SC State GOP Chairman’s Race

February 16, 2009 by  
Filed under News, SC Politics

Well, the race for state chairman has now taken an interesting twist.  We have been hearing rumors for several weeks now (10 or so) that someone else may be entering the race, but that name just surfaced in the past 2 weeks.  Karen Floyd, the former Spartanburg County Council Chairwoman, officially announced on Saturday that she was entering the race.

Her, like Rick Beltram, announced after Katon Dawson made it official that he was not going to run again for the seat.

This sets up an interesting situation in good ole Sparkle City.  Beltram and Floyd are both from Spartanburg and have pretty good name recognition.  Beltram is experienced at precinct organization in the county and Floyd made a valiant effort to unseat Beltram in 2003 (Check my dates please), so it will be interesting to see which way the county will float.

However, Beltram may have his hands full as there are rumors of multiple individuals looking to run for his county chairman post.  On that list is Mike Dixon, Monica Hill, Ladonna Ryggs and Karen Floyd.  We have spoken with Monica and Ladonna and they have confirmed that they are not interested.  We have not been able to speak with Dixon or Floyd at the time of this publishing.

Kevin Hall is currently the third cog in the wheel for state chairman.  He has been actively working the state trying to build a base and has landed a few big time endorsements. He recently unveiled a nice campaign site that was designed by an out of state firm in an effort to keep him out of the SC Political Consultant mess.  That didn’t work to well as he has been the scapegoat for Dawson’s loss and others.

Here are the endorsements that we are aware as of 02/16/2009:

  • Rick Beltram:
    • Samuel Harms (Greenville County GOP Chairman)
  • Karen Floyd:
    • Glenn McCall (SC RNC National Committeeman)
  • Kevin Hall:
    • Lindsey Graham (Senior Senator from SC)
    • Jim DeMint (Junior Senator from SC)

We hope to have an quick summary on Karen Floyd up in the next few weeks to go with our previous SC GOP Chairman story.  By the way, go over to The Palmetto Scoop and participate in their online poll.

As for endorsements and associations with campaigns (I need to know where to find political death certificates), I will not be working or endorsing any campaign for state chairman.  I am honored to have been asked to assist in these campaigns and wish the candidates the best of luck in their endeavors.

Exercising Our Gun Rights

February 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

MP-5 Automatic Machine Gun

MP-5 Automatic Machine Gun

My father-in-law and I decided to take Thursday afternoon and exercise our 2nd amendment rights.  Allen Arms Indoor Shooting Range in Greenville is a great location to go and enjoy a few hours shooting your weapons and working on your aim for hunting.

We continue to hope that our government will continue to protect our rights to bear arms.  Some of the rules being proposed by Bobby Rush would damage this market and our rights.  Some of the bill calls for bullets to be bar-coded so they can be traced back to the owners. Other bills being proposed would outlaw the weapon above, the MP5.  The shear cost for the weapon alone would outlaw it ($17,000+).  But we were doing some research and found what else it would take to purchase this weapon.  We found this on Yahoo Answer’s:

Since the Heckler & Koch MP-5 is a fully Automatic Machine Gun, you will need to order one thru a Class III Dealer, but before that you will need to complete an application for purchase of a machine gun thru BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms) You will be subjected to a complete background investigation, and you will be required to submit fingerprints as part of the application process. When and if approved you will in addition also be required to purchase a $200 Federal Tax Stamp. You will then have to figure out where you are going to come up with the cost of the MP-5 itself. They can cost as much as $20,000 and UP, depending on what model and version you choose.

Needless to say, it’s pretty hard to get one with the current process.  Thankfully, to enjoy shooting the weapon, Allen Arms currently rents it for about $20.  Ammunition for the gun was about $12/box of 50.  Needless to say, we only shot it for about 15 minutes, as it gets expensive to shoot.  Overall though, this weapon shoots like a charm.

The Race for the Fightin’ Fourth – Part 1

January 29, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Bob Inglis - Congressman SC-4

Bob Inglis - Congressman SC-4

This is the first segment in a series of interviews for known candidates that are entering the 4th District Congressional Race.  No portion of this article or the following articles in this series represents an endorsement made by Gary Coats or The Conservativist.

I had the privlidge to sit down with Congressman Bob Inglis on Monday, January 26th after his morning campaign event in Spartanburg.  Congressman Inglis was very generous with his time and his answers, allowing me to see deeper inside the mind we have often criticized.

Bob Inglis is a resident of Greenville County’s north side in Traveler’s Rest.  Originally from Bluffton, SC, he ended up in the 4th after attending Duke University and the University of Virginia Law School.  Bob is married to Mary Ann and has 5 children between the ages of 11 and 22.

Upon sitting down with the incumbent from Traveler’s Rest, my mind began racing in a variety of directions as to where to start the interview, so, I began with the obvious question.  Where do we, as Republicans, go from here?

