Livestream of Common Core Hearing, Plus Additional Info

Note From Heather Crossin :

We are making huge headway.  Not only is the anti-Common Core movement growing by leaps and bounds across the country, but Indiana has joined the growing number of states withdrawing from the Common Core PARCC assessment program.  Here is a link to some recent news coverage of Governor Pence’s  and Superintendent Ritz’s decision to withdraw from PARCC.

Common Core Hearing: Indy August 5th

The first of three Common Core hearing will take place Monday, August 5th at the Indiana State House.  The hearing will be in either the House or Senate Chamber on the 3rd floor at 1:00 pm EST  (12:00 pm CST.)

NIPats will be at this hearing.  If you are interested in car pooling or caravanning down to Indy, contact us at  NIPatriots[at]

We are planning on leaving at 8:30 am from Merrillville and arrive in Indy approximately  one hour prior to the start of the meeting.

To learn more about Common Core visit:

Also mark your calendar, on September 9th there will be a national conference on Common Core at Notre Dame University in South Bend.  Details will be forthcoming on this all-day conference and it is shaping up to be one of the most comprehensive and exciting events that have been held on Common Core to date. Leading experts, such as Sandra Stotsky and James Milgram, will be speaking.  Seating will be limited, so watch for registration details soon.

Take Action Against Proposed Lake County Tax

Now is the time to stand and be counted.  There are many unanswered questions regarding the proposed Lake County tax and as a tax payer you deserve answers!

What YOU Can Do!

  • Copy the letter found here, sign and mail it to the council TODAY!
  • Talk to family, friends and neighbors; encourage them to also mail a letter.
  • Use your social media to get the word out.
  • Attend the May 6th meeting at the Lake County Government Building B.  The meeting will be held in the auditorium at 4:30 p.m

During these challenging economic times each tax payer has had to make sacrifices.

We are taxed enough already, make your voice heard!

Northern Indiana Patriots is a proud member of the national Tea Party Patriots.

Notes From the Citizen Meeting on April 29th Re: Lake County Income Tax

Some facts gathered at the Monday, April 29th meeting chaired by current Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub and past Lake County Council President Larry Blanchard.  Understand I am not a stenographer and these notes were taken at the meeting, every attempt is being made to accurately convey information presented.

Commissioner Scheub stated that things “started to go haywire (on the fiscal solvency of the county budget) in 2001” when the state mandated a special re-assessment of all Lake County.  At this time the state reduced taxes for major industry in the area such as BP of between 40-60%.  The proposed optional tax will not be applied to any industry; it will strictly fall on the taxpayers.  A family with an adjusted income of $60,000 will see an increased tax liability of $900.00/year.

The 2013 budget was approved at $143 million (an increase of $1 million)

Unfunded mandates from the state of Indiana on Lake County:


Action: Send Letter to Lake County Council Members

Copy and paste the below letter into a word and send it to the Lake County Council informing them you do NOT want the proposed optional Lake County tax of 1.5%.  Address your envelope to the address on top of the letter.


Lake County Citizen Meeting on County Tax

Word has it there will be a citizen meeting tomorrow evening at the Lake County Fair Grounds in the 4-H building at 6:00p.m.  Scheduled speakers are John Moose, Gerry Scheub and Larry Blanchard.  This information was passed on by Kim Krull.

Hopefully concerned residents of Lake County can find some answers to the many questions they have about the pending county tax at the meeting.

Lake County Counsel to Hold “Emergency” Meeting on Taxes Tomorrow April 25th

Forget the public forums which the Counsel previously told Lake County residents they would hold. Understand if this tax goes through Lake County residents will see a 1.5% tax on their end of year adjusted gross income. Example if your adjusted gross income is $50,000, you tax liability will equal $750.00. That’s money out of the pocket of you and your family.

Government Goes to Those Who Show Up!

Make no mistake, hasty government is NEVER good government.

Meeting Date: Friday, April 25, 2013
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: 2293 North Main Street, Crown Point. The meeting will be held in the Auditorium of the Courts Building, this
is the 2nd (middle) building of the Government Complex.

Be there, show them you care!

Related articles from today’s Times:

Lake County Tax Moves to the Fast Lane

State May Determine How Lake County Directs How Lake County Tax is Spent

Constitutional Convention

Update From Tea Party of Hancock County:

Senate Bills 224 and 225 have been scheduled for a hearing on Monday morning in the Indiana House of Representatives.  Calls and emails are need to members of the committee immediately.  Contact information at the bottom.

No matter how much some desire to control delegates and an Article V convention, experts say it cannot be done outside of the convention itself.  If these bills are not killed many will have a false sense of security regarding con-cons and likely steam roll ahead to gut the U.S. Constitution.


Lake County Income Tax Moves Forward

The Lake County Council will meet on Tuesday, April 9th at 10:00 a.m. for the first reading of the proposed Lake County tax on personal income.  Currently the proposed tax is scheduled to be instituted at 1.5% of income.  Lake County is the only county in the state without an imposed income tax on residents.

The meeting will be held in the Auditorium at the Courts Building in Court Point, 2293 North Main Street, this is the 2nd building of the Government Complex.

Patriots are encouraged to attend the meeting Tuesday.  Come armed with reasons why the tax should not be instituted, not just because we pay enough taxes already.

Some food for thought, data from the various counties surrounding Lake which could be considered comparable: (more…)

Common Core Explained: Updated With Additional Resources

Whether you have children in the educational system or not, understanding the threat of Common Core to our republic is vital.  Understanding the core principles of our republic requires more than just a cursory reading of the founding documents, it requires the ability to use critical thinking skills.   Instead of higher educational goals which encourage the development of critical thinking skills, the new curriculum becomes a race to the middle not to the top for our children.

The first of five videos which explain Common Core and answer the questions of why you should be concerned.  HERE

UPDATE with additional resources:



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