Local tea party founders promise return

Local organizers buy radio station

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After several well-attended rallies downtown in 2010 and 2011, the Augusta Tea Party seemed to have vanished as quickly as it appeared.

EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Tony “Powers” deMedici and his wife, Renee, were responsible for coordinating tea party rallies in Augusta. Now they have a talk radio station and promise a tea party return in the area.

The group’s founders say the break was only temporary, as they entered a brief hiatus to build a conservative talk radio station.

They say the group found itself with little to do after the 2012 election.

“(2012) was not a huge election cycle,” said Augusta Tea Party co-founder Renee deMedici. “We just skipped one year.”

Though the group’s Facebook and Twitter pages have been inactive for months, local conservative talk radio host and co-founder Tony “Powers” deMedici said the group will likely swing back into action as soon as September.

In the meantime, he and his wife are purchasing WEZO-AM, a small station near Gordon Highway.

The group expects to hold a rally in April, well in advance of the 2014 midterm primaries, allowing residents the chance to meet and greet several candidates at one time, Renee deMedici said.

“You actually get an opportunity to see almost every candidate from (Georgia and South Carolina),” she said.

Past rallies have featured several prominent politicians such as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Tony deMedici said her participation in a 2010 tax day rally was the direct cause of her rise in popularity.

“She wasn’t even on the radar in South Caro­lina until she attended our rally here in Augusta,” he said. “Suddenly, she just exploded all over the state.”

He said that highlights the importance of meeting candidates well before the primaries.

“It’s important to do these things before the primary because if you wait until after the primary, you’re stuck with whoever the candidate is,” he said.

The Augusta Tea Party was formed not long after the Obama administration implemented the economic stimulus package of 2009.Tony deMedici said he saw an opportunity for conservatives to voice their concerns about Obama’s policies.

“We decided to see if we could get some sort of grass-roots movement going here
because we were heading into the 2010 elections and the midterms,” he said. “We wanted to have an effect. The main thing, I think, that pulls all of these people together is that they want limited government. They really believe that our Constitution is being destroyed.”

He said tea party groups across the nation vary in ideology, but that there is no such thing as a “crazy tea party.”

“The tea party is more of a brand than an organization,” he said.

“It is a lie that has been perpetrated on the tea party that they are nut cases and they hate our government. They don’t hate our government. These people are just good Americans.”

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TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 08/19/13 - 06:38 am
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oh great.. another hate group
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oh great.. another hate group is back..this time with a radio station

corgimom
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corgimom 08/19/13 - 06:44 am
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I'm still waiting for the

I'm still waiting for the sweeping changes that the Tea Party was going to make.

Can anybody think of one? Just one?

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Little Lamb 08/19/13 - 07:40 am
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Negative is usually good in government

Well, some of the good things that have happened since the formation of the Tea Party are the many bills proposed by Democrats that did not get passed by the U.S. Congress. Tea Partiers helped defeat those bills.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/19/13 - 08:14 am
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Civics Lesson

LL has it. Three branches, two of which are controlled by the Democrats. The best you can do is cause a stalemate. Gridlock is what the politicians call it.

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seenitB4 08/19/13 - 09:25 am
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Tea Party

Gridlock is not always a bad thing.

We need some better candidiates coming from the Tea Party..dunno just need them.

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rmwhitley 08/19/13 - 10:02 am
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The right
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needs people with enough gonads to stand up to these mentally disturbed democrats and lefties. American jews lean so far to the left and are spineless with the exception of backing away from having a black female jew hater, Alice Walker of the "color purple", speak at the University of Michigan. It's all right for someone of color to name call and incite riots. It's an all together different matter for a peaceful group, Tea Party, to stand up for their rights.

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corgimom 08/19/13 - 11:02 am
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Yeah, let's get nothing done.

Yeah, let's get nothing done. Let's continue to pay worthless politicians astronomical salaries while producing NOTHING. Nothing good, nothing bad, NOTHING. At least if you pass something, MAYBE something will change.

And America thinks that's ok!

corgimom
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corgimom 08/19/13 - 11:03 am
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How many of us could ever

How many of us could ever work and draw a big salary and do NOTHING, and people thought that was ok?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/19/13 - 11:27 am
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Again, you misunderstand

They are doing something.

KSL
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KSL 08/19/13 - 11:40 am
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I bet they could have gotten

I bet they could have gotten a lot more done if they had a majoriy in both houses. The had the majority in neither.

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KSL 08/19/13 - 11:46 am
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My advice to the Tea Party is to lay off the social issues

And concentrate on the issues that they named themselves for.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/19/13 - 11:53 am
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KSL

The have done a lot. A quick google search would answer the question. Most of the tax cuts were made permanent. The permanent indexing of the AMT. The sequestation cuts were implemented. Unemployment has dropped some. In short, they have made headway in spending, taxes, and the debt. Long way to go.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 08/19/13 - 01:12 pm
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Obamacare

Yep, let's pass it to find out what's in it! Without the Tea Party we'd have a lot more like it!!

