Join with other liberty minded individuals from across Northern Kentucky for a combined meeting on the 4th Thursday of every month. The combined meetings start at 7pm but arrive at 6:30pm to socialize and meet fellow patriots. The combined monthly meetings are held at the Holiday Inn Express located at 7905 Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042. The Holiday Inn Express is easily accessed off US-42 and I-75 at exit number 180.
At the Thursday, February 26 combined meeting we are featuring candidates for Governor of Kentucky Hal Heiner and Wil T. Scott. Each candidate will be given 30 minutes to talk and answer questions.
Note: Candidates Matt Bevin and Jamie Comer will visit the Combined Tea meeting on Thursday, April 23. Mark your calendars!
by Scott Hofstra
January 5, 2015
CONTACT: Scott Hofstra,
An Open Letter to Kentucky House Minority Floor Leader Rep. Jeff
To: Representative Jeff Hoover
Kentucky House Minority Floor Leader
Re; HB 399 Local Option Sales Tax
Dear Representative Hoover,
The United Kentucky Tea Party is the leadership group for the Tea Parties across the State of Kentucky.
We are contacting you to express our serious concerns about your endorsement of HB 399 as a co-sponsor with House Majority Leader Greg Stumbo
We strongly believe that this bill is in direct conflict with the National Republican Party Platform concerning taxation:
Taxes, by their very nature, reduce a citizen's freedom. Their proper role in a free society should be to fund services that are essential and authorized by the Constitution, such as national security, and the care of those who cannot care for themselves. We reject the use of taxation to redistribute income, fund unnecessary or ineffective programs, or foster the crony capitalism that corrupts both politicians and corporations.
Our goal is a tax system that is simple, transparent, flatter, and fair.
A reformed code should promote simplicity and coherence, savings and innovation, increase American competitiveness, and recognize the burdens on families with children.
We believe that the premise and intent of HB 339 is in direct conflict with the Republican Party Platform position on taxation and that it should be strongly opposed and rejected by Kentucky's Republican legislators.
We are also concerned that your support for this onerous bill is in direct conflict with your campaign promise not to support new taxes as affirmed by your signing of the American's for Tax Reform, Taxpayer's Protection Pledge that you signed in 2014.
We are hereby requesting that you retract your sponsorship of this bill and that you work diligently to oppose its passage. Based on your position as House Minority Leader, we also expect that you will use your influence to persuade other Republican House members to reject and oppose this bill.
We look forward to working with you to defeat HB 399 and protect Kentucky citizens from new and onerous taxes.
by Garth Kuhnhein
We are scheduling our twelfth Constitution Boot Camp for Saturday, January 24th, 2015. The cost of the class will be $20 per person. If you have more than one coming from the same family and only want one set of books, it will be $5 for each additional person. Included in the $20 cost are three books; The Federalist Papers, The 5000 Year Leap, The Constitution Made Easy, and a notebook containing the presentation. For $5 you get the notebook. Lunch is provided. This session would be appropriate for teen-age students; we encourage you to have your teenagers attend! Parents bring your children; Grandma and Grandpa bring your Grandkids! Seats are limited, so sign up today !
This class will include the following:
- How did the Founders view government ?
- Who were key influencers on the Founder's thinking ?
- What is Natural Law ?
- What is the relationship between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution ?
- What are the Federalist Papers ?
by Erik Hermes
The election results were encouraging, in many cases, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.
This was a perfect opportunity to change the leadership in the liberal majority of the Kentucky House of Representatives, but it didn’t happen. Why not? The focus of campaign contributions made to the Republican Party (even on the county level) went directly to Mitch McConnell and his ousted campaign manager Jesse Benton (the good ole boys profited with your contributions). The local candidates were stuck raising 100% of their own funds while trying to find the time to campaign.
If we want real people taking on elected positions, we must change our habits.
- We need to donate and volunteer directly to/for the candidate themselves. Real people have families, work full time, and don’t have an excess of time and money to run for office. In order to successfully run for office you need money for signs, flyers, mailings, and you need a slew of energetic volunteers. If we continue to only contribute to the major parties, we will continue electing the same old establishment candidates.
- It starts at the Primary Election. In many races last week, there just wasn’t a good option. The reason is that many good candidates were left out last May after the primary election. Why? Voter turnout was low, and voters didn’t take the time to research the candidates. The result is the same old worn out candidates in the November General Election.
Why do I say this now that the election is over?
The next election cycle for state offices has already started and this is the time to do your research. Northern Kentucky resident Steve Knipper has already filed for the office of Secretary of State, see the story here and others like Hal Heiner, Jack Conway and James Comer have made it obvious that they will be running for Governor. The primary election will be May 19.
If we want a positive outcome in the next November election, it starts now. Do the research, then volunteer and donate directly to the candidate, not the party.
Be an informed voter!
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” - Winston Churchill
by Tea Party
Ft. Mitchell is poised to enter the world of Tax Incremental Financing and the perils of corporate welfare, crony capitalism, back room deals, conflicts of interest and bankruptcies. Like the sirens song that lured sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island, Tax Incremental Financing or TIFs lured many cities in California into bankruptcy. TIF's were so destructive in California that California outlawed them! The article posted on the NKY Tea website back in June 2013 predicted how TIF's would expand into NKY. Read this article in the Enquirer and learn what is about to happen in Ft. Mitchell if the second reading passes on Monday, October 6.
As reported in the Enquirer, check out this new group against tolls.
A coalition of business groups and community leaders has formed in Northern Kentucky to oppose tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge.
Northern Kentucky United launched www.nkyunited.com Thursday and is seeking members for its group as well as signatures on a petition to reject tolls as an option to pay for a new bridge.
The group’s campaign, at NoBStolls. com, vows to fight tolls for a new bridge and provide “an education campaign” about the bridge project’s impact on the region.
“Northern Kentucky is united in its opposition to tolls and is united in its demand for specific, accurate details about the potential impacts of the project on our region,” said Joe Meyer, a Covington resident, member of the coalition and former secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Cabinet. “Much of the Northern Kentucky delegation in the General Assembly fought hard against tolls last session, and we want to make sure they have public support to continue the fight.”
He said the region deserves an “open, transparent discussion about the project not scare tactics and fear-mongering.”
The projected cost for the bridge’s replacement and renovation is $2.6 billion, and federal and state officials have said repeatedly that revenue from tolls is the only feasible way to pay for the replacement of the functionally obsolete bridge.
Northern Kentucky United’s petition urges residents to “stand united against tolls,” and Meyer said the economic impact of tolls on the region will be devastating to families and small businesses.
“We’ll be paying as much as half a billion dollars in direct and indirect costs to the region,” Meyer said. “That’s not an acceptable price to pay for a project that should be funded by the federal government.” m
By Terry DeMio