More than three years after the tea party movement began, a confederation of groups from across Idaho has established a single website, Gem State Tea Party.
The nine affiliates are Sandpoint Tea Party, North Idaho Tea Party, Central Idaho Tea Party, Lemhi County Tea Party, Washington County Tea Party, Payette County Tea Party, Custer County Tea Party, Tea Party Boise and Mini-Cassia Tea Party.
A statement summarizes the new confederation's mission: "The Gem State Tea Party is a statewide Tea Party Confederation which is working together to bring about substantial changes in the State of Idaho. We support increased personal liberty, lower taxes, decreased regulations, and smaller and more accountable government. We stalwartly oppose all efforts to increase the power and scope of government over individuals and businesses, and will work diligently to undo and eliminate existing regulations and taxes which stand in the way of individual freedom and business success. "
The joint effort was announced in Tea Party Boise's July newsletter.
The group is promoting the 2nd Annual Idaho Liberty & Unity Summit to be held on August 17th and 18th at the Boise Center on the Grove. The event will be keynoted by Mychal Massie, chairman of Project 21, a conservative African-American think tank. Massie will speak at the $50 banquet Friday.
The closing speaker is Curtis Greco, founder of the Imperfect Messenger Foundation who will speak Saturday. Saturday tickets are $100 and include breakfast and lunch. Two-day tickets for two people are available for $250.
Saturday's conference will include presentations from tea party groups, Project 9/12 Idaho, the Idaho Freedom Foundation, Oath Keepers, John Birch Society and others, according to Tea Party Boise.
Special room rates are available, with listings in the Tea Party Boise newsletter.
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