Posts tagged: Tea Party Boise
Chad Inman, elected last month to replace Russ Smerz, has revived a board that dwindled to three members, aims to collaborate with other Idaho tea party groups and plans a scholarship and other tactics to lure younger members. “Tea Party Boise has a large task at hand,” he writes in the group's latest newsletter. “That is to build an organization so powerful that when we ask our respective elected officials for their help we actually get it. When we demand something be done, it is done.” I spoke with the new leader of Idaho's biggest tea party outfit Tuesday morning. “We're really making an effort to expand,” he said. “If you go to a Tea Party Boise event the average age has got to be 60-plus. It'll just blow your mind what we're going to do to get young people interested. We're going to use all forms of media”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Is the Tea Party agenda something that a young person would be interested in?
Congressman Raúl Labrador (ID-01) participated in a press conference today with fellow conservative freshman members to request Speaker John Boehner direct their offices’ leftover funds of nearly $1.5 million to pay down the national debt. Congressman Labrador will return approximately $300,000 or 21 percent of the money his office was allotted for Fiscal Year 2011. In a letter addressed to Speaker Boehner, eight conservative freshman members said: “We understand that regular order prescribes the unused portions of our MRAs to languish in a shared fund for two years before being transferred to the Treasury. Following this procedure at a time when our public debt surpasses the size of our very economy makes little fiscal sense and is a poor representation of this House’s commitment to fiscal responsibility”/Ellen L. Carmichael, press secretary of Congressman Raul Labrador. More here.
Question: What do you make of this gesture by Labrador and the 7 other conservative congressmen?
Speakers promoting controversial conspiracy theories may be hurting ticket sales, according to Tea Party Boise, which is making a late push to improve attendance. Steven Jones, a physicist who founded Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice, will keynote “Awake and Arise America” set for Northwest Nazarene University's Brandt Center Friday and Saturday in Nampa. Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice says government and industry insiders had “foreknowledge of the time, place, and nature of the attack of September 11, 2001.” The group questions whether airplanes could have destroyed the Twin Towers and suggests a cover up. The second keynote speaker is Jack Monnett, a historian and author of, “Awakening to our Awful Situation: Warnings from the Nephi Prophets”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Will the kooky fringe ultimately bring down the Tea Party?
Writing in the new Tea Party Boise newsletter John Anderson says President Obama's speech on Middle East peace talks last week “was profoundly un-American, and overtly anti-Jewish in it's potential consequence.” “In the speech Obama stated that America supported, and in fact, mandated that any Palestinian/Israeli solution must be based on the borders in place prior to 1967,” writes Anderson, calling it a “reversal of position” in U.S. policy. “Another Holocaust can and will happen again unless good people stand up and speak with one voice against this anti-Jewish flood of hatred throughout the Middle East,” writes Anderson/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: How important is it to you that the United States stand by Israel?
Item: Tea Party Boise backs nullification, aims for 1,000 to show for Feb. 7 hearing/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman
More Info: Idaho's most active tea party group is urging members to help bring a crowd of at least 1,000 to next week's hearing on House Bill 59, which seeks to allow Idaho to deem federal laws null and void, including last year's health care law. “This is the line in the sand,” says a notice from Tea Party Boise. “On one side is federal tyranny — on the other side is freedom. What do you choose? If it is freedom — then be at the Capital (sic) on Feb. 7th.”
Question: What effect does the two rulings against 2010 health care reform have on Idaho's attempt to nullify the federal law on the state level?
Tea Party Boise has set two 2-hour town halls with 1st District Republican nominee Raul Labrador and not invited incumbent Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick. “We’ve made our choice and we want people to have a chance to ask him some tough questions,” said Brendan Smythe, president of the group. “We made the decision based on principles.” Tea Party Boise endorsed Labrador over then-favorite Vaughn Ward in the May GOP primary. Had Ward won, Smythe said the group’s general election endorsement may have gone to Minnick. “We’ve been reaching out to him and I have a good relationship with his staff”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo for illustrative purposes)
Question: Are you surprised that Tea Party Boise supported Labrador?
Item: Members of congressional delegation oppose repeal of 17th Amendment/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter.
More Info: Boise Tea Party Inc.’s spokesman Russ Smerz asked if candidates would be in favor of repealing the result of Borah’s efforts. Many of the candidates – there were 10 of them on stage – gave mixed answers, but the two men in the state’s hottest congressional race agreed that they would support repealing the amendment. Republicans Rep. Raul Labrador, a state representative from Eagle, and Vaughn Ward, a Marine reservist, both battling for the right to face Democratic incumbent Walt Minnick in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, said they would be in favor of giving the right to choose senators back to state legislators
Question: Do you support repealing the 17th Amendment and giving the right to choose senators back to state legislators, including the Idaho Legislature?
U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo has posted his responses to a “Tea Party Boise” candidate survey on his campaign website, including this oddity: Crapo told the group he “strongly agree(s)” with the statement, “I support term limits for Senators (2) and members of the House (3).” Here’s what’s odd: Crapo is currently seeking election to his third term in the U.S. Senate. If he strongly supports a limit of just two terms, does that mean he opposes his own re-election?/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise.
DFO: Although I prefer to have good Idaho congressmen stay in office as long as possible, to build up seniority and clout, I still chuckle when I see one of them back term limits (knowing it ain’t gonna happen) while running for more than two terms.
Question: It’s been a long time since I asked this one: Do you support term limits?
Question: Do you expect candidates to respond to surveys from special interest groups?
Roger Warrick, 71, from Boise, waves his flag on the state capitol steps in downtown Boise, Idaho during a Tea Party Boise tax day rally on Thursday. “I’m really worried about the way this country is headed,” said Warrick. ” I see this country moving further and further to the left, in fact, I almost think it’s moving toward communism. And I look at my grandchildren in which I have 23 and I see the debt that’s piling up under this administration and I just feel so bad for my children and grandchildren. We need to get involved and change this and we need to get back to the conservative principles that built this country.” (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Shawn Raaecke)