Wichita tea party

Tax day tea parties in Kansas announced

Several tea party events have been announced for tax day, April 15, in Kansas. Cities include Wichita, Hutchinson, Salina, Wamego, Manhattan, Olathe, Burlington, Lakin, Fort Scott, and Kansas City. Wichita In Wichita, the event is titled "From Wichita to Washington DC." Organizers announce that they are closing Central west of Main between the Wichita City Building and the Sedgwick County Courthouse. The date is Thursday, April 15 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. A Wichita Eagle news story previewing the event, complete with a list of speakers, is Radio host to attend tea party event in Wichita. For more information…
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Tea party impact to be topic of panel

This Friday the Wichita Pachyderm Club features a panel discussion with panelists Susan Estes, Lynda Tyler, and Dion Lefler discussing the topic "What is the political impact, if any, of the Tea Party movement?" Estes is Field Director for Americans for Prosperity-Kansas, Tyler is head of Kansans for Liberty and organizer of the last two tea party events in Wichita, and Lefler is a Wichita Eagle reporter who covers politics at several levels. All are welcome to attend Pachyderm club meetings. The program costs $10, which includes a delicious buffet lunch including salad, soup, two main dishes, and ice tea…
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Tea party leaders analysis released

The Sam Adams Alliance, an organization that supports free market principles, has released a study that examines tea party leaders, their thoughts, and their motivations. It found that many tea party leaders are new to political activism, and having experienced empowerment, are ready to move to the next step of activism. "This is their time to act," the report concludes. While it is often thought that the tea party movement might blossom into a third party, that wasn't the sentiment of those surveyed: "A striking 85.7 percent said 'No' when asked if they were in favor of moving in the…
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Kansas news digest

News from alternative media around Kansas for February 22, 2010. Proponents of bill want to force 'charity' (Kansas Liberty) "Kansas hospitals say they have been stepping up to the plate and helping individuals with their health bills, but left-wing organizations say the goodwill assistance needs to be required by law." Senate kills attempt to abolish death penalty (Kansas Liberty) "The Kansas Senate deliberated today for several hours on whether to repeal the state's death penalty. Much of the debate focused on how legislators’ religion played into their decision to either support or oppose the legislation and whether the families of…
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Wichita winter tea party: it’s inside this Saturday

Kansans For Liberty is hosting a tea party this Saturday February 20 at Century II Exhibition Hall. It starts at 1:00 pm. Lynda Tyler, the organizer for this event, says that there are two levels to this event: A stage with organizations, candidates, a forum, ending with keynote speaker Apostle Claver. The other level is the decorated tables around the outside of the room representing organizations and campaigns from all over Kansas. The event is free to the public. There will be raffles for flags, baskets, dinners to Mike’s Steakhouse, and two tickets to see Sarah Palin at the Intrust…
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Wichita’s tea party critics examined

On Wednesday, the Tea Party Express stopped in Wichita for a rally. Quite a few people attended -- more on that in a moment -- and the reaction to the event by Wichita's Left perhaps says more about them than the protesters. On several online discussion forums, including the Wichita Eagle editorial blog, there was a great deal of discussion concerning the number of people that attended the event. Several seemed particularly obsessed with discounting the attendance figure reported by the Wichita Eagle, which wrote "Organizers estimated the crowd at 1,500 to 1,700. Police at the scene estimated it at…
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Tea Party Express in Wichita a success

Related content: Wichita’s tea party critics examined. Today a large crowd -- some people estimated the crowd at 1,500 to 1,700 -- gathered on a beautiful fall day in Wichita for a stop of the Tea Party Express. The crowd enjoyed speeches and music. About 30 motorcyclists escorted the bus to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. My photos are here, or click here for a slideshow.
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Tea Party Express in Wichita

Wednesday, November 4, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, in the parking lot of Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, Sycamore and Maple Streets in Wichita. This is a stop on the nationwide tour of the bus and speakers. "At each stop the tour will highlight some of the worst offenders in Congress who have voted for higher spending, higher taxes, and government intervention in the lives of American families and businesses. These Members of Congress have infringed upon the freedom of the individual in this great nation, and its time for us to say: ‘Enough is Enough!’ The ‘Tea Party Express’ tour will…
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Dale Swenson, tea party critic, a barrel of laughs

Today's Wichita Eagle contains a story (Tea party organizers: We paid for event) covering the dust-up between a member of the Kansas House of Representatives and tea party organizers. The state representative -- Dale Swenson, a Democrat whose district covers parts of southwest Wichita -- said of the tea party event: "We need taxes to support their protests." Today's Eagle story reports on organizer Lynda Tyler's expenditures necessary to put on the event. It's much the same information as in her statement presented in my post Wichita tea party paid its expenses from Sunday. In his defense, Swenson told the…
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Wichita tea party paid its expenses

