Area tea partyers to rally again

This April 15 won’t pass without a downtown demonstration and rally by Augusta-area tea partyers.

Organized by local talk radio host Tony Powers, the third annual event begins at 5 p.m. April 15, and returns this year to the Riverwalk amphitheater.

Organizers have extended invitations to congressmen Paul Broun, Joe Wilson and Jeff Duncan, as well as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who spoke last year, but haven’t confirmed the rally’s entire slate of speakers, Powers said.

Confirmed speakers include Augusta Chronicle Editorial Page Editor Michael Ryan and tax reform advocates Pat Van Hooser and Jeff Annis.

“This year, as opposed to during an election year, we’ll concentrate on how people can get people to run as constitutional conservatives,” Powers said.

Such a candidate would believe in limited taxation, fiscal responsibility, smaller government and term limits, he said.

“We’re not that big on social issues, we just want a constitutional form of government,” he said. “It’s incredible how 'off the reservation' our elected officials have gotten.”

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