Among some of the reported activities:
-- One grandmother handed out fliers in support of 2010 Ballot Measure #2, the Parental Notification Initiative (09PIMA) which, if passed, would require that every possible reasonable effort be made to notify parents before a teenage girl is given an abortion.
-- Several people circulated petitions to recall Democratic Senator Mark Begich. While neither the U.S. Constitution nor the Alaska Constitution specifically provide for the recall of Federal elected officials, the New Jersey Constitution does, and a New Jersey court has held that the recall initiative against Sen. Robert Menendez may proceed. If it does, Alaska activists will immediately seek to initiate a formal recall of Begich. Visit the RecallBegich website for more information.
-- Several people also circulated petitions in support of legislation that would keep people who are visiting Alaska on visas from getting a drivers license that lasts any longer than the person's legal residency in the United States.
Favorite Tea Party candidates didn't show up due to other commitments. Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Eddie Burke attended a candidate forum in Wasilla. By the Frontiersman's account, Burke gave a good account of himself, expressing support for the Pebble Mine and for the state's selective wolf hunting program to help maintain caribou herds. Burke was the only one of the six candidates present who expressed unconditional support for Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES).
Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller also had another commitment, but has scheduled two meet-and-greets in Anchorage, one on Tuesday June 29th from 7:30pm – 9:30pm, and another on Wednesday June 30th from 7pm – 9pm. You can keep up on Miller's campaign stops HERE.
One noteworthy candidate who showed up was Sheldon Fisher, a conservative who's mounting a Republican challenge to Congressman Don Young. Fisher is actively seeking a Tea Party endorsement. "It's motivating a very important base in the election," said Fisher. "And I think they're going to turn out a lot of people (at the ballot booth) and I think they're going to make a difference." Fisher is a former ACS executive who can compete financially with Don Young. So far, the Conservative Patriots Group has only formally endorsed Joe Miller, but plan to announce more recommendations on Saturday June 26th; these endorsements may be first announced on the CPG live radio talk show held every Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m on KBYR 700AM.
But what attracted the vast majority of people to the rally was the fact that the Federal government is overstepping its constitutional authority. In many cases, the Feds actually duplicate and override state authority, creating unnecessary redundancy. Some reaction from those attending the rally was posted on the ADN story and on an unrelated KTUU story:
From KTUU: guest, June 24th, 8:29:40 PM: My wife and I were there tonight, beginning to end ... forget the California/Utah money stuff. This was organized, run, and attended by concerned Alaskans.
Want to complain about out-of-state monies, go complain about the anti-mining, anti-logging, anti-fishing organizations. This was just a small-scale version of the 4th of July Flag Pole celebration ... and there were blacks, asians, and native Alaskans in the attending crowd ... anyone who tells you there weren't is a LIAR ...
GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR TROOPS!
From ADN (note that even those who disagree with Tea Party tactics are sympathetic towards their issues):
Superman907 wrote on 06/25/2010 09:11:50 AM: All it takes is a visit to one of the Tea Party rallies to see that the majority of the negative comments here are nothing more than lies and fear mongering. The left wing nut jobs must be very afraid of the truth because they keep creating lies in an attempt to deceive everyone. The Tea Parties are made up of average, normal Americans that care about their country. They come from all walks of life and all racial backgrounds. The "N" word is not tolerated by anyone and is not used. The lefties are trying everything in their power to stop them but it won't work. In November, you will see their power at the polls.
SCGruhn wrote on 06/25/2010 10:57:25 AM: As a registered nonpartisan I went to the Tea Party Rally at the Park Strip yesterday evening to see this little slice of Americana. The first thing I was struck by was how fully half of the "patriotic" men wearing hats did not remove them for either the opening national anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance. Then Glenn Biegel got to the microphone and told the audience how it was a moral obligation to not pass the national debt onto the next generation, including his eight children. The thought occurred to me, though, that to truly follow that moral obligation to its conclusion, one would have to advocate both raising taxes as well as cutting spending to do as much as possible to prevent the national debt being passed onto the next generation. Then Mr. Biegel [KBYR talk show host Glen Biegel, 4-6 PM weekdays] talked about the government obstructing the receipt of our medical care and how it wasn't right. Again, the contrarian in me thought the statement appeared to conflict with one of the goals of the organization - the Tea Party Activists' stated desire to obstruct a woman's right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The overriding thought that I took away from the gathering was that the Tea Party Activists have not fully thought about the ramifications and logical conclusions of their arguments. I heard a lot of anger, but I didn't hear a lot of offered solutions to the dilemmas this nation faces. I came, I saw, and I left uninspired.