CCGOP Stump Meeting and BBQ — May 3, 12-5:00, Legare Farms, Johns Is.
This is an excellent opportunity to get to know all the candidates running in the Charleston County Republican primary June 10.
You can mail checks for tickets to Roger O’Sullivan, 1551 Ben Sawyer Blvd, Unit 1i, Mt. Pleasant 29464
U S Custom House
200 East Bay Street
Charleston, South Carolina
Saturday, April 12
Sponsored by Mt. Pleasant 9.12 Project
Please join us in a Celebration of America’s Exceptionalism,
our Respect for the US Constitution and our Love of Liberty!
Speaking on Liberty
Event MC – Tara Servatius, WTMA 1250
Michael Acquilano, The Catholic Diocese of Charleston – ObamaCare and the 1st Amendment
Sheriff Ray Nash, Ret. – Gun Control and 2nd Amendment Rights
Sheri Few, SC Parents Involved in Education – Common Core and Child/Parents’ Rights
Dianne Belsom – IRS Targeting and the Laurens County, SC, Tea Party
Dave Schwartz – Americans for Prosperity – The Solutions Lie in the States
2014 Candidates Speaking on Liberty
SC Senator Lee Bright – US Senate – Give Me Liberty!
Benjamin Dunn – US Senate – The Price of Liberty
Richard Cash – US Senate – Religious Liberty and Freedom of Conscience
Nancy Mace – US Senate – The Future of Liberty
Bill Connor – US Senate – Liberty as Seen in Those Who Defend Us
Det Bowers – US Senate – Disinterested Leadership
The Reverend Leon Winn – US House, SC #6 – What is Liberty?
Ray Moore – SC Lt. Governor – Let My Children Go!
Robert McFadden – SC House #64 – My Conversion to the Liberty of Conservatism
Rejoice in the Inspiration of our Founders as we conclude by singing
“God Bless America!”
Children are welcome!
Thank you for your support, Pastor Gordon Cashwell of Without Walls Ministry,
Russ Decker, Lee Edwards,
Appalachian Springs Water and Hobby Lobby of Mt. Pleasant
For further information, contact Liberty Rally Chairman, Ed Evans, 843-860-5194.
Bring water and wear a hat! Limited seating and public restrooms available.
Parking garages: 1 Cumberland, 14 Cumberland, 82 Cumberland
The very first qualification to be designated as a “member in good standing” and therefore be able to serve as precinct officer as well as state convention delegate is having paid your annual dues.
Dues are due during April. The amount due is the same this year as last—$35.00.
They can be paid online at Charlestongop.org. Once on the site, choose “DUES” and choose to use your PayPal account or the credit card alternative offered. IF POSSIBLE, INCLUDE YOUR PRECINCT INFORMATION.
They can be paid by cash or check at the county meeting by handing your payment to one of the leaders. BE SURE TO GIVE YOUR PRECINCT INFORMATION.
Checks can also be mailed to me at 1551 Ben Sawyer Blvd., unit 1i, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464. AGAIN, PRECINCT INFO PLEASE.
Thank you in advance for your timely cooperation and your loyal support.
Roger O’Sullivan, Treas.
704 547 4011
Well-known as the most conservative member of the South Carolina State Senate, Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg – Greenville) is not afraid to take a stand.
Lee won election to the State Senate after a hard-fought primary in 2008. Since then he has been a relentless advocate for conservative causes. On issues ranging from pro-business to pro-life, Sen. Bright has proven himself as a competent, engaged, and energetic leader with the skills and temperament necessary to shepherd controversial legislation through the fractious Senate.
A native and resident of Spartanburg, Sen. Bright is married and has two children. He is director of business development for BBD, LLC and operates a trucking brokerage business.
In the 2012 session, Sen. Bright led the way to passage of a bill to overhaul the South Carolina’s woefully mismanaged unemployment system saving employers millions in higher fees by staging a, literally, last minute filibuster which forced Senate leadership to bring the bill up to vote in the last hour of the session. He also advanced the Personhood bill, which protects unborn children from abortion.
In the 2013 session Sen. Bright is the lead sponsor of the Constitutional Carry bill (removing requirement of law-abiding citizens to obtain a permit to exercise Second Amendment rights), the Firearms Freedom Act (exempting firearms manufactured in state for sale in state from regulations), the Freedom of Choice Healthcare Act (“opt-out” of Obamacare) as well as legislation to reform the way judges are appointed (S.200).
In 2012, after the district was redrawn to include parts of Greenville County, the former incumbent challenged Sen. Bright. He was re-elected to a second term with 60% of the vote and winning every precinct.
The South Carolina Club for Growth has rated Sen. Bright 100% every year he has been in office. He also received the highest score in the legislature by the Upstate Tea Party.
Sen. Bright previously served as a member of the Spartanburg County District 6 School Board. In his first year, Bright saved the District’s taxpayers nearly a half-a-million dollars in when he lead opposition to granting an unnecessary consulting contract related to a school construction project.
