S.C. State House Changes

S.C. Rep. Crawford Suddenly Resigns House Seat

In a surprise announcement today, S.C. Rep. Kris Crawford, R-Florence, said he is resigning from the House, telling The Nerve this afternoon, “Everybody who knows me, for good or bad, knows I do things full speed.”

Asked why he resigned just after being re-elected to the seat he had held since his first election in 2006, Crawford, an emergency room physician, initially replied: “Health care has become a lot more complicated. There’s a lot more administrative work.”

“My heart just really wasn’t in it,” he said, adding later in the interview, “The time has come to focus on my work and family.”

Crawford’s resignation letter, which was addressed to new House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Darlington, and received at the House Clerk’s Office at 12:10 p.m. today, reads only, “Please accept this as notice of my resignation from the South Carolina House of Representatives Seat 63.”

Crawford told The Nerve that he began the resignation process last night, resigning from the House Legislative Oversight Committee and the S.C. Child Fatality Advisory Committee. He said after thinking about it more overnight, he decided to resign his House seat today.

“It was disruptive just going in there for two days,” Crawford said, referring to the House’s two-day organizational session last week.

The Nerve reported last week that a special House panel that in late October had recommended a controversial “oath” rule, which was co-sponsored by Crawford, dropped the proposal last week as the House was adopting its rules – a day after a Nerve story questioned the legality of the rule. The proposal would have required anyone testifying before a House committee to be sworn in first – and face a possible felony charge if the testimony was willfully “false, materially misleading, or materially incomplete.”

Contacted this afternoon, Laura Hudson, executive director of the S.C. Crime Victims’ Council and a member the state Child Fatality Advisory Committee, told The Nerve that former House Speaker Bobby Harrell, a Charleston Republican who resigned his long-held seat in October after pleading guilty to misusing campaign funds, recently had appointed Crawford to the committee, but that he had missed three meetings without explanation.

Citing the election of Lucas as the new House speaker and new House rules, Crawford told The Nerve, “It looks very different in the House,” adding, “This is a good time for my constituents to get a new representative.”

Crawford was convicted in 2012 on four misdemeanor counts of willfully failing to file state income-tax returns and was ordered to pay $21,380 in fines and costs. He received no jail time and kept his House seat.

GREG DUCKWORTH REALLY DOESN’T LIKE CRITICISM

Rep. Greg Duckworth v. The Public?

AND HE’S WILLING TO BULLY YOU TO STOP IT …

S.C. Rep. Greg Duckworth – a newly elected “Republican” from North Myrtle Beach, S.C. who apparently believes the best way to silence his critics is to sue them.

S.C. Rep. Greg Duckworth – a newly elected “Republican” from North Myrtle Beach, S.C. who apparently believes the best way to silence his critics is to sue them.


By Paul Gable

A post earlier this week in The Nerve told of newly elected Rep. Greg Duckworth (SC House District 104) pursuing libel lawsuits against two supporters of outgoing Rep. Tracy Edge.

Duckworth’s libel claims concern letters to the editor by Charles Collins and Bren Gibson during the 2012 election season. Edge defeated Duckworth in the 2012 Republican primary but lost to him in 2014.

The first thing that comes to mind – “Is this guy serious?”

The U.S. Supreme Court has set the standard for defamation and libel lawsuits in the public arena to what is commonly referred to as “malice aforethought.” This means that a plaintiff must not only prove the statements made against him or her were false, but also that the defendant made those statements knowing they were false or in acting with reckless disregard of the truth.

In South Carolina, political speech is totally uncontrolled. There is no requirement for a candidate to speak the truth and, of course, most don’t.

This looks like nothing more than a politician attempting to silence criticism by filing nuisance lawsuits.

Historically, the American political arena has been a wild, raucous venue when it has operated at its best. There should be no place for thin-skinned politicians who can’t take criticism.

Filing lawsuits against political critics appears to be an attempt to take away 1st Amendment rights.

Over the years, I have watched politicians develop huge egos after being elected to office, but this is ridiculous.

Have we really come to the point where politicians now think saying something critical of them gives them the right to sue?

