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How the Patrick Henry Caucus defeated Sen. Bob Bennett

A must-read story by Alexander Zaitchik of the Washington Independent on the origins of a conservative group -- one-year-old -- that is on its way to basically taking over Utah politics.

In their first year, PHC-affiliated state legislators have emerged as the leading lights of the burgeoning states’ rights scene. Ken Ivory, a Utah PHC candidate who knocked out a long-time Republican state representative at the recent GOP convention, was a keynote speaker at first annual Tenth Amendment Summit in Atlanta. Through such events, the PHC has established working contacts with state legislators in 30 states, from North Dakota to New York.

“The goal has always been to organize states’ sovereignty activists nationwide. If we only fought health care and gun laws here in Utah, people would just dismiss us as ‘Oh, that’s just rightwing Utah,’” says Stephen E. Sandstrom, the Utah state representative and PHC founding member. “But if we get it done nationally, coordinating with like-minded people across the spectrum, we can truly have a huge impact.”

By David Weigel  |  May 21, 2010; 2:51 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Conservatives  
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