Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler, national coordinators of Tea Party Patriots, expect tea party will have bigger role in 2012 primary season – eyeing incumbents from both parties.
In the latest Rasmussen poll of likely GOP primary voters, 39 percent of tea partyers back Gov. Rick Perry, but some are questioning the candidate's tea party credibility.
Tea Party Patriots leader Mark Meckler issues a blunt warning to Congress: His group is “going to be dramatically engaged in the primaries – on both sides of the aisle,” in 2012.
John Boehner may be in trouble: Tea Party Patriots say 4 in 5 of their members want to see different leadership in the House, while the Tea Party Nation leader says John Boehner 'has to go.'
A hidden-camera sting orchestrated by James O'Keefe, who took down ACORN, targeted NPR executive Ron Schiller. It shows him calling the tea party racist and the GOP anti-intellectual. Schiller also suggested that NPR doesn't need federal funding.
Tea party-backed GOP freshmen are eyeing the Pentagon – which remains the largest single spender of government dollars. Do they have the clout to target even cherished GOP priorities?
President Obama's election spread a balm on America's racial divides. But judging by the flap between the NAACP and the ‘tea party’ movement, its effects were short-lived.
Members of the Tea Party movement say they are not beholden to the GOP.
In California, one main issue is environmental laws. But protesters are targeting taxes and healthcare reform too.