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January 29, 2006
Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) is trying to do an extreme makeover, in broad daylight. He's trying to paper over his central role in a now-infamous program to boost Republicans' clout among Washington lobbyists. As the huge and seedy Jack Abramoff scandal unfolds in Congress, Santorum has discovered a newly urgent desire to restrict lobbying. Well and good, all willing hands welcome. But no voter should fall for the senator's attempt to obscure his ties to the so-called "K Street Project," named after the street that is home to many lobbying firms.
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November 26, 2012 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
For a generation, it has been Republican orthodoxy: No tax hikes. Period. And, if they knew what was good for them, GOP candidates for Congress, governor, or president, would as a matter of course publicly sign conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist's pledge to eschew any tax increase, even by closing loopholes or tweaking the code. Norquist, the enforcer of the true faith, stores the signed pledges in a vault in the Washington offices of his advocacy group, Americans for Tax Reform, and he has often threatened primary challenges for those who break their word.
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October 17, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
Puff, puff tax - that could be the reality for e-cigarette users if a bill introduced in City Council yesterday gets passed. Just like the city's $2-per-pack tax on tobacco cigarettes that went into effect a couple weeks ago, this new $2 tax on e-cigs would go to the public schools. "No idea should be off the table when it comes to finding new dollars for the school district," said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, primary sponsor of the bill. Brown introduced the measure with the help of Councilman Bill Greenlee, who earlier this year got the sale of e-cigs to minors banned as well as puffing in public places.
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August 14, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie on Wednesday criticized presidential rival Jeb Bush as "re-litigating" the Iraq War, arguing that the unpopular conflict is "not a winning fight" for the Republican Party as it seeks to win the White House in 2016. Christie's remarks to the conservative radio host Laura Ingraham came a day after Bush, a former Florida governor, accused President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton of hastening a "premature withdrawal" from Iraq and allowing the Islamic State to fill a void.
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December 7, 1999 | By Matt Archbold, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Republican congressional candidate Melissa Brown, calling herself the only true fiscally conservative candidate for the 13th District seat, said yesterday she would not vote to raise taxes if elected next year. At a news conference at the Montgomery County courthouse, Brown signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge of the national conservative advocacy group Americans for Tax Reform. It opposes any efforts to increase income-tax rates for individuals and businesses. Recently, Brown's opponent in the Republican primary, State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R., Montgomery)
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November 21, 2012
Petraeus not worth worshiping Thank you, Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis, for speaking out against the idol worshipping of former Gen. David Petraeus ("More than one mistake," Tuesday). The adoration of Petraeus by members of Congress had a large part in allowing mistakes to be made in Iraq and Afghanistan. The fact that the general was caught committing adultery has brought him down, but his worst sin was his persistence in sending so many to their deaths for a lost cause. Diane L. Donato, West Chester, dianchrs1@verizon.net Don't let Norquist run state I did not vote for antitax promoter Grover Norquist for governor of Pennsylvania.
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November 15, 2011 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Staff Writer
A quarter of a century ago, antitax crusader Grover Norquist began asking politicians to pledge to "oppose and vote against tax increases. " Pledge they did, from state capitals to Capitol Hill. A few, such as South Jersey's Rob Andrews, were Democrats. For Republicans, the no-tax oath became an article of faith, second only to filing papers for candidacy. Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform group now lists 238 House members, 41 senators, and 13 governors (including Gov. Corbett)
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July 20, 2011 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
The epidemic pledge business is not merely a Republican presidential gambit but also, I suspect, a way of getting the electorate to pay attention to candidates who don't seem to be performing any meaningful work on a daily basis. I'm talking about you, Michele Bachmann, and, also you, Rick Santorum. For those keeping count, Bachmann and Santorum have signed multiple pledges to be faithful to their spouses, oppose same-sex marriage, reject Sharia law (was this a problem here?
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October 30, 2003 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Six state House members are coming under attack from a national group for voting to increase Pennsylvania's income tax last week after pledging not to do so. The half dozen "turned their backs on their constituents," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, the group that designed the pledge. "There is no reason for voters to ever believe another word they say. " But some of those who made the group's "Hall of Shame," including Reps. Matthew N. Wright (R., Bucks)
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August 14, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie on Wednesday criticized presidential rival Jeb Bush as "re-litigating" the Iraq War, arguing that the unpopular conflict is "not a winning fight" for the Republican Party as it seeks to win the White House in 2016. Christie's remarks to the conservative radio host Laura Ingraham came a day after Bush, a former Florida governor, accused President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton of hastening a "premature withdrawal" from Iraq and allowing the Islamic State to fill a void.
