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Shutdown Geezers: The Medicare
Generation’s Immoral War on Obamacare

| October 4, 2013

Opponents of Obamacare think that by doubling down on hurting Americans through a shut-down, they might stun them into submission. They must be stupider than they let on. The Affordable Care Act has its issues. Lacking for moral high ground isn’t among them.

Lies, Distortions and Delirium: The Flagler Tea Party’s Kaput Take on Common Core

| August 23, 2013

Diane Kepus, a self-styled researcher and common core opponent, was the Flagler County tea party’s speaker this week. Her presentation on common core, mostly inaccurate or outright false, explains to some extent why the school board has been on the defensibve, as have other boards and states, against a misinformation campaign that has not been countered effectively.

In Rubio’s Republican Party, Appeals To Victimhood Are Getting Old

| February 25, 2013

Republicans over the last decade or so have become a party that tethered their Election Day successes to an appeal to the lesser angels in people, on convincing voters they need to fear forces trying to take things away from them, that they need to look out for Number One, argues Dan Gelber.

Despite Setbacks, Florida Tea Party Activists Aren’t Ready to Hear Their Eulogies Yet

| February 12, 2013

In light of November 2012’s electoral setbacks, some are ready to write off the “tea party” as a movement whose time has come and gone, but don’t tell that to Florida’s grassroots activists.

Lone Star Reds: The Secessionist Tempest From Texas

| December 4, 2012

Once again, there’s a tempest brewing in the national tea pot. We’re talking secession. Well, some of us are, writes Jim Hightower. Actually, very few are — and some of them aren’t too tightly wrapped.

14 Days On, Allen West Concedes

| November 20, 2012

Thwarted in attempts to change the outcome of a razor thin race, U.S. Rep Allen West early Tuesday conceded to his Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy. The concession increases Democratic pick-ups in the House to eight, for a total of 200 seats to the GOP’s 233.

Mitt Romney’s , and Republicans’, Goldwater Moment

| September 27, 2012

Blowing an election it should have won, the GOP might finally realize it has strayed far out of the mainstream and become a little too odd for the American public, writes Bill Cotterell.

FPL Begins Installing Smart Meters in Flagler as PSC Takes on Devices’ Emitted Controversies

| September 19, 2012

FPL will begin installing 50,000 smart meters in Flagler County this month and continue installing them through the fall, while the Florida Public Service Commission on Thursday devotes a daylong workshop to questions about smart meters and health effects, privacy, data security and alternatives.

The Tea Party, Missing from the Republican National Convention’s Big Tent

| August 30, 2012

Despite cluelessness by liberals and Democrats, those outside the tea party movement still don’t grasp that “people like me are the absolute last folks who would be invited to the RNC,” argues tea party leader Henry Kelley.

The Tea Party as the American Taliban

| August 29, 2012

Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” features Jeff Daniels as an anchor on a cable-news program, who here goes off on the fictions of voter fraud and the not-so-fictional nature of tea parties as America’s verion of the Taliban.

Republican vs. Republican: Judge Craig Denies GOP Insurgents’ Induction in Flagler’s REC

| April 25, 2012

It’s an unusual case, revealing of internal matters and disputes usually kept secret from the general public–and especially revealing of a deep strain coursing through Republican organizations across the country, not just in Flagler: tea party insurgents and other similar offshoots, who are overwhelmingly Republican, are upending the way traditional Republican organizations define themselves.

Tea Party’s Tom Lawrence, Back to His Roots, Endorses ½-Cent Sales Tax Before 135 Partiers

| April 20, 2012

Tom Lawrence, the ardent anti-tax tea party chairman, was the champion of the sales tax Palm Coast lobbied for 10 years ago. He urged the Flagler tea party membership to support the tax again at the polls this year, boosting county government’s arguments for the tax, which Palm Coast so far has not embraced enthusiastically.

Tea Party’s Medicare Beneficiaries Honk Up Palm Coast Against Federal Health Mandate

| March 26, 2012

Some 50 to 60 Flagler tea party activists clumped around a Palm Coast intersection Monday, protesting “Obamacare” in a distinctly less impressive display of numbers or passions than in previous rallies.

Flagler County’s Republicans at War With Each Other as Lawsuit Slams Prizer and REC

| February 23, 2012

The rift between tea party Republicans and old guard Republicans boiled over Thursday as insurgents denied membership in the Flagler County Republican Executive Committee filed suit against Committee Chairman Nancy Prizer and the Florida Republican Club.

Flagler Tea Party Frets As Numbers Dwindle And Excitement Appears Elusive

| February 16, 2012

Flagler tea party meetings once reliably drew 200 to 300 people. Thursday’s drew 86, and provoked soul-searching from members wondering how to revive the excitement in an election year they considers crucial.

Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin and Tea Parties: The Gipper’s NAACP Warning to Extremists

| July 31, 2011

“You are the ones who are out of step with our society,” Ronald Reagan said of extremists in a 1981 speech to the NAACP, a speech that resonates in tea party America today, Zach Roberts argues.

Skipping Specifics, Scott Calls for $5 billion in Spending Cuts, $4 Billion in Tax Cuts

| February 7, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott today unveiled to a tea party crowd a budget that would cut an unprecedented $5 billion and provide for $4 billion in tax cuts, $1.4 billion of which in property taxes. Scott’s details are few.

Flanked by Tea Party, Rick Scott Will Unveil State Budget in Central Florida Monday

| February 3, 2011

As tea party activists gather from Central Florida to Eustis, Gov. Rick Scott’s budget unveiling Monday will have the feel of political rally as he attempts to close a nearly $4 billion hole while still proposing tax cuts.

How Republicans Became America’s Arabs

| October 24, 2010

That’s the strength behind the Republican No, as it is behind the Arab No, the Islamist No in particular: it appeals to some mythical, mass-marketable golden age. No proof necessary.

Why Tea Parties Are More Bunkers than Bunker Hill

| May 22, 2010

The tea party’s booting out of Utah Sen. Robert Bennett from his state’s GOP primary, despite Bennett’s extreme conservative credentials, is emblematic of a movement in the grip of its own delusions.

Tea Party Throng Fills FPC’s Dawg House Cafe

| May 18, 2010

The third meeting of the local tea party movement to be held at FPC drew 228 people, but discussions were standard and relatively tame.

Festive Fears and Cheers at Tea Party Rally

| April 15, 2010

Palm Coast’s Tea Party movement brandished its message in a Tax Day rally in the heart of town Thursday, and in an atmosphere more festive than furious.

Rockwell Meets Rubio: A Tea Party Photo Gallery

| April 15, 2010

Norman Rockwell reckognized a compelling subject when he saw one. Chances are he’d have recognized an equally worthy subject in the Tea Party movement, whatever its stripes.

Lawrence: Flagler Tea Party’s Four Values–and Aims

| April 15, 2010

Tom Lawrence, chairman of Palm Coast’s Tea Party movement, sums up the 4 values of the movement as it conceives itself locally, and its aims in the next six months.

Call Me a Tea Party Fan

| April 15, 2010

Maybe not a fan of the tea partiers’ ideas. But definitely a fan of their sincerity and, yes, eloquence. Let’s bust some stereotypes.

Taking Back America–from Tea Party Phonies

| February 8, 2010

If Thomas Jefferson had heard Sarah Palin or Marco Rubio, he’d have had to ask how such a smart country would put up with such an obvious phonies and loons.

Weimar Germany’s Shadow Creep on Main Street

| January 28, 2010

Philip A. Farruggio argues that the United States is forgetting the lessons of 1930s Germany–and Sinclair Lewis’ prophetic warnings–at its own risk.

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