Tea party eyes city elections

Amarillo Globe-News - Larry Mayer, political scientist at Texas Tech University and an author of a book on emerging populist politics, said local political involvement by the nearly 2,400 Tea Party Patriot chapters nationally will vary by community.

Reading the tea leaves of the tea party, the populist movement that gained notoriety with its effect in the November midterm elections, the grass-roots political organization could carry its stance on reduced government spending and lower taxes to local elections in the next campaign cycle.

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Larry Mayer, political scientist at Texas Tech University and an author of a book on emerging populist politics, said local political involvement by the nearly 2,400 Tea Party Patriot chapters nationally will vary by community.

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