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‘Far-Right’ Groups Join The Fray in Opposing TEA

Conservative groups are helping push the Republican legislative efforts to outlaw collective bargaining by Tennessee teachers and other bills to curb the influence of the Tennessee Education Association, according to Rick Locker.
Although their numbers were dwarfed by the 200 to 300 teachers opposing the anti-bargaining bill at a hearing Wednesday, tea party activists also attended wearing stickers in support of the bill, along with leaders of Eagle Forum of Tennessee, Family Action Council of Tennessee and other groups.
In the hours leading up to the Senate Education Committee vote on SB 113, Tennessee Tea Party urged members to pressure senators “to stand firm against the teachers unions.”
“We have two senators who are holding out and need some pressure applied … Senators Rusty Crowe and Jamie Woodson,” said the tea party’s website. Both Crowe, R-Johnson City, and Woodson, R-Knoxville, joined in a 6-3 party-line vote to send SB 113 to the Senate floor. Approval there is expected, given the GOP’s 20-13 majority.
… Family Action Council founder and former GOP state senator David Fowler notified his members about the bill, criticizing “all the liberal social policies that the TEA and its national ally, the National Education Association, stand for,” he wrote.
Other bills would prohibit payroll deduction for TEA dues and remove TEA’s authority to nominate a teacher member of the state pension system trustees.
The bills’ sponsors denied they are retribution for TEA’s larger political contributions to Democrats than Republicans, but Fowler said in his Web posting: “Now with Republicans firmly in control, the TEA is on the brink of ‘payback’.”

And there’s a quote from TEA’s Jerry Winters:
“The fact that the tea party and the Eagle Forum and some of these far-right, out-of-the-mainstream groups are supporting this ought to send a message to the citizens that this is not about education, it’s about politics.”
See also blogging Ben Cunningham, veteran anti-tax activist and tea party supporter, reminiscing about TEA’s support for a state income tax (with pictures). He was on hand at the Legislative Plaza to support passage of the bill in question.