Spartanburg GOP Gubernatorial Debate

April 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Events

The Spartanburg GOP with WSPA (News Channel 7) will be hosting a debate for the 4 announced republican gubernatorial candidates on Friday, April, 23 starting at 7pm.

SCFYR Convention

May 30, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics, US Politics

We will be providing updates throughout the morning covering the South Carolina Federation of Young Republicans convention.

9:15 am

Karen Floyd, Chairwoman of SCGOP speaks to convention.

She is encouraging the YR to recruit and run for office. We must regain control of this sect of the electorate

Karen believes that technology is an untapped resource in our state. In October, she wants to work with the YR to build a stronger technology program.

9:25 am

1st State Executive Committee will be having their first meeting on Monday. The meeting will be held using Skype and will provide a method of roll call voting for the state executive committee meeting.

9:30 am

Spartanburg is well represented. The growing club has three delegate to the State Convention; Justin Bradley, Gary Coats, and Nic Lane.

Gary and Nic are candidates for national delegate.

Introduction of Speakers

Candidates for Governor are being introduced to speak.

Andre Bauer
Who can sell the state of SC across the World? Who can work with the General Assembly to get things done as well. These characteristics need to be in our next Governor.

Andre won a democratic senate seat in 1999.

9:33 am

Introduction of Congressman Gresham Barrett, candidate for Governor

We need fresh invigoration in the party, we need people with dark hair

We need new ideas and I am excited to be hear today.

I have seen things in the last 4 months that I thought I would never see.

We have a future and the future is SC. If we are going to take the nation back one state at a time.

9:37 am

We will have a plan for the economy, education and we will be able to say this is what we have done.

3 pillars, economy, education and energy

Economy
Need to make sure industry is promoted that way the state of South Carolina is not the largest employer.

Education
We need to work with the work force to make sure our people can get better jobs

Energy
SC should and can be the worldwide leader in Energy, using nuclear and other alternative energy sources.

Why can we not take dormant tobacco land and convert it to switch grass and make that SC’s #1 cash crop

go online to greshambarrett.com

9:41 am

Introduction of Attorney General Henry McMaster

We must remember we are not angry with our Democrat friends. Their is real hope for them. They are real kind one on one, but in a pack they can get real mean.

Don’t let anyone tell you not to be proud of your state.

We are second largest hydrogen fuel cell developers in America (1st is California).

South Carolina is full of hope, just look at the fans that continue to go to Williams Brice Stadium year after year to support the Gamecocks.

9:48 am

We have one of the best technical college systems in the world.

Promoting works and attendance of the hydrogen conferences

We have a port and we need to work it to be an economic jewel

We cannot outsource our tourism industry

We must keep our taxes low and broad.

9:50 am

I want to be governor. I am the only one to have executive experience. I worked with Reagan. I went after craigslist, created a great cdv program, and we have locked up 157 child predators.

NC is taking our water and filed lawsuit with Supreme Court and they agreed to hear it. In my office, the buck stops with me.

The essence of the governors job is to get things done. I have done that as attorney general.

The deficiencies in power at the governors office has been on display in the stimulus monies battle.

I can work with the legislature.

9:53 am

Introduction of Senator Larry Grooms, candidate for Governor.

Senator Grooms is presenting the history of his life.

Over a period of 10 years, I was able to create a multi-million dollar corporation.

I’m gravely concerned. Government is hindering me. It took $32 million and several days to get the permits to build a new convenience store across the street from the one it took me one day to get 8 years earlier.

Today, there are on 12 of us that stand up for our core values in the State Senate.

10:00 am

I’m more concerned about my country and my state than I have been in my entire life.

This isn’t the time for status quo candidates. This is not the time for a beauty contest.

The question is about who has the drive to work hard and get things done.

I believe the hope of America is South Carolina (playing off a quote of Winston Churchill)

for faith, family, and freedom, I am running for governor.

10:02 am

Introduction of Nikki Haley, candidate for Governor

Proud member of the Lexington County Young Republicans

I originally ran because I was always told not to complain, do something about it.

My race to unseat a 30 year incumbent a few years ago was about new ideas.

The YR has been told you need to wait, but now is not the time for waiting.

Waiting has led to unprecedented spending in our state that is going to take years to pay back

We must talk about spending. Tax relief doesn’t mean anything unless we reign in the spending

We must have accountability in government. Every legislative vote needs to be on the record.

Government was never meant to be all thing to all people

When are we going to do something about education.

We can no longer continue to spend 13K per student and it funnel thru 1000 people at the state dept of education.

10:08 am

The YR is doing what they should be doing, get loud and active.

10:09 am

Introduction of Bill Connor, candidate for Lt. Governor

In the last 3 months, Josh Gross and I have put over 25K miles on our cars

I am the ultimate outsider in this race.

