The Continuing Battle For Spartanburg Delegation Chair

November 12, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

I had the privilige of talking to several individuals tonight concerning the race for chairman of the delegation this past Monday.  Needless to say, this will not be the last story as more continues to develop.

I had spoke with Steve Parker and he explained his logic leading up to the meeting this past Monday.  He stated that his objective was for the chair to be from the older group of officials and the vice-chair be one of the officials just winning their first term into public office.

Steve spent the past week lobbying for Littlejohn to be chair and was trying to position himself to be vice-chair.  As we all know, Steve got the losing end of the deal there as he was not even nominated.  We did learn that one senator offered to go ahead and nominate after Kelly & Millwood were nominated.  Parker stated that he told him not to worry about it, the numbers are not there.

Then there is Shane Martin.  Our sources have indicated that he was not even lobbying for the position and was happy to support Littlejohn.  Matter of fact, it appears he is still willing to support him.

Lee Bright is the next question.  As he showed up a little late, he started the questioning of the votes from the beginning.  He in fact mentioned that the vote may should be weighted.  He also told the Herald Journal that he was going to look into this further.

Lee Bright may be the lone ranger in this crowd.  It appears that he will do what he feels is right no matter the cost.  It will be interesting to watch this one develop.

Our sources indicate that he (Bright) has made contact with Senate lawyers and it is believed that the vote was supposed to be weighted.  We have heard from one source that they may push to accept the original vote for Chair, but take the weighted vote for vice chair, making Joey Millwood the vice chairman instead of Keith Kelly.

And here is the logic on the weighted votes.  The biggest argument here is that if a count were always the method for procedural votes, then the house members would always out weight the senate members.  By using the weighted votes, they (Senators) can then have an equal voice.

There is still the question of whether or not Bright’s votes counted.  There is an argument between the two factions that since Bright was not sworn in, his vote did not count.  The other side of the argument is that this ceremony was not an official ceremony.  The official ceremony is scheduled to be in Columbia in the next month or so.

Some may say what is the big deal, it is just a title with no real authority.  What does matter is the possible corruption in the process.  This is what is trying to be eliminated from our government; thru transparency issues, etc.  What is truly happening then if this is the case for a delegation chairmanship.

Either way, we have not heard the last of this.  We’ll keep you informed on the latest developments.

Division In Spartanburg

November 11, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

As we mentioned in an earlier post, the division in the county delegation is apparent already.  And it’s not across party lines either.

First:
I would like to share with you the vote weight scale for the county.  It is based on population amounts and is distributed to make a sum of 100.  This becomes key.  You will see in the video below where a last minute decision was made to ensure the desired outcome.

District Member Vote Weight
SD 11 Glenn Reese 17.893
SD 12 Lee Bright 17.310
SD 13 Shane Martin 13.791
HD 34 Mike Forrester 6.510
HD 36 Rita Allison 6.457
HD 32 Derham Cole Jr. 6.425
HD 38 Joey Millwood 6.403
HD 37 Steve Parker 6.356
HD 31 Harold Mitchell 6.230
HD 35 Keith Kelly 6.217
HD 33 Lanny Littlejohn 4.972
SD 14 Harvey Peeler 1.006
HD 42 Mike Anthony .430



Second:
View the picture below.  This is taken before the vote and it shows where each candidate remained seated for the rest of the meeting.  Note the 2 nameplates at the center of the platform and exiting House Speaker Pro Tempore Doug Smith.

Spartanburg County Delegation

The Vote for Chair(s)
It went down in style.  Below you will find the video of the event but here’s the quick vote count.  Littlejohn wins the vote based on a decision by Doug Smith that supposedly for procedural matters, vote count is the preferred method instead of a weighted vote.  The video shows some hesitation in the decision process. Kelly wins the vote using the same procedure determined from the previous vote.

Littlejohn
Member Chairman Vice-Chairman
Martin Kelly Millwood
Lee Bright Y Y
Mike Forrester Y Y
Harold Mitchell Y Y
Mike Anthony Y Y
Glenn Reese Y Y
Keith Kelly Y Y
Lanny Littlejohn Y Y
Derham Cole Y Y
Rita Allison Y Y
Shane Martin Y Y
Harvey Peeler Y Y
Joey Millwood Y Y
Steve Parker Y Y
Total Votes 9 4 8 5
Weighted Vote 44.603 55.397 38.247 61.753


One question that leads me to believe that the division exists is based on the following question:

Why did half of the group expect it to be a weighted vote and the other half a count?

Two of eldest members of the group, Reese and Littlejohn, were on two different pages as to how the vote was counted.  This isn’t the first time that they witnessed the county delegation chairmanship proceedings.

And what caused the chair(s) to coincidentally be set up at the center of the stage?  There appears to be a rat afloat and we hope to get an answer.

Here is the video:

Mark Sanford and Spartanburg County Candidates

October 31, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Mark Sanford and Spartanburg County Candidates

Mark Sanford offers his words of support to the Spartanburg County Republicans seeking office on Nov. 4th, 2008

Governor Mark Sanford made a special trip to Spartanburg today to offer his support to the Republican Candidates running in Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties. The event was held at The Junction Too restaurant on Hearon Circle at noon today.

After a few minutes of meet and greeting, the Governor made a short speech offering his support of the candidates. He made sure to remind people that the current financial situation that the state is in is due to the excessive spending in Columbia. He said Spartanburg did an excellent job selecting “reform minded individuals” and he looks forward to working with them.

Sanford also gave props to Representative Nikki Haley (SC House 87) for her efforts to push a bill that would require roll call votes so that legislatures can be held more accountable.

The people of Spartanburg are now holding their noses hoping that their chosen candidates act on what they promised, and that is to Reform the State Government.

Attendees from Left to Right: (Rick Beltram, Spartanburg County Chairman; Wright Gaines, Mayor of Inman; Rusty Clevenger, Candidate for Coroner; Joey Millwood, Candidate for House District 38; Mike Gardner, Candidate for Senate District 11; Danny Stacy, Candidate for House District 29; Steve Parker, Candidate for House District 37; Derham Cole, Candidate for House District 32; Shane Martin, Candidate for Senate District 13; Lee Bright, Candidate for Senate District 12; Mark Sanford, Governor)

Round 1 – Candidate Forum

October 20, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

The night was marked with comedic over tones provided by Jimmy Tobias, Joey Millwood, and Rick Beltram. 

Beltram began the night highlighting that Reese was not there by wearing a Krispy Kreme Hat and then passing out Dunkin Doughnut napkins.  Needless to say, that pissed a few people off, republicans and democrats.

Millwood took a shot at opponent Mark Chambers (who was not in attendance) stating:

I have debated my wife over seeing Reese Witherspoon Friday night, my dog for sitting on the couch, but never air.

Of course, in popular belief, the Spartanburg Herald had to take a shot at Millwood concerning the support he has received from SCRG.  Millwood responded with the following:

Conservatives get mad when big liberal organizations make contributions and liberals get mad when big conservative organizations make contributions…

I have one question though…Where was the Herald Journal when the NEA and large homosexual and abortion groups raided the state a few years back trying to stop the marriage bill that was before us?  No where.  Not one word about it.

A very valid point by Millwood.  The Herald Journal just did another article criticizing SCRG but failed to mention the money received by Harold Mitchell from out of state sources.

In the end though, Jimmy Tobias (D – Senate 13) stole the show.  His no holds bar to the issues provided relief to the mundane political speak.  There was no political correctness and he closed the night with:

We need brass balls!

About 200 people attended the event and each candidate did a fair job getting their positions across.  The biggest loser may have been the Media.

 

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