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.
by Mike Bradley
No doubt you've heard the wailing and seen the hand-ringing about Kentucky's gas tax dropping due to the lower gas prices we are seeing. Our own Fiscal Court voted 7-1 to pass a resolution asking the State legislature to 'stabilize' the road fund, though the resolution failed to indicate how it expected the legislature to accomplish this. The resolution, no doubt provided by those with an interest in growing the Transportation department budget, avoided any discussion of the real facts about the gas tax.
by Erik Hermes
Frankfort Captial Tour and Training
Don't miss this chance to tour the capital and learn more about the legislative process with Take Back Kentucky. Training will be held at the capital building at 700 Capitol Ave, Frankfort, KY 40601 on February 5 at 8 AM.
- You will learn what the state legislature does and the process of a bill from Robert Jankins
- Brother Lee Watts (speaker from our first combined meeting) will explain his ministry
- Boone County Senator, John Schickel will give the legislators perspective
- Tour the captial building
- Attend committee meetings
- Observe the legislative process
See the day's schedule below:
*Thursday Feb 5th 8:00 Capitol Annex Room # 113
--Robert Jenkins from the LRC to explain what the LRC does and the process of the bill. --Bro. Lee Watts to explain his ministry to the legislature. --Sen. John Schickel from Boone County to explain the legislator perspective.
*9:30 Capitol Tour – Meet at the Rotunda entrance (you can get there through the annex tunnel)
*10:30 – 2:00 Committees and Meetings – Use this time to attend Committees or if you want to meet with your legislator be sure to set up a time during this period. You may also get lunch at some point during this time, there is a cafeteria in the basement. Call 1-800-372-7181 and ask to be directed to your legislator to set up a meeting.
*2:00 Session Starts – We will get tickets for the House and Senate Chambers for you to observe the legislative process. This usually starts at 2PM everyday but it could be sooner or later.
*Committees meetings available for us to observe: --Senate Judiciary @ 10AM Annex Rm 154 --Senate Education @ 11:30 AM Annex Rm 171 – This is a good time to try and hit legislators up before or after about Common Core. --House Labor and Industry @10AM Annex Rm 149 --House Tourism @ 10AM Annex Rm 131 --House Health and Welfare @ Noon Annex Rm 169 --House State Government @ Noon Annex Rm 154
by NKY Tea
NKY Forum with legislators
When: Thursday, Jan. 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Campbell County Fiscal Court, 1098 Monmouth Street, Newport, KY
A panel of state representatives and senators from Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties will discuss the upcoming session and take your questions. Representative Dennis Keene (D), House District 67 (Campbell) Senator Wil Schroder (R), Senate District 24 (Campbell, Pendleton, Bracken) Senator Chris McDaniel (R), Senate District 23 (Kenton) Representative Diane St. Onge (R), House District 63 (Kenton) Take the survey and register here, free event. http://civicengagement.nku.edu/programs/nkyforum.html
NKY Tea Combined Meeting
When: Thursday, Jan 22, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Holiday Inn Florence, 7905 Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042
The combined meeting of the NKY Tea Party starts at 7pm but arrive at 6:30pm to socialize and meet fellow patriots. This month Eva Ballard, Ballard Benefits Group, Inc. http://www.ballardbenefits.com/index.html will educate us on some of the more important of the 49 changes that have been made to Obamacare. Expect to hear some insights on what other changes might be around the corner too. It time allows we hope to learn what our legislators should be wanting to do with health care. Please no questions during the presentation. There will be time after the meeting for one on one questions.
by Bryan Miller
Over the last 50 years we, the people, have lost control of our country to “Big Government” they consist of arrogant, self-serving, elitist, hypocrites. Our elected representatives (except for a very select few) continue to claw out special exemptions for themselves from the laws that the rest of America must conform. Congress and the President look increasingly like the royalty we fought to overthrow in our Revolutionary War. We have reached the point where our President declares he will bypass Congress to enact, or change, laws that he does, or doesn’t like. From my high school civics classes, I easily recognize the unconstitutionality of their acts and there is no recent evidence that Congress will grow a spine anytime soon. The President has stated that Congress is uncooperative. And that he will bypass Congress, and enact laws on his own. I have not heard any objections from our elected Congressional heroes. Instead he got a standing ovation from those he had just verbally neutered. This has become a shameful era in the history of the U.S. Congress!
America is nearing an inflection point. We, the people, are going to have to get involved ask your family, your neighbors, your coworkers to get involved, find out who your representatives are and send them letters, call and leave messages, leave green slips, we much get involved otherwise all will be lost.
Ask yourself this question? Will you be content to allow your government to take away one freedom after another in return for providing safety? Is that a trade that people in the land of the free and the home of the brave will be proud to make?
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would sacrifice essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty, or safety.”
by NKY United
OKI Admits it Hasn't Done the Math on the Brent Spence Bridge Project Posted by Northern Kentucky United
On Wednesday, January 7, 2015 Lucy May of WCPO reported OKI has not done a cost-benefit analysis of the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project. Mark Policinski, OKI’s Executive Director, went so far as to claim “it’s not his agency’s job” to do cost-benefit analysis.
“OKI's Policinski said it's not his agency's job to do a cost-benefit analysis of the project” [Brent Spence Bridge: What you need to know for 2015 Kentucky General Assembly, Lucy May, WCPO, January 7, 2015]
The following is a statement from Joe Meyer of Northern Kentucky United in response to Mr. Policinski’s comment:
“It is disappointing that OKI, the agency leading the campaign for the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project, has not done the basic math on the costs and benefits of the project.
“The Pro-toll coalition, including OKI, has consistently exaggerated the benefits our region will receive from the project, while attacking those who raise questions about the costs.
“Mr. Policinski’s statement confirms what we have long feared – that the region’s transportation agency believes it has no obligation to protect the taxpayers it represents. They have failed to do the basic analysis necessary for a project of such national and regional significance.
“Any agency willing to pursue a multi-billion dollar megaproject without performing the necessary analysis should not be trusted with the authority to obligate Northern Kentucky residents to 30 or more years of tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge. “