Training coming! Citizens for Self Governance! July 22

We originally had this training scheduled back in February, however the instructor’s plane had some mechanical problems on the way to SC, so we had to cancel.  We are ready to reschedule!

This is the training that our pal Stacy Shea recommended so strongly – she was part of the leadership team who helped Rex Rice defeat Larry Martin in the last primary in Pickens County.  I say we want to learn what she knows, don’t you?  This class is one in a series of five trainings, and if there is interest, we will bring all five to Spartanburg!.

CLICK HERE for an overview of the five levels


Below is the link to register for the Center for Self Governance (CSG) course, also the course synopsis.  Space is limited, they keep the class small so there is plenty of time for interaction.

This course is for Saturday July 22, 9 AM to 2 PM at the Poplar Springs Fire Station in Moore. Lunch will be provided.  PLEASE REGISTER TODAY so we can plan in advance.

Husband and wife register as one, pay $50.00.

Online link to the class (for registration):


Level 1 – Foundation in Self Governance (4-5 hours): $50.00

In Level 1, the student compares and contrasts the theoretical concepts of power, government, and control. The student will learn different systems of government based on those concepts. The control concepts of Self Governance and Centralized Governance introduces the student to the experimental role of the governed within the U.S. mixed republican system of government.

By |June 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Judicial selection committee has a new member: a former senator

Hannah Hill reporting at explains why SC’s Judicial System is so rigged:

The state’s Judicial Merit Selection Committee screens and nominates judicial candidates. Its members are picked by the House Speaker and the Senate President Pro Tem. State law requires that four of the ten be “selected from the general public” (the other six must be sitting legislators).

That takes us to former former Senator Wes Hayes. It’s not our intent to denigrate him in any way – for all we know, he may be an ideal JMSC member. But there are two things wrong with his recent appointment.

First, when the law requires that individuals from the general public be appointed to the numerous boards and commissions that make up state government, it’s safe to say it’s because ordinary Joes bring something to the table that government officials do not. That’s the point of citizen government.

So when lawmakers are forced by state law to involve citizens, it kind of defeats the purpose to pick someone who just left state government – in fact, it smacks strongly of cronyism.

In any case, it’s fair to say that a fresh-out-of-office senator who served for 31 years in the General Assembly doesn’t exactly bring that ordinary perspective the law is aiming at.

Second, the former senator was just defeated in his party primary. For whatever reason, his constituents opted to end his time in state government. It seems like defiance of the will of the people for the Senate President Pro Tem to find another way to keep Hayes in power – one that’s safe from the voice of the electorate.

Senator Hayes’s appointment to the JMSC is just the latest example, but this type of thing happens all the time. Lawmakers routinely give appointments to friends, family, staffers, and former colleagues in the legislature. It’s an unfortunate reality in state government, and it will continue for as long as the voters allow these guys to remain in office – and sometimes even voting them out isn’t enough.

By |June 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Can Citizens Get Answers on Roads?

SC Policy Council has provided some information on how an ordinary citizen can keep their eye on what the SCDOT is doing, and provides contact information:

South Carolina’s transportation system is not accountable to any one elected official, and that’s by design. Even so, after several years of pressure from citizens and some piecemeal changes to the law, there are ways for South Carolinians to engage with transportation policymakers.

(1) Citizens can call the governor’s office. The governor isn’t directly responsible for road funding decisions, but thanks to the 2017 law that raised the gas tax, he does have the power to appoint those who do make policy decisions, namely the Department of Transportation’s commissioners. The governor can also fire commissioners at will.

(2) Citizens can contact DOT commissioners directly. There are seven regional commissioners and one at large commissioner (the new law creates two at large members, but the second hasn’t been appointed yet). Here are the commissioners. Note: Although the governor now has the authority to appoint and fire commissioners, the current members of the commission were appointed by legislative delegations and approved by a now-eliminated board of lawmakers – so lawmakers should be questioned about commissioners, too.

(3) Citizens can attend or watch livestreamed DOT commission meetings. Much of these meetings may sound indecipherable, but viewers should watch for any attempt to divert funds from the newly created Infrastructure Maintenance Trust Fund (supposedly only to be used for maintenance and repair) to debt service or some other function. (The most recent one took place on Thursday, June 15 at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. [the earlier time was slated for a “commission workshop”]. Agendas for these meetings are here and here.)

(4) DOT scores contractors, and those scores are public information, thanks to The Nerve’s efforts last year. Citizens can search past scores, ask whether contractors that scored poorly have been rehired, and if so query commissioners on the reasons.

(5) DOT recently created a “portal” for citizens to research ongoing projects. The portal’s map suggests that many roads and bridges throughout the state are currently undergoing repair and maintenance, whereas in many case it’s unclear whether that’s true. Citizens may wish to consult the portal and query their commissioners on specific situations.

And finally, (6) citizens can scrutinize DOT’s nine priority lists. The lists don’t convey much in the way of priorities, but they do offer quantifiable data to those wishing to press policymaking officials, from legislative leaders to DOT commissioners, for answers.

In 2017, state lawmakers substantially increased taxes and fees, allegedly for road repair. There’s nothing you can do about the tax and fee hikes, but you can watch the system to discern whether your money goes where lawmakers said it would go.

By |June 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spartanburg Young Republicans to meet Tuesday June 20

The Spartanburg Young Republicans will be this coming Tuesday, June 20th, at 6:30 in the meeting room at Delaney’s Irish Pub in downtown Spartanburg! (It is the large room in the hallway when heading out the back door of Delaney’s)

We will be discussing what everyone expects from the group and what activities we would like to focus on, as well as, get a good idea on when everyone is available for our monthly meetings.

