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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 […]

2401, 2017

Judicial Reform: Appearance of Impropriety

By |January 24th, 2017|South Carolina, State|Comments Off on Judicial Reform: Appearance of Impropriety

Judicial Reform: Appearance of Impropriety

Every year when the South Carolina Legislature goes back into session, there’s a number of things that always happen; the calls for Judicial Reform being among them. Each year, many activists as well as those who feel they’ve been screwed over by the judicial system begin screaming for reform only to be largely ignored.  Who can blame them for trying when no other state selects judges the way South Carolina does?

Legislators appoint judges, many of whom are attorneys, and then those attorneys continue to practice law bringing cases before the very judges they have employed. How can anyone going up against a lawyer/legislator possibly get a fair hearing? At the very least, it screams with the appearance of impropriety making it impossible to determine whether or not there was favoritism if you lose to such a system.

And, what about those seeking to become a judge, like Grace Knie of Campobello? Over the past few years, she and her husband (Patrick) have donated a lot of money to legislators and candidates to become legislators.  If we only focus on the donations which really matter, those to legislators who are currently serving and actually have a say (vote) on whether or not Knie becomes a judge, donations totaling $11,300 have been made to the following 19 legislators:

Senate
*Scott Talley (R) = $700
*Mike Gambrell (R) = $250
*Luke Rankin (R) = $500
*Gerald Malloy (D) = $500
Vincent Sheheen (D) = $1,000
*Katrina Shealy (R) = $250
Glenn Reese (D) = $1,000
John Courson (R) = $250

House
Derham Cole (R) = $750
Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D) = $1,100
*Gary Clary (R) = $2,000
Michael Anthony (D) = $250
Neal Collins (R) = $250
Justin Bamberg (D) = $250
Christopher Hart (D) = $100
*Eddie Tallon (R) = $400
Harold Mitchell (D) […]

1309, 2016

Candidate without a County: Kim Murphy Rises Again

By |September 13th, 2016|Education, Politics, South Carolina, State|Comments Off on Candidate without a County: Kim Murphy Rises Again

An amazing story of public school and statehouse corruption.
This is a long read, but if you don’t already know Kim Murphy’s story, you should get comfortable and take it in.

(Article by Thomas C. Hanson from a telephone interview with Kim Murphy Sept 8, 2016)
Kim Murphy is running against 16-year incumbent Chairman Robert Gantt for a Richland County seat on the Lexington-Richland 5 School Board, from which Gantt had her ousted mid-term in 2013, claiming she was not a resident of Richland County, based on a county boundary manufactured by state mapping between the two counties. The board had Murphy removed and essentially disenfranchised 6,000 people who voted for her.

Murphy took her ouster to Circuit Court, but Judge DeAndrea Benjamin, wife of Columbia Mayor Stephen Benjamin, ruled in favor of the district. Murphy is appealing that decision.

On Aug. 18, 2016, Gantt filed a petition with the Richland County Election Commission to have Murphy removed from the November ballot. However, the Richland elections board voted 3-1 Aug. 30, that Murphy is indeed a resident of the county, and she will be allowed to run for the Richland County seat on the Lexington-Richland 5 board. Samuel J. Selph, elections board director, wrote to Chairman Gantt that the board “denied your Petition to disqualify Mrs. Kim Murphy as a qualified Elector in Richland County.”

Murphy filed to run six minutes before the filing deadline Aug. 15. No one else had filed for the seat.

Murphy was first elected to the school board in 2010, despite efforts of the board to defeat her. She garnered 43 percent of the vote against Gantt in 2004. No one challenged her residency in either of those elections. She has lived in the same location in […]

308, 2016

Recipe of Champions (Recruiting) Part III of III

By |August 3rd, 2016|Football, Real Deep, South Carolina, Sports, State|Comments Off on Recipe of Champions (Recruiting) Part III of III

Clemson Tigers: Recipe of Champions (Recruiting) Part III
The final ingredient to a recipe of champions is the players that choose to come to Clemson University. As the well-known football saying goes, “It’s about Jimmies and Joes, not X’s and O’s”. Any college football team needs depth and talent in order to compete for conference and national championships, and recruiting is how the players are acquired. Since there is no draft, it is up to coaches to convince teenagers into playing for their program for the next few years. Once the players are on campus, the coaches must help the players develop to the best of their ability. While rankings don’t matter once you are on campus, the talent base a team draws in has a correlation to their level of success. Regardless, recruiting is the lifeblood college football and if you can’t recruit, you can’t coach.

In order to fully appreciate how far Clemson football has come, lets take a look at the recruiting classes from 2002 onwards (when data was consistently available). It is worth noting that in 2001, Clemson signed the third best player in the country in WR Roscoe Crosby whom had a mental breakdown and did not pan out. Here is a chart of the recruiting classes from 2002 until 2008, when Coach Tommy Bowden was fired. The data is drawn from 247Sports Composite Rankings:

Year
National
ACC
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
Total

2002
29
5
0
3
13
21

2003
43
9
0
2
14
18

2004
46
10
0
3
9
22

2005
18
4
0
2
18
25

2006
13
3
2
4
13
22

2007
17
5
0
4
14
24

2008
10
2
1
8
12
23

Swinney first came to Clemson in 2003 and was the WR coach and recruiting coordinator. It is obvious that it took some adjustment for him to get the hang of the job because the 2003 and 2004 classes were mediocre. It appears that in 2005 he finally found his niche, because he pulled in top […]

3007, 2016

Barilovits on Greenville Health System Takeover

By |July 30th, 2016|Health, South Carolina, State|Comments Off on Barilovits on Greenville Health System Takeover

Tom Barilovits speaks to Greenville County
Republican Women’s Club on the
Greenville Health System
Takeover/Monopolization Plan
and Obamacare 
Here is the text of Mr. Barilovits’ speech:

Before covering my main topic today, I would like make an important point about our Republic.

