The IRS targeted Laurens County Tea Party (SC)
Laurens County Tea Party President Dianne Belsom has given me permission to post their account of struggling with the IRS since July 2010. You can visit their Facebook page here. ================ Laurens County Tea Party, after incorporating with the State of SC in March of 2010, filed for 501c4 status with the IRS on July 22, 2010. I called the IRS approximately a year later, | Read More »
How we reorganized our South Carolina county and won our county offices
We (Spartanburg Tea Party and conservatives in a couple organizations) talked about precinct reorganization in our county for months prior to the reorganization night in March. I blogged about it almost weekly, we mentioned it in our meetings, in our emails, we drew diagrams for people. There were radio ads (the party put those out). Letters to the editor. We hit it hard. Last time | Read More »
Nikki Haley “expressed gratitude that the story had not received national attention”
This could be just another article on the SC ballot fiasco, except that Shawn Drury of The Patch, confirmed to me personally that at least TWICE Governor Haley directly expressed to him “gratitude that the story had not received national attention.” That is shameful. And I mean that it the fullest sense of the word. It brings shame on South Carolina and South Carolina voters | Read More »
Lindsey Graham is a finger in the wind coward
We all have read about the two liberty-destroying treaties (Arms and LOST) being pushed by the Obama Administration. On July 11 / updated July 16, Jim DeMint posted on his blog that he had the 34 Senators who would stand against the LOST Treaty and ensure its defeat. I know that people all over, including our folks at the Spartanburg Tea Party have been calling | Read More »
SC Tea Party License Plates, and my small Breitbart moment
I got a call last week from Graeme Moore at WSPA Channel 7. He wanted to know if I’d talk with him about a proposed SC Tea Party License Tag. Sure I would. So I did 3 minutes of research before I headed out, just to make sure I knew what the issue was, as it was new to me. I hadn’t heard of anyone | Read More »
Setting the Stage for Obama to win South Carolina. You think not? Read.
When it comes to the election debacle in South Carolina, I have to hand it to the Democrats; they have played this quite well. Approximately 200 candidates (all challengers and no incumbents) have been tossed off the ballot, in large part for a paperwork technicality which involved failure to file a Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) form (which is a blank form in most cases). | Read More »
Indulgences and Shared Responsiblity. A Wee Rant.
I’ve had it in mind to write this for about 8 months now, tonight’s the night! This week I’ve chatted/communicated directly with a Congressman, a county council member, a handful of state senators and house members about issues, bills, legislation, campaigns, the state of our state and nation. There’s no trick to it, you just call, email, or text them. Now, because I am the | Read More »
A Fine Mess in SC Election Politics
A brief BRIEF summary: The SC Election Commission changed the rules from last election to this election. Last election (and previous elections) candidates had to fill out their Statement of Economic Interest on paper form at the same time they filled out the other forms they needed to file to run for a seat. In the interim the rule was changed … candidates now have | Read More »
Today I am voting my Marketplace Ballot
Although I’ve been blogging about this topic for a couple of years, I stole the term “Marketplace Ballot” from this article at American Thinker by Bruce Walker: Every time conservatives stop watching CNN or take children out of public schools or stop supporting an organization which was once benignly neutral on ideological issues, conservatives cast marketplace ballots that count. I have subscribed to People Magazine | Read More »
South Carolina Tea Parties get ready to FOIA!
South Carolina has been burdened for decades with a monstrosity called the Budget and Control Board which shares responsibility for making governing decisions. Because the responsibility is shared between Executive and Legislative branches, there is no real accountability to the voters … and a lot of finger pointing and blame shifting. We are the only state in the union that governs like this and the | Read More »
*LIVE STREAM* / Agenda SC Tea Party Convention in Myrtle Beach
Thanks to RawStory.com for this live stream of the South Carolina Tea Party Convention being held Sunday/Monday in Myrtle Beach. Here is the posted agenda: Agenda Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 11am Welcome Brunch Joe Dugan 12pm Prayer Pledge 12.10pm Convention opening Sen. Jim DeMint 12.50pm SC Congressional Delegation Congressmen Scott, 1.50pm Raging Elephants Apostle Claver 2.20pm Strong America Now Michael George 3.00pm Break 3.15pm SC | Read More »
I’ll meet you here a year from today.
