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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Nikki Haley to Visit USC Upstate

October 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Events

Nikki Haley, GOP Candidate for Governor

Nikki Haley, GOP Candidate for Governor

South Carolina GOP Candidate for Governor, Nikki Haley will be visiting USC Upstate on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010.  Her public comments will be made between 1:40 and 2:00 pm in front of the HPAC building (Humanities and Performing Arts).

For information, contact Allison Pingley at (864) 503-5752 or apingley@uscupstate.edu.

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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SC GOP Gubernatorial Runoff

June 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Opinion, SC Politics

Who do you support to be South Carolina’s republican nominee for governor?

The runoff is between State Rep. Nikki Haley and Congressman Gresham Barrett and the vote is next Tuesday, June 22nd.  Here’s our two cents, take it for what it is worth.

Nikki Haley

Haley won the initial primary collecting almost 49% of the vote, even after multiple allegations (2) that she had extra-marital affairs.  She received the endorsement of Sara Palin and is the beauty of the SC Tea Party.

I personally have liked Haley for several years.  Especially on her transparency and reform initiatives.  Of course, even some of that has come into question recently.  In particular, The State newspaper is calling her out over contradicting stimulus votes.

My biggest fear with Haley?  I’m afraid she’ll run into the same issues as Mark Sanford had.  That is, not being able to work with the legislature to get the key reform initiatives passed.

Gresham Barrett

Our biggest complaint with Barrett is that he first voted against TARP, then voted for it.  That, and in my opinion, he campaigns to heavily on his Christian credentials.

Most recently, he was questioned by a political activist concerning a “miss-statement” in one of his campaign ads claiming he was retired. The activist confronts Barrett and he agrees that there was a mistake, but the activist was trying to tie this mistake to our friends in Connecticut.  In particular, the activist is referring to Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal who had been lying about his service record, claiming to have been in Vietnam.

My biggest fear with Barrett is he’ll flip flop on key issues.

Who Wins?

So who will win this race and who are you supporting?  Here’s your chance to make the best case for your candidate.

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