House District 38 Poll

January 29, 2010 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Before the old poll system died, I was able to recover the voting data for the House District 38 race.

With that said, I would like to offer these disclaimers:

  1. Polling before and during January probably is not the best practice
  2. Web polling typically is not scientifically accurate.
  3. Our polls do there best to prevent users from voting multiple times

Things don’t look good for the incumbent, Joey Millwood.  Millwood, who is an outsider and doesn’t play by the standard rules of politics, appears to have upset the political establishment.  That doesn’t bother him though.  He’ll continue to do what he believes is right, stirring the pot when necessary.

With that said, here are the results of our first poll.  You can always vote in the new poll below if you don’t believe these results…

Candidate Votes Percentage
Doug Brannon 4 5.5%
Joey Millwood 15 20.8%
John Moore 46 63.8%
Bob Walker 4 5.5%
Other 3 4.4%

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Spartanburg House Race Update – District 38

January 18, 2010 by  
Filed under SC Politics

The race for House District 38 should prove to be one of the most interesting races this election cycle.  Don’t forget to vote in our House District 38 poll at the bottom of this post!

The incumbent, Joey Millwood, who ousted 8 term Education and Public Work Chairman Bob Walker with a surprising upset to start off the 2008 election cycle finds himself in a heated race going to win a second term.  Currently there are two announced opponents and the former incumbent is still filing ethics reports.

And  despite rumors posted by a commenter (Charlotte Watchdog, by the way, where has the watchdog gone?) earlier this year, I am not moving into the district to challenge Joey Millwood.

Joey Millwood

Contributions:  $5,600.00
Expenditures:  $375.01
Cash on hand: $9,158.43

Joey Millwood, a supporter of school choice, has made several in roads and is proving himself to be a reliable vote in the State House with the group FITS News termed the “Back Row Boys”.  Joey changed consultants during this cycle, moving away from the Sandlapper group led by Chad Connelly to what many consider to be a rising star in consulting, Chris Sullivan.

Millwood’s most recent financial report is surprisingly small. The majority of his contributions came from the school choice crowd, ~$4,000.  The former “David” of Landrum has had zero contributions from his local district.

Doug Brannon

Contributions:  $5,550.00
Expenditures:  $11,51.20
Cash on hand: $4,898.80

Doug last held a public office in 1997, mayor of Landrum, before attempting to run a write-in campaign in 2008 after Millwood upset Walker.  That write-in campaign, to get his name on the November ballot, failed as he was unable to obtain the 915 signatures required.  Other than that, we don’t know much about Brannon besides some wild rumors that have not been validated.

All of Brannon’s contributions came from attorney’s during this cycle, none of which are within the district.

John Moore

Contributions:  $15,628.69
Expenditures:  $3,470.76
Cash on hand: $25,927.88

Moore has hired Kerry Wood, of Dark Horse Strategy, to be his consultant.  Kerry’s most notable win was the Senate 13 upset against sitting Senator Jim Ritchie.

Moore matches the profile of typical DHSG candidates and can raise money.  Moore’s supporters range across a variety of occupations and he has built a solid fundraising base in the district and across Spartanburg county.

Bob Walker

Contributions:  $7.01
Expenditures:  $8,232.00
Cash on hand: $21,321.23

It is pretty much understood that Bob Walker is not going to run again.  What is interesting about the former representative is that he paid his consulting group (Campaign Research & Strategy) $8,000 for campaign services 16 months after he was defeated by Joey Millwood.  We did some more digging and found he paid the organization another $8,000 in May of 2009.  What is Walker expending his past fundraising money on?

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Rick Beltram, Spartanburg GOP File Lawsuit Against Walker

October 31, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Today, Rick Beltram on behalf of the Spartanburg GOP filed a law suit accusing Bob Walker of campaigning as a “write-in” candidate against the state’s sore loser law.  Beltram was hoping for an injuction to be filed this afternoon and have a hearing with Judge Cole as soon as 2:30pm today.  We’ll have more on the story as it develops.

Here is the mailer that was sent out to residents in district 38 as FITSNews reported earlier.  Rick Beltram made sure the appropriate props were given to the FITSNews crew for breaking the story.



UPDATE (15:35):
The Conservativist has also learned that phone calls were being made in House District 38 that were being paid for by “Bob Walker” according to the caller.

Survivor – South Carolina

June 17, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Apparently sometime over the last few years, Survivor, hit the air in SC.  That and King George (isn’t he dead) has retaken the throne and rules in SC.  Well according to exiting House Pro Tem Doug Smith, it appears both are true.

In Sunday’s Herald Journal article, Doug Smith claims the elected seat is the incumbents to hold come come hell or high water, “you (county chairman), ought to give them (incumbents) protection.”

Understand that he his referring to Ralph Davenport and Bob Walker.  I don’t know of anything personally concerning Walker’s affairs, but Mr. Davenport hung himself after his second attempt to over run Spartanburg County School District 2 (School District Consolidation and attempting to take property from the district in 2006).

This appears to be a common theme in politics as well, at least it exists on both sides of the aisle.  When speaking with a younger Reese concerning his fathers re-election campaign against Mike Gardner, he quickly took up arms stating (paraphrased) “his father deserved that seat and that there shouldn’t be a race.”

The point is, every race should be contested.  The people should have a choice and if the incumbent deserves the immunity idol, he will win handly on election day.

By the way, somebody call up Jeff Probst and get Jim Ritchie and Glenn Reese an immunity idol before June 24th and November 4th elections.

Joey Millwood Announces Candidacy for SC House District 38

March 27, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Contact:       Joey Millwood




Telephone: 864-680-0909



Spartanburg County Area Man Announces for House Seat

LANDRUM, SC – Landrum resident Joey Millwood will announce his candidacy for the South Carolina State House of Representatives Friday , 6:00 p.m. at 6867 Highway 11, Campobello, SC. This will begin Millwood’s front porch tour.

“I am pleased to announce my candidacy, “said Millwood. “Columbia politicians have strayed from their conservative values and have been running up spending year after year. I am running to put the brakes on out of control spending, fight for lower taxes, and allow the taxpayers to keep more of their hard earned money.”

  Joey Millwood is running as a consistent conservative who is committed to the principles of government spending reform, tax reform, protecting our jobs from illegal immigrants, family values, and conservative Supreme Court judges.

“We need Republicans who will look at real tax reform and appoint conservative judges to the state supreme court.” said Millwood. “Tax reform is desperately needed in our state. Our income tax rate is among the ten highest in the nation and that kills jobs. It’s time to change how things are done in Columbia. Decisions should be made and laws should be passed on behalf of the taxpayers and not the politicians.”

Joey Millwood is a newspaperman and graduate of USC Upstate. He lives in Landrum with his wife Erin and their newborn daughter Eliza Cait. Joey has also been a community volunteer for the American Red Cross, Adopt a Highway, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Greyhound Rescue.

Joey Millwood is running for House District 38.

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