Brewer OK’s Tea Party license plate

Associated Press / April 30, 2011

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PHOENIX — Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona has signed bills approving 11 new special license plates, including one to commemorate the Tea Party and send donations toward the movement.

Brewer, a Republican, acted on the license plate bills late Thursday without commenting. Spokesman Matt Benson declined to comment yesterday.

The Tea Party plate would feature the “Don’t Tread On Me’’ slogan, rattlesnake emblem, and yellow background of the historic Gadsden Flag that is a symbol of the movement.

The Legislature completed action April 26 on the bill authorizing the Tea Party plate.

In the run-up to approval, opponents said the tag inappropriately promotes a specific political movement. Supporters said it is meant to stand up for constitutional principles.

Backers now must raise $32,000 to design and produce the plate.

The bill for a Tea Party plate originally had a provision to have the state highway fund front the startup costs to design and produce the plate.

Supporters deleted that provision in the Senate when critics and some supporters said it was hypocritical for a small-government movement to seek government funding for a license plate. top stories on Twitter

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