Bill Connor announces Tea Party endorsements in bid for US Senate

The Fight to Defeat Lindsey Graham is On!

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COLUMBIA, SC — U.S. Senate hopeful Bill Connor on Friday announced endorsements from four Tea Party activists who chair patriot groups around the state and more than 30 other Tea Party activists.

The Tea Party leaders endorsing Connor include:

Janet Spencer who chairs Carolina Patriots in North Myrtle Beach
“I am proud to stand with my fellow Tea party/grassroots and Freedom Works activists to help Bill Connor retire Graham.”

Charlotte Hendrix who chairs Tea Party Patriots Florence; Pay Dansbury who chairs the Bluffton Tea Party; and Linda Ensor who chairs Lowcountry Conservatives in Action in Summerville.

Connor is one of six Republicans competing against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, in June’s GOP primary.

Columbia pastor Det Bowers, state Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, Easley businessman Richard Cash, Columbia attorney Benjamin Dunn, and Charleston PR executive Nancy Mace also are running.

Some of the candidates have been actively courting Tea Party leaders across the state.

Bright announced endorsements from 13 Tea Party activists in February.

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Cow Farts, Our Next Big Crisis

Obama Admin Looks To Regulate Cow Flatulence As Part of Its Climate Change Agenda…

Bovine community outraged by flatulence coming from Washington DC.

Bovine community outraged by flatulence coming from Washington DC.

As part of its plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama administration is targeting the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions in their operations.

This comes despite falling methane emission levels across the economy since 1990.

The White House has proposed cutting methane emissions from the dairy industry by 25 percent by 2020. Although U.S. agriculture only accounts for about 9 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it makes up a sizeable portion of methane emissions — which is a very potent greenhouse gas.

“Cows emit a massive amount of methane through belching, with a lesser amount through flatulence,” according to How Stuff Works. “Statistics vary regarding how much methane the average dairy cow expels. Some experts say 100 liters to 200 liters a day… while others say it’s up to 500 liters… a day. In any case, that’s a lot of methane, an amount comparable to the pollution produced by a car in a day.”

“Of all domestic animal types, beef and dairy cattle were by far the largest emitters of [methane],” according to an EPA analysis charting greenhouse gas emissions in 2012. Cows and other animals produce methane through digestion, which ferments the food of animals.

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NULLIFY OBAMACARE

From Jesse Graston:

My last update detailed our plan to reintroduce Senator Tom Davis’ amendment to H.3101, as a standalone bill both in the House and the Senate. It has been confirmed that this indeed happened! H.4979, and S.1164 are the two new bill numbers that we need to pressure every GOP Senator and House Member to co-sponsor ASAP.

H.4979 was assigned to the Labor Commerce and Industry Committee, Chaired by Representative Bill Sandifer. We all must call him right away and demand that he pull H.4979 right out of committee with a favorable report and send it straight to the House floor for debate and vote. Tell him, that since he voted for H.3101, as well as all other GOP Representatives, they have no need to place this bill in committee for debate, as it employs the exact same mechanism of enforcement as the amended version of H.3101 that passed the House. Rep. Bill Sandifer, Columbia (803) 734-3015 Home Phone (864) 882-1225 Business Phone (864) 885-2240

Anti-commandeering is the main teeth in both of these new bills, which was what was in the enacting language of H.3101 that passed the House that would have been amended into the 1976 code. The same thing, anti-commandeering, just a little more refined, which has a long running precedent of being upheld by the Supreme Ct. most recently in the Prinz vs. US case in 1997. They ruled that the Federal Gov. CANNOT compel or “commandeer” the States into implementing federal law using their own treasury and resources.

S.1164 was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee Chaired by Senator Larry Martin. It is important to note that L. Martin came out in support of the Davis amendment publicly, and voted to end debate on it by voting for cloture. Senator Larry Martin has NO excuse or reason to put S.1164 into his committee for debate delaying our chances of passage, especially after himself and almost every other Republican colleague of his voted to end debate and vote for the same text already. Demand that if he is going to redeem himself from voting against overruling Glen McConell’s decision to table Senator Tom Davis’ amendment to H.3101, then the only way to achieve that redemption is for him to bring S.1146 straight to the Senate floor for a vote, as we were already there. Please call :

Senator Larry Martin,
Columbia Phone (803) 212-6610

Business Phone (864)306-2126

We must remember that he Davis amendment was NOT voted down, but only stopped because of a technicality. If any Senator or Representative has stated publicly that they oppose Obamacare, they have ZERO excuse not to co-sponsor these bills, and work feverishly for its’ passage into law. Although the last 2 special order slots were taken up by frivolous, do nothing pieces of legislation in the Senate, that IS NOT going to stop us from achieving victory.

