by Erik Hermes
Friday, November 8, 2013
Governor Steven Beshear has enacted Common Core science standards for Kentucky Schools, despite the state legislature’s sub-committee’s 5-1 decision against implementation.
According to the article written by Thomas McAdam in the Derby City News, the General Assembly’s bicameral Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee found the proposed standards lacking in academic rigor.
On Thursday, November 7, The Core Group of Northern Kentucky (NKY) Tea Party leaders passed a resolution to support and help fund a lawsuit against Governor Steve Beshear's action. The lawsuit will challenge the Governor’s authority to bypass the legislature to implement by “Executive Order”.
The lawsuit will be filed by David Adams, who has a pending lawsuit to be heard by the Supreme Court against the Governor regarding the “Executive Order” implementation of the “Affordable Care Act” and Medicaid expansion in Kentucky.
President of the NKY Party, Larry Robinson said that Governor Beshear is acting illegally and not allowing the checks and balances of the state government to operate as designed by our founders. Vice President of the NKY Tea Party, Erik Hermes added that his actions are unconstitutional and it is the responsibility of the citizens to challenge these illegal actions by the Governor.
by Terry Donoghue
At the August 29th meeting we learned how Common Core takes away control of our children’s education from us and the local officials that we elected. We also were informed that Common Core violates the Constitution by federalizing education. We found out that the Common Core Standards
Now is the time for us to take the next step. We will have Steve Shreeve as our speaker. Steve is an Oldham County Resident and father of four school aged children. He became aware of Common Core earlier this year when, together with his wife, he began to discover how changes in the public school curriculum and philosophy were affecting his children. After learning more about the underlying philosophy of Common Core, he began connecting with others to organize against this effort to nationalize our schools. His presentation will cover how the ideas behind Common Core are manifest in all stages of education and what concerned citizens can do to prevent its poor content,
The time for us to move forward and become active on the education of our youth is upon us. History shows us that Adolph Hitler sought to centralize and control education. We must not allow the minds of our youth to be dominated by the Federal government.
Our Repeal Common Core…The Next Step event will take place on Tuesday evening November 5th from 7- 9 pm at the Crescent Springs City Municipal Building…739 Buttermilk Pk in Crescent Springs, KY 41017. The future of our country is at stake.
by Terry Donoghue
On Monday November 4th the Boone County Tea Party will have Chris McCane, District Director for Congressman Massie, as our guest speaker. Chris will talk about what has been happening in Washington both during and after the government shutdown. He will also discuss Immigration, which is back on the agenda now that Obama thinks he has control of Congress, Federal control of education thru Common Core, the budget deficit, the problems with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and any other concerns that we may have. Congressman Massie is one of the few true conservative leaders in Congress. He has followed the Tea Party principles in his decisions. As always the meetings are at Shakey’s in Florence. Starts at 6 pm. Bring a friend and be informed.
by Legate Damar
While I was attending a Kenton County Tea Party meeting one Wednesday evening at Pee Wee’s I was surprised to see Kris Knochelmann stumping for his campaign for Kenton County Judge-Executive. The reason I found it so unusual was because he was campaigning to a group who cherishes values consistent with liberty; fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets. While serving as Kenton County Commissioner on the previous fiscal court, Kris Knochelmann promoted and ultimately voted for the partial smoking ban that is now the law of the land in Kenton County. Support for a smoking ban is not consistent with the values of limited government or free markets. Private property is essential in a free market system and dictating to a private business what it can do on it’s own property violates private property rights and is a classic example of government overreach.
by Legate Damar
I read a statement in the Enquirer a couple of weeks ago by the executive director of the Kenton County Public Library Dave Schroeder that I found particularly galling in regards to the library boards. I touched on the topic a little bit in my article, “Petition Reform Can Save Our Libraries,” however I felt that the scope of the article I was writing didn’t allow me to give true justice to his statements, and that I should devote an entire article to the unaccountability of our library boards.
According to Schroeder, “The system is working. The argument that people do not have input isn’t true. Our board meetings across the state are open to the public. Board members are taxpayers themselves. People had come to the meetings concerned about the economy, and the board listened. Kenton County hasn’t raised the tax rate in the past three years (Long-standing power to tax becomes issue for KY. Libraries, 2013).”
I can’t confirm the veracity of Dave’s claims regarding the actions of the Kenton County Library Board of Trustees. For all I know they have made a good faith effort to serve the residents of Kenton County and have been judicious in their decisions in governing the libraries under their purview. Unfortunately other library boards have not followed their alleged idyllic example of governance.