Union withdraws vote date at Boeing in SC

You may know the International Association of Machinists union is circling Boeing here in South Carolina, visiting workers’ homes and hoping for a union vote. Seems they are now postponing the date for the vote.

David Wren at The Post and Courier has the story:

With door-to-door visits raising more questions than answers this past week, organizers with the International Association of Machinists union say it’s in their best interests to withdraw a petition for an organizing vote at Boeing Co. so they can continue to recruit workers for a future vote six months down the road.

“That’s a correct read,” said IAM spokesman Frank Larkin, referring to the benefits of regrouping instead of going ahead with a scheduled April 22 vote.

Larkin said the union had not made a final decision as of Thursday, but “the campaign has a long way to go.”

Mike Evans, the union’s local organizer, said Boeing has created a “toxic environment” at its North Charleston production facilities that might be difficult for the IAM to overcome in less than a week.

Evans said most Boeing workers have welcomed union officials into their homes, but “a lot of people are still confused.”

“We’re clearing up a lot of outright lies Boeing has told and we still see the need to share the benefits of collective bargaining,” he said.

Evans said the home visits have included “really detailed conversations” between union organizers and workers, but the IAM is at a disadvantage.

More to this story at the link above.

April 17, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

BILL ANALYSIS: House Roads Plan

SC Policy Council analysis:

The highlights …

• Bill raises taxes on gasoline and motor vehicle sales.
• Enacts a roughly $360 million tax hike next year.
• Allows Infrastructure Bank to fund more projects, not fewer.
• Gives Infrastructure Bank $50 million more in annual funding.
• Does nothing to alter the Bank’s emphasis on new construction.
• Maintains legislature’s influence over DOT Commission.
• Imposes ineffectual moratorium on new road construction.
• Makes devolution of roads back to counties optional, thus pointless.

The bill’s provisions include:

Allowing the governor to appoint the eight Department of Transportation (DOT) commissioners, with the approval of the legislatively controlled Joint Transportation Review Committee (JTRC) and in turn allowing the commission to appoint the DOT secretary. By retaining the commission and JTRC approval of its members this provision fails to increase accountability at DOT.

Prohibiting construction of new roads before July 1, 2020, but with exceptions that render this provision meaningless. The majority of these exceptions were added by the Ways and Means Committee. Exceptions to the prohibition on new construction include: expansion of existing roadways, projects for which preliminary engineering and design began before January 1 of 2016, large interstate projects for which matching funds are available, any project contained in a metropolitan planning organizations transportation improvement plan before January 1 of 2016, and new facilities designed to be toll roads. Almost any new project would meet one of those conditions.

That’s just the beginning. Go to the link above to read the rest.

Lots and lots of pretty, shiny words that don’t mean a thing without an audit of the SCDOT. Six of our Spartanburg House Reps voted for this. Remember when six Spartanburg House Reps voted to table school choice, a Republican party platform issue? Like they did back then, we’ll probably see them all come out soon with the exact same talking points as each other … it’s the pattern they have.

THANK YOU BILL CHUMLEY for your NO vote.

April 16, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

In Greenville – Bureaucrats Reclassify Farmers as Developers

Kerry Wood at Premium New Network reports:

Only in Greenville County (so far) have government officials decided to change interpretation of a state law to such an extreme as to do serious harm to landowners by reclassifying virtually anyone who decides to divide property they own, as a developer of a subdivision (with no actual subdivision or no intention of a subdivision required). This will no doubt have a ripple effect through anyone buying, selling, or dealing in real estate on any level, as well as the local economy.

For example; What about the family farmer who would like to divide his property up for his children or grandchildren? He can no longer do that in Greenville County without risk of having his farm classified as a subdivision. People who have been through this and have attempted to explain to County Officials that they are not actually building a subdivision, have described County Officials as completely apathetic.

To make things even worse (much worse), even though you may just want to sell off a few acres, give a couple acres to your children, etc., but because you are now classified by bureaucrats as developer of a subdivision:

You must comply with getting a permit from the Storm Water Department on how you are going to handle water runoff and the cleaning of water that washes across your land. Permitting and plan development can be very costly.

You must get a floodplain development permit if you have a creek or floodplain on your property OR if your neighbor has a floodplain on their property.

You must go through the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) so you can properly have your property declared as ready for sewer or septic.

You must go through DOT to ensure you are permitted for proper road access.

What happens if you don’t take these costly measures? You are stuck holding your property until you do. We currently have the beginnings of a bottleneck in Greenville County as all this permitting is keeping plats from being recorded. It is keeping people from giving property to their children and it is keeping people from selling property for their retirement. All this red tape to dispose of property, will lead to people refusing to purchase land in Greenville County, which will, in turn, bring about even more declining property values before we can even ride out of the rough real estate market we’ve been in for years.

Greenville peeps – did you know this????? Who are you going to contact today to find out more? Let me know what you find.

April 16, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

This is what happened in Columbia today re: Roads

CLICK HERE for a press release from House Speaker Jay Lucas. Excerpt:

Today, a vast majority of House membership courageously took the next necessary step to put our state on a path towards road repair. We accomplished our goal of producing a plan that generates revenue without passing a burden onto South Carolina taxpayers.

