The first national Coffee Party convention will be held in Louisville. The Coffee Party is a response to the Tea Party, though it does not advocate an opposing ideology. Rather, the organization’s main credo is “Government is not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges we face as Americans.”

As the AP reports, the convention’s location is not a reaction the Rand Paul’s recent primary victory, but Paul’s national fame will likely boost interest in the convention.

Organizers of the Coffee Party, formed last year as an alternative to the Tea Party, said Tuesday they expect up to 2,000 people to show up for the Sept. 24-26 “Wake Up and Stand Up, America!” event just six weeks before the November general election.

Brian Endicott, a 30-year-old Lexington graphic designer who chairs the Kentucky chapter of the Coffee Party, says the group chose Louisville before last week’s primary. But Endicott says Paul’s victory in the U.S. Senate primary will hopefully provide a boost in membership for the Coffee Party, which advocates providing members with information to help them make up their own minds about issues.

WHAS also has a story on the convention.

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