May 1st is the crossover deadline for any bill to be taken up by the other chamber after passage. As long as we get one of these two bills passed by May 1st, we will be just fine. If you recall, last year H.3101 passed on the VERY LAST DAY possible to meet the deadline, and we were still able to get it on special order at that point. We need to push both the House and the Senate harder than ever to get the job done, and whoever does it first, we will put all of our firepower on that bill. Our opponents are simply hoping that we would have thrown our hands in the air at this point and given up. The fact that the Davis amendment died only because of a technicality, and that it was not a repudiation of the ideas in the amendment as an available remedy to fight back against the implementation of the ACA in SC is MASSIVE. We are simply giving all of the Senators and Representatives another chance to show us how much they truly care about protecting SC from Obamacare!

Please take the time to make the phone calls to the two committee Chairman, and as many other Senators and Reps possible to ask them for their co-sponsorship of H.4979, and S.1146. I am more than confident that if we don’t give up, and show up to fight till the end, we will win this one. Let’s make it happen!

For Liberty,

Jesse Graston

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Obamacare and Obamaphones

By Rick Manning

Remember the good ole days back in 2010 when no one had read the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “ObamaCare” and it was going to enroll millions of the uninsured?

All of us just blithely believed our D.C. masters who assured us that if we liked our insurance we could keep it, and that we wouldn’t be forced to switch doctors.

And given the name of the law, clearly we were going to save money on our health insurance costs as the evil profit motive was wrung out of the system.
Those were the days.

Just a few short months ago, President Obama shut down the government by refusing to delay the implementation of his signature law for even a year. This past week, he delayed the individual mandate for two years, after previously delaying the employer mandate. Apparently, he feels comfortable arbitrarily delaying the law, but uncomfortable doing it the old fashioned Constitutional way.

Now, the ACA is known as Obamacare by millions, and that is not a good thing.

The Administration even has admitted that they aren’t actually tracking how many uninsured people are benefitting, after using this group as the justification for breaking the system for the 85 percent of Americans who already had health insurance.

Amazingly, the number of uninsured today is about the same as when Obama took office, and about twice as many people have been hurt by the new law than have been helped and that number is going to accelerate throughout 2014.

And the “you can keep your health insurance, if you like your health insurance” Democrat party mantra has been deemed the lie of the year, and promises to be a millstone around incumbent Democrat necks in the upcoming 2014 elections.
Just as former President George H.W. Bush has lived with the “read my lips” line, Obama and those who blindly followed him will wear the scarlet letter of the failed health insurance promise for the remainder of their careers.

All of this doesn’t even mention the “death panels” that Sarah Palin correctly identified and skewered, while Media Team Obama scoffed at her. Now we know that yes, Barack, there are death panels – not shockingly that same media is avoiding giving credit to the former Governor for her honesty and prescience. But, rest assured, Democrats are very concerned about these cost control-based health care terminator panels that they so recently argued didn’t exist in the law they didn’t read.

The rear doors of the white van, striped in red and blue, were wrapped in yellow with black text in Spanish which translated in English to: You can still subscribe to Obamacare Apply today! 800 - 419-6318 Qualify and receive calls Totally free

The rear doors of the white van, striped in red and blue, were wrapped in yellow with black text in Spanish which translated in English to:
You can still subscribe to Obamacare
Apply today!
800 – 419-6318
Qualify and receive calls
Totally free

Finally, the coup de gras for the law was reached last week when Obama himself was caught telling the truth, when he urged people on Spanish language television to set their priorities correctly and get rid of their cell phone and cable television so they can afford the suddenly not so affordable health care that Obama insists they get.

This is quite a statement from an Administration that has dramatically expanded the cell phone giveaway program known as the Obamaphone, out of concern for the access to phone service. Somehow those who make more than 135 percent of the poverty level should give up their cell phone access to pay for a mandated health insurance program. However do not despair. I’m confident that Obama will solve the problem with a stroke of his pen and expand the eligibility for the Obamaphone to millions who otherwise would have previously been ineligible, so they can afford to pay the government health care tithe.

If none of this makes sense, welcome to Obama World, where the White House changes the law with the stroke of his pen with little regard for cost or consequences, and none of the promises about the law actually were true in the first place. In Washington, D.C., it’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

Rick Manning is the Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for Americans for Limited Government. You can follow Rick on twitter @rmanning957.

