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.

SC Ready to Sound the Alarm on H.R. 45

March 9, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

So besides the hours the House spent debating and voting on our ever important state budget, what did the SC State House of Representatives accomplish before/after 108 members saw it necessary to accept the stimulus money instead of doing what the rest of America is doing, trimming down the fat.

H.3673 was introduced and referred to committee. The resolution expresses “the opposition of the General Assembly of South Carolina to the Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 [H.R. 45] recently introduced in the United States Congress.”  Whew.

For those of you who don’t know, H.R. 45 (aka Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009) introduced by Congressman Bobby Rush (D -IL) would destroy our 2nd Amendment rights as we know it.  What does it require?  Here is a list just for starters.

Prohibits:

  1. transferring a firearm to any person other than a licensee, unless the transfer is processed through a licensed dealer in accordance with national instant criminal background check system requirements, with exceptions;
  2. a licensed manufacturer or dealer from failing to comply with reporting and record keeping requirements of this Act;
  3. failing to report the loss or theft of the firearm to the Attorney General within 72 hours;
  4. failing to report to the Attorney General an address change within 60 days; or
  5. keeping a loaded firearm, or an unloaded firearm and ammunition for the firearm, knowingly or recklessly disregarding the risk that a child is capable of gaining access, if a child uses the firearm and causes death or serious bodily injury.

Did I mention this requires most ammunition to be bar coded?

We spoke with Congressman Bob Inglis (R – SC) a few weeks ago about the bill and he didn’t give us a warm fuzzy feeling.  Bob Inglis is against the bill, but believes that Nancy Pelosi (D – CA) will push this through.  Our best hope is that pro gun democrats like college football star Heath Shuler (D – NC) and others will stand up and buck the gravy train.

H.3673 was referred to the committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions. Be sure to contact your representatives and ask them to sponsor this resolution.  We need to send this message loud and clear to Washington.  Here are the committee members:

Herb Kirsh Liston D. Barfield Don C. Bowen
Marion B. Frye Vida O. Miller

As for Spartanburg County, all but two Representatives had signed on as of 12:14am on March 10th.  Those Representatives are Harold Mitchell and Joey Millwood.

I am happy to see our General Assembly fighting for our rights guaranteed by the US Constitution.  I just wish these bills did more than just memorialize the US Congress.  It is our understanding this process has very little effect influencing Congress.  Maybe they will put some teeth into one of these bills and give the Attorney General the grounds to sue the US over this matter.

By the way, go to the NRA website and help them get on Congress’ case to not pass this bill.

UPDATE (5:04pm March 10):
Joey Millwood and Eric Bedingfield have also signed on to this legislation now.

SC State House Votes to Take Stimulus Monies

March 9, 2009 by  
Filed under News

That’s right, $350M Budget Stabilization Fund passed the house today on a 108-8 vote.

It was decided via amendment that federal stimulus money be used to fund the stabilization fund.

So, again, we have 108 House members deciding to go with the status quo and not take the perfect opportunity to reduce state government spending appropriately.

What happened to all they campaign hype of zero-based budgeting and responsible spending?

We’ll get more details on this bill when it is published to the journal, but here’s who voted against the bill.

Joey Millwood Eric Bedingfield Dan Hamilton
Garry Smith Wendy Nanney Thad Viers
Nathan Ballentine James Stewart