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PRESS RELEASE
 
FOR RELEASE - Sunday, July 20, 2014
 
 
PCTEA Monthly Meeting Wednesday to focus on
Newly Discovered Effect of Federal Reserve Actions on Job Growth
 
 
Kent, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party announced today that Jack Boyle, co-founder of Ohio based "Put Growth First", will be it's featured speaker at the groups monthly meeting this Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Maplewood Career Center at 7075 State Route 88 just North of Ravenna and will begin at 7:00 PM and is open to the public.  Boyle's presentation will focus on a new discovered negative effect of actions by the Federal Reserve on job growth, which he and his co-founder Rich Laurie discovered through extensive statistical analysis. The group has been making the rounds in Washington to bring this new information to the attention of key lawmakers and has been getting a lot of attention from both elected officials and economic think tanks. Boyle's presentation to the citizens of Portage County will be one of the first public presentations on this eye opening topic that the group has  given.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
 
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement.  The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful.  Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meeting in their area so that they can participate in their self governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.
 
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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:36
 

Ohio's Portman wants Answers on Prisoner Swap

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Next Monthly Meeting: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Maplewood Career Center at 7:00 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 13, 2014 
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Ohio Senator Portman Demands Answers on the Taliban Prisoner Swap in Fox NewsOp-Ed 

Washington, D.C. – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) opinion piece on the Taliban prisoner swap was featured on Fox News. Portman highlights the need for Congress to push for answers on the Obama Administration’s Taliban prisoner swap to ensure that proper notification and Congressional input are provided with regard to future Administration proposals to release detainees from Guantanamo Bay, and that the full national security implications of this decision are known.

Earlier this week, Portman introduced a resolution stating that the Obama Administration’s decision to release five high-level Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay violated legislation enacted last year and calling for an investigation.

Excerpts of the op-ed are below and it can found in its entirety here.

Congress must demand answers on Bergdahl prison swap

Sen. Rob Portman

Fox News

June 12, 2014

The administration’s decision to release five top Taliban leaders in exchange for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl without consulting Congress violated the clear language of two laws and has put American lives in more danger.

This is not an issue of partisan politics. Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle have expressed concern about how this exchange was handled. Nor is it about what kind of soldier Sergeant Bergdahl may have been. I trust the Army will handle that matter appropriately. This is about an administration that ignored a direct requirement to consult with Congress and provide a detailed explanation before releasing dangerous detainees back into the field, where they will likely resume combat against our men and women in uniform and our allies in Afghanistan.

We must not be blind to the fact that the Taliban aims to regain as much power as they can in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

And that’s not just my opinion—it is the administration’s own assessment.…

These men were senior members of the Taliban. They include the Taliban Deputy Defense Minister, Deputy Minister of Intelligence, and Minister of the Interior. Some were closely associated with Usama bin Laden or Al Qaeda. Two are wanted by the United Nations for war crimes.

Yet despite these red flags—which, according to reports in the press, were reiterated during internal White House debates over the transfer—President Obama released these men anyway. And he did so in violation of a clear requirement that he consult with Congress before releasing detainees housed at Guantanamo.

This requirement was put in place precisely to avoid the situation we now face. It requires the President to explain the basis for a release, why it is in the country’s national security interest, and what actions the Administration will take to ensure that released detainees do not return to threaten American lives.

Had the president followed this requirement—one that he signed into law as part of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014—then many of the dangers posed by this decision could have been avoided altogether.

This president seems laser focused on washing his hands of Afghanistan as quickly as possible. The deteriorating situation in Iraq demonstrates what can happen when we rush to the exits.

I have introduced a resolution in the United States Senate that makes clear that the law was violated, and calls for an investigation to determine what led the administration to take this dangerous step and to assess its long-term impact on our national security and the success of our mission in Afghanistan.

If Congress does not take action, I fear that the president’s tendency to unilateral action will continue to undermine our national security with far-reaching consequences we cannot yet anticipate.

We should be able to trust that the White House will make its highest priority ensuring that these men and others like them are never again free to commit terrorist acts against innocent people.

The decision to release high-ranking members of the Taliban—while the fight against the Taliban continues—has shaken that trust.

