Tea Party http://tpr.org en The Source: Tea Party Strength At The Polls http://tpr.org/post/source-tea-party-strength-polls <p>With tea party-backed candidates losing big races in Kentucky with Sen. Mitch McConnell and in North Carolina with Thom Tillis, as well as less well-known races in Oregon and Georgia, is the national tea party movement in decline?</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 18:03:48 +0000 Paul Flahive 32156 at http://tpr.org The Source: Tea Party Strength At The Polls Tea Party Republicans Urge Attorney General Candidate Branch To Bow Out http://tpr.org/post/tea-party-republicans-urge-attorney-general-candidate-branch-bow-out <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of Tea Party Republicans from the Texas House have issued an open letter to State Rep. Dan Branch, who's facing a May 27 runoff election with Ken Paxton for the Republican nomination in the Attorney General’s race.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;The letter asks Branch to drop out of the race</span>.&nbsp;&nbsp;Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) was one of the undersigned and says based on election returns, Branch doesn’t have a chance.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 03:02:42 +0000 Ryan Poppe 28094 at http://tpr.org Tea Party Republicans Urge Attorney General Candidate Branch To Bow Out What Does The March Primary Tell Us About Texas Politics Going Forward? http://tpr.org/post/what-does-march-primary-tell-us-about-texas-politics-going-forward <p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> Breaking down results from the March primary election -- there were some surprises, but for most it was just another day at the office. Also on this show: Changes at the Southern Poverty Law Center.</p><p><strong>Tea party remains strong in Texas</strong></p><p>Tuesday was primary day in Texas, the first in the nation and a kickoff for the 2014 election season. The two top candidates looking for party nominations for governor -- Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis -- had their expected solid wins.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:11:42 +0000 David Martin Davies 27880 at http://tpr.org What Does The March Primary Tell Us About Texas Politics Going Forward? Tea Party Influence Uncertain After Texas Primary Races http://tpr.org/post/tea-party-influence-uncertain-after-texas-primary-races The first primary in what Republicans hope is a triumphant election year sent a message that U.S. Sen Ted Cruz and the tea party still wield considerable influence in one of the nation&#8217;s most conservative states.<p>But to find out exactly how much, Texans will have to wait.<p>In a primary where an extraordinary number of statewide positions were up for grabs following Gov. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:49:55 +0000 editor 27757 at http://tpr.org Business Groups Speak Out Against Tea Party Legislators Who Opposed Funding Bills http://tpr.org/post/business-groups-speak-out-against-tea-party-legislators-who-opposed-funding-bills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some of Texas’ biggest trade and business associations are looking to counter anti-big government groups like the tea party that have crowded recent Republican primaries -- </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the group’s effort is in response to actions taken in the past legislative session against state infrastructure bills.</span></p><p>The Texas Future Business Alliance is made up of ten business groups that are supporting Republican candidates who have supported water infrastructure bills and transportation and education funding in the past.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:13:43 +0000 Ryan Poppe 24699 at http://tpr.org Business Groups Speak Out Against Tea Party Legislators Who Opposed Funding Bills Tom DeLay Says He Is On A Mission From God http://tpr.org/post/tom-delay-says-he-mission-god <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former U.S. House Majority Leader Republican Tom DeLay told a tea party group that God has told him to lead a constitutional revival. </span>What that means for his political future remains to be seen.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Speaking to the Texas Patriots at an event in the North Texas town of Burleson on Tuesday, Oct. 22, DeLay called on them to join him in a constitutional revolution.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:29:16 +0000 Ryan Poppe 20834 at http://tpr.org Tom DeLay Says He Is On A Mission From God Tea Party Launches Offensive To Impeach Board Of Education Member http://tpr.org/post/tea-party-launches-offensive-impeach-board-education-member <p><a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/Communications/State_Board_of_Education/SBOE_Member_District__9/" target="_blank">State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff</a>, who is a Republican, has backed the use of online lesson plan provider CSCOPE from the beginning, but the groups making the push to impeach are not using that as their reason to oust him.</p><p>"They allege that because I represent Microsoft as a paid lobbyist at the Texas Legislature that that somehow disqualifies me or gives me a conflict of interest on the State Board of Education," Ratliff said.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:14:03 +0000 Ryan Poppe 16686 at http://tpr.org Tea Party Launches Offensive To Impeach Board Of Education Member The Source: Norman Rockwell At The McNay | IRS Red Flags http://tpr.org/post/source-norman-rockwell-mcnay-irs-red-flags <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the Cleveland office of the Internal Revenue Service, a technique to flag certain 501(c)4 applications for tax exempt status has turned into a national scandal, with conservative groups crying foul. The </span><a href="http://www.sanantonioteaparty.us/satp-joins-federal-lawsuit-against-irs/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">San Antonio Tea Party has joined a class action lawsuit</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> against the IRS and persons within it. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 14:21:45 +0000 Paul Flahive 12369 at http://tpr.org The Source: Norman Rockwell At The McNay | IRS Red Flags How Much Scrutiny Is Fair When Seeking To Be Tax Exempt? http://tpr.org/post/how-much-scrutiny-fair-when-seeking-be-tax-exempt <p></p><p>A fact that is being overlooked as the IRS scandal plays out is that both conservative and progressive groups were required to answer additional questions. Two Texas groups talk about the extra questionnaire and why they feel they deserve to be tax free. Also on this show: In the last two years, 60 women's health clinics were forced to close, so why did the state have $2.3 million in unspent federal funds, which was available to keep clinics running?</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 18:56:19 +0000 David Martin Davies 11568 at http://tpr.org How Much Scrutiny Is Fair When Seeking To Be Tax Exempt? Mixed Reviews For Sen. Ted Cruz’s D.C. Debut http://tpr.org/post/mixed-reviews-sen-ted-cruz-s-dc-debut <p></p><p><a href="http://www.cruz.senate.gov/" target="_blank">Sen. Ted Cruz</a> has been on the job seven weeks, and in that short time he’s made a big splash in Washington D.C. Speculation about the dynamic freshman legislator is blistering the blogosphere, and many are wondering if the Republican Party can control Cruz.</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:50:54 +0000 David Martin Davies 6571 at http://tpr.org Mixed Reviews For Sen. Ted Cruz’s D.C. Debut