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LIVE BLOG: Tea Party Rallies for Republican Recall Targets

We're blogging live from the Tea Party Express rally in Thiensville on Saturday night.

This is a transcript of the live blog from Saturday night's at Village Park in Thiensville.

The complete story from the rally - and more photos -

7:20 PM: Tonight's rally had patriotic tone throughout. Many American Flags, and people wearing red, white and blue garb.

7:13 PM: Two police officers at rally estimate that 275 people attended.

7:06 PM: The rally has wrapped up. There were about 250 people in attendance...and about five or six protesters. The crowd is dispersing.

7:03 PM: About a half a dozen protesters now relaxing under tree far from Tea Party rally in Thiensville park. No confrontations at all tonight.

7:01 PM: "Taps" is now being played as about 200 Tea Party supporters stand in silence.

6:59 PM: Rally is wrapping up. Ron and Kay Rivoli sing another song to end the event.

6:57 PM: "Eyes of the nation are on you," said Andrea Shea King, blogger and radio host. "American is with you."

6:55 PM: "I am all jazzed up!" Andrea Shea King, blogger and radio host, tells the rally participants.

6:52 PM: Eric Odom, of Grassfire Nation, tells the crowd that Gov. Scott Walker has created 40,000 jobs since he's been in office.

6:50 PM: State Sen. Alberta Darling is not at this event. She was invited by Tea Party Express organizers, but isn't here.

6:47 PM: Tea Party Express' duo (don't have their name) sings another song as we await next speaker.

6:40 PM: Speaker at rally: "They made it about collective bargaining, it's about collective bullying. We are not going to be bullied anymore."

6:30 PM: A Tea Party Express song is now being sung at the rally. Meanwhile, a group of about five protesters are circling the event.

6:18 PM: "We are in a devil's handbasket until 2012," a speaker says at rally.

6:15 PM: "Wisconsin is Ground Zero," Amy Kremer, chair of Tea Party Express, tells the crowd.

6:05 PM: The rally has officially started...with a moment of silence to remember the 31 troops who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. And then all sang the national anthem.

6:00 PM: So far, there are no signs of protesters. Unlike on Friday, where things got a little heated.

5:50 PM: About 200 people have arrived at the rally waiting for the event to get under way. There are also about a dozen police officers from the area on hand to keep the peace.

There are a lot of flags and a lot of red, white and blue T-shirts.

Those in attendance say they're waiting for state Sen. Alberta Darling to arrive, although her campaign said earlier in the day it's unlikely she will be there.

Morninmist Same August 07, 2011 at 05:15 PM
Gov Walker had to have air-conditioning pumped into the building he was speaking at in Fort Atkinson. The workers there have NONE and get paid minimum wages and no benefits. Shame on Walker and those who support him.
Dora Glasberg August 08, 2011 at 02:56 AM
Standard & Poor's laid their downgrading of America's Credit Ration to AA+ from AAA+, 100% at the Republican Party' Saying in their report YOU CANNOT SOLVE YOUR CREDIT PROBLEMS 'WITHOUT' RAISING TAXES. When are the TeaZanies going to wake up and listed to REAL economists, before they TOTALLY destroy this country?
Thurston Howell III August 08, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Check out some background on at least one of speakers from this Tea Party Express faction. http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/howard_kaloogian/
Thurston Howell III August 20, 2011 at 06:05 PM
This was another "entertaining" moment enjoyed by attendees of the Tea Party Express rally featuring the Setpember surprisemobile! http://youtu.be/8wd2FAOBP0M


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