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705, 2016

Are Lawyers People Too?

By |May 7th, 2016|Politics, State Senate Races|1 Comment

Attorney John White and his Pay-to-Play Politics…
The title of this article may seem like a strange question to be asking, but you’ll get the point in a moment.

When the former South Carolina Attorney General (now Lt Governor) Henry McMaster was awarding very large state contracts to Attorney (now senate candidate) John White; White and his law partners, in turn, made substantial donations to Henry McMaster.  The Wall Street Journal exposed this in a 2009 article where they noted:
Mr. White’s law firm contributed the same amount on the same day, and Mr. White later added a personal maximum donation. All told, the law firms, their lawyers and spouses have contributed more than $60,000 to Mr. McMaster since 2006.
You wouldn’t think something like this would even be legal and as much as some people have been clamoring for Ethics Reform, that will likely do little-to-nothing to stop such activity of profiting off the state while in office.  And should Ethics Reform on this level even be required when, as the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) points out:
Consider due process. Both the U.S. and South Carolina constitutions make clear that the state and its lawyers must be guided by justice and the public interest, not monetary gain.
So it would seem a mechanism is in place to protect the people from such activity, right? So do we need more laws to protect the people from this sort of thing? Well… as the WSJ also eloquently states:
In 1991, South Carolina passed a law specifically prohibiting individuals with no-bid state contracts from donating to officials in a position to act on those contracts. Mr. McMaster claims the law doesn’t apply to lawyers, despite clear language (“any person”) to the contrary.
White claims he […]

2104, 2016

John White made $2.3M off the State in 2015

By |April 21st, 2016|Contested Races, Politics, South Carolina, State, State Senate Races|1 Comment

Trial Attorney John White addressed a downtown Spartanburg women’s group Monday night and was asked about his Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) and the fact that he made $2,335,462.41 off the state of South Carolina last year.  White wasn’t familiar with his own SEI and had to borrow a copy from the audience member asking the question. Upon reviewing his own SEI, White began defending the lawsuits in such a way that he was justifying it as though he’d done the state a huge favor with all the money he’d won for the South Carolina.

At one point, Representative Doug Brannon jumped in, in an effort to assist White asking, “Mr. White, thank you for your service to the state of South Carolina, could you please estimate, just in the past five years what amount of money that you, and/or your firm have indirectly contributed to the general fund in the state of South Carolina.”

Trial Attorney John White, looking uncomfortable with the question, estimated the figure at a quarter billion dollars.  White bragged about having worked with six different South Carolina Attorney Generals (AG) throughout the past.  What isn’t mention here is how these law contracts have been consistently handed down from AG’s in a no-bid process, meaning with all the thousands of attorneys across the state of South Carolina, John White has consistently been given preference over everyone else. Another important note of interest is that John White and his firm consistently give large campaign checks to those in the position of AG and recently, when Lt Governor Henry McMaster was busted by Ethics, it was because he was found to have taken more money than legally allowed while he was serving as AG, including […]

704, 2016

Press Release: Wheat Versus Shealy for Senate

By |April 7th, 2016|Contested Races, Politics, South Carolina, State, State Senate Races|3 Comments

Patricia Wheat is gearing up her Campaign in Lexington
Patricia Wheat filed to be on the Republican ballot for State Senate District 23

Lexington, SC – Last week, Patricia Wheat made the decision to run for State Senate District 23, a seat currently held by Katrina Shealy.  Since then, she has been busy making phone calls, getting her website up and running, and creating a presence on Facebook. Numerous people have already stepped forward to help with her campaign, all of which helped or supported her opponent four years ago.

“She has completely forgotten about the grassroots folks who helped her get where she is,” stated Wheat in regards to Senator Shealy. “She has gone from being pro-gun to anti-gun and from being anti-tax to actually promoting tax increases.  That wasn’t the representation the good people of Lexington County voted for and quite frankly, we deserve better.”

Patricia Wheat is laying out her strategy for meeting as many voters as possible between now and the Primary Election which takes place on June 14, 2016.  Where her opponent has played the “gender card” over and over, Wheat wants no part of that, she wants to be elected because she is the best person for the job. Wheat is a “survivor” of domestic violence, refusing to be called a “victim” as she isn’t looking for sympathy but believes her experience and expertise in being an advocate in the field of Criminal Domestic Violence (CDV) will go a long way in passing meaningful legislation.

