Leaders of Tea Party, GOP to meet on strategies

WASHINGTON — About 50 leaders of the grassroots Tea Party movement will meet in Washington today with Republican Party chairman Michael Steele and other top party operatives to discuss campaign strategies and conservative principles.

The afternoon meeting on Capitol Hill will mark the first time a broad coalition of Tea Party organizers — who have railed against both the Democratic and the Republican establishments — will sit down with GOP leaders. Top Republican leaders have been openly courting Tea Party organizers, looking to marshal grassroots energy heading into November's midterm elections.

Karin Hoffman, founder of DC Works for Us, a Florida Tea Party group, said she initiated the meeting, but she dismissed any suggestion that Tea Party groups would merge with the Republican Party. The Washington Post

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Reporting from Washington - First there was the "tea party" protester. Now meet the Tea-publican.
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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."

In Arizona and Ohio, Republican Party officials report an increase in candidates running for precinct positions, which often sit open because of a lack of interest.

In South Carolina, a coalition of tea party groups has made a formal agreement with the state GOP to urge its members to get engaged at the precinct level.

In Nevada, a group of "constitutional conservatives" working under the tea party banner has already taken control of the Republican Party in the Las Vegas area, gaining enough strength to elect six of the seven members of the county executive committee. (MORE)

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SANDPOINT, Idaho — Pam Stout has not always lived in fear of her government. She remembers her years working in federal housing programs, watching government lift struggling families with job training and education. She beams at the memory of helping a Vietnamese woman get into junior college.

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Less than a year ago, Pam Stout was new to protest politics. Now she runs a Tea Party group in Sandpoint,

POST FALLS, IDAHO Richard Mack, a former Arizona sheriff, draws large crowds to rallies where he calls the federal government “the greatest threat we face.” More

But all that was before the Great Recession and the bank bailouts, before Barack Obama took the White House by promising sweeping change on multiple fronts, before her son lost his job and his house. Mrs. Stout said she awoke to see Washington as a threat, a place where crisis is manipulated — even manufactured — by both parties to grab power.

She was happily retired, and had never been active politically. But last April, she went to her first Tea Party rally, then to a meeting of the Sandpoint Tea Party Patriots. She did not know a soul, yet when they began electing board members, she stood up, swallowed hard, and nominated herself for president. “I was like, ‘Did I really just do that?’ ” she recalled.

Then she went even further. Worried about hyperinflation, social unrest or even martial law, she and her Tea Party members joined a coalition, Friends for Liberty, that includes representatives from Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project, the John Birch Society, and Oath Keepers, a new player in a resurgent militia movement. MORE)
"That is often the point when Tea Party supporters say they began listening to Glenn Beck."

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