The Quinndom is crashing

This is big news and should interest anyone who has wondered why SC can’t get its political act together in Columbia. The time is ripe for 2018 to be the year of the challenger – if we can turn over a few seats and get the Quinndom out of the way, perhaps this state can begin to rise.

Reported by Post and Courier.com:

The State Grand Jury has handed down criminal conspiracy indictments against embattled political consultant Richard Quinn, his son, a suspended senator and two ex-lawmakers with ties to his firm in the ongoing Statehouse corruption probe.

In addition to the Quinns, the indictments target suspended Republican Sen. John Courson and former lawmakers Tracy Edge and Jim Harrison, both of whom worked for Quinn while in the Legislature. Harrison and Edge also face misconduct charges. Edge, accused of lying to the grand jury in March, was handed a perjury indictment as well.

The conspiracy charge is a felony that carries up to five years in prison or a maximum $5,000 fine. The other charges carry maximum penalties of between a year and 10 years behind bars.

No bond hearing dates has been set on the charges, according to a written statement from Pascoe. He declined to comment to comment on the charges and the allegations behind them.

Quinn, a political kingmaker in South Carolina for decades, has been a clear target of the probe for months but the 73-year-old consultant had largely remained on the sidelines as others around him were hauled in on charges by special prosecutor David Pascoe. Wednesday’s developments bring him front and center in the criminal case while looping in present and former lawmakers with a ties to a firm with tentacles throughout state government.

Richard Quinn & Associates had amassed the kind of power that can steer legislation, push wish lists in the state budget, mold regulations or kill proposals even before they have a hearing. It’s the kind of power that built the perception that hiring this firm was necessary to getting business done in the state.

His clients have included a deep roster of South Carolina politicians, including Gov. Henry McMaster, Attorney General Alan Wilson, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and the attorney general’s father, Congressman Joe Wilson. He’s also represented the state’s flagship university (University of South Carolina), largest insurer (BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina) and one of its biggest utilities (SCANA).

You can see by that list of politicians and project they had their hands in, our state will be a lot better off without them. Click the link above to read more.

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

What do you need to know about SC driver licenses?

reported by WLTX19:

South Carolina is getting another extension for the new REAL ID licenses that will soon be required nationwide.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has given the state until October 10, 2018 to get into compliance with the new standard that will affect drivers licenses and ID cards.

This means that until that date, all current and valid cards will be acceptable identification if you want to board domestic airline flights, enter secure federal buildings, and visit military installations.

This is expected to be the final extension that the state will get, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles says.

“While this agency fully anticipated this extension and saw no barrier to receiving it, we’re pleased that DHS did the right thing for the people of the state,” said South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. “South Carolinians can rest assured knowing their state-issued licenses and IDs are still accepted for federal activities that will eventually require a REAL ID.”

The state hopes to soon be fully compliant and issuing REAL ID licenses and IDs in the early part of next year.

You do not need a REAL ID-compliant card to do many of the things your current license allows you to do. It’s mainly important for anyone trying to board a plane, go into federal buildings, and enter a military base.

The state was authorized to begin working towards full compliance and implementation of the federal REAL ID Act of 2005 upon Governor Henry McMaster’s signature of House Bill 3358 in early April.

REAL ID cards are NOT available at this time.  However, back in May, the state began accepting documents so they’d be on file when REAL ID finally goes into effect.

Here’s the information you’d need if you want to go ahead and do that. ALL of the following documents are needed:

Proof of Identity

Examples:  Birth certificate or valid US Passport

Proof of Social Security Number’

Examples:  Social security card or W-2 Form that has your social security number and name and your employer’s name

Two Proofs of Current, Physical SC Address

Examples:  Current, unexpired SC license or ID and a no more than 90-day-old bank statement with the same name and address

Proof of all Legal Name Changes

Examples:  Marriage license or court order issued by your county’s family court

You must show a complete name change history that links your birth certificate name to your present day name. If you have a valid US Passport or US Passport Card with your legal name, you may use that as your name change document.

You must have original or certified copies of all documents. The SCDMV will not accept copied or scanned versions. You can find a complete list of accepted documents on the United States Citizens’ Checklist  United States Citizens’ Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-93).

If you bring all of the required documents now and have a regular (Class D, E, F, or M) license, most people will be eligible to get a REAL ID online in the future.

For more information on REAL ID, visit the SCDMV REAL ID page.

