Federal judge blocks Obama’s water rule

Timothy Cama reporting at TheHill.com:

A federal judge in North Dakota acted late Thursday to block the Obama administration’s controversial water pollution rule, hours before it was due to take effect.

Judge Ralph Erickson of the District Court for the District of North Dakota found that the 13 states suing to block the rule met the conditions necessary for a preliminary injunction, including that they would likely be harmed if courts didn’t act and that they are likely to succeed when their underlying lawsuit against the rule is decided.

The decision is a major roadblock for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers, who were planning Friday to begin enforcing the Waters of the United States rule, expanding federal jurisdiction over small waterways like streams and wetlands.
But the Obama administration says it will largely enforce the regulation as planned, arguing that the Thursday decision only applies to the 13 states that requested the injunction.

“Once the rule takes effect, the states will lose their sovereignty over intrastate waters that will then be subject to the scope of the Clean Water Act,” Erickson wrote in his order.

“While the exact amount of land that would be subject to the increase is hotly disputed, the agencies admit to an increase in control over those traditional state-regulated waters of between 2.84 to 4.65 percent. Immediately upon the rule taking effect, the rule will irreparably diminish the states’ power over their waters,” he continued, calling the Obama administration’s interpretation of its jurisdiction “exceptionally expansive.”

The states and the federal government argued over how to judge the likelihood opponents of the rule would win their case. But Erickson decided that the regulation is not “likely” to stand up to full court consideration.

More on this story at the link above.

August 27, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

We are the Future !!!

Guest Blog
By John Katsanos

The current course of cookie cutter Republicanism is just not cutting it with millenials. I as a young Constitutional Conservative Republican want a Republican Party that is pro Freedom, pro Free Markets, and a Republican Party that wins so that we can move this nation away from failed big government concepts that strangle young adults.

The National Debt, represents the greatest swindle that has ever been imposed on a single demographic of voter. Young people should and are starting to make their voices heard on this topic. Every young adult has the same $18,000,000,000,000 (18 Trillion) reasons to take part in shaping the direction of this Nation.

The future belongs to us, we are the drivers of the next decades and we make our decisions wisely.
When engaging with young adults their voices tell me that they are tired of the same old status quo, that keeps up ramping up debt, politicians that don’t adhere to their campaign promises and leaders who don’t ask them their input on the issues.

Young adults love Freedom and ideas that trample upon the status quo. This greatly explains their love of UBER, which is access to transportation quickly via an app. They love its reliability, affordabality, and its ability to shake up the status quo. Why do you thing big government leaders like Hilary Clinton and New York Mayor Bill Deblasio are against it. They care more about protecting their enriched special interests than the concept of positive Capitalism.

Capitalism is about engaging in risks, some times you win sometimes you lose. A message that deeply resonates with young adults is a robust defense of the Free Market, if you fail you don’t get bailed out,and if you succeed you would like to be able to keep the fruits of your labor. We must have a nation without an income tax, low regulations and an adherence to Limited Government. A message that more youth are starting to figure out is that Big centralized government control is not your friend but your enemy.

We are pioneers of the future and our current leaders need to recognize that We are the future so empower us so we can begin to alter and change the Course of History

August 27, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Bryant for Senate Committee Invites You to a BBQ Featuring Congressman Jeff Duncan

There are so few ‘fighters’ for us among our SC Senators, we absolutely need to support those who are clearly liberty warriors. Kevin Bryant is one of those.

Support this event if you can. CLICK HERE for more info.

The Bryant for Senate Committee Invites You to a BBQ Featuring Congressman Jeff Duncan
To Benefit the Re-Election of Senator Kevin Bryant
Tuesday, September 22 at 5:00 PM Creekside BBQ, 1115 Salem Church Road, Anderson
Contributions Welcome
RSVP (864) 202-8394 or kevin@kevinbryant.com

Paid for by Bryant for Senate. All funds solicited in connection with this event are by Senator Kevin Bryant, not by Congressman Jeff Duncan. Contributions in South Carolina are limited to a maximum of $1,000 per individual or business entity per election cycle; contributions by registered lobbyists are prohibited by law.

