It has been a while since we have commented on our lastest thoughts or happenings. I have been pretty busy working on a few other projects.
First, some changes we have made here at The Conservativist. Our old comments engine has been replaced. To help eliminate some comment spam and promote transparency, we have implemented Facebook’s commenting system. Secondly, I am moving anything that is not political over to my personal site. Only politics here from now on.
Also, my goal is to promote discussion, exchange ideas, and share opinions. Occasionally, we will do some investigative research and share some findings, but I want to change how this was working. I will continue posting press releases and the such as we have in the past. I’m glad to see our friends over at FITSNews picked up one of our popular trends.
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Don’t forget to check out my other political news site, PoliticalVise.com. It’s a powerful news aggregator, only picking up blog political opinions, that is constantly growing. No opinions will be found there. Just news. We are constantly adding new blogs and states to the vise. So check it regularly.
Here are a few random thoughts and observations I have made over the past few months. Tell me what you think.
The Economy – Upstate, SC
Our elected officials can tout that we are business friendly and they support business etc all they want. But if you look at the job market in the Upstate, it does not appear to be as promising as they want you to believe.
Since the death of Mr. Milliken, Spartanburg politics has been in a spiral. The latest comes in the battle for the GSP Airport commission seats recently vacated, as mentioned in Jason Spencer’s recent blog.
From sources, we have learned that the jockeying is more so to keep one person off the commission as there is to getting on it. As it is, there have been four names submitted: Doug Cobb (current Spartanburg GOP Exec. Committeeman), Doug Smith (former SC House Speaker Pro Tem), Bill Barnett (former mayor of Spartanburg) and Elizabeth Carroll Belenchia (according to Google, an international real estate consultant).
Supposedly, a unnamed senator is lobbying to get Doug Smith on the board and keep Barnett off. Who does he want? Doug Cobb. This is supposedly about a power struggle between Smith and Barnett. And according to sources, this is almost a done deal.
I have seen this coming for some time now. Starting immediately with the formation of the Piedmont Republican Club after being defeated in April of 2009. Beltram has been linked to running for Spartanburg Country GOP Chair and SCGOP Chair. Although nothing has been made official. Not only that, he has started his own blog claiming transparency and no ads, eliminating an obligation to candidates, officials etc. I know Beltram well enough not to believe everything he writes or says…
Spartanburg Legislative Delegation Chairman
Sources have indicated that Representative Steve Parker (HD37) is working hard to become the next chairman of the Spartanburg delegation. A deal brokered in 2009 after a contest over rules and weighted voting resulted in the county delegation chairmanship alternating between the Senate and the House.
So, we’ve known for about a month or so that Karen Floyd would not be returning as SCGOP Chair in 2011. The front runners appear to be Patrick Haddon (Greenville County Chairman, SCGOP 1st Vice Chair) and Chad Connelly (Newberry County Chairman, Political Consultant). Rumors are abound that there is a potential third candidate. None of my sources have been willing to say any names for sure though.
As for me, I know Patrick personally and I have met Chad a few times. I know people close to Chad. I haven’t talked to them about their plans for the SCGOP and I’m not sure which way I will go.
The End of an Era – Per Say
Congressman Trey Gowdy was sworn into office on January 5, 2011, officially ending the era of former Congressman Bob Inglis. Inglis has been unrelenting on his criticism of the American people since his defeat in June 2010. He didn’t waste any time chiming in on the tragic events in Tuscon, making sure to place blame on conservatives nationwide. But this has been his call sign since he lost in June. Inglis fails to realize that he wasn’t ousted because he didn’t call Obama a socialist. Mr. Inglis’ votes and arrogance over several years led to his defeat.
The GOP Upstate Golf Tournament will be held Monday, October 26 at River Falls in Duncan. The format will be Captains Choice with a Shotgun start at 9 a.m. The details for teams and sponsorships are in the attached brochure. Please consider playing and sponsoring. We still have several teams available. The tournament proceeds will be split between the Spartanburg and Greenville County GOP. If you know others who would be interested, please feel free to pass this information along. Thank you!
We will be providing updates throughout the morning covering the South Carolina Federation of Young Republicans convention.
Karen Floyd, Chairwoman of SCGOP speaks to convention.
She is encouraging the YR to recruit and run for office. We must regain control of this sect of the electorate
Karen believes that technology is an untapped resource in our state. In October, she wants to work with the YR to build a stronger technology program.