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

Senate removes barrier to confirming Trump’s justices

This is great news.  ACLJ.org reports:

Senator Mitch McConnell (KY), the Senate Majority leader, has heard our demand for action and reform. He has just removed an archaic procedural rule that has been misused by the left to block conservative federal judicial nominees from ever getting a vote—or even a hearing. It is called the Senate “blue slip,” but you will not find it in the Constitution.

In 1917, the blue slip was initially created as an informal Senate “courtesy.” Under this courtesy, home state Senators were asked about their opinion on the nominee from their state and the Senate Judiciary Committee took their objections or support into account. Importantly, this did not stop the nomination from going forward. It was just a courtesy designed to gather information and was not an obstructionist tool.

In 1956, this courtesy began getting greater deference. Rather than simply gathering input from the home state Senators, the Senate would not confirm—or even consider–any nominee unless they were first approved by the Senators from the nominee’s own state, regardless of political party. This gave one Senator a veto over the entire democratic process.

Today’s rule change marks a return to the simple, efficient, constitutional model of judicial confirmation. As Senate Majority Leader McConnell explained, the “blue slip” will now be viewed “‘as simply notification of how you’re going to vote, not as an opportunity to blackball’ a nominee.” The Senate has heard your voice and removed a major barrier to the confirmation of highly qualified conservative justices. Now, all Senator’s have an equal voice, and no Senator can single handedly stonewall the President’s judicial nominees.

Click the link above for more background on this.

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

Fundraiser for Tommy Dimsdale for House – You’re Invited!

Please join me at this event! Very exciting to have fresh voices willing to represent We the People (rather than They the Chamber) in Columbia!

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

Krystal Blume – Door to door in District 28

Due to Eric Beddingfield’s resignation, there will be a special election for Greenville’s District 28 House seat on November 4th. I have heard all four of the candidates speak, and have spoken with folks in this district who know a little more about them, and I have decided to help Krystal Blume.

Each Saturday between now and November 4 she has teams of volunteers going door to door.  I’m going this Saturday to help, perhaps other Saturdays as well, and would like to encourage you – if you haven’t been out campaigning for a while, and need to refresh your skills in anticipation of the primaries in the spring, here’s your opportunity!

Meet at the Chik-Fil-A at 659 Fairview Rd in Simpsonville at 11:00 AM this Saturday, have a biscuit, get your walk list and team up.  We walk from about noon to 3 PM.  HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

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

10 Dem Senators up for re-election in TRUMP won States!

Unless there is a seismic change in the tactics and planning of SC activists, Lindsay Graham will be our Senator until he chooses not to be.  So we in South Carolina need to look for alternative efforts to change the U.S. Senate.  For all the effort and energy and funds and talent you would have been willing to put into a campaign to defeat Lindsay, here are 10 opportunities for you to help with.

We can all donate money and make phone calls for the Republican challengers to these 10 Democrats who are up for re-election in 2018 in states that Donald Trump won.  Perhaps you have friends/family in these states you can educate/encourage to work on the ground.  Perhaps you can take a vacation and spend a week onsite helping with these campaigns. Begin planning now!   I will watch for details on these races and provide links and direction when the time comes.

Be determined and decide now that you are going to help turn over a Senate seat in 2018.

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By |October 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spartanburg Young Republicans Bonfire Hangout Saturday 4 PM

Come out and hangout with the Spartanburg Young Republicans! This is a casual hangout kind of day. Come out at 4 to shoot some guns and stay for dinner and a bonfire! We hope to see everyone and bring your favorite thing to drink!

CLICK HERE for more info and Facebook invite.

  • Saturday at 4 PM – 8 PM
    128 Pastorale Dr, Chesnee, SC
By |October 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute

From Spartanburg Clerk of Court Hope Blackley:

SPARTANBURG – Applications are now being accepted for the second class of the Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute. A partnership of the Clerk of Court and The Spartanburg County Foundation, this four month leadership training program is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of the inner-workings of the Criminal Justice System, eliminate misconceptions, build long-lasting partnerships between youth and criminal justice officials, and empower Spartanburg County youth to become positive contributors and leaders in our community. The second class of the Institute will begin training in January 2018. To learn more, visit www.spartanburgcounty.org/…/Criminal-Justice-Youth-Institute or visit www.spcf.org.

The Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute
is a four-month leadership training program that is designed to introduce Spartanburg County 11th-12th graders to the criminal justice system to help them gain a deeper understanding of the inner-workings of the system, eliminate misconceptions, build long-lasting partnerships between youth and criminal justice officials, and empower Spartanburg County youth to become positive contributors and leaders in our community.

