Spartanburg GOP Precinct Reorg Makeup Meeting

March 18, 2009 by  
Filed under News, SC Politics

If you were a law abiding citizen on March 2nd and weathered the nasty weather to organize your precinct, prepare to do it again on March 23rd.  That’s right, we have some sources that said packets are being thrown out on technicalities.  We have contacted Rick Beltram and he stated that some individuals had been in question because they were not registered voters, but that entire packets had not been “thrown out”.

By SCGOP Party Rules, the county party is allowed to hold make up meetings for those precincts which were unable to organize. This can be found in the under Rule 4.1.b:

The county chairman shall also set a date no later than five days prior to the county convention for precinct clubs to meet, that have failed to organize or re-organize or clubs that need to conduct further business. The meeting for all precincts shall be held in one central location in the county.

So, if you want a say in the direction of the Republican Party, want a say in its leadership, this is one of two (2) meetings that you need to attend.

Those individuals researching and counting numbers may base their decisions to take on the embattled 10 year county chairman if you are willing to sacrifice a few hours and have your opinion heard by party leadership or by even becoming party leadership.  It is in your hands.

As for my candidacy, I have been approached by several individuals before and after the infamous audio release.  I will be making a decision in the next few weeks.

The makeup meeting is currently scheduled to be conducted at the Country Hearth Inn at the I-85/I-26 intersections starting at 7pm on March 23, 2009.

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Some Changes at The Conservativist

March 12, 2009 by  
Filed under News

Over the past few days, we have been making some subtle changes. Hopefully you have not noticed the changes and will continue to enjoy the open comment policy at The Conservativist.

If you have had trouble making comments (due to these subtle changes), please let us know using the new Contact Us form.

We have also started to broaden some of our topics outside of politics (mainly sports related) and provide you with information on issues that matter to us. We all like to hold our representatives accountable and what better way to talk about the bills and tell you who is on board and who isn’t.

Finally, we have seen in our traffic and had fellow readers tell us, “your website is hard to spell.”

So, we invested some well earned money and bought a few more domain names.  Our hopes is that one of these names will be easier for our readers to remember and share with their friends when you find an interesting article.  Either way though, you will still land at

Enjoy the changes and let us know what name is easiest for you to remember.

Check Out Jason Spencer’s Blog

March 3, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Check out the excellent reporting by Jason Spencer at the Herald Journal.  Be sure to comment and let him know that the people of Spartanburg want the truth and to see these articles in the paper.

Despite a snow-covered Spartanburg and the dangers of black ice on the road, the Spartanburg County Republican Party, at first glance, seems to have done well with its biennial precinct reorganization.

The blandly named “precinct reorganization” isn’t exclusive to party activists – Democrats and Republicans alternate the years they do it – but it is the front door to any registered voter who wants to have a say in county or state party leadership and/or present resolutions that could affect their state party’s platform.

Monday morning, when I was making calls about things I cover, trying to determine what was cancelled and what wasn’t, I was told that reorganization – advertised on the radio for the past week – would go on. Organization is largely a formal process, but a necessary one, to elect precinct officers and file the appropriate paperwork to become a county and/or state delegate – i.e. to have a vote at the county or state conventions, which are in April and May, respectively.

Read more here at Crazyworld

Gary Coats Elected New Chairman of Spartanburg Young Republicans

January 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Press Release, SC Politics

Spartanburg Young Republicans

Spartanburg Young Republicans

Spartanburg, SC – On Wednesday, January 21, 2008, the Spartanburg Young Republicans held a board meeting to elect a new chairman of the county organization.

The outgoing leader, Nicole Cobb, will be heavily involved in both state and federal campaigns in 2010 and decided it was in the best interest of the group for her to step down.  Cobb will remain a member of the organization.

Gary Coats takes the reins of the organization while the Republican Party is still reeling from the aftermath of the General Elections in November.

Gary said the following about his election:

“I am very excited with the opportunity given me to lead and build this organization.  We will work hard to ensure that the Young Republicans (18-41) are well represented and can assist in rebuilding the party.  It is our time to lead.”

The next meeting of the Spartanburg Young Republicans will be on Tuesday, February 3rd.  The time and location is to be determined.

Our Wrecking Crew in Washington, DC

January 18, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Tammy, Megan and Tyler Scherbarth and Gary Coats

Tammy, Megan and Tyler Scherbarth and Gary Coats

We made our long voyage to Washington DC today for the inauguration of Barack Obama.  For some of us (myself) this is my first time in DC, while the rest of the crew has been here at some point in the past.  Each of us are enjoying the opportunity to see history, the swearing in of the 44th President of the United States.

We had an interesting ride with the one and only Rick Beltram who somehow managed to ramble for 1 hour and 20 minutes about several things.  I shouldn’t say ramble, but he discussed DC in general and reviewed the itinerary with everyone.  Me, I enjoyed watching The Dark Knight on my iPhone and laughed with my friends above.

The Spartanburg Herald Journal is along for the ride and they are making sure to talk to everyone and get their pictures.

We’ll provide some updates throughout the day tomorrow, hopefully, and the next night.

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