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Assemblyman Cook draw KFI radio hosts’ ire

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KFI AM’s “John and Ken Show” really did it this time. On a Link on their homepage they have Asseemblyman Cook’s head on a stick and have a photo up of Cook and other politicians being driven over by a bus. Cook was among several Republican lawmakers who did not sign on with the “Taxpayers Caucus.” The new group promises to oppose any measures that would extend higher taxes on a future ballot. Read his comment below. CooK says “I won’t vote to raise taxes, and I won’t vote to place tax hikes on the ballot.”

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on March 1, 2011 9:17 AM

Any day now, state Sen. Bill Emmerson will get a stake through his head, figuratively speaking.

 

Bill Emmerson
 

Paul Cook

Assemblyman Paul Cook is already there. For several days, the Yucca Valley Republican’s mug shot has had a stick through it on the web site of KFI AM’s “John and Ken Show.” Cook also is portrayed underneath a bus driven by the show’s hosts.Cook and Emmerson’s perceived wrongdoing? They were among several Republican lawmakers who did not sign on with the “Taxpayers Caucus.” The new group promises to oppose any measures that would extend higher taxes on a future ballot.

Cook had previously signed a no-tax pledge and felt no need to join another caucus. Late last week, though, he added a new statement to his website, declaring “I won’t vote to raise taxes, and I won’t vote to place tax hikes on the ballot.”

Emmerson, who sits on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee, said he is keeping an open mind. There still is little in the way of actual budget language, he noted.

“I’m going to work and look before making any commitments,” he said. “I just didn’t feel it was necessary to join. My views are well-known.”

Asked if he would support putting any tax-extension measure before voters, Emmerson declined to comment. “I want to see what the fixes are,” he said.

As for his budget priorities, Emmerson said he wants a pension rollback for state workers, a hard spending cap, and an easing of state regulations.

“If we don’t make changes in the way we do business, we’re going to be back here next year,” he said.

— Jim Miller

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5 Comments

  1. Branson Hunter Branson Hunter says:

    Update on Paul Cook story. Assemblyman cook responded via email to a blogger, as follows:

    “Hi Sharon, Just wanted to respond to this and state that I have signed a pledge and am on record with John and Ken to Not raise taxes and to Not vote to place taxes on the ballot. John and Ken are advocating for a Taxpayers Caucus, which covers the exact same material as the pledge. Given that I have signed the pledge, the Taxpayers Caucus is redundant. The organizers would rather talk in front of a microphone than take action. . . .
    Hope this helps clear the confusion. Thanks, Paul”
    iePolitics: A response from Assemblyman Paul Cook

  2. Mark Clemons says:

    CooK says “I won’t vote to raise taxes, and I won’t vote to place tax hikes on the ballot.” sounds or reads as if Cook does not trust the voters will, I guess he knows how easily fooled they are, they elected him.

    • Paparrazi Paparrazi says:

      What does this mean? Cook does not trust the voters will.
      Are you saying he was elected to raise taxes?

  3. Mark Clemons says:

    anytime he can he should welcome the opertunity for the people he represents to be heard, A vote by the citizens is what he indicated he was against.

  4. Branson Hunter says:

    What we know for sure is that John and Ken are clowns.

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