All applications must be received at The Spartanburg County Foundation (424 E. Kennedy Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302) by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 31, 2017. APPLICATIONS MUST BE TYPED! Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Valerie Sullivan, Program Manager at (864) 680.5630

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

Date change for the Salute to Law Enforcement Clay Shoot… December 9

Date change for the Salute to Law Enforcement Clay Shoot…

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

Campaign School video – what’s in store!

Primary season is coming up in a matter of months and if you want to improve your representation in Columbia, or at your local County level it is necessary to field good candidates. Watch this video below! If you have thought about running, if you know someone who might consider running join us on October 21! FREE training, geared to novice candidates, take a look at this video to see what we’ll cover and sign up at this link!

P.S. we will travel to other locations in South Carolina and teach if you are willing to host a class, message me to discuss 🙂

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/campaign-school-upstate-sc-tic…

Kerry Wood will be teaching a course on how to run an effective political campaign later this month. If that sounds interesting to you then give this short trailer a watch.

Posted by Brandon Drake on Sunday, October 8, 2017

 

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

Tennessee GOP tightens rules for who can run as Republican

As long as South Carolina is the state of Lindsay Graham I can’t see this happening in our state.

Reported by TimesFreePress.com:

The rules for who can run as a Republican in deeply red Tennessee are getting harder.

State Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden said Friday that the GOP wants to remain welcoming to new supporters. But that doesn’t mean they should immediately be able to become Republican nominees come election time, he said.

“This isn’t saying that we don’t want people to be Republicans — this is the standard that we have for people wanting to get the Republican nomination to serve in public service,” Golden said.

In the little-noticed change to party bylaws approved this summer, candidates must now have voted in three out of the last four GOP state or federal level primaries to be considered bona fide Republican candidates. For candidates seeking to appear on next year’s ballot that will mean voting histories can be scrutinized going back to the August 2012 primary.

The previous standard was for candidates to have voted in two of the last four GOP primaries.

Exceptions in the new rules will be made for candidates not old enough to have voted in the last four primaries, moved from another state or had an illness or military service that prevented them from voting. A letter from established Republicans to vouch for GOP newcomers could override the primary voting requirement, at the chairman’s discretion.

Challenging a candidate’s bona fide status requires a complaint from two Republican voters. But in another change, those complaints must be made from the same district the candidate is running in to avoid activists from trying to interfere with races outside their home areas.

whoa.  Read more at the link above.

 

By |October 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Trey Gowdy this week on gun bills

The best quipper in the biz!

“We already have controls on what kind of guns you can have, where you can have them, when you can use them and what individuals can possess even a single bullet. So the question to me is whether or not current controls are adequate and there are two fundamental questions that you should put your finger on,” Gowdy said. “What law had it existed at the time would have prevented this mass killing or another mass killing. What law, but for its lack of implementation could have prevented this. That’s one question. The other question is, among all the panoply of current gun laws, how are we doing enforcing them?”

 

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

What to Ask Your Lawmakers About the Energy Crisis

SC Policy Council provides some information that can help you discuss this situation with your lawmakers.  Below are some of the questions to ask; click the link for a fuller discussion and more questions.  Be an activist on this issue!

Earlier this week the House energy committee held a public hearing on the failed nuclear construction project and the accompanying rate hikes. However, if you were unable to attend the hearing, you did not miss your chance to make your voice heard. There is little lawmakers can do at this point, short of taking legislative action in the next session. The most effective thing you can do is to demand answers – and action – from your own House member and senator.

Below is a list of questions every lawmaker should answer, and the reason these questions are so important.

 

How many Public Service Commission (PSC) elections have you participated in? Have you voted for any of the commissioners that approved the V.C. Summer nuclear project at its various stages, and the accompanying rate hikes?

Did you read the Public Utility Review Committee’s (PURC) performance evaluations of the PSC members before each election?

Do you believe the PURC’s PSC evaluations assisted you, as required by state law, to “better judge whether [the PSC’s] actions serve[d] the best interests of the citizens of South Carolina”?

Have you asked legislative leaders why the members of the PURC have not been called to testify before the legislative energy committees regarding their oversight of state energy regulators?

Were you aware that the Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) is required to represent utilities and state economic development interests as well as the ratepayers?

By |October 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tom Davis to visit GSP Republican Women October 9

 

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By |October 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Remember when Scott Walker fought the unions and won? Imagine that at Federal level.

