Tribpedia: Tea Party

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The Tea Party is a conservative movement made up of loosely affiliated groups unified around the central principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility.  While most of the various groups that compose the movement agree on the Tea Party principles — limited government, fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility, the rule of law and national sovereignty — they often disagree on individual tenets ...

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A Longshot for Speaker, With Money to Spend

A Scott Turner at the Texas GOP state convention in Fort Worth Texas, June 5, 2014
A Scott Turner at the Texas GOP state convention in Fort Worth Texas, June 5, 2014

Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, has not been in the Texas House for two years, but the freshman lawmaker and former California congressional candidate has his eye on the top job there: speaker. He is short of the votes he needs, but has plenty of money with which to pursue them.

Gov. Rick Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw spoke at a June 23, 2014, news conference following a tour of a federal facility housing unaccompanied minors in Weslaco, Texas. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to step up border patrols.
Gov. Rick Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw spoke at a June 23, 2014, news conference following a tour of a federal facility housing unaccompanied minors in Weslaco, Texas. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to step up border patrols.

In Border Crisis, Perry Finds a Political Advantage

While the federal and state governments squabble over what to do about immigrant children on the Texas-Mexico border, Gov. Rick Perry is scoring political points on an issue of high importance to Republican voters.

Democratic nominee for Attorney General, Sam Houston, addresses delegates on the final day of the  2014 Texas Democratic Convention held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas,  June 28, 2014.
Democratic nominee for Attorney General, Sam Houston, addresses delegates on the final day of the 2014 Texas Democratic Convention held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, June 28, 2014.

In AG Race, Democrats Hope Houston Gives Paxton a Fight

Democrats have big hopes for an attorney general candidate named Sam Houston. They believe his Republican opponent, Ken Paxton, is vulnerable. Paxton’s supporters say Democrats have little cause for optimism.

James Dickey, chairman of the Travis County Republican Party (in red), and Brendan Steinhauser, campaign manager for U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (in black), talked to members of the crowd at a Juneteenth celebration in East Austin on Saturday. Steinhauser's visit was part of the Cornyn campaign's efforts to reach diverse communities.
James Dickey, chairman of the Travis County Republican Party (in red), and Brendan Steinhauser, campaign manager for U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (in black), talked to members of the crowd at a Juneteenth celebration in East Austin on Saturday. Steinhauser's visit was part of the Cornyn campaign's efforts to reach diverse communities.

Cornyn Hopes Tea Party Strategy Will Help GOP Diversify

John Cornyn's campaign is actively seeking to reach diverse communities that haven’t been traditional Republican supporters. And his team is trying to use Tea Party-style strategies to do it.

 

Dan Patrick (l) in Salado, Tex., and David Dewhurst in Austin.
Dan Patrick (l) in Salado, Tex., and David Dewhurst in Austin.

In Texas, Conservative Candidates Ride Out Hard Hits

In three statewide Republican runoff races, candidates who have aligned themselves to the right of their opponents are poised to capture the party's nomination despite fielding significant blows from their opponents, including forays into mental health records from three decades ago and a potentially disqualifying violation of state securities law.  

Granbury resident Joe Williams (left) stands with City Council Member Rose Myers and Hood County Commissioner Steve Berry under a Lake Granbury resident's dock in the Waters Edge neighborhood on Lake Granbury's north shore. The lake is 53 percent full.
Granbury resident Joe Williams (left) stands with City Council Member Rose Myers and Hood County Commissioner Steve Berry under a Lake Granbury resident's dock in the Waters Edge neighborhood on Lake Granbury's north shore. The lake is 53 percent full.

Criticism of Water Policy Flows From Conservatives

Many conservative activists in Texas worry that when it comes to state water policy, Republican leaders have not focused on principles like small government, private property rights and local control. 

Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford on Nov. 12. State Sen. Wendy Davis, who is also running for governor, speaks to veterans at Luby's in Forest Hill the day before.
Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford on Nov. 12. State Sen. Wendy Davis, who is also running for governor, speaks to veterans at Luby's in Forest Hill the day before.

In One County, the State's Political Future

Tarrant County is both the largest reliably Republican county in Texas and ground zero for Democrats’ efforts to turn the state blue. 

Debra Medina hosts a monthly potluck with Tea Party activists at her home in Wharton on Sept. 6, 2013. Medina is exploring a run for state comptroller.
Debra Medina hosts a monthly potluck with Tea Party activists at her home in Wharton on Sept. 6, 2013. Medina is exploring a run for state comptroller.

A Maverick Tries to Stay in the Picture

If Debra Medina doesn't run for comptroller in 2014, it will be because of a lack of money, not will. The former gubernatorial candidate said grass-roots supporters can't contribute enough funds to wage a serious statewide bid.