Posts tagged: tea party
Phil Damiano, with his wife, Leslie, speaks to the Women Republicans at today's monthly meeting about how the IRS intemidated them into dissolving the local Tea Party organization. Leslie Damiano is the President of the Women Republicans in Coeur d'Alene. Many of the members of the Women Republicans helped with Tea Party events in Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls areas. United States Senator Crapo is using the paper work the Damianos received from the IRS requestion information to assistant him in interrogating witnesses in Washington D.C. On of the requests the IRS made was to have the password to their web site so it could investigate them further. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
As part of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee’s investigation into alleged Internal Revenue Service (IRS) harassment of Tea Party and other conservative organizations, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has submitted documents and testimony from a Coeur d’Alene-area couple. Crapo will meet Friday with Phil and Leslie Damiano, of Hayden Lake, who submitted the documents, during a special meeting of the Panhandle Pachyderm Club in Post Falls. The meeting at Templin’s Red Lion Inn is free and open to the public. The Damianos submitted copies of letters written to their Tea Party Patriots of North Idaho group from the IRS. The group had applied for 503 (c) (4) status with the IRS on the recommendation of their CPA who stated that the group clearly fit into the description of the status. The letters asked seriously invasive questions about the group, speakers and donors/News Release, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo's office. More here.
Question: Now is the IRS scandal starting to hit closer to home?
U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, asks: U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew: “Are you or is the IRS taking the position that somehow this coalition of audits that focused on people from these political perspectives just happened accidently?”
The man who led the Internal Revenue Service when it was giving extra scrutiny to tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status told Congress on Tuesday that he knew little about what was happening while he was still commissioner. Douglas Shulman, who vacated his position last November when his five-year term expired, told the Senate Finance Committee he didn’t learn all the facts until he read last week’s report by a Treasury inspector general confirming the targeting strategy. In his first public remarks since the story broke, Shulman said: “I agree this is an issue that when someone spotted it, they should have brought it up the chain. And they didn’t. I don’t know why”/Associated Press. More here.
Question: Do you think this targeting of Tea Party groups just happened?
I'm trying my darndest to figure out what political party Trustee Brent Regan belongs to. The Regan Republicans and United Conservatives of North Idaho are fond of him. Which means he's on the right edge of the local Republican scale. If he's a Republican. Libertarian Wayne Hoffman has added him to his Idaho Freedom Foundation board of directors. He's spoken at local Tea Party functions. Now, he's involved, with Tea Party Patriots of North Idaho and the Sandpoint Tea Party in bringing “Virtual President” Bill Whittle to Coeur d'Alene (at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Coeur d'Alene Inn). In an email promoting the event circulated by Regan and Pam Stout of the Sandpoint Tea Party, Regan writes: “We wanted to give the area conservative leaders the first opportunity to reserve tables.” No where in the email is the word “Republican” mentioned. So is Tea Party and Republican Party synonymous in Kootenai County and North Idaho? You can see flyer for Whittle event here.
Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, and six other lawmakers are seeking an inquiry into possible violations of the Idaho Telephone Solicitation Act by opponents Gov. Butch Otter’s health insurance exchange bill. Horman said she received about 120 computer generated calls on her unlisted cell phone and office phone that that failed to include legally required disclosures, including the identity of the person for whom the call is made. The purpose of the message and contact information for the caller also are required. The calls were made Saturday and Tuesday, Horman said. Tea Party Boise President Chad Inman told me Tuesday the calls were made on behalf of Gem State Tea Party, an umbrella group uniting 13 Idaho Tea Party groups/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Would you like to see the Idaho AG take action on this request?
