Gerald Sharpe

Federal Candidates in Utah, Oklahoma, and Colorado Make “No New Taxes” Commitment Ahead of the June 30th Primary

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Posted by Gerald Sharpe on Monday, June 29th, 2020, 11:18 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform applauds the federal incumbents and candidates in Utah, Oklahoma, and Colorado who have taken the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ahead of tomorrow’s congressional primary. The Pledge is a written commitment to the American people to oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes. 

“By signing The Pledge, these candidates and incumbents demonstrate that they will safeguard taxpayers from higher taxes,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “Pledge signers understand that government should be reformed so that it spends less and will oppose tax increases that prolong the failures of the past.” 

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.  

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.  

Candidates can still make this important commitment to voters ahead of the primary by visiting: www.atr.org/take-the-pledge 

The following candidates and incumbents have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: 

Colorado 

  • Sen. Cory Garder  

  • Charlie Winn (CO-02) 

  • Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03) 

  • Rep. Ken Buck (CO-04) 

  • Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-05)  

  • Charles Stockham (CO-06) 

  • Steven House (CO-06)  

Utah 

  • Sen. Mike Lee 

  • Sen. Mitt Romney  

  • Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) 

  • Katie Witt (UT-01) 

  • Kerry Gibson (UT-01) 

  • Rep. John Curtis (UT-03) 

  • Kathleen Anderson (UT-04) 

  • Burgess Owens (UT-04) 

  • Kim Coleman (UT-04) 

  • Trent Christensen (UT-04) 

Oklahoma  

  • Sen. Jim Inhofe 

  • Sen. James Lankford 

  • Rep. Kevin Hern (OK-01) 

  • Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) 

  • Rep. Frank Lucas (OK-03) 

  • Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04)  

  • Terry Neese (OK-05) 

  • David Hill (OK-05) 

  • Miles Rahimi (OK-05)  

  • Janet Barresi (OK-05) 

  • Stephanie Bice (OK-05)  

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Candidates Make Bold “No New Taxes” Promise Ahead of New York and Kentucky Primaries

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Posted by Gerald Sharpe on Monday, June 22nd, 2020, 1:56 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform commends the federal incumbents and candidates in New York and Kentucky who have taken the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ahead of tomorrow’s June 23rd congressional primary. The Pledge is a written commitment to hardworking taxpayers and to the American people to oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes. 

“By signing The Pledge, these candidates and incumbents demonstrate that they will safeguard taxpayers from higher taxes,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “Pledge signers understand that government should be reformed so that it spends less and will oppose tax increases that prolong the failures of the past.” 

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.  

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.  

Candidates can still make this important commitment to voters ahead of the primary by visiting: www.atr.org/take-the-pledge 

The following candidates and incumbents have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: 

New York 

  • Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY-01) 
  • Joseph Caldarera (NY-11) 
  • Ola Hawatmeh (NY-19) 
  • George Phillips (NY-22) 
  • Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23) 
  • Chris Jacobs (NY-27) 


Kentucky 

  • Rep. James Comer (KY-01) 
  • Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY-02)  
  • Vickie Glisson (KY-03) 
  • Rep. Thomas Massie (KY-04) 
  • Rep. Hal Rogers (KY-05) 
  • Rep. Andy Barr (KY-06)  

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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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