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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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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds hands with her husband former President Bill Clinton as she takes the stage to speak at a rally at the Col Ballroom in Davenport, Iowa, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The real Iowa shocker

There was a bombshell in the Iowa caucuses Monday night. Published February 2, 2016

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump

How will Trump handle Putin?

Donald Trump, the brash New York billionaire and reality TV star, has made his way into the top of the Republican presidential contenders with one simple message. That is, "I can handle business." Whether he is talking about illegal aliens, terrorism, the economy or Vladimir Putin, his mantra is, he will handle it. Published January 27, 2016

Scott Veley of Kensington, Conn. holds a Gadsden flag during a tea party protest at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Thursday, April 15, 2010.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Why did we have the Tea Party?

2009 was the year of the Tea Party. Tea Party activists organized rallies and events. At the rallies, the Tea Party protested the out of control spending of the Obama Regime. Published January 24, 2016

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks in Hanover, N.H. There was a time when Democrats fretted about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign becoming a coronation, leaving her without the tests of a primary season to prepare for a general election matchup against the Republican nominee. In the past two weeks, the race for the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination has evolved from relatively civil disagreement over policy into a contentious winter competition between Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) **FILE**

The Democrats' dilemma

On the Democrat side, everyone assumes Hillary Clinton will be the nominee, with Bernard Sanders giving her only token opposition. Are the Democrats ready to feel the Bern? If not, they had better. Published January 17, 2016

At times funny, at other times puzzling, actor-director Clint Eastwood addressed an imaginary President Obama sitting in a chair during an appearance at the Republican National Convention. (Associated Press)

Barack Obama and Clint Eastwood's empty chair stunt

Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver his final State of the Union address. The State of the Union Address long ago turned into political theater. Mr. Obama announced there would be an empty chair at the address. Published January 12, 2016

In this combination of Associated Press photos, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., left, and Dave Brat, right, react after the polls close Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Richmond, Va. Brat defeated Cantor in the Republican primary. (AP Photo)

RINO wars: The Republican establishment strikes back

For Tea Party rebels, June 10, 2014, was the equivalent of destroying the Death Star. An unknown college professor named Dave Brat challenged the sitting Majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. Published January 7, 2016

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said he saw it as his "obligation" to re-establish the Shariah law system practiced in the country centuries ago.

Merry Christmas, Brunei

The clock is counting down toward Christmas. On the 25th, most of the world will celebrate Christmas. Russia and part of Orthodox Eastern Europe will celebrate Christmas on Jan. 6th because of differences in the Gregorian and Julian calendars. Published December 22, 2015

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Giving the IRS more power: What could possibly go wrong?

Americans have feared the Internal Revenue Service for a very long time. The words "IRS audit" strike fear in people. Critics of the IRS call the agency at best "rogue" and at worst names like "Gestapo." Published December 13, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington on April 13, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Who will stop the IRS?

Emboldened by the failure of the Republicans to act, the IRS is moving again. Last week, the Internal Revenue Service proposed a regulation that would "give" non-profits, including 501C4 groups, the "option" of recording the Social Security numbers of donors who contribute $250 or more. What could possibly go wrong? Published December 6, 2015

Refugees rest on the roadside after police stopped them near the border between Austria and Germany, in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

The coming rape of America

No, this is not the feminazi version of rape, where a woman can decide much later that a consensual sexual encounter was actually rape. No, this is the worst form of violent, nonconsensual, criminal rape. Published November 30, 2015

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