New Look for the Tea Party
The Virginia Tea Party Patriot convention kicks off in Richmond Friday. Not only is the gathering being billed as the largest Tea Party convention yet, but it also represents something of a shift inside the movement.
Instead of getting together to denounce existing policies and express their disapproval, this gathering is intended as a how-to for governing Tea Party style.
Attendees will hear lectures on policy and politics and hear speakers, including the ever-practical Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on how to produce limited government results from inside the government itself.
If the movement is going to have an impact beyond the 2010 election, the key will be delivering results next year. This gathering suggests some are thinking ahead.
FOX News colleague James Rosen reports.
Colorado's appointed Democratic Senator Michael Bennet is in danger of losing his seat to Republican Ken Buck, a district attorney from a rural county. And as the two head into their third debate tonight, tensions are high. Bennet has been hammering Buck on his pro-life policies and Buck has been slamming Bennet for his support for the Obama agenda. If Bennet means to make the "extremist" label stick to Buck, he needs to do it tonight. Early voting gets underway next week and mail-in ballots are already going out to voters, and most polls show Buck out to a modest lead. Independent voters will decide who gets the seat once held by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar; independents, Republicans and Democrats have an almost equal share of registered voters.
FOX News colleague Alicia Acuna reports.
Few house Democrats have more influence in the nation than 17-term Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton, the powerful chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. In this 2010 atmosphere the Show Me state may show him the door. Republican Vicky Hartzler is a well-funded, well-known religious conservative and a Tea Party favored fresh face. In this predominantly Republican congressional district, Skelton and his chairmanship are at risk for many of the same reasons that threaten the Democratic majority: spending, cap-and-trade global warming legislation, and disapproval of President Obama's economic policies.
FOX News colleague Carl Cameron reports.
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