Tags: Andy Cilek, Crow Wing County, Legacy Amendment, minnesota, Minnesota Voters Alliance, North Star Tea Party Patriots, Sales Tax Amendment, shutdown, Vote, Voter, Voter Fraud, voter ID, Voting, Walter Hudson
Tags: budget, democrat, DLF, gop, Mark Dayton, minnesota, North Star Tea Party Patriots, Protest, rally, republican, Rochester, Rochester Tea Party Patriots, shutdown, taxes
ROCHESTER, Minnesota (July 14, 2011) – The Tea Party rallied dozens of protesters to an event attended by Governor Mark Dayton on Wednesday. The roundtable forum held at the Rochester Senior Center provided an opportunity for voters to confront the governor about the ongoing state government shutdown, now the longest of its kind in American history.
Cindy Maves, coordinator of the Rochester Tea Party Patriots, indicated the group was eager to send a message to the governor. “We waited for him outside with our signs and shouted ‘sign the bills’ as he entered the building,” she said. Maves referenced several budget bills passed by the Republican controlled legislature and vetoed by the governor in favor of a shutdown.
The roundtable was populated by the disabled and caretakers of the disabled. Each took turns bemoaning alleged budget cuts, in spite of the fact the budget vetoed by Dayton increased state spending by 12%. “The audience was largely populated by unions and the DFL,” Maves said. “[State] Representative Kim Norton [DFL-29B], who facilitated the meeting, kept trying to frame the discussion as ‘about health care for seniors and the disabled–not about taxes or the budget.’”
“If only those topics were mutually exclusive,” commented Walter Hudson, chair of North Star Tea Party Patriots, the statewide coalition of which the Rochester group is a part. “The question is not whether health care is good, but good for whom and at whose expense.”
One day after House Republicans urged the governor to call a special session and finalize negotiations on six budget bills which would put state employees back to work and restore services to Minnesotans, Dayton claimed they were unwilling to meet with him. “It was pointed out that the legislature asked for a special session and a ‘lights on bill’ repeatedly–before the shutdown,” Maves reported. “Funny, he had no comment.”
Tags: Activism, grassroots, Jenny Beth Martin, Laura Boatright, Mark Meckler, Mother Jones, News, NewsReal Blog, North Star Tea Party Patriots, tea party, tea party patriots
by Walter Hudson, contributed to David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog
There is a mentality among artists which I have always found puzzling. While poor, unknown, and ineffective, they are considered “authentic.” However, as soon as they strike it big, start to make money, and meet with success, they become reviled as “sell outs.”
A similar dynamic threatens to undermine the Tea Party movement. To some among its ranks, the term “grassroots” seems to demand perpetual lowliness. Once a grassroots activist or organization begins to mature, build coalitions, and meet with success, they are suddenly “part of the problem.”
Such is the narrative of an ongoing “investigation” by Mother Jones of Tea Party Patriots, perhaps the preeminent national Tea Party organization and a favorite among grassroots groups. No doubt thrilled at the opportunity to malign an organization fundamentally opposed to their editorial positions, Mother Jones has made strange bedfellows with professed Tea Party activists formerly affiliated with Tea Party Patriots.
Tags: Harry Potter, LEA, North Star Tea Party Patriots, tea party
by Walter Hudson
Editor’s Note: The following is the prepared text of the LEA 2010 Award Banquet Keynote Address delivered on Thursday, February 10, 2011. The theme of the 2010 LEA report was “The Iron Cage of Bureaucracy.” Additional info can be found at LEA’s website.
Thank you, Gordon. And thank you members of LEA for inviting me to address your banquet this year. A special thanks is due to Sue Jeffers for recommending me to the LEA board with the enthusiasm that only Sue can muster.
This isn’t the kind of environment where I am the most comfortable, speaking before legislators and assorted movers and shakers. Once I was invited, a nagging burden developed in the back of my mind to prepare remarks as early as possible so I could polish them up and be ready to go. Alas, I procrastinated until late last night. But I’m glad I did, because there have been a handful of recent experiences and events which are strongly indicative of both the political philosophy which the Tea Party represents, and the kind of messaging and tactics which must be employed by both conservative politicians and activist groups who care about liberty. Continue Reading The New Citizen Activist…
Tags: liberty, minnesota, Natural Law, North Star Tea Party Patriots, states rights, tea party, The Concession Stand, The Patriot, Twin Cities, Walter Hudson
A unique opportunity was presented to local Tea Party coordinators in Minnesota to broadcast a one-time radio program on AM 1280 The Patriot in the Twin Cities. NRB’s Concession Stand associate editor Walter Hudson was among those invited to participate.
The first hour covers the origin of the Tea Party movement, how people found their way to it, and the libertarian philosophy which undergirds it. The future of the movement is speculated to be the fight for state’s rights. Hudson explains the importance of restoring and maintaining the distribution of power which the U.S. Constitution established.