If you’ve been a faithful reader for years here, you know all about how Governor Scott Walker fought the public sector unions in Wisconsin and won the victory for those employees, who no longer were forced to contribute financially to political causes they did not support.  Imagine that happening at the Federal level – Get ready for SCOTUS ruling on Janus v. AFSCME.  As reported by National Review.com:

Currently, the dilemma is resolved state by state, with fights over “right to work” laws and “fair share” payments. The plaintiffs in Janus want to end the fight entirely as far as the public sector is concerned. They want the Supreme Court to say that it violates the First Amendment for a government labor contract to require workers to give money to a private organization.

Such a decision would overrule the 40-year-old Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. Back then, the Court ruled that government workers could be required to pay their share of the costs of their unions’ core activities, such as handling contract negotiations and grievances. They could not, however, be required to support unions’ political actions. Thus workers who object to their unions’ political activities can pay “agency fees,” which are significantly less than full union dues. Unsurprisingly, that has proven a difficult distinction to preserve. A brief in the current case from the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute, for instance, notes that unions are allowed to use agency fees to fund their national conventions, which are hotbeds of openly partisan activism. Even when agency fees support basic overhead costs, they can help to subsidize political operations; many unions advocate nonstop throughout the year for numerous causes, many of which have nothing to do with labor law. And perhaps most fundamentally, as the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation points out in another brief, even unions’ most core function — negotiating compensation and working conditions — entails, in the case of government employees, taking a stance on a matter of public policy with serious ramifications for state and local budgets.

Click the link above to read more.  If/when I see a date set for SCOTUS to rule on this, I’ll let you know.

By |September 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Josiah Magnuson announces upcoming townhalls

CAMPOBELLO, SC – State Representative Josiah Magnuson is pleased to announce three upcoming townhall events this fall in House District 38. These events, which Rep. Magnuson has hosted on a monthly basis since his election, provide an opportunity for the community to engage directly in the process of government.

At these public events this fall, Rep. Magnuson will report on his work this year in three major areas: Personal Liberties, Family Values, and Government Reform. He will share his vision for progress in each area and listen as community members provide their questions and insights for the future.

The townhall events will be as follows:

October 5 at 6:30pm at the Dutch Plate Restaurant, 206 S. Main St. in Campobello

November 2 at 7:00pm at the Jackson Family Farm, 261 Ryan Rd. in Chesnee

November 30 at 6:30pm at the historic Landrum Depot, 211 N. Trade Ave. in Landrum

The public is invited to participate. For more information, please call 864-420-7933 or email josiahmagnuson@schouse.gov.

Rep. Josiah Magnuson is our elected voice in the South Carolina State House representing northern Spartanburg County, including Landrum, Campobello, Chesnee, Lake Bowen, and northern Inman. He seeks to provide conservative solutions that strengthen our homes, schools, and neighborhoods, and has quickly become known as a champion against the growth of big government in Columbia.

By |September 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Gun safety classes for kids

Curtis Arrowood puts these classes on, what a great service to our community!  You can reach out to Curtis via his Facebook page for more info.
Saturday, October 21 at 11:00am
Clifton Church of God 138 Brooklyn Rd, Spartanburg, SC 29307-3302, United States

This is our second Eddie Eagle class. This free firearm safety class is for Pre-K to 4th grade. There will be no firearms on hand. Pizza will be served. If you want your little one(s) to know what to do if they see a firearm, this class will help. Please let us know if you are going to attend and how many you will be bringing. We have some real fun stuff planned. Parents, to help us maintain order, we ask that an adult attend the class with each group of children that participates. Also, we will have some important information for parents after Pizza. Thanks for understanding.

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Saturday, November 18 at 11:00am
Clifton Church of God 138 Brooklyn Rd, Spartanburg, SC 29307-3302, United States

We now have only 11 seats open for this FREE class. If you want your youth to attend sign up as soon as possible. There will be real firearms on hand for object lessons but they will not be fired. We will be shooting Daisy Buck BB Rifles on a range. Please sign up as soon as possible and let us know how many are attending. Pizza will be served. Parents, to help us maintain order, we ask that an adult attend the class with each group of children that participates. Also, we will have some important information for parents after Pizza. Thanks for understanding.

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By |September 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Spartanburg CERT Training – Community Emergency Response Team

This is a great opportunity for you and your family to get involved in your community. This training is TOP NOTCH! And you have very real tasks and responsibilities once you complete it.  Please see if this is something you can be great at!

 

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By |September 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dog Tag Furniture

Saw this guy on Fox News Friday.  So touched.  Let’s help make him so busy he has to hire on! Visit DogTagFurniture.com to see what he creates.  Perhaps use some of the money you’d budgeted for NFL games!

