Statewide Tea Party on the Fourth

Frankfort, KY – While most of us will spend the Fourth of July picnicking with family and friends, a number of concerned Kentuckians will use the occasion to rally against what they see as excessive government intrusion on their lives. Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy spokesman Jim Waters is one of the co-organizers of the "Statewide Tea Party" on the Capitol Grounds in Frankfort.

"I think sometimes these events have been characterized by the media as being just anti-government, but what we want is for government to be in its proper role, which is a much more restrained role and a much smaller role than we've seen."

In addition to hearing speeches from a number of groups, Waters says attendees will be offered the chance to "sound off" for about a minute, via an open mic. The event is from noon to two Saturday on the Capitol steps.