I’m kinda confused since Tim Smith of Greenville Online reports:

The House approved a road-funding bill Wednesday night that would effectively raise the price of gas by 10 cents per gallon and offer taxpayers $48 in savings per year, after rejecting dozens of proposals to fund road repairs in different ways or offer a bigger tax cut.

Lots more info both links above. But … I know I can’t do math, but usually my reading skills are above par.

what am I missing or misunderstanding here?

BTW here are the NO votes…

Atwater, Todd K. Bedingfield, Eric M. Burns, James Mikell
Chumley, William M. Collins, Neal A. Hamilton, Daniel P.
Hill, Jonathon D. Horne, Jenny Anderson Huggins, Chip
Long, Deborah A. Merrill, James H. Putnam, Joshua A.
Quinn, Rick Smith, Garry R. Southard, Edward L.
Stavrinakis, Leonidas E. Stringer, Tommy M. Taylor, Bill
Thayer, Anne J. Willis, Mark N.

April 15, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Shane Martin on refugee settlement in Spartanburg

From Shane’s email list/website:

I wish to inform you of my actions relative to the proposed resettlement of refugees in Spartanburg. Since Mid-March, I have been emailing Congressman Trey Gowdy’s office information regarding this issue. Congressman Gowdy has demanded answers from the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and I applaud him for that. You can read his letter here: https://gowdy.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/gowdy-requests-information-spartanburg-refugee-resettlement-program

Some of my colleagues in the SC House of Representatives have asked Governor Nikki Haley, who must approve the program in the first place, for additional information. Governor Haley is the only one in SC with the power to actually put a stop this and I hope that she takes a position on this issue soon!

I have written to the SC Department of Social Services (DSS), the cabinet agency responsible for conducting this program in SC, if it indeed is carried out. SC DSS must follow several federal statutes which require specific accountability measures. You may read my email here by clicking here.

I have received no reply from SC DSS, and to my knowledge, no other inquiries have been answered either. This only serves to heighten my concern. I will work to keep this issue in the public eye, through media and other outlets, until we all get some answers from the government officials responsible for this program. I will update you further as we get more information, and with your help, we will do all we can to stop the importation of dangerous individuals into our hometown.

April 15, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Justin Bradley’s letter to Trey Gowdy

Councilman Bradley sent a letter to Congressman Trey Gowdy re: the refugee resettlement issue.

CLICK HERE for Justin’s letter.

Today, Wednesday at 8:30 AM Jason Lee executive Director of World Relief Spartanburg will be on WORD radio. If you miss this broadcast, you can download the podcast, not sure how soon they upload but they are pretty quick about it.

April 15, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Dianne Belsom – Running for Council in Laurens!

This is GREAT!! My friend Dianne Belsom is running for a County Council seat in Laurens County. Dianne is a great patriot, thoughtful, fair, determined, articulate, and hard working.

CLICK HERE to go to Dianne’s website and read about her convictions on issues.

While you are there, DONATE to her campaign. There are no other local campaigns happening right now, so tossing in $25 or $50 … heck you can skip a pizza and eat some cereal, watch a DVD at home instead of a movie night out and BAM you’re there.

These citizens stepping up to run for office is what we are all working toward.

Here’s an excerpt from Dianne’s website, go read her issues page and … then … donate!

In college I joined a club called “Students for America” and met my husband as we campaigned for the reelection of Ronald Reagan. I love my country and have been willing to volunteer for various causes. I love Laurens County as well, and with my daughter going off to college soon, I want to dedicate time to make Laurens County a great place to live. I have decided to run for County Council to bring a fresh voice that is committed to hearing from you and working hard to bring needed change. I support Constitutional government, greater transparency, and a more efficient use of our tax dollars. I will look for free-market solutions to problems FIRST, and work to avoid any tax increases. I will also work towards the beautification of our county through targeting the excessive litter and abandoned buildings, which in turn will help attract jobs and businesses into our county and make Laurens County a better place to live.

April 14, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Obama ‘would be willing’ to sign Iran bill

Jeff Duncan has this to say about this issue/article:

After failing to stop the bill in its tracks and realizing Congress had enough votes to override a Presidential veto, President Obama’s staff indicated that he will not oppose legislation giving Congress the ultimate say on the Iran nuclear deal. The Administration was likely trying to avoid the public embarrassment that would come with Congress overriding his veto. This is a strong bipartisan win for our system of checks and balances!

Read this Washington Examiner article:

The White House on Tuesday said President Obama “would be willing” to sign a bipartisan bill emerging on Capitol Hill that would give Congress a say on any nuclear accord with Iran, assuming the legislation isn’t further overhauled.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers hailed a potential compromise that would give them the chance to review a nuclear deal with Iran. Obama would like to finalize an agreement by the end of June.

In recent days, senior administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, have been lobbying Democrats to oppose the Corker legislation. However, those efforts appear to have failed.

