Tea Party protests across US and here - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Tea Party protests across US and here

SPOKANE, Wash. - Tea Party protesters are celebrating their first anniversary all across the nation and in the Inland Northwest as well.  According to organizers, Idaho Governor Butch Otter will address a crowd of protesters Thursday afternoon at 4pm.  Otter will be joined by Washington State Rep. Shelly Short.

In Washington D.C. Thursday, several thousand people rallied and smaller groups gathered at various locations across the country.

At a rally in Louisville, KY., Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul said a nation that was supposed to be a constitutional Republic has, in his words, "devolved into some kind of mad democracy."

There was some dissent among Tea Party activists in Wisconsin when about six groups refused to attend a rally in Madison because former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson was among the speakers.  One organizer said the groups wouldn't ever align themselves with him.

Local organizers say they believe millions of Americans are upset over the passage of the health care bill and that "people regard this as an erosion of free choice in America." 

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