October 8, 2015

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GOP pragmatists staring down tea party colleagues in potential shutdown over Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON — Rank-and-file Republican lawmakers are increasingly protesting the tactics of tea party colleagues who demand that legislation to keep the government open also take away federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The leading proponent of bringing the fight over funding the group to a possible government shutdown remained unbowed. Eleven GOP House freshmen — several Read More…

Investigators say IRS email loss was result of mistakes, not malfeasance

WASHINGTON — Investigators are blaming mistakes by IRS employees — not a criminal conspiracy — for the loss of thousands of emails related to the tax agency’s tea party scandal. IRS workers erased 422 computer backup tapes that “most likely” contained as many as 24,000 emails to and from former IRS official Lois Lerner, who Read More…

‘Joe the Plumber’ confirmed for Avon tea party event Saturday

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., his daughter, Meghan, wife Cindy, and Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, aka “Joe the Plumber,” appear at Lorain County Community College during a campaign stop in October 2008. (Chronicle file photo)

AVON — Organizers for the Tea Party Express rally scheduled for Saturday at All Pro Freight Stadium have confirmed one guest they hope will help draw a crowd — Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber.” Randy Newman, leader of the Lorain County 47th Tea Party, said the man made famous by his Read More…