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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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To: rhema

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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To: rhema



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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To: rhema
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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To: rhema
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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To: Doctor Stochastic

Well, the state employees in Missouri despise Matt Blunt because he is shrinking the number of state employees in the welfare office.


21 posted on 06/26/2006 9:01:23 PM PDT by chae (R.I.P. Eddie Guerrero He lied, he cheated, he stole my heart)
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To: rhema

I am not a resident of any these states and I cannot attest to their conservative ranking, but as a conservative, I have always been impressed with Mark Sanford the Governor of South Carolina when I have heard him speak.


22 posted on 06/26/2006 9:02:42 PM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: 76239

Amen!!


23 posted on 06/26/2006 9:03:18 PM PDT by Lesforlife ("For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb . . ." Psalm 139:13)
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To: Mr. Lucky

This...list...is so disappointing as to be disgusting.

Bill Owens #2 governor.

Jeb Bush #1 governor.

Boy, are conservatives screwed. We have no bench!


24 posted on 06/26/2006 9:13:42 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile ('Is' and 'amnesty' both have clear, plain meanings. Are Billy Jeff, Pence, McQueeg & Bush related?)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Bush : )

We know what "shrub" is. We just don't think it is, or you are, funny anymore.

And for what it's worth, I'd vote for Jeb Bush in a heartbeat over anything with a D behind it.

25 posted on 06/26/2006 9:23:24 PM PDT by Christian4Bush (The Rat Party's goal is to END the conflict, not WIN the conflict...should be the other way around.)
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To: rhema

Gov. Daniels deserves no credit.
He is a disgrace.
I will cast my first vote for a democrat in 2008. His opponent. I don't care who it is.
He has shoved more stuff down our throats and we're just filled to the brim with his BS.


26 posted on 06/26/2006 9:29:21 PM PDT by JRochelle
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To: LibertarianInExile

governors for president for sure. senators not a chance. do you think they will ever get it? I dont.try sonny perdue governor of georgia.


27 posted on 06/26/2006 9:31:21 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: MNJohnnie

I loved Pawlenty's response. It was a classic!

I'd be amazed if any of the Twin Cities "elites" actually took him up on his offer though. Very amazed.


28 posted on 06/26/2006 9:31:30 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
That is 7 out of 10 who have either cut taxes, spending, government growth or a combination. Sounds pretty good o me.

The fact that they include Perry's $6 million property tax "cut" that was offset by business and excise tax increases (and will result in a net increase in tax collections) as a tax cut makes me doubt the rest of this articles claims.

29 posted on 06/26/2006 9:34:19 PM PDT by Texas Federalist (True statesmen ... are not defined by what they compromise, but what they donít.)
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To: maineman

"How about the Top Ten Liberal Govs. 1) John "Mamma" Baldacchi...Maine"

Teddy "Dumba$$" Kulongoski of Oregon would be right up there. The man is a complete idiot and almost as liberal as the commie before him was. I hope the people of Oregon aren't stupid enough to re-elect him this year, but knowing the people of Oregon, he will get re-elected because half of the state is made up of raving lunatic, crunchy granola moonbats.


30 posted on 06/26/2006 9:53:38 PM PDT by Evie Munchkin (Democrats - lovers of death and taxes)
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To: MNJohnnie

That's darn funny! I have often wondered why wealthy liberals didn't simply give more money to the government.


31 posted on 06/26/2006 10:12:21 PM PDT by jblair
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To: Biblebelter
Sanford BUMP!

In his current campaign for reelection, he mocks the libs up in Columbia (state capitol for those of you in Rio Linda :).

IMHO, a genuine conservative.

32 posted on 06/26/2006 10:12:24 PM PDT by upchuck (Wikipedia.com - the most unbelievable web site in the world.)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

I agree, but Bill Owens let us down big time on the amendment c and d issues. I hope it was temporary imsanity as otherwise
he has been a decent governor.


33 posted on 06/26/2006 10:13:32 PM PDT by Mom MD
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To: rhema

This is pure unadulterated Horse$h!+.


34 posted on 06/26/2006 10:19:36 PM PDT by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: msnimje
Where is Sonny Perdue on the list?

