Tribpedia: Tea Party

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 ...

Reading the Tea Leaves, Three Years Later

Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses a crowd estimated at 1,000 at a tax day "tea party" April 15 at City Hall to protest federal government stimulus programs
Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses a crowd estimated at 1,000 at a tax day "tea party" April 15 at City Hall to protest federal government stimulus programs

Three years ago, Gov. Rick Perry got his first real look at the Tea Party movement when he made multiple Tax Day speeches. He says many candidates running for office now and many elected in the Republican landslide in 2010 were either influenced, inspired or recruited by the Tea Party. He is aiming to ensure that they pledge to toe the line.

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Group Aims to Bring God Into Politics

God and Country, a new Texas-based organization, will hold a rally Saturday at a Tyler church to “draw a line in the sand and aggressively and publicly defend those certain unalienable rights endowed by our creator.”

Gov. Rick Perry at his last campaign stop of 2011 in Boone, Iowa, on Dec. 31, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry at his last campaign stop of 2011 in Boone, Iowa, on Dec. 31, 2011.

The Morning After: Perry Returns from the Trail

When the Legislature decamped from Austin in July, there was a sense of order in Texas politics. And yet, as Rick Perry returns a mere seven months later, conditions on the ground in Texas border on the chaotic.

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, looks at redistricting maps at a Senate hearing on May 13, 2011.
State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, looks at redistricting maps at a Senate hearing on May 13, 2011.

In the Map Rooms

The Justice Department didn't find fault (put an asterisk here) with the Senate and State Board of Education redistricting maps from Texas, but told a federal court in Washington, DC, that it thinks the maps for the congressional delegation and for the Texas House go backwards in minority representation.

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

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.