Perry and the Tea Party: Depends on Whom You Ask

Jana McMillan speaks with Katrina Pierson, right, and another attendee of The Waco Tea Party's Grassroots Survival School on August 13, 2011.
Jana McMillan speaks with Katrina Pierson, right, and another attendee of The Waco Tea Party's Grassroots Survival School on August 13, 2011.

News analysts described Gov. Rick Perry as the Tea Party darling when he announced his bid for the presidency. But at a recent Tea Party gathering in Waco, that status seemed tenuous.

Tea Party, Others Put Texas Senate in Sights

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (l), talks with Sen. Dan Patrick on the floor of the Texas Senate on April 18, 2011.
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (l), talks with Sen. Dan Patrick on the floor of the Texas Senate on April 18, 2011.

The restricted club that is the Texas Senate will be invaded by noisy conservative voters and activists next year if senators have to choose a new leader from their own ranks, reprising the 2011 contretemps over the choice for Speaker of the House.