‘Constitutional sheriff,’ drug war foe to speak to Gem State Tea Party

Former Sheriff Richard Mack will be back in Idaho in August, following up last year’s controversial appearance at the Kootenai County Republican Party Lincoln Day with a speech to the Gem State Tea Party’s 3rd “Liberty Summit” in Burley.

Mack, who won two terms as the Democratic sheriff of Graham County, Ariz., also has run for office as a Republican and a Libertarian. Some Kootenai County Republicans tried to cancel his speech but an allegedly forged proxy ballot was tossed by party officials and Mack was invited again. He drew about 400 listeners and appeared with Congressman Raul Labrador.

Mack is popular on the tea party speaking circuit, representing the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. He urges sheriffs to refuse to enforce any new gun laws.  A former undercover officer, he is a critic of the enforcement of U.S. drug laws.

Last year, Mack got 15 percent of the vote against Republican Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas, who carried 77 percent in the three-way GOP primary. Smith, a member of Congress since 1987, is chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee and authored the Stop Online Piracy Act, which was opposed by Mack.

The meeting is Aug. 16 and 17 at the Best Western Plus Burley Inn & Convention Center. Other speakers included Utah GOP Rep. Ken Ivory, who has helped press the effort to get federal lands put in state control in Idaho and Utah; Larry Pratt, executive director of the Gun Owners of America; Dr. Duke Pesta, an opponent of “common core” standards supported by Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna; and Wayne Hoffman, executive director of the Idaho Freedom Foundation.

Details on the event, registration and lodging follow from Gem State Tea Party:

Hello Patriots,  Be sure to mark your calendars for the 3rd Idaho Liberty Summit set for August 16th and 17th.  Tea Party Mini – Cassia  is hosting the event at the beautiful Best Western Plus Burley Inn & Convention Center, in Burley, at exit 208 off I-84. You need to be prepared to be energized, excited, given hope and offered solutions by our fantastic line up of speakers:


Sheriff Richard Mack – Arizona – Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association – will outline the responsibilities of the Constitutional Sheriff.


Larry Pratt – Virginia – Executive Director Gun Owners of America – will discuss the 2nd Amendment threats by the Obama Administration and the UN.


Dr. Duke Pesta – Wisconsin – Academic Director Freedom Project Education – will uncover the truth of the federal Common Core Standards for education.


Rep. Ken Ivory – Utah – American Lands Council – will explain how federal lands should be managed and owned by the State.


Wayne Hoffman – Idaho Freedom Foundation – will help us prepare for next years legislative session.


Please open the attached pdf files to create your own flyers to share and print.


Registration for the Summit is $50 per person on Saturday, August 17th, and includes a fantastic lunch.  Registration begins at 8:30 am and Speakers begin at 9:00 pm and end at 5:00 pm.  We are having a Meet & Greet on Friday evening, August 16th, at 7:00 PM which will cost $10 per person.  The Meet & Greet will include Hors d’Oeuvres and a cash bar. Come and visit our Speakers, take a picture with them, thank them for being on the front lines defending liberty.   If you register two people for the Summit for $100, you and your spouse, or a friend or a liberal you are trying to convert will be rewarded with free tickets to the Friday Meet & Greet. 


The Best Western has given us a special rate of $86.99 per room (208) 678-3501.  Breakfast is included with your nights stay and is a handsome spread, not the usual Continental breakfast with roll and coffee.  Please inform them you want the “Tea Party” rate when you register. 


We will interject some fun while discussing the weighty topics of the day.  We have several very valuable raffle items donated to the Tea Party for this event.  Thank you Ray and Judy Black for this third years donation of a beautiful hand crafted Damascus knife and sheath, we have many more items we will inform you of as we get closer to the date.  Please, if you have something that you would like to donate for a little publicity let us know, we’ll be happy to give you a shout out and a table to display your ware.


If you live in the Mini-Cassia area you can register, in Rupert, at Moon & Associates, 525 F Street, on the Rupert Square, or in Burley, at Ramsey Heating and Electric, 2600 Overland Avenue.  You may also mail your registration fee to Tea Party c/o Dorothy Moon, 525 F Street, Rupert, ID  83350.  Please make your check payable to Tea Party.  For more information call 436-3714 (Dorothy) or 678-0459 (Rita).


If you can’t make it to the Summit and would like to donate a registration fee or Meet & Greet ticket so that others who can’t afford to attend may go we would appreciate your kind contribution.


Thank you and looking forward to seeing you there,


Dorothy Moon

Mini-Cassia Tea Party

Custer County Tea Party







Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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