The Palmetto Freedom Forum will be held on September 5th, 2011 at 3pm in Columbia, SC. Details from the announcement are below.
In 2010, Americans sent a new crop of conservatives to Washington to shake up the status quo and demand a smaller government that pays its bills, instead of passing debt to our children and grandchildren. We must continue this progress in 2012 by sending a true conservative to the White House.
One way to help identify the best Republican candidate for president is by participating in the Palmetto Freedom Forum, sponsored by the American Principles Project. The Palmetto Freedom Forum is a one-of-a-kind event that will take place in Columbia, South Carolina at 3 p.m. on September 5, 2011.
U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), Congressman Steve King (R-IA), and constitutional expert Dr. Robert George will interview each of the candidates individually and ask them questions that are on the minds of conservatives around the country. Several of the top candidates, including Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Perry have already confirmed their participation.
Here’s how you can participate:
- Attend in person by signing up to win tickets. Winners will be selected at 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2011, so sign up today.
- Submit a question for the candidates by emailing it firstname.lastname@example.org
- Follow the event on Facebook so you get the latest forum news and know where to watch it live.
This won’t be a mainstream media debate filled with “gotcha” questions and 5-second sound bites. Instead, it’s an opportunity for the candidates to outline their positions on the key issues and to respond to real questions.
This forum is part of the process of determing which candidate has what it takes to be a courageous, competent, and conservative president. We hope you will participate in this important pre-primary election event.
Senator Jim DeMint will be visiting the world famous Beacon Drive-in on August 20th, 2010 from 3-5 pm.
This event is being sponsored by the Spartanburg GOP and NEWS Radio WORD will be broadcasting from The Beacon as well.
It is very fitting that DeMint is making a stop in Spartanburg during his re-election campaign.
For those of you who don’t remember, during the intense battle for Spartanburg County Chairman in 2009, then chairman Rick Beltram said he would be sitting on his hands when DeMint comes to Spartanbug in 2010. Why? DeMint endorsed his opponent in the State GOP race that ended up not being as highly contested as was once thought.
Beltram lost the county GOP race, withdrew from state GOP race and has been working on embarrassing the local party since, forming his own Republican club and most recently staging a meeting to oust write-in candidate Jimmy McMillan from the State House 36 race.
Is it Political Irony or Political Payback? You tell us!
We learned today that the Senator everyone loves to hate in South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, did not vote on the amendment to include Hate Crimes in the National Defense Authorization Act and subsequently voted in favor of passing S.1390 (87/7) to be presented to committee and eventually the President.
The legislation was completely hidden from public view. Why you may ask? Because America and the media outlets granted their full attention to the Sotomayor confirmation hearings. We know good and well Senator Graham was in Washington because he was taking part in the confirmation hearings.
After the hearings, Graham voted on an amendment to S.1390 at 5:40pm on July 16th. The hate crimes amendment was voted on at 10:51pm on July 16th, passing 63/28.
Granted, Senator Graham’s absence did not effectively cause the bill to pass, but being the coalition builder he is, one would have hoped that he could have convinced the leadership to keep this out of the National Defense Authorization Act.
Senator Jim DeMint voted no on the amendment and bill passage.
There was a motion to adopt Amendment 1611 that would have killed the Hate Crimes Legislation. Sen. Kyl entered in the record for Senator Graham that he would have voted on the amendment that would have called for a study and effectively axe the Hate Crimes Legislation. This can be found in roll call vote 231 also taken on July 16, 2009. Here is the link to the Congressional Record you will need to click on the link inside the congressional record to Page S7633 (this may be a temporary link).
Mr. Bishop from Senator Graham’s office has left a comment below and you can read further to see where Senator Graham voted no in the conference committee meeting.
It is tea party time in Upstate South Carolina.
I just wish they had a larger affect on the opinions of our leadership in Washington, or in SC for that matter. A protest is great, but it is not changing policies. Make sure you are calling your elected officials and let them know how “mad” you are.
Here are the events we know about. If your event is not listed, let us know.
Boiling Springs Independence Day Tea Party
The American Freedom Day July 4th Tea Party in Boiling Springs is not being hosted by a political organization, but is being organized by individuals in the community. Christina Jeffery has worked with the individuals to get some publicity for her campaign and is bringing in Dr. Alan Keyes to speak at the event as well. Louis Wilson Engram will also be a guest speaker at the 3 hour event starting at 11 am.
The event will be held at the Boiling Springs Community Park off of Double Bridge Road (just past the library). See the Boiling Springs Tea Party website for more information.
Charleston Tea Party
Hosted by the Charleston County GOP, the event will be held on July 4th at Cannon Park (261 Calhoun St). Activities begin at 10:30 am.
Columbia Tea Party
This tea party is planned to be held on the State House grounds from 11 am to 2 pm. Guest speakers include Bill Connor (Candidate for Lt. Governor), Jim DeMint, Nikki Haley (Candidate for Governor), Sheri Few (Stand Up SC) and Talbert Black (Campaign for Liberty)
Fountain Inn Independence Day Tea Party
This event is being hosted by the Upstate Young Republicans based out of Greenville, SC. The one hour tea party is set to begin at 10 am on July 4th at the Fountain Inn City Hall.
Jim DeMint will be coming to Spartanburg on July 2nd for a book signing at Costco starting at 3pm.
He is promoting his latest book “Saving Freedom: We Can Stop America’s Slide into Socialism”
Check back for details.