Calls for H3700 constitutional carry bill

Yesterday Rep. Jonathon Hill filed H.3700, a Constitutional Carry bill in the House. This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Judiciary.
Here is the bill –


From SC

Last session, Judiciary Chairman Greg Delleney blocked this bill over and over. If you want it to see the light of day, we need your help!

You can view Bill 3700

Please ask Greg Delleney to schedule a committee hearing right away:

Chairman, House Judiciary Committee

Republican – Chester

Columbia Address

512 Blatt Bldg.
Columbia 29201

Business Phone (803) 734-3120

Home Address

P.O. Drawer 808
Chester 29706

Home Phone (803) 385-3580

Business Phone (803) 581-2211



By |February 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

AFP Press Release urging SCDOT reform before gas tax increase

COLUMBIA – Americans for Prosperity-South Carolina is issuing a statement today urging members of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee to oppose H.3516, a bill that would raise the gas tax among other things. The group is encouraging lawmakers to oppose any gas tax legislation that does not include meaningful reform to the South Carolina Department of Transportation. The group’s state director, Daniel Brennan, said the House should make the DOT accountable to the citizens by making it a true cabinet agency, rather than raising and creating several new taxes and fees.

Americans for Prosperity-South Carolina State Director Daniel Brennan issued the following statement:

“While we recognize the great need to improve South Carolina’s roads, it is important to remember that without meaningful reform to the Department of Transportation, tax increases are almost meaningless. A series of tax and fee increases on our roads, vehicles, and gasoline wont solve the problem alone. South Carolina needs a DOT that is accountable to the citizens as a true cabinet agency. Taxpayers deserve a revenue neutral bill that tackles meaningful tax reform and creates an accountable DOT – not a laundry list of new and increased taxes to send to Columbia in hopes for a better outcome. 

“Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey has introduced, S.301, a bill that would make the DOT accountable to the taxpayers. That is the kind of reform that should be included in H.3516. We urge the House to keep taxpayers in mind as they cast their vote on this bill.” 

H.3516 would do the following:

  1. Raise the gas tax
  2. Raise the road tax
  3. Raise biennial registration fees
  4. Raise the vehicle sales tax
  5. Raise registration fees for seniors
  6. Raise drivers license fees
  7. Include new fees for energy efficient cars

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 3.2 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 35 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states. For more information, visit


By |February 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rep. Hill files H.3700, a Constitutional Carry bill in the House

Yesterday Rep. Jonathon Hill filed H.3700, a Constitutional Carry bill in the House. This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Judiciary.
Here is the bill –

current bill sponsors are:

Reps. Hill, Putnam, Magnuson, Bedingfield, Long, Burns, Chumley, Thayer, Forrest, Gagnon, Quinn and Toole

If you do not see your Representative’s name there, make a phone call and let them know you would like them to sponsor this bill.  It’s always a good idea to read the bill first, to ensure you can have a thoughtful discussion.

By |February 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Which of our Spartanburg legislators wants to raise your gas tax (so far)?

Derham Cole sponsored this bill.

CLICK HERE for a list of sponsors, you can check back to see who is added.

Here is Derham Cole’s website.

Now … did all you Derham Cole constituents call him up and ask him to sponsor this legislation?  Cause surely he is listening to you, right?

Here is Derham Cole’s contact info. (as published on the SC Statehouse website)

Columbia Address

402B Blatt Bldg.
Columbia 29201

Business Phone (803) 212-6790

Home Address

P.O. Box 1467
Spartanburg 29304

Home Phone (864) 285-4732

Business Phone (864) 591-1113


By |February 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Some news on the current gas tax bill

From Talbert Black:

Are you ready to pay more than $4.00 in state taxes every time you fill your gas tank? That’s what a South Carolina House subcommittee unanimously voted for today. It could be state law soon without immediate action.

But that doesn’t even include the $3.00 in federal taxes every time you fill and average sixteen gallon gas tank. That’s more than $7.00 per tank if this gets final approval.

