Monday, April 12, 2010

San Juan County 912 Project draws politically-charged crowd

The San Juan County 912 Project gives Farmington resident Ruby Cowgill and other ordinary people a political voice, she said. Cowgill attended many of the 912 meetings since it began almost a year ago. She has learned about the Constitution and local politics. She likes that fellow 912ers respectfully listen to her opinions. Nine stands for nine principles, including belief in God; 12 stands for a dozen values, including honesty, sincerity and hope. The group promotes itself as open to all political viewpoints, but local members acknowledge mostly conservatives occupy its ranks. The group has basic goals: get governments to follow the Constitution and promote fiscal responsibility and free markets, Lee said. Members oppose health care reform, cap-and-trade legislation and stimulus spending. The 912 Project is an educational organization that plans tea party rallies, said Tom Mullins, a San Juan County Republican candidate for the U.S. House who attends the meetings and rallies. "The common bond of all of these organizations is limiting the size of government and protecting the Constitution,'' Mullins said...more

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