‘Tea party’ on Statehouse lawn set for tomorrow-WEB ONLY

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Organizers expect about 8,000 people to protest excessive government spending tomorrow at the Indiana Statehouse. The local “tea party” event, scheduled to coincide with the April 15 deadline to file tax returns, will be held along with hundreds of others across the country.

Protestors are organizing tea parties in roughly 600 locations in all 50 states to oppose what they view as excessive federal spending, according to www.taxdayteaparty.com Web site.

The rally in Indianapolis will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the south lawn of the Statehouse, said Richard Behney, a licensed plumber who is organizing the local event along with his wife, Laura.

“We’ve never done anything like this before, but it spoke to our hearts and minds,” he said. “This is a grassroots effort.”

Protestors want federal lawmakers to repeal the stimulus package and stop bailing out banks. Those up for re-election next year who do not support their cause will be targeted, Behney said.

Local conservative radio talk show host Greg Garrison of WIBC 93.1 FM and Bob Basso, portraying founding father Thomas Paine, are expected to make appearances.

Tea-party protests throughout Indiana also are set to occur in Evansville, Fort Wayne, Elkhart, Lafayette, South Bend, Valparaiso, Warsaw, and in Lake and Scott counties.

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