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The Columbus Dispatch: ‘Fair taxes’ in the eye of beholder

by Lisa Mathias

The Columbus Dispatch’s Jack Torry and Jessica Wehrman write about the differing opinions between Democrats and Republicans over fair taxes, particularly among those earning $1 million or more. In the middle of the debate is the proposed “Buffet Rule,” which the White House states will bring more revenue to the government, but is contested by Republicans.

Republicans contend that the White House is more interested in politics than economics. They point out there is no chance Congress would approve the Buffett Rule. David Winston, a Republican pollster in Washington, said “nobody in the country believes that raising taxes will grow the economy and create jobs.”

Read the full article at dispatch.com

LA Times: A few states could decide Obama-Romney battle

by Lisa Mathias

Sunday’s LA Times highlights the most important states that will play a role in this year’s upcoming elections, and zeroes in on a particular set of voters. WG president David Winston says that these voters – ones who have not yet made up their mind on either Romney or Obama – will be swayed either one way or another if the candidates stop attacking each other:

While some try to affix clever labels — soccer moms, NASCAR dads — they are men and women of all ages, incomes and education levels and generally have one thing in common.

“They want solutions,” said David Winston, a Republican pollster. “They’re tired of people blaming the other side. They say, ‘No. Just tell us what you’re going to do.’ “

To read the full article, turn to latimes.com.

WaPo: Congressional Republicans turn focus to gas prices

by Lisa Mathias

Washington Post writes about the shift of focus from social issues to ones like gas and energy, as Congressional Republicans attempt to push a temporary highway bill. The WG’s David Winston states that the GOP needs to approach it from an economic standpoint:

So long as Republicans can connect the gas price issue to the broader economy, they have an edge over Democrats, particularly because voters appear to favor a two-pronged approach of more drilling now and pushing for alternative energy sources for the future, Winston said. “There’s a much more realistic sense of we’ve got to meet present energy needs.”

To read the full article turn to washingtonpost.com.

NYTimes’ Room for Debate: Does Romney Still Need to Court Conservatives?

by Lisa Mathias

The WG’s Kristen Soltis gives her take on Room for Debate’s latest question: Does Romney Still Need to Court Conservatives? Soltis states the election is more about the biggest issue in the country right now, rather than courting particular groups:

Despite Democrats’ efforts to turn fundamentally economic and fiscal issues into cultural issue wedges, the election will not hinge on issues like free contraception or funding for Planned Parenthood.

The White House will go to the candidate who voters believe truly has a plan to create jobs and grow the economy.

NY Times: Obama Makes Case for ‘Buffet Rule’

by Lisa Mathias

The New York Times writes on Tuesday about President Obama’s proposed plan on the minimum tax required by the wealthiest Americans, dubbed the “Buffet Rule.” While Democrats state that polls are showing voter support for such policy change, The WG’s David Winston states that Americans won’t see it as a plan to resolve the economy and jobs problem:

“The No. 1 issue is jobs and the economy, so any proposal put forward has to look like it will advance that,” Mr. Winston said, adding, “I don’t think anybody believes that raising taxes ever grows the economy and creates jobs.”

To read more, turn to nytimes.com