Our American Revival invites you to support Gov. Scott Walker’s reform agenda!

Come join us on Thursday June 4 for a night of FREE food and fellowship with those who support Governor Scott Walker’s big, bold conservative ideas.

We’ll serve a light dinner at 6:30p and begin the organizational meeting for Our American Revival at 7:00pm.

Come to learn more about how you can share Governor Walker’s conservative reform agenda with your friends and neighbors in Spartanburg County.

For more information, contact Karen Martin at (864) 384-7558 or at kmartin@groundgamehq.com.

May 27, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Nearly two-thirds of SC voters are opposed to any form of a gas tax increase

Senator Shane Martin went straight to the people this week, commissioning a poll about issues his constituents are interested in and one thing is clear:

Nearly two-thirds of voters are opposed to any form of a gas tax increase

Here is the resulting press release:

Press Release for Immediate Release – 26 May 2015
Contact: Kerry Wood Phone: 864-431-8401 Email: me@KerryWood.com

Only 19% Approve of Gas Tax Increase for Roads
Poll shows that two-thirds are opposed to gas tax increase under any circumstance.

Spartanburg, SC – In a poll of more than 600 residents across three upstate counties conducted just prior to Memorial Day Weekend, the number one concern among residents was our roads (29.1%) followed by government spending (20.5%).

“It is not a coincidence that these are the top two categories,” stated State Senator Shane Martin. “What I hope my colleagues in Columbia will pay attention to is that half the people fell into one of those two categories when there are so many other things people could be concerned with.”

The remainder of the poll breaks down as follows:
3) Economy at 10.7%
4) Refugee Resettlement at 7.1%
5) Government Intrusion at 6.9%
6) Ethics Reform at 6.3%
7) Energy Costs at 5.2%
8) Domestic Violence at 5.2%
9) Other concerns make up 9%

The poll also showed that only 19.3% of people approve of a gas tax as a solution to repair our roads. More approved of a gas tax plan if there is a guarantee of income tax reduction and/or DOT reform, but nearly two-thirds of voters are opposed to any form of a gas tax increase with most citing a distrust for how current money is being spent.

State Senator Tom Davis stated, “I share Senator Martin’s convictions on this issue. He and I have been telling other lawmakers in Columbia for weeks that a gas-tax hike is a very bad idea, but for the most part our words have fallen on deaf ears. So Sen. Martin, at his own expense, commissioned an independent survey to find out what the people think, and it turns out the overwhelming majority think a gas-tax hike is a bad idea, too. That doesn’t surprise me one bit, as it mirrors what my constituents in the Lowcountry have been saying. I appreciate Sen. Martin making this effort to find out what the people think — after all, it’s their money, not the legislature’s, something we lose sight of far too often in Columbia. Hopefully now our arguments will carry more weight.”

South Carolina is one of the top states that veterans call home, and an astounding 29% of those who participated in the poll have served our country (thank you to them all). A full 42% of our veterans in South Carolina are retired and these are the types of people a gas tax increase will hurt the most.

“Even if we could guarantee an income tax reduction, most still don’t want the gas tax increase,” stated Martin. “Just take a look at who this will impact the most. All the military we have in our state who are not residents will not get an income tax reduction. All the retirees who move into South Carolina will not get an income tax reduction. Those who remain unemployed whether they are counted or not. The poor. Who really wants to add a tax burden to any of these folks? I know I certainly don’t. The people get it, and it is my hope that my colleagues in Columbia will pay attention to this and not the special interest groups pushing for the tax increase.”

For more information on Senator Shane Martin, visit his website at: www.SenatorMartin.com

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May 26, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Dimsdale Debate – “The Nominee”

Have you been listening to The Dimsdale Debate each Thursday at 9 PM?

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May 26, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Carly Fiorina to Spartanburg May 27

Get ready, Spartanburg, for another “Bridging the Gap” event from the Palladian View! We welcome former Hewlett Packard CEO, Carly Fiorina, to discuss pertinent issues facing both our nation and our state. The Spartanburg County Republican party will host the event Wednesday, May 27th at Indigo Hall 190 Ezell Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306.

