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Ted Gradel Makes “No New Taxes Pledge” in IL-14 Race

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Posted by Leigh Payne on Monday, October 14th, 2019, 1:59 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates IL-14 candidate Ted Gradel for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Illinois to oppose higher income taxes.

Gradel joins Rep. Shimkus, Rep. Kinzinger, and Rep. LaHood in making this commitment to Illinois taxpayers.

“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,” 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 to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the Pledge. 

“We are ecstatic about Mr. Gradel’s commitment to the taxpayers of Illinois. I challenge all candidates for Illinois’ 14th Congressional District to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist. 

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Lisa Song Sutton Makes "No New Taxes Pledge" In NV-04 Race

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Posted by Leigh Payne on Monday, October 7th, 2019, 2:29 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates NV-04 candidate Lisa Song Sutton for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Nevada to oppose higher income taxes. 

Sutton joins Rep. Mark Amodei in making this commitment to Nevada taxpayers.  

“I will not support increased taxation to aid a bloated government budget,” said Sutton. “I support the tax cuts, but we must curtail spending. The current budget is harmful to the American people.”  

“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,” 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 to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the Pledge. 

“We are ecstatic about Ms. Sutton’s commitment to the taxpayers of Nevada. I challenge all candidates for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist. 

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ATR Congratulates Pledge Signers Greg Murphy (NC-03) and Dan Bishop (NC-09) on Recent Wins


Posted by Leigh Payne on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019, 3:36 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates Representatives-elect Greg Murphy (NC-03) and Dan Bishop (NC-09) on their recent wins in the North Carolina special elections. Murphy and Bishop’s leadership in Congress will continue to strengthen North Carolina’s longstanding position as a low-tax, competitive state.  

North Carolina’s third congressional district remained vacant until Murphy’s election following the unexpected death of Rep. Walter Jones. While the ninth district, a large suburb of Charlotte, was unrepresented for almost a year up until Bishop’s election. North Carolinians can be assured that their best interests are secure with Murphy and Bishop’s representation in Congress. 

Murphy and Bishop each signed the Federal Taxpayer Protection Pledge early in their campaigns, solidifying a commitment to the Tar Heel State to oppose any tax increases. Prior to his congressional run, Bishop signed the State Taxpayer Protection Pledge during his time as State Senator and Representative in the NC State Legislature. Currently, the Representatives-elect join Sen. Thom Tillis, Sen. Richard Burr, and all members of the North Carolina Delegation as Pledge Signers.   

ATR thanks and congratulates Rep Murphy and Rep Bishop for their devotion to limited government and honest leadership as Pledge signers.


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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