Larry Mantle |

Darjeeling or Earl Grey? -- Tea Party disagrees about its convention

The Tea Party movement open its first-ever national conference in Nashville on Thursday and, just like a formal political party, there's passionate internal debate. Some Tea Party advocates see the gathering as an important step in better organizing the push towards lower taxes and smaller government. Others within the movement view the conference as antithetical to what they see as the grassroots and de-centralized nature of Tea Party activism. They don't want another political party, or anything that looks like it.

We spoke this morning with two organizers of major Tea Party events in California. They differed in what they thought about a conference, but were in full agreement on how they thought independent voters would embrace the limited government message.

Thursday on "AirTalk," the battle over dealing with the city of Los Angeles' budget gap is heating up. Now it appears cuts to LAPD and the fire department are in play. What do you think?