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Top 10 Conservative Governors
Human Events ^ | 6/26/06 | John Gizzi

Posted on 06/26/2006 8:11:58 PM PDT by rhema

10. Mitch Daniels—Indiana

While the former Bush Office of Management and Budget chief upset Indiana conservatives with his call for a temporary tax increase on those earning more than $100,000-per-year (the legislature rejected this), he nonetheless overcame a $645-million deficit with spending cuts. He has also attracted more private-sector business to the state and signed a voter identification measure that infuriated liberals.

9. Mike Rounds—South Dakota

Has made nationwide headlines by pushing a measure to ban all abortions in his state—a move almost certain to lead to the Supreme Court’s revisiting Roe v. Wade. Rounds did sign phone tax and cigarette tax increases to deal with a deficit he inherited, but backs his state’s no-income tax stand and calls for property-tax relief when the state has more money.

8. Tim Pawlenty—Minnesota

Unchanged on pro-life and other social stands from his days in the legislature, Pawlenty cut more than $171 million from the budget to cover a deficit in ’03 and has called for a constitutional limit on the growth of spending.

7. Haley Barbour—Mississippi

The former GOP national chairman never veered from his no-new tax, no government-expansion policies and was a take-charge leader during Hurricane Katrina. But he has disappointed some fans by becoming a visible lobbyist for more federal tax-funded post-Katrina relief.

6. David Heineman—Nebraska

Since succeeding Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns as governor in ’05, Heineman has won high marks for vetoing a bill to provide in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants. His stand was key to his winning the GOP primary this year for a full term over Rep. Tom Osborne, revered former college football coach.

5. Rick Perry—Texas

After serving as George W. Bush’s lieutenant governor and then succeeding him as governor in ’01, Perry put through a zero-based budget to deal with a $10-billion deficit in ’04-05 and has maintained his state’s no-income-tax policy. He has proposed a $6-billion property tax cut. Perry is far tougher on border security and illegal immigration than his predecessor.

4. Jon Huntsman—Utah

After less than two years in office, this philanthropist and former Reagan and Bush Administration official has denounced the “No Child Left Behind” federal education scheme, signed a measure to void illegal immigrants’ driver’s licenses and replace them with a special “driving privilege” card, and supports school vouchers and phasing out the state sales tax on food.

3. Matt Blunt—Missouri

Backed by Republican majorities in both houses of the state legislature, America’s youngest (36) governor has successfully pushed for tax cuts as well as slashing the size of government.

2. Bill Owens—Colorado

“A sterling record of fiscal accomplishment” is how the Cato Institute characterized GOPer Owens’ six years in office. He backed a state tax and expenditure limit, cut income, capital gains and dividends taxes, and resisted raising taxes when his state had a $850-million deficit in ’03. Owens remains strongly pro-life and backed a statewide marriage initiative.

1. Jeb Bush—Florida

Winding up his second term as governor, Bush has signed a tax cut of some kind almost every year he has been in office—from slashing property to intangibles taxes—and not trimmed his pro-life, pro-voucher sails, although his refusal to permit natural gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has upset many conservatives. He would be an obvious Republican presidential possibility in ’08 were he not following his father and brother.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; US: Colorado; US: Florida; US: Indiana; US: Minnesota; US: Mississippi; US: Missouri; US: Nebraska; US: South Dakota; US: Texas; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: conservatives; electiongovernor; governors; jebarbusto; jebbush; neveragain; topten
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1 posted on 06/26/2006 8:11:59 PM PDT by rhema
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Didn't see any who reduced overall taxes nor who shrunk government size. I would call them all "Liberal Lite" (but most conservatives have become such in the last few years.)


2 posted on 06/26/2006 8:17:11 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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Where is Sonny Perdue on the list?


3 posted on 06/26/2006 8:18:27 PM PDT by msnimje (There is no way we can lose if we stay in Iraq and no way we can win if we cut and run.)
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To: Doctor Stochastic

Perry at 5? I'll vote for him as Governor, but I sure hope he doesn't get a hankering to run for the WH.


4 posted on 06/26/2006 8:21:31 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (Closing in on 3000 posts, of which maybe 50 were worthwhile!)
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To: rhema

I wouldn't vote for another shrub if it was lined with 20 gold pieces.


5 posted on 06/26/2006 8:22:05 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (If you got Sowell, you got Soul !)
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To: rhema

I'm sorry, but the Governor of Indiana is a raving statist.


6 posted on 06/26/2006 8:23:37 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: stephenjohnbanker

"shrub"?


7 posted on 06/26/2006 8:28:48 PM PDT by SquirrelKing
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To: SquirrelKing

Bush : )


8 posted on 06/26/2006 8:34:52 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (If you got Sowell, you got Soul !)
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To: rhema

In other words, we are hopeless.


9 posted on 06/26/2006 8:36:43 PM PDT by Texas Federalist (True statesmen ... are not defined by what they compromise, but what they donít.)
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Bill Owens? You can't be serious! There is no bigger RINO than that little worm. As soon as he attained lame duck status due to term limits, his true colors came out. Why no mention of his support for referendums C & D in the fall '05 election. Luckily D was defeated, but the passage of C stole billions of dollars from the taxpayers of Colorado by "temporarily" voiding provisions of our Taxpayer Bill of Rights. During his many appearances on talk radio promoting this tax increase he spoke of "revenue enhancement", "investment" & even mentioned that "it was for the children". Very reminiscent of the pabulum spewed by that smarmy twerp M. Stanley Dukakis during his heyday as commissar of the People's Republic of Marxachusetts.
10 posted on 06/26/2006 8:39:08 PM PDT by 76239
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To: Texas Federalist
How about the Top Ten Liberal Govs. 1) John "Mamma" Baldacchi...Maine
11 posted on 06/26/2006 8:40:15 PM PDT by maineman
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To: Doctor Stochastic

That is your line up for GOP candidates for the White House in 2008 after you toss out governors from small states like SD and Misssissippi, IF THE GOP WANTS TO WIN. Throw in Rudy maybe as he was the executive of a city the bigger than many states. Senators generally don't get elected president.

