By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
2012 ended with disappointment and defeat for Tea Party and similar conservative groups as President Barack H. Obama (D) was reelected, his allies in the Senate increased their majority, Democrats steamrolled their opponents in Jefferson County, taxes were raised on most Americans, Obamacare is being implemented and the American people appear to be on the verge of losing much of the gun rights we have celebrated throughout our nation’s history. Undaunted by the magnitude of recent events the Rainy Day Patriots are organizing their plans for 2013. Republican state Senators Cam Ward from Alabaster and Scott Beason from Gardendale will be addressing the conservative grass roots group Thursday, January 17th at the Homewood Public Library.
Rainy Day Patriots organizer Steve Ross said in a written statement, “We’ve invited our guests to talk about issues and bills they see coming up in the 2013 legislative session, and that’s what they’ve agreed to do. We hope and expect that questions and discussion at the meeting will focus on those issues. There are plenty of them to occupy the evening. Please refrain from bringing up unrelated issues, such as secession, election postmortems, third party questions, etc. This is a matter of courtesy to our guests, but also to move the evening along and focus on issues immediately related to Alabama.”
The meeting will be at the Homewood Public Library from 6-8:30 pm on January 17th in Room 101A.
Rainy Day Patriots President Zan Green said in a written statement, “The Rainy Day Patriots is working on a focused set plan of action for this year. It will be narrow and decisive. It will NOT be a waste of our time or a broad pot luck of wishes. If you are willing to work with us, we are proud to have you. If not, I am sure you can find your place in the sun somewhere else. We are the Rainy Day Patriots, nothing more. Not a 3rd party, not an extension of the GOP, just citizens who don’t want to waste our time on the wrong enemy again. The stay home voters and those that voted to keep Obama in office by dividing the votes, are in my opinion the problem that brought us Obama 2. If you feel this does not meet your needs as a citizen, there are other venues that may suit your needs better.”
Alabama State Senator Scott Beason represents the 17th District in the Alabama legislature. Beason’s District include parts of Blount, Jefferson, and St.Clair Counties. Alabama State Senator Cam Ward represents the 14th District in the Alabama legislature. Ward’s district includes parts of Bibb, Chilton, Shelby, and Jefferson Counties.
According to the Rainy Day Patriots announcement the two Senators will discuss legislation they see coming up in the 2013 legislative session, and take questions from the audience on issues important to Tea Party members and sympathizers.
Steve Ross said, “There are some important bills coming up in the ’13 session that you’ll want to learn about and get our guests’ assessment of their chances.”
Zan Green said, “We will as always, stick to our goals, lest we scatter in the wind and get nothing accomplished. We are not a group that can solve all ills, we are just the folks, a grass-roots group of citizens doing what we can.”