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Wilson County Tea Party Disbands

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — The Wilson County Tea Party is disbanding.
The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/TRr5Sc) organizer Sherrie Orange told supporters in an email last Monday that after three-plus years of work, the group was calling it quits immediately.
She wrote, “Everyone in this core group is tired and, as a result, we have made the very difficult decision that we can no longer continue running the Wilson County Tea Party.”
Recently, the group fought the creation of a state-run health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Ultimately, Gov. Bill Haslam did not create a state-run exchange, leaving the task of operating the exchange to the federal government.

Tennessee Tea Party Disbands

The Tennessee Tea Party is calling it quits after nearly three years, reports the Tennessean. Cited is an email message the group’s husband-and-wife leaders sent to members Thursday.
Robert and Tami Kilmarx said they had decided to disband the organization — one of many tea party groups in the state — after realizing it was ill equipped to help them carry out a religious mission. They will continue to run Black Robe Regiment, an organization they started in 2010, as well as two newer initiatives — Salt and Light Institute and Genesis Events — funded by an unidentified benefactor.
Black Robe Regiment was created “out of a desire to meet with and discuss in a safe zone concerns that confront the church, its leaders and congregations, and the church’s relation to issues of politics, society and culture at large,” Tami Kilmarx wrote.
“As witnesses to all that has transpired over the past three years, we feel certain that the tea party is not the vehicle to take us where God intends to take us, not for Robert and I, and not for many.”
The decision comes five weeks after the Tennessee Tea Party drew national attention for a posting on its Twitter feed that called openly gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts, a homophobic epithet preceded by the words “Good riddance.” Frank had announced his retirement plans the same day.

UPDATE: J.R. Lind ties the Tennessee Tea Party to Hobby Lobby.