About Karen Martin

Working as an editor in the management training industry for over 2 decades, Karen organized the Spartanburg Tea Party in 2010. She saw a need for a vehicle to provide local information about candidates, legislation, county council meetings and put up a website. Since that time, Karen has volunteered on a dozen campaigns, helped facilitate the 2012 Presidential Preference Primary debate held at Wofford College, has been appointed to serve on the SCGOP Convention Committee, and the SCGOP Platform Committee, was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley as a District Commission to the SCETV Board. Karen has spoke with several Republican Women’s clubs across the state on precinct strategy and party growth, and facilitated many events (ex: school choice forums, local candidate debates, Constitution classes), trips to Columbia for legislative committees, recently helped beat a $71M tax increase in local school district. Her main responsibility as the tea party organizer is to empower people through information to become more involved in county and state level politics.

Spartanburg County – a leader among SC counties on local tax!

Our Spartanburg County Council is to be commended for their efforts!


By |July 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

FBI Investigating SC Statehouse Probe


Reported at PostandCourier:

The FBI has joined the ongoing Statehouse corruption probe, raising the specter of potential federal charges in an investigation that already has ensnared four South Carolina lawmakers and exposed allegations of money laundering, influence peddling and other misconduct.

Two former State Ports Authority officials told The Post and Courier they have been interviewed by both FBI agents and state investigators about the agency’s dealings with influential political operatives, including embattled consultant Richard Quinn and his son, state Rep. Rick Quinn.

Those officials are Catherine Templeton, who briefly worked for the port and is now seeking the Republican nomination for governor, and Pat McKinney, a former SPA chairman who pushed this year to suspend the agency’s dealings with Richard Quinn.

In an interview with The Post and Courier, Templeton also revealed for the first time she was fired from her $235,000-a-year post after just five weeks on the job in 2015 — a move she contends was tied to her “asking the right questions about the wrong people,” including Quinn.

WOW! that’s a lot of intrigue there… read on …

What’s more, Templeton said that soon after she was fired, she was invited to a meeting at Quinn’s Columbia offices to speak with his son. The younger Quinn, who has since been indicted on misconduct charges, mentioned his father’s work with the port and pressed her on why she was trying to hurt his family, she said.

“He said, ‘It’s my job to protect the family,’” Templeton said. “I said that if there was nothing wrong with what they were doing then this shouldn’t be a problem for them.”

The open records request was filed by The Post and Courier while researching “Capitol Gains,” a series produced by the newspaper and the Center for Public Integrity. The series described how lawmakers used campaign accounts like personal ATM machines and profited from government connections. Among other findings, it detailed how Rep. Rick Quinn had poured more than $105,000 in campaign money into his own company and his father’s firm since 2009.

The newspaper’s actions prompted a call to a reporter from the elder Quinn, who questioned why The Post and Courier was inquiring about his work for the port and examining his son’s campaign spending.

“Are you trying to hurt me with my clients?” Richard Quinn asked a reporter.

Templeton said Quinn’s son posed a similar question to her when he asked through an intermediary to meet with her at the Columbia office of Richard Quinn & Associates, near the Statehouse. Rick Quinn mentioned the port documents sought by the newspaper and accused her of trying to hurt his family, she said.

Her account of the meeting is noteworthy because Rick Quinn has insisted he has no ties to his father’s business. Prosecutors, however, maintain that the lawmaker has worked all along for his father’s political consulting empire, and that he improperly lobbied other legislators on behalf of his father’s clients. He is accused of failing to report $4.5 million from some of South Carolina’s largest corporations and state agencies that hired his father’s firm since 2010.

While it is of interest to me that Catherine Templeton is a major part of this story it is the fact that the FBI is getting involved that makes me gleeful today.  I’ve heard this for a while, but haven’t seen it publicly reported yet.

Could this Fall be the unmasking of all the corruption we know happens in Columbia?  I HOPE SO!

By |July 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Homeschool Info Seminar video!

Our good friend John Schafer video’d the homeschool seminar in Pickens the other day, here it is for you.


By |July 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jeff Duncan’s 7th Annual Faith & Freedom BBQ!

always a great event! I look forward to hearing who the special guests are…

Click here to register.

