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.

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.


Another Sellout Event by the Spartanburg GOP

September 23, 2008 by  
Filed under SC Politics

The Steve Parker Campaign and the Spartanburg GOP packed out the Boiling Springs High School Cafeteria last night.

We all know that South Carolina Politics and Food means it is time for some good ole fashion BBQ.  Wise’s in Newberry trucked up I-26 and provided great food for the packed house.

For the first time in a long time (maybe ever), the entire Spartanburg GOP Delegation was in attendance at a GOP sanctioned event.  Each candidate was given a minute and a half to speak about their respective campaigns and what they hope to see happen in November.

And yes, the “Lipstick” theme carries on as we now have learned that “Baseball Moms” or “Baseball Grandmas” are pitbulls too.

Of the approximate 400 people to show up, the event managed to also get a few extra GOP volunteers (50 to be exact) to man phone banks and work booths at festivals over the next month in a half.

After last weeks 200 person rally for the Democratic Party, the GOP again showed that it knows how to get people to show up and participate.  The GOP Brand appears to be alive and well here in Spartanburg County.

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