For weeks, the White House has insisted that Obama would veto legislation granting Congress more oversight of the nuclear pact. Earnest declined to say whether the president’s thinking was altered by the high number of defections among Democrats.

April 14, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

2015 SCGOP State Convention

Click here for ticket info and purchase.

If you plan on attending the 2015 state convention you’ll need a ticket. Many of our delegates in Spartanburg County are already on the slate, but there will be 21 delegates voted on at our County Convention on Saturday.

You will need to purchase a ticket if you are a delegate OR AN ALTERNATE who plans to attend the convention.

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The South Carolina Republican Party
Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8:30 AM
Columbia, SC

OFFICIAL CALL TO 2015 SCGOP STATE CONVENTION

In accordance with South Carolina Republican Party Rules, it is our pleasure to announce the convening of the 2015 South Carolina Republican Party State Convention for the purposes of electing state officers and transacting other such business as may properly come before the State Convention.

The 2015 State Convention will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

Check-in for delegates and alternates will begin at 8:30AM; the Convention will convene promptly at 10:00AM.

We urge you to register and pay the registration fee in advance to expedite your check-in at the convention- you will not be able to pay with cash at the convention. Credit Cards and checks will be the only method of payment accepted at the convention. Guests and members of the public will be permitted to watch the proceedings at no charge.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact State Director Hope Walker at Hope@scgop.com or call the South Carolina Republican Party Headquarters at 803-988-8440.

April 13, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Trey Gowdy’s Letter to the State Dept. re: Refugee Settlement in Spartanburg

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDate: April 13, 2015

Contact:Amanda Duvallamanda.duvall@mail.house.gov202-225-6030

Gowdy Requests Information on Spartanburg Refugee Resettlement Program

Washington, DC—Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) today sent a letter to the State Department, requesting information on plans for a refugee resettlement in Spartanburg. Please see text of the letter:

The Honorable John Kerry
Secretary
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Kerry,

I write regarding the potential resettlement of refugees to the Spartanburg, South Carolina, area. It has been reported by media outlets, and confirmed by staff within your Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), that a resettlement agency submitted a proposal to open an office in Spartanburg. In addition, it is my understanding that the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) approved the request to resettle a certain number of refugees in Spartanburg.As the Member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing the Spartanburg area, I am deeply concerned about the lack of notice, information, and consultation afforded to me and my constituents about this issue. As such, please provide the information requested and answers to questions below:

1. Please provide a copy of the proposal submitted by the resettlement agency and any subsequent correspondence between your Department and the resettlement agency.

2. When was the resettlement agency’s proposal submitted? When was it approved by USRAP?

3. How were the claims made in the proposal as to Spartanburg’s readiness to resettle refugees verified for accuracy by USRAP prior to approval?

4. What, if any, steps were taken to notify and consult with local government officials (elected or otherwise) prior to the approval of the resettlement proposal? If so, who was contacted and did they approve the proposal?

5. Which officials/employees of the South Carolina State government reviewed and approved the resettlement agency’s proposal? When was such approval given? Were these officials/employees contacted by USRAP to independently ensure approval was given?

6. What types of, and how much, funding will the resettlement agency receive from the federal government? How much of that amount must be provided to the refugees and how much can be kept by the resettlement agency?

7. When are the first refugees expected to arrive in Spartanburg?

8. What federal, state, and local benefits are the refugees entitled to receive a) upon designation as a refugee and b) upon resettlement in the Spartanburg area?

9. How many refugees will be resettled in the Spartanburg area?

10. How are the refugees chosen to resettle in Spartanburg?

11. What is the country of origin of each of the refugees to be resettled in the Spartanburg area?

12. Who is responsible for ensuring housing, employment, and education services for the resettled refugees?

13. Who is responsible for ensuring resettled refugees maintain employment, as opposed to tracking employment for the first few months after being resettled?

14. How many of the refugees to be resettled in the Spartanburg area are of the age to attend K–12 schools? Of those, how many need the local government to provide interpreters or teachers who speak the native language of the refugee for the students?

15. Do any of the refugees to be resettled in the Spartanburg area have criminal convictions? If so, for what crimes has each been convicted?

16. Please explain the background check process performed on refugees scheduled to be resettled in Spartanburg.

17. Will this be the only time refugees will be resettled to the Spartanburg area pursuant to the agency’s proposal? Or can additional refugees be resettled pursuant to the proposal?

I request that any plans to resettle refugees in the Spartanburg, South Carolina, area be placed on hold until my constituents and I receive your substantive responses to the questions and information requested in this letter. Additionally, before moving forward, both the Spartanburg community and I should have time to substantively review the information and be comfortable with the information provided.

As previously stated, I am troubled by the lack of notice and coordination with my office and the Spartanburg community, particularly local officials, regarding the plans to resettle refugees in the area. In that vein, I request at least one month’s notice prior to the arrival of the first refugee in the Spartanburg area.

Please contact my Chief of Staff, Cindy Crick, with such notice (864-241-0175 or cindy.crick@mail.house.gov).

Thank you in advance for your prompt response and attention to this matter.

Sincerely, Trey Gowdy

April 13, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments