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      Tea Party Express makes a stop in the U.P.

      The Tea Party Express, a national movement rallying against the federal government and overspending, arrives in the western U.P. Thursday for the first in a series of rallies.

      A main focus--unseating U.S. Representative Bart Stupak because of his last-minute vote in favor of the health care overhaul.

      The rallies started back in March in Nevada and have been held in more that 40 locations across the U.S., including three in the U.P. Thursday night and Friday.

      The Tea Party's schedule for the U.P. includes stopping by the VFW in Bessemer at 6:30 p.m. CST Thursday, the Bandshell in Ludington Park in Escanaba at noon on Friday and the Bud-Weber Park in Sault Ste. Marie Friday evening at 6 p.m.

      "All of the radical changes that they see happening, they're resisting as conservative Americans. That's a movement that has grown to tremendous proportions," said Pete Sundholm, Tea Party Representative.

      Tea Party officials say they hope to attract hundreds, perhaps thousands, to their stops along the way.

      They end their transcontinental trek in Washington, D.C. April 15.