Army Veteran Creates Art To Ease Pain of Military Suicides

In a town with America in its name, Troy Walker has turned his garage and driveway into a patriotic workshop. It’s there in Norwood Young America that he creates wooden flag art. Walker, a 10-year Army veteran, saws lumber for about an hour a day – cutting down the wood he uses to create stained red, white and blue flags to sell online.

“Before and after each flag, I pray that God gives me enough strength to make another one,” he said.

Walker himself served in the Army for 10 years. And after his tank unit returned home, a close friend from the service took his own life. “22 veterans a day that commit suicide,” Walker said. “He became a statistic.”

So earlier this year, Walker started making wood flags and cutting boards to raise money to help cover the cost of a funeral for families of veterans who took their own lives. It’s needed, since the government gives only $300 dollars for expenses. “It was supposed to be a one-time deal,” Walker said. “It’s repeated five more times. I’ve buried six more friends.”

Walker said he’s sold 100 flags and given the money raised to help other military families who have learned about his work.

 

Walker makes about five wood flags a day while also running his furniture business. “They didn’t die of suicide, they succumbed to their battle wounds, plain and simple,” Walker said.

By |September 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Possible federal investigation into SCANA and Santee Cooper

You are probably keeping up with this situation on your own, but here’s a recent development as reported by TheState.com:

S.C. lawmakers say a federal investigation into a move by SCANA and Santee Cooper to abandon two partially built nuclear reactors in Fairfield County could help get to the bottom of what went wrong.

Some said news of the probe Thursday validated the efforts of S.C. Senate and House committees investigating the project’s failure, which will cost S.C. power customers billions of dollars.

Others complained SCANA executives had been evasive in legislative hearings into the $9 billion debacle. One lawmaker, a former prosecutor, predicted federal investigators will look closely at what the shareholder-owned SCANA told its investors about the outlook for the two reactors it was building.

Another welcomed the federal investigation, saying the failed project needs to be looked into by someone other than legislators, who passed a 2007 law that allowed South Carolinians to be charged for the two reactors while they were under construction.

Speaker Pro Tempore Tommy Pope, R-York, said his “greatest concern was that (SCANA) knew what was going on and did nothing to rectify the situation.”

With its customers bearing the burden of the project’s cost overruns, SCANA executives could “continue to take their bonuses, continue to raise rates, because they were at not risk,” he added.

After two contentious hearings with SCANA executives over the past week, some legislators said they are grateful that federal investigators now are involved, adding they can shine more light on what led to the project’s failure.

Read more at the link above.  There are a LOT of legislators weighing in on how HORRIBLE this is.  Many of those same legislators voted for the Base Load Review Act that put SC taxpayers on the hook for this financial debacle.

Primary season – just around the corner.  Get ready.

By |September 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campaign School in Greenville October 21

Campaign School will take place Saturday October 21 in Greenville, sponsored by The Upstate Conservative Coalition (Anderson, Greenville, Laurens, Pickens, Spartanburg). Please attend if you are considering running for office, if you would like to learn how to manage campaigns and create a winning campaign strategy, if you are interested in using your talents as a campaign volunteer. We’ll provide practical training (paperwork, ethics reports, finance reporting, voter list usage) as well as sharing local examples of winning strategies, and helping you plan for a successful primary campaign.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

 

By |September 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spartanburg GOP ExComm meeting recap

Info filled meeting last night, here are a few highlights:

On Saturday September 23 there will be a phone bank in support of candidate Mike Fowler, House District 31 – special election to be held Tuesday 9/26.  Please come volunteer at Dickies BBQ on Highway 9,  at 9:00 AM.  There will also be a sign wave at noon on Monday, corner of Main St. and Pine St.

October 13 – Clay Shoot event, fundraiser for Spartanburg GOP and Sheriff’s Benevolent Fund.  CLICK HERE FOR INFO AND REGISTRATION.  Additional details to come.  You must bring your own weapon, shotgun only.  The officer team has been working hard to make this a success, so far $14,000 in sponsor fees have been secured!

The Spartanburg Young Republicans continue to grow. They have meetings the 3rd Tuesday of the month, contact Joshua Strange for more information.  Outreach has begun to local colleges.

strangejc1@gmail.com

Campaign school is being planned and will take place on the first Saturday of December. An outline will be emailed around shortly.

The officers have decided to let the storage facility go, the party has spent approximately $4,800 to keep a climate controlled unit over the past few years.  Items were available for silent auction last night, with remaining items headed to charity.

