Hundreds showed up at a Fairtax Tea Party rally in Columbia, MO:

A group of Missouri Tea Party representatives from Kansas City and St. Louis held a rally during the event at the Boone County Fairgrounds from 10:30 to 12:00 noon. Kevin Jackson from The Black Sphere blog was the MC. There were tea party organizers from Kansas, Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee at the event.

Tea Party in New Richmond, OH:   “Over 1000 in attendance so far.”

A Tea Party convention in Michigan likes the Fair Tax.

The 200 or so delegates to the Tea Party convention, held at the Capitol City Baptist Ministries, considered four possible ballot proposals.

But the idea of junking Michigan’s income, sales and business taxes and replacing them with a broader, higher sales tax, garnered the most support.

The so-called Fair Tax beat out alternative proposals to require two-thirds majorities in the Legislature to raise taxes; the enactment of spending limits on state and local government, and a plan to hold the benefits of government employees to the average level in the private sector.

The Des Moines, IA, Tea Party movement is taking on the School Board:

On July 4, Independence Day, the Des Moines Tea Party will once again gather patriotic citizens at the state Capitol to protest the government’s tax-and-spend, socialist policies. But our efforts can’t and won’t stop there.

The Des Moines Tea Party is ultimately about more than protests. It is about a long-term grass-roots movement to take back our country. We are becoming engaged on every level of government: local, state and federal. Our first battle is with the Des Moines School Board.

Recently, the Des Moines School Board tried to take complete control over students by revising the Student Code of Conduct. The change gives the School Board power over our children 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. And much worse, the new code permits schools to scour the Internet for evidence against students who don’t obey the School Board even when the child is in his own home. This expansion of control over students is not simply a school issue, it is a Big Government power grab.

If we allow the government, through the Des Moines School Board, to have complete and total authority over students, how long will it be before the government comes for the rest of us? Total government control over students represents an infringement on the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit. If we don’t stop our government now, if we don’t hold it accountable, then we will continue to see our freedom erode. As I said at the Des Moines Tax Day Tea Party, “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”