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
One of the most contentious issues in the recent legislative session of the General Assembly regarded a statewide smoking ban in KY. Thanks to the NKY Legislative Caucus it failed. It’s worthy to note that Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger voted in favor of it along with NKY’s two Democrats (Where local pols stand on Ky. Smoking ban, 2015).
Incontrovertibly the prevalence of smoking in KY is embarrassingly high. A Gallup poll as recent as late 2013 found that it was 30.2 percent (In U.S., Smoking Rate Lowest in Utah, Highest in Kentucky, 2013). Such metrics have prompted our health departments and the KY Chamber of Commerce to promote smoking bans as a means to reduce the prevalence of smoking in our state (Smoking ban has chance in Kentucky legislature, 2015). If we assume that smoking bans would be effective in reducing smoking, the arguments for and against can be distilled down to two basic positions. Anti-smoking zealots believe that it is a public health issue and that the need to reduce smoking and smoking related illnesses trumps private property rights. Libertarians argue that private property is the basic tenet of freedom in a capitalist society and that property owners have a right to establish the rules on their property. Ultimately the market will determine the fate of smoking in KY.
by Bowling Green Daily
Confused about Public Private Partnerships and Tax Incremental Financing?
Read how a TIF and P3 project in Bowling Green Kentucky is turning out to be a nightmare for the city and taxpayers. Couple of quotes from the Bowling Green Daily News article:
"Warren County Attorney Amy Milliken said placing a lien on the Hitcents Park Plaza structure might be complicated because it was created through a partnership between government and private entities. "
"The city is responsible for covering whatever portion of the bond payment isn't covered by specified revenues."
The use of P3's and TIF's is toxic everywhere they are used. Couple them with Tolls and a financial disaster is sure to occur. Call your legislator....oppose HB 443. Oppose them anywhere you see them!
Brother Lee Watts
Right To Work
Jim Waters will speak on the Bluegrass Institute’s efforts in leading a coalition of policy, legal and grassroots groups to help counties pass their own right-to-work laws and thus avoid the political gridlock in Frankfort. He will speak on how state law allows this; why Kentucky and other states need to go this route; and interest being shown by other states. He will also give and update on which counties have fully passed right-to-work ordinances and how it is already befitting them –as well as which other counties are in the process of passing their own ordinances. Invite the members of your county fiscal court to attend.
by Garth Kuhnhein
What strikes me about the discussion on taxes and tolls is that it really is about the "Blessings of Liberty" that are secured by the Constitution. What many fail to realize is that personal property is essential to the "Liberty" that the Constitution sets out to secure "to ourselves and our Posterity." Those key words from the opening sentience from the Constitution.
John Locke in his writings points out that "all property is an extension of a person's life, energy, and ingenuity. Therefore, to destroy or confiscate such property is, in reality, an attack on the essence of life itself."
by Cincinnati Tea
Building Blocks for Liberty has scheduled Publius Huldah (PH) to come to West Chester Ohio on March 4th to present the case for NOT holding a Constitutional Article V convention for the purpose of Amending the Constitution to try and rein in politicians and judges.
We will watch PH show us from the Constitution itself as well as the Federalist papers why an Article V or "Convention of States" convention is a dangerous route to take.