Jan. 2010 House Race Update – District 33

January 28, 2010 by  
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Lanny Littlejohn, Representative House District 33

With Littlejohn announcing his retirement a few weeks ago, we thought we would take a look into this race and see what is going on.  Let us know what your thoughts on this race and let us know who your pre-filing preference is in our poll below!

Lanny Littlejohn

Contributions:  $0.00
Expenditures:  $1,736.66
Cash on hand: $9,088.25

Littlejohn announced his retirement from public service back in November.  His latest contribution report affirms that has he has taken in zero dollars in contributions and he is calling it quits.

Weldon Davis

Contributions:  $0.00
Expenditures:  $39.00
Cash on hand: $756.39

UPDATE:  Davis is announcing today he is running as a Republican in District 33, courtesy the Herald Journal. We have updated the poll.

Our poll will not include Weldon, as of of now, he is uncontested as a democrat.  At least he was a democrat in 2008 when he ran against Littlejohn.  Lastly, we have only heard rumors that Weldon is considering a run again.  Looking at his filing reports, he hasn’t begun raising any money.

Manning Lynch

Contributions:  $0.00
Expenditures:  $0.00
Cash on hand: $5,721.64

Lynch was thought to be a big contender in this race, but latest rumors we are hearing state that he is not going to run.   Lynch did not raise any money in this last cycle.  This would tend to lend these rumors to be true, but I think it is still to early to tell.

Eddie Tallon

Contributions:  $29,233.98
Expenditures:  $914.40
Cash on hand: $30,269.58

Tallon by far raised the most money and has the best stock pile of any of the candidates.  Rumors on the street state he will probably take the primary without any real issues.

Tallon’s contribution report appears to be a who’s who of donors.  There are also several donors whose name is “X X” with an “X X X” address.  There are 18 of those records, but if memory serves me right, these are below the reporting threshold requirement for who the individuals are.

UPDATE:
Corrected comments on Junie White, my apologies Mayor White.

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Littlejohn, Tenenbaum, Swine Flu, and Elbows

May 5, 2009 by  
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Lanny Littlejohn, Representative House District 33

Lanny Littlejohn, Representative House District 33

So, it’s been about a week since I posted here at The Conservativist and for good reason, I guess.

For those of you who don’t know, I love sports and when I play, I play hard.  The latest chapter in the saga ends with a awesome looking dive that ends with a nasty flip and a severely messed up elbow.  So here’s a quick overview concerning a few topics over the last week.

Senator Arlen Spector – Some say this is not a big loss, others say it is huge.  The fact Spector admitted the fact that he didn’t want to lose his seat to angry Republican primary voters and that was the primary reason he changed parties is this biggest problem with politics in America today.  Some people get so used to the power that they cannot let it go.  Kind of like me forgetting that I’m not 19 anymore and the body doesn’t take a beating like it used to.

Spartanburg County Delegation – The fued is over in Spartanburg over who is chairman and vice-chairman.  Monday, May 4th, the delegation reached a compromise naming Lanny Littlejohn the chairman and Shane Martin the vice-chairman.  Part of the deal that was arranged is to have the leadership positions rotate between members of the House and Senate in future terms.  Still at question is weighted voting.

Air Force One & the Statue of Liberty – Just when you thought it was safe to take to the streets of Manhattan after 9/11, Obama’s staff decides to send one of his aircraft to perform a flyby at the Statue of Liberty.  Some individuals had been notified of the events, excluding Mayor Bloomberg, and panic was amuck in NYC as this low flying aircraft buzzed Manhattan.  To add to the egginess, an F-16 was in hot pursuit…to take photographs.  This taxpayer funded fly by was to replace the photo of the aircraft over Mt. Rushmore.  I guess Washington is becoming Wall Street’s best friend.

Swine Flu – A panic is created over the rapid spread and 150 deaths linked to a swine flu out of Mexico.  CNN reports that 250,000 – 500,000 people die a year from the regular flu.  Your guess, manufactured panic or a real threat?

Tenenbaum Appointed by Obama – South Cakalaki’s most recent past Superintendent of Education and one time rumored candidate for Governor was tapped by Obama to head up the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  This is somewhat concerning to us.  I read some stats somewhere today (if you know where the link is, please forward) that stated she was in charge of the State Education Department thru the years we dropped from 46th to 50th in the nation.  So if she tanked our education department, what is she going to do to our consumer products?

Well, it’s time to go ice the elbow again and do real work.  Let us know what you think.

Roll Call Voting Needs Your Help!

April 22, 2009 by  
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The leader in the roll call voting battle, Nikki Haley, needs your help.  Her bill, H. 3047 (Spending Accountability Act of 2009) made it out of subcommittee today and was supposed to be read to the full Ways and Means Committee, but continues to be delayed.

The rumors mills are afloat that this is a tactic to keep the bill from coming to a vote.  Some say the House is scared of the transparency and there is even a rumor that an amendment has been proposed that Haley is being blocked from seeing.

So what’s the big deal with another transparency bill?

The resolution passed in January was a simple rules change that got roll call voting on the books for the session ending in 2010.  In 2011, new rules could be introduced and roll call voting could disappear.

H. 3047 actually makes roll call voting the law.

Read the Spending Accountability Act of 2009 (H. 3047) and contact the Ways and Means Committee and demand a yes vote for roll call voting!

By the way, do you realize that 14 of 25 ways and means members signed the No New Tax Pledge and 12 of them have already violated their no new tax pledge!  Thanks to roll call voting, we know who they are.  Coincidence?

Dan Cooper (Chairman) Annette Young (1st V.C.) Rex Rice (2nd V.C.)
Lanny Littlejohn (3rd V.C.) Herb Kirsh (Secy./Treas.) Liston Barfield
Jim Battle Kenny Bingham Bill Clyburn
Gilda Cobb-Hunter Tracy Edge Bill Herbkersman
Ken Kennedy Chip Limehouse III Dwight Loftis
Jay Lucas James Merrill Joe Neal
Denny Neilson Harry Ott Jr. Michael Pitts
Gary Simrill Murrell Smith Jr. J. Roland Smith
Brian White

SC Ready to Sound the Alarm on H.R. 45

March 9, 2009 by  
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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 Passes 10th Amendment Resolution

February 27, 2009 by  
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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.

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