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September 18, 2010 | By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau
Sal Russo cut his first political ad in 1969 as a 23-year-old aide to then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, dispatched to California's Salinas Valley to help a local apricot farmer win a state Assembly seat. Since then, he has been a mainstay in the state's conservative political circles, consulting for the likes of Gov. George Deukmejian and presidential hopeful Jack Kemp. In the 2008 presidential campaign, he crafted a series of pungent commercials questioning Barack Obama's patriotism in the hopes of bolstering John McCain.
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December 7, 2012 | By Paul West
WASHINGTON -- Liberals were dancing on what they saw as the tea party's grave after Jim DeMint, one of its champions, decided to quit the Senate and take the Heritage Foundation's top job. But although 2012 has been, at best, a mixed bag for the tea party, the movement isn't dead. The first test of its vitality comes as Washington tries to deal with the nation's short- and long-term budget and debt crises, issues that top the tea-party agenda. Anti-tax hardliner Grover Norquist predicts a tea-party revival if the U.S. goes over the so-called fiscal cliff this month, which would happen if President Obama and Congress can't reach agreement by Dec. 31 on how to avert the mandated tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts.
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NEWS
May 16, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey
A major national "tea party" group is getting involved in the surprisingly tight special congressional election in upstate New York. Sacramento-based Tea Party Express held two news conferences in New York's 26th congressional district on Monday, trying to highlight what they say is the fraudulent candidacy of Jack Davis. Davis is registered as the "Tea Party" candidate and his self-funded campaign has been eating into support for Republican nominee Jane Corwin. Some tea party activists argue that there is no such party, and that Davis, a onetime Democratic candidate, does not have the endorsement of major groups in the area.
NATIONAL
January 21, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
Karen Martin was one of the original tea partyers in a state that helped birth the movement. One of her biggest achievements was helping Nikki Haley beat the old-boy network to become governor. So when Haley threw her support behind Mitt Romney's presidential bid, Martin, like many tea party activists, was not at all pleased. She has two political priorities: beating President Obama and making sure someone other than Romney faces him in November. "I want someone with a core of conservative values that have stayed the same all along," said Martin, a tea party leader in Spartanburg County, who will support Newt Gingrich Saturday in the first Southern primary.
NEWS
December 7, 2012 | By Paul West
WASHINGTON -- Liberals were dancing on what they saw as the tea party's grave after Jim DeMint, one of its champions, decided to quit the Senate and take the Heritage Foundation's top job. But although 2012 has been, at best, a mixed bag for the tea party, the movement isn't dead. The first test of its vitality comes as Washington tries to deal with the nation's short- and long-term budget and debt crises, issues that top the tea-party agenda. Anti-tax hardliner Grover Norquist predicts a tea-party revival if the U.S. goes over the so-called fiscal cliff this month, which would happen if President Obama and Congress can't reach agreement by Dec. 31 on how to avert the mandated tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts.
NATIONAL
December 18, 2010 | By Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
CNN plans to host a Republican presidential primary debate next year with the Tea Party Express, a political action committee that featured former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at its events and is now raising money for a new advertising campaign against President Obama. Cable News Network announced Friday that it has teamed up with the Sacramento-based organization to co-host a debate during the first week of September in Tampa, Fla., the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention.
NEWS
December 17, 2010 | By Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
CNN plans to host a Republican presidential primary debate next year with Tea Party Express, a political action committee that featured Sarah Palin at its events and is now raising money for a new advertising campaign against President Obama. The cable news network announced Friday that it has teamed up with the Sacramento-based organization to co-host a debate in Tampa, Fla., the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention, during the first week of September. The event will focus on the economy and the size and scope of government.