The second hour covers, among other things, Minnesota’s gubernatorial recount between Republican state representative Tom Emmer and former Democratic US senator Mark Dayton. The discussion includes insights from Minnesota Majority’s Dan McGrath.
Tags: AM 1280 The Patriot, Andrew Nelson, minnesota, North Star Tea Party Patriots, Radio, Randy Liebo, tea party patriots, Walter Hudson
Tune in Saturday, November 27th from 7 to 9am for Tea Time on the Patriot, a grassroots radio program covering the Tea Party movement in Minnesota. I will join hosts Andrew Nelson and Randy Liebo, broadcasting live from the AM 1280 The Patriot studios.
We’ll let you know about Tea Party activities in your area. We’ll also highlight state and federal legislative priorities relating to fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets. Be sure to tune in!
Cross-posted at North Star Tea Party Patriots
Tags: Election, Election Integrity Watch, Minnesota Majority, Minnesota Voters Alliance, North Star Tea Party Patriots, Photo ID, Please ID Me, tea party, Voting
When you head to the polls today, rest assured that your determination to vote for the candidate of your choice will not be derailed by the “intimidating” presence of a button on someone’s shirt reading “Please ID Me.” You will not be lulled into a deep state of hypnosis, and compelled to vote against your intent, upon gazing at a t-shirt promoting Tea Party Patriots.
There are two reasons for this. One, you are an intelligent self-determining individual able to hold your course despite others’ apparel. Two, on Monday, a U.S. district court judge ruled in favor of restricting such apparel.
Tags: America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act, Don Parmeter, federalism, Jim Oberstar, Mille Lacs Tea Party Patriots, North Star Tea Party Patriots, Property Rights, states rights
The following is an essay by Don Parmeter entitled “A Clean Water Fallacy.” Parmeter will be speaking on this issue this Saturday, October 9th, at the Princeton Library -100 4th Avenue South, Princeton, MN – hosted by the Mille Lacs Tea Party Patriots.
There are several disturbing aspects about H.R. 5088, America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act, authored by Minnesota Congressman James Oberstar and introduced in April.
There’s the bill itself, arguably the biggest federal power grab in American history, given the proposed change in language to the 1972 federal Clean Water Act. Mr. Oberstar’s bill would replace the term ‘Navigable’ with ‘Waters of the U.S.,’ which would include: all waters currently used, used in the past, or susceptible to use in future commerce; all interstate and international waters; and all other waters and their tributaries, including intrastate lakes, rivers, streams, mudflats, sandflats, wetlands, ponds, meadows and sloughs.
Tags: 10th Judicial District, Greg Wersel, Judicial Candidate Forum, North Star Tea Party Patriots, tea party patriots
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (September 24, 2010) – North Star Tea Party
Patriots, a recently announced coalition of Tea Party groups in Minnesota,
will hold a Judicial Town Hall in Monticello MN Wednesday,
September 29th, 2010 at 7pm – 9pm. (map) The forum will be held in
the city council chambers of Monticello otherwise Known at the
Candidates will give brief Biographies and then field questions from
the Moderator Attorney Marjorie Holsten.
13 of the 24 candidates seeking election to the open seat in Court 3 of
Minnesota’s 10th Judicial District have confirmed their participation in the
forum. The race is the most widely contested judicial election in the state.
The vast majority of judicial incumbents will go unchallenged this November. Continue Reading Historic Minnesota 10th Judicial District Town Hall – September 29, 2010…
Tags: Carol Wegner, Climate Change, Global Warming, health care, Judicial Candidate Forum, North Star Tea Party Patriots, ObamaCare, Racism, Randy Liebo, Richard Lindzen, tea party patriots, Walter Hudson
Friday, MinnPost published an article attempting to demystify the Tea Party movement for their readers. Writer Doug Grow sat down with three board members of the recently launched North Star Tea Party Patriots, including this writer, to get a feel for where the movement has been, where it is at, and wheter it will be here tomorrow. Based on the comment section, it’s fair to say MinnPost’s readership tends slightly left of center. What follows is my resposne to their comments.
I’d like to thank Doug Grow for chatting with us and writing this article. One of the points we discussed which he wasn’t able to squeeze in is that the polarization in our current political dialogue is unproductive. The fact that we disagree does not make one side or the other ignorant, uneducated, or somehow evil. Grow, a writer who certainly does not share the Tea Party paradigm, was nonetheless able to engage us in a cordial conversation which included substantive debate.
One of the goals of the North Star Tea Party Patriots is to create opportunities to dialogue directly with individuals and groups who hold opposing political views. Too often, we let our media have the conversation for us, or allow the anonymity of the internet to tempt us toward name-calling instead of honest discussion. Continue Reading North Star Tea Party Patriots Reaches Out to MinnPost Readers…