Prohibition Gains Ground in SC

April 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Opinion, SC Politics

Growing Prohibition in SC

Prohibition is Gaining Ground in SC

According to the Herald Journal, the SC State House agreed to a measure today to extend the ban on the sales of alcohol on Thanksgiving and Christmas. This bill, H. 3385 should now move to the full committee before going to the full house.

Rep. Moss claims the bill should be viewed as a public safety measure and the bill would cut down on the binge drinking that leads to domestic violence.

WHAT???

Rep. Moss, you should go ahead a propose an outright prohibition on alcohol if that is your true reasoning for banning alcohol sales on the holidays.

What is going to stop the individuals from building up their Holiday stash on the day before? What is going to stop the residents of Cherokee County (Moss is from Cherokee) from driving 10 miles across the state line to make their purchases. Any of the border counties for that matter?

This is another example of South Carolina Republicans trying to legislate morality and their personal preferences on the people in the name of safety. Lets address the real issues like equal funding for our students, reducing the size and scope of the state government, implementing pro business policies that encourages development instead of discouraging it and designing practical budgets the state can live on with out depending on the federal government.

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Strange Spartanburg GOP Alliance

April 8, 2011 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this year’s precinct re-organization meetings. Which is quite unfortunate. It was a process I invested a lot of time in during 2009 to accomplish a few goals for the conservative movement. We were very successful in Spartanburg and I learned a lot through the entire process. Here are a few of my thoughts and sources thoughts on the current re-org situation in Spartanburg.

Paul Jansen – Spartanburg GOP Chairman?

As many of you know, I worked hard with a group of conservatives last time around to ensure we removed the embarrassment of a county chair from his post. We’ll refer to him as TFC for the rest of this article. TFC was the one who wanted to ban a presidential candidate from attending county party events, comment on a candidates trophy wife (here’s FITS trophy wife story) and running primary campaigns out of the county party offices.

Anyways, as I have suspected, TFC has been planning his comeback. But TFC has found a new mouth piece that has appeared to be a puppet for him (TFC). One that I am quite surprised to have seen him cast his lot with.

His name is Paul Jansen. A hard right libertarian and an avid Ron Paul supporter.

Over the past year, Jansen has been getting closer and closer to TFC. He (Jansen) has partnered multiple times with the newly created Piedmont Republican Club to host various events. I and others have warned Jansen about his proximity to TFC and to be very careful. Primarily, we did not need to create any methods to provide TFC with an easy path of entry back into the county party after the amount of effort it took to remove TFC.

Jansen hasn’t revealed any intentions of the nature of his relationship with TFC. It is very probable Jansen thinks he’s building up a rapport with TFC (similar to what I did) to work his way deeper into the GOP. Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, TFC’s closest ties are towards the traditional base who lean center-right.

If Jansen were fortunate enough to garner the votes at the convention, my sources and I believe he would be made the laughing stock to the benefit of TFC by the TFC through many backdoor channels. You have to remember, TFC constantly reaches out to media outlets, seeking as much attention as possible.

Understand that I have nothing against Jansen. It is my concern that the intent of TFC is to further his attempts to embarrass the conservative block of the GOP. And if that means throwing Jansen under the bus to accomplish this, he will.

What are your thoughts about this potential alliance?

SC House District 37 Prediction

October 27, 2010 by  
Filed under SC Politics

This House race is one of the more important races on my radar, as it is my personal district.  What I find interesting in this race is the renewed battle and controversy between Davenport and Parker.

Davenport held the seat for almost 22 years until Parker scored a victory in the 2008 GOP Primary.  It was a land slide but as the democratic challenger, Eric Hayler, stated after the primary election, this was a referendum on School District Consolidation and not on Davenport.

In 2006, Parker lost the primary by a mere 9 votes, so this has always been a tight battle.  In Boiling Springs, you either hate Parker or you love him.  I guess you could say the same about Davenport.

Steve Parker

Parker can be called to question on his stimulus support, as Gov. Mark Sanford called him and other legislatures out by name at the 2009 SCGOP convention.  He can also be held accountable for campaigning on no new taxes, no targeted taxes, then turning around and supporting a cigarette tax hike.  During his 2008 campaign, Parker told constituents he would not support “targeted” taxes because that would justify a tax on coke.

