It has been a while since we have commented on our lastest thoughts or happenings. I have been pretty busy working on a few other projects.
First, some changes we have made here at The Conservativist. Our old comments engine has been replaced. To help eliminate some comment spam and promote transparency, we have implemented Facebook’s commenting system. Secondly, I am moving anything that is not political over to my personal site. Only politics here from now on.
Also, my goal is to promote discussion, exchange ideas, and share opinions. Occasionally, we will do some investigative research and share some findings, but I want to change how this was working. I will continue posting press releases and the such as we have in the past. I’m glad to see our friends over at FITSNews picked up one of our popular trends.
Also, make sure you bookmark our events page. As the Presidential Primary season heats up, I will be updating this as often as possible. Use the contact form to get your event announced. Make sure you give us a decent notice to ensure your event gets posted in time.
Don’t forget to check out my other political news site, PoliticalVise.com. It’s a powerful news aggregator, only picking up blog political opinions, that is constantly growing. No opinions will be found there. Just news. We are constantly adding new blogs and states to the vise. So check it regularly.
Here are a few random thoughts and observations I have made over the past few months. Tell me what you think.
The Economy – Upstate, SC
Our elected officials can tout that we are business friendly and they support business etc all they want. But if you look at the job market in the Upstate, it does not appear to be as promising as they want you to believe.
Since the death of Mr. Milliken, Spartanburg politics has been in a spiral. The latest comes in the battle for the GSP Airport commission seats recently vacated, as mentioned in Jason Spencer’s recent blog.
From sources, we have learned that the jockeying is more so to keep one person off the commission as there is to getting on it. As it is, there have been four names submitted: Doug Cobb (current Spartanburg GOP Exec. Committeeman), Doug Smith (former SC House Speaker Pro Tem), Bill Barnett (former mayor of Spartanburg) and Elizabeth Carroll Belenchia (according to Google, an international real estate consultant).
Supposedly, a unnamed senator is lobbying to get Doug Smith on the board and keep Barnett off. Who does he want? Doug Cobb. This is supposedly about a power struggle between Smith and Barnett. And according to sources, this is almost a done deal.
I have seen this coming for some time now. Starting immediately with the formation of the Piedmont Republican Club after being defeated in April of 2009. Beltram has been linked to running for Spartanburg Country GOP Chair and SCGOP Chair. Although nothing has been made official. Not only that, he has started his own blog claiming transparency and no ads, eliminating an obligation to candidates, officials etc. I know Beltram well enough not to believe everything he writes or says…
Spartanburg Legislative Delegation Chairman
Sources have indicated that Representative Steve Parker (HD37) is working hard to become the next chairman of the Spartanburg delegation. A deal brokered in 2009 after a contest over rules and weighted voting resulted in the county delegation chairmanship alternating between the Senate and the House.
So, we’ve known for about a month or so that Karen Floyd would not be returning as SCGOP Chair in 2011. The front runners appear to be Patrick Haddon (Greenville County Chairman, SCGOP 1st Vice Chair) and Chad Connelly (Newberry County Chairman, Political Consultant). Rumors are abound that there is a potential third candidate. None of my sources have been willing to say any names for sure though.
As for me, I know Patrick personally and I have met Chad a few times. I know people close to Chad. I haven’t talked to them about their plans for the SCGOP and I’m not sure which way I will go.
The End of an Era – Per Say
Congressman Trey Gowdy was sworn into office on January 5, 2011, officially ending the era of former Congressman Bob Inglis. Inglis has been unrelenting on his criticism of the American people since his defeat in June 2010. He didn’t waste any time chiming in on the tragic events in Tuscon, making sure to place blame on conservatives nationwide. But this has been his call sign since he lost in June. Inglis fails to realize that he wasn’t ousted because he didn’t call Obama a socialist. Mr. Inglis’ votes and arrogance over several years led to his defeat.
Senator Jim DeMint will be visiting the world famous Beacon Drive-in on August 20th, 2010 from 3-5 pm.
This event is being sponsored by the Spartanburg GOP and NEWS Radio WORD will be broadcasting from The Beacon as well.
It is very fitting that DeMint is making a stop in Spartanburg during his re-election campaign.
For those of you who don’t remember, during the intense battle for Spartanburg County Chairman in 2009, then chairman Rick Beltram said he would be sitting on his hands when DeMint comes to Spartanbug in 2010. Why? DeMint endorsed his opponent in the State GOP race that ended up not being as highly contested as was once thought.
Beltram lost the county GOP race, withdrew from state GOP race and has been working on embarrassing the local party since, forming his own Republican club and most recently staging a meeting to oust write-in candidate Jimmy McMillan from the State House 36 race.
Is it Political Irony or Political Payback? You tell us!
Sorry I have been away for the past few weeks. My business has really picked up and keeping me busy.
I hope to have my quick interview on Gowdy’s win up in the next week with a few comments and the pictures.
In the mean time, make sure you check out the newly revised PoliticalVise.com. It is coming along and gaining ground. Hope to have some more of the new features loaded soon too!
Southwest officially announced today that they would begin providing services to Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP) and Charleston International Airports (CHS).
In Southwest’s official press statement, they made it clear that they were not going to rely on government subsidies, settling the debate in the statehouse on whether or not a airlines subsidies bill should be passed to get low cost carriers to South Carolina.
“The airline’s service will not be dependent on pending legislation to provide air service subsidies.”
Southwest states that they plan on beginning services to GSP and CHS starting in 2011 and will not have to purchase new aircraft to begin servicing the area.
Needless to say, we are more than excited to see businesses not relying on the government to grow. The moves they made 10 years ago and the optimization of their systems has allowed them to be extremely successful.
My wife on the other hand is not as happy. Her travel crazy husband is already salivating at the new opportunities to see the world, more often, and cheaper!
According to Sen. David Thomas in a Twitter post, Southwest Airlines will be arriving at GSP in the near future.
GSP is to hold a press conference at 2pm today to make a mjor announcement.
Fox Carolina has spoken with Sen. Thomas at the airport and he has confirmed it there as well.