Congress has a responsibility to get to the bottom of how this could happen and to ensure it does not happen again. The stakes are simply too high to do otherwise.

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Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 21:09
 

PCTEA Submits Ballot Signatures

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PRESS RELEASE
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Monday, June 30, 2014
 
 
Portage County TEA Party Turns in Petitions to Put One 
License Fee Tax Increase on the November Ballot
 
 
Kent, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party today turned in 81 petitions with approximately 2,834 signature, the minimum number of signatures projected, prior to a ruling by a court, to put one of the $5 License Fee tax increases on the November ballot.  The increase from $5 per year to $15 per year, per vehicle, was imposed by the Portage County Commissioners on May 29th without giving citizens the opportunity to vote on the tax increase. Due to confusion about how to collect the signatures, and from which voters, the PCTEA only had one week to give Portage County citizens the opportunity to sign the petition to be able to vote on the increase. The group also collected approximately 2,800 signatures for the other $5 License Fee tax increase but was not close to the approximately 4,323 signatures projected to be required to put that increase on the ballot. 
 
Executive Director Tom Zawistowski said, "We had no problem getting signatures, nearly everyone we talked to wanted to vote on it, we just did not have enough time to do it. I thank all the members of the Portage County TEA Party who volunteered for the past 7 days to give there fellow Portage County citizens the opportunity to vote on this tax increase. It is unlikely that they will get that opportunity without a court ruling since this type of challenge is apparently fairly uncommon and nobody really understood the process or the requirements. We started asking for guidance on June 2nd and even today we do not have definitive answers as to which citizens could sign which petition. Everyone believes that we should have had 90 days to get the signatures and our effort in one week makes it clear to any reasonable person that we certainly would have collected enough signatures if we had been granted the normal amount of time to do so."
 
Zawistowski continued by explaining, "We understand the roads need to be repaired.  We opposed the fee increase because fixing the roads requires a short term capital expenditure and that is how it should have been finance if you wanted to address that problem.  Doubling the maintenance budget forever, was not in our opinion a reasonable approach, and the fact that the Commissioners did not put it up for a vote of the public really made it impossible for the issue to be discussed fully by the public.  We also have some problem with the fact that the Engineer's office says that the roads got this bad because the Commissioners have historically provided no funding from the County budget to maintain our roads and bridges in the first place when we believe that, next to safety, roads should be the second highest priority in the County Budget."
 
Zawistowski concluded by saying, "In talking with Commissioner Chandler she explained that the maintenance budget for the county roads was decreasing because Portage County citizens were either unemployed, and thus driving less and buying less gas, or they had purchased a higher milage car to give their budget some relief from higher gas prices both of which decreased the taxes received by the County Engineer's office from gasoline purchases. I then pointed out to her that like good citizens they were taking action to control their personal spending and live within their budget, but the Commissioner, by their decision, just took those saving away from them by raising their taxes because the County could not live within it's budget by setting spending priorities.  It just wasn't right and that is why the Portage County TEA Party stood up for the citizens of Portage County who made it clear to us that they certainly feel Taxed Enough Already."
 
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement.  The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful.  Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meeting in their area so that they can participate in their self governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.
 
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Last Updated on Sunday, 06 July 2014 09:43
 

PCTEA to collect License Fee Signatures

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Portage County TEA Party Decides to try and collect signatures to put License Fee Tax Increase on November Ballot


Kent, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party announced today that it is going to attempt to collect the 5,000 or more signatures that are needed to put the two License Fee tax increases on the November ballot. The increase from $5 per year to $15 per year, per vehicle, was imposed by the Portage County Commissioners on May 29th without giving citizens the opportunity to vote on the tax increase. The group is attempting to get the signatures despite the short time frame and lack of clarity on just who can sign the petition and how the process works. 

In making the announcement Executive Director Tom Zawistowski said, "Our survey showed that 86% of Portage County citizens want this issue on the ballot. Despite the inability of the County Prosecutor, the Board of Elections or the Secretary of State's office to clearly explain the process, we feel that we have enough information to get it done. We are focusing on the areas of the county that we know can sign the petitions as indicated by the chart below and we are already out getting signatures."

