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2404, 2017

Driving Democrats and Invoking Jeff Duncan’s Name

By |April 24th, 2017|Politics, South Carolina, State Senate Races|2 Comments

From driving Democrats out to vote in a Republican Primary Election to invoking the name of the very popular Congressman Jeff Duncan:
Political campaigns in South Carolina can rival dirty politics anywhere else in the world (nothing to brag about).
In Carol Burdette’s last run for South Carolina District 3, she was 17 points behind incumbent Senator Kevin Bryant. Her campaign made up most of the difference by driving democrats out to vote in the Republican Primary Election, closing the gap to almost nothing using this unscrupulous (but not illegal) tactic.

Bryant ascended to Lt Governor following the appointment of Nikki Haley as Ambassador to the United Nations and the ascension of Lt Governor McMaster to now Governor. This chain reaction generated a need for a Special Election for the vacant seat in Senate District 3 and Burdette is running again.

Things aren’t looking good for Burdette this round either, so in the last hours of campaigning a robo-call goes out across the district from Friends of Jeff Duncan, encouraging folks to vote for Carol Burdette. Just a minor little problem; Congressman Jeff Duncan had nothing to do with it and with the speed of social media, everyone is learning of it via this Facebook post from Congressman Duncan:

Uhhhhh…

With the Runoff Election taking place from 7AM to 7PM on Tuesday, April 25, the Burdette campaign has been pulling out all the stops.  They also triggered this mailer:

The mailer is blasting Richard Cash for saying that Burdette “Isn’t pro-life.”  The campaign was already reeling from the blowback on this one because Richard Cash had actually defended Burdette as being pro-life which can be seen in the following video.

For the Record

Some people have asked about Carol Burdette’s negative attack ad. It was as best egregiously deceptive or at worst a flat out lie. To set the record straight this is a video of the only statement I have made about Carol Burdette’s pro-life or second amendment record.

Posted by Richard Cash for SC Senate on Saturday, April 22, 2017

 
But… for the record, we asked the following of Ms. Burdette when she […]

1804, 2017

From the Vault

By |April 18th, 2017|Politics|0 Comments

2nd in a series on Spartanburg County GOP
In the first article, we pointed out the two primary reasons someone wants to be elected; Serve others or serve themselves.  Continuing with that theme; a few excerpts from an article by Bob Dalton (Robert W. Dalton) of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, published on Sunday, April 20, 2008.

http://www.goupstate.com/news/20080420/gop-chairman-halts-political-services
Headline: GOP chairman halts political services

Spartanburg County Republican Party Chairman Rick Beltram on Saturday said he will no longer sell political services to GOP candidates involved in primaries.

Last week, Beltram came under fire for selling a variety of services – including automated calls, polling and walking lists – through his company, B Square Enterprises. He runs the company out of the county GOP office, where he pays half the rent.

He offered the services in a memo to each Republican candidate, but the memo did not mention that the money would go to B Square Enterprises.

State Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson on Thursday said it was inappropriate for Beltram to operate the business while serving as county chairman…

Beltram declined to step down, but on Saturday stepped out of providing the services.
Back in the day, this was a big scandal right in the middle of an election. There were quite a few other situations which hit the news and looked quite bad on the Republican Party. This certainly doesn’t seem to fall under the category of serving others and it’s sort of nice; not having the local Republican Party in the news on a regular basis with embarrassing articles.

1604, 2017

We Didn’t Light It but We’re Trying to Fight It

By |April 16th, 2017|Politics, South Carolina|1 Comment

When you look at county party politics, there’s always a lot going on which leave’s one scratching their head and wondering “why?”
Why would anyone want to be elected to run a local party (or any other elected position)? I believe there are two reasons someone wants such; (1) They truly have a desire to serve others, or (2) They truly have a desire to serve themselves.

Over the last eight years, after a small group lost control over the Spartanburg County Republican Party they have been constantly taking shots at all who have since served. The attacks and rhetoric have remained the same even though the people serving have changed out quite a bit. This reminds me of a saying:

If you meet a jerk every now and again it’s one thing, but if you meet a jerk every morning, a jerk every afternoon, and a jerk every evening, then you are the jerk.

Rick Beltram held the position of Spartanburg County Chairman for a decade, losing in a landslide in 2009. In many ways, Beltram was a good chairman; he was very active politically and did a good job handling the press, but it was the things he wasn’t so good at which brought an end to his service. During the 2009 reorg, he refused to share information with anyone he thought might oppose him – an accusation he, and those associated with him levied at each of the three administrations that have since served.

