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.

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:

A Riff in Spartanburg Delegation

November 10, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

It appears there is division in the county delegation just one week after the election.

The vote for chair went to Littlejohn (9) Shane Martin (4). We have learned that although by the numbers Littlejohn won, Martin won by a weighted vote. All 3 senators and Joey Millwood carried more weight than the other 9 voting members. I’ll get details later.

The same question could be posed for the vice chairmanship. Kelly gained 8 votes and Millwood 5. Again the three senators plus two house members voted for Millwood.

The question to raise is whether or not this vote was conducted accordingly by Doug Smith, exiting House Pro Temp.

If not, it appears that Doug Smith was not done with politics and left his exiting mark on the Spartanburg County Delegation.

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