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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

Voters in Tennessee's 9th Congressional District to decide whether they will send a black woman who embraces the tea party to Congress. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Turning the tables on racial stereotype

Charlotte Bergmann is a black woman who openly embraces the tea party. If you believe the left-wing media, she doesn't exist, if you believe the liberals, you are more likely to see a unicorn than a Charlotte Bergmann. Published October 18, 2014

Milton Wolf, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Kansas, has painted his opponent as a Washington insider. (Associated Press) **FILE**

It is time for the tea party to disown Milton Wolf

If Milton Wolf is willing to sit on the sidelines and allow a liberal to win a conservative seat, then he is not a part of this movement. Greg Orman opposes everything the Tea Party stands for. Published October 13, 2014

Republican Scott Brown (AP Photo/Portsmouth Herald, Rich Beauchesne/File)

The 'lonesome loser' Republicans

The GOP should be poised to make a change in American politics that has not been seen in at least a generation. Published October 11, 2014

Monuments at Winstead Hill, which was General Hood's command post during the Battle of Franklin. (Photo courtesy of Judson Phillips)

Revisit the Civil War's Battle of Franklin

For the last three-and-a-half years, America has been quietly observing the 150th anniversary of America's War between the States. So, too, have those in Middle Tennessee and Civil War enthusiasts elsewhere -- especially those interested in the Battle of Franklin. Published October 10, 2014

Lois Lerner doesn't appear to be making any friends in her upscale Bethesda, Maryland, neighborhood. In a video published Tuesday, the embattled ex-IRS director is seen trying to flee from a reporter into the home of a neighbor, who is less than thrilled to see her. (YouTube/Daily Surge)

PHILLIPS: Use 4th Amendment to tame the IRS

The Fourth Amendment states, in part, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated." When the IRS tells a taxpayer to show up with all of his or her papers, that is unreasonable. Published October 8, 2014

Health workers in protective gear load the body of a woman suspected of dying from the Ebola virus, into a pickup truck near the area of Freeport in Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. has been confirmed in a man who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

PHILLIPS: Ebola hits America

Barack Obama may be the only one in America surprised that the deadly Ebola virus has arrived in America. Published October 1, 2014

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Ansel Adams, 1941

First Amendment (photos) killed by bureaucracy

Recently, the bureaucrats at the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) decided that if anyone wants to take a photograph in America's national parks, the photographer would have to pay a $1,500 fee. Published September 28, 2014

A Sept. 21, 2014, photo during the People's Climate March in New York. From left: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius; primatologist Jane Goodall; former Vice President Al Gore; New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and  U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

Why every sane person should fear the left

The lunacy that is modern liberalism was on full display this past weekend with the Al Gore fan club having a rally in downtown New York. Published September 25, 2014

Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Sen. John McCain of Arizona at a rally. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Our give a damn is really busted

If the GOP fails to take the Senate, who do they blame? This year, they can't blame the tea party. Published September 20, 2014

What's your exit plan?

America does not have an exit plan from the Great Obama Depression or the reckless economics that the Democrat Party has pushed on America since the '70s. Published September 13, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (Associated Press)

PHILLIPS: Lame duck and the political sports season in America

The real question for the political post season is whether or not the Republicans will stand up for themselves or whether they will let President Obama and Senate leader Harry Reid have one last shot at cramming big spending, fraud and waste down the throats of the American people. Published September 7, 2014

Wind turbines stand in a field, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Adair, Iowa. Iowa utility officials say the Obama administration's ambitious plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants is likely to increase costs. Iowa utilities invested heavily in wind power over the past decade and improved the efficiency of existing power plants. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

PHILLIPS: Another free pass for a far left group

It is hard to believe that a few decades ago the Sierra Club was mostly confined to California and most of its members were Republicans. Back then, the Sierra Club cared for conservation. Today it boldly embraces a radical left wing environmental agenda. Published September 3, 2014

Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio Democrat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Boycott liberals, not hamburgers

Sherrod Brown is the personification of what is wrong with Congress, Democrats and liberals. His latest pronouncement is simply an indictment of his intellectual deficiencies and his lack of qualifications to be a United States Senator. Published August 27, 2014

CNN newsroom at the CNN Center in  Atlanta. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)

CNN and the Titanic

For CNN, the bad news has hit. With no new race riots or crashing Malaysian airliners to boost ratings, CNN is back in the ratings basement again. Published August 25, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond with his lawyer, John L. Brownlee. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Alexa Welch Edlund)

The sad end to a political life

Bob McDonnell had been on the shortlist for vice president in 2012. Like Icarus, the McDonnells flew high into the political sky, only to discover their wings were made of wax. Published August 24, 2014