We had a little something on our blog on this story last week, here’s a bit more.
State Sen. Glenn Reese of Inman says mandatory roll-call voting is responsible for killing legislation and makes senators feel like “we’re like a dog on a chain.”
The Spartanburg County Democrat spoke at length against the Senate’s use of roll-call voting during a legislative panel on road funding last week.
He told The Greenville News that mandatory roll calls have slowed down the process of taking up bills and is being used by those opposed to a bill to block its consideration. He said he mentioned it during the roads-funding conference because he believes the process worked against the attempt to debate road funding earlier this year.
In fact, some senators said at the time there was not enough time to take up roads funding.
“Roll-call voting is definitely abused and way overdone,” Reese told The News.
Well that’s to be expected. Liberals don’t really like all that … accountability. Is anyone, therefore, surprised by this …
(REPUBLICAN) Sen. Danny Verdin, a Laurens Republican, agreed with Reese during the panel that mandatory roll-call voting is a problem.
“I was one of the few who said ‘no’ on the whole nonsense and had my head handed to me on a platter by all the folks,” he said.
Well at least there are some Republicans who still stand up for the voters …
Sen. Lee Bright, a Spartanburg County Republican, said he is among those who have forced roll-call votes even when it has not been required.
“I think transparency is good and I think it’s good for folks to know where we stand,” he said. “I’m a big proponent of on-the-record voting. That’s one of the things I campaigned on.”
He said before the rule and law went into effect, “so many of the votes were voice votes that you couldn’t point to who the problem was in the Senate because they didn’t have recorded votes.”
Bright said while he knows about the argument that the rule is used to slow the process down, “we pass more bad bills than good so slowing things down in the Senate is probably not a problem.”
I get that it takes longer to vote by roll call. Some Senators think that wastes time. I tell you, as someone who watches the live stream as the Senate is in session, roll call voting is the LEAST egregious waste of time. The amount of stalling and blustering and self congratulations and naming of bridges after themselves and congratulating visiting hairdresser conventions sitting in the gallery … cut out those shenanigans, get down to business and it won’t take all day to do just a minuscule amount of “legislating”.
Here’s another idea. Record committee votes. There’s a lot of bad legislation that can get killed in committee if folks had to put their name to their vote. Saves more time on the floor.
Among everything else what I glean from this article is that
a) the Democrat who was running against Senator Pat Roberts (R) in KS was removed from the ballot
b) a lawsuit was filed to force for Dems to KEEP that candidate on the ballot but the ruling is they do not have to
c) There is an independent running in the general election, Greg Orman
d) Without a Dem on the ballot the Dems may very well vote against the incumbent Roberts by voting for Orman
e) much like Mississippi there was skulduggery afoot in the primary where bad things were done and said by the establishment to protect their boy
f) now the establishment are pissing themselves and begging the conservatives to come out and vote for Roberts to keep the seat from the independent.
g) the base is saying “suck it” (and could either stay home or join the Dems in voting for Orman)
Two GOP challengers vying to lead the S.C. House dropped out of that race Tuesday, clearing the way for state Rep. Jay Lucas to become the next speaker of the House.
Reps. Kenny Bingham, R-Lexington, and Jim Merrill, R-Berkeley, withdrew Tuesday from the contest to lead the House, saying they wanted to put to rest â€śthe specter of a contentious speakerâ€™s race.â€ť
In a statement, Lucas repeated his intent to limit the expansive powers of the House speaker, which Harrell wielded during his decade as leader, making him one of the stateâ€™s most powerful politicians.
The â€śsudden shift in directionâ€ť in the GOP-controlled House provides an opportunity â€śto show how an institution as a whole is greater than any single member or occurrence,â€ť said Lucas, who in 2010 was elected speaker pro tempore, the Houseâ€™s second-in-command.