Lastly, Parker’s campaign is now being run by the infamous former Spartanburg GOP chairman, Rick Beltram.  You can read more about his misadventures here and here.

Ralph Davenport

Davenport is the interesting case.  He hasn’t campaigned much but most of his campaign signs read “Tea Party Approved”.  Most people in the area tend to like Davenport more so than Parker.

Davenport’s disadvantage, he is running as a Constitution Party candidate after years of serving in the GOP.  The question will be how many voters will go out and push the all “R” button or will they remember to vote for their old friend, Davenport on the Constitution ticket.

My biggest concern with Davenport is his enthusiasm and his past votes to use the government to ban items he knew nothing about.  Has he changed in the last few years and did the Constitution Party look into this?  Who knows.

Delores Frazer

Sources indicate that the Democratic candidate, Frazer, is polling in the high teens.  Politically we don’t know much about Frazer, besides the fact she was a field organizer for the Obama campaign, according to Project Vote Smart.

According to Vote Smart, she wants to maintain the status of several tax rates in the state, but increase it on those high earners and also increase the alcohol, cigarette, and corporate tax rates.  She doesn’t want state and local police to enforce federal immigration law.

For you gun enthusiasts, Frazer isn’t great either.  She doesn’t want concealed weapons permits and she wants everyone licensed to own a gun.

You can read more at Project Vote Smart.

Our Prediction

First of all, this is not an endorsement.  Although everything appears to favor Parker’s re-election, I think Davenport will sneak in with the victory at 41%.  Parker will finish 2nd at 39% and Frazer will bring in a little more than the strong D district percentage with 20%.

Your Opinion

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Soil Loser Runs Again!

July 15, 2010 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Christina Jeffrey

Christina Jeffrey

Perennial candidate, Christina Jeffrey, is running for another elected seat.

Apparently, she has not learned that Spartanburg county republican voters don’t care for her too much.  And if they don’t like her, I don’t see how she can convince the additional democrats to support her.

Jeffrey lost a state house primary in 2008 (won by Derham Cole Jr.) and finished last in the 4th Congressional primary in June 2010 (won by Trey Gowdy), garnering only 5% of the vote.

This is also the same Christina Jeffrey who lied about who she voted for in the 2008 presidential primary while running for Congress.  That’s her.  And luckily for her, South Carolina’s sore loser laws do not apply in this case.

More about soil – err – sore loser laws a little later.

Jeffrey is seeking a seat on the Soil and Water Conservation board in Spartanburg County.

According to Jeffrey’s communication seeking supporters, she claims she was asked to consider running by Spartanburg GOP Chairmwoman, LaDonna Ryggs.  And then following a staple of her congressional campaign, begins with the fear mongering concerning the United Nations.

“Even though this board has not been very active, we don’t want it to start pushing any U.N. inspired projects – best to have good conservatives in place”

Although the U.N. poses a large risk to the American public, I really hope this race does not turn into a U.N. squabble.

SC Sore Loser Laws
Basically, this law prevents a person from running for the same seat in the general election that they lost in the most recent primary.  It does not apply to non-partisan elections, therefore Jeffrey can run for this seat in the same election cycle.

Side Note
I am also posting this on the Political Vise Blog.  You can check out articles by former Lt. Governor candidate Bill Connor and others while you’re there and get all of the latest SC news by visiting PoliticalVise.com as well.

Inglis on Colbert Report

June 18, 2010 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Bob Inglis

Congressman Bob Inglis, circa 2008

Congressman Bob Inglis graced the airwaves of Comedy Central last night, visiting with Stephen Colbert (again), this time, he managed to get an endorsement.

Gowdy on the other hand, well, you’ll have to watch and see.

I’m disappointed though in Colbert’s endorsement.  Apparently Colbert hasn’t visited The Conservativist to see how Inglis is predisposed to a government proposed healthcare solution, afraid of drilling, supporter of the Patriot Act extension and unfunded government mandates like the REAL ID.

Lastly, this is not an endorsement of either candidate.

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