August 27, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Legislature Hoarding Millions in State Tax Dollars

Rick Brundrett doing another exceptional job on investigating the goings on in Columbia. By YOUR legislators.

Under a state budget proviso (Proviso 117.23 in the current budget) that is renewed annually, state agencies generally are allowed to carry forward up to 10 percent of their unspent general-fund appropriations from the prior fiscal year into the current fiscal year.

But every year, lawmakers carve out a special exception (Proviso 91.11 in the current state budget) for their respective chambers, allowing them to carry over all unspent funds.

Here’s the beginning of Rick’s article:

The S.C. Legislature started fiscal 2016 with nearly $30 million in extra general funds – for its own use, records show.

The 124-member House is operating this fiscal year, which began July 1, on a nearly $21.9 million total ratified budget. But it started the fiscal year with about $23.3 million in additional general funds left over from fiscal 2015, according to state comptroller general records.

The $23,282,545 in “carried-forward” appropriations ranked as the fifth-highest out of a collective $415 million in leftover general funds among state agencies and budget categories listed in Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom’s year-end financial report for fiscal 2015, which was released publicly last week.

and …

To put the House’s reserves, which represent 106 percent of this fiscal year’s overall chamber budget, in some perspective, it’s larger than the current total budgets of 48 state agencies and divisions, The Nerve’s review found.

The chamber’s general-fund reserves have grown tremendously in recent years, from $5.8 million at the start of fiscal 2012 to $19.6 million at the start of last fiscal year, comptroller general records show.

The 46-member Senate also is flush with money these days. Its total fiscal 2016 budget is $14.1 million, and the chamber started the fiscal year with nearly $6.6 million in general fund reserves, which represent about 46.5 percent of its overall budget.

Click the link above for more details.

August 26, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Audio of meeting with Asst. Sec of State, World Relief and elected officials in Spartanburg

Roger Nutt provides audio for the meeting held with The Assistant Secretary of State and members of World Relief and with some elected officials.

“The Assistant Secretary of State and members of World Relief met with some elected officials today for a Q&A about the Refugee Resettlement Program. This was a very informative meeting to say the least. Thanks to Congressman Trey Gowdy’s office for being there as well. Did you know that a refugee after 12 months becomes a “Legal Permanent Resident” and is not monitored or tracked in any way and never has to become a citizen to obtain legal rights under our law? I didn’t either….”

CLICK HERE for the audio.

August 25, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

The Dimsdale Debate brings you … AFP in Ohio!

Tommy, Marcus and a bunch of South Carolinians traveled to Ohio for AFP’s Defending the American Dream event. Here’s a look…

August 24, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

DOT Bank Accounts Bigger than Reported by Agency?

Simple legislators … audit the SCDOT properly and openly and using an outside agency. THEN ask us about how to fix the roads. I bet you’ll find we do not need a gas tax increase.

But for most of you, you’ll ask anyway.

Rick Brundrett investigates at TheNerve.org:

At the end of July, the S.C. Department of Transportation reported having $269 million in collective cash balances in its non-federal aid and highway funds, department records publicly released last week show.

But as of Aug. 17, the $1.84 billion agency had nearly $518.7 million in total cash balances – close to double what was presented at a DOT Commission workshop meeting on Thursday – according to separate records provided to The Nerve by the state Comptroller General’s Office.

Since fiscal 2012, DOT’s total ratified budget, which includes state, federal and “other” funds, has grown by $708 million, or about 54 percent when adjusted for inflation, state budget records show.

DOT carried over nearly $93 million in other funds into fiscal 2013 – the last year for which records were publicly available. The Nerve last week asked the RFA for the amount of other-fund DOT reserves at the start of this fiscal year but was informed through a spokeswoman to contact the state Executive Budget Office, which is part of the new Department of Administration under Haley’s control.

The Nerve recently sent several written requests to department spokesman Brian Gaines for other-fund DOT reserves but did not receive any specifics by publication of this story. On Thursday, The Nerve submitted a formal request under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act for those records.

Records presented at last week’s DOT Commission workshop meeting listed a total of $1.36 billion in state construction projects as of July 10, of which $482 million, or 35 percent, had been completed.

More details at the link above.

Have a chat with YOUR legislator about this between now and year end; before they return to Columbia and start thinking of ways to get this gas tax passed without an audit.

