What Happens to the Conservative Reform Agenda

June 25, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Mark Sanford and reformers Joey Millwood, Shane Martin, and Lee Bright

Mark Sanford and reformers Joey Millwood, Shane Martin, and Lee Bright

Besides our concern for Sanford’s family, we also mentioned our concern over the Conservative Reform Agenda in South Carolina politics.  So we took to the phones and called some of the state legislators and operatives to see what they think may come of the Conservative Reform Agenda.  We want to know, was Sanford the kingpin pushing this agenda and will it survive?

Joey Millwood – House District 38 – Landrum
Joey campaigned against Bob Walker who was the education and public works chair to win this seat in 2008.  He didn’t receive much support from Sanford during the campaign but his campaign was based on the same general principles.

“If there is one thing the establishment has proven in South Carolina, it is that the Governor has no power.  It is with the General Assembly.  Until the leadership in the House and Senate changes, none of the conservative reform agenda will progress.”

Kerry Wood – Strategist – Dark Horse Strategy Groups
Kerry Wood ran Shane Martin’s campaign that knocked out incumbent Senator Jim Ritchie.  DHSG founds itself of the conservative reform movement and only runs candidates that are favorable to the movement.

“The movement is not one person.  The movement does not begin or end with Gov. Sanford.  It will go on regardless.”

Eric Bedingfield – House District 28 – Mauldin
Eric has been a champion of the movement for some time now.  He took up the mantle fighting for immigration reform and pension initiatives over the last several years.

“The reform movement will not disappear, especially with Senator Larry Grooms running for Governor.  His leadership will continue to progress the reform movement.”

Carl Clegg – Public Relations Director for SCFYR
One of the key organizers of the original Tea Party in Greenville, SC, Carl has focused his work across the state to promote the conservative reform agenda.

“Though Gov. Sanford was the public face of the conservative reform movement, he was not the entire movement.  The movement will continue on with new faces leading the charge.”

UPDATE:
Nikki Haley gives her thoughts on the Conservative Reform Movement on her website.

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.