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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Updated: Tea Party Presses Perry on Immigration

Gov. Rick Perry takes a question at the Black Hawk County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner in Waterloo, Iowa, on Aug. 14, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry takes a question at the Black Hawk County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner in Waterloo, Iowa, on Aug. 14, 2011.

Tea Party activists are promising to hold Rick Perry's feet to fire over illegal immigration. A group of them will stage a news conference at the Texas Capitol Monday urging the governor to enact a ban on so-called “sanctuary cities.”

Perry Gets Roughed Up in Second GOP Debate

Life as the front-runner can be tough, as Gov. Rick Perry discovered Monday night at the latest GOP debate. Perry found himself under attack from an unfamiliar place — the right — as his rivals for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination attacked him for being insufficiently conservative on some key issues.

Gov. Rick Perry campaigns at the Hamburg Inn restaurant in downtown Iowa City.
Gov. Rick Perry campaigns at the Hamburg Inn restaurant in downtown Iowa City.

For Perry, Inconsistencies in States' Rights Mantra

Gov. Rick Perry is working hard to position himself as the leading Republican champion of the 10th Amendment. But he has at times been inconsistent in applying those beliefs, drawing criticism from some states’ rights advocates and raising questions even among fellow Republicans about whether his stance is as much campaign positioning as a philosophical commitment.

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.

Perry and the Tea Party: Depends on Whom You Ask

As he leapt into the national spotlight with his presidential bid, news analysts described Gov. Rick Perry as the Tea Party favorite. But at a recent Tea Party gathering in Waco, Perry’s “darling” status seemed tenuous. Some of the party faithful said they're not so sure Perry's their man for 2012.

House Speaker Joe Straus, left, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst at a post-session press conference on May 31, 2011.
House Speaker Joe Straus, left, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst at a post-session press conference on May 31, 2011.

Facing Criticism, Perry Steps Back on Gay Marriage, States' Rights

Gov. Rick Perry, taking flak from social conservatives, took a step back from his laissez-faire approach to New York’s gay marriage law on Thursday. Instead of being "fine" with other states doing it, he says those moves threaten the definition of marriage everywhere, including Texas.

Gov. Rick Perry walks in front of a projection screen at BioWare Corp. EA Games after making an economic development announcement on July 18, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry walks in front of a projection screen at BioWare Corp. EA Games after making an economic development announcement on July 18, 2011.

Perry Faces Straw Poll Test in Colorado

Gov. Rick Perry’s name won’t appear on the key Iowa Straw Poll ballot, but he’ll face a test of his strength among Western conservatives this weekend in Denver in a straw poll of declared and undeclared Republican candidates. Perry also will deliver a keynote address Friday night.

Ron Paul: The TT Interview

The U.S. representative and the only Texan currently in the race for the Republican nomination for president on why he decided not to run again for his congressional seat, candidates who have adopted some of his ideas and a potential candidate he's never met.

Gov. Rick Perry, campaigning at a barbecue restaurant in Temple.
Gov. Rick Perry, campaigning at a barbecue restaurant in Temple.

Perry Spends $1 Million in First Half of Year

Gov. Rick Perry, who is considering a run for the White House, has spent nearly $1 million in state campaign funds since January, shelling out thousands of dollars for out-of-state travel, hotels and meetings, records released Friday show. Perry raised nearly $400,000 for the period and has at least two state fundraisers scheduled in coming weeks.

State Rep. Rick Perry with House Speaker Gib Lewis (D-Fort Worth) during the 69th Legislative session, on September 2, 1986.
State Rep. Rick Perry with House Speaker Gib Lewis (D-Fort Worth) during the 69th Legislative session, on September 2, 1986.

Rick Perry: The Democrat Years

Gov. Rick Perry, a no-apologies conservative known for slashing government spending and opposing all tax increases, is about as Republican as you can get. Except when he wasn't. Perry spent his first six years in politics as a Democrat, a period sure to be scrutinized by GOP opponents if he decides to run for president.

Governor Rick Perry, Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst after their first weekly breakfast meeting saying they will work together on the state budget.
Governor Rick Perry, Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst after their first weekly breakfast meeting saying they will work together on the state budget.

Dewhurst Casts Long Shadow in Senate Race

David Dewhurst might be the safest bet for the U.S. Senate since former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. He's personally wealthy, a business success, a statewide officeholder since 1999 and lieutenant governor since 2003. But nothing in politics is guaranteed, of course. Just ask Crist.