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LA Times: Tea Parties Going Local In GOP

The LA Times has a great article on Tea Parties across the US who are working to take control of their local GOP precincts.  Well worth reading the whole thing.

Quick quote:

Conservative activists who once protested the political establishment are now flooding the lowest level of the Republican Party apparatus hoping to take over the party they once scorned — one precinct at a time.

Across the country, tea party groups that had focused on planning rallies are educating members on how to run for GOP precinct representative positions. The representatives help elect county party leaders, who write the platform and, in some places, determine endorsements.

“That’s where it all starts. That’s where the process of picking candidates begins. It’s not from [GOP leader] Michael Steele’s office down. It’s from the ground up,” said Philip Glass, whose National Precinct Alliance is among the groups advocating the strategy. “The party is over for the old guard.”

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CNN Poll: Three-fourths Think Officials Dishonest

Quick quote:

Three quarters of people questioned in the survey think that modern-day federal officials are not honest, a figure that is essentially unchanged since 1994. But the poll suggests that Americans think the problem of dishonesty is not a new one.

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CNN Poll: 86% Think Government Is Broken

Quick quote:

The number of Americans who think the government is broken has grown eight points since 2006. “That increase is highest among higher-income Americans and people who live in rural areas,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but those are the groups that make up the bulk of the Tea Party activists today.”

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Oklahoma Liberty Conference 2009

Some home-turf reporting here.

News 9 reports on the Oklahoma Liberty Conference, interviewing attendees and speaking to a political science professor about the movement.

NewsOK also covered the conference.  A couple of cuts from their story:

“Somehow in this country, we’ve come to believe that the federal government has a legal right to do just about anything that it wants to do,” said Rep. Charles Key, who spoke at the conference. “But the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and it either means what it says or it doesn’t mean anything at all. What it says is that no person is above the supreme law of the land, no person or institution – not the Congress, not the president, not the Supreme Court. They all must follow the law and if they don’t then we’ve got a problem and that’s what we’re faced with in this country today.”

The main attraction at the conference was Richard Mack, a former Arizona sheriff who successfully challenged the constitutionality of the Brady Bill. He was the first sheriff to file a lawsuit in 1994 against the federal government, claiming it could not order county sheriffs to enforce the measure. The Brady Bill requires a five-day waiting period before handgun purchases by an individual as well as a background check on potential handgun buyers.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision based on the 10th Amendment, ruled in favor of the sheriffs.

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San Diego Tea Party

Sign On San Diego reports a Tea Party there drew 1,000 people:

A rally inspired by the national Tea Party political protest movement drew — by organizers’ estimates — about 1,000 people to El Cajon’s Renette Park on Saturday.

Many carried homemade signs with messages such as “Stop Big Government” and “I didn’t vote for this Obamanation” as they listened to several elected officials and political candidates, mostly Republican, express frustration over issues ranging from taxes to health care reforms being considered in Washington, D.C.

The event was organized by a recently formed group called the East County Tea Party, said a founder, Alpine resident Barry Willis.

H/t Instapundit, who has done an excellent job covering tea parties over the last year.

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Ongoing CPAC Coverage

C-SPAN Day 1

C-SPAN Day 2

PJTV Coverage

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Saturday Silliness: February 20, 2010

Creative Loafing reports that the Atlanta Progressive News has fired senior staff writer Jonathan Springston for insisting that there is an objective reality that can be reported on objectively.  The APN wrote an email regarding the firing:

At a very fundamental, core level, Springston did not share our vision for a news publication with a progressive perspective. He held on to the notion that there was an objective reality that could be reported objectively, despite the fact that that was not our editorial policy at Atlanta Progressive News. It just wasn’t the right fit.

As Frank J. suggests, does this make them the “reality denial based community”?

Generally, on Saturdays I would like to put up pure silly stuff, just for fun, but so often these days the news reads just like parody.

H/t IMAO.

Speaking of which, the blog IMAO is a pretty silly conservative site, in a good way.  Frank J. Fleming, the proprietor over there, also does satire at Pajamas Media.

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First Anniversary of Santelli’s Rant Heard ’round the World

Publius at Big Government reminds us that today is the first anniversary of Rick Santelli’s rant that, for many, was the first rallying cry for the Tea Party.

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Charles Jaco Confronted About Tea Party Coverage

St. Louis Reporter Charles Jaco was confronted about his use of “teabagger” slur.  Video at Sharp Elbows.

Warning: Some explicit language.

Hat tip the blogprof.

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Fox Reports Tea Party Candidates Challenging Ron Paul

Judson Berger of FoxNews reports:

Though Ron Paul may be the model of the grassroots-backed conservative candidate that Tea Party groups are looking for, the candidates challenging him in the Republican primary this year say the good doctor brought it on himself — by spending too much time running for president and not enough time tending to his district, and being so prickly with congressional colleagues as to render himself obsolete.

“He’s not being involved in his district,” said Gerald Wall, one of three Tea Party-connected candidates running against Paul in the primary.

“He’s unwilling to work with others, and people are unwilling to work with him, and so we have no voice in Congress,” said candidate Tim Graney, calling Paul one of the most “ineffective” members on Capitol Hill.

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