The new group that consolidates Tea Party branches across Idaho, urges “yes” votes on the three 2011 education laws authored by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. “FACTS and LOVE of Idaho's kids caused us to endorse Yes Yes Yes to keep Education Modernization Laws!” says the group in an email announcing a special edition newsletter. The newsletter reprints content provided by the Idaho Freedom Foundation, including an editorial by Executive Director Wayne Hoffman. Also includes a dissent from Bob Compton, a veterinarian, who questions the laptop mandate and says “Luna is encouraging implementation of a federal/UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) program for our students that will move Idaho's education system even further away from local control”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo)
The surprise story of the 2010 midterm elections was the Tea Party, both in Idaho and across the nation. If was as if the silent majority that former President Richard Nixon referenced awoke from a long winter’s nap and made its collective voice heard on Election Day. But the party in Idaho has been less seen and not very vocal since. However, don’t be fooled, say some Idaho Tea Party folks. The surprise star of the 2010 election cycle is “just getting warmed up” and is growing “larger and stronger.” Tea Party Boise is the largest such organization in Idaho and claims a membership of “about 3,500 people.” And its noted skill at getting out the vote on election day 2010 popped up again on the day of the Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama’s health care plan/Parrish Miller, Idaho Reporter. More here. (Idaho Reporter photo of Tea Party Boise protesting Obamacare decision)
Question: Is the Tea Party movement in Idaho as strong today as it was two years ago?
The upcoming Idaho Republican Party convention, which kicks off Thursday and runs through Saturday, will show whether Idaho's tea-party tide will rise further or if it's on the ebb in this election year, writess AP reporter John Miller. Miller reports that at the party's 2008 Sandpoint convention, as well as the 2010 edition in Idaho Falls, mainstream Republicans rolled their eyes as libertarians added planks to the party platform — the GOP's guiding document — urging the Federal Reserve's abolition, the gold standard's resurrection, support for “nullifying” federal laws and abandoning popular elections of U.S. senators. Yet tea party candidates were repudiated in May's GOP primary, with several high-profile challenges to mainstream GOP incumbents falling far short/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: Will the Tea Party emerge stronger/as strong/weaker from Idaho Republican Party convention?
Harry Truman famously said, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” I’ll offer the Johnson Corollary to Truman’s great one liner: “in politics, it is almost always your friends who cause you trouble.” Most every politician I have known has a very good idea from which direction the partisan opposition will attack. It’s the onslaught from friends that is harder to anticipate and even more difficult to combat. From Idaho to Indiana today, the Republican Party is in full revolt against itself and the soldiers in this war of the friends – faintly moderate Republicans battling really, really conservative Republicans – are in full battle gear. The most recent purge of the “moderates” claimed its latest victim yesterday when 36-year Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar lost by 20 points in a GOP primary. Lugar, 80-years old, and portrayed as a squishy bipartisan moderate, was retired by the same type of voter who will next week take the Idaho GOP in an ever more rightward direction/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here.
Question: Can the Tea Party survive without moderate Republican votes?
Now that the Idaho Republican Party is requiring candidates to pledge their support to the state party's platform or outline where they disagree, the candidate surveys are taking on new significance as primary elections approach, reports AP reporter John Miller, and they've divided the state's dominant political party. Jonathan Parker, executive director of the state GOP, told Miller the review “gives people the opportunity to find out where the candidates stand.” But critics such as Priest Lake Republican Rep. Eric Anderson, pictured, say it's an unnecessary “purity test.” “It's silly,” Anderson said. He added, “There's always going to be things in life you disagree with.” The platform includes planks such as calling for the repeal of the 17th Amendment, which let voters, rather than state legislatures, elect U.S. senators; returning to the gold standard; abolishing the state's redistricting commission and handing that task back to the state Legislature; and calling for state nullification of federal laws/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: Would you return this survey if you were running for election as a Republican candidate?
Three years ago, Eric Olsen was a petroleum engineer hungry for employment and fed up with the skyrocketing national debt, newly elected U.S. President Barack Obama and a seemingly lost Republican Party. So, he struck out for the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn with a picket sign and an American flag. It was April 15, Tax Day. He was joined by several dozen other locals who like Olsen were too angry at pork barrel spending by GOP lawmakers to call themselves Republicans, too tired of yelling at the pundits on Fox News to stay at home and yell at the television anymore. The people on the courthouse lawn that day carried signs protesting just about everything from immigration to deficit spending to something called the left-wing socialist agenda. A man in the front of the pack held up the book “God’s Politics; Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It.” Several of the placards held up read “Taxed Enough Already,” or TEA for short. This was the beginning of the (Billings) Tea Party/Tom Lutey, Billings Gazette. More here. (AP file photo: Sarah Palin addresses Tea Party rally at Reno, Nev., in October 2010)
Question: How has the Tea Party reshaped the Republican Party?