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H3101 – ACTION NEEDED

 URGENT – URGENT – URGENT

Jesse Graston

URGENT ACTION REQUIRED!!!! EVERYONE CALL Senators Alexander, O’dell, Rankin, Leatherman, Cleary, Campbell and Greggory and tell them you are very disappointed they did not vote for cloture today on H.3101. They were the Senators who just minutes ago did not vote for Rule 15 A which would end debate on H.3101 which would then bring up a vote on the bill.

Call them all now and demand they vote for cloture on the Davis amendment next Tuesday!

Thomas Alexander: (803) 212-6220
Raymond Cleary (803) 212-6040
Paul Campbell (803) 212-6016
Hugh Leatherman (803) 212-6640
William O’dell (803) 212-6350
Luke Rankin (803) 212-6410
Greg Greggory (803) 212-6024

How Conservatives can capitalize on the ObamaCare mess.

Riding the 2014 Wave

WSJ March 12
A rule of electoral politics is that when a Democratic wave is building, the media broadcast it like a foregone conclusion. When a Republican wave is building, Beltway pundits are the last to admit it. After Tuesday’s GOP win in a Florida special House election, even the press corps now agrees that Republicans are poised for major gains in November, assuming the GOP has the wit to exploit it.

Democrats are spinning the defeat as no big deal, but no one outside the MSNBC mind-meld believes that. Democrats got their preferred candidate in Alex Sink, who had barely lost the governor’s race in 2010, and she outspent Republican David Jolly, a former Congressional aide and lobbyist who endured a rough January primary. Political seers Sean Trende and Larry Sabato had predicted a Democratic victory.

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The race also showed the renewed threat that ObamaCare poses to Democrats. Ms. Sink wasn’t in Congress to vote for the law, but she made the mistake of not running from it. She took the Democratic Party advice to say she’d fix the failing parts of the law even as she attacked Mr. Jolly for supporting repeal. The mend-it-don’t-end-it strategy now looks more perilous.

Democrats also rolled out their greatest distraction hits, such as Social Security and Medicare cuts, which Mr. Jolly rebutted effectively. The Democratic class-war line employing the minimum wage and jobless benefits also failed to move enough independents to prevail in a swing district that President Obama had carried in 2008 and 2012.

All of which poses a particular challenge for the ObamaCare Dozen in the Senate who provided the votes to pass the law. Incumbents Kay Hagan (N.C.) and Mary Landrieu (La.) have adopted the mend-it-don’t-end-it line, and now they have to decide if they need to support more substantial changes to survive. Democratic interest groups and the White House will say stay the course, but they aren’t risking their careers.


Republicans have their own challenge, which is how to turn a good year into one that captures the Senate with seats to spare. With 10 or 11 vulnerable Democratic incumbents or open seats, this is now possible. One obvious point is that the party’s factions ought to start targeting Democrats rather than each other. The assault by former Senator Jim DeMint’s former aides at the Senate Conservatives Fund on Minority Leader Mitch McConnell won’t elect primary challenger Matt Bevin, but it might defeat Mr. McConnell in November. The attacks are about personal feuds rather than policy.

More broadly, the GOP needs a unified House-Senate strategy for how to best exploit its ObamaCare advantage. The repeal message is still potent with the GOP base, but a more positive message would attract independents and frustrated Democrats. Several proposals to repeal and replace ObamaCare wholesale are circulating in Congress, but none has a chance to pass and they all need more debate.

The GOP goal this year should be simpler: Craft legislation that highlights and fixes the flaws in ObamaCare that have been so clearly exposed in the last few months. This means offering plans to repair the damage to the individual insurance market and protect the millions of Americans who have lost their coverage and now must pay more.

Former Senator Phil Gramm suggests that the GOP campaign theme should be the freedom to choose your own health care. Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson has circulated a memo proposing a strategy around the theme of “freedom and choice.”

The details can be debated, but the proposals could include eliminating ObamaCare’s mandates that have raised the price of insurance. Most voters have figured out by now that 50-year-olds don’t need maternity coverage. Insurance companies should be able to sell any plan they want, and individuals should be able to buy it across state lines. A provision for high-risk pools could address the Democrats’ pre-existing condition attack.

Want to see just how bad Obamacare really is, watch this video.

The overarching strategy should be to craft a proposal that can unite the party and comfortably pass the GOP House in order to put pressure on Senate Democrats. Any legislation should avoid creating targets for Democrats to change the subject from ObamaCare’s flaws. This means avoiding a fight this year over ending the tax exclusion for employer plans in favor of a universal tax credit. Such a reform will never pass while Mr. Obama is President, so Republicans shouldn’t take the political risk in 2014. Let the presidential candidates in 2016 take that on.

