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Item: ‘We the People’ rally Friday: Group to protest congressional spending/Brian Walker, Press
More Info: Tea time, says Ron Nilson, should be about over for those wanting to send a message to Washington, D.C., that they’re concerned about government spending. A local non-partisan grassroots group will hold a “We the People” rally on Friday from 5:30-8 p.m. at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls to kick off Flag Day weekend and piggyback onto a similar event on April 15 in Coeur d’Alene. “This isn’t a tea party; it’s a we party,” said Nilson, CEO of Ground Force Manufacturing who will speak on Friday. “A tea party was a great start and an opportunity for people to understand what this is.
Question: Would you like to see the Tea Partiers stick around and become a political force?
The folks over at Huckleberries are holding forth on Tea Parties as a result of Sunday’s Spin Control Column on what Democrats and Republicans should learn from last week’s demonstrations.
It’s getting lively, as often happens at Huckleberries.Click here to join in the online conversation.
You’ve had a chance to read about the “tea parties”. For those who haven’t had enough of the accounts, here are some videos to watch:
O’Reilly on Fox News applauds “robust debate.”
Olberman points out problems with the DC protest.
Santelli, who sort of started the whole thing, “pretty proud of this.”
We’re repeating — without comment, endorsement or admonishment — schedules for the “Tea Parties” around the Inland Northwest today:
Coeur d’Alene: 3 p.m., Independence Point, City Park.
Colfax: 4 p.m., Codger Pole on South Main Street.
Colville:1 p.m., County Courthouse, S.215 Oak St.
Moscow: Noon, Friendship Square, Downtown.
Newport: 4 p.m., Oldtown Bridge
Priest River: Noon, City Hall on High Street
Pullman: Noon. Corner of Bethel and Lund
Spokane: 4:30 p.m., INB Performing Arts Center breezeway.
Walla Walla: Noon, Land Title Plaza, First and Main
A crumpet, if you will, on Wednesday’s Tea Parties on the West Side.
Initiative entrepreneur Tim Eyman is urging supporters to attend the Tea Parties to gather signatures for Initiative 1033, his latest attempt to rein in property taxes.
That’s not surprising; that’s just good strategy.
But what is surprising in a missive he sent to “Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc’d to the media, house & senate members, and Governor)” are his plans for the day. He’s speaking at the Tea Party in Olympia and Seattle. He’s got five minutes at the microphone at each event.
Tim Eyman speaking for only five minutes? Now that’s shocking.
Want the schedule for the Inland Northwest Tea Party nearest you. Click here to see the list blogged earlier today.
From the Spokane Convention Center to Coeur d’Alene’s Independence Point to the Codger Pole in Colfax, tax protesters around the Northwest will be gathering Wednesday at TEA Parties.
No plans to serve Orange Pekoe, though.
TEA in this case stands for Taxed Enough Already. It’s a movement fueled in part by talk radio and talking head television, with assists from the Ron Paul wing of the Republican Party, Libertarians and conservatives looking to put the breaks on federal spending to stimulate the economy.
Although organizers like to make reference to the Boston Tea Party, it’s unlikely that there will be much dumping of tea into bodies of water.
“That’s definitely not the plan,” said Gary Edgington, the organizer of the Spokane event, scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center breezeway. He’s hoping there won’t be hundreds or thousands of tea bags tossed in the nearby river that state and local environmental authorities would trace back to…him?
But there will be speech-making…