I agree. I did a vanity post on Perdue several days ago.

35 posted on 06/26/2006 10:30:21 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Undocumented FReeper)
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To: msnimje

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1654734/posts


36 posted on 06/26/2006 10:31:16 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Undocumented FReeper)
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To: JLS

In poll after poll jeb bush has at least 60%+ of the country saying they would never vote for him. He'll sink faster than the titanic, we just aren't going to elect another bush so quickly.


37 posted on 06/26/2006 10:55:01 PM PDT by SDGOP
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To: Evie Munchkin
but knowing the people of Oregon, he will get re-elected because half of the state is made up of raving lunatic, crunchy granola moonbats.

LOL, i cant stop laughing...

38 posted on 06/26/2006 10:58:09 PM PDT by SDGOP
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To: SDGOP

I did see one poll with his negatives very high. I have not looked for others. I personally don't think such polls are that meaningful for someone who has not been on the national stage that much.

Still JEB says he is not running which is why I keep looking at midwestern governors. If one has the personality and could get the nomination, he would be a shoe in in the general if he could carry a couple of extra midwestern states that have been very tight the last two elections.


39 posted on 06/26/2006 11:23:02 PM PDT by JLS
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To: maineman
How about the Top Ten Liberal Govs.

George Pataki is #1 by far

TAXES

New York has the highest taxes in the country on EVERYTHING!!!!!!!

SPENDING

Under Pataki New York even though it has ~15 million fewer people it still spends more than California. In 2002 Both New York and California spent $90 Billion dollars. In 2003 with both facing hugh deficits Grey Davis at least proposed some cuts while Pataki even with NY facing a $10 Billion dollar deficit actually increased spending by $4 Billion.

And that $90 Billion number is actually way more since unlike California which has Prop. 13 Pataki can and does push massive unfunded mandates onto the counties (most notably Medicaid). Almost every county in NY has had double digit property tax increases consecutively the past couple of years.

BTW Texas with population just little above NY spent $67 Billion in 2002, And their counties do not have anywhere near the big property tax burdens like NY. Let me assure you the difference between NY and California and Texas is not due to the cost of snow removal.

Spending under Pataki
Year NY State Budget in Billions
1995

59.0

1996

63.8

1997

66.1

1998

71.9

1999

72.7

2000

76.8

2001

79.6

2002

88.6

2003

93.0

2004

99.8

2005

105.6

2006

112.5

HEALTH CARE

Pataki has also socialized medicine in NY more than Hillary ever dreamed. Right now 1/6 New Yorkers are on the state medicaid dole with more to come because even with a $10 Billion deficit Pataki still plans on adding 720,000 more people onto the state doles via his Family health Plus and Healthy NY medicaid schemes. http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/fhplus/index.htm

And lets not forget New York's smoking ban is much more draconian than California's  and once again all 38 NY state Senate Republicans unanimously passed it and Pataki signed it.

2nd ADMENDMENT

I don't think so see

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1095868/posts

and

GOVERNOR PATAKI SIGNS LEGISLATION TO COMBAT GUN VIOLENCE

Quote

"Governor George E. Pataki today signed into law comprehensive legislation to combat gun violence, including a provision that makes New York the first state to close the so-called gun show loophole by requiring background checks on prospective purchasers for all sales at all gun shows.

The law also requires that firearms be sold with child safety locks; imposes a State ban on assault weapons; raises the minimum age to obtain a permit to purchase a handgun to 21 years old; implements a DNA for Handguns program; establishes a gun trafficking interdiction program; and, directs a study to be conducted on "smart gun" technology."

Environment,

The same thing especially with upstate where there is the Forever Wild clause.

And even though the rest of the country rejected it, Pataki is actually going forward in implementing the Kyoto protocol on global warming on his own.

