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ATLANTA (AP) — A suburban Atlanta county has spawned the latest skirmish between tea party conservative and mainstream business interests.
Republicans on the Cobb County commission have business backing for their commitment of several hundred million dollars to help build a new baseball stadium for the Atlanta Braves. But tea party activists and other citizens' groups maintain that the deal is crony capitalism that gives public money to a private business.
Debbie Dooley of the Atlanta Tea Party says several citizens' groups are exploring possible challenges to the plan to redirect property taxes to cover stadium debt. They're also looking at recall petitions aimed at Cobb commissioners.
Commission Chairman Tim Lee maintains that the investment will pay for itself by spurring economic activity in and around the stadium slated to open in 2017.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she will not run for another term in the U.S. House.
The tea party favorite, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination last year, announced her decision on her website this morning.
Bachmann says her decision not to run again in 2014 was "not influenced by any concerns about ... being re-elected."
She also says recent inquiries into her 2012 presidential campaign did not affect her decision.
Bachmann promises to "continue to work overtime for the next 18 months in Congress defending ... Constitutional Conservative values."
Blowback against the IRS is becoming more local.
Fox 2 reports that members of the Tea Party are holding a rally outside an IRS Office in Town and Country. The protesters are upset of the targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
President Obama denies knowledge of the targeting and removed the commissioner of the IRS.