Welcome to the home of South Carolina’s largest annual gathering of conservatives! I’d like to invite you to attend our 7th Annual Faith & Freedom BBQ on August 28th starting at 6:00pm. For those of you who have been before, you know this is something you’ll want to go ahead and mark on your calendar.

Just like last year, we’ll be holding the event at the Anderson Civic Center.

As always tickets will go fast so either purchase them here (at the link above) or RSVP as soon as possible to Drea@JeffDuncan.com. If you have any questions, you’re welcome to call Drea Byars at 803-413-5951.


By |July 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Nehemiah Network – will YOUR pastor be interested?

The Nehemiah Network has already changed South Carolina for the better, but much work still remains. Watch this video to learn how the Nehemiah Network is banding Christian leaders together to strengthen our Judeo-Christian values!

By |July 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spartanburg Young Republicans meet July 18th

We will be having our next meeting this coming Tuesday, July the 18th at 6:30 PM! We hope everyone can come out to the back room at Delaney’s Irish Pub in downtown Spartanburg!

Bring ideas on what you would like to see the group do and come be a part of the next generation of Spartanburg Republicans as we keep this county Red to the Roots!!!

By |July 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Reconciliation. Senate Parliamentarian says YES

Not doing a lot of posting this summer, things a bit slow locally/statewide, and I trust you all can find national news on your own.

Of course, you can always FRIEND me on Facebook, I do put out a lot of stuff there.

But I thought this was enough of a big deal to share …

From RollCall.com:

Senate Republicans have won an argument before the parliamentarian that will allow a House-passed health care reconciliation bill to be taken up and amended in the Senate next week without any obstacle, CQ Roll Call has learned.

After hearing arguments weeks ago from Democratic and Republican aides, Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough issued her opinion that the House bill (HR 1628) complies with jurisdictional requirements within Senate reconciliation instructions.

The development is significant because it means the hotly debated health care repeal written by the House can move more smoothly through the Senate without procedural problems. There still may be other challenges under the Senate’s Byrd rule, which bars extraneous matter, once the bill is under debate.

If the House bill had not met the requirements, the measure might not have been considered a reconciliation bill in the Senate, jeopardizing Republican plans to amend it with a Senate substitute.

Republicans are counting on using reconciliation to try to pass their health care legislation, since it allows the bill to advance with a simple majority, meaning Democrats alone cannot block the measure.

Senate aides confirmed to CQ Roll Call on Wednesday that the parliamentarian found that the repeal of cost-sharing reduction subsidies in the House bill fell under the jurisdiction of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. That in effect provided the committee with the deficit savings required under the Senate reconciliation instructions in the fiscal 2017 budget resolution (S Con Res 3).

The cost-sharing subsidies are part of the 2010 health care law (PL 111-148, PL 111-152).

In a separate meeting with the parliamentarian, Republicans argued they were under the jurisdiction of the HELP Committee. The parliamentarian agreed with the Republicans.

Under budget law, the Budget committees are the official scorekeepers, even though they usually rely on the Congressional Budget Office to estimate the costs of legislation. As a result, Senate Budget Chairman Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo., has the final say over scores of legislation.

However, whether a provision within a bill falls under the jurisdiction of one committee or another is based on committee jurisdiction rules. When there is disagreement, Senate aides turn to the parliamentarian.

So there you go, the nuts and bolts of it.

By |July 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

President Trump’s Poland Speech. 42 minutes of Patriotism.

If you did not see the entirety of Donald Trump’s speech from Poland last week … well I don’t know what to tell you. If you were not around, or not politically active during the Reagan era, I’m gonna posit this comes as close as you’ll get.

It was inspiring.

By |July 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2nd annual UNITY AT THE FLAG POLE Tuesday 7/11

From our friend Hope Blackley:

Please come out to the Spartanburg County Courthouse on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 for the 2nd annual UNITY AT THE FLAG POLE starting at 8:00 am.
The goal of this unity gathering is to promote unity among all citizens in our county by offering prayer and words of comfort in these times of disdain and uncertainty.
Please wear red or black in support of this unity effort for Spartanburg County. See you there!

By |July 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant – Monday night at GSP Republican Womens meeting

Come meet Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant Monday night at the GSP Republican Womens meeting!


By |July 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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