Oregon Tea Party Announces Social Media Initiative

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12/01/13 – Tualatin, OR.  Oregon Tea Party (OTP) today announced the launch of JiminyCricket — a new initiative that uses the power of social media to encourage personally responsible behavior.

JiminyCricket launches with integrated website, facebook, and twitter properties.  The website is located at http://www.jiminycricket.net.  The facebook page is located at https://www.facebook.com/jiminychirp.  The twitter page is located at https://twitter.com/jiminychirp.

On November 13th, OTP announced a new vision and mission (http://wp.me/439pg).  OTP’s new vision and mission is intended to positively encourage the underlying values of a personally responsible culture.  The launch of JiminyCricket is an initial step in that direction.

Geoffrey Ludt, Oregon Tea Party founder, said this of JiminyCricket, “This initiative will be a voice that encourages our communities to reflect the standards we expect of our leaders, while it is very different from what people have come to expect of the Tea Party in recent times, it is very similar to some of the successful initiatives the Tea Party engaged in early on.  I pray that people find it useful, entertaining, and a delight to share.”

About Oregon Tea Party:

The tea party movement began in Oregon on February 27, 2009 in response to excessive federal deficit spending.  The larger tea party movement is a true grass roots movement, composed of a loose affiliation of national and local groups that determine their own agendas without any central leadership.  In the past, the tea party movement has sponsored political protests and supported candidates and ballot initiatives.

Contact:
Oregon Tea Party
Geoffrey Ludt
oregonteaparty@gmail.com
http://www.oregonteaparty.org

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Oregon Tea Party’s New Vision and Mission Shifts to Culture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

11/13/13 – Tualatin, OR.  Oregon Tea Party today released new vision and mission statements.  Together, the statements intend to positively encourage a personally responsible culture and the values of prudence, justice, temperance & fortitude.

Oregon Tea Party’s vision:   “We create a culture where everyone embraces personal responsibility”

Mission:  “We promote personal responsible behavior in our communities by example and other encouragements”

Geoffrey Ludt, Oregon Tea Party founder, said this about the new direction, “For too many Oregonians, personal responsibility is being replaced by over-reliance and dependence.  We celebrate virtue and personally responsible behavior, lifting each other as we go, imparting what we possess, benefiting our communities meaningfully and, shaping our political and cultural environments.”

About Oregon Tea Party:

The tea party movement began in Oregon on February 27, 2009 in response to excessive federal deficit spending.  The larger tea party movement is a true grass roots movement, composed of a loose affiliation of national and local groups that determine their own agendas without any central leadership.  In the past, the tea party movement has sponsored political protests and supported candidates and ballot initiatives.

Contact:
Oregon Tea Party
Geoffrey Ludt
oregonteaparty@gmail.com
http://www.oregonteaparty.org

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Statement Regarding the Status of the “Oregon Tea Party”

Link to old “Oregon Liberty PAC DBA Oregon Tea Party/Oregon Tea Party State PAC”

by Geoffrey Ludt.

Having personally experienced financial difficulties during this “Great Recession,” I sympathize with John Kuzmanich’s private financial predicament and was shocked by his public exposure and humiliation in the pages of Willamette Week and disappointed that his personal matters were damaging the Oregon Tea Party brand (Jaquiss, Nigel (2013, October 16). Where’s John Kuzmanich. Willamette Week).

I know firsthand that financial stress is dispiriting, it damages relationships (it is especially hard on marriages), it’s a lonely space that drains zeal, judgment and actions.

When co-ordinating Tea Party events, the commitment burns the candle at both ends — every moment spent on activism costs family time and earnings.  Initially, you can rationalize the commitment’s costs — after all, when justice and liberty are at stake, what price is too high?  Eventually however, nature course corrects and personal and financial obligations come home.  I found myself at this point a few short years ago — John Kuzmanich was there and grabbed the baton (and I am thankful that he was).

In recent times it has been pleasing to see the inspiring work of “Citizen Journalists, Lobbyists, and Activists” — ordinary people working to give us a voice in the media and in the halls of government.  The  work of promoting good candidates and changing the composition of our local representation has not been as effective.  I recently read that the assumed business name “Oregon Tea Party” and entity registration “Liberty Coalition PAC” at the foundation of the work to promote candidates went dangerously un-renewed and dissolved two years ago — anyone (including Tea Party opposition) could have read the same column and, for $150, registered the name with the state and used it.  Fortunately, I was able to register “Oregon Tea Party LLC” and the assumed business name “Oregon Tea Party” in every Oregon county before something like that happened  (McCain, Bruce (2013, October 19). Who’s Tea Party. Oregon Oracle. Retrieved from oregonoracle.com).  With the dissolution of the “Liberty Coalition PAC” the entity underlying the “Oregon Tea Party” brand ceased in October of 2011 — all accountable leadership and past actions receded into history.  There has been no formal “Oregon Tea Party” entity or leadership in the State of Oregon for two years.

Today, aside from the aforementioned LLC and assumed business name registrations, the only two other Tea Party-related registrations are: Oregon Tea Party State PAC, which is just a political action committee (not an entity) and John Kuzmanich’s federal “Liberty Coalition Pac DBA Oregon Tea Party” (despite the fact that the “Liberty Coalition PAC” was dissolved for failure to file and the DBA “Oregon Tea Party” failed to renew).

Between the Tea Party’s birth in February 2009 and today a lot of water has passed under the bridge.  In the weeks ahead a constellation of stakeholders will communicate and flesh out some reasonable expectations regarding the Oregon Tea Party LLC’s formal future.  There may yet be a next chapter for a formal “Oregon Tea Party”, anchored in a board accountable to local Tea Party aligned organizations or, perhaps, there will not be any formal use of the “Oregon Tea Party” brand at all — which may be how it is supposed to be, the Tea Party belongs to everyone after all.