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THE SUNDAY EDITION
COVINGTON, KY * 18 DECEMBER 2011
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CONGRESS BIDS FAREWELL TO DAVIS
The House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee of which Davis was a member sent the following message upon the 4-term Congressman's retirement announcement:
“Geoff is a personal friend, a trusted colleague and a distinguished veteran of America’s military. Geoff is a true citizen – having given back to his country and community throughout his life. When he leaves public office at the end of next year, I have no doubt that he will continue to advance America’s most treasured principles – freedom and liberty. On the Ways and Means Committee, Geoff ably leads our Human Resources Subcommittee and advances commonsense reforms to help get Americans back to work, while protecting the vulnerable and those most in need. I expect that his efforts on these fronts will continue to be met with success throughout 2012. I have great admiration for Geoff, and his departure at the end of next year means Congress will lose one of the most decent and honorable men I have had the privilege to serve with. On behalf of the Ways and Means Committee, I wish Geoff and his family the very best.”-Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI)
Davis's surprise announcement has local candidates scrambling to decide whether to seek the seats. Republicans that may have been considering a different move are now looking toward the region's top elected position, creating a domino effect down the ticket. The latest:
WEBB-EDGINGTON TO SEEK THE SEAT, SOURCES TELL ENQUIRER
Amanda van Benschoten reports that an announcement could come as early as tomorrow from the Republican state representative from Fort Wright.
Webb-Edgington, 45, has represented Kenton County’s 63rd House District since winning the seat in a February 2008 special election. She was previously the first female head of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and spent 20 years in state and local law enforcement.Cincinnati Enquirer/Amanda van Benschoten
STATE SEN. DAMON THAYER WILL NOT RUN
The Georgetown Republican who includes South Covington in his district, announced today via Facebook that he will not run:
Since the announcement earlier this week of U.S. Congressman Geoff Davis's retirement, there has been speculation that I may be a candidate for that open seat in Congress in 2012. I want to end that speculation by clearly stating that I will not be a candidate for Congress next year and will be running for re-election to the Kentucky state Senate. I want to thank the many friends who urged me to consider this option, but my focus remains on state issues and promoting limited government, fiscal responsibility, free markets and individual liberty in Frankfort.
DRAFT KENNY BROWN CAMPAIGN BEGINS ON FACEBOOK
An online grassroots effort has begun to lure NKY Tea Party favorite Kenny Brown into the race. He is currently the Boone County Clerk:
Politically, Kenny Brown is known as a conservative Republican activist. Brown was elected Boone County Republican Party Chairman from 2004 – 2005. In 2008 Brown co-founded and chaired Citizens for Lower Taxes, a non-profit, all volunteer, political action committee that fought the $48 million dollar Park Tax initiative that was overwhelmingly defeated at the ballot box in November 2008. More recently as County Clerk, Brown has led the fight against voter fraud by exposing flaws in State Board of Elections registration policies. Brown has been actively involved with The Northern Kentucky Tea Party and he currently serves as an Executive Committee member of Boone County GOP.Draft Kenny Brown
The Kenny Brown effort follows grassroots support emerging for another Tea Party favorite, Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie.
DEMOCRATS WILL FIELD CANDIDATE FOR DAVIS'S SEAT
The Democratic Party has had a hard time finding a competitive candidate in the district for the past two cycles, but promises better news this time.
NKY ATTORNEY ERIC DETERS IS AN INDEPENDENT
Here's what the Bulldog said via Twitter:
bulllaw Eric Deters
I want to thank everyone bombarding me with texts and emails to run for Congress..I'm registered as 'Independent.'
in the news...
COVINGTON BOY SEVERS FOOT ON LATONIA TRAIN TRACKS
13-year old boy was jumping trains with a friend, fell off and the train ran over his foot. DON'T PLAY ON TRAINS!
Video here: WLWT @ YouTube
ROAD RAGE (ON VIDEO) LANDS NKY MAN IN PRISON FOR 2 YEARS
A shocking disregard for human life lands a pick-up-driving Bracken County man behind bars for 2 years. He was on a rural road when at least two motorcyclists rode up behind him and when one tried to pass, the country boys went at it. Watch the video. At around the 1:00 minute mark, one motorcyclist tries to pass and that's when a heated chase ensues. The video is ten minutes long, but it's mostly the jarring chase until around 5:40 if you want to skip ahead. The vehicles stop and a verbal altercation ensure. It is a must-see. Someone could have been killed -- but fortunately, everyone was okay and the dude is going to prison.
NEW NUMBERS FROM THE URBAN PARTNERSHIP CLEANUP EFFORT DOWNTOWN
By The Numbers
|Urban Partnership Clean & Safe Program Statistics |
(effective December 1):
601 block faces
THE WEEK THAT WAS...
FLOODWALL DEBUTS AFTER 56 YEARS
Finally, for the first time since 1955, the flood protection gate on Highway Avenue was erected by the City. The effort follows six weeks of roadwork on KY-8, as it is also known, between Western Avenue and Wright Street. Motorists have dealt with one lane guided by a single traffic light as the work was completed. Both lanes are expected to reopen fully either Tuesday afternoon or early Wednesday.
For the story and lots of photos from the morning, click the link.
BANGARANG'S OPENS IN OLD MAD HATTER SPACE
A great group of young entrepreneurs are thrilled about their new venture on Scott Boulevard. They have big plans that include some of the best salsa you'll ever taste in addition to local music acts.
CINCINNATI DOES NOT OWE COVINGTON AN APOLOGY
At least not in regards to the Omnicare & Nielsen Company moves. Cincinnati's outgoing economic development director, who helped found the Covington Business Council before being lured across the river himself, spoke to his former organization before a crowd of local business and community leaders. It was a great presentation on how cities and states are pitted against each other and what can be done to stop it.
ABANDONED HOMES REVIVED BY CENTER FOR GREAT NEIGHBORHOODS
The CGN showed off its latest projects -- and two of the houses are already sold. On a block that was once covered in blight, at least one couple is moving from across the river thanks to CGN's renovation of these great homes.
STORY OF THE WEEK
CODE ENFORCEMENT PITS NEIGHBORING BUSINESSES AGAINST EACH OTHER
The most read story of the week centered on one of the most prominent buildings in the city, on the corner of 6th & Main Streets in Mainstrasse. The building is owned by Gerry Blaschke who also owns the neighboring Cosmo's. The corner building has falled into disrepair and other business owners, including one who spoke up at a code enforcement hearing, have had enough.
For the full story and photos, click the link.
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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS STICKER SHOCK!
If you bought all of the items mentioned in the 12 Days of Christmas song, you would be spending over $100,000!
The 364 items repeated across all the song's verses would cost $101,119, an increase of 4.4 percent over last year, according to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management. The broader government Consumer Price Index increased by 3.9 percent over the same period. Those with the money to spend would end up with 12 drummers drumming, 22 pipers piping, 30 lords-a-leaping, 36 ladies dancing, 40 maids-a-milking, 42 swans-a-swimming, 42 geese-a-laying, 40 gold rings, 36 calling birds, 30 French hens, 22 turtle doves, and 12 partridges in pear trees. (The price does not include bird maintenance.)FOX 19
OBAMA TURNS 50 DESPITE REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION
"With the host of problems this country is currently facing, the fact that our president is devoting time to the human process of aging is an affront to Americans everywhere," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who advocated a provision to keep Obama 49 at least through the fall of 2013.The Onion