Link to The Nerve article: http://thenerve.org/news/2014/11/24/Lawsuits-activities/


Your Help Is Needed

Bren and Chuck are in the midst of a lawsuit with former North Myrtle Beach City Councilman Greg Duckworth who is suing us for Libel/Slander in Horry County, South Carolina for speaking out. If you believe in grass roots activists and their right of free speech, please help us in defending our First Amendment rights of community activistism. Funds raised in excess of our needs will be pledged to other citizens who are being sued by politicians for defamation for speaking out on the issues and holding them accountable.

We need your help to fight this lawsuit. If we lose, everyone loses. To help through a donation, please click here: gofund.me/Gibson-Collins-Legal-Fund

CAROLINA PATRIOTS – OCTOBER 22 MEETING

The Carolina Patriots, a non-profit, non-partisan group, invites you to our next meeting on Wed Oct 22nd from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Please note that this is not our regularly scheduled day of the week.

Our guest speaker will be Thomas Ravenel, candidate for US Senate.

There is no charge and it is open to the public.

We need volunteers for phone banking also.
Please bring a friend and join us at Fire House #6 on 38th Ave N in Myrtle Beach near the intersection of Robert Grissom Pkwy.

 

CAROLINA PATRIOTS – SEPTEMBER 18 MEETING

The Carolina Patriots will meet on Thursday, September 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Fire Station #6, 970 38th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, A 29577.

Our guest speaker will be Allen Page with Freedom Works. Allen and other Freedom Works’ volunteers spent many hours in Mississippi working on the campaign for Chris McDaniel.

Bring a friend and come here what happened in Mississippi and the latest information on the pending court case.

 

CONSTITUTION COMMEMORATION


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Constitution Commemoration
Hosted by:
The Theodosia Burr Chapter
Featuring the
Carolina Master Chorale
directed by Timothy Koch
Joel Allen as Thomas Jefferson
Mark Collins as George Washington
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10:00
First Presbyterian Wilkes Hall

Mark Collins, with his snowy white hair and 6’4” frame, bears a remarkable resemblance to our Founding Father, George Washington. Having the same build and general appearance as the famous statesman, has proven to be fortunate for Collins. He has been asked to portray Washington in both Television and in Film, most recent-y in “National Treasurer: Book of Secrets.” Mark’s skill however, is not limited to this.

He has portrayed Washington, sans script, in a number of speaking engagements and for a diverse set of audiences including military schools, churches and parades. Whether on the movie or TV screen, or from the stage or pulpit, Collins’ talent for captivating an audience through his powerful speech translates across all audiences. The historical precision of  his presentation combined with his moving performance transports his listeners across time, to an era on  the verge of a great revolution.

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CHURCHES AND POLITICS

by Drew Mckissick

What Churches Can and Cannot Do in Politics

church and stateWhen it comes to politics in churches, there is a lot of confusion (especially on the part of pastors)about what type of political activities churches can engage in given their non-profit tax status.

Some believe that all political activity is out of bounds and would put that status at risk.  Wrong. 

Of course a lot of this confusion is generated by liberals who don’t want to see churches dominated by conservatives get more politically involved, (go figure). As a result, most of what pastors and church members hear about it being legally “taboo” is garbage.

The problem is that a lack of knowledge leads to fear…and that leads to inactivity and ineffectiveness.

The thing to know is that there is a LOT that churches can do that most of them currently don’t do.

Church based groups do have some limitations when it comes to political advocacy however.  In order to be more effective, (and avoid any problems), it is important to know what type of activities can and cannot be conducted in or by a church.

The Dos and Don’ts for Politics in Churches

A Church Can:

  • Conduct non-partisan voter registration drives
  • Conduct non-partisan voter identification drives to identify conservative voters
  • Conduct “get-out-the-vote” drives, encouraging conservatives to vote
  • Distribute non-partisan voter education information
  • Allow political candidates to address the congregation
  • Host candidate forums where all candidates are invited and allowed to speak
  • Educate church members on legislative matters
  • Lobby elected officials on behalf of specific legislation
  • Make expenditures on behalf of state referendums
  • Rent church member contact lists to favored candidates at fair market value
  • Pastors may endorse candidates as individuals, but not on behalf of a church

A Church Cannot:

  • Directly endorse candidates in the name of the church
  • Contribute money to a campaign, or make “in kind” contributions, (such as resources or services), to a candidate or party
  • Contribute to political action committees (PACs)
  • Distribute materials that endorse a particular candidate or political party
  • Pay for partisan political events with church funds
  • Allow candidates to solicit funds from the congregation (from the pulpit)
  • Create a church political committee that would do any of the above

The bottom line is to avoid any partisan preferences in any activity done on behalf of the church itself.