Do you have any friends that would be interested in getting more involved locally in the Republican party? Bring them with you! Our meetings are always open to the public. Everyone is allowed to attend and get on the email list.

I hope to see you there and cannot wait to work with all of you to make this party stronger than it ever has been!

Joshua Strange

Secretary, Spartanburg GOP

Chairman, Spartanburg Young Republicans

Vice-Chairman, South Carolina Young Republicans

864-409-SGOP (7467)

By |June 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thinking about homeschooling? This event is for you.

A free seminar for parents interested in homeschooling will take place in Easley, SC in July.  Parents who are thinking about homeschooling, or parents who recently started to homeschool, are encouraged to attend.

Date:  Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Location:  United Wesleyan Church, 738 Rice Road, Easley, SC 29640.  The church is located off of Highway 8 between Easley and Pickens near the old Arial Mill.

Gale Farrier of the SC Home Educators Association and Kristi Brooks of Christian Home Educators of Easley will be speaking to parents about necessary decisions to begin homeschooling and the options available to parents.  Topics will cover the law with regard to home education, curriculum options, costs, commitment of time, resources available, and the networks of homeschool parents and associations that offer support.  The goal of the event is to provide parents with information to help them make important decisions about their children’s education.

There will be curriculum catalogs available for reference to help parents find out about costs and the types of curriculum available, but we are not helping to sell any particular vendors’ products.  Last time around, Christian Home Educators of Easley was unable to take in new members, so there was no gain for their organization.

Our speakers are volunteering their time.  This is purely an event to help parents make a decision about their children’s education.

If you would like to see what we did in 2015, here is the video:

Food and refreshments will be provided for attendees.

Information and updates will be available online at

Also see these web sites for more information about homeschooling.

South Carolina Home Educators Association

Christian Home Educators of Easley

For more information call (864) 448-4622.

This event is sponsored by Conservatives of the Upstate and Grandparents Rights Association of the USA.

By |June 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spartanburg GOP County meeting Thursday June 22

If you are on the county GOP email list you probably saw the official email about this upcoming executive committee meeting (and if you are not, let me know and I’ll get you added).  I’m encouraging folks to go EVEN IF you are not your precinct executive committeeman – it will be a good kick off for the new leadership team and I anticipate some enthusiastic and visionary plans being shared at this meeting – with a tone and seriousness and professional direction we’ve lacked for a while.

Of course if you are your precinct executive committeeman please attend.  Check in begins at 6 PM, the meeting begins at 6:30 PM.
If for some reason you cannot be there, or cannot be there on time, please issue a proxy to someone in your precinct.  Your precinct president has an automatic proxy if they attend in your absence.  If they are unavailable, you can text a proxy (name, date of meeting included) to anyone in your precinct to their phone that they can show to check in.
Check in is from 6 pm to 6:30 pm, meeting begins at 6:30 pm.  Hope to see many of you there!
By |June 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Human Trafficking Faith Leaders Training Spartanburg June 29



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

Senate passes legislation, easier to fire incompetent VA employees

Glad to see IMPORTANT things are being done while the DC swamp critters howl about Russia.

Daily reports:

The Senate passed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act on Tuesday, which empowers Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin to fire incompetent employees.

With the passage of the bill by voice vote Tuesday evening, senators hope to give President Donald Trump the legislation to sign into law by the end of June.

The bill reduces the time it takes to fire poorly performing employees and ensures they don’t get paid while they’re in the appeals process. Shulkin would be able to fire senior executives in a 21-day process. Regular employees have an appeal process of no more than 180 days.

The legislation also allows the VA to take back bonuses if an employee is convicted of a job-related felony.

Read a bit more at the link above.

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

Mutts BBQ in Easley – come THANK SENATOR TOM DAVIS!

You all know what Tom Davis and done … and endured … to give liberty a voice in Columbia.  Please consider attending this event Thursday night in Easley to say THANKS TOM!


Pickens County GOP is hosting this event to provide information about the recently passed gas tax increase, and how it will effect YOU, the citizen.
Lt. Governor Kevin Bryant will joining us and will be introducing Senator Davis.
This will be an opportunity to meet two true conservative leaders in our state government.

Thursday, June 15 at 6 PM – 8:30 PM

Mutts BBQ

1020 Powdersville Rd, Easley, South Carolina 29642


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

Help Ralph Norman get elected in 5th District

Did you know this guy is running around SC’s 5th District trying to turn it into a DEMOCRAT seat?

Tom Perez, Chairman of the DNC:

“Our most important power is not the mister in the White House, I can’t even mention his name, the power is with all of you,” Perez said, before extolling the power of big labor, which was present at the march in solidarity. “No human being is illegal, we must treat everyone with dignity,” Perez continued, as he switched between English and Spanish for the crowd.

“Well I’ll tell you my idea, because you know what embodies their program? ‘I don’t care,’” Perez told the crowd, referencing the GOP’s failed healthcare proposals. He then added, to applause, “Because they don’t give a s— about people.”

Yep. The DNC Chairman is in SC trying to defeat Ralph Norman, who is the GOP nominee for the seat formerly held by Mick Mulvaney.

What are YOU going to do about it?

Will you make calls?

Will you go door to door?

If you will, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with Ralph’s volunteer staffers.  This is the time to get off your couch, out from behind your keyboard and work.

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