This could be state law very soon.

You can find your state Representative and his or her contact information right here.

Tell him or her to oppose H3516, the gas tax hike!

Here are the subcommittee members that voted for this money grab.

Alan Clemmons 803.734.3113
Bill Clyburn 803.734.3033
Gary Simrill 803.734.3138
Jackie Hayes 803.734.3099
Leon Stavrinakis 803.734.3039
Shannon Erickson 803.734.3261

Every state Representative needs to hear from his or her own constituents on this.  But if one of these is yours, they deserve special attention. Make sure they know how you feel. The problem with our roads is not going to be solved by pouring more money into the same failed system that allowed them to get the way they are today. Without adequate reform in how the transportation infrastructure is managed additional money will be wasted. It’s the proverbial throwing good money after bad.

Although the General Assembly made some minor changes last year, they did not pass the necessary reforms. Without adequate reforms, political power, not priority of need, will continue to determine whose roads get fixed and whose continue to fall apart.

We must:

  1. Eliminate the obscure State Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB) and put its functions under the authority of SC DOT.
  2. Eliminate the unaccountable SC DOT Commission and replace it with a Secretary of Transportation to run DOT, appointed by the Governor with advice and consent of the Senate.
  3. Create transparency in the SC DOT so everyone can see the current list of projects in order of priority, the expected start and completion date, along with all bids and awards of contracts.

The so called “reform” bill that passed last year did not implement even one of these reforms!

That’s why I need you to contact your state Representative and tell him or her “no gas tax increase until after adequate reforms are made to our roads management system”. Though the General Assembly called what they passed last year “historic reform”.  It’s really Reform in Name Only!

*** The SC DOT commission still exists.  There is no real accountability to the Governor because the governor can’t remove a commissioner for bad management.

*** The STIB still exists!  With a rubber stamp by the SC DOT, powerful political players that don’t represent you will still determine which roads get fixed.

*** No transparency measures were passed.

The General Assembly simply “rearranged some deck chairs” on this titanic failure of a roads management system in South Carolina. Fundamental reform is nowhere to be seen. If we let this new House bill pass we’ll simply be putting more money in the hands of the same mismanagement as before. Our roads will continue to rot and fall apart. And you’ll continue to dodge pot holes and repair the damage they cause to your car. The road funding system in South Carolina is badly mismanaged and controlled by corrupt or inept politicians and bureaucrats.

Contact your state Representative and tell him or her to oppose H3516.

Thanks for all you do!

In Liberty,

Talbert Black, Jr.
Palmetto Liberty

By |February 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bills in SC Legislature this week

From SC Policy Council:

The Statehouse calendar’s getting more crowded, and bills are making their way through the legislature. Here’s what we think you need to know.


For the most up to date information on committee meetings click here for the Senate and here for the House.


  • House – Ways and Means subcommitee (10:30 a.m.): H.3516 – legislation to raise the gas tax and numerous other fees
  • House – Judiciary committee (2:30 p.m. or 1 ½ hours after House adjournment): H.3352 – Legislation to create a judicial branch to hear FOIA complaints


  • Joint Committee on Pension Systems Review (2:00 p.m. or 1 hour after Senate adjournment) – discussion on addressing the pension deficit


  • Senate – Judiciary subcommittee (9:00 a.m.): S.115, S.116, S.126 – bills to mandate an alcohol server education program and alcohol server licensing.

H.3529 would require that any regulation dealing with “auxiliary containers” (bags, cups, packages, etc.) may only originate in the General Assembly, and would not allow counties and municipalities establish their own regulations.

Two bills – H.3036 and H.3146 – would both create a measure of accountability in education by making the education superintendent appointed by the governor. These bills are on the House calendar this week.

H. 3204 would require that the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, the legislatively controlled panel that approves judicial nominees, release the names of all the qualified candidates not just the top three. This bill is on the House calendar.

