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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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Young women have formed  the word Paris with candles to mourn for the victims killed in  Friday's attacks in Paris, France, in front of the French Embassy in Berlin, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. French President Francois Hollande said more than 120 people died Friday night in shootings at Paris cafes, suicide bombings near France's national stadium and a hostage-taking slaughter inside a concert hall.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Politicize the Paris attacks

On Oct. 1, 2015, a gunman shot people at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon. The next day, Barack Obama announced he would politicize the event and push for gun control. Published November 14, 2015

Reform of the Criminal Justice System Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Criminal justice reform calls for hands-on jury

One of the hot political issues now is criminal justice reform, an issue that has been picked up by activists on both the left and the right. The most common reform discussion is sentencing reform. Published November 9, 2015

Kentucky Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin, right, and his wife, Glenna, react to the cheers of supporters during his introduction at the Republican Party victory celebration, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. Bevin has defeated Democrat Jack Conway to become only the second Republican governor in the state in four decades. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

8 Takeaways from the 2015 elections

The off-year elections were held Tuesday, and three states elected governors and Virginia held state legislative seats. The conventional wisdom was the Republicans would take the red states (Mississippi and Louisiana) and the Democrats would take Kentucky. Published November 4, 2015

House Speaker Paul Ryan is the youngest speaker in 150 years, according to a historical analysis. (Associated Press)

Tea Party activists should give Paul Ryan a chance

Paul Ryan had not yet been born when John Lennon sang "Give peace a chance." The Wisconsin Republican has now been elected the speaker of the House of Representatives and for a moment, his theme song should be "Give Paul Ryan a chance." Published October 30, 2015

Univ. of Tenn. wastes money on transgender program

The University of Tennessee rates as a pretty good state university. It likes to make headlines with winning football teams and basketball teams. It likes to be considered an above-average school. But it is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Published October 20, 2015

President Obama is pressing for fast-track powers now so that he can finalize an Asian trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, that he's negotiating with 11 other countries. A European trade deal could also be on the horizon. (Associated Press)

Shhh, 'Obamatrade' is here, and Congress is on the spot

The Republican Party slowly self destructed last week. While that drama worthy of the Netflix series "House of Cards" played out, there was other major news developing. The opening shots in what will probably be the last major congressional battle with the Obama Regime were fired. Published October 12, 2015

Illustration: Debt tsunami by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

Beware Republicans in Greek clothing

In less than a month, before John Boehner leaves his job as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Congress must once again consider raising the debt ceiling. Published October 5, 2015

A video released July 21, 2015, by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress as part of a three-year investigation, shows Planned Parenthood's Dr. Mary Gatter haggling over the price of aborted fetal tissue and contemplating the use of an alternative abortion method to obtain an intact fetus. (Screen grab from undercover video released by the Center for Medical Progress)

Tackle federal government waste with BRAC-like panel

One media outlet is reporting the story of a group called Enterprise Community Partners, a non-profit group that received more than $33 million in tax dollars in 2014. This group utterly failed in projects to help eradicate poverty, which is its mission. Published September 30, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio wipes his face during a news conference on Capitol Hill  in Washington, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. In a stunning move, Boehner informed fellow Republicans on Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, stepping aside in the face of hardline conservative opposition that threatened an institutional crisis. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

John Boehner departs - finally

On March 1, 2011, I became the first Tea Party leader to call for John Boehner to step down. On Friday, September 25, 2015, he announced he was resigning from Congress. Published September 26, 2015

9/11 scars have not faded, but the reality has

Fourteen years after Sept. 11, 2001, the scars have not faded but the reality of 9/11 has faded. America elected a president in 2008 who advocated retreat, who cheered America's Islamic enemies, who pandered to them and did everything possible to enable Islamic terrorism. Published September 11, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at FreedomFest in Las Vegas on July 11, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Numbers don't lie. Politicians do.

At the end of the day, politics is a numbers game and it is a very simple equation. Who has enough votes to win? Politicians, news agencies and pundits spend a lot of money and time analyzing data to tell everyone before the election who is going to win. Published September 1, 2015

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Will Republicans or the Grand Old Party win?

In early 2009, the Republican Party was on the political endangered-species list. It had lost the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate. Things were so bad that the Democrats were on their way to a super-majority in the Senate. Published August 23, 2015

A mushroom cloud rises moments after the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, Aug. 9, 1945.

Be grateful Truman nuked Japan

Every August, the left comes together to condemn the U.S. use of atomic bombs against Japan in 1945. This year is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Published August 6, 2015