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Rich Lowry: The return of the tea party

It’s 2009 again, or feels like it. The protesters then were inveighing against Obamacare; the protesters now are striking out against the coronavirus lockdowns.

U.S. agrees to pay tea party groups in suits over IRS scrutiny

The Trump administration has agreed to a “very substantial” payout and is apologizing to tea party groups to settle lawsuits over the extra, often burdensome IRS scrutiny they received when applying for tax-exempt status during the 2012 election.

Why the right targets Ryan

They don’t view themselves as people with specific practical goals who are willing to negotiate and perhaps compromise to reach those goals. Instead, they’re heroic revolutionaries, rousing the rabble and terrifying the establishment.

Council salute to Muslim group draws protest

The Spokane City Council stepped squarely into the middle of a national debate over Muslims in America, approving a salutation to local Muslims that recognizes their contributions to the community. A proposal that seemed a simple idea a few weeks ago generated a protest from some of Spokane’s tea party faithful, who gathered outside the council’s town hall meeting at the Northeast Community Center for what they called “a rally for Spokane values.”

Editorial: Congress should reauthorize jobs-maker Ex-Im Bank

Reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank should be high, if not first, on the congressional agenda when members return next week. The bank’s charter expires at the end of this month, and killing an institution that supports more than 200,000 jobs – 85,000 in Washington – makes no sense. Unfortunately, the bank practically defines the fracture line between establishment and tea party Republicans.

Tea party official in Cochran photos case dies

RIDGELAND, Miss. — A tea party official charged with conspiring to take photos of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife inside a nursing home apparently committed suicide Friday, police said, days after Cochran won a nasty Republican primary.

Idaho’s GOP convention adjourns without electing chairman, setting platform

Idaho’s state Republican Party convention degenerated into a fiasco Saturday after attempts to disqualify up to a third of the delegates attending appeared to be succeeding – and the convention adjourned without electing a chairman, setting a platform or doing any of its scheduled business. “For three weeks I’ve tried to broker a deal to prevent what happened today,” 1st District Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador told Idaho Public Television just after the convention adjourned. Labrador was the convention chairman and wants to be the next Majority Leader of the U.S. House.

Kathleen Parker: Cantor’s upset was his own doing

About that stunning defeat. Conventional Wisdom, that self-righteous propagandist, has it that Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s trouncing by an academic, tea-sipping nobody marks the end of the GOP establishment.

Eye on Boise: Low turnouts fuel incumbent losses in primary

BOISE – Widely varying turnout around the state meant that of the six legislative incumbents defeated in the May 20 primary, two were turned out of office by just tiny slices of the electorates in their districts. The lowest-turnout races that dumped incumbents were in North Idaho. Longtime Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, the Senate Education Committee chairman, was defeated by activist Mary Souza with just 3,440 people casting ballots, or 15 percent of registered voters. Freshman Rep. Ed Morse, R-Hayden, was beaten by Eric Redman with 4,736 people voting, or 18.5 percent of the registered voters in the district.

Miss. GOP Senate candidates face likely runoff

WASHINGTON — Locked in a squeaker of a race, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 runoff after battling to a near-draw Tuesday in a primary that underscored Republican differences. Unofficial returns from 99 percent of the state’s precincts showed McDaniel with slightly under 50 percent of the vote in a three-way race and Cochran slightly under 49 percent. It takes a majority by one candidate to avoid a runoff.

Spin Control: News is something to click about

OLYMPIA – With the Legislature gone and the campaign season not officially starting until Monday, there was time last week to catch up on things like news of the world, email and important calendar dates. The capital bureau office television has been stuck on TVW for months, but the cable subscription includes the 24-hour news channels. Wonder what’s on?

Didier announces run for 4th District seat

Former NFL tight end and also-ran for Senate seat Clint Didier said Monday he will seek election to Congress in Washington's 4th District following a retirement announcement from Rep. Doc Hastings.

Bipartisan budget deal may be sign of waning tea party influence

WASHINGTON – Hard-fought passage of a $1 trillion bipartisan spending bill brings to an end – for now – the era of tea-party-driven budget battles in Congress as Republican leaders part ways with their party’s rebellious hard-liners and look toward new political battles. Since grass-roots conservatives hoisted Republicans to power in the House with the 2010 midterm election, party leaders can boast that they’ve helped slash government spending to George W. Bush-era levels, even after Democrats increased budgets to help the nation rebound from the recession. Billions of dollars in specialty earmark spending – once commonly used by lawmakers to fund pet projects – are relics of the past.