NATIONAL
January 21, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
Karen Martin was one of the original tea partyers in a state that helped birth the movement. One of her biggest achievements was helping Nikki Haley beat the old-boy network to become governor. So when Haley threw her support behind Mitt Romney's presidential bid, Martin, like many tea party activists, was not at all pleased. She has two political priorities: beating President Obama and making sure someone other than Romney faces him in November. "I want someone with a core of conservative values that have stayed the same all along," said Martin, a tea party leader in Spartanburg County, who will support Newt Gingrich Saturday in the first Southern primary.
OPINION
October 2, 2010 | Patt Morrison
Sal Russo is on a roll. Rolling from CNN to NPR, rolling off to Rome for a speech, rolling onto the pages of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. The man who's been a familiar operative in California politics for decades is now a national name. His Sacramento political consulting firm, Russo Marsh and Rogers, started up the Our Country Deserves Better PAC in 2008, added " Tea Party Express" to the PAC's name and mission in 2009, and the rest is, or could make, history.
NEWS
May 16, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey
A major national "tea party" group is getting involved in the surprisingly tight special congressional election in upstate New York. Sacramento-based Tea Party Express held two news conferences in New York's 26th congressional district on Monday, trying to highlight what they say is the fraudulent candidacy of Jack Davis. Davis is registered as the "Tea Party" candidate and his self-funded campaign has been eating into support for Republican nominee Jane Corwin. Some tea party activists argue that there is no such party, and that Davis, a onetime Democratic candidate, does not have the endorsement of major groups in the area.
NATIONAL
December 18, 2010 | By Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
CNN plans to host a Republican presidential primary debate next year with the Tea Party Express, a political action committee that featured former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at its events and is now raising money for a new advertising campaign against President Obama. Cable News Network announced Friday that it has teamed up with the Sacramento-based organization to co-host a debate during the first week of September in Tampa, Fla., the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention.
NEWS
December 17, 2010 | By Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
CNN plans to host a Republican presidential primary debate next year with Tea Party Express, a political action committee that featured Sarah Palin at its events and is now raising money for a new advertising campaign against President Obama. The cable news network announced Friday that it has teamed up with the Sacramento-based organization to co-host a debate in Tampa, Fla., the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention, during the first week of September. The event will focus on the economy and the size and scope of government.
OPINION
October 2, 2010 | Patt Morrison
Sal Russo is on a roll. Rolling from CNN to NPR, rolling off to Rome for a speech, rolling onto the pages of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. The man who's been a familiar operative in California politics for decades is now a national name. His Sacramento political consulting firm, Russo Marsh and Rogers, started up the Our Country Deserves Better PAC in 2008, added " Tea Party Express" to the PAC's name and mission in 2009, and the rest is, or could make, history.
NATIONAL
September 18, 2010 | By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau
Sal Russo cut his first political ad in 1969 as a 23-year-old aide to then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, dispatched to California's Salinas Valley to help a local apricot farmer win a state Assembly seat. Since then, he has been a mainstay in the state's conservative political circles, consulting for the likes of Gov. George Deukmejian and presidential hopeful Jack Kemp. In the 2008 presidential campaign, he crafted a series of pungent commercials questioning Barack Obama's patriotism in the hopes of bolstering John McCain.
NEWS
September 4, 2010
Jerry Brown: An article in Friday's LATExtra section about gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown's campaign events referred to him as California's last two-term governor. Brown was the last Democrat to serve two full terms. Republicans George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson served two full terms after Brown. Tea Party Express: An article in Thursday's Section A on the role of the Tea Party Express in the defeat of Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska's Republican primary and its activities in other races misstated the name of the firm of consultant Sal Russo.
NEWS
June 22, 1992 | From Times' staff writers
GOP TILT: When Republican Edward J. Rollins and Democrat Hamilton Jordan agreed to help guide Ross Perot's prospective presidential candidacy, the move was heralded as a sign of the campaign's independent, bipartisan nature. But based on initial staffing moves, that perception seems in jeopardy. . . . Perhaps because Rollins came on board first, political operatives from various parts of the GOP spectrum are becoming easy to spot at Perot's Dallas headquarters.
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