Though declaring itself “nonpartisan,” the local tea party group continues to gear up for the busy election season in our county.
“Wrap-up meeting to receive your written instructions and poll assignment. Location to be announced,” is the word on the local tea party website under “election integrity wrap.”
The group’s “election integrity” effort comes ahead of the June 5 election and will be worth watching. Some poll watchers in Truckee created a stir in Nov. 2010.
The local tea party also is bringing more well-known activists to the county. This month, the group’s scheduled speaker was Brad Dacus, outspoken spokesman for the religious right.
The Dacus-led Pacific Justice Institute has fought vociferously to stop SB 48, a state bill to teach gay history in public schools. A PJI-effort initiative to overturn the bill failed to get enough signatures to qualify for this year’s ballot.
Dacus’ highly charged remarks about Prop. 8 during a “Yes on 8″ rally in Sacramento in 2008 were widely publicized. Dacus also appears in a news video about SB 48 (see below).
Politics aren’t nearly as sleepy as one might expect in our quaint “Mayberry RFD” — seemingly exacerbated with the rise of tea party cofounder Mark Meckler and Congressman Tom McClintock in the foothills. The rancor can be downright uncomfortable at times. I’d like to read more about this in our local newspaper.
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