John Moore to Announce Campaign for House District 38

February 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Events, Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  23 February 2010

Contact: Donna Hicks
Phone: 864-804-2474

Businessman John Moore will officially begin his campaign this Thursday, February 25, 2010, at noon inside the manufacturing facility for Blue Ridge Log Cabins.  This will be open to the public and all are invited to attend.

With strong support from the Spartanburg business community, John Moore understands the need to recruit and retain quality jobs and has the experience and support to help make that happen.

In addition to economic development, Moore has pledged to listen to his constituents and take their concerns to the Statehouse.

“One of the most important things an elected official can do is to reach out into the communities they serve, and not just listen, but have a true understanding of situations which require attention,” Moore said. “It is our responsibility to put personal differences aside and work for what’s best for the people in our district.”

For more information on John Moore, please visit his campaign website;


To contact John Moore directly; phone: 864-597-9779; email:

House District 38 Poll

January 29, 2010 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Before the old poll system died, I was able to recover the voting data for the House District 38 race.

With that said, I would like to offer these disclaimers:

  1. Polling before and during January probably is not the best practice
  2. Web polling typically is not scientifically accurate.
  3. Our polls do there best to prevent users from voting multiple times

Things don’t look good for the incumbent, Joey Millwood.  Millwood, who is an outsider and doesn’t play by the standard rules of politics, appears to have upset the political establishment.  That doesn’t bother him though.  He’ll continue to do what he believes is right, stirring the pot when necessary.

With that said, here are the results of our first poll.  You can always vote in the new poll below if you don’t believe these results…

Candidate Votes Percentage
Doug Brannon 4 5.5%
Joey Millwood 15 20.8%
John Moore 46 63.8%
Bob Walker 4 5.5%
Other 3 4.4%

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Spartanburg House Race Update – District 38

January 18, 2010 by  
Filed under SC Politics

The race for House District 38 should prove to be one of the most interesting races this election cycle.  Don’t forget to vote in our House District 38 poll at the bottom of this post!

The incumbent, Joey Millwood, who ousted 8 term Education and Public Work Chairman Bob Walker with a surprising upset to start off the 2008 election cycle finds himself in a heated race going to win a second term.  Currently there are two announced opponents and the former incumbent is still filing ethics reports.

And  despite rumors posted by a commenter (Charlotte Watchdog, by the way, where has the watchdog gone?) earlier this year, I am not moving into the district to challenge Joey Millwood.

Joey Millwood

Contributions:  $5,600.00
Expenditures:  $375.01
Cash on hand: $9,158.43

Joey Millwood, a supporter of school choice, has made several in roads and is proving himself to be a reliable vote in the State House with the group FITS News termed the “Back Row Boys”.  Joey changed consultants during this cycle, moving away from the Sandlapper group led by Chad Connelly to what many consider to be a rising star in consulting, Chris Sullivan.

Millwood’s most recent financial report is surprisingly small. The majority of his contributions came from the school choice crowd, ~$4,000.  The former “David” of Landrum has had zero contributions from his local district.

Doug Brannon

Contributions:  $5,550.00
Expenditures:  $11,51.20
Cash on hand: $4,898.80

Doug last held a public office in 1997, mayor of Landrum, before attempting to run a write-in campaign in 2008 after Millwood upset Walker.  That write-in campaign, to get his name on the November ballot, failed as he was unable to obtain the 915 signatures required.  Other than that, we don’t know much about Brannon besides some wild rumors that have not been validated.

All of Brannon’s contributions came from attorney’s during this cycle, none of which are within the district.

John Moore

Contributions:  $15,628.69
Expenditures:  $3,470.76
Cash on hand: $25,927.88

Moore has hired Kerry Wood, of Dark Horse Strategy, to be his consultant.  Kerry’s most notable win was the Senate 13 upset against sitting Senator Jim Ritchie.

Moore matches the profile of typical DHSG candidates and can raise money.  Moore’s supporters range across a variety of occupations and he has built a solid fundraising base in the district and across Spartanburg county.

Bob Walker

Contributions:  $7.01
Expenditures:  $8,232.00
Cash on hand: $21,321.23

It is pretty much understood that Bob Walker is not going to run again.  What is interesting about the former representative is that he paid his consulting group (Campaign Research & Strategy) $8,000 for campaign services 16 months after he was defeated by Joey Millwood.  We did some more digging and found he paid the organization another $8,000 in May of 2009.  What is Walker expending his past fundraising money on?

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Spartanburg YR Monthly Meeting

January 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Events

Please join us at Delaney’s in Spartanburg to hear from State Rep Joey Millwood.

This is a great opportunity to get involved, learn more about what your representatives can do for you and get plugged into politics so that your voice can be heard.

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.”

Nikki Haley gives her thoughts on the Conservative Reform Movement on her website.

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