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"We're working on legislation," Durand said. "We're working with our elected officials a lot more, so its just not as big of grand production."
The issues that light a fire under the group are the growing national debt and Kentucky's state pension reform.
"Nashville and Indianapolis are killing us, and partly it's because of the taxes," said Larry Hausman, a Tea Party member.
But exactly what is the Tea Party? Members will tell you it's not part of the Republican Party, even though most call themselves Republicans. But Tea Party members say they believe in holding all elected officials accountable regardless of party. They say that in general, Democrats are doing more to infringe upon rights than the Republicans are.
And did the Tea Party cost Republicans the election?
"I think the biggest problem within the Republican Party right now isn't the Tea Party," Durand said. "I think that you have a lot of big government Republicans who are used to spending a lot of money, and things are changing."
Many Tea Party Republicans say U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney lost the election, not because of the Tea Party, but because he didn't communicate the core values of conservatism accurately.
Dr. Rhodebeck said she believes the Tea Party could be a detriment for political candidates who wish to progress in the future.
"I think the party would find itself in trouble if it went along with the Tea Party line," said Dr. Rhodebeck.
WDRB's Lindsay Allen asked Tea Party members to tell her the first word to come to mind when she mentions certain names.
"Incompetent," said Tea Party member Andrew Schachtner.
"Ineffective," said Durand.
"I just couldn't disagree with him more," Hausman said.