Simply put, we cannot just elect good people to federal, state and local offices and expect utopian outcomes. That is fantasy.

We all must actively and personally communicate with, manage, assist and inform our lawmakers, public commissioners and other public boards members on a constant basis. Our failure to do that is the root cause of many of our problems today.  If we don’t do this, others will. They are called lobbyists.

It is no different when we hire employees—we must actively manage, train, monitor and communicate with those employees, if we want good results. When we elect our lawmakers, we are hiring them.

I am just an ordinary citizen from Simpsonville who decided to get involved with local issues like the GHS attempted takeover the Greenville County EMS last year. That led me to dig into my main topic today: The Greenville Health System Takeover and Monopolization Plan

Summary 
Founded by a 1947 state law as a taxpayer-owned political subdivision of South Carolina (like a school district), the Greenville Health System (GHS) has grown into the largest hospital system in South Carolina with 15,000 employees, $2.5 billion in revenues and eight medical campuses spread out across six counties in the Upstate. Over the last five years, GHS has been on a buying binge, acquiring numerous independent medical clinics throughout the Upstate and two financially struggling hospital systems in Oconee and Laurens counties. This shopping spree has given GHS a monopolistic 70 to 80 percent market share throughout Upstate, but it also has pushed GHS into a troubling […]

3007, 2016

SC Pension Under-funding

By |July 30th, 2016|South Carolina, State, Taxes|Comments Off on SC Pension Under-funding

Curtis Loftis: Pension Under-Funding
is Biggest Tax in State History
By Thomas C. Hanson (HansonCommunications.org)
South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis spoke to the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club July 28 on unclaimed money and state’s underperforming pension system, which he has sought to repair.

Loftis said that when he took office in 2011, the SC Treasurer’s Office had not had a full GAAP (Generally Accepted Acounting Principles) audit in 27 years. “There’s not a businessman in the world who could get by with that,” Loftis said. Now, with the audit, and other procedures he as has implemented, he said “the protection level of your money is tremendously better than it used to be.”

The Treasurer’s Office has $525 million in unclaimed funds that it seeks to return to individuals and businesses. Here is the link to check if you have funds that can be returned to you.  https://webprod.cio.sc.gov/SCSTOWeb/mainFrame.do

SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis on unclaimed money and state’s under-performing pension system from Thomas Hanson on Vimeo.

Loftis said that the state’s pension system is a mess, and explained that seventy percent of South Carolina’s retirement money is sent off-shore, where they have different laws and accounting rules. Loftis started repairing this system, and said that he gets good press outside of South Carolina, but within the state, “media tends to go with the establishment, and the establishment says everything is fine.” However, five years later, an independent legislative audit council has agreed that because of poor investment decisions by the investment commission, the pension system has under-performed $7.1 billion.

They have implemented measures to repair the system. Fees that were $465 million a year have been dropped to $300 million, and Loftis expects them to go lower. They have fired managers and renegotiated contracts.

The […]

2007, 2016

Recipe of Champions: Clemson Tigers – Part I of III

By |July 20th, 2016|Football, South Carolina, Sports, State|Comments Off on Recipe of Champions: Clemson Tigers – Part I of III

Throughout the years, Clemson football has varied between average, good, and great. Clemson has had excellent coaches such as John Heisman, Frank Howard, and Danny Ford; and won the national championship with the young Ford in 1981. Clemson is not a traditional blue blood in the vein of Michigan, Alabama, Texas, USC, or Notre Dame; instead the Tigers reside in the next tier down. This tier is the schools that have storied football programs in their own rights, but not the schools that dominated the twentieth century. This is not to put down Clemson’s incredible achievements, but instead to give an accurate historical context of where the Tigers stand.

Currently Clemson is in a golden age of football, playing at possibly the highest level the Tigers ever have. The Tigers are certainly the most consistent they have ever been in their history under Coach Swinney, so how has Clemson created a recipe of Champions?

Branding

Clemson has always loved football, but support from administration has varied throughout certain decades. Ever since Coach Bowden took over and was embarrassed to show the locker room to recruits, so much has changed. Death Valley has had facelifts, the press box was changed from below average to enjoyable, the locker room has been remodeled and the West Zone was born. A new indoor practice facility was built, and now an over-the-top football operations facility (complete with a new weight room) will be completed within a year. While throwing money at something doesn’t solve all problems, it certainly helps in the facilities department. Facilities are so finicky and ever changing that a school does not need to have the absolute best ones, they just don’t need to be sub par.

Outside of facilities, Clemson […]