Tea Party activists and opponents rally in downtown Issaquah

April 20, 2010

Tea Party activists came to downtown Issaquah on a cloudy afternoon last week to brew discontent with the policies of Congress and the Obama administration.

Issaquah and Eastside residents gathered for about 90 minutes for the Tea Party rally and a smaller counter-rally organized by the 5th District Democrats. The dueling events attracted about 120 people — about 100 for the Tea Party rally and about 20 Democrats.

Participants held aloft colorful signs at the corner of Front Street and Sunset Way to cacophony of honks as drivers passed the intersection. Others carried U.S. and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags — a yellow banner with a coiled snake and a symbol of anti-government protest.

Issaquah resident Tim Ooyman said he attended the Tea Party rally to protest federal spending and the way President Obama and lawmakers handled the healthcare-reform bill.

“The silent majority needs to stop being silent,” he said.

Ooyman and other activists picked April 15 — the federal deadline for filing income-tax returns — for the rally. Local activists also held events in Bellevue and Seattle. Washington State Patrol officials estimated the Tea Party crowd at the state Capitol in Olympia at 3,000 people. Read more

Issaquah Tea Party rally and response / April 15, 2010

April 16, 2010

Tea Party activists and opponents rally in downtown Issaquah

April 15, 2010

Shirley Jahnke (left) and Dave Weiseth, of Sammamish, share a cordial disagreement Tuesday during the Tax Day Tea Party. The event drew about 120 protesters and counter-protesters at Sunset Way and Front Street. — Photo by Greg Farrar

NEW — 2:40 p.m. April 15, 2010

Tea Party activists came to downtown Issaquah on Thursday afternoon to brew discontent with the policies of Congress and the Obama administration.

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Tea Party serves up Issaquah rally Thursday

April 14, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 14, 2010

A Tax Day Tea Party will return to downtown Issaquah for a second year.

Participants will gather at the corner of Front Street and Sunset Way at noon April 15, the deadline for filing federal income tax returns.

Turnout could be bolstered at the rally due to opposition to the healthcare law signed into law by President Obama in late March. Organizers also plan events in Seattle, on the steps of the state Capitol in Olympia and at Bellevue City Hall. Find a list of Tea Party events across the state here.

Demonstrators in Issaquah and across the nation used the deadline for filing income tax returns last year for a grassroots event modeled on the Boston Tea Party. The event attracted more than 200 people to the steps of Issaquah City Hall.

Tea Party brews Issaquah event

April 6, 2010

Join other opponents of big government and unbridled federal spending at a Tax Day Tea Party.

Participants will gather at the corner of Front Street and Sunset Way at noon April 15, the deadline for filing federal income tax returns.

Turnout could be bolstered at the rally due to opposition to the healthcare law signed into law by President Obama in late March. Organizers also plan events in Seattle, on the steps of the state Capitol in Olympia and at Bellevue City Hall.

Demonstrators in Issaquah and across the nation used the deadline for filing income tax returns last year for a grassroots event modeled on the Boston Tea Party. The event attracted more than 200 people to the steps of Issaquah City Hall. Throughout the state, protests in Bellevue, Olympia and Seattle drew thousands of activists. Read more

Protestors brew anti-tax sentiment

April 21, 2009

More than 200 demonstrators gathered on the steps of City Hall during an April 15 Tax Day Tea Party to protest against taxes and federal spending. By Warren Kagarise

More than 200 demonstrators gathered on the steps of City Hall during an April 15 Tax Day Tea Party to protest against taxes and federal spending. By Warren Kagarise

When local Tax Day Tea Party organizer Tom Price arrived at the corner of Sunset Way and Front Street just after noon April 15, he was alone. Then, he looked down Sunset — less than 500 feet away, hundreds of protestors were gathered on the steps of City Hall.

Price and more than 200 others were part of a groundswell of frustration with government bailouts, federal spending and the policies of Congress and the Obama administration. Demonstrators in Issaquah and across the nation used the government deadline for filing income tax returns for an event modeled on the Boston Tea Party.

Instead of dumping tea into Issaquah Creek, however, demonstrators dangled tea bags from placards, clothing and sunglasses. The “tea” to which the protestors referred stood for “taxed enough already.” Read more

Activists brew anti-tax sentiment at ‘tea party’

April 15, 2009

NEW — 6 p.m. April 15, 2009

When local Tax Day Tea Party organizer Tom Price arrived at the corner of Sunset Way and Front Street just after noon today, he was alone. Then, he looked down Sunset: Less than 500 feet away, hundreds of protestors were gathered on the steps of City Hall.

Price and more than 200 others were part of a groundswell of frustration with government bailouts, federal spending and the policies of Congress and the Obama administration. Demonstrators in Issaquah and across the nation used the government deadline for filing income tax returns for an event modeled on the Boston Tea Party.

See a slideshow of photos here.

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Issaquah Tax Day Tea Party / April 15, 2009

April 15, 2009