On February 19th, we reported that Muncipal Judge Larry Duffy opined that Texas Hold ‘em was not a game of chance but skill. That was a huge victory for individual rights here in South Carolina and now President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell has introduced legislation that would change the 207 year old law to legalize social gambling.
S. 535 Section 1.E – Gambling in a private home where no house player, house bank, or house odds exist and where there is no house income from the operation of the game is social gambling and is an affirmative defense to the provisions of subsection (A).
S. 535 Section 1.F – A charitable, religious, fraternal or other nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income taxes pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(8), 501(c)(10), or 501(c)(19) because it is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious, fraternal or nonprofit purposes may conduct or participate in a casino night fundraising event of limited duration during which wagers may be made in gambling activities
Other sponsors on this bill include: Mulvaney, Ford, Land and Knotts
Be sure to begin contacting members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and encourage them to support this bill.
All we have to say is it is about time the state quit infringing on our private lives within the walls of individuals homes.
The government should not be in the business of enforcing morals (I’m opening up a can of worms on this one) and should not intrude on the lives of people in this fashion. If I so choose to play cards with friends in the comfort of my home, so be it. Who am I harming?
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:
Be sure you call and thank them for signing on to this bill. Those who failed to sign on as sponsors are below:
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.
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.
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.
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.