A modest reform that addressed ObamaCare’s most urgent problems would have the benefit of preserving and expanding the individual market until a larger rewrite is possible. Republicans would be able to give voters some hope of relief if they win, without overpromising what they couldn’t deliver even if they did control the Senate in 2015.

Like Mr. Jolly in Florida, Republicans also need to talk about more than ObamaCare. Pushing more U.S. energy production and exports is a political winner that creates more jobs and helps America’s security. Exposing the costs of President Obama’s regulatory assault on business also addresses economic anxiety. And don’t forget the IRS.

Current GOP leaders in Congress haven’t been very good at strategy, to say the least, but Tuesday’s victory underscores the political opportunity that is building this year. An election wave would be a terrible thing to waste.

The grass-roots conservative midterm message: No surrender, no compromise, no capitulation.

COMMON CORE S300

Where Common Core Stands Now and What You Can Do About It

COMMON CORE 2An amended version of S300, the bill to repeal Common Core, passed out of the Senate Education K-12 Subcommittee this past Wednesday. The amendments allow Common Core to continue and add a new mandate for national testing. The only good thing to come from the amendments is the exit from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), which is the Common Core data mining pipeline to the Federal government.

We should thank Senator Grooms for his excellent articulation of the facts that persuaded the Subcommittee to ignore Superintendent Zais’ plea to keep the Federal government’s Common Core data mining component.

Senator Hayes and Senator Peeler made strong statements concerning the will of the people to repeal Common Core and appear to sincerely desire this outcome. Thank these senators and ask them to restore repeal language to the bill.

Republican Senator Luke Rankin from Horry County accused the opponents of Common Core of being conspiracy theorists. He basically said he was siding with the Superintendent of Horry County Schools over hundreds of parents, grandparents and taxpayers in his community. He needs to hear from you!

Next Steps:

Amended S300 now advances to the full Senate Education Committee where it will receive a hearing on Wednesday, March 12.

Please email Senate Education Committee members and ask them to vote in favor of S300 to allow full debate on the floor of the South Carolina Senate.

Tell senators we want:

Full repeal of Common Core, and no mandates for national tests

The Senate Education Committee needs to receive hundreds of emails opposing Common Core TODAY!

To communicate these points to Senate Education Committee, simply cut and paste the email addresses below into the address line of your email, and send them this message before Wednesday!

Senate Education Committee Email Addresses:

johncourson@scsenate.gov; seducomm@scsenate.gov; SEthicsCom@scsenate.gov; roberthayes@scsenate.gov; stranscomm@scsenate.gov; larrygrooms@scsenate.gov; michaelfair@scsenate.gov; smedicomm@scsenate.gov; paulthurmond@scsenate.gov; nikkisetzler@scsenate.gov; geraldmalloy@scsenate.gov; bradhutto@scsenate.gov; darrelljackson@scsenate.gov; clementapinckney@scsenate.gov; raymondcleary@scsenate.gov; greghembree@scsenate.gov; sjudcomm@scsenate.gov; larrymartin@scsenate.gov; LR@scsenate.gov; sbicomm@scsenate.gov; dawnjennings@scsenate.gov

Janet Spencer
janetspencer69@gmail.com
Carolina Patriots

Two mistakes that could re-elect Lindsey Graham

Mistake #1: Running too many candidates

This happens every time:

  1. A seat opens up or becomes vulnerable,
  2. Several conservatives and a couple of moderates jump into the race,
  3. The conservative base splits up among the conservative candidates, and
  4. One of the moderate candidates wins as the conservatives fight it out.

If you think this is a coincidence, you completely underestimate the liberal strategists. When a dangerous-looking candidate steps up to the plate, what more natural – and effective – strategy than to recruit some competition for him?

It’s easy to do, because it’s very flattering to be approached with encouragement to run and offers of support. Until conservatives start wising up to that strategy, we’re going to play right into the liberals’ hands every time.

What is your opinion?  Should South Carolina replace Sen. Lindsey Graham?

What is your opinion? Should South Carolina replace Sen. Lindsey Graham?

So, if you’re thinking about running:

  1. If someone encourages you to run against Graham, be aware of the possibility that he’s a liberal or establishment strategist or is being used by one, trying to use you.
  2. If you do jump into the race and several who are similar to you also enter, get them all together for lunch and decide who the nominee needs to be. You all want to win, but chances are that you all would rather have any one of you, than a moderate win or a Graham re-election.
  3. Recruiting competition for a candidate you want to defeat works. Just saying.

