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1106, 2017

Taxpayer Funded Depiction of Trump Assassination

By |June 11th, 2017|New York, Politics|0 Comments

Shakespeare in the Park is a public theater group that decided to re-write a play about Julius Caesar so a Donald Trump look-a-like can be stabbed on the senate floor.

The theater group, still refers to the main character as Julius Caesar and never say that he is Donald Trump, but they do seem to go out of their way to imply it.

In the original play, Caesar’s wife is not present for the stabbing, but she is in this play (Melania look-a-like with heavy Slavic accent).

In another scene, “Caesar” is holding a cigar in one hand and grabbing the woman’s crotch with his other hand. “Caesar” sports strawberry blonde hair along with a modern suit and red tie.

When “Caesar” is murdered, those stabbing him to death are all woman or minorities.

Even though Shakespeare in the Park receives taxpayers funding, it also has private sponsors, some of which consist of:

Bank of America

The New York Times

American Express

Delta

The play opened two weeks ago (May 23) and is scheduled to run through June 18, being performed in New York’s Central Park.

106, 2017

Ethanol Explosion Kills One, Injures Others

By |June 1st, 2017|Energy, State, Wisconsin|0 Comments

Yet another ethanol explosion has happened in the past few hours and where most of these explosions have been happening during the shipment of ethanol, this one happened in a processing plant, killing one worker and injuring several others, along with knocking out power for most of the town of Cambria, Wisconsin.

“We are praying for our team,” Riley Didion, the president of Didion Milling, told WISC-TV. “There’s a lot we don’t know right now. Our prayers are with everyone.”

Ethanol is a byproduct of corn used as fuel and is highly volatile.

3005, 2017

Senate 3 Strike 3: Dems Are Out!

By |May 30th, 2017|Politics, South Carolina, State, State Senate Races|0 Comments

As, of this writing, with 42 of 43 precincts reporting, Richard Cash wins with 82% of the vote; 3,034 votes to 679 write-in votes.
For the third time in a row, the Democrats attempt to swipe the SC District 3 State Senate seat from conservative Republicans, and for the third time, they failed.

Last year, during the normal election cycle, the Democrats were busing out in support of Carol Burdette, nearly overcoming a 17 point deficit at the last minute.

In the Special Election this year, it was Burdett again who went into a Republican Runoff Election with Richard Cash and again, there was a large push for Democrats to vote in the republican’s selection process but they fell short again.

With no Democrat on the ballot for the Special General Election, and typically a very low turnout for any election with no opposition on the ballot, the Democrats mobilized for a third time in a year, to undermine the process and elect Burdette via a write-in campaign. There is a sore-loser law in place to prevent such campaigns from being launched by someone who has lost, but that law applies to the individual who lost and not to anyone else who may want to organize such a campaign.

Implementing Registration by Party would go a long way to resolving the shenanigans that go on in races like this.

2005, 2017

Killer’s Sentence Upheld for the Murder of His Second Cousin

By |May 20th, 2017|General News, Louisiana, State|Comments Off on Killer’s Sentence Upheld for the Murder of His Second Cousin

A man from Houma, Louisiana, has had an appeal rejected for the downward departure of his life sentence. LaShawn Smith was charged with the 2010 murder of his 27-year-old second cousin, Quincy Smith, in what was described as an ‘execution-style’ shooting over drug money. Smith was initially sentenced to 50 years in prison in 2015 when State District Judge Randall Bethancourt of Houma deemed him a habitual offender. This was reduced to a life sentence, but the 36-year-old then appealed that decision. Below, we explain exactly what a downward departure is and the reason it was rejected in this case.

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So, what is downward departure? A downward departure is when the defendant is given a sentence that is less than the minimum sentence recommended in the guidelines. The defense or prosecuting attorney can grant a motion for a downward departure if the court feels that justice demands it. Some common reasons for a downward departure include if the defendant has a history of charitable efforts, if the defendant has accepted responsibility for the offense, or if the defendant provided substantial assistance to the government during the criminal investigation. In this case, Smith appealed for a downward departure on the basis that the investigators had held back crucial information.

LaShawn Smith was initially charged with manslaughter when his second cousin’s body was found in a wooded area in Chauvin, Smithridge. Read this post to find out what to do if you find yourself arrested. Smith’s crime came with a 50-year sentence, which was reduced to a life sentence when Terrebonne Parish District Attorney’s Office argued that he had been sentenced under an incorrect part of the habitual offender law. State law defines manslaughter as a homicide that […]

1205, 2017

Senate Passes Resolution to Stop GHS

By |May 12th, 2017|Health, South Carolina, State|Comments Off on Senate Passes Resolution to Stop GHS

Resolution to Stop GHS Passes Senate with Unanimous Consent
Entire Senate body is in agreement that Greenville Hospital System has violated Act 432 and should cease its activities until the lawsuit against GHS is settled.
Greenville, SC – State Senator Tom Corbin introduced the resolution on Thursday, May 11, which reads as follows:

S.726 – A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION: TO OPPOSE THE RECENT ACTIONS OF THE GREENVILLE HOSPITAL SYSTEM.

Whereas, the Greenville Hospital System has recently engaged in an effort to restructure; and

Whereas, this was done in secret behind closed doors without notice or notification; and

Whereas, neither the citizens of Greenville County nor the Greenville County Legislative Delegation were informed of the closed door meeting; and

Whereas, the Greenville Hospital System is attempting to transform from a public not-for-profit organization into a private organization; and

Whereas, the members of the Greenville Legislative Delegation feel that this is in direct violation of Act 432 of 1947, which created the Greenville Hospital System; and

Whereas, if this goes through, the newly created Greenville Hospital System private boards, which will control the hospital system, will have absolutely no oversight by the people of Greenville County from which it was created; and

Whereas, members of the Greenville County Legislative Delegation, as well as some members of the public, have filed suit to stay this action; and

Whereas, this resolution would cause the Greenville Hospital System to cease its action until the lawsuit is settled. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:  That the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution, oppose the recent actions of the Greenville Hospital System.
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Citizens for a Free Market is a 501(c)4 non-profit
 

1105, 2017

The Gas Fee (Tax) Debt Bomb

By |May 11th, 2017|Politics, South Carolina, State|Comments Off on The Gas Fee (Tax) Debt Bomb

Why swapping one three-letter word for another is a BIG deal.
I can’t recall ever seeing such a groundswell of opposition to anything greater than this new 12 cent gas tax being shoved down our throats in Columbia.  By now, many know that the new tax will fund college tuition and many things other than the roads we’ve so desperately wanted to be repaired, but what about them changing this from a tax to a fee?
WARNING: Continuing to read will likely cause a serious increase in blood pressure.
If it had remained a gas “tax” then those in Columbia would be prohibited from using an incoming tax as leverage for more money, but if it is a “fee” then they are allowed to leverage into more money. In other words; they are already planning to use the billions more they are taking from us to BORROW money and put the people in debt billions on top of those billions!

Governor Henry McMaster was obviously complacent in all this or he would have held his vote for the five days and used his bully pulpit to back down a couple more senators. Instead, he quickly vetoed and returned knowing they barely had the two-thirds majority in the senate to override him.

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 […]

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|Comments Off on Martin Endorses Chad Connelly for Congress

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|Comments Off on Mike Hamlet for Chad Connelly

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.