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Bizkit 08/19/13 - 01:34 pm
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Progressives were too

Progressives were too successful in demonizing Tea party participants as nuts, racist, homophobes, etc so that even Rep are afraid of them. The Alinsky strategy again-it works so well. The Rep party has become a hodgepodge of ole Rep, libertarians, and Tea party which just creates an explosive mix. The Rep party has an identity crisis, they pick the wrong battles which makes them look idiotic, and can't seem to fight the right battles either. Libertarians and the tea party are out for blood but old staunch Rep like to talk a good talk but always fail to walk so you can't tell the difference between them and Dems. But any Dem who signed a Bill that hadn't even read should be impeached for blatant stupidity and disregard for common logic. It could have been the communist manifesto and "we had to pass it to find out what's in it, but uh oh too late the republic is dead and we are now like China." Just unbelievable there wasn't an outcry for something so unbelievably ignorant, stupid, incompetent, etc, etc ad infinitum.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/19/13 - 02:36 pm
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Even his supporters know

The Chicago Tribune, who endorsed Obama, is calling for Obamacare to go back to Congress for a rewrite. It don't hunt.

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Fundamental_Arminian 08/19/13 - 02:53 pm
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It's a pleasant surprise to

It's a pleasant surprise to see this article. A month or so ago, I noticed WEZO 1230 AM's new talk format, and I've really liked what's going on there. For us who think free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity, the station's message in favor of a Constitutionally limited government is a ray of hope. I wish the deMedicis well.

I see this challenge from Corgimom: "I'm still waiting for the sweeping changes that the Tea Party was going to make. Can anybody think of one? Just one?" Sadly, this kind of challenge usually comes from people who are doing all they can to prevent the Tea Party from doing anything.

The Tea Party is right to recognize that our nation can't survive by expanding its government and printing fiat currency. A collapse is coming unless we change course. As economist Herbert Stein said so well, "If something cannot go on forever, it will stop." We need to stop before we hit a brick wall.

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harley_52 08/19/13 - 03:32 pm
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The Tea Party...

...is responsible for the Republican take over in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. That meant a lot. If the democrats had remained in charge of both houses of Congress Obama would have been able to destroy the Economy even faster than has been the case. Probably the most important legislation they have blocked is the so called "Cap And Trade" legislation that would have institutionalized the so called "carbon credits," taxed citizens on their carbon productions via energy consumed, and tripled everybody's power bills. The Republicans in the House have been able to restrain the implementation of the extreme Left's agenda and for that we owe them great praise.

Let's hope they can bring us both the Senate and the White House in 2016.

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allhans 08/19/13 - 04:51 pm
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Obama says he will veto ANY

Obama says he will veto ANY bill congress submits that doesn't include..blah, blah, blah. In other words, his way...no other!
Then he blames it on the Republicans in Congress but ignores the fact that many Dems agree with Republicans, not him. Check the votes......

Bless the TEA Party for slowing him down....too bad they can go only so far.

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PowersToThePeople 08/19/13 - 09:00 pm
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Sweeping Changes the the Tea Party has made:

corgimom I can name quite a few changes the Tea Party has made starting with what President Obama himself called a "shellacking" in the 2010 mid-term elections giving the GOP control of the House of Representatives and effectively shutting down Obama's big spending agenda. Since then we have seen "sequestration" which is the first time we have actually seen a budget cut (although it was just a cut in the "increase" in spending) in decades.

The Tea Party legislators in the House and the Senate have managed to save the Bush Tax Cuts for the middle class, stopped the attacks on our 2nd Amendment, prevented another "stimulus" spending bill, forced the President and Attorney General (through Rand Paul's fillibuster") to admit that they don't have the authority to use drones on American Citizens inside this Country.

Through House oversight commitees, they have exposed the IRS "targeting"of Conservative groups (protecting our 1st Amendment Rights), the NSA "surviellence" of our phone calls, email and internet activity (protecting our 4th Amendment Rights).

So far the Tea Party Republicans have prevented the left's "illegal amnesty bill" from passing which, if passed, will mean America has "surrendered" to 12-20 Million "invaders" who not only want to take our jobs but decide our elections through the ballot box while leaving the door open the millions of future invaders.

Of course they've done a LOT more than I've taken time to mention here but the fact that they've been SO successful even under blistering attack by the media, the left and the "establishment" in the GOP is amazing. Once we oust RINOS like Lindsey Graham and replace them with Constitutional Conservatives and defeat enough Dems in 2014 to take the Senate, we'll see a change in GOP leadership and an end to Obmama's Socialist agenda in his final "lame duck" years. That should put the establishment on it's back and insure a true Conservative will run for the WH in 2016.

When the GOP runs Conservatives (see Reagan) for President, they win!

Now that's the kind of "changes" the Tea Party will make :-)

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corgimom 08/20/13 - 08:33 am
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"Sadly, this kind of

"Sadly, this kind of challenge usually comes from people who are doing all they can to prevent the Tea Party from doing anything."

HUH?????

No, the AC promised that when the Tea Party candidates took office, there would be "sweeping change".

They haven't done diddly squat.

There is what, 38 members of the Tea Party in Congress? 38?

38 members of Congress did all that, Tony Powers?

Uh....NO. At least be truthful, Tony.

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KSL 08/20/13 - 09:11 am
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Corgi

Are you accusing a poster of being a liar?

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