“Domestic Violence laws are being used to disarm entire households upon arrest, before a conviction. What has become law in South Carolina actually increases the risk of domestic homicides,” stated Wheat. “A piece of paper is only a record for […]

2703, 2016

S429 PTSD Bill

By |March 27th, 2016|Editorial, Politics, South Carolina, State|Comments Off on S429 PTSD Bill

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Two State Senators Stand in the Way of Treatment
On February 2, 2015 State Senator Paul Thurmond introduced a bill (S429) to fix a loophole in our state’s Worker’s Comp law. There is also a complimentary SC House bill (H3699). Senator Thurmond was working with Charleston County Deputy Michael Ackerman, who lost his partner and friend on a call when he was murdered in front of him. This bill would provide for PTSD treatment for our First Responders across South Carolina. This includes every Law Enforcement Officer, Paramedic, Firefighter, and EMT. These folks report to duty everyday to keep us and our businesses safe.
 

From Web MD:
Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is among only a few mental illnesses that are triggered by a disturbing outside event, unlike other psychiatric disorders such as clinical depression.

Many Americans experience individual traumatic events ranging from car and airplane accidents to sexual assault and domestic violence. Other experiences, including those associated with natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes, affect multiple people simultaneously. Simply put, PTSD is a state in which you “can’t stop remembering.”

Recently we learned that two State Senators have blocked this bill and are keeping it in the Judiciary Committee. Typical South Carolina politics, right? Senator Ross Turner of Greenville and Senator Shane Massey of Edgefield. Senator Turner has placed a Minority Report on it and Senator Massey is refusing to allow a vote to remove it from the bill so it can move out of committee and to the Senate floor. This bill has bipartisan support. Senator Nikki Setzler (Senate Minority Leader) and Senator Tom Davis (The Senate’s most fiscally conservative member) are among it’ sponsors. There are fifteen sponsors, total. We […]

2303, 2016

Veterinarian Protection Bill is Back

By |March 23rd, 2016|Politics, South Carolina, State|Comments Off on Veterinarian Protection Bill is Back

Senator Danny Verdin is at it again as his
Veterinarian Protectionism bill is back.
Danny Verdin … you know … the SC Senator whose father and brother are veterinarians … just cannot stop trying to interfere with licensed veterinarians who choose to practice medicine in their own way, using a business model that serves clients who choose not to visit the more traditional vet practices. What is WRONG with him??? If more rabies vaccines are given because mobile vets choose a different business model, who does that hurt? Did you know rabies is transferable from dog/cat to humans, to your kids? Why would Danny Verdin want to limit the opportunities for clients to get rabies vaccinations? It’s a public health issue, especially here in South Carolina.

Do you think about the taxpayer burden that is eased by these mobile vets? More rabies shots, and simple preventative medications such as worm meds or flea prevention aids public health, keeps dogs out of shelters (many dogs/cats are turned in because owners cannot afford preventative care, and when their pets get sick they drop at shelters). Who pays for animal control salaries and shelter contracts? Taxpayers.

How about pet owners who choose a mobile vet to purchase their flea medications and parasite preventative … did you know that fleas don’t care who they bite, your cat or your kid? Why would Danny Verdin want to limit a licensed SC veterinarian from helping pet owners? Did you know that there are some worm/parasites that can enter your home with your pet and end up with a human host? Why would Danny Verdin want to interfere with the business models of trained, competent veterinarians who treat their patients by traveling to them instead of […]

1403, 2016

Interview with Sam Manley for Sheriff

By |March 14th, 2016|Contested Races, County, Politics, Sheriff|4 Comments

PNN’s Jennifer Dundov interviews Sam Manley who is currently running for Sheriff of Greenville County, South Carolina. They discuss chase policy, terrorism, and mom’s protecting themselves.

