Even before President Obama entered the East Room of the White House to give his speech outlining a series of executive actions on immigration reform, some, though not all, national Tea Party factions were whipping up a Tea Party nativist frenzy.
After another successful election cycle, the Tea Party enters the annual post-election transformation phase. The first big change was announced over the weekend.
Darla Dawald, the longtime national director for the Patriot Action Network (PAN) going back to when it was called ResistNet, suddenly announced her departure from the organization this week.
IREHR has documented many of the human rights setbacks in the 2014 elections. At the same time, there are some important victories to highlight. These include victories in areas of women's rights, pro-worker legislation, and gun safety.
While much of the national attention focused on Tuesday’s election of former North Carolina Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis, to the United State Senate, scant attention has been paid to the composition of the General Assembly that Tillis used to lead.
Post-election, it appears that Tea Party support has become entrenched in the North Carolina General Assembly. Nearly all of the legislators who were supportive of the Tea Party will be returning to Jones Street in January.
IREHR is pleased to announce the release of a new special report, The Tea Party in North Carolina: Threat to a New Birth of Freedom. This groundbreaking 56-page report is a non-partisan, data-driven look at the Tea Party in the state of North Carolina and the movement's impact on the state legislature. The report includes detailed interactive maps and lots of additional data. It also includes a preface by NC NAACP president, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and a foreword by Alan McSurely.