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Arizona tea party groups protest gov’t intrusion

Tea party groups planned rallies across Arizona on Thursday to protest what they see as the federal government trampling on the rights of states and citizens.

Most the events are planned for Thursday evening, including a big rally organized by Americans for Prosperity at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

The Tempe event boasts speakers prominent in the tea party movement, including former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado and GOP state Sen. Russell Pearce of Mesa.

About 2,000 people showed up for an afternoon rally in Tucson and more than 2,000 attended a similar rally in Gilbert. Events also were planned in Bullhead City, Green Valley, Prescott, Show Low and Yuma.

Tea party activists say they’re opposed to recent federal health care legislation and government support for banks and automobile manufacturers.
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