Northern Kentucky

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 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.

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Feb
2013

Kenton Tea Meeting Location Change

To accommodate the expected large crowds to hear Mr. Joe Kalil, Boone County Constable and Owner, Defensive Handgun Training talk to us about the 2nd Amendment / Guns / Gun Control / Active Shooter Incidents / "Assault Rifles" /Freedom / Liberty / Constitution this weeks meeting location is changing.  Bring your family and your children to learn about our Constitution.

When: 6:00PM, Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Where:  Kenton Library, Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger, KY

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Feb
2013

How Will Tolling on a New Brent Spence Bridge Affect Covington?

The Brent Spence Bridge will turn 50 this year, and a new bridge has been proposed to improve safety and traffic flow on the interstate span that carries Interstate 75 and Interstate 71 traffic between Covington and Cincinnati. Rob Hans, chief district engineer for the Northern Kentucky office of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said the Brent Spence Bridge “is not structurally unsafe,” but it does have safety issues. With 172,000 vehicles a day traversing it, the bridge carries more than double its planned traffic capacity, and it is classified as functionally obsolete because of its narrow lanes, lack of emergency shoulders and limited visibility on the lower deck. Hans said tolls are among several funding options under consideration, but he added they would not pay for the entire project (Kenton adds voice to opposing tolls, 2013).

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Feb
2013

Is there a Safety Issue with the Current Brent Spence Bridge?

It has been reported by the Enquirer in numerous articles that the 49-year-old Brent Spence Bridge on Interstates 71/75 is “functionally obsolete” because of its narrow lanes, lack of emergency shoulders and limited visibility on the lower deck. The bridge carries double its intended traffic capacity, and transportation officials say congestion is only going to get worse (Brent Spence toll could be as low as $1, 2013). Fierce opposition from residents and politicians in Northern Kentucky over tolls has many searching for other options to finance the $2.5 billion Brent Spence Bridge replacement. But tolls are becoming more common around the country as alternative funding sources dwindle, national experts say. A raise in the federal gas tax and a change in how Kentucky allocates federal funds have come up as suggestions at recent public meetings in Northern Kentucky on ways to help pay for the new Interstate 71/75 bridge (If tolls aren’t the answer, what is?, 2013).

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Feb
2013

Bill 456 Will Open the Door to Tolling to Fund the Brent Spence Bridge

On February 19th, two minutes before the legislative session ended, state Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, in Central Kentucky, slipped in House Bill 456, the last day for new bills in the House. The bill doesn’t specify the Brent Spence Bridge, but it would allow Kentucky to partner with a private entity or any surrounding state to fund a transportation project. It does not mention tolls, and it states the General Assembly must approve the public-private partnership (Bill addresses bridge funding, 2013).

“I think it’s important to have a conversation about whether we want to give that tool to the (transportation) cabinet to consider as a financing option,” Overly said. “I believe the cabinet should be looking for the most cost-effective way to use taxpayer dollars to build infrastructure in the state, and, if that’s the best option, I think they need to have the opportunity to use it (Bill addresses bridge funding, 2013).”

Although there is no specific mention of tolling in the bill, public-private partnerships almost always recoup the costs of projects such as the Brent Spence Bridge through the use of tolling. Needless to say it won’t be Overly’s constituents that pay for the bridge through tolling since 63-65% of the traffic that crosses the bridge each day are commuters in Northern Kentucky. What can you do? Call the Legislature Message Line at 1-800-372-7181 (today) on weekdays between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.  Tell the operator that you want a “green slip” to go to ALL of the Kentucky representatives and senators.  The message is “Vote against HB 456 and that you are against the use of tolling to fund the Brent Spence Bridge because the majority of Northern Kentucky residents will end up paying for it.”

Your voice can make a difference today. Make a two minute call now.

1-800-372-7181

 Please, you can make your point known in a 2 minute phone call.

YOUR VOICE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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Feb
2013

Joe Kalil at the Grant County Tea Party

The next Grant County tea party meeting is on Feb. 21st at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the upstairs meeting room at Dry Ridge Toyota in Dry Ridge. Our speaker, Mr. Joe Kalil, will be talking about the second Amendment and our rights as Americans to bear arms.