Details:
4:30PM Reception

5-6PM Media Round table with WSPA, Herald Journal, Fox News Carolina, WYFF, and Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce CEO.

Event is open to the public. Event admission is free and sponsorships are available. For sponsorship information contact Chairman Bill Conley at scbconley@charter.net.

May 24, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Southern Republican Leadership Conference – 2016 rundown

Lengthy article by Timothy P. Carner at the Washington Examiner with the highlights of many of the major 2016 candidates or potential candidates. SC is already seeing some of these folks more than once. If you want to catch up, here’s a good opportunity.

It begins …

The conference revealed a Republican base that is (1) broadly happy with the crowded and conservative field, (2) still smitten with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and (3) unimpressed and uninterested in Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Senate chaos over the Patriot Act kept the four senators who are running from making it, dampening the mood a bit.

The candidates running a second time — Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Mike Huckabee — do not excite the conservative base.

Also, it was evident from the speakers and the attendees that defense and national security have returned to the forefront of the Republican mind.

Click the link above to read Carney’s take on a few of the favorites.

May 24, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

A few things for YOU to do on the Gas Tax Issue.

AFP is staying on top of this issue. It DOES make a difference to the outcome if you call legislators. THANK the ones who are fighting for us, EXPRESS your opinion to the rest.

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In the State House, Senate Pro-Tem Hugh Leatherman wants to pass a gas tax hike so badly that he is willing to shut down debate on how we spend money within the state budget. Thankfully, Sens. Lee Bright and Shane Martin along with Tom Davis, Kevin Bryant and Tom Corbin have pledged to continue the debate on a gas tax hike. These five Senators have been instrumental in showing how much of our money has already been sent to Columbia and why a gas tax hike isn’t necessary to fix our roads.

Remember, the Senate tax hike plan includes:

• a 72% gas tax hike (12 cents per gallon) over 3 years
• indexing the gas tax to inflation – the higher gas prices go, the more we pay in taxes
• doubling of the driver’s license fee
• no real reform to the SCDOT
• a 1% income tax rate cut over 5 years that can be stopped if the economy doesn’t grow fast enough

Our friends at the South Carolina Policy Council have a great analysis of the tax swap myth here.

You can do 3 things to stop this gas tax hike plan right now…it will only take a minute!

1. Call Governor Haley today at 803-734-2100 and tell her to veto any plan that includes a gas tax hike. Then comment on her Facebook page and tell her you oppose all gas tax hikes.
2. Call your state Senator. Tell them to vote “NO” on all plans that include a gas tax hikes. No tax hikes. No tax swaps. PERIOD.
3. Share our new web ad on your Facebook page today.

For Freedom,

Dave Schwartz

May 24, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Rand Paul at The Beacon Friday, May 29

CLICK HERE for Facebook invite.

Friday, May 29 at 3:30 pm
The Beacon Drive-in
255 John B White Sr Blvd, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29306

Join Rand Paul for a Stand With Rand meet & greet in Spartanburg!

May 23, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

“Transparency is for government, privacy is for citizens.”

Palmetto Promise.org has this:

Across America, everyday citizens have been fired, had their businesses boycotted and been forced to register with the government in order to exercise their right to free speech. In the particularly egregious “John Doe” case in Wisconsin, some families even had their homes raided by police SWAT teams for their support of the policies of Governor Scott Walker.

This week, the South Carolina Policy Council (SCPC) highlighted this important issue in a public debate held on the campus of USC. The event called attention to ethics legislation currently sitting before the South Carolina General Assembly that goes well beyond the important function of protecting the integrity of elections to potentially chilling “all communications critical of public officials during a broad window before an election.”

While acknowledging that there is a strong public desire for politicians and their actions to be transparently accountable to the public, SCPC President Ashley Landess drew a bright line between this idea and the right of citizens to not have to register their personal giving with the government, noting that, “Transparency is for government, privacy is for citizens.”

We couldn’t agree more.

