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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.

Elected officials to send field reps to Tea Party meeting

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Field representatives for Ventura County elected officials will attend this week's Ventura County Tea Party general meeting, according to the group.

Jeff Gorell, Tony Strickland--and yes, Das Williams--will be represented at the meeting, which will include a discussion by the Vice Chair of the local Libertarian Party on the state of Progressive organization in the county.

One wouldn't expect Das Williams' office to have much in common with Tea Partiers--in fact, the Tea Party noted that other prominent local Democrats spurned the offer to participate. But Williams's people and the Tea Party seem to have built up a small amount of rapport with eachother, at least enough to bring them together for a discussion--and who can ask for more than that?

The meeting will take place Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at Pirates' Grub and Grog in Ventura. RSVP is requested.

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.