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

SC State House Passes 10th Amendment Resolution

February 27, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

On February 26th, The SC State House passed H3509 which is a resolution to affirm the states rights guaranteed by the 9th and 10th amendments of the US Constitution.

Unfortunately, it appears the transparency bill doesn’t cover such resolutions.  We spoke with Dan Hamilton (House District 20) of Greenville, SC who shared with us that the vote was unanimous in favor of the bill.

Some of the Spartanburg County legislatures signed on to the bill.  They are as follows:

  • Allison
  • Parker
  • Millwood
  • Littlejohn

Be sure you call and thank them for signing on to this bill.  Those who failed to sign on as sponsors are below:

  • Mitchell
  • Cole
  • Forrester
  • Kelly

The bill has been referred to the Senate.  A similar version already exists, S424 in the State Senate, which the Spartanburg County Senators have already signed on as sponsors.

SC Exercising It’s Rights?

February 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

Lo and behold, it appears that our great general assembly is looking to make sure that our state and its people retain their rights as granted by the US Constitution.  That’s right, and SC is one of 20 something states that have introduced some similar legislation stating they are against any movements that affect the peoples and states 9th and 10th amendment rights.

After speaking with Inglis today, he believes that HR 45 will pass with Pelosi’s new found power.  This is Bobby Rush’s (D-IL) bill to bar code ammunition and limit gun ownership.  According to the SC House version of the bill, this would be one situation that would force the affirmation of the resolution.  Not sure how much power it will have, but it does give you a warm fuzzy feeling…doesn’t it?

The House bill, H3509, is sponsored by the following individuals:

Reps. M.A. Pitts, Duncan, Thompson, Bowen, Toole, Stringer, Hamilton, Pinson, Bedingfield, G.R. Smith, Cooper, Crawford, Long, Lowe, Nanney, Owens, E.H. Pitts, Rice, Viers and White

Notice that none of the Spartanburg delegation is in this listing.  I encourage you to contact Millwood, Parker, Mitchell, Littlejohn, Cole, Allison, Forrester, Kelly and ask them their positions and to sign on as co-sponsors.

The Senate bill, S424, is sponsored by the following individuals:

Senators Bright, S. Martin, Alexander, Campbell, Fair, Knotts, Cromer, Mulvaney, Verdin, L. Martin, Shoopman, Rose, McConnell, Thomas, Cleary, Courson, Coleman, Davis, Reese and Campsen

Be sure to contact Lee Bright, Shane Martin, and Glenn Reese and thank them for supporting this resolution.

The Battlegroud Spartanburg Has Become

January 14, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Spartanburg has been in a tizzy since July 2007 politically speaking.

Rick Beltram first banned Ron Paul from participating in Republican events in the county.  The Paulite’s lit him up like it was the 4th of July.  The county party hq phone rang off the hook and his inbox overflowed from emails from across the nation.  He stirred the pot further with his infamous “Trophy Wife” comments stirred more debate.

Over the next several months, practically every candidate running for President stopped in Spartanburg leading up to the primary on January 19th and 26th.

Then the local primary races got interesting with the 3 way race for Senate 13, Talley and Bright for Senate 12, Slick Steve in House 37 (Steve was found innocent of those accusations as well), and the surprising upset in House 38, Millwood over Walker and the accusations made against Rick Beltram accusing him of offering campaign consulting services from his county chairman post.

Then November 11th struck.  The immediate controversy that came to be concerning the proper voting methods used to nominate a chairman of a county delegation.  It’s a rather pointless position, but the argument between the Good ‘Ole Boys and The New Kids on the Block is over the rule of law.  Each side still claims the law is on their respective sides and is daring each other to take them to court to resolve the issue.

But the rumors floating around Spartanburg appear to be more than just the rule of law or how some individuals in the state house want to make the scenario a Senate vs. House debate.

It is rumored the entire rift is because of some “midnight appointments” made by the out going Senators.  It has been brought to our attention that these appointments were “ram-rodded” and not legal.  And being the stature of the vows made by The New Kids on the Block, they are challenging the norm and trying to ensure the “rule of law”.

And then we learned from some sources that there will be another resolution presented at the Spartanburg GOP meeting on Thursday to censure Shane Martin over his actions.  A fairly popular candidate who said he wasn’t going to play games is caught in the middle of this.  All because in some people’s opinion, he is trying to do what is right, follow the rule of law while others believe it is a petty power struggle.

After the event tomorrow night, I heard the two sides were going out to Cowpens for a duel.

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