What started as a reporter’s unscripted rant on a cable news channel is turning into a movement. In cities across the nation, informal “tea parties” are being planned for Friday, Feb. 27, to protest the stimulus packages and out-of-control spending. Such gatherings will be taking place in Texas starting at 11 a.m. There will be a party in Austin at the state Capitol.

Other locations include:

Fort Worth Tea Party
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Cowtown Bar & Grill, 7108 Camp Bowie Blvd. (817) 570-7910

Dallas Tea Party
Time: 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Location: Victory Plaza (south side of the American Airlines Center) in Dallas
Contact: dallasteaparty@gmail.com

Houston Tea Party
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Fondren Green at Discovery Green Park, in front of the Amphitheatre

San Antonio Tea Party
Time: 11 a.m. – Noon
Location: Alamo Plaza
More info: San Antonio Tea Party Facebook Group

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."