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'Florida Tea Party' crashes press conference to combat charge that it's working for Democrats

Independent tea party activists called a press conference to announce the formation of a Central Florida Tea Party Council and demand that Peg Dunmire, the "Florida Tea Party candidate" against* Grayson, drop out of the race. Dunmire and party director Fred O'Neil showed up. Things got... well, not ugly, but not pretty, either.

By David Weigel  |  June 25, 2010; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The DISCLOSE Act passes

The legislation split conservatives and had activists griping about the NRA, which -- while not endorsing the bill -- got a carve-out that was written in a way that exempted them from campaign finance restrictions.

By David Weigel  |  June 24, 2010; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Rand Paul speaks on McChrystal and BP

PAUL: I was listening to some people on the Hill today, and they were looking for the justification for setting it up. I don't know what the legal justification is -- I'm not an expert in whether Congress has to give you authority or the president has authority to do it. Those issues take research and time, and I'm not going to make an off-the-cuff response.

By David Weigel  |  June 24, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Embracing the crazy

Way back on March 3, Lyndon LaRouche supporter Kesha Rogers won the right to challenge Rep. Pete Olson (R-Tex.) in the 22nd district of Texas. A few reporters noticed; I talked to Olson briefly after the election and we both remarked on his luck. But she faded until this week when, for some reason, conservative bloggers noticed Rogers and began asking whether the media was covering up for her. Was it, asked Jim "Gateway Pundit" Hoft, because the press doesn't want to reveal that it's LaRouche activists, not conservatives, comparing the president to Hitler.

By David Weigel  |  June 24, 2010; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Rand Paul raises funds and talks about support from pro-TARP senators

"I wanted to get him before or the day after he got elected," said Bunning, "because I knew all the papers would immediately turn on him. And they did I would have told him, as soon as you win the nomination, they're your enemy, and the more you recognize that the better off you are, because then you can be a little more careful about how you approach some of our wonderful papers like the Herald-Ledger and the Courier-Journal."

By David Weigel  |  June 24, 2010; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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The year of the black Republican, revisited

A few weeks ago, reporters and pundits were dumping ice water on the narrative that 2010 would be a "year of the black Republican." But last night, South Carolina's Tim Scott was only one of two African-Americans who locked down GOP nominations for Congress. The other, Bill Randall, won a runoff in North Carolina and will face adroit Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.). Miller has faced off against black Republicans in the past, and Randall enters the race most famous for wondering whether government "collusion" led to the BP spill. So this might be a case of a black candidate garnering headlines but acting, effectively, as a sacrificial lamb.

By David Weigel  |  June 23, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Older Entries in This Category »