This is why I thin JEB is the best candidate for the GOP. Two term governor from a big key state.

Tim Pawlenty is intriguing? If he would get the GOP over the top in Minnesota and Wisconsin, there might be no way any Dim could win. What does this thumbnail mean when it says, "Unchanged on pro-life and other social stands from his days in the legislature..."


12 posted on 06/26/2006 8:45:13 PM PDT by JLS
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To: rhema

Ask Terri Schiavo about Jeb's pro-life credentials....


13 posted on 06/26/2006 8:45:32 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (I wish a political party would come along that thinks like I do.)
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To: rhema; Doctor Stochastic; stephenjohnbanker
Interesting. Based on this new 100%er definition of "Conservative", Ronald Reagan was not a "Conservative" since the Federal Government doubled in size during his Presidency.
14 posted on 06/26/2006 8:47:55 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Fire Murtha Now! Spread the word. Support Diana Irey. http://www.irey.com/)
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To: Doctor Stochastic
Didn't see any who reduced overall taxes nor who shrunk government size.

Learn to read and stop embarrassing yourself.

1. Jeb Bush—Florida

Winding up his second term as governor, Bush has signed a tax cut of some kind almost every year he has been in office—from slashing property to intangibles taxes ...

2. Bill Owens—Colorado

“A sterling record of fiscal accomplishment” is how the Cato Institute characterized GOPer Owens’ six years in office. He backed a state tax and expenditure limit, cut income, capital gains and dividends taxes, and resisted raising taxes when his state had a $850-million deficit in ’03.

3. Matt Blunt—Missouri

Backed by Republican majorities in both houses of the state legislature, America’s youngest (36) governor has successfully pushed for tax cuts as well as slashing the size of government.

5. Rick Perry—Texas

.... Perry put through a zero-based budget to deal with a $10-billion deficit in ’04-05 and has maintained his state’s no-income-tax policy. He has proposed a $6-billion property tax cut.

7. Haley Barbour—Mississippi

The former GOP national chairman never veered from his no-new tax, no government-expansion policies

8. Tim Pawlenty—Minnesota

.... Pawlenty cut more than $171 million from the budget to cover a deficit in ’03 and has called for a constitutional limit on the growth of spending. 10. Mitch Daniels—Indiana

.... he nonetheless overcame a $645-million deficit with spending cuts.

That is 7 out of 10 who have either cut taxes, spending, government growth or a combination. Sounds pretty good o me.

15 posted on 06/26/2006 8:49:22 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done, needs to be done by the government.)
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To: maineman

Blanco and Rendell (LA and PA)


16 posted on 06/26/2006 8:49:54 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: rhema

Last week we had 203 Democrat Party activist fat cats and trust fund babies take out an ad in the Minneapolis Star Tribune demanding the State raise taxes. Here is Gov Tim Pawleney's response.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1654990/posts

STATEMENT FROM THE GOVERNOR (MN) -- June 22, 2006
Office of the Governor, Tim Pawlenty ^ | June 24, 2006 | MrsPatriot


Posted on 06/24/2006 11:49:02 AM PDT by MrsPatriot


A STATEMENT FROM THE GOVERNOR -- June 22, 2006

The following is a statement from Governor Tim Pawlenty regarding the full-page ad in today’s Star Tribune from the “Growth & Justice” think tank calling for a $2 billion per year tax increase.

“After decades of struggle, we are proud to have moved Minnesota out of the top ten in taxes. We now have budget surpluses and double digit revenue growth to the state. We are not undertaxed and will be able to fund our key priorities like education without raising taxes.

“Having read the names of those who signed the full-page ad in today’s Star Tribune, I want to issue them a friendly challenge. I invite the people on the list to send in a voluntary contribution to the state, above and beyond the taxes they already pay, of $250,000 to $2 million each.

“Since their contributions will be public information under our Data Practices Act, we will look into listing the names of these generous Minnesotans on a state website. I will also personally pose with each of them for a commemorative photo in the Governor’s Reception Room accepting their contribution and issue them a certificate of appreciation. I look forward to the state receiving checks from each of these 203 individuals.”

Under Minnesota Statutes 16A.013 and 16A.014, the Department of Finance is authorized to accept contributions of this type. Checks should be made payable to “State of Minnesota” and sent to:

Minnesota Department of Finance 400 Centennial Office Building 658 Cedar Street St. Paul, MN 55155


17 posted on 06/26/2006 8:51:10 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Fire Murtha Now! Spread the word. Support Diana Irey. http://www.irey.com/)
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To: Night Hides Not
Perry tougher on the border than his predecessor? There's a joke in there somewhere.
18 posted on 06/26/2006 8:53:42 PM PDT by Ben Chad
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To: MNJohnnie; All

AND WHO DOUBLED IT, BRAIN SURGEON? AND HOW MUCH MORE REVENUE CAME INTO THE FEDERAL COFFERS UNDER REAGAN'S TAX CUTS?


19 posted on 06/26/2006 8:56:40 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (If you got Sowell, you got Soul !)
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4. Jon Huntsman—Utah

....signed a measure to void illegal immigrants’ driver’s licenses and replace them with a special “driving privilege” card....

Uh, number 4 conservative governor??
What am I missing here....?

20 posted on 06/26/2006 9:01:17 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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