Looks like RecallCDA will be using its Tea Party connections to collect signatures tonight at the Greyhound Track. Someone pseudonymed William Wallace posted this in a comment thread: “RecallCDA will be collecting signatures at the Conservative Candidate Forum, April 11th, Greyhound Park, Post Falls. Doors open at 5:00. Stop by, sign the petition and meet the candidates that will be on the May 15th primary ballot.”
Jan Wisniewski believes the Democrats these days tend to lean toward socialism. In his mind, some of their ideas might even be considered Marxist. And so the chairman of the Ravalli County planning board – who most would have sworn in the past to be a staunch Republican – is on this year’s ballot as Democrat in both a county and a state race. “I am. I am a Democrat,” Wisniewski said in an interview last week. “It says so right there on the ballot. We want to get some balance in things and do some compromising with these hard-line leftists.” Wisniewski’s candidacy, and that of seven others running for the seldom-contested position of Democratic precinct captain, has members of the Ravalli County Democratic Central Committee crying foul/Perry Baucus, Ravalli Republic. More here.
Question: What do you think of the tactic being employed by the Tea Party Right in Ravalli County, Mont.?
Classified ad in this week's Nickel's Worth: “Tea Party and Patriot meeting, Monday, March 5th, 6:30 p.m., Blanchard Community Center. Discussion will include Republican caucus, candidate forum, caribou update, Idaho Lightfoot Militia and Obamacare.”
Question: Can anyone interpret this? Has North Idaho Tea Party and Patriot types thrown in with Idaho Lightfoot Militia? Or do they want to discussion combining forces? Or what?
Richard Mack will not be speaking at this year's Lincoln Day Dinner. After nearly two hours of often acrimonious debate, a nearly evenly divided Kootenai County Republican Central Committee voted Tuesday in favor of rescinding the party's invitation to Mack, a Tea Party activist and former Arizona sheriff, to be the keynote speaker at their March 24 dinner and fundraiser. The roll call vote of 31-30 was taken after the party chair, Tina Jacobson (pictured), defended the procedure followed to select Mack and chided a group of elected precinct committee members for signing a letter opposing Mack's selection and giving the letter to members of the media. “We've had discussions in this room about airing our laundry in the press,” Jacobson said. She said going to the newspapers with party business hurts the organization and shows divisiveness. “And the Democrats are passing the popcorn,” Jacobson said/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Did Kootenai County Republicans help/hurt themselves by disinviting controversial Richard Mack to speak at their Lincoln Day Dinner March 24?
In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press (re: GOP faction opposes Richard Mack speech), Thomas Robinson, GOPrecinct 2 Committeeman from Spirit Lake writes: “Of the Central Committee members who signed the letter, one has been to one meeting since the last primary, one attended two, and five more have missed five to 15 meetings. If they would get involved, perhaps they would know more. That would require some effort on their part, but they think they should be the VIP boss, and the VIP doesn’t work. Since they aren’t the VIP, they would rather sulk and complain. On one of my shifts at the county fair, one of your complainers showed up. He sat in the back of the booth the whole shift, talking on his phone. Did no work. Haven’t noticed a lot of them participating at the three parades I was in, either.” More here. (Wikipedia photo of Richard Mack)
Question: Would you want to hear controversial ex-Arizona sheriff Richard Mack speak?
OutofStaterTater: If I’m late to the party on this topic, I apologize, but I thought this was totally sweet: the keynote for the Kootenai County Lincoln Day this year is Sheriff Richard Mack, who regularly speaks to, and works with…wait for it…The John Birch Society. Ok, so that’s not totally sweet. Actually, it’s an embarassment. Yes folks, the John Birch Society - the group that accused Eisenhower of being a communist operative. The group that thought Reagan was a liberal and a sellout to the left. ?!? The group that regularly peddles paranoid conspiracy theories and thinly-veiled anti-Semitism. And Sheriff Mack apparently thinks that’s all ok. So does the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee, apparently. Yow.
Question: Are there any official John Birch Society groups meeting in the Inland Northwest?