Louisville Tea Party http://wfpl.org en Louisville Tea Party President Endorses Matt Bevin Over Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-tea-party-president-endorses-matt-bevin-over-mitch-mcconnell <p>Saying she is proud to have been <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-tea-party-president-warns-mcconnell-attack-ad-could-benefit-bevin">attacked by Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign</a>, Louisville Tea Party President Wendy Caswell is endorsing Republican Matt Bevin in Kentucky's U.S. Senate primary race.</p><p>The nod from Caswell is a key pickup for the Bevin campaign that comes weeks after two prominent tea party activists in Louisville backed McConnell in next year's GOP primary.</p><p>In a <em>Courier-Journal </em>op-ed, Caswell says McConnell is more concerned with increasing his own political power than conservative principles.</p><p>"Sen. Mitch McConnell represents the old guard in Washington D.C. that cares more about holding on to power than defending the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility and individual freedom. Those are the principles that Matt Bevin believes in. I know he believes in those fundamental conservative ideals because he has embodied them in his life's experiences," she says.</p><p>The endorsement from Caswell was likely helped by a web video attacking the activist.</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:00:14 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6647 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Tea Party President Endorses Matt Bevin Over Mitch McConnell Louisville Tea Party President Warns McConnell Attack Ad Could Benefit Bevin http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-tea-party-president-warns-mcconnell-attack-ad-could-benefit-bevin <p>The president of the Louisville Tea Party says local members could endorse Senate Republican candidate Matt Bevin over incumbent Mitch McConnell in the GOP primary after she was featured in an online attack ad.</p><p>A web ad released by the McConnell campaign this week <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3_J-bxHOZg&amp;feature=youtu.be">questioned Bevin's conservative credentials</a> and affiliation with the Tea Party.</p><p>The online spot also points out Bevin has donated to Democrats, namely $500 to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer in his 2010 primary battle. It shows he gave another $250 to Wendy Caswell, who is <a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2012/02/14/tea-party-president-challenges-meeks-in-democratic-primary/">a registered Democrat but also a founder and current president of the Tea Party</a> in Louisville.</p><p>Caswell ran for state House last year. She says the spot is misleading because she ran as a fiscal conservative with no Republican in the race, adding McConnell is alienating local Tea Party members.</p><p>"I don't know how you can make an ad that in the beginning says Bevin has never supported the Tea Party and then in the next instance show my face and I'm the president of the Tea Party. That's pretty contradictory," she says. "I was really surprised, but this certainly isn’t the way to get the Tea Party involved or excited about your election."</p><p>Thus far the Tea Party movement in the state has been decidedly behind Bevin, with a group of over a dozen groups under the United Kentucky Tea Party backing him over McConnell.</p><p>But the GOP leader retains the support of fellow Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and was endorsed by the former vice president of the Louisville Tea Party last month.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:02:46 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6454 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Tea Party President Warns McConnell Attack Ad Could Benefit Bevin Louisville Tea Party Calls Mitch McConnell A Hypocrite for Defending NSA Surveillance http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-tea-party-calls-mitch-mcconnell-hypocrite-defending-nsa-surveillance-program <p>The Louisville Tea Party is blasting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for defending the National Security Agency's surveillance program while decrying a secret recording of his own campaign office.</p><p>Earlier this week, <a href="http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/06/reid-mcconnell-nsa-surveillance.php">McConnell said the NSA obtaining the call logs for millions of Americans is legal</a>, adding it has the proper congressional and judicial oversight.</p><p>McConnell acknowledged privacy concerns, but said the national intelligence director declassified enough information to downplay the public's concerns.</p><p>In a Twitter message sent out Wednesday afternoon, however, the tea party group representing Kentucky's largest city called McConnell a "hypocrite" for supporting the program.</p><p>"Hey @Team_Mitch, why do you get so upset when someone spies on you, but you want to spy on all of us?"</p><p>The online message makes reference to McConnell and his re-election staff crying foul over a liberal activist who recorded campaign strategy session. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:55:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5753 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Tea Party Calls Mitch McConnell A Hypocrite for Defending NSA Surveillance Kentucky Tea Party Groups to Protest IRS Offices http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-tea-party-groups-protest-irs-offices <p>Kentucky Tea Party groups are planning rallies Tuesday to protest the IRS targeting of <a href="/post/mitch-mcconnell-demands-white-house-investigate-irs-targeting-conservative-groups">Tea Party and conservative groups</a> for extra review.</p><p></p><p>Two of Kentucky's largest Tea Party groups will protests outside IRS offices in their respective areas: the Northern Kentucky Tea Party will protest in Cincinnati and Louisville's group will join southern Indiana groups to protest in Louisville.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 16:40:58 +0000 Kenny Colston 5469 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Tea Party Groups to Protest IRS Offices Louisville Tea Party Supports Charter Schools, Less Transportation, More Fiscal Accountability http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-tea-party-supports-charter-schools-less-transportation-more-fiscal-accountability <p></p><p>The Louisville Tea Party has developed new education initiatives the group plans to support through fund raising.</p><p>There are four initiatives on the Louisville Tea Party’s website. They include supporting school choice and charter schools. &nbsp;The party says students should not spend more than 30 minutes on a bus unless parents sign a waiver allowing them to spend extra time being transported.