by Erik Hermes
Those of us that support the Tea Party know the 3 principles (Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government, and Free Markets), with the goal to “Take Back America”. The big question is how we accomplish our goal.
It requires working on just 2 main fronts.
- 1.Prevent and change regulations and tax code.
- 2.Replace the existing elected officials with good conservative, like-minded leaders.
As simple as it sounds, it is a major undertaking and requires participation from all American Citizens (the legal ones). 2014 is going to be a big year and busy one for us in Kentucky.
The first 3 months in 2014 will include a long legislative session in Frankfort. We will all need to be active in reviewing the proposed state bills and communicating back to our state Representatives and Senators where we stand on those bills. I encourage you to read my article from last week, go to this link http://www.nkyteaparty.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2303:get-ready-to-engage&catid=8&Itemid=120
We are going to keep a scorecard on our legislators this year which will help all of us know where our elected officials stand. It will help us to vote for the best candidates in Front 2.
Most local offices will be up for election in 2014, including State Representatives, Judge Executives, County Commissioners, Mayors, City Councils, and many, many more. The race that will get the most attention will be State Senator. Senator Mitch McConnell who has condemned Tea Party supporters (see this article http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/12/01/Mitch-McConnell-Time-for-GOP-establishment-to-stand-up-to-conservatives) will be looking for your vote on May 20th. It will be extremely hazardous to his health if he holds his breath for my vote.
The beauty of working on these 2 fronts is: Once we have replaced those elected officials that conflict with our principles (Front 2), our job correcting current laws regulations (Front 1) will be a piece of cake.
by Erik Hermes
Starting in January, the state legislators will be going to Frankfort to start the annual legislative session. If you want to stop (or pass) laws regarding Taxing authority by unelected boards, Common Core, Gun Control, Smoking Bans, Sales Tax Districts, etc., this is when your voice can be heard. Let your legislator know where you stand. As Samuel Adams said “It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”
Our job is to be that tireless minority. We are a minority, not by our beliefs; we are a minority because most will not voice their opinion or engage in the process. It is our job to speak for our friends, family and neighbors and pursue Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government, and Free Markets.
If you happen to find some time, please get familiar with the Kentucky Legislation Website, where you can find bills that will be considered by our elected representatives. You can find the website at http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislation.htm. If you want to try something new, set up an account for “Bill Watch”, which will help you sort through the hundreds of bills and find those that are pertinent to you. Go to this site for a “Bill Watch” tutorial http://kentucky.gov/services/pages/billwatch.aspx.
Do you know who your representatives are? Go to this link and find out http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislators.htm
Here’s an example of a bill that has already been filed:
BR 7 - Amend KRS 304.2-020 to delete the requirement for Senate confirmation of the Governor's appointment of the commissioner of the Department of Insurance; and amend KRS 342.228 to delete the requirement for Senate confirmation of the Governor's appointment of the commissioner of the Department of Workers' Claims.
Do you think the Governor should be able to bypass the Senate in order to appoint the commissioner of the Dept. of Insurance & Dept. of Workers Claims?
If you believe this bill is detrimental to our process call 1-800-372-7181during regular business hours and leave a message for your legislator to vote against this bill. The people that answer the phone and send the message to the legislators are extremely helpful and courteous
Get informed and make a difference!
“I just want people to know that if they want to change the direction of the country, they can do it, but only if they're active, informed, and engaged.” – Jim DeMint
by Bryan H. Miller
Louisville, KY-- The United Kentucky Tea Party released the following statement after Senator Mitch McConnell's most recent threat against conservative Kentuckians. His statement to "Punch them in the nose" illustrates an elitist attitude bred by career politicians who forget the people who elected them. Once again, this career politician has clearly positioned himself on the side of big corporate donors and progressive big government politicians--not the people he is supposed to be representing.
