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Gem State Tea Party joins national group targeting Idaho Rep. Simpson

The Washington, D.C.-based Madison Project is hosting a grand opening of its Boise field office Friday night, along with get-out-the-vote training for those aiming to unseat eight-term GOP Congressman Mike Simpson.

The new political action committee, which endorsed Simpson’s challenger Bryan Smith in September, will also hold training Saturday in Twin Falls and Idaho Falls.

Ryan Davidson, a former Idaho Libertarian Party chairman and marijuana decriminalization advocate, is running the new Boise office. Davidson is the state Youth Committeeperson for Ada County Republicans, representing young Republicans on the state GOP Central Committee. In 2012, Davidson helped organize a failed effort to overturn the result of the 2012 Idaho presidential caucus and award 32 delegates won by Mitt Romney to Ron Paul.

Gem State Tea Party founder Chad Inman promoted the Madison Project’s effort in an email Friday morning, writing, “That’s right – they agree with conservatives, libertarians, and constitutionalists in Idaho – it’s time for Mike Simpson to go!”

The Madison Project’s Boise headquarters is at 6630 Overland Road. The meet-and-greet is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with training from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The Madison Project was an early supporter of Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz and is targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for defeat in the Republican primary.

On its Sack Mike Simpson website, the Madison Project calls Simpson a “liberal, Nancy Pelosi Republican,” despite the differences in lifetime American Conservative Union ratings of the two. Simpson has an 85 percent rating, the House Democratic Leader is at 3 percent.

The group’s Twin Falls event is Saturday at the Golden Corral Restaurant, with a breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m., training from 9 a.m. to noon, and lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

The Idaho Falls event, also Saturday, is at Dixie’s Diner. Training is from 3 to 6 p.m., with dinner starting at 6 p.m.

Inman’s email and a Friday news release from the Madison Project follow.



The Madison Project is a new national PAC who’s purpose is to kick tax and spend RINO’s out of Congress.

They are focusing on a small number of Congressional and Senate races around the country, and have decided to include Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District as one of their targets. That’s right – they agree with conservatives, libertarians, and constitutionalists in Idaho – it’s time for Mike Simpson to go!

The Madison Project believes it’s not just good enough to get rid of Mike Simpson, but that we have to build coalitions, develop the grassroots network across this state, and re-build the Republican Party for long-term change in this state and country.

You are cordially invited to the GRAND OPENING of the Madison Project’s new Boise Headquarters at 6630 Overland Rd (House that has been converted to a business near Cole Rd).  This will be a place for all grassroots activists and conservative voters to meet up, receive training and coordinate efforts.  This event will take place on Friday evening, January 17, with special guests and food provided.

5:30 – 6:30
Meet & Greet

6:30 – 9:00
Grassroots training

Please feel free to stop in anytime.

On Saturday, January 18, the Madison Project is hitting the road, and will host grassroots training sessions in Twin Falls from 9:00AM till noon, and in Idaho Falls from 3:00PM till 6:00PM.

Saturday, January 18
Golden Corral Restaurant
1823 Blue Lakes Blvd N, Twin Falls, ID 83301
8:00 – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 – 12:00 PM Grassroots training
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
Golden Corral is a no host buffet, so feel free to come early for breakfast, stay late for lunch, or just snack throughout the meeting.

Saturday, January 18
Dixie’s Diner
2150 Channing Way, Idaho Falls
3:00 – 6:00 PM Grassroots training
6:00 PM Dinner / socializing
Room is free for us if we order at least $100 worth of food, so everyone is encouraged to stay for dinner, or snack during the meeting!

We’re counting on all Patriots and their groups to promote the meetups through their social networks…thanks for your help!!!

We are looking to add sessions on Sunday the 19th somewhere in the District…please contact us if interested!
Hope to see you there, and here’s to a “Clean House” in the New Year!
In Liberty,
Chad Inman

Gem StateTea Party


Madison Project news release:


Madison Project Opens GOTV Headquarters and Organizes Activist Training Sessions in Idaho

Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC, the first conservative PAC to endorse Ted Cruz (R-TX), announced today they are teaming with tea party groups in Idaho to open a Boise GOTV (Get Out The Vote) headquarters to help organize grassroots canvassing for Bryan Smith, Republican candidate for Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District.  The Madison Project will also host three activist training sessions this week in Boise, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls.

“The Madison Project is focused on a bottom-up grassroots model to help empower local conservative activists and elect reliable conservatives to Congress,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “We are excited about our work with a wide array of dedicated conservative groups in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District.  That is why we have teamed up to open this critical GOTV headquarters in Boise.  Our office will be equipped with our voter canvassing technology, which will be used to contact thousands of Republican primary voters and spread Bryan Smith’s message of pro-growth policies and limited government via an interactive ground game.

“While speaking with conservative activists in Idaho we’ve heard time and time again that voters are sick and tired of the progressive policies of Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID). They want a true leader that will fight big government and stand up to the bullies in both parties regardless of their leadership status. Simpson’s close friendship with Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), an adversary of the conservative grassroots, along with his liberal voting record, shows that he’s no longer interested in what’s best for Idaho.”

The Madison Project endorsed U.S. House candidate Bryan Smith in September of 2013. The full endorsement can be read here.

For more on Rep. Simpson’s liberal voting record visit SackSimpson.com.

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at http://madisonproject.com/

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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