Zawistowski continued by explaining, "Beside PCTEA members going door to door, we have also set up a few fixed locations where citizens can stop by and sign the petitions. The Hiram Corner Store at 11658 Garfield Road from 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM every day this week. Shoemaker's Outlet at 257 West Main Street in Ravenna - Thursday and Friday from 10:00 - 6:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Oracle Motor Sports at 3101 State Route 14; Edinburg, OH. Near Wistful Cafe. Generally there from 10 AM to 6 PM. Suffield Town Hall from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Thursday and Friday. Brimfield Plaza on Friday 27th - 5:00 - 6:00 pm and on Saturday 28th - 10:00 am - 11:00 am The PCTEA will also be collecting signatures at its booth at the Garrettsville Summerfest this weekend from Friday through Sunday. The deadline for submission of all signatures is next Monday, so anyone who would like to help get signatures or who owns a business that can be used as a location for people stop by and sign the petition, please call 561-512-3762 and we will do our best to get you the petitions as quickly as possible."

Zawistowski concluded by saying, "Everyone agrees that the 30 day time frame for this process is overly burdensome on the citizens. Losing three weeks just trying to get answers on how to do it has made this very challenging. However, as our signs say, the Portage County TEA Party is "Working to Make Government Work for US" and we felt that we had to give citizens a chance to have their vote counted. Now it is up to them. If they want to be able to vote on this tax increase then they need to help get signatures and sign the petition themselves. The Portage County TEA Party will make sure that they have that opportunity."

The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement. The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful. Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meeting in their area so that they can participate in their self governance. The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.

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Attachments:
Download this file (Portage County Complete Petition #1, June 2014.pdf)Petition#1[Petition#1]255 Kb
Download this file (Portage County Complete Petition #2, June 2014.pdf)Petition#2[Petition#2]281 Kb
Download this file (PetitionEligibilityGrid.pdf)EligibilityGrid[EligibilityGrid]28 Kb
Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 19:20
 

PCTEA Announces Liberty Camp for Kids

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Liberty Camp Registration Deadline Extended to Monday, July 22, 2013


PORTAGE COUNTY TEA PARTY TO HOLD

“LIBERTY CAMP FOR KIDS”
AT PORTAGE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

Ravenna, Ohio -  The Portage County TEA Party announced today that they will be hosting the first annual “Liberty Camp for Kids” at the Portage County Historical Society facilities in Ravenna. The camp will be for children who will be enrolled in the 1st through 5th Grade starting this fall. The Liberty Camp will be held from July 29th through August 2nd, and will run from 9:00 AM until Noon each day.  The cost will be $25 per child. The Portage County Historical Society facilities are located at 6549 North Chestnut Street in Ravenna. Reservations can be made by calling the Portage County TEA Party office at 330-474-3878 or by stopping by their office at 4682 State Route 43, in Brimfield, 44240.

 

Portage County TEA Party Executive Director, Tom Zawistowski, said in making the announcement “The Liberty Camp for Kids is intended to be a hands-on, fun and educational experience that will allow kids to learn about the people and the key events involved with the founding of our nation and our county.  This being the first year for this annual event, we are accepting applications for the first 60 children. If we get more than 60 paid reservations, we will create a waiting list and will consider adding an additional week.”

 

Zawistowski concluded by saying “The kids are going to love this camp and parents will as well. Each of the five days will have a particular theme, including the Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Difference between a Republic and a Democracy, and our Founding Fathers.  Every day six groups of kids each will rotate through three learning stations where they will have a short, meaningful lesson that reinforces the Daily Theme.  They will also rotate through a Craft, Games and Snack station daily.  The activities at these three stations are well thought out and also pertain to the founding of our great nation. These exciting stations allow the kids to re-charge and be physically active, all while learning even more about America’s amazing beginning! Liberty Camp is based on the curriculum and handbook of "Patriot Camp", which was developed by an organization called Constitutional Champions, whose mission it is to promote patriotism through American History Education. 

 

The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement.  The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful.  Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meetings in their area so that they can participate in their self governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.

 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 27 July 2013 12:47
 

D-Day Message

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D-Day Message for All Americans

70 years ago Today, our grandfathers, fathers, brothers, uncles, nephew and cousins did what had to be done, did whatever it took, to defend Freedom and defeat tyranny.  