Mistake #2: Choosing a moderate candidate

Don’t look for a candidate who won’t tick anyone off. A candidate that no one absolutely hates is going to be a candidate that no one loves. Widespread dislike of a politician isn’t enough to get him replaced (ask McCain and Romney).

You want someone who is polarizing. You want someone who is remarkable.  ”Remarkable” according to Seth Godin’s book Purple Cow is defined as “worthy of making a remark about.”

How to avoid these two mistakes:

So everyone needs to coalesce behind one candidate…..but that candidate needs to be the sort of candidate that will tick a lot of people off. We need to unify, but we also need to be particular. How are we going to pull that off?

It’s very simple. Look at the people who are on friendly terms with Graham (or at least aren’t terribly discontent with him), then see which candidate they don’t like.

Then, unite behind that guy.

NULLIFICATION H3101

The “Nullification” Bill, Then and Now

Posted by on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 ·

WHAT THE BILL DOES, AND COULD, ACCOMPLISH

Originally known as the “nullification” bill, H.3101 has gone through many changes since it was originally pre-filed for the 2013 legislative session. Here we compare the bill passed by the House in May 2013 to the latest strike-and-insert amendment filed in the Senate.

The Original Bill

The legislation passed by the House in May 2013 would have done the following:

  • Prohibited public employees from assisting in the enforcement of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  • Allowed the Attorney General (but not an individual) to bring an action in the name of the state against any entity causing harm by implementing ACA.
  • Given the General Assembly the “absolute and sovereign authority” to refuse to enforce provisions of ACA that it deems to exceed the authority of Congress. These provisions were not specified, making the bill largely meaningless.
  • Allowed for a tax deduction to offset the federal individual insurance mandate penalty
  • Prohibited the state from running a state-run health insurance exchange.

The Amendment

If the bill were to include the strike-and-insert amendment filed by Sen. Tom Davis, H.3101 would contain the following:

An anti-commandeering provision. The general premise of the anti-commandeering doctrine – upheld by the Supreme Court in Printz v. United States – is that the federal government may neither issue directives requiring the states to address particular problems nor command them to administer or enforce a federal regulatory program. The Senate proposal would prohibit state officials from enforcing, or using state resources to enforce, certain provisions of the ACA, including:

  • Establishment of a state-run health insurance exchange.
  • Assistance of enrollment in any health insurance exchange.
  • Enforcement of sections of the ACA requiring individual and employer insurance mandates.
  • Applications for grants in support of enrollment encouraged by individual and employer mandates.

The amended bill would, however, make certain exceptions to the prohibition on ACA’s enforcement, including the allotment of Medicaid under current standards; portions of the ACA that give states flexibility in administering Medicaid; ACA regulations that must be carried out by service providers in order to secure Medicaid/Medicare reimbursements; and ACA regulations that must be administered by the state Department of Insurance. Essentially, then, even if the bill in its current form were to pass, the state would still comply with components of the Affordable Care Act.

A provision requiring that federal Obamacare dollars be treated on a contractual basis. Perhaps the key difference between the bill passed by the House and the Senate proposal is the requirement that public officials be held accountable for the acceptance of federal money. As first outlined by SCPC, the state’s elected officials cannot assert state sovereignty over policy matters while simultaneously taking millions of dollars from the federal government for those programs. Put bluntly: South Carolina cannot expect to control its own affairs while Washington pays the bills. The Senate proposal would establish a process by which all state entities, before applying for and accepting federal dollars, would explain – in detail – what the money is for, what policy prerogatives the state must cede to the federal government in order to get the money, and how the consequently funded program, regulations, or mandates will affect individuals and businesses. Agencies and departments would not be allowed to request or accept federal funds tied to the ACA that are not specifically listed in the governor’s executive budget. Each program funded in whole or in part by ties to the ACA would receive an up or down vote in both legislative chambers. The entire process would be repeated annually.

The idea behind the amendment is both reasonable and practical: It would force the governor and legislators to take responsibility for the ObamaCare-related funds they bring into this state. What makes the implementation of ObamaCare possible in the first place, after all, is the longstanding practice by state officials of trading state prerogatives for federal money. The Senate’s amendment would bring that transaction into the open.

Assessment

By establishing a clear process by which the state applies for and accepts federal funds and the strings, mandates, and regulations on individuals and businesses that come with it, the Senate proposal would take a huge step towards stopping ObamaCare in South Carolina.

Reclaiming health care freedom in South Carolina means a lot more than simply rejecting ACA’s formula for Medicaid expansion and refusing to set up a health care exchange. It means recognizing the sovereignty lost when states receive federal funding in exchange for regulatory compliance. The proposed Senate amendment to H.3101 is a laudable attempt to accomplish both.