My father, grandfather, and great grandfather are lifetime veterans

Was commander and XO of several units while serving in the military.

The Lt. Gov. is the XO, the second in command.

My first action will save you 140K a year. I will get rid of my SLED escort. I have a CWP, I fought in Afghanistan, I can defend myself.

I can see it in your eyes that you want leadership

I came into politics b/c I saw the people looking to government as a god.

SC taxes military retirement. Military retirees are moving out of state because of the states high tax rate.

10:30 am

I apologize to Ken Ard. The network failed and I was unable to type his comments during his speech.

Inserting another conventioneers notes here:

I have a philosophy: there’s nothing wrong with South Carolina that more and better jobs won’t fix.

I have a background in business and want to grow the economy of South Carolina.

I want to, as Lt Governor, build relationships with people who can bring jobs to our state.

I want to see less government, less taxes and more freedoms.

A lot of people say that South Carolina is a backwards state, but it’s not.

I love South Carolina, I was born and raised here.  I’ve never wanted to be anywhere else.

Jobs is engine that drives the economy: if there are more and better jobs, then the economy will improve.

I care about our future and our children’s future, that’s why I got involved in politics, that’s why I decided to run for Lt Governor.

I’m not going to stand here today and ask for your vote or your support, but I want you to give me a year to work my butt off to earn your vote.

Awards:
SCFYR Legislator of the Year: Garry Smith, HD 27
SCFYR Young Republican of Year: Carl Clegg

10:40 am

Remarks by Chairman, Patrick Haddon

10:51 am

49 of 51 delegates in attendance.

Election of State Officers
Patrick Haddon nominated Britton Pruett for State Chairman

Elected by acclamation.

10:59 am

Election for Vice-chairman.
Patrick Haddom nominateds current vice chair Paul Howell

Elected by acclamation.

Election of National Executive Committeman
Adam Piper nominates Josh Gross.

Josh Gross nominated by acclamation.

Election of National Executive Committeewoman.
James Gibney nominates Heather Ammons.

Elected by acclamation.

Election of Treasurer
Nomination of Robin Quinn

Nomination of Bridgett Vergara

11:24am

Voting begins for treasurer.

Quinn wins

Nomination of secretary
Matt Wills nominated

Elected by acclamation

11:31 am

Election of national delegates.

A motion from the floor to change SC vote from Team Renewal to Next Level.

Debate is on the floor.

Contention on the floor because this will change support.

Arguments that new charters did not get to participate in teleconference to cast vote in favor of Renewal or Next Level.

20-15 vote to overturn support in favor of Next Level.

Delegates to National Convention
Heather Ammons
Katie Baham
Jason Bailey
Nettie Britts
Carl Clegg
Can Crawford
Gary Coats
Joshua Gross
Patrick Haddon
Shelly Haddon
Drew Johnson
Todd Kincannon
Nic Lane
Liana Orr
Adam Piper
Britton Pruett
Jay W. Ragley
Jamie Lee Rogers

UPDATE:
I added some more of the discussion from the debate to change the states endorsement.  I also added notes from a commenter concerning Ken Ard’s speech.

Nikki Haley Announces Run For Governor

May 15, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Nikki Haley, Candidate for Governor

Nikki Haley, Candidate for Governor

We at The Conservativist, well I, have been hoping for this day now for several months.  I have a great deal of respect for McMaster, Bauer, Barrett, Grooms and Nelson, but this is the candidate I have been pulling for to make a run for governor.

I was told she would not get in because of her relationships with other candidates and their backers, etc.  I didn’t have much to argue on besides personal speculation and the evidence at hand.  Why else would a candidate spend so much time in Greenville?  It is one of the largest bases in the state.

If Haley is successful, she would be the first female governor in state history.

Speaking to politico’s in Spartanburg yesterday, some speculated that this was the end for Bauer and Barrett although they already had the money.  Several indicated that they would be moving their support to Haley.

What some fail to realize though, Bauer and McMaster have not officially announced their candidacy.  It is expected that they will announce but will they alter their position with Haley jumping in?  So, we ask you, who is dropping out first?

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The 2010 Rumor Mills

August 24, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Now that the 2008 primaries are past us and the General Election is looming, The Conservativist has been keeping it’s ears open for the races in 2010.  Since the rumor mill is running at full speed, why not share what we have heard and read.

Governor
The race for Governor appears to be at full steam ahead.  So much so that the fundraising mailers have already begin to hit the post boxes.

  1. Gresham Barrett – Heavily rumored to be in the running.  He has been on several talk radio shows, sent out a nice fundraising letter last summer (I live outside of his district and received the mailer, good indication?), and the blogosphere has been discussing it.  Just search “gresham barrett for governor”.
  2. Andre Bauer (Lt. Governor) – It has been expected for the past few years that Bauer would move up the ladder from his current post.  Bauer has been working hard to help the elderly (a large portion of the electorate) over the past year and has had cool fundraising events in Charlotte driving stock cars.
  3. Oscar Lovelace – After making a valiant effort in 2006 to beat Sanford in the primary, Lovelace appears to be making a run for it as an independent.  This will be an interesting spectacle as he will face two of these 6 individuals in November 2010.  Then again, we may end up with a Democratic Governor if he has the support he had in 2006.
  4. Henry McMaster (Attorney General) – He is in the process of launching a new campaign site.  McMaster’s name has been working thru the mill since 2007.  He has been working hard to make a name for himself and getting well needed publicity for a statewide race.  His efforts to crack down on child porn and touring the state with Presumptive Nominee John McCain should not hender his efforts.
  5. Jim Rex (State Superintendent of Education) – Rex began sending fundraising mailers out this week for his potential run for Governor.  He is trying to portray his strength as a reformer of the education system. Then again, this could just be fundraising to retain his seat for another four years as Education Chief.  The folks over at The Palmetto Scoop and at FITSNews have also had there criticisms and beliefs that Rex is on the move.
  6. Jim Ritchie – This has been pretty quiet over the past few months, but don’t be surprised if he throws his hat in the ring.  Remember, Shane Martin and Max Hyde went after his Senate seat because of this rumor.
  7. Inez Tenenbaum –  Although some have criticized her for taking a job as a lobbyist, she also had a candidates page set up on facebook.  The Conservativist is unable to locate it at this time.

State Attorney General

  1. Jim Ritchie – This was rumored in 2007, but we have not heard anymore whispers concerning this.  Ritchie has a lot of empty time on his hands since loosing on June 24th, so it will be interesting to see where his political future will move next.
  2. Trey Gowdy – This too was rumored in 2007.  Just a few weeks ago, Gowdy met at Wades with Doug Smith and John White.  They had a nice conversation as it was reported, but no details were provided.

4th Congressional District

  1. Bob Inglis (incumbent) – The incumbent, enough said.
  2. Gary Coats – Some political circles around Spartanburg have mentioned that I may be interested in running for the seat.  Those individuals who have spoke to me have mentioned that my constant criticism of the Congressman led them to believe that I was interested.
  3. Jim Ritchie – Ritchie has run for this seat in the past and was handed a strong defeat.  Again he is considered to be running for Governor or Attorney General; part of the reason he lost his Senate seat to Shane Martin.
  4. Scott Talley – Talley lost his bid for a State Senate seat in a close election against Lee Bright.  He had relinquished his state house seat for that race.  It was rumored in 2007 as a future interest for him and has been mentioned to me by a few individuals that he may be planning.
Do you have information to add to the Rumor Mill?  Leave us a comment!

August 2007 – Campaign Stops Update 1

August 19, 2007 by  
Filed under News

This week saw a flurry of activity in campaign stumping by the many Presidential hopefuls. Mitt Romney and Sam Brownback made stops on Thursday and Rudy released radio spots. Mike Huckabee is supposed to be in York and Upstate SC on Tuesday (8/21) and Wednesday (8/22). According to SC Politics Today, the Greenville stop will be at Tommy’s Ham House and the Spartanburg stop at the World Famous Beacon Drive-In. Sen. Barack Obama is scheduled to be in Conway at Coastal Carolina University on Thursday (8/23). Also on Thursday, Ann Romney will be in Spartanburg with Andre Bauer and SC State Senator Jim Ritchie at the Spartanburg County Executive GOP meeting at the Marble Slab Creamery on E. Blackstock Rd. John Edwards will be in Spartanburg on August 30th at the Annual County Democratic Party Rally. There is a cost for admission to this event. See the Spartanburg County Democratic Party Website for details.

I was able to see Brownback when he made his stop at Wade’s on Thursday. He spoke very well, but had a deep concerned look on his face though (maybe because he had an hour to get to the Charlotte airport so he wouldn’t miss his flight). There may have been 7 – 10 supporters there though. There were 5 Ron Paul supporters to show up including myself. I was looking forward to the opportunity to hear him speak and at least get a picture with him and my daughter. A few others came out to question him on his pro-life voting record where he voted yes on a few Planned Parenthood earmarked bills. He said he would research those bills. I hope to see the references soon myself.

I hope to have my video up soon. He said a few things that concerned me, but until I see the video again, I’ll refrain from commenting.

On the non presidential front, Congressman Bob Inglis will be doing his monthly “Let’s Talk” at Wades on August 27th (noon), followed by a Town Hall meeting at the Boiling Springs Family Resource Center on the 28th (7 – 8:30).