The Spartanburg Herald Journal agreed with Bright’s actions: “It seems like a waste to pay almost half a million dollars for a consultant can’t be held liable for failures in its oversight.” At the end of his term he was awarded the Taxpayer Hero award by the Spartanburg County Taxpayers Association.
A member of Roebuck Baptist Church, Sen. Bright has served as a board member of the Palmetto Family Council, Attorney General’s Commission on the Family, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
I’m excited to announce that on Monday morning we’ll have a grand opening celebration of our campaign headquarters! Our first campaign office will offer volunteers in the Low Country a place to come together and help with grassroots efforts to propel our campaign to victory this summer.
Beginning next week, we will have regular volunteer opportunities happening at campaign headquarters. I hope you will join us once or twice a week to help get our message out because the only way we are going to change Washington is to change the people we send there! To sign-up as a campaign volunteer, please let us know here or reply to this email and we’ll get you plugged in.
Please join us on Monday morning for the campaign headquarters grand opening and to learn about the grassroots system we’ll have in place for volunteers. Details are below:
When: Monday, March 10, 2014
Where: 295 Seven Farms Dr, Suite A, Charleston, SC 29492
Again, I hope to see you Monday morning at 10am!
You’re invited to a FREE BBQ Luncheon with Senator Lindsey Graham and special guest Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) on Friday, April 4th at 12:30 p.m. at The Citadel’s Altman Athletic Center at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston. We hope you can join Senator Graham and Senator Ayotte for fellowship and good food.
Senator Lindsey Graham
and special guest
Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire)
Friday, April 4
The Altman Athletic Center
The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium
272 Fishburne Street
Charleston, South Carolina
Please help us spread the word by sharing this event with your friends on Facebook or by forwarding this email to your family and friends.
Senator Graham looks forward to seeing you there!
Shareholders’ Annual Review & Rating
It’s hard to believe we’re already a month into 2014, but it has indeed been a busy first month! Before we go too much further, just as businesses give their shareholders an annual review of their performance, I wanted to share an “end of the year” review of all that we worked on in the months we have had in Washington.
Here are a few of the debates and issues that have marked our time in DC since May:
• The Ryan-Murray budget deal: In December, Congress passed a budget deal which was followed by an omnibus spending bill just a few weeks ago. Both agreements removed tools for financial discipline that were already in place, while increasing spending now and promising to pay for it later. I wasn’t convinced that this was the best approach, and opposed both pieces of legislation.
• The government shutdown: The shutdown was in many ways the biggest news story in Washington over the last couple of months. I laid out my concerns with the broken budget process in Congress and the constitutional implications of the way the Affordable Health Care Act was being implemented in a few newsletters (which you can read here and here). I also objected to Congress writing the White House a blank check for raising the debt ceiling, and spoke on the House floorabout my concerns that the executive branch was overstepping its authority in a number of ways during the shutdown.
• The NSA and civil liberties: As information has trickled out over the last few months about ways the National Security Agency is overstepping their Constitutional limits, I took action and introduced a bill with over 30 of my colleagues that would bring reform to the NSA. I also joined the fight to protect civil liberties by signing on to an amicus brief requesting the release of secret court opinions regarding surveillance requests, and co-sponsored the LIBERT-E Act and the USA Freedom Act.
• The Farm Bill: Over the summer, the House took up a new Farm Bill which sought to eliminate direct subsidies to farmers, but the resulting crop insurance program could end up costing taxpayers a whole lot more because crop prices are at historic highs – when they drop to the average from here, taxpayers will be on the hook. In the first few weeks of 2014, Congress again took up this issue, and I wrote here about why I still don’t think this final version of the Farm Bill went far enough in addressing this and other problems.
• Flood insurance: Many in the Lowcountry have contacted me regarding how reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program made by the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012 are going to affect them. In most cases, the changes in premiums have been sudden and drastic, leading myself and others in Congress to work towards reforming the program. While Biggert-Waters was well-intentioned, I think the government needs to give people time to adapt to these sorts of changes. To this end, I co-sponsored the Homeowner’s Flood Insurance Affordability Act because it provided a path to continue the conversation about how to mitigate these effects while still bringing needed change to the NFIP.
• Syria: When questions arose over the use of force in Syria in early September, I spoke out against it (click here and here to see those interviews) and signed onto legislation that would require the executive branch to consult with Congress before taking any military actions.
• WRRDA: I supported the Water Resources Reform and Development Actbecause it took important steps not only for infrastructure, but for ensuring that Congress, not the executive branch, is in charge of determining spending priorities. The bill passed without earmarks and was a good first step toward building a strong system for developing and funding projects like the harbor deepening at the Port of Charleston.
• Local Issues: Though it’s been a point of some contention over the last few weeks, I ultimately think the idea of representation means hearing from the people you work for and being active and vocal on the issues they care about. As such, after hearing overwhelmingly from people all around the Lowcountry, I voiced my opposition to removing the trees on I-26 and to giving special treatment to one business over others as we’re seeing with the proposed Bass Pro Shops in North Charleston.
While this is by no means an exhaustive list of the many things we worked on over the last few months, I think it touches upon some of the particularly relevant issues to the Lowcountry. There are many issues we’ll be grappling with ahead, many of which the President touched on in his State of the Union last Tuesday night. While I was encouraged to see that we share some common themes, I wrote here about my concerns that the President is taking all too short a view of our nation’s financial future.
Ultimately, however, that’s a conversation for another newsletter! In the meantime, if you have thoughts on what we’ve been working on or any questions or concerns, please reach out by emailing me here. Also in this year, I want to do a better job of connecting with the people I represent, and for that reason, I’d hope that you’d forward this newsletter along to your friends or family who may be interested! If this newsletter was passed along to you, you can sign up to get my monthly newsletter by clicking here.
Mark SanfordBeaufort Office
710 Boundary Street, Suite 1D
Beaufort, SC 29902
Phone: (843) 521-2530
Fax: (843) 521-2535
Mt. Pleasant Office
530 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. #201
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: (843) 352-7572
Fax: (843) 352-7620
Washington, DC Office
322 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3176
Fax: (202) 225-3407
We learned during the special election for Senate District 42 in 2013 that our GOP Data Base program is out of date and doesn’t capture many Republican voters who are new to the area. The list is based on people who vote in Republican primaries, and we noted that our listed included many Democrats who vote in Republican primaries.
While we understand that the Republican National Committee is working on software that can be loaded on tablets and smart phones, it is not yet available to us. We have decided to do a one-month free trial with an application called VoterGravity, which was successfully tested in several “purple counties” in the 2012 Presidential election as well as in Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s successful Recall election.
VoterGravity will enable us to equip up to 25 volunteers at a time with paperless walk lists which we can load on tablets and smart phones (no more clipboards). It will also allow us to do phone-banking from home, conduct and compile data from voter surveys and capture voter contact information so we can send them text and e-mail messages.
I look forward to testing out the VoterGravity software during our Saturday precinct walks in support of our candidates for House District 119, House District 116 and County Council District 8. We will soon be able to hold webinar training on this system for all Charleston County Republicans who are interested. Look forward to working with you on more effective voter outreach!
To find out more about VoterGravity visit their website http://votergravity.com/features/
CANDIDACY ANNOUNCEMENT REMARKS 1-17-2014
Good afternoon, I am Sheri Few and I am here to announce my candidacy for the Republican nomination for State Superintendent of Education.
I want to thank the media, and my family and friends who have come today, some from long distances, to support me for this important announcement. I also want to thank Dr. Zais for four years of bold leadership and for his many years of service to our country and South Carolina’s education system.
I am a committed parent who was very involved in my children’s public school education. As a result of what I saw in my children’s curriculum, I was motivated to form the nonprofit organization South Carolina Parents Involved in Education. Since that time, I have studied education policy and worked to protect our children from the liberal biases found in nearly every discipline of public education.
Over the last year, I have traveled the state making presentations about the problems with Common Core. At these presentations, parents show up and share stories about their children who were once math scholars and now struggle to make a “C” because of the Common Core Math; or parents of young children who are anxious, crying and don’t want to go to school because of the developmental inappropriateness of the Common Core K-3 standards. I even hear from parents of what are known to be the best school districts in the state, who never would have considered home schooling or private schooling a year or two ago, and are now making great sacrifices to protect their children from Common Core as they exit the public school system. Common Core is destroying public education!
As Superintendent of Education, I will use every resource available to put parents and teachers back in the role of deciding what is in the best interest of South Carolina students. I will fight at every turn to prevent federal government overreach into our state’s education and I will do all I can to assure education decisions remain at the local level. I will fight to assure we adopt quality curriculum that teaches truth and isn’t laden with anti-Christian and anti-American rhetoric. And most of all, I will work tirelessly until Common Core is uprooted from our education system and replaced with local, teacher and parent-driven standards that reflect our values.
Parents feel hopeless because the system ignores their pleas about problems with Common Core, and frustrated teachers, who see the problems first-hand, are afraid to speak up. This is why I believe God has moved me to offer myself for the office of Superintendent of Education: to be the voice of parents and teachers – the two most important ingredients in a child’s education, but the voices least heard and least respected in the current system.
I am running for Superintendent of Education to remove Common Core and to restore common sense to public education and if elected to this position, it will send a resounding message to state legislatures and boards of education across the country – that Common Core is bad for children and they can either remove it – or the people will remove them!
Thank you again for joining me for this important announcement today. God bless each of you, God bless our wonderfully unique and uncommon children, and may God equip us and empower us to win this election!
Find out more at www.sherifew.com