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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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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

Illustration on premature death pronouncements on the Tea Party by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Tea Party at 6: Where do we go from here?

On Tax Day 2009, millions of Americans took to the streets in what was the largest of the Tea Party rallies. Huge rallies were held in Atlanta, San Antonio and Nashville, just to name a few places. Published April 19, 2015

Ivan Pavlov, president of the International Congress of Physiologists, is shown after he arrived by train in Moscow, Aug. 1935.  (AP Photo)

Pavlovian Republicans

Ivan Pavlov became famous for conditioning dogs to think they were getting food and to salivate every time he rang a bell. The bell is being rung and just like good Pavlovian dogs, the Republican leadership in Washington is salivating. Published April 14, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, speaks at Liberty University, founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, Monday, March 23, 2015, in Lynchburg, Va., to announce his campaign for president. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on twitter in the early morning hours, is the first major candidate in the 2016 race for president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

Ted Cruz and his exceptional, excellent very good day

On Tuesday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul entered the Republican race for the presidency. Most people assume his natural rival is Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. They waited for Mr. Cruz to respond. On Wednesday, he did. Published April 9, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence listens to a question during a news conference, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Indianapolis. Pence said that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that a new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination. The law has triggered an outcry, with businesses and organizations voicing concern and some states barring government-funded travel to the Midwestern state. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Party of surrender strikes again

There are few constants in this world but there is one that can be taken to the bank. When the going gets tough, Republicans surrender. Published April 3, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, speaks at Liberty University, founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, Monday, March 23, 2015, in Lynchburg, Va., to announce his campaign for president. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on twitter in the early morning hours, is the first major candidate in the 2016 race for president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

Ted Cruz teaches Republicans a lesson

On Monday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz taught the Republican Party a lesson it desperately needs to learn. Mr. Cruz taught the GOP something about winning. Published March 24, 2015

Radio and television personality Glenn Beck speaks to a gathering at FreePAC Kentucky, Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) ** FILE **

Glenn Beck and the Republican problem

Glenn Beck is one of America's best known radio and TV personalities. He might be called a conservative but that isn't really accurate. Published March 22, 2015

In this photo taken, Aug. 1, 2013, demonstrators protesting what they say are low wages and improper treatment for fast-food workers march in downtown Seattle. In an interview with The Associated Press, Mayor Mike McGinn said he thought $15 was a "fair starting point" for the minimum wage discussion. Washington already has the nation's highest state minimum wage at $9.19 an hour. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Blue-state businesses on endangered species list

If you are planning a trip to Seattle and want to eat at a nice restaurant, you might want to plan the trip now. Seattle's restaurants are closing at an alarming rate. Published March 16, 2015

National Debt Comparison (Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times)

It's the U.S. debt, stupid

Another crisis is about to hit Washington. This one is the latest round of America's debt crisis. Published March 9, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to reporters about the impasse over passing the Homeland Security budget because of Republican efforts to block President Obama's executive actions on immigration, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republican leadership is a myth

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new oxymoron for the English language. It goes right next to "honest Democrat" or "patriotic liberal." The new oxymoron is Republican leadership. Published March 5, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, Monday, March 2, 2015. Netanyahu is seizing the high-profile bully pulpit of the U.S. House to deliver his stern message about the dangers of a nuclear deal that President Barack Obama and U.S. allies might sign with Israel’s archenemy.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Mr. Netanyahu goes to Washington

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come to Washington for his long anticipated speech to the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Just days before Netanyahu's arrival, an Israeli paper reported that Barack Obama had threatened to shoot down Israeli jets if they struck at Iran's nuclear facilities. Published March 2, 2015

Lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at a press conference in this Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Rudy Giuliani is right about Obama

Rudy Giuliani shocked the left wing media that acts as a palace guard for Barack Obama this week. He spoke a simple truth. Published February 21, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks at Cedar Falls Utilities, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. President Obama is once again challenging major cable and telephone companies by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Obama's war on the Internet

The Internet is arguably the greatest invention to come out of America. The Internet has created more millionaires and billionaires in the last 20 years than any other industry. Published February 14, 2015

FILE - In this March 28, 2012 file photo, Janis Haddon of Atlanta holds her glove high outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 28, 2012, as the court concludes three days of hearing arguments on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Nearly five years after President Barack Obama signed his health care overhaul into law, the Supreme Court will again get to decide its fate.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A perfect storm of Republican idiocy

The perfect storm is coming together to destroy Obamacare once and for all, and the GOP in Washington is working on the Obamacare bailout. Published February 10, 2015

This still image made from video released by Islamic State group militants and posted on the website of the SITE Intelligence Group on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, purportedly shows Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh standing in a cage just before being burned to death by his captors. The death of the 26-year-old pilot, who fell into the hands of the militants in December when his Jordanian F-16 crashed near Raqqa, Syria, followed a weeklong drama over a possible prisoner exchange. (AP Photo/SITE Intelligence Group)

Barack Obama: What the heck is wrong with you?

On Tuesday, the radical Islamist group ISIS released a video of the horrifying execution of a Jordanian pilot. Horrifying does not even begin to describe what happened to the 26-year-old pilot. Published February 4, 2015