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Noise and Notes: Sarah Durand's Tea Party and The Louisville Paper

The Tea Party appears stronger than ever with Republican primary victories for Senate in Missouri, Texas and Indiana most recently.It is a movement that has been successful in defeating establishment incumbents, pulling GOP leaders further to the right and gaining a seat at the table. This week it was announced that Tea Party favorite Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has a keynote speech at the Republican National Convention.But Tea Party groups and activists have been criticized for their views and blamed for the current gridlock in Congress.I spoke with Louisville Tea Party President Sarah Durand about compromise, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and what it’s like leading such a forceful—and controversial—group.The Louisville Paper is a publication that reports “positive” neighborhood news, and it’s proud to have survived a year in business.It has been a rough time for print media with budget cuts and staff layoffs, and even daily newspaper cutting their publishing dates. Earlier this year, the New Orleans daily newspaper The Times-Picayune announced it was going from daily to three days a week.And the bad news is spreading.From the Willamette Week:

The Oregonian as a daily newspaper is facing a final deadline. The 162-year-old newspaper—once considered one of the nation’s best—is losing readers and advertisers in a state where it dominated the media landscape for decades. Soon, the newspaper may no longer be publishing every day of the week. The newspaper’s New Jersey-based owner, Advance Publications Inc., has declared it is moving to a Web-based model and publishing schedules are likely to change at many of its newspapers.

I talked with the Louisvlle Paper’s founder Matt Dobson and editor Stephanie Brothers, along with LEO Weekly editor Sarah Kelley, about the future of print.