After Friday's American Tea Party in Wichita, complaints rolled in. The Wichita Eagle article reporting on the event drew over 200 comments, many complaining about one or another aspect of over 700 people gathering for a peaceful event. In particular, the squawking of one member of the Kansas House of Representatives only revealed the ignorance of the speaker in his attempt at finding irony. As reported on the Wichita Eagle's editorial blog: "'We need taxes to support their protests.' -- Rep. Dale Swenson, D-Wichita, about how Friday’s anti-tax tea party was held at the county-owned and taxpayer-supported Sedgwick County Park."…
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Tea party and fine weather tonight in Wichita

Tonight, at 6:00 pm at the Sedgwick County Park, Kansans For Liberty hosts "An American Tea Party." It looks to be a great event, with many speakers and exhibitors. The weather looks to be nice, too. By 6:00 pm, the starting time, the forecast calls for a temperature of 79 degrees, with partly cloudy skies and light northeast winds. Probability of rain is 0%. For more information, see my post Wichita tea party more than protest and Lynda Tyler's site Kansans For Liberty.
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Wichita tea party more than protest

This Friday, August 28, Wichita's having another tea party. This event seems more like a carnival or fair, although the spirit of protest and discontent -- especially regarding the proposed energy and health care bills -- will likely be on display. I spoke with organizer Lynda Tyler. She says that this event is more than just a tea party. "It's a 'get involved' event where people can come and find an organization or candidate they would like to support and get involved with." "People are angry and frustrated. They don't know what to do or where to go to make…
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Tea party event planned in Wichita

Here's a message from Lynda Tyler. Kansans for Liberty presents An American Tea Party Friday, August 28, 2009, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Sedgwick County Park, Wichita, Kansas (Click for a Google map to this location.) This is more than a protest, it is a celebration of patriotism and an opportunity. People want to get involved but don't know where to go to become involved. This event invites you, your organizations, your business, your campaigns and your government agencies to showcase what you have to offer. We have a large enough area that we are offering areas where a…
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Wichita July 4 tea party coverage

There's some coverage of the Wichita, Kansas tea party on television. Click on Wichita tea party coverage on KSN TV to view coverage from KSN Television. Susan Estes, Western Kansas Field Director for AFP-Kansas does a great job explaining the spirit behind the tea parties. Jason Kravarik, the reporter for KSN Television, as part of the story consulted a Wichita State University professor who expressed doubt about the ability of the tea party movement to generate broad appeal. That's a problem that those who advocate for freedom face. Many people have a stake in the government continuing to dish out…
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Wichita tea party on July 4

Americans For Prosperity -- Kansas announces a tea party to be held in Wichita on Independence Day, July 4, 2009. It will be at the Sedgwick County Courthouse at 8:30 am. Click on July 4 Taxpayer Tea Party for the details.
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Future of the tea party protests

The Washington Times ponders the future of the tea party protest movement in Anti-tax crusade to storm Capitol. One promising sign: "In some areas we've noticed tea party activists are getting involved in local government in school boards [and] town councils." When I speak to groups and talk about the size of local government, people are astonished to learn that the school district is often the biggest spender. Locally, in round numbers, the budget of Sedgwick Count is $400 million, of the City of Wichita, $500 million, and of the Wichita School District, $600 million. (Except that the school district…
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Rasmussen: 51% View Tea Parties Favorably, Political Class Strongly Disagrees

From Rasmussen: Fifty-one percent (51%) of Americans have a favorable view of the "tea parties" held nationwide last week, including 32% who say their view of the events is Very favorable. ... While half the nation has a favorable opinion of last Wednesday’s events, the nation’s Political Class has a much dimmer view—just 13% of the political elite offered even a somewhat favorable assessment while 81% said the opposite. Among the Political Class, not a single survey respondent said they had a Very Favorable opinion of the events while 60% shared a Very Unfavorable assessment. ... David Axelrod, a top…
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Tillman story may leave wrong impression of Wichita tea party

The Wichita Eagle news story Democrat Tillman enters race for 4th District seat may give its readers an incorrect impression of the Wichita tea party protest held on tax day. In the story, the reporter quotes Robert Tillman as saying "Confederate flags (were) flown at the Republican tea party." The first half of this statement is true, but hardly indicative of the sentiment of tea party protesters. I have about 360 photographs that I took at the tea party. Looking at them, I saw one confederate flag. I called Robert Tillman, the subject of the story and whose quote appears…
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Stephen Moore: Tea party like “sonic boom”

Speaking at a recent event held by the Sam Adams Alliance, Wall Street Journal editorial board member and economist Stephen Moore told tea party protesters that "the message that you all delivered was heard like a sonic boom in Washington. We've never seen anything like it." He said that the tea party protesters are angry about the outrageous bailouts and the unbelievable amount of debt the country is taking on. He told the audience that an article in the Wall Street Journal estimated that if we go forward with the Obama plan, it will cost the average American family $100,000…
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