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Local Tea Parties dealt a triple blow

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Three of the highest profile local Tea Party organizers each were dealt setbacks in personal crusades on Wednesday.

Carolyn Guillot of the Thousand Oaks Tea Party, Carla Bonney of the Ventura County Tea Party Patriots, and George Miller of the Ventura County Tea Party spend a significant amount of their free time organizing ordinary citizens to protest out-of-control federal spending.

On the side, each has pursued projects close to their hearts--projects that experienced setbacks today.

After months of fighting for a monster auto-mall sign by the 101 freeway, the Thousand Oaks City Council approved the project over the objections of Guillot's team, who argued it was an eyesore and showed up to numerous meetings to argue against it.

Bonney is also engaged in a long-term fight with the city council, only in Ventura. Last year, the city installed parking meters downtown. Bonney and some local business owners are leading a campaign to collect enough signatures to put an initiative on the ballot to repeal the meters. She had successfully recruited popular radio talk-show hosts John and Ken to appear at a rally with her this week.  But today, she had to notify her supporters that the pair had to cancel.

The big news of the day, however, was President Obama's release of his long-form birth certificate. After Miller wrote on his website that he still had doubts about Obama's eligibility to be president, he caught some bad press. The Star made him the central part of their story on the topic, which also featured Guillot and Bonney. The article was critical of the trio, and the comments that trailed after the article on the Star's website were harsh and unnecessarily personal.

It's only one bad day, however. By nature, the three of them can't be held down, and they've overcome much bigger obstacles than these.

Tea Party claims temporary victory in T.O. monster sign controversy

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Think nationally, act locally is the mantra of grassroots organizations--a slogan that was popularized by the Left but is now adopted by Tea Parties are all over the country.

Having experienced great success at the national level, Tea Partiers are turning their attention inward to their local governments and are having an impact at the city level.

Locally, the Thousand Oaks Tea Party claimed a temporary victory when plans for a giant auto mall sign off the 101 Freeway were removed from this Tuesday's City Council agenda at the auto mall dealer's association's behest.

The Tea Party has been campaigning against it and hoped to organize a large demonstration at the meeting. The dealers said they want more community input before moving forward on the project, which is still very much alive.

Although the 35-foot-sign is merely delayed--not dead, as Tea Partiers hoped--it puts wind in their sails for a future battle with the project.

Woman who witnessed the rise of Hitler to speak to Tea Party group

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Kitty Werthmann lived in Austria and was an eyewitness to the rise of totalitarianism in the 30's. She saw that freedom wasn't taken away suddenly, but gradually, bit by bit over time.

he 84-year-old woman will travel from South Dakota to Newbury Park to speak on her experiences to only a few groups, including the Thousand Oaks Tea Party. The following is an excerpt from an e-mail advertising the event [continue reading]

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This blog attempts to add perspective and context to local and national politics, through a variety of disciplines, such as history, economics, and philosophy--all tempered with common sense. About the author

Eric Ingemunson's commentary has been featured on Hannity, CNN, NBC, Inside Edition, and KFI's The John and Ken Show. Eric was born and raised in Ventura County and currently resides in Moorpark. He earned a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University. As a conservative, Eric supports smaller government, less taxation, more individual freedom, the rule of law, and a strict adherence to the Constitution.