Other accusations made in regards to our last three administrations have been in regards to party funds and fundraising, so let’s have a look at Beltram’s regime:

Collections of Bronze Elephant never totaled over $3,880 in one year.  The only Bronze Elephant member list […]

304, 2017

Martin Endorses Chad Connelly for Congress

By |April 3rd, 2017|Congressional, Contested Races, Politics, South Carolina, State|0 Comments

Karen Martin, leader of the Spartanburg Tea Party endorses Chad Connelly for Congress.

Under Chad’s leadership, we saw record turnout of evangelical voters in the 2016 presidential election.

304, 2017

Mike Hamlet for Chad Connelly

By |April 3rd, 2017|Congressional, Politics, South Carolina, State|0 Comments

Dr. (Pastor) Mike Hamlet of North Spartanburg Baptist Church recently spoke at a Spartanburg GOP Executive Committee meeting in regards to supporting Chad Connelly for Congress.

Chad Connelly is currently running for the 5th District seat in South Carolina which was previously held by Mick Mulvaney. Mulvaney was appointed by President Trump to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Special Election for the 5th congressional seat to be held Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

2603, 2017

The Mullikin Bunch

By |March 26th, 2017|Politics, South Carolina, State|1 Comment

A look at political donations by
Congressional Candidate Thomas Mullikin.
WHO: Thomas Mullikin (Lawyer)
WHAT: Congressional Race
WHEN: Ongoing
WHERE: SC District 5

Always follow the money; people tend to spend the money they earn on what’s most important to them. In the case of Thomas Mullikin of Camden, he’s not unlike many politically-minded attornies as he donates to politicians regardless of party affiliation.

Going from left to right, top to bottom; an examination of the political values financed by Thomas Mullikin.

Kay Hagan (Democrat) – former US Senator from North Carolina.
Thomas Mullikin donated on two separate occasions, totaling $1,262.00.

Hagan was a huge supporter of Obamacare. Even as late as the end of 2013 when 160,000 people had received cancellation notices of their insurance policies, Hagan still boasted on her website that if you “liked your plan, you could keep it.” It was her staunch support of Obamacare which led to the end of her political career.

Inez Tenenbaum (Democrat) – former SC Superintendent of Education
Thomas Mullikin donated on six separate occasions totaling $2,100.00when Tenenbaum ran for US Senate.

Tenenbaum was in her second term as State Superintendent of Education when she ran for US Senate. Under Tenenbaum, the SC Department of Education put the state of South Carolina in debt by $1.75 BILLION.

John Spratt (Democrat) – former SC Congressman for the 5th District
Thomas Mullikin donated on four separate occasions totaling $2,850.00. This donor relationship spanned 19 years (1989 to 2008) after Mullikin briefly worked for Spratt.

Spratt served as a Democrat Congressman for 28 years in the same district which Thomas Mullikin is now running for office. He was finally removed from office after supporting Obamacare, then losing his seat to Republican Mick Mulvaney.

Bennie Thompson (Democrat) – current MS Congressman for the 2nd District
Thomas Mullikin […]

2203, 2017

Intelligence: Russian Interference with Elections

By |March 22nd, 2017|National, Politics|Comments Off on Intelligence: Russian Interference with Elections

The Top 7 Things You Should Know Regarding US Intelligence Findings
This has been largely ignored by the Main SCREAM Media, but the Director of National Intelligence release a report on January 6, 2017, regarding combined findings of FBI, CIA, and NSA, in regards to Russian interference in United States Elections. You can read the full report here, but here are the top 7 issues which should be reported upon with direct quotes from the report:

1. Russia meddling in our elections is nothing new. They have been doing it dating back to the U.S.S.R.
“Russia, like its Soviet predecessor, has a history of conducting covert influence campaigns focused on US presidential elections that have used intelligence officers and agents and press placements to disparage candidates perceived as hostile to the Kremlin.”

“During the Cold War, the Soviet Union used intelligence officers, influence agents, forgeries, and press placements to disparage candidates perceived as hostile to the Kremlin, according to a former KGB archivist.”

“Since the Cold War, Russian intelligence efforts related to US elections have primarily focused on foreign intelligence collection. For decades, Russian and Soviet intelligence services have sought to collect insider information from US political parties that could help Russian leaders understand a new US administration’s plans and priorities.”

“In the 1970s, the KGB recruited a Democratic Party activist who reported information about then-presidential hopeful Jimmy Carter’s campaign and foreign policy plans, according to a former KGB archivist.”
2. Russia was the source of information for WikiLeaks:
“We assess with high confidence that Russian military intelligence (General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate or GRU) used the Guccifer 2.0 persona and DCLeaks.com to release US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets and relayed material to WikiLeaks.”
3. […]

1101, 2017

Rubio Bombs Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing

By |January 11th, 2017|National, Politics|Comments Off on Rubio Bombs Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing

Much of the confirmation hearing for US Secretary of State (chaired by Senator Corker) proceeded in a manner most would expect; as a mixture of serious and relevant questions combined with politically crafted questions to place Tillerson (or anyone else) in a “no win” situation.