McCain smacks around 'huckster' Hayworth, David Weigel , June 23, 2010
Why did Rep. Bob Inglis lose by 42 points?, David Weigel , June 23, 2010
Primary night: What to watch, David Weigel , June 22, 2010
Florida Rep. Alan Grayson and the tea party, David Weigel , June 22, 2010
GOP candidates echo Barton on BP 'shakedown', David Weigel , June 22, 2010
South Carolina: The rise of Tim Scott, David Weigel , June 21, 2010
Michele Bachmann takes heat over BP, David Weigel , June 18, 2010
'You believe the Harry Reid lie', David Weigel , June 18, 2010
Will Darrell Issa wreck the GOP?, David Weigel , June 18, 2010
Hide and seek with Sharron Angle, David Weigel , June 16, 2010
Sharron Angle dodges the press, David Weigel , June 15, 2010
What if Alvin Greene just... won?, David Weigel , June 15, 2010
Bob Etheridge: The morning after, David Weigel , June 15, 2010
Fox News bungles Sharron Angle interview, David Weigel , June 14, 2010
'Gather your armies', David Weigel , June 14, 2010
DeMint: No, we didn't 'plant' Alvin Greene, David Weigel , June 10, 2010
The last Orly Taitz post ever, David Weigel , June 10, 2010
Victory has a thousand fathers, exhibit A, David Weigel , June 9, 2010
How to watch tonight's election results, David Weigel , June 8, 2010
Rand Paul returns to cable news, David Weigel , June 8, 2010
Another view on Taitz's prospects, David Weigel , June 8, 2010
Can Orly Taitz win in California?, David Weigel , June 8, 2010
A gay marriage GOP spat in Virginia, David Weigel , June 8, 2010
Mickey Kaus goes for the libertarian vote, David Weigel , June 4, 2010
Boehner versus the Beatle, David Weigel , June 4, 2010
FreedomWorks (belatedly) backs Angle in Nevada, Felicia Sonmez , June 3, 2010
Sestak skips Obama Pittsburgh visit, Felicia Sonmez , June 2, 2010
New Nikki Haley ad plays up her husband, Aaron Blake , June 2, 2010
A mixed night for the tea party, Aaron Blake , June 2, 2010
Nevada Primary: The final sprint, Amy Gardner , June 1, 2010
No special election to replace Mark Souder, David Weigel , May 28, 2010
Rand Paul: Back and talking to Russian TV, David Weigel , May 28, 2010
Richard Blumenthal survives, David Weigel , May 27, 2010
Rand Paul replaces campaign manager, David Weigel , May 26, 2010
Orly Taitz, the candidate, David Weigel , May 26, 2010
McCain gets political win on border troops, David Weigel , May 25, 2010
Steve King: GOP may not win House, David Weigel , May 25, 2010
Rossi in, Simmons out, David Weigel , May 25, 2010
Dodging the Rand Paul question, David Weigel , May 24, 2010
Ann Coulter, no fan of Linda McMahon, David Weigel , May 24, 2010
The fluke in Hawaii, David Weigel , May 24, 2010
'They're not going to call me a racist', David Weigel , May 24, 2010
Defending Rand Paul, Part II, David Weigel , May 21, 2010
Rand Paul cancels Meet the Press appearance, David Weigel , May 21, 2010
Candidates, Kos go after Rasmussen, David Weigel , May 21, 2010
The end of the liberal-libertarian romance, David Weigel , May 21, 2010
Talking Rand Paul on 'Hardball', David Weigel , May 20, 2010
RNC goes back to the Sestak 'job' story, David Weigel , May 20, 2010
Nikki Haley grabs a lead in South Carolina, David Weigel , May 20, 2010
Pat Toomey, running against a 'liberal', David Weigel , May 20, 2010
Rand Paul, telling the truth, David Weigel , May 20, 2010
Finally, the Dale Peterson parody video, David Weigel , May 19, 2010
Chatting with Dick Armey, David Weigel , May 19, 2010
More spin on Tim Burns, David Weigel , May 19, 2010
Dreaming of a disobedient Specter, David Weigel , May 19, 2010
Tim Burns: The day after, David Weigel , May 19, 2010
Running down the other big GOP primaries, David Weigel , May 19, 2010
Republican Tim Burns loses in PA-12, David Weigel , May 18, 2010
A tight race in PA-12, David Weigel , May 18, 2010
Rand Paul wins, and libertarians rejoice, David Weigel , May 18, 2010
Democrats for Tim Burns, David Weigel , May 18, 2010
The wrath of Linda McMahon, David Weigel , May 18, 2010
The DCCC wants us to watch PA-12, David Weigel , May 17, 2010
A tea party Democrat challenges Dan Burton, David Weigel , May 17, 2010
Running against TARP in Michigan, David Weigel , May 17, 2010
Trey Grayson and the lightning of doom, David Weigel , May 17, 2010
Democrats cry foul after ad pulled in PA-12, David Weigel , May 14, 2010
Meg Whitman and the ghost of Pete Wilson, David Weigel , May 14, 2010
Rand Paul, on the trail and in shorts, David Weigel , May 13, 2010
Sen. Thune defends Bennett over TARP, David Weigel , May 11, 2010
The 'swift-boating' of Rand Paul, David Weigel , May 11, 2010
How the Club for Growth beat Bob Bennett, David Weigel , May 10, 2010
A Young Republican resignation, David Weigel , May 10, 2010
McCain: 'Complete the danged fence', David Weigel , May 10, 2010
Tim Bridgewater 57, Mike Lee 43, David Weigel , May 8, 2010
Watching the Utah GOP convention, David Weigel , May 8, 2010
Jim DeMint's strategery, David Weigel , May 7, 2010
Massachusetts conservatives versus the RGA, David Weigel , May 7, 2010
Finally, a vast-right wing conspiracy, David Weigel , May 6, 2010
Sean Duffy stands by criticism of stimulus, David Weigel , May 5, 2010
Jim DeMint endorses Rand Paul, David Weigel , May 5, 2010
Forcing out Dave Obey, David Weigel , May 5, 2010
A mixed primary night for the tea parties, David Weigel , May 5, 2010
Virgil Goode joins the Constitution Party, David Weigel , May 4, 2010
Mitch McConnell endorses Trey Grayson, David Weigel , May 4, 2010
Vote! For! A! Patriot!, David Weigel , May 3, 2010
Charles Djou to chat on RedState, David Weigel , May 3, 2010
How the right is winning Hawaii, David Weigel , May 3, 2010
Crist jumps; Senate Republicans condemn him, David Weigel , April 29, 2010
So how doomed is Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah?, David Weigel , April 29, 2010
Tim James, superstar, David Weigel , April 28, 2010
'Why can’t I micro-chip an illegal?', David Weigel , April 27, 2010
Most confusing ad of the day, David Weigel , April 26, 2010
J.D. Hayworth disavows ALIPAC -- sort of, David Weigel , April 21, 2010
Doug Hoffman, the $13,550.20 man, David Weigel , April 20, 2010
More momentum than money for the NRSC and NRCC, David Weigel , April 20, 2010
The tea party endorsement that wasn't, David Weigel , April 20, 2010
Jim DeMint finds another outsider he likes, David Weigel , April 14, 2010
Fall of the titans, David Weigel , April 14, 2010
Rick Scott, candidate for Florida governor, David Weigel , April 13, 2010
Poll: Rand Paul maintains lead in Kentucky, David Weigel , April 12, 2010
Nevada Tea Party purge is bearing fruit, David Weigel , April 12, 2010
From Barbour, a very on-message call for unity, David Weigel , April 10, 2010
David Vitter rides the tea party wave, David Weigel , April 10, 2010
Sympathy for Stupak from J.C. Watts, David Weigel , April 9, 2010
Tom Coburn's plea for civility, David Weigel , April 6, 2010
And now, North Dakota, David Weigel , April 6, 2010
Welcome to 'Right Now', David Weigel , April 6, 2010
 
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