Congressman Inglis stated that Republicans need to begin solving problems.  That is a strength of a Republican, a stregth of our party.  Our problem solving needs to improve the underlying programs already in place.  Inglis also stated that the tone of conservatism needed to remain positive and transformative and not turn to an angry and reactionary mind set.

We have often criticized Inglis on energy, so we took a second to look a little deeper into this policy.  When asked Inglis gave us a rhetorical question:

“What is conservative about spilling my waste on to your property?”

Inglis believes that the strength of free markets will solve our energy problems, with a few addendums.

First of all, he states that there is no accountabilty for emissions that are polutting your property.  If we can find a way to attach a cost to the waste bi-product on coal, nuclear energy immediately becomes a viable and profittable solution.  He stated that coal is cheaper until it is cleaner and the clean coal initiative is a big government program.

I immediately followed by asking if this is where cap-and-trade came into the picture?

Inglis’ response:

“Cap-and-Trade is the largest tax increase in the world.  It will not work.”

So what does Inglis propose?

“Eliminate the payroll tax and replace it with a carbon tax. By eliminating the 12.4% cost of the payroll tax and implementing carbon taxes, the cost to the government would be net neutral. “

Let’s look at it like this.  I would love to keep that 6.2% tax in my paycheck and the companies paying the match would have that money to give to its employee’s, invest in captial projects, create jobs.  Brilliant!  Here is a link to the article here.

And finally, we talked about the bailouts.

The congressman believes that the initial bailout of the banks was necessary.  He believes that the banking system had to remain operational to prevent another depression.  Inglis states:

“I could not be the next Herbert Hoover.”

He goes on to further state that we, the people are at fault for this as well.  We have been living on borrowed money and not saving has hurt the people.  We were encouraged by former President Bush after 9/11 to spend.

On the auto bailout, he points to Greer, SC and BMW.  He said a bailout to the big 3 would not solve the problem.  They must change the way they do business, and that means working with UAW to change that model.  BMW has proved that it is possible to build cars for a profit in Greer, SC.

On President Obama’s stimulus package.  He said he would be voting against it.  There was very little stimulus and many long term project and government programs that expanded the size of the government.

Synopsis:
Inglis impressed me the other day.  In the 30-45 minutes that we talked, I saw a side of Inglis I hadn’t seen before.  It was a very personable and logical individual and he took the time to explain why.  He doesn’t always get to do that in town hall meetings with out being chastised.  If he can do that throughout the campaign season, he may be able to turn some of the neigh sayers in his favor.

Greenville GOP in Need of Volunteers?

September 9, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

The Conservativist has been tipped off on a recent struggle in the Greenville County GOP.

It appears the Greenville GOP is struggling to find volunteers to man their headquarters.  A recent call to the headquarters as of yesterday directed you to the voice mail box of the Victory 2008 campaign.

I realize we all have day jobs, but I find it really hard to believe that one of the largest Republican delegations in the state cannot find the resources (volunteers) to staff their headquarters.

After making a call to Rick Beltram concerning this revelation, he now understood why the Spartanburg County office had been getting several calls from Greenville County residents wanting McCain/Palin materials.

Hopefully the Greenville GOP will get the help needed for the long fight over the next 60 days.

UPDATE:
I have since learned that there was a break down in communication between the county party and Duke Energy over the turn over process of the facility to Victory 2008.

UPDATE 2:
Rick Beltram informed me today that the Spartanburg GOP will have McCain/Palin materials in stock on Thursday.  They will be offered at a nominal fee.

Stumpping In South Carolina

October 30, 2007 by  
Filed under US Politics

I had to be away on business this weekend. I have been trying to take my daughter to see all of the candidates so that she can meet the next President of the United States. I check my e-mail Saturday to find that I have received an e-mail from Democratic Party Chair Liz Patterson….”Bill Clinton will Be in Spartanburg on Monday”. My heart dropped, it would have been neat to meet up with Former President Clinton, at least to hear what he had to say. The Spartanburg Herald Journal has a good article on the event.

We have several candidates coming to the Greenville/Spartanburg area this week to stump. A few more chances to get out and meet them and make up your minds.

Thursday
16:30 – Ron Paul @ Grand Opening of Greenville HQ
19:00 – Ron Paul @ Spartanburg County GOP Executive Meeting

Friday
13:00 – Ron Paul @ Strom Thurmond Institute Bldg at Clemson University
16:30 – Joe Biden @ Stephenson Banquet Hall at Limestone College (Gaffney, SC)
19:00 – Ron Paul Rally in Columbia (TBA)

Saturday
08:30 – Ron Paul @ Grand Opening of Columbia HQ
13:00 – Joe Biden @ The Beacon in Spartanburg, SC

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