August 24, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Pickens County Convention issue: Resolved!

Many of us followed the situation in Pickens County re: their convention. Saturday this was resolved in favor of the current county leadership team and the Pickens County voters who were seated as the delegation at the time of the county convention. A report from Rick Tate, Vice Chair GOP in Pickens:

As many of you are aware State House Representative Neal Collins showed up at the doors of the Pickens County Republican Party Convention in April with between 40 & 50 people insisting they be seated as delegates.

His intention being to, with the vote of these additional people, be elected County Chairman along with Representative Gary Clary 1st VC and Representative Davy Hiott 2nd VC.

The county party was completely unaware of these additional people until they arrived at the convention with Collins.

It is important to understand there are long established procedures for becoming a delegate, this process must be, by party rules, completed no less than 5 days before the convention.
County Chairman Phillip Bowers declined to seat the people as delegates in the Collins coalition then proceeded to convene the convention.

Representative Collins then took to the floor of the convention , and sometimes the stage, for approximately the next hour making arguments and motions to seat the additional people.
The delegation of 155 properly vetted and seated delegates voted twice on the
question of whether to seat these additional people, both times voting down the motion.

At which time Representative Collins promised, very angrily, a protest with the State Party, and as it turned out he did exactly that.

This Saturday Aug 22nd the State party held a formal hearing, in Columbia, which was conducted like a courtroom trial.

State party Chairman Matt Moore, and a legal advisor, acted as Judge.

State House Representatives, Neal Collins & Gary Clary where the complainants. Both Collins & Clary are attorneys Clary is also a retired Superior Court judge,

The Pickens County GOP was the defendant represented by Chairman Phillip Bowers Vice Chairman Rick Tate and Pickens County State Executive Committee Representative Sylvia Bass.

There were over two hours of testimony and evidence given at the conclusion of which the executive committee, with 36 Executive committee representatives in attendance acting as the jury, went into closed session to deliberate.

The verdict of the committee, in a 34 – 2 vote, was to dismiss/deny the protest of the complainants with the results of the 2015 Pickens County Republican Party Convention being upheld.
Additionally the next convention will be supervised/ monitored by the State GOP.
Insuring our next convention is beyond reproach.

I think it is fair to say Chairman Phillip Bowers was completely vindicated in the decisions he made on the night of the Convention.

I would also say the State Party ran the hearing very professionally, everyone involved was treated fairly, without prejudice or bias.

I am truly grateful this is over, now we can get on with growing our party and working to put our conservative principles into practice.

August 23, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Citizen’s Committee on Firearm Discharge 8-18-15

Roger Nutt provides the video. You provide the interest in this local situation and watch. and think. and share and speak.

August 22, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

FBI to present program on staying safe in houses of worship (Greenville)

Our pal John Schafer was interviewed by Daniel Gross at SHJ:

The Columbia Field Office of the FBI will host a presentation on violence in houses of worship.

The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Church, 2801 Pelham Road, Greenville. It is free and open to the public.

The seminar titled “A realistic presentation for the unthinkable” will provide information and awareness for churches and other houses of worship in the event of unforeseen violence. Church members and leaders will gain insight into what steps should be taken when facing violence, such as an active shooter situation.

The FBI agents leading the seminar also will provide information about emergency plans of action.

The program is promoted by the Pickens County Republican Party, the Spartanburg Tea Party and the Grandparents Rights Association of South Carolina.

John Schafer, the director of the Grandparents Rights Association, said he is working with the FBI to promote the event to encourage safety in churches. He also said he is working with the FBI to promote future seminars across the state.

“In this day and age, with the crazy people we’ve got in our society, this is something I think churches have to plan for,” Schafer said. “Every church needs to have the forethought to hope for the best and plan for the worst.”

He said the FBI expects more than 800 in attendance, based on a previous event the bureau held in Aiken. At that program, 150 people were expected, but he said about 800 attended.

Church security has been at the forefront of discussions in the aftermath of nine people killed in a mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston June 17.

“If Mother Emanuel (AME) Church in Charleston had this kind of security in place, they would probably not have lost nine people,” Schafer said.

August 22, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments