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.