by Erik Hermes
The election results were encouraging, in many cases, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.
This was a perfect opportunity to change the leadership in the liberal majority of the Kentucky House of Representatives, but it didn’t happen. Why not? The focus of campaign contributions made to the Republican Party (even on the county level) went directly to Mitch McConnell and his ousted campaign manager Jesse Benton (the good ole boys profited with your contributions). The local candidates were stuck raising 100% of their own funds while trying to find the time to campaign.
If we want real people taking on elected positions, we must change our habits.
- We need to donate and volunteer directly to/for the candidate themselves. Real people have families, work full time, and don’t have an excess of time and money to run for office. In order to successfully run for office you need money for signs, flyers, mailings, and you need a slew of energetic volunteers. If we continue to only contribute to the major parties, we will continue electing the same old establishment candidates.
- It starts at the Primary Election. In many races last week, there just wasn’t a good option. The reason is that many good candidates were left out last May after the primary election. Why? Voter turnout was low, and voters didn’t take the time to research the candidates. The result is the same old worn out candidates in the November General Election.
Why do I say this now that the election is over?
The next election cycle for state offices has already started and this is the time to do your research. Northern Kentucky resident Steve Knipper has already filed for the office of Secretary of State, see the story here and others like Hal Heiner, Jack Conway and James Comer have made it obvious that they will be running for Governor. The primary election will be May 19.
If we want a positive outcome in the next November election, it starts now. Do the research, then volunteer and donate directly to the candidate, not the party.
Be an informed voter!
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” - Winston Churchill
by Tea Party
Ft. Mitchell is poised to enter the world of Tax Incremental Financing and the perils of corporate welfare, crony capitalism, back room deals, conflicts of interest and bankruptcies. Like the sirens song that lured sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island, Tax Incremental Financing or TIFs lured many cities in California into bankruptcy. TIF's were so destructive in California that California outlawed them! The article posted on the NKY Tea website back in June 2013 predicted how TIF's would expand into NKY. Read this article in the Enquirer and learn what is about to happen in Ft. Mitchell if the second reading passes on Monday, October 6.
As reported in the Enquirer, check out this new group against tolls.
A coalition of business groups and community leaders has formed in Northern Kentucky to oppose tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge.
Northern Kentucky United launched www.nkyunited.com Thursday and is seeking members for its group as well as signatures on a petition to reject tolls as an option to pay for a new bridge.
The group’s campaign, at NoBStolls. com, vows to fight tolls for a new bridge and provide “an education campaign” about the bridge project’s impact on the region.
“Northern Kentucky is united in its opposition to tolls and is united in its demand for specific, accurate details about the potential impacts of the project on our region,” said Joe Meyer, a Covington resident, member of the coalition and former secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Cabinet. “Much of the Northern Kentucky delegation in the General Assembly fought hard against tolls last session, and we want to make sure they have public support to continue the fight.”
He said the region deserves an “open, transparent discussion about the project not scare tactics and fear-mongering.”
The projected cost for the bridge’s replacement and renovation is $2.6 billion, and federal and state officials have said repeatedly that revenue from tolls is the only feasible way to pay for the replacement of the functionally obsolete bridge.
Northern Kentucky United’s petition urges residents to “stand united against tolls,” and Meyer said the economic impact of tolls on the region will be devastating to families and small businesses.
“We’ll be paying as much as half a billion dollars in direct and indirect costs to the region,” Meyer said. “That’s not an acceptable price to pay for a project that should be funded by the federal government.” m
By Terry DeMio
by NKY Tea
Immigration: How and Why Laws Matter–Erlanger
When: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Where: Kenton County Library, Erlanger Branch 401 Kenton Lands Rd Erlanger, KY 41018
This is an Empower-U class and will feature several speakers Kenton County Sheriff, Chuck Korzenborn and Joyce Mucci from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Chuck Korzenborn, along with various members of his staff to explain the large influx of “unaccompanied youth” in the Covington school system. Prior to the 2014/15 school year, Covington, with a total enrollment of about 3,800 has 122 unaccompanied youth in pre-school and 270 in K-12, or about 10% of the school population. Joyce Mucci, will present a true immigration reform policy using the 7 principles that have been developed by FAIR.
Learn what problems this causes for the school system, the community and the students. Written questions will be collected during presentations and our moderator for the evening Tyler Hull, Esq. will select questions for the panel of speakers.
Flip the House Wine Tasting Event in Boone County
When: Wednesday, October 1, Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Program begins at 6:30p.m – 7:30pm
Sponsored by Congressman Thomas Massie, Kenton, Campbell, Grant, and Pendleton Counties
A premier event sponsored by Northern Kentucky Republicans to help Flip the House supporting candidates Phil Moffett, Mark Hart, Ken Kearns, and Jenean Hampton. Join us for a wine tasting fundraiser at beautiful Verona Vineyards with keynote speaker Kentucky Ag Commissioner, James Comer. We also welcome special guest Senate Floor Leader, Damon Thayer. A minimum donation of $20 will include the tastings from Verona Vineyards in Southern Boone County. http://www.veronavineyards.com/drivingdirections.html 13815 Walton-Verona Rd, Verona, KY 41092 (859) 485-3544
Campbell County Judge Ex. Candidates to Debate
When: Wednesday, October 8, Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Program begins at 6:30p.m – 7:30pm
What: Debate, Campbell County Fiscal Court Judge candidates Steve Pendery, Current Campbell County Judge Executive Ken Rechtin, Current Campbell County Commissioner
Where: Wilder City Building, 520 Licking Pike, Wilder, KY 41071
by Legate Damar
SD1 Increases Rates 4.9%
Northern Kentucky property owners saw a 4.9 percent jump in their sewer bills starting in July, 2014. All three fiscal court judge-executives - Boone's Gary Moore, Kenton's Steve Arlinghaus and Campbell's Steve Pendery - approved the rate increase, deciding it is necessary to keep SD1 on track (NKY sewer rates going up 4.9%, 2014). Initially they proposed a 5% increase which would have required the full fiscal courts to approve it (Does SD1 Need Another rate Increase?, 2014). Fearing a rate increase over 4.9 percent would not be approved, SD1 cleverly calculated down to the penny what would require only the approval from the three judge-executives.
The three judge-executives were unanimous in their approval in spite of most public comments made this year were against the rate increase, including disapproval from the city council in Independence. Members of the public pointed to fixed incomes for retirees, flat salaries and their own increasing costs of living.
"Everybody is picking at us," said Brenda Daulton, a retiree from Erlanger. "Pick on us anymore, and a lot of us will have to get part-time jobs (NKY sewer rates going up 4.9%, 2014)."
It’s worthy to note that Gary Moore (Boone) and Steve Pendery (Campbell) will be running for re-election for judge-executive of their respective county’s this fall. Steve Arlinghaus will not be on the ballot due to his loss to Kris Knochelmann in the Republican primary. Readers should keep this in mind at the ballot box this fall.