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A Craig resident poses a question to Tisha Casida, an Independent candidate running for Colorado’s Third Congressional District, during a March 1 meeting of the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The local chapter is a grassroots group focused on educating local residents on candidates and issues facing the nation.

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An inside look at the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots

There’s an old adage — don’t believe everything you read or hear. Yet news reporters and anchors have continually reported the demise of the national tea party movement, portraying organization members and chapters around the country as being little more than gun-toting, conservative extremists from the far radical right. This isn’t the impression one gets when sitting down and discussing politics and political views with members from the Craig tea party chapter — the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots. Most members go against the grain of negative stereotypes. “There’s a huge misunderstanding of what the tea party is all about,” said Carol Haskins, a Bears Ears chapter member. “People think we are all a bunch of radicals, but we have worked really hard to build a reputation in this community.

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