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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

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, strides to the chamber as lawmakers prepare to move on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Democrats have branded the effort a political charade aimed at stirring up Republican voters for the fall congressional elections. They say it's also an effort by top Republicans to mollify conservatives who want Obama to be impeached, something Boehner said Tuesday he has no plans to do.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

PHILLIPS: If you aren’t using your majority ...

What point is it in having a Republican majority in the House of Representatives if they won’t do anything? Sure, they pass a lot of symbolic bills and do a lot of meaningless acts, like the vote on Thursday to sue Mr. Obama, but what good are they if they don’t do anything meaningful? Published July 31, 2014

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, allowed the Arizona executionof Wood to go forward amid a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs in the country.   (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)

PHILLIPS: The myth of botched executions

The problem with the death penalty in America is that liberals have taken a system that worked, broke it and then claimed the system is so broken it must be abolished. Published July 27, 2014

In this July 12, 2014 photo, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., takes part in a discussion at the National Governors Association convention in Nashville, Tenn. Early voting is getting underway for Tennessee's primary election that features tea party-styled challenges to Alexander's bid for the Republican nomination to a third term in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

PHILLIPS: Lamar Alexander's secret weapons

Liberal Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is in serious trouble. Polling shows his support is declining while challenger Joe Carr's support is taking off like a Saturn 5 rocket. Published July 23, 2014

An unidentified protester, left, argues with American citizen Lupillo Rivera, brother of Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera, right, as three buses carrying 140 immigrants attempt to enter the Murrieta U.S. Border Patrol station for processing on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, )  MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

PHILLIPS: Obama's war on real Americans

Murrieta, California is ground zero in America's war against illegal aliens who are swarming our border.The Obama regime is not stopping the illegals. They are in fact doing everything they can to facilitate the entry of illegals into this nation. In California, and a lot of other places, real Americans have had enough. Published July 6, 2014

Protesters turn back three buses carrying 140 immigrants as they attempt to enter the Murrieta U.S. Border Patrol station for processing on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Murrieta, Calif.(AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, David Bauman)  MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

PHILLIPS: It is time to act

Americans need to go to the White House, stand around it, and demand that President Obama either enforce immigration laws or resign. Published July 3, 2014

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour speaks in support of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., in Meridian, Miss., Friday, June 20, 2014. Cochran faces state Sen. Chris McDaniel on Tuesday in a Republican primary runoff. (AP Photo/The Meridian Star, Michael Stewart)

PHILLIPS: Silence gives consent

The silence from the Republican National Committee is deafening. For the last week, the echoes of the primary battle in Mississippi have reverberated. Published June 30, 2014

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., waves to supporters and volunteers at his runoff election victory party Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at the Mississippi Children's Museum in Jackson, Miss. Cochran defeated state Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville, in a primary runoff for the GOP nomination for senate. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

PHILLIPS: No more Mr. Nice Guy

When a Republican candidate has to seek Democrats so he can get the Republican nomination, he is not a Republican. He is not a conservative, and he is unworthy of conservative support. Published June 25, 2014

Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican, said the GOP should work to repeal the Affordable Care Act "step by step," saying the speed of the changes will depend on how large the Republican majority is in the House. Others still argue for a full repeal of the presidents signature health law. (Associated Press Photographs)

PHILLIPS: Senator Amnesty doubles down on stupid

Sen. Lamar Alexander voted along with a lot of other senators for the so-called "Gang of Eight" amnesty bill. Given how red Tennessee is and given how unpopular amnesty is among the Republican base, a sane candidate would be distancing himself from that vote. Not Mr. Alexander. Published June 23, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., shrugs as he talks to reporters about a two-hour meeting at the White House that he and other Senate Republicans had with President Barack Obama, trying to come up with a bipartisan solution to the budget stalemate, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

PHILLIPS: 'Bailout Bob' Corker strikes again

America is in the middle of the Great Obama Depression. And Tennessee senator "Bailout Bob" Corker has another one of his brilliant ideas. He wants to raise taxes. Specifically, he wants to raise gasoline taxes to pay for so-called "infrastructure investments." Published June 19, 2014

**FILE** Republican 7th District congressional candidate Dave Brat gives a statement prior to a Rotary Club breakfast in Richmond, Va., on June 17, 2014. Brat defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in last week's Republican primary. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

PHILLIPS: Is Dave Brat going to be Dave Brat'ed?

It has been a week since Dave Brat's stunning victory over sitting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. It has been a week since one of the most massive earthquakes in modern political history. The conventional wisdom is that Mr. Brat is now going to coast to victory. That wisdom would be so wrong. Published June 18, 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: The Sierra Club war on fiscal sanity

The Sierra Club is making war on Republicans who do not support renewal of the Wind Power Production Tax Credit. The PTC, as it is called in Washington, is a subsidy for wind energy. Published June 16, 2014

Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., speaks with reporters prior to visiting Siemens' Energy Sector in Richland, Miss., Wednesday, June 11, 2014, during a campaign swing through central Mississippi. Cochran is in a runoff race for the GOP nomination for the Senate with state Sen. Chris McDaniel. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

PHILLIPS: Thad Cochran has to go

Mississippi may be a very red state, but if Thad Cochran wins the June 24 runoff election against Chris McDaniel, that seat may well be in jeopardy because of Cochran’s erratic behavior. Published June 15, 2014