The worst offender of the morning was Senator Marco Rubio. He was belligerent and unyielding in pushing an absurd line of questioning.

In regards to Russian hacking and influencing our elections, Rubio asked, “Based on your knowledge of Russian leaders and Russians politics, do you believe these activities could have happened without the knowledge and consent of Vladimir Putin?”

Tillerson didn’t want to speculate but Rubio pushed it.

Rubio then wanted an answer on the mandatory imposing of sanctions on a nation conducting cyber-attacks against the US.  Tillerson didn’t want “mandatory” and made it very clear that what Rubio is proposing doesn’t take multiple factors into consideration. Rubio then attempted to put words in Tillerson’s mouth, rudely implying that Tillerson and Trump wanted the latitude to play favorites.

The scenario Rubio was painting would be similar to stating; “We should impose a mandatory 10-year jail sentence on everyone who steals.” Not taking into account the difference between a child taking a piece of candy or an adult stealing a car and/or if anyone was physically harmed during the course of the crime. It was an unimaginably immature line of questioning to be coming from a US Senator.

Marco Rubio then pushed to have Tillerson label Putin as a “war criminal.” For Rubio to think it is appropriate to force someone (anyone) in a position to be Secretary of State to make public statements labeling world leaders as “war criminals” before they even assume their position is […]

410, 2016

Hillary Clinton: Leaked Audio

By |October 4th, 2016|Politics|Comments Off on Hillary Clinton: Leaked Audio

Leaked Audio:  Clinton Compares
Free College and Health Care to
Xenophobia and Nationalism,
Calls Herself “Center Right”
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has a long history of giving private speeches to big dollar donors, and we rarely get to hear what she says during these closed-door events. But now the journalists over at The Intercept have obtained a tape that gives us a good look at what Mrs. Clinton says in private (https://theintercept.com/2016/09/30/hillary-clinton-center-right/).

The most interesting snippet is about a minute and a half long, but in that brief window there is a lot to unpack. Here’s a transcript (emphasis mine):
CLINTON: It is important to recognize what’s going on in this election. Everybody who’s ever been in an election that I’m aware of is quite bewildered because there is a strain of, on the one hand, the kind of populist, nationalist, xenophobic, discriminatory kind of approach that we hear too much of from the Republican candidates. And on the other side, there’s just a deep desire to believe that we can have free college, free healthcare, that what we’ve done hasn’t gone far enough, and that we just need to, you know, go as far as, you know, Scandinavia, whatever that means, and half the people don’t know what that means, but it’s something that they deeply feel. So as a friend of mine said the other day, I am occupying from the center-left to the center-right. And I don’t have much company there. Because it is difficult when you’re running to be president, and you understand how hard the job is —  I don’t want to overpromise. I don’t want to tell people things that I know we cannot do.
There are several issues that crop up immediately. For one, […]

2209, 2016

What Does Trump’s Immigration Plan Really Mean For African Americans?

By |September 22nd, 2016|Politics, Presidential, XPC|Comments Off on What Does Trump’s Immigration Plan Really Mean For African Americans?

Getting to the bottom of what Trump actually means when he speaks can be problematic. In the past, his statements have been so vague as to make them undecipherable. But since that terrible week in the summer when his polls plummeted a good ten points, he’s changed tack. Now the Donald Trump we’re getting is a lot more refined and presidential. And he’s spelling out exactly what he means.

Right from the start immigration law was a central pillar of the Trump campaign. After announcing last June, his tactic was to use immigration to win over support from white voters in the Republican primaries. He talked tough on gangs pouring in over the Mexican border. And he proposed a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the US after the terrorist attacks in Paris.
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But since then, the presidential nominee has changed his tone. He wants to appeal to more moderate voters, and in particular, African Americans. That’s left many African Americans wondering what “The Donald’s” policies will mean for them, should he win. Let’s find out.

Low-Paid Workers

Many commentators have seen the rise of Trump built on the back of a sea of discontent. He’s reportedly playing on the economic disenfranchisement currently experienced by millions. Right now, millions of African Americans who have jobs are low-paid and overworked. Trump has repeatedly said that the cause of this is the flow of cheap migrants into the US, particularly from Mexico. Immigrants fill local labor markets with cheap labor. And, as a result, the price at which unskilled people can sell their labor goes down. At the moment, there are some very talented academics trying to rebut Trump’s arguments. But the problem is that they’re so common-sense, they’re bound to […]