HELENA — The Tea Party's conservative revolution stormed the Montana Capitol at the start of the 2011 legislative session with much sound and fury. But by the session's end, Tea Party-backed legislators advanced few of their core issues.
Half of the Republican House majority was made up of freshman, many of whom identified with Tea Party ideas.
Their proposals included establishing state supremacy over the federal government in many areas and placing new restrictions on abortions.
But they ran into problems when critics blasted the more extreme proposals and Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer vetoed others.
Some conservative legislators called the session a disappointment because too little was done to reduce government's size and spending. But others argued important gains were made this year that can be built on in the 2013 session.