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.
Note: Candidates Matt Bevin and Jamie Comer will visit the Combined Tea meeting on Thursday, April 23. Mark your calendars!
by Legate Damar
From NKAPC to Planning and Development Services of Kenton County
The Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC) has changed its name to Planning and Development Services of Kenton County (PDS), which its leaders say more accurately describes what it does. According the Enquirer, the name change is the final step in an exhaustive “soul-searching” process begun in late 2011, after the Northern Kentucky Tea Party and the Homebuilders Association of Northern Kentucky (HBA) joined forces to try to dissolve the planning agency (Out with the old name for NKAPC, 2014). Although it’s questionable whether or not the name change or the reforms they have adopted will make the organization more efficient for the tax payer.
Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky Says Change Needed at Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission
by Legate Damar
*The article below is a reprint with permission from the author Brian A. Miller, Executive Vice President of the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky.
The Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky (HBA) is taking this opportunity to state its position on an effort to alter the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC) and to clear up what it believes are misleading statements made in the public regarding the outcomes that may happen as a result of a successful effort to alter the organization. The Board of Directors of the HBA through a unanimous vote has decided to support the dissolution of the NKAPC. By vote the HBA supports countywide planning by the Kenton County Planning Commission, and believes that that organization should employ its own staff who is charged with fulfilling the responsibilities set forth by statute in KRS 100. This statute requires regulations across Kenton County which the HBA supports. The HBA was the main driver behind countywide planning from its inception in order to support quality and affordable housing across Northern Kentucky. Any comments to the contrary by the NKAPC are a purposeful falsehood meant to mislead the citizens of Kenton County. The NKAPC was originally set up as a “consolidation”…”which provides for a more efficient planning operation” according to KRS 147, the legislation that allows for this type of planning organization. It is notable to point out that NKAPC is the only planning unit of this type in the entire state and as such is the only planning unit capable of levying taxes upon the homeowners and business community in its jurisdiction. Based upon the HBA’s interest and commitment to good planning, the HBA was integral in the formation of NKAPC fifty years ago. The original intent was to service the counties of Boone, Kenton and Campbell, in order to provide for a unified comprehensive plan, zoning regulations, and subdivision regulations across the Tri-County area. Boone County never joined and in the early 1980’s Campbell County spoke through a vote of its residents and seceded from the NKAPC to operate its own planning department. Since then the NKAPC has been operating outside of the spirit of the enabling legislation in Kenton County alone, thereby creating a taxing money funnel to provide services to one county. Comments have been made publicly by the NKAPC Chairman that what is being attempted will, “turn back the clock to the 1950’s”. The HBA disagrees. The NKAPC has been operating on a fifty year old model that no longer meets the intent of the enabling statute or the needs of the residents of Kenton County, and underperforms while taxing and spending Kenton County into an economic disadvantage. Today’s planning commissions are more responsive, with a higher level of accountability and efficiencies; both in funding and in operations.
by Legate Damar
The Kenton County Areawide Comprehensive Plan
The Enquirer published another puff piece for the Planning and Development Services of Kenton County about Kenton County’s Areawide Comprehensive Plan, and once again couldn’t resist taking another swipe at the Northern Kentucky Tea Party.
The comprehensive plan is required by state law, and is a complete overhaul of the original comprehensive plan written in 1972. The plan outlines goals for the environment, the economy, mobility of its residents, housing, community facilities (like parks and cultural assets) and utility management. It also sets a plan for how land is used and developed in the county (Kenton County plan embraces different lifestyles, 2014).
The process of rewriting the plan, known as Direction 2030, has taken more than two years and is being led by Planning and Development Services of Kenton County, which officially changed its name from the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC) (Kenton County plan embraces different lifestyles, 2014).
by Terry Donoghue
On Tuesday July 22nd, Glenn Beck and Fathom events invite you to your local movie theater to experience a live national night of action against Common Core. WE WILL NOT CONFORM is a chance for anyone who’s tired of sitting idly by as the federal government continues its takeover of our schools to come together and do something about it.This is an interactive experience where theatergoers will work with experts like Michelle Malkin, David Barton and others including Ohioans Against Common Core own Heidi Huber.
The movie starts at 8 pm and will be shown at the Rave Theater in Florence..7860 Mall Rd and at the AMC Newport on the Levy..1 Levy Way in Newport. If you are sick of the endless rhetoric, futile debates, and useless advice about changing the system at the ballot box, then WE WILL NOT CONFORM is the event you’ve been waiting for. You can order tickets online at We Will Not Conform . . Kentuckians Against Common Core will be there passing out literature so everyone can learn the truth on Common Core.This is an event that everyone needs to see. Order your tickets now.
by Legate Damar
Rachel Maddow Slams the Republicans
I was flipping through the channels the other night and saw a picture of the Brent Spence Bridge on MSNBC, so naturally I had to stop and watch the story. Generally I wouldn’t be caught dead watching MSNBC, but apparently Rachel Maddow led her June 24th show calling the Brent Spence Bridge “an unusual corner of American politics.”
She noted the bridge more or less links the territories of two of the most powerful Republicans, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky and Speaker of the House John Boehner in Ohio (Maddow uses Brent Spence Bridge to slam Republicans, 2014).
Yet the bridge hasn’t been built, Maddow said. The earmarks that lawmakers like McConnell used to bring back are no longer allowed, she said.
“Under the evolving principals of the Republican Party, Republicans are not allowed to do that anymore,” Maddow said. “Unfortunately, that bridge needs building, but without an earmark, no one is sure how that bridge will be paid for (Maddow uses Brent Spence Bridge to slam Republicans, 2014).”
Normally I would have been offended by Maddow’s slam on the Republicans, but now I think even the most devout Republican in Northern Kentucky would have to admit that there is a kernel of truth to her criticisms. Mitch McConnell has done virtually nothing in regard to securing the funding for a new bridge and has pushed back saying it is a “local issue.” He has only recently taken an interest in the bridge funding due to what’s shaping up to be a hotly contested Senate seat in the fall against Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.