Wednesday, July 04, 2001


July 4th: fireworks, festivities

        Here is my day today.

        The Fort Thomas Parade in the morning. An afternoon poolside cookout with hot chicken, cold beer and lots of friends and family. Fireworks tonight.

        The Fourth of July is the great American holiday.

Democrat backs Deters
        Kenton County Attorney candidate Eric Deters, an Independence Republican, picked up the endorsement of one of Northern Kentucky's best-known trial attorneys, Democrat Bob Sanders.

        But will the endorsement stick if a Democrat enters next year's county attorney race?

        Mr. Sanders and his son, Rob, also a lawyer and former assistant commonwealth attorney, announced Monday they are backing Mr. Deters in the May 2002 Republican primary even though neither can vote in the primary because both are registered Democrats.

        Mr. Deters, who is challenging incumbent Republican Garry Edmondson, was thrilled to have the endorsement. The Sanderses, especially Bob Sanders, carry a lot of weight in Northern Kentucky's legal community.

        “I think Eric is a damn good trial attorney,” Bob Sanders said. “He does an excellent job and frankly I think Kenton County needs someone of his ability in the position of county attorney.”

        Mr. Sanders was surprised to learn that two Democrats — John Fortner and Michelle Keller - are still mulling over the decision to run in next year's general election.

        “If the Democrats can get a good candidate then I would have to give a great deal of thought what I would do” when it comes to a general election endorsement, Mr. Sanders said.

        “But once I make a commitment I tend to stay commited for the long haul,” he said.

        Last Friday night, while watching his sons burning the nets at a free throw shooting contest at the St. Therese summer festival in Southgate, Mr. Fortner said he is very close to getting in the race.

Ft. Thomas hopes for grant
        Fort Thomas is hoping to land a $323,000 state grant as part of its ambitious but speculative plan to redesign the city's central business district.

        Sources close to Gov. Paul Patton's office — which makes the decision on the grant money — said it's unlikely Fort Thomas will get the cash.

        There are hundreds of communities going for a pot of federal money, so not every community that wants money is going to get some.

        But what really might sink the grant is the opposition to the plan from some of the city's residents.

        The city wants to use the grant as part of a $700,000 plan to move overhead utility lines from North Fort Thomas Avenue in the business district to nearby residential streets.

        It is residents on those streets that have vigorously fought the city's plans to move the wires, which in some cases would require trees in a wooded area to be cut down.

        Sources said grant money isn't likely flow to communities where the project slated for funding is causing controversy.

        City officials said losing the grant money won't kill the project. But if the money doesn't come, score some points for the opposition.

       Patrick Crowley covers Kentucky politics for the Enquirer. Call him at 578-5581; e-mail


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