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Two tea-party promoters, Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe of Freedomworks, offer a “manifesto” for the movement in today’s Wall Street Journal. The bit that’s getting all the attention doesn’t come until the end: [L]et us be clear about one thing: The tea party movement is not seeking a junior partnership with the Republican Party, but a hostile takeover of it.
Close to 300 Gwinnett County residents gathered at Suwanee Town Center Park on Monday evening to increase pressure on the County Commission to balance its budget without raising property taxes.The rally, sponsored by FreedomWorks and Atlanta Tea Party Patriots, featured an array of state and local officials, including state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, Rep. Melvin Everson (R-Snellville) and Secretary of State Karen Handel.“Real Republicans cut spending at all levels,” said County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau, who has already spoken out against the proposal.
Savannah — The 2009 Georgia Republican Convention is about to get under way — delegates are finding their counties in the Savannah Trade and Convention Center and the candidates’ hospitality suites are restocking food and beverage.There’s an energy out in the concourse where T-shirted volunteers for the various campaigns are offering stickers, hand bills and posters and various vendors are hawking their wares.
Who is the leader of the conservative movement? Is it Michael Steele at the Republican National Committee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, or even Rush Limbaugh? While they all may be movement leaders, today grass-roots activists across the country will answer the question — the taxpayer tea party is the movement’s leader.The tea parties are the shot across the bow as taxpayers defend themselves against out-of-control government spending.
<p>Saving the best for last, Gov. Sonny Perdue “sealed his legacy as one of America’s foremost ‘education governors’ ” last week.</p> <p>That’s the view of Lori Drummer, director of state projects for the Washington-based Alliance for School Choice, the nation’s largest nonprofit promoting school vouchers and scholarship tax credit programs. “Georgia is now a national leader in a school choice movement that is gaining momentum,” she said.</p>
<p>Up-and-comer Tom Graves, a state representative from Ranger, who was unceremoniously bumped from leadership, packed up and marched out of his Capitol office to digs across the street for bucking House Speaker Glenn Richardson on a transportation board election, is one of six conservatives honored in Washington. The Legislative Entrepreneur award was presented by FreedomWorks, a nationwide organization led by former House Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas. Others honored included Congressman Jeff Flake of Arizona and U.S. Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Jim DeMint of South Carolina, fiscal-conservative blue-chippers all.</p>
<p>History has some morning-after advice for politicians who can't resist making endorsements in primary elections: Don't do it.</p>
<p>When Republicans are advised to choose the black rather than the white in the 8th Congressional District runoff, a perfectly legitimate question arises: Isn't a preference that takes account of race affirmative action politics?</p> <p>That's a question conservatives debate as a result of Dylan Glenn's endorsements from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp. Both think Glenn's success would draw other blacks into the Republican Party, which is essential to building a stable governing majority.</p>
<p>Former GOP vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp tossed his support Monday to Dylan Glenn's candidacy for Georgia's 8th Congressional District.</p> <p>"He knows Washington, D.C.," Kemp, a former quarterback, New York congressman and U.S. housing secretary, said about Glenn. "He knows the 8th District. He was born in Georgia, in Columbus. This will give him an ability to represent the district immediately."</p>
<p>On numerous occasions, Nobel laureate Milton Friedman has argued that tax cuts are the only effective measure to discipline federal spending. In fact, the question of whether the tax cut will boost economic growth or stimulate the economy is secondary for Friedman.</p> <p>What is more important, and what should be the topic of debate, is the need to limit the size and scope of government, which at the federal level alone already consumes 20 percent of the nation's output.</p>