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I received recently this FB message from NJ:

I started the Essex County Tea Party over a year ago. The major thing I have been trying to do with my group is to get them involved locally. That’s where they have power to make real change! No need to run to Trenton or DC, there’s so much to be done and that can be affected in our own back yard. So, my big push has been to get our group involved in understanding and fighting Agenda 21. I’m getting some interest from members to get involved. Bloomfield (my hometown) has a major redevelopment that’s going to be started with bonds from the Parking Authority (which operates outside local government – they are so slick!) It’s being built according the Agenda 21 guidelines of mixed use land and “stack ’em and pack ’em housing with a Complete Streets resolution to make the package appear oh, so pretty to all of us. Who could possible be against such a beautification of our town?? sarc. And now i have decided to run for town council. I live in a very urban area (right outside of infamous Newark, NJ). But what I’m getting from people is that they are truly tired of business as usual and taxes going skyhigh, almost to the point of not being able to live here anymore. (Hmmm, those apts in the new development might be the answer.) According to my town newspaper, I have a snowball’s chance. But they don’t know me very well :). For background info, you can check my page at Sorry for such a long winded response.. And our tea party website is

That makes me tired just thinking about it!  Sue Ann Penna is placing her money (and time) where her mouth is:  She’s running for local office in a heavily democratic town of Bloomfield, NJ.  She is also a founder and leader of her tea party group:  The Essex County Tea Party.  (They had a nice article on Agenda 21!  I have a great video you may show!)  The local paper did say Penna has no chance.  But this article may show something different:

More than anything, this prompted Democrats such as Nate Bailey, an eight-year resident of Bloomfield, to consider switching party lines; one of Penna’s central themes was fiscal responsibility transcending political affiliation.
“There is a need for a change, a new face, integrity,” Bailey said.
However, Jefferson Ramos, who has lived in town the past four years, urged Penna to follow through on her campaign promises if she is elected.
“The people who reach out to you need to have a response,” Ramos said.
In response, Penna looked around at everyone listening and assured them she would be not just their voice, but that she would also hear their concerns.
“I hope you are all ready for a change,” Penna said.

Sue Ann is also involved in Smart Girl Politics.  I think she might surprise.  If you can, take the time to help her win in November.



About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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