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Grover Norquist to speak in Annapolis

By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun

6:03 PM EDT, May 4, 2012

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The Economic Club of Annapolis has score an impresive "get" for its May 8 meeting, lining up a speaker whom many consider the most powerful figure in the Republican Party.

Grover Norquist, creator and enforcer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge that Republican candidates are practically obligated to sign, will speak Tuesday at the Anne Arundel County Public Library branch at 1410 West St. The meeting is scheduled to run from 7 to 8:45 p.m.

Norquist, founder and president of American for Tax Reform, routinely asks all candidates to promise to oppose any tax increases at all levels of government. He makes frequent appearances on television, and Republicans who refuse to sign or have the temerity to break the pledge can virtually count on drawing a more conservative primary opponent.

Perry Weed, founder of the economic club, calls it a non-partisan, no-political and not-for-profit group. Founded last year, Weed said it now has a mailing list of more than 200 members.