by Legate Damar
Signs urging voters to “Retire Mitch” are springing up across the state, including in Northern Kentucky, providing the first concrete evidence of a national tea party group’s effort to take down U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. FreedomWorks for America – which announced last month that it was endorsing McConnell’s Republican primary challenger, Matt Bevin, and would spend up to $500,000 toward that cause – paid for the signs. The group also is organizing others to begin canvassing neighborhoods for Bevin this week, said Russ Walker, FreedomWorks’ national political director.
“We have distributed over 5,000 signs around the Louisville and Lexington area, and another 5,000 Bevin signs will be distributed this week,” Walker said (Tea party launches campaign for Bevin, 2014).
FreedomWorks is a conservative Washington-based organization that is working to elect a new style of fiscally conservative Republicans to federal offices across the nation.
Bevin said he welcomes the group’s help. “Historically, they’ve been very energetic, they’ve been very engaged, they have always been effective on the ground,” he said Friday. “I am grateful and appreciative of any effort they give (Group hoping to defeat McConnell in May primary opens Kentucky offices, 2014).”
The signs are sprinkled and clustered across Northern Kentucky in Fort Mitchell, Independence, Florence and Boone County, among other locations. Signs on Buttermilk Pike in Fort Mitchell had been removed by Tuesday morning, as had signs on Cayton Road in Florence, but others remained (Tea party launches campaign for Bevin, 2014).
by NKY Tea
HB-407 allows the establishment of Public Private Partnerships, P3's, for transportation projects in Kentucky. Ten Kenton County cities representing over 80% of the population in Kenton County, the Kenton County Fiscal Court, the Boone County Fiscal Court and the cities of Union and Alexandria have signed a NO TOLLS resolution. The current estimate is a $6.50 toll, each way for the Brent Spence Bridge!
If you live anywhere in Kentucky this project with impact you in several, all bad, ways. The first will be higher prices on all the stuff that is hauled in trucks that cross the Brent Spence. The cost of tolls for trucks and the freight they haul will be much higher and these costs will be passed on to everything you purchase.
The second problem is the high cost of funding for P3 projects. Louisville toll payers have to cover an extra $12 million per year in interest cost because of the higher interest rates. http://www.hilliard.com/marketing/POS/KYPublic_Trans01a_POS.pdf
by NO TOLLS
In the Enquirer today http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20140226/NEWS0103/302190161/NKY-business-leaders-endorse-Brent-Spence-tolls eight of the self appointed business "leaders" signed a letter encouraging the legislature to impose crushing tolls on people that must cross the Brent Spence Bridge. These unelected, self appointed "leaders" must not realize or perhaps they do not care that 10 Kenton County cities representing over 80% of the population in Kenton County, the Kenton County Fiscal Court, the Boone County Fiscal Court and the cities of Union and Alexandria have signed NO TOLLS resolutions.
We are asking you, the people that will be faced with paying the estimated $6.50 toll (each way!) to copy the following statement and send it to your legislator. The email addresses are provided below.
PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE BELOW STATEMENT INTO AN EMAIL AND SEND TO THE LEGISLATORS LISTD BELOW:
by Legate Damar
McConnell Allows Debt-Ceiling to be Raised
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., recently engaged in legislative ruse that allowed Democrats to raise the debt ceiling without a fight. McConnell instructed the clerk not to announce senator’s votes, contrary to customary practice, which concealed them from the public. Adam Jentleson, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said “Republican leaders” requested the silent vote to make it easier to get colleagues to switch. He said such a request is consistent with Senate rules (Mitch McConnell under fire for move to allow debt-ceiling vote, 2014).
McConnell secured enough GOP votes to combine with Democrats’ to bring the debt ceiling measure to a vote. Additional Republicans joined their leader for the final tally, 67-31. In all, 12 GOP senators voted for cloture. On the debt ceiling measure itself, GOP senators in the chamber voted against it, while the Democrats backed it, resulting in the bill passing 55-43. (Two GOP senators did not vote) (Mitch McConnell under fire for move to allow debt-ceiling vote, 2014).
Republican primary challenger and Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, Appearing on conservative commentator Glenn Beck’s radio program, called McConnell “spineless” and “a Democrat in disguise as a Republican.” Bevin said McConnell could have stopped the Senate from voting for the bill.
Bevin told Beck, “Once he went, all of the other sheep followed. ... It is irresponsible (Mitch McConnell under fire for move to allow debt-ceiling vote, 2014).”
by NO TOLLS
The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, which is gaining fame on the Web for its progressive agenda, http://nkychamberofcommunists.com/index.php wants you to pay tolls on the Interstate highway to cross the Ohio River. The River City News was the sole press in attendance at the raucous Kenton Mayor's Meeting. http://rcnky.com/articles/2014/02/16/possible-change-dialogue-bridge-project-emerges-mayors-group-meeting Please contact your mayor and members of your city council and encourage them to pass a no tolls resolution. Nine cities and Kenton County have passed resolutions against tolls. If you live in one of the cites listed below, that have not passed a NO TOLLS resolution, please contact your city and ask them to pass a resolution. The average toll in the US is $5.00 one way! The Louisville bridge toll is reported to be $4.00
City Mayor Phone Email
Florence Diane Whalen 859-647-8177
The enabling legislation for Public Private Partnerships is expected to be introduced in Frankfort. Leave a message for your legislator 1-800-372-7181 and tell them not to support P3 legislation. Tell them you do not want tolls. Tell them there are other options.