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:56:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 4724 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Tea Party Supports Charter Schools, Less Transportation, More Fiscal Accountability Outgoing Young Republicans Chair: Backing Mitch McConnell Caused Loss to Tea Party Activist http://wfpl.org/post/outgoing-young-republicans-chair-backing-mitch-mcconnell-caused-loss-tea-party-activist <p>The outgoing chair of the Louisville Young Republicans says he lost his seat to a Tea Party activist due to publicly supporting Senator Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign.</p><p>James Young had served as the group's leader since last year, but lost re-election to Louisville Tea Party Vice President Andrew Schachtner this week.</p><p>The chair position was the only contested seat in the group's elections Monday.</p><p>Young says he didn't begin to receiving threats of opposition until he began defending McConnell on this station.</p><p>"I'm very confident my appearance fueled some ideas in the minds of people looking for opportunities," he says. "There was an instance where I was specifically told through other individuals that ‘hey there are some people very upset within Tea Party organization that view you using your position to support Senator McConnell' and influencing others to do so."</p><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:00:22 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4446 at http://wfpl.org Outgoing Young Republicans Chair: Backing Mitch McConnell Caused Loss to Tea Party Activist Poll Shows Mitch McConnell Struggling for Support http://wfpl.org/post/poll-shows-mitch-mcconnell-struggling-support <p>A new poll shows Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is struggling to retain support among voters.</p><p>The <em>Courier-Journal </em>Bluegrass Poll shows that twice as many voters are against McConnell as there are supporting him. It also finds that only one-third of Republicans support him in the 2014 election.</p><p>In recent weeks, Kentucky's senior senator has been besieged by liberal and <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/kentucky-tea-party-leaders-issue-warning-mitch-mcconnell-plan-draft-primary-challenger">Tea Party groups</a> alike.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130128/NEWS010605/301280039/-1/rsslink?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=twitter">The C-J</a>:</p><blockquote><p>According to the poll of 609 registered voters, 34 percent said they plan to vote against McConnell while just 17 percent say they will vote to give him another six years. The poll found that 44 percent said they will have to wait and see who is running against him and 6 percent said they are not sure. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:11:26 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3656 at http://wfpl.org Poll Shows Mitch McConnell Struggling for Support Louisville Tea Party to Host Candidate Forum http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-tea-party-host-candidate-forum <p>The Louisville Tea Party will hold a forum featuring several local candidates running for Congress, Metro Council and the Jefferson County school board, but the group’s leader is criticizing Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth for not attending.</p><p>The forum is being moderated by 84 WHAS radio host Mandy Connell on Thursday, and is expected to draw more than 100 people.</p><p>Candidates running for the Kentucky General Assembly are also invited to the forum, and Louisville Tea Party President Sarah Durand says the event will question those candidates on issues that other groups and the mainstream media have overlooked.</p><p>"We plan on asking the state Representative and state Senate candidates about pension reform, which we have not heard enough about in the media," she says. "With the school board, I haven’t seen anybody asking them about raising our taxes every single year. We plan to ask the school board candidates how they feel about that and how they would deal with budget shortfalls if they’re not in favor of raising our taxes every year."</p><p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:56:13 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1715 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: Sarah Durand's Tea Party and The Louisville Paper http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-sarah-durands-tea-party-and-louisville-paper <p>The <a href="http://www.wbur.org/npr/158232360/older-tougher-but-will-the-tea-party-be-stronger">Tea Party appears stronger than ever</a> with Republican primary victories for Senate in Missouri, Texas and Indiana most recently.</p><p>It is a movement that has been successful in defeating establishment incumbents, pulling GOP leaders further to the right and gaining a seat at the table. This week it was announced that Tea Party favorite Sen. Rand <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-will-speak-republican-convention">Paul, R-Ky., has a keynote speech</a> at the Republican National Convention.</p><p>But Tea Party groups and activists have been criticized for their views and blamed for the current gridlock in Congress.</p><p>I spoke with Louisville Tea Party President Sarah Durand about compromise, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and what it&rsquo;s like leading such a forceful&mdash;and controversial&mdash;group.</p><p> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 02:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1288 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: Sarah Durand's Tea Party and The Louisville Paper Tea Party, MoveOn to Host Debate Over Coarsening Political Dialogue http://wfpl.org/post/tea-party-moveon-host-debate-over-coarsening-political-dialogue <p>The Louisville Tea Party and Kentucky MoveOn.org organizers are teaming up to discuss ways to find solutions on divisive political issues.</p><p>The two groups will host a debate Tuesday on issues including the national debt and campaign finance reform, with participants seeking to find common ground. It will feature former Republican congressional candidate Larry Hausman, who served on the local Tea Party board, and Kentucky MoveOn organizer Keith Rouda.</p><p>Louisville Tea Party President Sarah Durand says the two groups don&rsquo;t agree on much, but the country&rsquo;s political dialogue needs to improve.</p><p>&quot;It doesn&rsquo;t have to be all about screaming and getting angry, and you can disagree in a way that&rsquo;s still very respectful to the other person. And you have a much better chance at coming up with some compromises and some solutions,&quot; she says.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1091 at http://wfpl.org