S.310, a local bill allowing the town of Camden to annex a specific piece of property without the consent of the owner, passed the Senate last week. This bill attempts to expand the already substantial powers of government entities to exercise eminent domain, and it will not go through the committee process as it is a local bill.

S. 214 would require internet based retailers to remit sales tax to the Department of Revenue as though they were brick-and-mortar locations in South Carolina. The bill received second reading in the Senate last week. The Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office notes in its statement of economic impact that, “based on the mixed success experienced in other states to similar enacted click-through legislation, we do not anticipate that South Carolina will realize any appreciable increase in sales and use tax revenue from the enactment of this bill in FY 2017-18.”

Who’s feeding your legislators?


  • SC Arts Alliance – Lunch
  • Department of Natural Resources – Evening Reception
  • SC Funeral Directors Association – Evening Reception


  • AARP South Carolina – Breakfast
  • South Carolina Association of Community Economic Development – Lunch
  • College of Charleston – Evening Reception


  • State Farm Insurance Companies – Breakfast
By |February 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Spartanburg Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event March 25

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Dispose of any hazardous wastes from your residence (no business materials, nor out-of-county materials are accepted). We accept paint, fertilizers, pesticides, cleaning products, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, and much more. Please see our flyer for more information!

I sometimes MISS this day, so put on your calendar now, this is a great service by our county!

Date: March 25, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: County Administration Building, enter from Magnolia Street
Address: 366 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303
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By |February 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spartanburg Young Republicans – looking for interested folks

From Spartanburg Young Republicans Chairman Joshua Strange:

We are officially up and running! We are very happy to be chartered by the South Carolina Federation of Young Republicans!

Anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the Spartanburg Young Republicans, become more involved in the Spartanburg County GOP, South Carolina GOP, or just want to meet other like minded individuals, please contact our Chairman, Joshua Creighton Strange or our Vice-Chairman Christian Lee Edwards (you can find us both on Facebook).

We will be having our next meeting this month!




By |February 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Constitutional Convention event in Spartanburg 2/21

Evan Mulch invites you!


By |February 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

YOU are about to be silenced in South Carolina

Read this. you know what to do after – a discussion, quickly and frankly, with YOUR State Senator and YOUR House Rep. Thank them if they are against, compel them to change their mind with solid reason if they are for.  We need the outcry to be swift and loud.  Explain to your family/friends what this says, and teach them to advocate. by Phillip Cease:

Over the past two weeks, members of both the South Carolina house and senate have introduced legislation that would require much more disclosure.

With one member of the General Assembly already indicted for ethics violations, totaling above a million dollars in payments he took improperly, according to the charges, and rumors that more indictments will follow, these bills should be a welcome change.

But they aren’t. They wouldn’t change the way our legislators do business at all.

Instead, they’d actually shield lawmakers from criticism.

S.255 and H.3571 are nearly identical. Both would force individuals or groups that are “not organized or operating for the primary purpose of supporting or opposing candidates” to disclose all donors if they engage in something called “election communication.”

That term isn’t defined in the state constitution, or in state law — yet. In these two bills, it means printing material or buying ads that “support or oppose a clearly identified candidate” or “influence the outcome of an election.”

That last phrase is so broad that it could encompass practically any issue advocacy, from fliers about a school board decision to newspaper endorsements. And who can determine what influences the outcome of an election? Have we not just seen how hard that is to do with our last presidential election?

Under these bills, an organization that engages in non-election-related issue advocacy would either have to refrain from criticizing any legislator’s voting record, or else disclose all its donors, leaving those donors open to intimidation by lawmakers and their allies.

It’s as though a robber is exiting a bank with the loot (not that far of a stretch really based on how some legislators make money) and stops to tell a legitimate customer that he really ought to roll his change before trying to deposit it.

The courts have clearly outlined how to regulate speech and when it can be done. These bills fall far short of those standards. Besides showing just how thin-skinned our legislators are, passing them would only invite a day in court.



By |January 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment
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