 

Today, the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, we honor all of those who had the courage and the fortitude to do what needed to be done - as horrific as that was. They did it not for themselves, but for a belief, that all men and women have a right to be free but that freedom is not free. They showed for all time that in order to be free, all men and women must be willing to do whatever it takes, to defend their freedom or their freedom will surely be lost.

 

Our nation and our world is where it is today, because the enemies of individual freedom and liberty are willing to do whatever it takes to enslave mankind, and those of us who claim to value our freedom, are all to often unwilling to do whatever it takes to defeat them. 

 

Today, I ask you to reclaim the courage and committment of those brave soldiers, and sailors, and airmen, who defended our freedom 70 years ago, and honor their sacrifice, by personally committing to do whatever it takes to protect the freedom of all men and women going forward.

 

Tom Zawistowski

Executive Director

Portage County TEA Party

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 June 2014 10:21
 

VA Issues Highlight May 22nd Meeting

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Presentation on Recent Issues with the Veterans Administration
Highlight PCTEA May Monthly Meeting 
 
 
Kent, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party will hold it's May Monthly Meeting on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Maplewood Career Center, 7075 State Route 88, Ravenna, OH and the general public is welcome.  The meeting will be highlighted with a presentation by Jeremiah Martin, the Northeast Ohio Coordinator for Concerned Veterans for America, in which he will explain the causes of the recent deaths of veterans in Arizona and other states, as well as other serious problems with the VA. He will then explain what we as citizens can do to get Congress to take action to protect our veterans. Martin will discuss the purpose of HR 4031 which is scheduled to be voted on by Congress this Tuesday and the companion Senate Bill that are designed to give VA Administrators the authority to make necessary changes.  All citizens who are concerned about the care of veterans young and old should attend this informative meeting. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
 
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement.  The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful.  Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individuals to vote, to run for office and to attend government meetings in their area so that they can participate in their self-governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.
 
 
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Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 09:00
 

Lynch Rebuts Attack by Joyce Campaign

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Matt Lynch resp0nds to attacks by Joyce Campaign

Dear Friends,
 
Dave Joyce, supported by the anti-conservative Main Street Partners led by Steve LaTourette, unleashed a smear campaign against me this week. In a blatant attempt to take the focus off his own Big Government record, he's trying to mislead voters by claiming I am irresponsible with my taxes. Nothing could be farther from the truth, so here are the facts:
 
In 1993 I lost my first wife Janie after an 18 month battle with Leukemia. During that time my days were devoted to her care while I spent most nights sleeping in a chair by her hospital bed. My law practice suffered and after her death I had to close my office completely. I turned my attention to raising my three teenage daughters and rebuilding my life. During those difficult times I struggled with paying over $100,000 in medical bills with very limited income. All my taxes and bills were eventually paid, but they were paid late.
 
Here is what Bob Bennett, Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party said in 2012 when the Democrats smeared me in the same way Joyce did this week: "To think that someone who claims to be a leader would say such outrageous things about a man who was taking care of his terminally ill wife makes me sick to my stomach". ( CLICK HERE to see GOP Press Release) 
 
But Dave Joyce did not stop there. He piled on his lies when he claimed I took improper deductions on rental property. Again, here are the facts:
 
I inherited a small condominium in 2007. When the deed was put in my name the County mistakenly marked the property as my residence. As a result they sent me an incorrect real estate tax bill over the next few years. The Auditor corrected his mistake in 2012 and sent me a corrected tax bill. (CLICK HERE to see auditors letter and corrected bill) This was a billing error, nothing more. . . and please note the billing error was about $45. . . that's right. . . Dave Joyce smeared me over a $45 billing error. Maybe he should spend less time misleading voters and more time dealing with the massive debts he's helped rack up in Congress!
 
My opponent knows he is in trouble. He knows he will lose if voters find out the truth about his liberal record and compare it to my Conservative principles. . . but he has the money to spread his liberal lies. 
 
I have no illusions about politics. . . it is a contact sport, and I can take a hit. . . but without your help I cannot defend myself. Please forward this email to everyone on your list and ask them to donate so the truth can get out. No matter how small, I need your help to have any hope of victory.
 
