SPOKANE -- Idaho Governor Butch Otter will be in Spokane Thursday to speak at a Tea Party protest. The group is celebrating its one year anniversary in Eastern Washington.

Protesters are demanding smaller government, lower taxes and less spending.

Locally, today's rally is at the floating stage at the Spokane Convention Center at 3:30 p.m. The actual program begins at 4:00 p.m.

Elsewhere in Washington, organizers expect the biggest crowds at the noon rally at the Capitol steps in Olympia and a 5:30 p.m. rally in Westlake Park in Seattle.

Nationally, Tea Party activists are ending a cross-country tour with a massive rally in Washington, D.C.

Tea Party events coincide with the April 15 deadline to file federal income taxes. The activists were expressing their anger and frustration over the taxes they're paying the government and how it was being spent.

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