The executive committed voted to pursue action, perhaps in the form of a resolution, to take a strong stand on the issue of the Local Government Fund.  The Spartanburg Tea Party has been very vocal on the LGF, see just a few of our MANY previous posts here, here, here, here, and here. A team will be put together to pursue further action. At this point over $30 million dollars that BY LAW was intended to come back to Spartanburg County has been retained in Columbia, and legislators, including many in our Spartanburg delegation are okay with that. Thank goodness for good folks like Senator Shane Martin and Rep. Bill Chumley who have fought for that money over the years.

 

 

 

By |September 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Public Service Commissioner Screenings Suspended Indefinitely

One of the biggest stories in SC this summer is the abandonment of the power plant, the loss of over 5,000 jobs as a result, and the more than $9 BILLION dollars wasted.  Now, legislators have been holding hearings – most of the same legislators who approved the Base Load Review in the first place. Typical South Carolina.

Also typical? The cover up.  The screening process for the Public Service Commission (PSC), the board that regulates the state’s private utilities, has been suspended “until further notice.”

Perhaps you will call your representatives in Columbia and ask them about this.

As reported by Hannah Hill and Bryce Feidler at TheNerve.org:

The PSC is a central player in the recently abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear construction project, and had primary control of the project’s approval at every stage of the process.

The PSC members are screened and nominated by the Public Utilities Review Committee (PURC) before being elected by the General Assembly. The PURC is a ten-member board, half of which is selected by the Senate judiciary chairman and half by the House speaker. The board is comprised mostly of legislators.

This year’s PSC screening process started on June 23 of this year when vacancies for seats 2, 4 and 6 were announced. The candidates were announced on August 11.

Then, on August 25, a one-sentence notice was published on the State House website announcing that the statutory screening process had been suspended. There was no other information given.

In response to the Nerve’s inquiries, a staffer for the Senate Judiciary Committee said that the process had been suspended “to allow the respective [House and Senate investigatory committees] to do their work” and that conducting the PSC screening process simultaneously would be “redundant.”

The staffer confirmed that the intent is still to hold PSC elections in February, which means the PURC will have to hold public hearings for the PSC candidates at some point per state law.

For the past several weeks, special House and Senate committees have held hearings to investigate the abandoned nuclear construction project and history. Utility executives and representatives from the Office of Regulatory Staff – the agency assigned to represent ratepayers in PSC proceedings – have both appeared before the committees. PSC members have yet to testify.

The members of the PURC have not been called to testify regarding their role, which included overseeing the PSC and ORS as well as screening and nominating the PSC members and ORS executive director. The PURC had statutory authority to conduct any studies or evaluations deemed necessary, and conducted annual performance reviews for both agencies.

But as five of the six legislative members of PURC are also on the legislative energy committees, it seems unlikely that they will be called to testify.

When asked who authorized the suspension of the statutorily-mandated screening process, the Senate judiciary staffer replied that it was the PURC chairman.

By |September 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spartanburg GOP Executive Committee meeting Thursday!

These meetings are open to everyone! come see what our local party is doing and planning.

Attention all Executive Committeeman!

This is a reminder of our quarterly EC Meeting on September 21st at 6:30 PM at the Spartanburg County Council Chambers! Registration will begin at 6 PM and the meeting will begin promptly at 6:30. This meeting is open to all registered Republicans. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Additionally, since the county GOP office has closed, the party has been paying for a storage unit to house the office furniture and signs that were retained.  The cost is $120/month, or $1,440 per year.  We’ve had the unit for approximately 4 years, so we have paid over $5,000 in rent to store these items.  As part of our strategic plan, we will not be reopening the office here in Spartanburg County. This brings to question what we should do with the storage unit and the items within. To that end, we have decided to eliminate the storage unit and hold a silent auction for the items in the storage unit at our next EC Meeting! These are things ranging from desks, tables, shelves, filing cabinets, old campaign yard signs, to the large wooden sign.

This will give the people who want these items the chance to take them with them.  It will also help the county party by raising some funds, and allowing us to save the $120 per month that we were spending on the storage unit.  Any items not taken will be donated to charity.

Thank you for your understanding and your service to the Spartanburg County Republican Party!

864-409-SGOP (7467)

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

Ben Shapiro at Berkeley!

Here is Ben Shapiro’s speech last night at Berkeley.  Because the video runs from about the time the venue begins seating (or something), move forward to 33 minutes for Ben’s introduction.

 

By |September 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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