Skip to comments.Michigan Political Conference Draws Hundreds
Posted on 03/29/2011 7:36:04 AM PDT by 6ft2inhighheelshoes
Celebrating President Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, 250 tea party leaders and conservative activists gathered in Holt, Michigan for the first annual statewide Conservative Political Action Conference on March 26. Organized by Norm Hughes, Michigan's executive director of Reagan's 1976 presidential campaign, and veteran of that administration, the event featured keynote speaker, author Tom Pauken. Focusing on the causes and solutions of the current economic and cultural crisis plaguing America, Pauken's speech roused the enthusiastic crowd to a standing ovation. He also signed copies of his most recent book, Bringing America Home.
Other notable speakers included Justin Amash, U.S. Congressman, 3rd District, and Tim Walberg, from the 7th District, speaking on Federalism. A fresh face in Washington, Amash detailed his efforts to bring order to a system where congressional aids seem to know more about what going on than the congressmen. Walberg warned against disunity, and encouraged the attendants to have faith in their effective efforts.
Panel members discussed wide ranging issues such as education reform, right to work, spending, transparency in government, and legislative accountability. In addition, conference leaders provided training in media relations and blogging, as well as practical methods for recruiting, educating and motivating members.
Modeled after the famed Washington D.C. conference, Mi-CPAC offered an information packed day, with 15 separate events crammed into 8 hours. Hughes, whose political experience includes working for the Reagan Administration for 6 years, noted that it was easy to assemble speakers for the conference, and said he was pleasantly surprised with the higher than expected attendance. In addition to high profile pols like Amash and Walberg, there was a wide variety of star speakers from AMichigan politics, like Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, former Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, and Representative Tom McMillin, 45th District, Michigan House. Rounding out the speakers' schedules were top tea party leaders from throughout the state, judges, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and media personalities like syndicated talk show host, Ron Edwards.
The overwhelming message on Saturday seemed to be that tea party momentum and a new conservative revival in Michigan and Washington can pave the way to untangling the web of crippling taxes and regulation that threaten jobs, as well as repair the structural problems that threaten individual liberty. Conference planners are already looking toward next year, and utilizing social media such as Face Book, to connect with citizens.
Pictured: Author Tom Pauken takes time out for a fan.
Amash and Walberg are good men.
Walberg was tossed under the bus in 08 by the geniuses in the NRCC but the tea party returned him to Washington in the last election.
Yes, they are. Both delivered fine speeches.
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Celebrating President Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, 250 tea party leaders and conservative activists gathered in Holt, Michigan for the first annual statewide Conservative Political Action Conference on March 26. Organized by Norm Hughes, Michigan's executive director of Reagan's 1976 presidential campaign, and veteran of that administration, the event featured keynote speaker, author Tom Pauken.
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