A little more on the insanity of New York

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/970596/posts

40 posted on 06/26/2006 11:29:02 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: rhema

Jeb Bush kisses illegal alien butt like his brother, Perry oozes status quo and don't rock the boat, and Daniels screwed up taxes. Those are some black marks on an otherwise conservative record. Owens is good but people blame for the CO Dem gains in 2004. My personal ranking of Top 10 Most Conservative Governors going by all incumbents would be:

1. Haley Barbour Mississippi (R) 2003 2007
2. Mark.Sanford South Carolina (R) 2002 2006
3. Sonny Perdue Georgia (R) 2002 2006
4. Timothy Pawlenty Minnesota (R) 2002 2006
5. John Hoeven North Dakota (R) 2000 2008
6. Dave Heineman Nebraska (R) 2005 2006
7. Donald L. Carcieri Rhode Island (R) 2002 2006
8. Matt Blunt Missouri (R) 2004 2008
9. Mike Rounds South Dakota (R) 2002 2006
10. Jon Huntsman, Jr. Utah (R) 2004 2008


41 posted on 06/26/2006 11:55:46 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Judy Baar is Too-Pinka! Vote Stufflebeam!)
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To: maineman
>> How about the Top Ten Liberal Govs. <<

Hmmm.

1. Jon Corzine New Jersey (D) 2005 2009
2. Jennifer M. Granholm Michigan (D) 2002 2006
3. Theodore R. Kulongoski Oregon (D) 2002 2006
4. James E. Doyle Wisconsin (D) 2002 2006
5. Christine Gregoire Washington (D) 2004 2008
6. Edward G. Rendell Pennsylvania (D) 2002 2006
7. Rod R. Blagojevich Illinois (D) 2002 2006
8. John Elias Baldacci Maine (D) 2002 2006
9. Tim Kaine Virginia (D) 2005 2009
10. Linda Lingle Hawaii (R) 2002 2006

42 posted on 06/27/2006 12:06:35 AM PDT by BillyBoy (Judy Baar is Too-Pinka! Vote Stufflebeam!)
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To: BillyBoy

Barbour/Rice 2008


43 posted on 06/27/2006 12:43:22 AM PDT by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: Texas Federalist

Perry was forced to deal with the school finance situation because of a TSC ruling. He did the best he could under difficult circumstances. He is not a tax and spend Republican regardless.


44 posted on 06/27/2006 6:24:17 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done, needs to be done by the government.)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
Perry was forced to deal with the school finance situation because of a TSC ruling. He did the best he could under difficult circumstances.

He could have stood up to the Supreme Court and done nothing. They have no authority to order the other two branches of government to enact spending legislation.

45 posted on 06/27/2006 7:34:29 AM PDT by Texas Federalist (True statesmen ... are not defined by what they compromise, but what they donít.)
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To: Doctor Stochastic
Didn't see any who reduced overall taxes nor who shrunk government size.

Then you must not have read Governor Bush's review:

Winding up his second term as governor, Bush has signed a tax cut of some kind almost every year he has been in office
46 posted on 06/27/2006 7:37:34 AM PDT by Preachin' (Enoch's testimony was that he pleased God: Why are we still here?)
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To: BillyBoy
I would love to see Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue run.

It will almost certainly be one of the people on this list who gets the nomination.

People here waste time predicting which US Senator will win the nomination year after year.

The last actively serving US Senator to win the presidency was JFK. I don't know who was the last before him.
47 posted on 06/27/2006 7:40:35 AM PDT by Preachin' (Enoch's testimony was that he pleased God: Why are we still here?)
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To: sinkspur
5. Rick Perry—Texas
48 posted on 06/27/2006 8:09:15 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Joe 6-pack

what has your dog got to do with it? LOL.


49 posted on 06/27/2006 8:16:02 AM PDT by patton (...in spit of it all...)
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To: 76239

Owens' support of the Ref C tax increase was a bad thing.

On the other hand, he has also done quite a bid of good, including resisting some horrible Medicaid expansions (including those that would have used public money to fund abortions), appointing good judges, supporting attempts to call the public schools to task, breeding fish to avoid the structures of the endangered species act, and standing behind efforts to limit Denver's ability to impose its stupid gun laws on people driving through on the interstate. He presided over much needed highway improvements, something that had been neglected after 30 years of Dem governors who were supported by greens who just plain hate other people's cars.

Be fair. It does no good to be hyper critical of people that are more or less moving in your direction. Disagree with them where they are wrong, but save the over the top stuff for those who truly are statists.


50 posted on 06/27/2006 9:44:20 AM PDT by cosine
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