The good news for South Carolina citizens: the U.S. Supreme Court has already clearly ruled to protect them in this matter. The case? NAACP v. Alabama, which in 1958 was decided in favor of the plaintiff, Jeffery D. who feared that the disclosure of $100 that he donated to the NAACP would subject him and his family to harassment and danger by local law enforcement and pro-segregation extremists. The Court agreed, ruling that the privacy of donors is an essential component of both free speech and the right to assembly.

So the question before South Carolina: will we mire our state in a federal court case, which is sure to result if our lawmakers try to quash the ability of citizens to donate privately to causes they support? For the sake of free speech and fiscal responsibility, we certainly hope not.

This is a bit more at the link above.

May 23, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Abortion Facts and Pain Capable Bill

Lynn Isler with a great guest blog, posted at PNN:

It is important for everyone to know the details on abortion in SC for two reasons. First, we cannot let the legislators in Columbia get away with giving the impression they have done something meaningful for the unborn in SC when in fact, they have done little or nothing. Second, I hope this information, if it becomes widely known, will guide us as we craft strategies to save these precious innocents in the future.

Please share this information widely across the state.

First, the details on the 20 Week Pain Capable bill–It establishes that no abortion can be performed in the state of SC past 20 weeks unless the mother’s life is in some way jeopardized by the pregnancy.

Second, Lets look at how many abortions are done in SC. Where are they done? And at what gestational age are they done?

There was a total of 6084 abortions in 2012 and 5878 in 2013. The graphic below breaks these numbers down further to show the number at each abortion facility (there are three here in SC) and hospital in SC.

Abortion Statistics

Please note two things as you look at the information.

1) One, you will see that the vast majority of abortions in this state are done at the state’s three abortion facilities. You should know that NONE of these facilities do abortions past 14 weeks gestation. I have linked the websites of each of these facilities here below so you can confirm this information. I have even gone the extra length and called each of them to verify.

2) The overall number of abortions performed in the hospitals (which do abortions after 14 weeks) is low. Of those, most are done prior to 20 weeks. Ex.–In 2013, a total of 81 abortions were done in SC hospitals. Of the 81, only 38 were over 20 weeks gestation. So now we begin to see that the 20 Week Pain Capable bill saves a very limited number of lives and perhaps none at all. I have had an ob-gyn doctor in this state verify that most of the abortions in hospitals are done to save the life of the mother. The pain capable bill makes an exception for the life of the mother, something with which most pro-life advocates agree. So while most agree with the exception, it still begs the question in regards to this legislation: Will it save any lives at all? And if so, how few?

Now for the amendment sponsored by SC’s most pro-abort senator and the GOP’s very own Senator Larry Grooms and Senator Katrina Shealy. The amendment moves the 20 week deadline back to 24 weeks and adds three more exceptions that should be unacceptable to anyone who is truly pro life. They are thoroughly explained here, but before you read them, there is one more thing number you need to know. In 2013, there were no abortions done past 24 weeks gestation. So what was already a very weak (possibly useless) bill is certainly useless with the amendment.

Mother’s health: The Grooms-Hutto amendment permits an abortion if, in the abortionist’s judgment, the pregnancy would cause the mother “serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, not including psychological or emotional conditions.”

Rape and incest: The Grooms-Hutto amendment permits abortion past 24 weeks if the child was conceived as a result of a criminal act of the father. Furthermore, the Grooms-Hutto amendment simply requires a patient to say she was raped in order for the abortion to proceed. There is no provision, for instance, that stipulates that the police or Department of Social Services should be notified in the case of incest.

Severe fetal anomaly: The Grooms-Hutto amendment says that if the abortionist simply believes that the baby would be impaired after birth the abortion may proceed. This is a vague and poorly reasoned standard which, taken with others, makes these “prohibitions” meaningless and unenforceable.

I hope this information helps. The blood of the innocents is too precious for us to allow this legislation to give everyone a false impression. We need to do so much more and I hope grassroots activists from across the state will fight for so much more.

May 23, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Spartanburg County Council May General Session

Roger Nutt says this is one of the best short subject files released in 2015!

May 22, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments