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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tea Party Rally Brings out Candidates

A tea party rally that drew hundreds to the steps of the state house also drew a handful of Republicans running for governor. The rally was organized by local chapters of the tea party movement under the umbrella of the newly formed Alabama Patriot Coalition.

Candidates Kay Ivey, Tim James, Bill Johnson and state Rep. Robert Bentley (who had to be in session in the House by 1 p.m.) were all in attendance at Tuesday's rally. There were also several Republican legislators who turned up at the rally including river region representatives Greg Wren, Mac Gipson and David Grimes.

But the rally wasn't a feel good event for the Republicans with many of the speakers on the raised platforms taking them to task for not standing up for conservative values.

As the Alabama Patriot Coalition, members of the tea party movement hope to put pressure on state legislators to pass bills and resolutions that support state sovereignty and gun rights.

Both the Senate and the House passed a joint resolution claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment. The resolution is now headed to the governor's desk.

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks

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