However, what people do on their own time is their own business.   Once they are registered to vote, or receive information that educates them on how various candidates stand on important faith and family related issues, it probably won’t take them long to figure out who to support.

Encourage your church to do what it can do and get engaged!

www.drewmckissick.com

 

CAROLINA PATRIOTS – Aug. 21 MEETING

The Carolina Patriots will meet on Thursday, August 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Fire Station #6, 970 38th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, 29577.

We are pleased to announce that we will have 2 great speakers.

Jordan Pace with Americans for Prosperity will introduce the latest technology to reach out to voters. Americans for Prosperity is a non-profit political advocacy group with a stated mission to educate citizens about economic policy and mobilizing citizens as advocates in the public policy process. Visit their site for additional information.

http://americansforprosperity.org/

Tom Ervin – Independent Candidate for Governor will speak to the group and then take some questions. Below is information on Tom.

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Born in Honea Path, Tom Ervin is a life-long South Carolinian who takes pride in our state and our people. His understanding of how government should work for the people and deep appreciation for the rule of law stem from his 14 years on the bench as a state circuit judge. Tom also is a former SC Legislator.

As a small business owner, Tom understands what it means to make payroll. He also understands the importance of fair wages and believes there’s no reason so many South Carolinians should be living in poverty. While government doesn’t create jobs, he certainly believes it’s responsible for creating an atmosphere of opportunity. But state government should not be picking the winners and losers.

Tom understands the importance of a quality education. He attributes his success in life to a combination of hard work and to the public school teachers and coaches who gave him access to a quality education. As Governor, Tom will make sure every child has access to a world class STEAM education. Tom will work to expand pre-K statewide and to cap college tuition for incoming freshmen at our state universities for four years to make college more affordable for our young people.

Tom’s approach to governing is centered on his faith in God and on common sense and character
For more information on Tom Ervin visit the site below.

http://trustintom.com/meet-tom-ervin/#sthash.VweMVZ9D.dpuf

Come join us and bring a friend or neighbor.

Janet Spencer
Email:janetspencer69@gmail.com

RNC on Closed Primaries

 

Truth about American Political Participation

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So often many Americans tend to chalk up “the way things are” to someone pulling the strings behind the scenes. Of course we are usually naturally suspicious of power and probably watch too many movies with conspiracy theories for our own good.

But the truth is that no single person or even a few individuals really “run” things, (despite the delusions of some presidents or judges). But at the “macro” level of American politics, it is true that a fairly small group of Americans (relative to the total population) do collectively “run” things.

Here are some American political participation numbers from Pew and the Census that give you an idea of just how many (or few) people are actually pulling which strings:

Percent of eligible Americans who typically register to vote: 63%
Percent who usually vote in presidential years: 58% (of course only a little over half of them vote for the “winner”)
Percent who usually vote in non-presidential years: 41% (meaning about 21% vote for the winner)
Cast ballots in typical local elections: less than 15% (meaning about 8% vote for the winner)
Vote in party primaries for major elections: less than 15% (that’s both parties added together…meaning about 5% vote for the winner of either primary!)
Sign petitions: 32%
Lobby or communicate with elected officials: 30%
Attend political meetings of any kind: 24%
Contribute to candidates: 18%
Join groups to try to influence public policy: 15%
Attend political rallies or speeches: 12%
Send letters to the editor: 10%
Work for political campaigns or parties: 8%
Attend organized protests: 4%
Are part of the official structure of the two major political parties: as low as .002%
A decent percentage of Americans (about 2/3′s) do at least one of these things on a regular basis. 34% did one or two of these activities within the past year; 16% did three or four, while 13% did five or more.

These are the people who are really running things.

They have the most influence over the system in general. They register, they vote, they organize. They are the political party machinery, they pick the nominees that everyone else gets to choose from in November, they fund the campaigns, they work on the campaigns, they elect the politicians from the school board on up to the president, and they speak out to elected officials about public policy – and they are more likely to be heard when they do.

