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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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Articles by Judson Phillips

Malaysian police forensic team members inspect a freshly exhumed human body from an unmarked grave in Wang Burma at the Malaysia-Thailand border outside Wang Kelian, Malaysia Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Malaysian authorities have found one corpse as they started digging for bodies at an abandoned jungle camp used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand. The discovery came as forensics teams began the grim task of exhuming nearly 140 suspected graves in the mountainous area where trafficking syndicates were known to hold migrants for ransom. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

Obama wants to trade human rights for trade authority

A lot of things happen in Washington that are never reported. Sometimes some stories don't make the news because the news cycle is being dominated by major stories, such as President Obama's terrorist stimulus program with Iran. Published July 17, 2015

William R. Horton

The 2016 not Willie Horton moment

In the autumn of 1988, "Willie Horton" became a household name. He was a convicted felon in Massachusetts, serving a life sentence for murder. Published July 9, 2015

The White House is lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday, June 26, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Libertarians got it right marriage

On Friday June 26th, in a stunning display of judicial insanity, the Supreme Court suddenly figured out there was a constitutional right to homosexual marriage. Published June 27, 2015

Worshippers embrace following a group prayer across the street from the scene of a shooting at Emanuel AME Church, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside the historic black church, killing multiple people, including the pastor, in an assault that authorities described as a hate crime. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ** FILE **

Defy Obama by supporting Charleston, S.C.

On June 17th, a 21-year-old man named Dylann Roof murdered nine people at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, , and he has reportedly confessed. Published June 19, 2015

Asked by a religious broadcaster about two campaign aides who support same-sex marriage, Jeb Bush said he doesn't ask questions about their sexuality. (Associated Press)

Bush, Clinton and the fix

Jeb Bush has announced his run for the Presidency. He wants to be the third Bush to inherit the White House. This main talking point was that Washington is broken and he can go to Washington and fix it. Published June 16, 2015

Illustration Obama lost Egypt by John Camejo for The Washington Times

Obama cheers America's enemies ... and more

Barack Obama supports America's enemies. Just say that and watch liberal heads explode in balls of gooey green jell, just like the Martians in the campy 1997 sci-fi spoof "Mars Attacks." Published June 7, 2015

European rescue crews are responding regularly as boats filled with refugees from Africa and the Middle East attempt a perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea. As many as 700 drowned trying to reach shore over the weekend. (Associated Press) **FILE**

If you can't be a good example, at least be a horrible warning

There is an old adage that goes, "If you can't be a good example, at least be a horrible warning." That is a warning America should pay attention to as this nation heads into the 2016 election. The Democrats want America to be much more like Europe. Europe has never been a good example but now at least parts of Europe are a horrible warning of what will happen if America continues to elect liberal Democrats. Published May 28, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to gather enough votes for at least a short-term extension of the Patriot Act. He supports the National Security Agency's phone-snooping program, which has generated heated debate in the Republican Party. (Associated Press) **FILE**

The long night of Republican suicide

When the 2016 elections are over and the history of those elections is written, the Friday before Memorial Day may go down in history as the day the Republican Party committed suicide. Published May 25, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John A. Boehner have tussled with their right flank over how best to advance a conservative agenda at the Capitol. (Associated Press) **FILE**

With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats?

If real Americans could sue politicians for breaking their promises, the Republican Party would be bankrupt. The Democrats may be the Party of Treason, but at least they tell America what they are doing and they try to keep their promises. That certainly cannot be said of the Republicans. Published May 19, 2015

David Brat says he is focusing right now on getting to know Virginia's 7th Congressional District rather than looking ahead to whom he would support as House speaker if he wins election, but he indicated that the economy is a big issue for him. (Associated Press) **FILE**

The year of Dave Brat

It has been one year since Dave Brat beat the political machine of then House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia. Since that time, Mr. Brat has been a great conservative Congressman, acting on his promises instead of breaking them. Published May 10, 2015

Pamela Geller, co-founder and president of Stop Islamization of America, is shown during the American Freedom Defense Initiative program at the Curtis Culwell Center on Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Garland, Texas. (Gregory Castillo/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

I am Pam Geller

On Sunday, jihadist Muslims attacked the "Draw Muhammad" competition in Garland, Texas. Published May 7, 2015

Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen Richard Durbin, D-Ill. questions Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, during the committee's hearing on oversight of the Homeland Security Department.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) **FILE**

The new axis of evil

There is a new axis of evil in the lives of real Americans. In 2002, then President George W. Bush coined the phrase in his State of the Union speech. That axis of evil was Iraq, Iran and North Korea. The new axis of evil is not in Asia nor is it in the Middle East. It is here in America. Published May 3, 2015

In this Jan. 23, 2013, file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

What did Hillary know and when did she know it?

In 1973, then-Tennessee Sen. Howard Baker asked the question that was heard around the world. "What did the President know and when did he know it?" That question now needs to be asked of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Published April 23, 2015