Northern Kentucky

11

Mar
2014

House Budget Empowers Library Board

There is an item in the House budget that allows Library Boards to raise taxes by fiat. This cannot be allowed to happen because Library Boards are not responsible to anyone. They essentially appoint themselves. They can’t be given the same taxing power as an elected official. Here is the Enquirer story: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/kentucky%20government/2014/03/11/ky-legislation-could-save-library-taxes/6291849/

8

Mar
2014

Remember the Red Star Incident at the Ballot Box!

Red Star?

On Saturday March 3, 2012 the Kentucky GOP around the Commonwealth met to elect Precinct captains, co captains, etc. in preparation for the primary elections. During these events there have been many reports of libertarian leaning and tea partiers being ousted from the process (Kentucky GOP Imploding, 2012). The Campbell County Republican Party wouldn’t elect anyone with a red star on their card to any leadership position in the party. Those who signed the petition last year to put Libertarian state treasurer candidate Ken Moellman on the ballot received a red star, but some tea party members believe they were the intended target (Tea party feels shunned with red stars from Campbell GOP, 2012).

The Libertarian Makes the Ballot for the 2011 Kentucky State Treasurer Election

In 2011, Libertarian candidate Ken Moellman ran for the office of Kentucky State Treasurer with the platform of eliminating the office.

"I automated myself out of two jobs," Moellman said, using computer programs to replace human functions. As former chairman of Kentucky's Libertarian Party, he was trying to find candidates and realized he was qualified to run for treasurer and even more qualified to get rid of the post.

"This is an administrative job, and it's impractical," he said. "I'm up here saying, here's the unnecessary spending; the reality is that the average taxpayer would never know the difference." The unclaimed property division could be moved to the secretary of state's office, Moellman said (Three vie for Kentucky treasurer, an office one wants to eliminate Crosbie's coffers much fuller, 2011)."

He even won the endorsement of Take Back Kentucky at their October meeting due to his support of small government and fiscal responsibility (TBK endorses Ken Moellman for Treasurer, 2011).

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3

Mar
2014

The Assault on McConnell Begins!

Retire Mitch!

Signs urging voters to “Retire Mitch” are springing up across the state, including in Northern Kentucky, providing the first concrete evidence of a national tea party group’s effort to take down U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. FreedomWorks for America – which announced last month that it was endorsing McConnell’s Republican primary challenger, Matt Bevin, and would spend up to $500,000 toward that cause – paid for the signs. The group also is organizing others to begin canvassing neighborhoods for Bevin this week, said Russ Walker, FreedomWorks’ national political director.

“We have distributed over 5,000 signs around the Louisville and Lexington area, and another 5,000 Bevin signs will be distributed this week,” Walker said (Tea party launches campaign for Bevin, 2014).

FreedomWorks

FreedomWorks is a conservative Washington-based organization that is working to elect a new style of fiscally conservative Republicans to federal offices across the nation.

Bevin said he welcomes the group’s help. “Historically, they’ve been very energetic, they’ve been very engaged, they have always been effective on the ground,” he said Friday. “I am grateful and appreciative of any effort they give (Group hoping to defeat McConnell in May primary opens Kentucky offices, 2014).”

The signs are sprinkled and clustered across Northern Kentucky in Fort Mitchell, Independence, Florence and Boone County, among other locations. Signs on Buttermilk Pike in Fort Mitchell had been removed by Tuesday morning, as had signs on Cayton Road in Florence, but others remained (Tea party launches campaign for Bevin, 2014).

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3

Mar
2014

Tolls and P3's Recipe for Failure

HB-407 allows the establishment of Public Private Partnerships, P3's, for transportation projects in Kentucky.   Ten Kenton County cities representing over 80% of the population in Kenton County, the Kenton County Fiscal Court, the Boone County Fiscal Court and the cities of Union and Alexandria have signed a NO TOLLS resolution.  The current estimate is a $6.50 toll, each way for the Brent Spence Bridge! 

If you live anywhere in Kentucky this project with impact you in several, all bad, ways.  The first will be higher prices on all the stuff that is hauled in trucks that cross the Brent Spence.  The cost of tolls for trucks and the freight they haul will be much higher and these costs will be passed on to everything you purchase. 

The second problem is the high cost of funding for P3 projects.  Louisville toll payers have to cover an extra $12 million per year in interest cost because of the higher interest rates.  http://www.hilliard.com/marketing/POS/KYPublic_Trans01a_POS.pdf

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27

Feb
2014

ACTION ALERT: Response to Self Appointed Leaders

In the Enquirer today   http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20140226/NEWS0103/302190161/NKY-business-leaders-endorse-Brent-Spence-tolls eight of the self appointed business "leaders" signed a letter encouraging the legislature to impose crushing tolls on people that must cross the Brent Spence Bridge.  These unelected, self appointed "leaders" must not realize or perhaps they do not care that 10 Kenton County cities representing over 80% of the population in Kenton County, the Kenton County Fiscal Court, the Boone County Fiscal Court and the cities of Union and Alexandria have signed NO TOLLS resolutions.

We are asking you, the people that will be faced with paying the estimated $6.50 toll (each way!) to copy the following statement and send it to your legislator.  The email addresses are provided below.

PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE BELOW STATEMENT INTO AN EMAIL AND SEND TO THE LEGISLATORS LISTD BELOW:

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