Dave Joyce is smearing me because he is afraid. He knows the Lynch For Congress campaign is having success, including endorsements from important groups like FreedomWorks, Ohio Right To Life, and the National Association for Gun Rights. Please help by spreading the word and donating what you can!    
 
Finally, ask yourself this question. . . If a candidate cannot be honest with you in his campaign, will he be honest with you in Congress?
 
Please continue to pray, spread the word, and donate if you can! 
 

Matt Lynch
Republican Candidate for 
Ohio Congressional 14th District
"Faith... Family...Freedom"
440-821-2247


Zechariah 8:16
"Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment"
 

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 May 2014 12:49
 

TPP Citizens Fund Endorses Lynch

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TEA Party Partiots Citizens Fund

Endorses Matt Lynch

in Ohio 14th Congression Race

The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund is proud to announce its endorsement of Matt Lynch for the GOP nomination in Ohio’s 14th Congressional District!

As our official press release states, the overwhelming majority of our grassroots activists in Ohio expressed their enthusiastic support of Matt’s candidacy. And it’s not hard to see why.

Matt Lynch was at the first Tea Party rally in Cleveland back in 2009, and he has been a close ally of our movement ever since. 

He has the courage to stand on principle that far too many elected officials lack today. He is determined to repeal Obamacare – unlike his opponent, who declared “Obamacare is the law of the land, like it or not’” – and was even willing to sue a Governor of his own political party when that Governor moved to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. He was one of only six Republican state legislators with the guts to vote against his Governor’s budget. That’s the kind of courage we need in Congress right now.

Matt supports term limits for Congress and a Balanced Budget Amendment, opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants and Common Core, and he’ll fight for a fairer, flatter tax code. His values and principles are the values and principles of Ronald Reagan and the Tea Party. 

For these reasons and many more, we are proud to give our endorsement and our full support to Matt Lynch’s campaign for Congress this year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:44
 

Zawistowski Demands LaTourettes Stop Lying

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For Immediate Release: Saturday, April 12, 2014
 
Zawistowski Demands that the LaTourettes Stop Lying to Voters
 
Kent, OH - Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party and its affiliated PAC, called for Steve LaTourette and his daughter, Sarah LaTourette (Kayser), to stop lying to the voters of Northeast Ohio in their statements, actions and radio commercials. In the most recent commercial, Sarah LaTourette proclaims that she is the only one on the ballot in her race against Write-In candidate Linda O'Brien for the Ohio House 76th District seat vacated by Congressional candidate, Matt Lynch, a claim that is obviously intentionally misleading. 
 
Zawistowski said, "I guess it's just in the family DNA to lie.  Steve calls himself a Republican when he is paid by Unions to convince Republicans to vote with Democrats on liberal policies like more government spending on solar panels. Then he goes on radio to whine that he doesn't want people to pick on his daughter just because he's her father. So Steve, why then are you going on the radio to tell people she's your daughter? Isn't that kind of stupid? Then Sarah launched her campaign with a statement that she is not her father, after choosing to run on her father's last name instead of her married name Sarah Kayser. If you didn't want people to link you to your father and his liberal policies, then you should have run on your married name and kept him out of it. But you didn't, you intentionally decided to run on your father's name and then you put out that dishonest campaign statement. Do you think the voters of the 76th House District are that stupid?  We know that you are being dishonest. You are being dishonest about why you are running for office, you are being dishonest about being a permanent resident of Geauga County, you were being dishonest when you put a picture of you and your husband on your facebook page with two children, who are your father's, not yours, in an attempt to make it look like you had children."
 
Zawistowski concluded by saying, "Now Sarah LaTourette is running radio ads saying that she is the only one on the ballot, when that clearly is not true, in a blatant and shameful attempt to mislead voters. So, like Sarah, if there is no one else on the ballot in your race, then why are you running ads? We are not stupid. You look very stupid. Linda O'Brien knows that Republican primary voters are engaged, intelligent conservatives and they don't appreciate your attempt to play them for fools, as I am confident you will find out on Election Day."
 
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement.  The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful.  Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individuals to vote, to run for office and to attend government meetings in their area so that they can participate in their self-governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.
 
 
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