OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The protesters' signs made their message
crystal clear: No. More. Taxes.
      The national Tax Day Tea Party brought the largest rally of the
year to the Washington Capitol on Wednesday, with the State Patrol
estimating the crowd at more than 5,000.
      The tax protesters swarmed the Capitol steps, saying they were
tapping into the spirit of the 1773 Boston Tea Party to send
lawmakers a message.
      "We're here to protest wicked government and taxes," said
Sarah Wynder of Olympia.
      No tea chests were emptied on the steps of the Capitol, or in
nearby Capitol Lake. But Wynder and her father James were
distributing tea bags to the crowd. Those in attendance were
encouraged to drop tea bags off with their state senators and
representatives to deliver their no-new-taxes message.
      Whipped up by conservative commentators and bloggers, tens of
thousands of protesters staged "tea parties" around the country
to tap into the concern stirred up by a bad economy, government
spending and bailouts.