Tea Party

The Source - May 22, 2014
1:03 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

The Source: Tea Party Strength At The Polls

WFAA and the Texas Tribune

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?

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2014 Election
10:02 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Tea Party Republicans Urge Attorney General Candidate Branch To Bow Out

Dan Branch
Campaign file photo

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. The letter asks Branch to drop out of the race.  Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) was one of the undersigned and says based on election returns, Branch doesn’t have a chance.

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Texas Matters
3:11 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

What Does The March Primary Tell Us About Texas Politics Going Forward?

David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: 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.

Tea party remains strong in Texas

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.

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2014 Primary Election
1:49 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Tea Party Influence Uncertain After Texas Primary Races

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 3:02 pm

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’s most conservative states.

But to find out exactly how much, Texans will have to wait.

In a primary where an extraordinary number of statewide positions were up for grabs following Gov. Rick Perry’s decision not to seek another term, some incumbent candidates successfully fought to beat back tea party challengers Tuesday.

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Texas Politics
3:13 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Business Groups Speak Out Against Tea Party Legislators Who Opposed Funding Bills

The Texas Future Business Alliance is hoping to get Republican candidates through the primary who support funding urgent state needs like water, roads and education, all hot topics in the last legislative session.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

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 -- the group’s effort is in response to actions taken in the past legislative session against state infrastructure bills.

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.

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Texas Politics
10:29 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Tom DeLay Says He Is On A Mission From God

Tom DeLay
U.S. Government File Photo

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Republican Tom DeLay told a tea party group that God has told him to lead a constitutional revival. What that means for his political future remains to be seen.  

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.

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Texas Education
9:14 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Tea Party Launches Offensive To Impeach Board Of Education Member

Thomas Ratliff, who represents District 9 on the Texas State Board Of Education.
State of Texas

State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff, 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.

"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.

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The Source - June 3, 2013
9:21 am
Mon June 3, 2013

The Source: Norman Rockwell At The McNay | IRS Red Flags

Norman Rockwell recruited Stockbridge neighbors, including state trooper Richard Clemens and 8-year-old Eddie Locke, to model for The Runaway.
The Norman Rockwell Family Agency

In the first segment:

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 San Antonio Tea Party has joined a class action lawsuit against the IRS and persons within it.  

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Texas Matters
1:56 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

How Much Scrutiny Is Fair When Seeking To Be Tax Exempt?

Flickr user Rob Chandanais (BlueRobot) cc

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?

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Federal Government
10:50 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Mixed Reviews For Sen. Ted Cruz’s D.C. Debut

Ted Cruz in a September 2012 photo.
cc Wikipedia Commons

Sen. Ted Cruz 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.

The Senate Armed Services Committee hearings for defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel were already tough, but then it was Cruz’s turn he turned up the heat.

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