1st State Executive Committee will be having their first meeting on Monday. The meeting will be held using Skype and will provide a method of roll call voting for the state executive committee meeting.
Spartanburg is well represented. The growing club has three delegate to the State Convention; Justin Bradley, Gary Coats, and Nic Lane.
Gary and Nic are candidates for national delegate.
Introduction of Speakers
Candidates for Governor are being introduced to speak.
Who can sell the state of SC across the World? Who can work with the General Assembly to get things done as well. These characteristics need to be in our next Governor.
Andre won a democratic senate seat in 1999.
Introduction of Congressman Gresham Barrett, candidate for Governor
We need fresh invigoration in the party, we need people with dark hair
We need new ideas and I am excited to be hear today.
I have seen things in the last 4 months that I thought I would never see.
We have a future and the future is SC. If we are going to take the nation back one state at a time.
We will have a plan for the economy, education and we will be able to say this is what we have done.
3 pillars, economy, education and energy
Need to make sure industry is promoted that way the state of South Carolina is not the largest employer.
We need to work with the work force to make sure our people can get better jobs
SC should and can be the worldwide leader in Energy, using nuclear and other alternative energy sources.
Why can we not take dormant tobacco land and convert it to switch grass and make that SC’s #1 cash crop
go online to greshambarrett.com
Introduction of Attorney General Henry McMaster
We must remember we are not angry with our Democrat friends. Their is real hope for them. They are real kind one on one, but in a pack they can get real mean.
Don’t let anyone tell you not to be proud of your state.
We are second largest hydrogen fuel cell developers in America (1st is California).
South Carolina is full of hope, just look at the fans that continue to go to Williams Brice Stadium year after year to support the Gamecocks.
We have one of the best technical college systems in the world.
Promoting works and attendance of the hydrogen conferences
We have a port and we need to work it to be an economic jewel
We cannot outsource our tourism industry
We must keep our taxes low and broad.
I want to be governor. I am the only one to have executive experience. I worked with Reagan. I went after craigslist, created a great cdv program, and we have locked up 157 child predators.
NC is taking our water and filed lawsuit with Supreme Court and they agreed to hear it. In my office, the buck stops with me.
The essence of the governors job is to get things done. I have done that as attorney general.
The deficiencies in power at the governors office has been on display in the stimulus monies battle.
I can work with the legislature.
Introduction of Senator Larry Grooms, candidate for Governor.
Senator Grooms is presenting the history of his life.
Over a period of 10 years, I was able to create a multi-million dollar corporation.
I’m gravely concerned. Government is hindering me. It took $32 million and several days to get the permits to build a new convenience store across the street from the one it took me one day to get 8 years earlier.
Today, there are on 12 of us that stand up for our core values in the State Senate.
I’m more concerned about my country and my state than I have been in my entire life.
This isn’t the time for status quo candidates. This is not the time for a beauty contest.
The question is about who has the drive to work hard and get things done.
I believe the hope of America is South Carolina (playing off a quote of Winston Churchill)
for faith, family, and freedom, I am running for governor.
Introduction of Nikki Haley, candidate for Governor
Proud member of the Lexington County Young Republicans
I originally ran because I was always told not to complain, do something about it.
My race to unseat a 30 year incumbent a few years ago was about new ideas.
The YR has been told you need to wait, but now is not the time for waiting.
Waiting has led to unprecedented spending in our state that is going to take years to pay back
We must talk about spending. Tax relief doesn’t mean anything unless we reign in the spending
We must have accountability in government. Every legislative vote needs to be on the record.
Government was never meant to be all thing to all people
When are we going to do something about education.
We can no longer continue to spend 13K per student and it funnel thru 1000 people at the state dept of education.
The YR is doing what they should be doing, get loud and active.
Introduction of Bill Connor, candidate for Lt. Governor
In the last 3 months, Josh Gross and I have put over 25K miles on our cars
I am the ultimate outsider in this race.
My father, grandfather, and great grandfather are lifetime veterans
Was commander and XO of several units while serving in the military.
The Lt. Gov. is the XO, the second in command.
My first action will save you 140K a year. I will get rid of my SLED escort. I have a CWP, I fought in Afghanistan, I can defend myself.
I can see it in your eyes that you want leadership
I came into politics b/c I saw the people looking to government as a god.
SC taxes military retirement. Military retirees are moving out of state because of the states high tax rate.
I apologize to Ken Ard. The network failed and I was unable to type his comments during his speech.