Lucas said the House will focus â€śon the issues that matter most â€“ issues like improving our roads, protecting our citizens from domestic abuse, reforming how the House operates and … ethics reform.â€ť
In a joint letter to House members, Bingham and Merrill said they had decided to support Lucas, an attorney elected to the House in 1999, because he also is committed to reforms.
Bill Chumley likes Jay Lucas. That’s a good recommendation for me.
Felicia Kitzmiller reports at SHJ:
Spartanburg County Council adopted a new strategic plan during a called meeting Monday.
The eight-page document outlines the Councilâ€™s vision, mission, values and goals as discussed during a planning retreat in May. The strategic planning process was facilitated by the Weathers Group of Columbia.
â€śWhat weâ€™re doing today is the first step in a much longer, detailed process,â€ť County Administrator Katherine Oâ€™Neill said. â€śYou establish where you want to go, and our job is to tell you how to get there. â€¦ Iâ€™m very proud of what council accomplished at their retreat. This is truly the framework we need.â€ť
The next step is working toward the goals. Councilman Roger Nutt said he would specifically like to see an enumerated list of priorities that will help guide the countyâ€™s budget process as the economy recovers. Oâ€™Neill suggested a special meeting in January where council can have early input on the budget process and in the future, annual planning retreats in August or September will contain those prioritization exercises.
Sound great. I look forward to reading the document!
Rick Brundrett at TheNerve.org has this report on Harrell’s court appearance:
Suspended S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell walked out of a Richland County courtroom this morning without having to put up any money for bail after being formally served with indictments charging him with using campaign funds for personal expenses and concealing unlawful campaign payments.
Circuit Judge John Hayes of York, a former state House member and senator who served in the General Assembly before Harrell was first elected in 1992, issued an $18,000 personal recognizance bond for Harrell, which doesnâ€™t require him to put up any money up front, though he would be responsible for the amount if he skipped a future court date without permission.
Hayes also required that any future out-of-state travel by Harrell be approved either by 1st Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe of Orangeburg, who is prosecuting the case, or the judge who eventually will be assigned to handle Harrellâ€™s trial, noting he hadnâ€™t been assigned as the trial judge. Hayes did permit Harrell to attend the University of South Carolina football game on Saturday at the University of Kentucky.
The normally talkative Harrell, R-Charleston, was silent during the seven-minute court hearing â€“ his first court appearance since being indicted by a Richland County grand jury on Sept. 10 â€“ letting his attorney, Bart Daniel of Charleston, speak on behalf of him. Harrell and Daniel didnâ€™t speak to a group of reporters afterward.
More details at the link above.
If you are wondering, or if you are asked “Where do I vote?” … or if you’ve moved and can’t remember if you changed your voter registration address or not, here’s a resource that can help!
A quick look up website that can help with all those “Can I vote?” questions.
October 4 is the last day to register to vote for the November General Election. In Spartanburg:
366 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303
8:30 – 5:00
Monday – Friday
Our Blog Con will be social media training. It will take place Saturday, November 1 at the downtown library from 10 AM to 2 PM
Learning how to use Facebook, Twitter, and other online platforms for political activism.
Beginners, we help you set up an account.
Everyone, we will show you the features that will help you connect with others who are working toward better governance in South Carolina, and make connections with your legislators.
We are going to make it easy for the beginners, and helpful for those of you who are already active on social media and want â€śnext steps.â€ť
LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED TO ALL ATTENDEES.
NOTE: If you do not wish to use an online payment system, then please contact Karen Martin to make other arrangements: firstname.lastname@example.org
Likely to be interesting!
SPARTANBURG COUNTY COUNCIL
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014
COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE BUILDING
I. Call to Orderâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.â€¦â€¦â€¦. Honorable Jeff Horton, Chairman
II. Receive information and take desired action in reference to the Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals discussed at Councilâ€™s retreat. (Mr. Charles Weathers, Weathers Group, to present) â€“ (Action Requested: Approve Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals)