San Angelo Tea Party, Inc.

West Texans for Constitutionally-Limited Government

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the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at the West Texas Training Center (Howard College),  

3501 N. US Highway 67, San Angelo 76905

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Next Meeting, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 6:30 PM

West Texas Training Center (Howard College)

3501 N. US Highway 67, San Angelo 76905

Speakers:  Wayne Christian - Candidate for Railroad Commissioner

                      Sid Miller - Candidate for Agriculture Commissioner

Agriculture Commissioner
  Sid Miller - 34.58%
     Tommy Merritt - 20.95%

Railroad Commissioner
Wayne Christian - 42.68%
     Ryan Sitton - 30.52%

Runoff Election Candidates for Statewide Offices

Lt. Governor
Dan Patrick - 41.45%
     David Dewhurst - 28.31%

Attorney General
 Ken Paxton - 44.44%
     Dan Branch - 33.49%

Candidates highlighted in red are the candidates that have been endorsed/recommended by tea party and grass roots organizations (Click here for details).  Percentage of votes received in the Primary Election are indicted.  

San Angelo Municipal Election

Early Voting: April 28 – May 6

Election Day: May 10

Candidates running for City Council:

The San Angelo Tea Party is a victim of the “obviously deliberate and targeted abuse, harassment and attempted suppression”1 by the IRS along with other conservative, pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-Israel and Christian groups that are opposed to the Obama agenda.

The IRS has violated Free Speech Rights (1st Amendment), Equal Protection Rights (14th Amendment) and Privacy Rights (4th Amendment) in response to applications by these groups for classification as non-profit tax exempt organizations under section 501(c)(4) of the IRS code.

Our application was submitted to the IRS in March of 2010 along with the $400 fee.   We received a letter in response from the IRS dated January 12, 2012 asking for more information before they could “complete consideration” of our application.  Click here  to read the burdensome, aggressive and invasive IRS letter.   Please note the following:

1.  We were only given about two weeks after receipt of the letter to provide a response or the IRS “will close your case.” And if the information is received after the due date, “we may ask you to send us a new application.”  This is after the IRS taking about 21 months to respond to our application.  

2.  Note that all the information provided will be made available for public inspection (including the personal information demanded.)

The San Angelo Tea Party was indirectly denied tax-exempt status, even though qualified, by the IRS requiring information so onerous, laborious and invasive that it was difficult to impossible to provide.  The tea party did not continue to pursue the application for these reasons.   

1Words of Peggy Noonan, This is No Ordinary Scandal, The Wall Street Journal, May 18-19, 2013

Nevada Republicans Drop Pro-Life, Traditional Marriage Stands From Party Platform

The state’s GOP chairman said dropping opposition to abortion and the redefinition of marriage is ‘where the party is going.’

by CNA/EWTN News 4/21/14

LAS VEGAS — Several hundred delegates of the Nevada Republican Party approved a party platform April 19 that drops both its pro-life plank and support for the definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he thought the party platform was “about inclusion, not exclusion.”

“This is where the party is going,” he said.

(Excerpt:  Read more at National Catholic Register)

(Note:  Tommy Merritt is the opponent of Sid Miller in the race for Texas Railroad Commissioner)

Tommy Merritt an “A+” Conservative? False!


April 23, 2014

Contact: Jenna White, Executive Director
(281) 460-8545

AUSTIN, TX — Yesterday, Former Rep. Tommy Merritt attempted to improve his liberal voting record by creating his own “scorecard.” He is attempting to dupe conservative voters by rolling out, a website solely dedicated to making Merritt look more conservative than he is in reality. On the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) scorecard, dedicated to a true picture of legislative conservatism, Merritt’s lifetime score is 56%. 

The new “scorecard” site claims to rate several bills in a few different categories to “dig past the political speeches and TV ads to look at the candidates' voting records and identify those who truly share our values – no RINOs and no liberals looking to masquerade as real Texas conservatives. 

In the “Pro-Life & Pro-Family” section, only a couple of the bills “rated” actually came up for a vote, the rest were just co-authored by Merritt but had no movement. It is also worth noting that six of the bills were different versions of the parental consent for abortion bill and four were different versions of the same bill to prohibit same-sex civil unions. His opponent, Sid Miller, was also a co-author on almost every bill “rated,” yet on the scorecard Merritt was given an ‘A+’, while Miller was conveniently not rated on the same issues.

In the “secure our border and stop illegal immigration” section, only one bill was considered, HB 4036, which never came up for a vote. However, according to the ‘scorecard’, Tommy Merritt was rated an ‘A+’ on the issue while Sid Miller was once again not rated on it. 

In the “stand against higher taxes and higher spending” section, it was more of the same thing from the above, mostly bills that never came up for a vote. Once again, the ‘scorecard’ rates Merritt an ‘A+’ and the issue was not rated for Miller. 

The “Second Amendment” section was the most humorous, as the ‘scorecard’ rated the Texas concealed handgun license (CHL) bill, which was passed the Session before Merritt was even elected!  Yet miraculously, Merritt once again receives an ‘A+’ while Miller is not rated on the issue. 

This deception is unethical—down to the disclosure. In almost unreadable white-colored font at the bottom of the page, the site contains: “PD. POL. ADV BY TOMMY MERRITT CAMPAIGN, JANET MERRITT, TREASURER.” 

Tommy Merritt has a career score of 56% on YCT’s conservative scorecard. Additionally, he scored a 63% (2009) and a 38% (2007) with Empower Texans and was rated the most liberal Republican in the Texas House according to an ideology study put on by Mark Jones at Rice University. 2

Texans will not be deceived by Merritt’s obvious deception. Two elections in a row, the people of Texas have denied Merritt entry back into the political sphere and they will do so again on May 27th. Young Conservatives of Texas enthusiastically endorses true conservative Sid Miller for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. Sid has a record he can run on, unlike his opponent that has to make one up!

Young Conservatives of Texas is a non-partisan organization that has promoted conservatism at universities across the Lone Star State for over three decades. The State’s most active political youth organization, YCT is composed of hundreds of members and alumni who participate in the full spectrum of politics. YCT issues the most respected ratings of the Texas legislature and is the only conservative group to have done so without interruption over the past 20 legislative sessions. For more information about YCT, please visit 


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Young Conservatives of Texas, PO BOX 1888, ROWLETT, TX 75030-1888