
Ask the remaining candidates to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today! Call Dede Scozzafava at 315-755-2540 and Democrat Bill Owens at 518-645-1426.

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Ethan Hastert Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for Congressional Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, October 2nd, 2009, 4:12 PM PERMALINK

Ethan Hastert, son of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for his race to retake Illinois’ 14th Congressional District. Hastert faces several other candidates in the Republican primary; but becomes only the second candidate to sign the Pledge. ATR strongly encourages all candidates in the race to sign the Pledge and make a real commitment to protect taxpayers from the unnecessary burden of higher taxes.

 
Cook Political Report ranks this as a “Leans Democrat” race with a PVI of R+1 while CQ Politics see this race as “Democrat Favored.” However, Hastert repeatedly won this district with over 60% of the vote from 2002-2006 (74% in 2002, 69% in 2004, and 60% in 2006).
 
To see ATR’s official release on Ethan Hastert signing the Pledge, click read more.
 
 
Ethan Hastert (R-Ill.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ethan Hastert, a Republican running in Illinois’ 14th Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge 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, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers ,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Ethan Hastert demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Illinois’ 14th Congressional district.”
 
“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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Ken Buck Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for US Senate Race in Colorado


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, September 24th, 2009, 5:21 PM PERMALINK

Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for his U.S. Senate race. By signing the Pledge, Buck becomes the first candidate in a large primary field to commit to protecting Coloradans' wallets from higher taxes. ATR strongly encourages all candidates in this race to sign the Pledge. The U.S. Senate seat is currently occupied by Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet.

Cook Political Report rates this as a “Leans D” race while CQ Politics also rates this race as “Leans D.”
 
To see ATR’s official statement on Ken Buck signing the Pledge, click read more.
 
Ken Buck (R-Colo.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Senatorial candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ken Buck, a Republican running for the US Senate in Colorado, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge 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, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers ,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Ken Buck demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Colorado.”
 
“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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Senator Kelsey Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for KS-04 Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009, 6:09 PM PERMALINK

State Senator Dick Kelsey becomes the first candidate in the Republican primary to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in Kansas’ Fourth Congressional District. ATR strongly encourages all candidates in this race to make the same commitment to Taxpayers. Rep. Todd Tiahrt,  the current officeholder, is looking to replace retiring Sen. Sam Brownback as Kansas'  other U.S. Senator. 

It appears that whoever wins the GOP nomination will ultimately win the general election. Cook Political Report rates this district as "Likely R" with a PVI of R +14. Rep Tiahrt won his previous two elections with 64% of the vote in 2006 and 2008.
 
For ATR’s official statement on the Sen. Kelsey signing the Pledge, check below the fold.  
 
Dick Kelsey (R-Kan.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dick Kelsey, a Republican running in Kansas’ 4th Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge 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, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package,” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers ,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Dick Kelsey demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Kansas’ 4th Congressional district.”
 
“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.
 
For a pdf version of the release, click here

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