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  • FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2014, file photo, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck speaks to supporters during a campaign dinner event at Johnson's Corner, a truck stop and diner in Johnstown, Colo.  Republican primaries this election year will be a crucial test for the Tea Party movement as the GOP establishment has aggressively challenged tea party-backed candidates in Kentucky, Kansas, Idaho, Mississippi, Michigan and elsewhere. Tea party-affiliated Buck, who lost a close Senate race in 2010, stepped aside to run for the House this week while more mainstream Rep. Cory Gardner launched a Senate bid in a political deal. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

    Tea party ready for fight with GOP establishment

    Tea partyers insist they're not to blame for Republican election losses in congressional and presidential elections, faulting the GOP establishment for showing little fight.

  • Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, speaks at the Tea Party Patriots' fifth anniversary celebration Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Struggling tea party movement throws 5-year birthday party, counts achievements

    Tea party leaders said Thursday that five years after the movement began, it remains relevant to American politics, even at a time when its legislative accomplishments are slipping and its candidates are struggling to gain traction in Republican primaries.

  • Happy birthday, tea party: Movement turns 5 years old

    Five years ago today, tea party protesters rose up and took to the streets in more than 30 cities around the nation — and in remembrance, the grassroots is kicking off a big birthday bash in downtown Washington, D.C.

  • ** FILE ** Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin pauses while organizing the start of an Election Day demonstration on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Nov. 2, 2010. (Associated Press)

    Tea Party Patriots call key GOP firing a declaration of war

    The executive director of the House Republican Study Committee has been fired, and the co-founder of Tea Party Patriots said the ouster is little more than the establishment GOP's latest attempt to drive out the strong conservative element from the party — especially since the replacement hails as an ally of House Speaker John Boehner.

  • ** FILE ** Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin pauses while organizing the start of an Election Day demonstration on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Nov. 2, 2010. (Associated Press)

    IRS continues to hound Tea Party Patriots, demands more data for tax-exempt status

    The initial firestorm surrounding the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups may have subsided, but tea party leaders say the situation has only become worse and may lead to more lawsuits against the embattled agency.

  • **FILE** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition "Road to Majority" conference in Washington on June 13, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Marco Rubio in hot water with tea party over immigration bill

    Sen. Marco Rubio's popularity has plummeted among tea party activists who say the Florida Republican, who helped ignite their movement with his 2010 Senate bid, has failed to live up to the hype — and made a major wrong turn by joining Sen. John McCain's push to legalize illegal immigrants.

  • ** FILE ** Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin pauses while organizing the start of an Election Day demonstration on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Nov. 2, 2010. (Associated Press)

    Tea party leader: Heads must roll over IRS scandal

    The head of Tea Party Patriots, one group reportedly singled out by the Obama administration, says officials at the Internal Revenue Service need to be fired immediately.

  • Supporters of Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, listen to his CPAC speech. He drew cheers from young voters who see him as a libertarian hero. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    MARTIN: Carrying the torch of liberty for future generations

    Ronald Reagan called America a "shining city on a hill" at the first Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 1974. Reagan believed, as the Tea Party Patriots today believe, that the "shining city on a hill" that is America is lit by the torch of liberty, passed down through the generations from America's Founding Fathers.

  • ** FILE ** In this Aug. 23, 2011, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

    Rand Paul, Marco Rubio duel for soul of tea party in speeches opposing Obama's State of the Union

  • Gary E. Johnson, the 2012 Libertarian candidate for president, will offer his own quirky alternative to the State of the Union speech on Tuesday night. (Associated Press)

    Inside the Beltway: Seeking a ground game

    Fierce tea party loyalists and traditional conservatives continue to squawk about Karl Rove and "establishment Republicans," convinced that the faction will compromise GOP chances in upcoming elections. Outspoken tea partyers say their grass-roots sensibility is the key to supporting and electing viable candidates.

  • Paul strives for common ground with tea party

    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky made efforts this week to overcome a split between his father's supporters and tea party backers in a move that could pay dividends for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.

  • Sen. Mike Lee (right) of Utah confers with fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky during a recent meeting of the Tea Party Debt Commission. The two lawmakers were elected in 2010 with help from the tea party. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

    Year later, tea party's profile low but focused

    A year ago, the tea party was the focus of Washington, praised by Republicans for the punching power it displayed in the 2010 election fight and derided by Democrats as an unhealthy influence on the ascendant GOP.

  • Cameron Halket of Dallas (left) and Vietnam veteran Dan Anderson of Lebanon, Ore., give interviews Monday as part of "Occupy D.C." The movement was granted a four-month extension of their permit. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    Tea partyers scoff at 'Occupy' comparisons

    Leaders from the anti-spending tea party movement are openly rejecting attempts to liken the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters to their grass-roots movement, saying that the two groups are running in opposite directions.

  • Tea partyers gather on the steps of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis in September 2010 for the "Gateway to November" rally hosted by the St. Louis Tea Party and Tea Party Patriots. (Associated Press)

    Academics dub tea partyers devout, racist

    Two years after it burst onto the political scene, the tea party is getting a critical eye from political science academics who say the movement generally is populated by knowledgeable and religiously devout voters, but they are hypocritical and more likely to be motivated by "racial resentment."

  • ** FILE ** Tea Party Patriots national coordinators Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin. (Associated Press)

    Tea partyers fault Democrats on downgrade

    The blame game on Capitol Hill commenced immediately after Standard & Poor's unexpected downgrade of its U.S. credit rating late last week.

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  • he said that the state GOP could be revitalized by tea party activists and he stood with those trying to make a change, at the California Republican Party convention in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.

  • "Not only is the coming wave taking place at the federal level, but the untold story is taking place at the state and local level, which will have massive political implications for decades to come," said National Tea Party Patriots co-founder and former national coordinator Mark Meckler, who is predicting a Romney win by 6 percentage points. "That wave is already in motion and cannot be reversed."

    Pols see polls point to Romney triumph; 'hidden vote' to crush Obama →

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