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Tax-reform pledge takers becoming a dwindling breed (access required)

Tax-reform pledge takers becoming a dwindling breed <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

The pledge that for years has been a holy grail of anti-tax conservatism is dwindling in popularity at the Copper Dome.

Only 11 lawmakers, including just one of 17 Republicans in the Senate, have signed the Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Only two of the 14 new Republican lawmakers this session have signed.

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Keep to the right: Does tea party politics mean yesterday’s conservative is today’s moderate — or a statesman? (access required)

Months after the red wave from last November, with the tea party gaining steam both in the streets and at the Capitol, some veteran conservative legislators are doing a double-take at where they now stand in their caucuses.

And for some, having a party morph around them, and seeing perceptions shift from “staunch conservative” to “moderate statesman” isn’t necessarily a welcome change.

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The era of conservatism — more or less (access required)

Fiscal hawks who took the reins of the state government this year promised a new era of conservatism and delivered where it mattered most — by drafting a spending plan that rejected gimmickry in favor of significant cuts to core government services.

But the aftershocks of 2010’s Republican tsunami were also felt elsewhere, and this Legislature’s Tea Party leanings became the refrain for the 2011 legislative session.

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Capitol Quotes: May 28,2010

“Unfortunately, in my naiveté, I put my signature on those forms.” — Robert Green, a candidate for the District 7 Senate seat who was decertified by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission for dozens of bad $5 qualifying forms. Green said the forms were collected by a volunteer.

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