Northern Kentucky

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May
2014

Support the Transportation Empowerment Act

The Federal Highway Trust Fund

The U.S. Interstate Highway System was created by the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956. The Highway Trust Fund was created by the Highway Revenue Act of 1956 and provides the revenue for the interstate highway system and other federal-aid highway programs. The motor fuel tax (currently 18.3 cents per gallon on gasoline and 24.3 cents per gallon on diesel fuel) is the most well-known tax. Other products taxed are special fuel, gasohol, ethanol/methanol, truck tires, truck sales, and truck use. The 1956 act set an expiration date of 1972, which has been extended several times by later legislation (Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956: Creating the Interstate System).

The Federal Highway Trust Fund is going Broke

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected in January 2012 that the fund’s Highway Account will become insolvent during 2013, and the Mass Transit Account insolvent in 2014. At the end of fiscal year 2014, the current federal highway bill will expire. Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA) announced recently that he wants a new highway bill on the House floor by August of this year.

What’s Wrong with the Current System?

Not surprisingly when the federal government involves itself in managing a program it inevitably ends up broken. Let’s examine a few problems with the current Federal Highway Trust Fund.

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2

May
2014

Kenton Attorney Race-More of the same?

The Tea meetings attract candidates as a good place to introduce themselves and get a pulse of the community.  A recent visit by Kenton County Attorney Stacy Tapke prompted the following response.  In a nutshell Kenton County needs a change.

Kenton County Attorney candidate Stacy Tapke previously spoke in front of the Tea Party and while she played up parts of her resume, she conveniently failed to mention her close connections with the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC), an unelected board that sets tax rates with no accountability to Kenton County taxpayers.

Tapke is the handpicked successor to her retiring boss, Gary Edmondson.  Tapke worked for Edmondson and then was immediately hired on by Edmondson in the County Attorney’s Office after graduating from law school in 2004. She is also an associate in his private law firm.

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28

Apr
2014

Senator McConnell and his Center for Political Leadership

Senator McConnell’s gaffes continue to haunt him as he is locked in mortal combat with Matt Bevin in the Republican primary for the KY U.S. Senate seat (Observers: McConnell gaffes show campaign rust, 2014). Particularly amusing was the ad that first mistakenly featured Duke University basketball players celebrating a championship instead of University of Kentucky players, and then replacing it with one that ran afoul of NCAA rules. I guess Mitch and his acolytes aren’t University of Kentucky fans.

The Beattyville Enterprise recently ran a story about McConnell’s response to the question as to what he would do to bring jobs to Lee County, where the unemployment rate is 12.8 percent.

“That is not my job. It is the primary responsibility of the state Commerce Cabinet,” McConnell said.

Although McConnell alleged his response was taken out of context, Beattyville Enterprise Editor Edmund Shelby said he stands by his story (McConnell: Jobs Comment Taken out of Context, 2014). I guess Lee County didn’t make any political contributions to his campaign.

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28

Apr
2014

Constitution Boot Camp

Constitution Boot Camp VII is being held in Erlanger Kentucky on June 7, 2014.   We are holding the Boot Camp Class at Colonial Cottage located at 3140 Dixie Highway, Erlanger, KY, 41018.

The classes will run from 9:00AM -3:00PM, lunch will be provided (included in cost).   These are wonderful facilities that will offer a comfortable environment for the class.   The cost of the class is $20 per person. If you have more than one coming from the same family and only want one set of books, it will only be $5 for each additional person. Included in the $20 cost is a book on the Federalist Papers, a copy of the amazing book, the "5,000 Year  Leap", and a copy of  "The Constitution Made Easy". Everyone will get a notebook with the presentation and other selected papers for you to read and use as a reference. Lunch is included for both prices.   These sessions are appropriate for teenage students, in fact we have had children as young as 10 at our Boot Camps. Parents and Grandparents, we encourage you to bring your children & grandchildren to the class !   To RSVP for a class please email ALL names, emails and phone numbers of each person attending to Jim Lewis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  You will then receive an acknowledgement email in return to confirm your reservation.  Also please indicate which class you are registering for as well as who will be getting the book sets and who will be getting only a notebook.   We look forward to seeing you there !  

In Liberty,   Jim Lewis & John Hindery

"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people...they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty"                                               - Thomas Jefferson

9

Apr
2014

Grant County Activities

What:  Come join with Matt Bevin-candidate for United States Senate 
When: April 16th 6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m.
Where:   Nobles Restaurant  Ext 144  I-75 & Hwy 330   Corinth, Ky 
 
What:  Grant County Tea Party meeting.  Guest Speaker: Chris Gallagher from Freedom Works.  Introduction of local candidates
When:  April 24th  7:00pm to 9:00 pm 
Where:  Dry Ridge Toyota Dealership  9 Taft Hwy  i-75 & Exit 159  Upstairs meeting room
 
What:  Grant County Tea Party meeting.  Speaker: Congressman  Thomas Massie 
When:  May 16th  7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where:  Dry Ridge Toyota Dealership meeting  9Taft Hwy 1-75 & Exit 159  Upstairs meeting room