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October 17, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
Puff, puff tax - that could be the reality for e-cigarette users if a bill introduced in City Council yesterday gets passed. Just like the city's $2-per-pack tax on tobacco cigarettes that went into effect a couple weeks ago, this new $2 tax on e-cigs would go to the public schools. "No idea should be off the table when it comes to finding new dollars for the school district," said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, primary sponsor of the bill. Brown introduced the measure with the help of Councilman Bill Greenlee, who earlier this year got the sale of e-cigs to minors banned as well as puffing in public places.
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April 4, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
G OV. CORBETT found himself this week in a political pincer movement, with foes on his left and right railing about increased gasoline taxes and motorist fees. The ruckus reminded Grover Norquist of the presidential election 22 years ago, when Bill Clinton used then-President George H.W. Bush 's violation of a "no new taxes" pledge to unseat him. Bush signed the "taxpayer-protection pledge" from Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform. So did Corbett, back in 2010 when he was first running for governor.
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November 7, 2013
Get a move on, Pa. In rural Pennsylvania, volunteer firefighters can't get their trucks across weight-restricted bridges, and dairy trucks face long detours. In cities, aging public transit systems struggle to get people to and from work safely. Investing in the infrastructure that ensures citizens and goods can safely and efficiently move throughout Pennsylvania is a core government function traditionally immune from partisanship. In June, the state Senate overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that provides an immediate and substantial investment to rebuild the transportation network.
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November 6, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three of the bills seemed tame and technical, designed to smooth the rough edges of a recent property-tax revolution in Philadelphia. Only one would have impact outside the city. Another bill would have helped bail out Philadelphia's schools by adding $2 to the price of a pack of cigarettes - again, only within city limits. All four proposals had the support of Mayor Nutter, City Council, and leaders of Philadelphia's state House and Senate delegations. Then politics got in the way - a blend of Harrisburg's traditional town-and-country animus, a letter from a guy named Norquist, and, of all things, an impassioned speech from one of Philadelphia's own that didn't sit well across the Capitol dome.
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April 18, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A top Senate Republican unveiled a $2.5 billion transportation-funding bill aimed at repairing thousands of aging bridges and miles of roads while pumping more money into public transit. The plan announced by Transportation Committee Chairman John Rafferty (R., Montgomery) on Tuesday ups the ante on Gov. Corbett's more modest $1.8 billion proposal to address the state's infrastructure problems. "Pennsylvania is at a crossroads, and we must take action now," Rafferty said at a packed news conference in the Capitol.
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February 8, 2013 | By Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Tax or no tax? That was the parlor game playing out in some corners of the Capitol on Wednesday, one day after Gov. Corbett outlined his plan for raising nearly $2 billion to pay for long-overdue transportation projects. In his budget address, Corbett asked the General Assembly to begin a five-year phaseout of what he called "an artificial and outdated cap" on the tax paid by oil and gas companies on the wholesale price of gasoline. With the specter of the "no tax" pledge signed by Corbett and two dozen state lawmakers hanging over the debate, the governor was emphatic: "This is not a new tax, nor am I proposing to increase the rate of the existing tax. " Others were equally unequivocal that lifting the cap - which analysts say will likely mean a nickel-a-gallon increase at the pumps annually over five years - constituted a tax hike.
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December 31, 2012
By Llewellyn King Here are 20 vital questions for New Year 2013. In every case, the answer is "probably not. " 1. Will the telephone companies, the credit-card issuers, and every other organization stop torturing their customers with automated phone systems that deny the right to speak to a human being? 2. Will President Obama tell us where he thinks the nation is going, and what it will look like in four years? 3. Will the tea-party folks finally get over tea and try something a little stronger, like head-clearing bourbon?
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December 12, 2012
By Farah Stockman This has been the Year of Percentages. It started off with the Occupy movement, which declared, "We are the 99 percent. " Then Mitt Romney bad-mouthed the 47 percent who don't pay federal income taxes. Then Romney lost to President Obama, who promised to raise taxes on the top 2 percent and leave the rest of us alone. As the year draws to a close, Republicans are fighting Obama's plan. If they fail to reach a deal, taxes will go up for everyone. Which brings me to yet another group: the 20 percent.
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