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End of an era? Tea party class of House Republicans fades

Eight years later, the House Tea Party Caucus is long gone. So, too, are almost half the 87 new House Republicans elected in the biggest GOP wave since the 1920s.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017

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 …


IRS agents: Public testimony would put their lives in danger

IRS officials facing a tea party lawsuit over alleged targeting say their lives would be in danger if they testify publicly.


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 …


UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017

Carolyn F. Mattoon: Bridge the political chasm with civil activism

Tea party methods has been noted and modified for use by a growing nationwide coalition of concerned citizens in the Indivisible movement and other like-minded groups.


Charles Krauthammer: Trump’s victory a revolting paradox

If insufficient resistance to Obama’s liberalism created this sense of betrayal, why in a field of 17 did Republican voters choose the least conservative candidate?


Ex-Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, ousted in tea party wave, has died

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah, who was known during his 18 years representing the conservative state as someone who could work across the aisle, has died at age …


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. …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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, …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2014

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 …


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 …


Charles Krauthammer: Shutdown was Democrats’ doing

The Obamacare/shutdown battle has spawned myriad myths. The most egregious concern the substance of the fight, the identity of the perpetrators and the origins of the current eruption. 1. Substance


Froma Harrop: Time to throw the tea party overboard

Note how tea party politicians routinely start their remarks with “The American people want.” And what “the American people want” conveniently coincides with their ideological preferences. It would seem that …


Obama: GOP ’grandstanding’ in budget battle

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says a failure to increase the government’s borrowing authority would effectively shutter the economy.


Race splits Positive Change

Battle lines are being drawn in what is shaping up to be an acrimonious City Council race in Spokane Valley. Different factions of the Positive Change group that swept five …


Former IRS chief: Can’t say how targeting happened

WASHINGTON — 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 …


Huckleberries: Beware, or embrace, the donut burgers truck

Restaurant reviewer Patrick Jacobs claims he ate a donut burger after hours from an unnamed food truck in downtown Coeur d’Alene on Saturday, July 21. You read that right – …


Woman’s Club plans children’s tea party

A group of Spokane women got together in 1905 and formed the Woman’s Club of Spokane. Just five years later, the women had raised enough money to build their own …


Idaho’s Labrador forms tea party bloc

WASHINGTON – Freshman Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, dissatisfied with news coverage dominated by the top members of the House of Representatives, has put together a group of tea party-backed freshmen …


Spin Control: Math, civics pointers for the Occupy folks

OLYMPIA – It may be pointless to offer advice that hasn’t been requested, but should some leader of the Occupy movement ask I’d be happy to give it. This assumes, …


Spin Control: Consistency in the eye of the beholder

OLYMPIA – As the news media lurches between ignoring and overexposing the Occupy Wall Street/Spokane/Seattle/ Everywhere movement, is it too much to ask for the pontificators to show a little …


Key tea partyer on public payroll

BOISE – In the conservative crucible of Idaho’s far north, a tea party leader aiming to slim down government has a new title: government employee. Pam Stout, a tea party …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 14, 2011

Idaho tea party leader lands government job

In the conservative crucible of Idaho’s far north, a tea party leader aiming to slim down government has a new title: Government worker.


Tea party tiger now riding the GOP on debt bill

House Republicans rode the tea party tiger to power last fall. Now it’s turning on them, forcing party leaders to endure embarrassing delays and unwanted revisions to crucial debt-ceiling legislation.