1802, 2016

Evert’s Electables – 2016 Presidential Edition

By |February 18th, 2016|Politics, Presidential|Comments Off on Evert’s Electables – 2016 Presidential Edition

Evert’s Electables
GOP Presidential Preference Primary
Election Date: February 20, 2016

PLEASE NOTE—

For candidates already in an office, my comments reflect their voting records over the course of their tenure. I will list all the rankings I can find. Most organizations do not rank Governors, but only US House and US Senate members, so bear that in mind.
For those who have never run for office before, and who claim a position, I will state their claim, but understand I have nothing by which to verify that claim.

At the time of this writing, the candidates listed below will be on the SC ballot. I will deal with each candidate, his stance on the issues, and who is supporting them, followed by my analysis. Below this list will be a list of the candidates who have dropped out.

TOP TIER

Ted Cruz             

Endorsed by Wendy Nanney, Alan Morgan, Dr. Tony Beam, Charlie Condon (former Attorney General of SC), Jeff Duncan (SC Rep, District 3), Lee Bright (SC Senate), Garry Smith (SC Rep), Mike Burns (SC Rep), Jay Jordan (SC Rep), Bill Chumley (SC House), Stephen Brown (former Greenville County Republican Party Chairman), Nse Ekpo, Ken Wingate, Dr. James Dobson, Glenn Beck, Dr. Glen Robinson, Steve Deace (talk show host), National Police Assoc., David Barton (Wall Builders), Rep. Louis Gohmert (R, TX), Iowa Congressman Steve King, Ginni Thomas (wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas), Bob Vanderplaats, Brent Bozell, Phil Robertson, Ken Cunccinelli (former Attorney General of Virginia), Morton Blackwell (founder of Leadership Institute), Bob Barr (former Rep from GA, past Libertarian nominee for president), Tom McClintock (Rep. from Calif.), Ken Buck (Rep, CO), Mark Meadows (Rep. from NC), Jack Welch (former CEO of General Electric), Gary Bauer, Tony Perkins (president of […]

1702, 2016

SC Presidential Forum Streaming LIVE on PNN

By |February 17th, 2016|Politics, Presidential|1 Comment

ENDED at 8PM – Attempting to get it in a form to replay – please check back later.

 

 

1002, 2016

The Bullies: Why Evangelicals Like Trump

By |February 10th, 2016|Editorial, Politics, Presidential|Comments Off on The Bullies: Why Evangelicals Like Trump

“Donald Trump is such a bully that I
can’t understand why evangelicals like him!”
I’ve heard that and have read it (or similar statements) in many social media postings from people who are genuinely dumbfounded as to why. There has been no shortage of people declaring that Christians either “won’t” or “shouldn’t” vote for Trump. There have even been those calling a person’s faith into question if they do support Trump.

The quickest and simplest way to explain the “why” is to point to the saying; “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

Bully #1: The Left (Democrats) long ago declared Christians their enemy. They have fought for abortions, to remove God from our public schools, forced sexually deviant lifestyles on us and our children, all with no tolerance of Christian faith while preaching to Christians that it is they who should be tolerant.

Bully #2: The Press (Mainstream Media) are practically joined at the hip with the Democrats. Since The Left cannot truly align their agendas with a Christian faith, they have the Press out there constantly justifying everything The Left does. They have loaded us up with talking heads and faux polling data in an effort to guide the sheep in their direction.

Bully #3: Hollywood uses star power to constantly reinforce the agendas of the left (global warming, sexually deviant lifestyles, etc). And, where most people say they aren’t interested in politics, just try to find any mainstream show where politics isn’t injected – it is virtually impossible.

Bully #4: The GOP (Establishment). This category is more of a mixture of bullies and enablers. We have those “Lindsey Graham types” which call their own constituents “bigots” because they want our borders closed, but for the most part, it […]

202, 2016

2016 Iowa Caucus Results

By |February 2nd, 2016|Iowa, Politics, Presidential, State|Comments Off on 2016 Iowa Caucus Results

Enough results are in to call it for Republicans, with Ted Cruz finishing first, Donald Trump second, and Marco Rubio in third place.  Results for the remaining candidates are rather insignificant. Cruz gains 8 delegates out of Iowa as Trump gains 7, followed closely by Rubio with 6. The only other two candidates to even score delegates were Ben Carson with 2 and Rand Paul with 1.

Results for the Democrats are very tight between Hillary Clinton and proclaimed socialist, Bernie Sanders.