Hardworking Kentuckians should not and will not be intimidated by one of our elected officials. We invite Senator McConnell to bring his harsh words back to Kentucky and speak face to face with laid off teachers, small business owners losing their businesses, out of work coal workers, and struggling family farmers that want our constitution and our freedoms protected, not threatened. A coward launches threats from afar.
It is clear by his attacks, Senator McConnell has long since forgotten who employs him. Once again, this career politician clearly positions himself on the side of big corporate donors and progressive big government politics--not the people. We haven’t forgotten that Senator Mitch McConnell helped Democrats pass bailouts, debt limit increases, tax hikes and funding for Obamacare, while he refuses to stand up for conservative principles. Kentucky deserves better.
"It is long past time the people of Kentucky fire this disrespectful and self-serving employee," said Scott Hofstra, Spokesperson for The United Kentucky Tea Party.
The United Kentucky Tea Party is a roundtable coalition of Tea party leaders from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
by Erik Hermes
Earlier this week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) used the "Nuclear Option" to eliminate the free and open debate of judicial nominations. This tactic will limit the ability of Republicans to block Obama’s choices for executive-branch and most judicial posts.
What is the nuclear option?
The “nuclear option” refers to a move by the majority party in Senate — in this case the Democrats — to change the Senate rules to allow most executive branch and judicial nominations to be approved with a simple majority – 51 votes — rather than the 60 votes now required. Under longstanding rules, the minority party has been able to block a nomination with just 41 votes, commonly called a filibuster.
One Senator wasn’t afraid to stand up and speak against the nuclear option, he said: “Mr. President, I rise today to urge my colleagues to think about the implications of what has been called the nuclear option and what effect that might have on this Chamber and on this country. I urge all of us to think not just about winning every debate but about protecting free and democratic debate.”
Can you guess what Senator said that?
It’s a bit of a trick question, because that was Senator Barack Obama in 2005 about the Republican threat of the “Nuclear Option”. 8 years later; either he is no longer interested in protecting a free and democratic debate, or the Presidency has driven him power crazy. I’ll let you decide that one.
Ironically, then Senator Obama added: “The American people want less partisanship in this town, but everyone in this chamber knows that if the majority chooses to end the filibuster, if they choose to change the rules and put an end to democratic debate, then the fighting, the bitterness, and the gridlock will only get worse.” And included “Right now we are faced with rising gas prices, skyrocketing tuition costs, a record number of uninsured Americans, and some of the most serious national security threats we have ever had, while our bravest young men and women are risking their lives halfway around the world to keep us safe.”
As you probably have guessed other members of Congress in 2005; Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden spoke out against the Republican use of the “Nuclear Option”.
In 2005, Harry Reid defended his position in favor of the filibuster and said “The filibuster is not a scheme and it certainly isn't new. The filibuster is far from a procedural gimmick” .
Back then, the Democrats were successful in stopping the Republicans from using the “Nuclear Option”.
Now, in 2013 when the Democrats are implementing the “Nuclear Option”, how is Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responding?
He pointed to the next Congress as a time when he hoped that he, as the new Senate majority leader, could make a Democratic minority shoulder the consequences of that action.
In other words, you must re-elect him before anything is done.
In January of this year, Harry Reid used the threat of the "nuclear option" to shorten debate on legislation and to limit the number of amendments that can be offered by senators. Mitch McConnell supported this change too while conservatives like Ted Cruz (R-TX) opposed it. Then in July, Harry Reid used the threat of the "nuclear option" again to confirm President Obama's radical nominees. Mitch McConnell backed down yet again, allowing every single nominee through, including Richard Cordray for the new Dodd-Frank agency, Gina McCarthy to head the EPA, Tom Perez as Secretary of Labor, two people of Obama's choosing to fill the vacant slots at the National Labor Relations Board, and Todd Jones to head ATF even though he was at the scene of the "Fast and Furious" scandal.
NO THANKS MITCH! This American is not going to award your inactions with his vote!