'Tea party' will vent tax anger

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Tylila Mashburn , 4, waits while her mother, Shaunna Mashburn, receives filing help from H&R Block tax specialist Tanya Coleman in Augusta.

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun and South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer are on a list of scheduled speakers for today's Augusta Tax Day Tea Party at Riverwalk Augusta's Jessye Norman Amphitheater.


According to a news release, the tea party is a nonpartisan, nationwide event designed to send a message to Washington that citizens are unhappy with tax-and-spend policies they fear will bankrupt the nation.

Megan Seda, the chairwoman of the Columbia County Young Republicans and an organizer of the event, said she hopes it will bring together people who were frustrated by the spending policies of Republican leaders in Washington and who are now concerned about President Obama's spending.

"They're a lot more angry even than they were when the Republicans were the ones doing it, and they are ready to re-engage and realize they do have to be active in the political process to stop that kind of spending from happening in Washington," Ms. Seda said.

Others who are on the speaker list for the event include Jeff Annis, Helen Blocker-Adams, Bobby Ross and Michael Ryan, the editorial page editor of The Augusta Chronicle.

The event begins at 5 p.m. and is scheduled to end at 10.

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