Inserting another conventioneers notes here:
I have a philosophy: there’s nothing wrong with South Carolina that more and better jobs won’t fix.
I have a background in business and want to grow the economy of South Carolina.
I want to, as Lt Governor, build relationships with people who can bring jobs to our state.
I want to see less government, less taxes and more freedoms.
A lot of people say that South Carolina is a backwards state, but it’s not.
I love South Carolina, I was born and raised here. I’ve never wanted to be anywhere else.
Jobs is engine that drives the economy: if there are more and better jobs, then the economy will improve.
I care about our future and our children’s future, that’s why I got involved in politics, that’s why I decided to run for Lt Governor.
I’m not going to stand here today and ask for your vote or your support, but I want you to give me a year to work my butt off to earn your vote.
SCFYR Legislator of the Year: Garry Smith, HD 27
SCFYR Young Republican of Year: Carl Clegg
Remarks by Chairman, Patrick Haddon
49 of 51 delegates in attendance.
Election of State Officers
Patrick Haddon nominated Britton Pruett for State Chairman
Elected by acclamation.
Election for Vice-chairman.
Patrick Haddom nominateds current vice chair Paul Howell
Elected by acclamation.
Election of National Executive Committeman
Adam Piper nominates Josh Gross.
Josh Gross nominated by acclamation.
Election of National Executive Committeewoman.
James Gibney nominates Heather Ammons.
Elected by acclamation.
Election of Treasurer
Nomination of Robin Quinn
Nomination of Bridgett Vergara
Voting begins for treasurer.
Nomination of secretary
Matt Wills nominated
Elected by acclamation
Election of national delegates.
A motion from the floor to change SC vote from Team Renewal to Next Level.
Debate is on the floor.
Contention on the floor because this will change support.
Arguments that new charters did not get to participate in teleconference to cast vote in favor of Renewal or Next Level.
20-15 vote to overturn support in favor of Next Level.
Delegates to National Convention
Jay W. Ragley
Jamie Lee Rogers
I added some more of the discussion from the debate to change the states endorsement. I also added notes from a commenter concerning Ken Ard’s speech.
Check here over the next hour as we provide updates on the nominations and the votes.
Glen McCall is giving nomination speech for Karen Floyd for Chairman.
Katon Dawson gave second nomination
Lin Bennett gives second seconding speech.
Kevin Hall giving third seonding speech in support of Kevin Floyd.
Karen Floyd is nominated by acclamation.
Karen Floyd giving speech.
Katon, it is my honor and priviledge to follow after you.
My son reminded me that we stand for bigger purposes than just our own.
Today, I’m proud to join the activist army of the SC republican party
It more than speaking. It is our actions.
The right to bear arms includes the right to buy ammunition.
I am in awe of my new responsibilities. I am honored.
Nomininations for 1st Vice Chair.
Britton Pruett nominates Patrick Haddon.
Glen McCall gives seconding nomination for Haddon.
Motion to elect Haddon by acclamation
Haddon elected 1st Vice Chair
Haddon introduces the activist army to SMS text messagng. It is time to reach out to 18-40 year olds.
Charles Butler nomnated for 2nd Vice-Chair.
Butler elected via acclamation.
Butler gives election speech.
The strength of our party is rooted in the attributes found in the word of God.
We need hand ups, not hand outs.
Nominations for 3rd Vice Chair.
Adam Piper nominated.
Alexia Newman gives Piper second nomination.
State Rep Jenny Horne gives second seconding speech.
Mitch Baroody nominated for 3rd Vice-Chair.
Rep. Phillip Lowe seconds nomination of Baroody along with Cong. Wilson’s wife.
Donna Hicks (Spartanburg) nominated for 3rd Vice Chair.
Justin Bradley (Spartanburg) seconds Hicks nomination.
Nominations are closed.
Piper is addressing the convention. He believes America is the greatest nation on the earth.
We must bridge the generational gap.
Encouraged to get involved by Bob Dole.
Piper gets the crowd extremely excited.
Baroody is giving his speech.
We must personally invest time in technology.
Leading by example is my philosophy.
Baroody takes shot at Piper over being a hired political operative.
Hicks begins her speech.
I am a conservative, a member of the NRA and I own a handgun.
We must be real to the young adults.
Sorry, we got lost n the fray of counting ballots and rule changes. Adam Piper wins 3rd Vice Chair.
I can provide more details when I return to Boiling Springs and see my family.