If you like her, you’ll love this.
If you’re not keen on her, this will annoy the CRAP out of you!
(I loved it)
Hearing a lot of great ideas at CPAC. Abolish the IRS! Balance the Budget! Term Limits!
People. If we cannot even put forth challengers to our SC House Seats much LESS get them elected, then spouting off a wish list like abolishing the IRS or term limits shows how juvenile our grassroots efforts are.
Spend 95% of your time talking about candidates, campaigns, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, strategy, media buys, mailers, door to door maps, voter outreach, and GOTV.
Spend 5% of your time pondering the policy changes you can make with those candidates VOTES once you get them ELECTED!
If you cannot change the seats over, all your historical reasons why “x” policy or “y” bill passing would be GREAT for Americans is just empty chatter.
I’ve enjoyed many speakers. Listen to those \you like … but everyone should listen to this one.
This week four years ago, Hope Blackley was named the Spartanburg County Clerk of Court. She entered the position under less than ideal circumstances but seized the opportunity to make a difference for her community. Integrity has been restored to the office, and she seeks ways to better serve the public.
Born and raised in Spartanburg, it seems Hope has gravitated toward positions where she had the opportunity to help improve othersâ€™ lives. After graduating from SC State University, Hopeâ€™s first job was teaching 3 and 4 year olds at the United Way of the Piedmont Village Partnership making sure those students were ready for kindergarten.
Hopeâ€™s journey into the world of criminal justice began while volunteering with the Back to Work parent program facilitated by the UWP Village Partnership. There Hope met then assistant solicitor, now Judge Erika McJimpsey who later recommended her for a child victim advocate position in the Solicitorâ€™s Office, where she assisted sexually abused children, preparing them for court, and directed bond and restitution court. She served in this role for six years, and because of her outstanding work and with the recommendation of then Solicitor Trey Gowdy, Governor Sanford appointed her as Crime Victimsâ€™ Ombudsman in 2003. For the next 6 Â˝ years, Hope investigated complaints made by crime victims throughout the state against any criminal and juvenile justice agency or organization. She directed the Governor’s Office of Victim Service Education & Certification (OVSEC) where I developed Victim Service Provider (VSP) curriculum and directed training throughout the state.
One of early lessons learned while teaching preschooler at the Village Partnership that Hope still holds dear today is the experience of giving back. Volunteering is so rewarding and allows us to witness the smiles and thankfulness of those being served. These are not idle words for Hope. It is evidenced by her dedicated service on multiple boards and councils: United Way of the Piedmont, Governor’s Victim’s Service Coordinating Council, Mobile Meals, Converse College-Board of Visitors, Carolina Pregnancy Center, Spartanburg Arts Museum (SAM) and The Village Network.
As we celebrate the good accomplished by our local women leaders, we should be inspired to do the same. Together, we can transform our community.
Critical VOTE To REPEAL Common Core
Senate Education Full Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 12th at 10:00 AM
Gressette Bldg Â· Room 105 Â· Columbia, SC 29201
The Full Committee to discuss S300
Plan to arrive early to have a seat
Wear your Stop Common Core buttons!
Amended S300 advances to the full Senate Education Committee next week on Wednesday, March 12th. The amendments allow Common Core to continue and add a new mandate for national testing. The only good thing to come from the amendments is the exit from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), which is the Common Core data mining pipeline to the Federal government.
S300 amendments are not a compromise â€“ they are a sellout!
Rationale for Sellout Amendments:
Repeal will create chaos
Superintendents want to keep it
We donâ€™t have enough votes
It gets us out of Smarter Balanced
Repeal will alleviate the current chaos created by Common Core.
A small number of education bureaucratsâ€™ opinions are valued more than those of parents?
If we need â€śspecial orderâ€ť status to get a clean repeal bill, then letâ€™s start the process NOW!
Section D of the amendments mandates NATIONAL testing and radical career planning as an alternative to SBAC – this is a giant leap in the wrong direction!
Sane Solutions Following Repeal:
Immediately revert to the former ELA and MATH standards (PASS), developed at great expense by SC educators, just a few years ago; or
Revert to the prior standards (PACT), which were abandoned for their rigor due to NCLB, or
Adopt the Massachusetts’ ELA Standards proven to be the most rigorous in the country, and are available to download along with tests, free of charge; and
Adopt the California Math Standards proven to close achievement gaps, and raise the standard for all students, also available free of charge with due process.
Please email Senate Education Committee members and ask them to vote in favor of S300 to allow full debate on the floor of the South Carolina Senate.
Tell Senators we want:
Full repeal of Common Core, and
No mandates for national tests.
Please note this email list contains all members of the Senate Education Committee. To communicate these points to Senate Education Committee, simply cut and paste the email addresses below into the address line of your email, and send them this message TODAY!
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Tuesday is our next meeting, hope to see you there. 7 PM at The Clock, 2725 Reidville Road.
A few folks get there at 6 PM to have something to eat, join us if you like.
Our guests on Tuesday will be:
Bruce Carroll of Carolina Conservatives United will discuss the disenfranchisement of our overseas military voters. CLICK HERE to read about the press conference recently held in Columbia.
Betsy Woodruff at NationalReview.com with a DELIGHTFUL article about South Carolina’s Tim Scott and Trey Gowdy. I really enjoyed reading it!
Scott tells NRO that Gowdy is his best friend in Washington, D.C. And Gowdy says that the two usually get dinner together â€” the Capitol Hill Club or Clydeâ€™s â€” once or twice a week when Congress is in session. Scott tells National Review the two often manage to avoid talking politics.
â€śWeâ€™ll talk personalities, weâ€™ll talk people, weâ€™ll talk politics of course,â€ť Scott says. â€śWeâ€™ll also talk business and our faith, families, my dating life, whatever comes up.â€ť
â€śWe need to meet with each other to make it through the week,â€ť the senator adds.
Scott says neither man drinks, and both are devoted Christians. They also both like playing basketball; Scott says Gowdy is a good shot but not very fast. And their support for each other goes deeper than typical Washington alliances. Scott says that Gowdy has a recurring fundraiser with 30 of his top contributors that features basketball and lobster. Once, he gave the eventâ€™s proceeds to Scott. And, Scott adds, Gowdy will call his contributors to fundraise for the senator.
â€śMost people who love you will give you their list,â€ť Scott says. â€śOnly Trey will actually call his list for me.â€ť
Read more at the link above. I like these guys!