Here’s a list of the 50 bills in Congress that moved people to contact Congress about them. (boy that is an unfriendly grammatical sentence!) It’s good info to have. However … it’s extremely depressing to see how many of the bills We The People thought important enough to communicate with Congress about are unpassed, still in committee, or never got a vote. Really cements the | Read More »
A thought about Ben Nelson
I had a chat with my good friend Linda today, we were both kinda feeling the pain of not having had any “wins” yet. A win, like an actual budget. Some regulations abolished. A showdown with the Senate or the Obama Admin that we don’t cave to. A South Carolina law passed that an activist judge or the DOJ doesn’t squash. But I got to | Read More »
Tea Party … One by One. Your Mission …
I pulled into my driveway today I saw the guy was there do to my termite bond inspection. He pointed to the Spartanburg Tea Party magnets on my car door and smiled and said “Ah! Tea Party!” We chatted, and had the same conversation that you’ve probably all had. How’s it looking for President. Our disappointment that Cain had dropped out. How angry he was, | Read More »
South Carolina Tea Parties’ Statement on Bachmann Campaign Tactics
For a couple weeks now, Michele Bachmann’s campaign in South Carolina has been attacking the tea party movement by accusing tea party supporters of Newt Gingrich of being bought off. Now that Michele Bachmann herself has decided to throw fuel on the fire, and this issue has become national news, we as leaders within the South Carolina tea party movement feel we must speak out | Read More »
Tea Party meeting in January? Have a volunteer fair.
The January meeting of the Spartanburg Tea Party will be a volunteer fair … because … the work of the tea party is to show up! In our county we are represented by six House Reps who all voted against the GOP platform on at least one significant issue last session, and received mostly D’s and F’s on their SC Club for Growth scorecard. Several | Read More »
SC Tea Party holds “Retirement Party” for Senator Thomas (who is already collecting his pension)
RINO Hunt, Americans Have Had Enough, and the Spartanburg Tea Party are teaming up to hold a retirement party for a sitting SC State Senator. Here’s the scoop: Many of you may remember the USA Today story about South Carolina legislators collecting lofty pensions at the same time they continue to serve. The question is who are they serving? The legislators are not just taking | Read More »
Are you willing to give up “Chunky Monkey”?
Baby steps. It is my strong conviction that, as thoughtfully and practically as possible, we should not support those who are seeking … through intentional action/words or even those who are ignorant … to take away our liberties. That conviction extends to entertainment, shopping choices, travel, insurance companies … any time we as consumers can make a decision to support or not support liberty destroyers. | Read More »
RINOs Beware. SC County Rules may compel adherence to platform!
We are still fighting here in South Carolina for registration by party in order to vote. So many of our RINO problems in our state are because politicians who are Dems in their core convictions KNOW they cannot get elected running as a Dem, so they register and run as Republicans and the Dems cross over and vote for them. Or the Dem crossover gives | Read More »
Voting on Bills and the Chicago Manual of Style
I’m an editor for a living, a freelance editor, so I need to occasionally contract for work with new employers. In order to determine whether my editing skills and viewpoints meet their expectations we come to certain agreements. I have to agree to edit their materials according to their house styles/standard. Once agreed, they hire me and pay me to do the work to the | Read More »
School Choice is the New Normal. But not in South Carolina.
H/T to the Heritage Foundation for inspiring this post. The Heritage Foundation has a timely report today which details how school choice is becoming the norm in states across our country, eager to give families the best opportunity to educate their children with a curriculum that suits their child and makes a path for success. The Heritage Foundation outlines successes in places like the District | Read More »
I will never forget NY-23
The candidacy of Doug Hoffman, who ran as the Conservative Party nominee against pro-abort, uber-RINO Dede Scozzafava was a killer for me. She dropped out and endorsed the Democrat. I cried when he lost. If you don’t remember just do a little Google work, but I think most of you do (here’s a sample). I sent him money, I called his campaign office and talked | Read More »
SC Tea Parties ROCK Precinct Reorgs and Beyond
Paying careful attention to Cold Warrior, Ron Robinson, and those who constantly spurred us to get involved at the precinct level and explained why it was so important, the tea parties/liberty groups in South Carolina worked hard on this in 2011. Using our email and phone network we educated each other on why and how, shared resources on how to educate and inspire our group | Read More »
The Work of the Tea Party Is Now … TO WORK
This is a concept that has rattled around in the back of my head for a while, a bit formless but I knew it was there and eventually I could share it with you … and then BAM! Bill Hennessey wrote it all out in his blog for me! Thanks Bill, for allowing me to be lazy and draft on your thoughts. We’ve heard in | Read More »
Tea Party gains ground in SC on Health Care Exchange Bill
About 10 days ago I asked this question: Why Set Up an Exchange Plan for a Law that is Unconstitutional? A few blogs picked up on this, the SC tea party community exchanged some emails and Facebook comments, and several folks took it upon themselves to contact their representatives asking that same question, bolstered by this FANTASTIC article by Michael F. Cannon of The Cato | Read More »