Their only qualification for “running things” is that they decided that they want to.

Are you one of them? Are your friends? Do you know any fellow conservatives that need to “decide” that they want to run things too?

Pass this along and tell them how.

Read more: drew@drewmckissick.com

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Has the Right Lost Its Will to Fight?

I don’t think Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against President Obama right now, but I also don’t think that considering the idea is “crazy talk.”

David Limbaugh | Jul 18, 2014
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The man has, in my view and that of many others, committed multitudinous impeachable offenses, and we need to strenuously object and bring it to the public’s attention every chance we get. The idea of turning our heads and looking the other way is repugnant.

Yes, the elections are too close for Republicans to risk impeachment proceedings at this point, unless it became clear that the majority of Americans have the political will for that action — as Andy McCarthy eloquently explains in his book “Faithless Execution.”

But my concern is that many of those who are so dismissive of impeachment are the same ones who always argue caution in opposing Obama. They tend to throw in the towel before the fights even begin, scared of their shadow and forever banking on that next election.

Though it may not be the opportune time for impeachment, I am very concerned about what Obama’s unchecked usurpations of power have done to the balance of power in the federal government and the overall integrity of the Constitution and the rule of law. Seeing as we have not taken any formal action against this president for his egregious transgressions, what will the next president be allowed to do on his own should he choose to operate outside his authority to the same extent Obama has?

But to me, impeachment really isn’t the issue when it comes to the various factions within the Republican Party and the conservative movement. I have long contended that the differences between tea party conservatives and the so-called establishment are far deeper than “tactics”; they also involve policy disagreements.

On that point, let me ask you to consider what will happen if Republicans do end up with control of both the House and the Senate. What will the prudent and cautious advocate then? Will they say not to oppose Obama too much for fear that he’d successfully demonize Republicans as partisan saboteurs and ensure the election of a Democrat as president in 2016?

Let’s go further. Let’s say Republicans then win the presidency and retain control of Congress in 2016. Then what?

    I would wager that many of my establishment friends will continue to advise restraint, urging us not to drastically roll back Obama’s liberal policies, either because they’ll be horrified about the next election or because they have really, in the end, lost their stomach for political battle and their taste for free market principles.

I suspect that many of them have come to accept a large, “energetic’ federal government and believe that Republicans should just accept it and instead devise original and creative yet “conservative” policy solutions within the big-government framework. In other words, we should throw in the towel on our founding principles, accept the liberal narrative that Reagan conservatism is extremism, and do the best we can within the new paradigm.

I certainly hope I’m overstating the case, but I’ve seen how timidly Republicans have operated on domestic and social issues when in power, and I’ve read the commentary of many establishment-oriented pundits about “compassionate conservatism” and similar tautologies.

Conservatives have been warning for years about the unchecked explosion of entitlements, runaway deficits and debt, the destructiveness of the welfare state, the enormous problems with federal control of education, the evils of socialized medicine, the growth-smothering effects of federal taxing and spending policies, the freedom-smothering metastasis of the federal regulatory leviathan, and the danger to the republic from unchecked, rampant illegal immigration.

Will Republicans, if they regain power of both political branches, have the political will to begin to unravel the nightmares caused by an abandonment of our founding principles, or will they just nibble around the edges with insignificant modifications because they no longer believe in either conservative principles or their ability to convince the people that our ideas are still superior?

You see, my real concern is not about impeachment. It’s that too many of us have given up on the ideas that made America great — other than to pay meaningless lip service to them. I’m worried that too many of us have given up the fight. We have watched as liberals have overtaken our cultural and educational institutions and successfully vilified the American idea — even to the point that they have many on our side convinced.

Well, I’m not among those convinced, and I don’t believe that the majority of the American people are, either. But I do think that we need leaders who will articulate conservative ideas unapologetically and that conservatives need to engage in the culture war and try to make progress toward reversing this illusion that limited government, capitalism and traditional morality are wrongheaded and extreme.

I just want us to get back in the fight. We face a tireless, relentless foe in liberalism, and if we’re not up to the challenge, we might as well kiss America goodbye, irrespective of whether we win or lose the next few elections.

But I am praying — and choose to believe — that we can and will turn this around because our ideas are superior and the majority of people still instinctively understand that. But we need to begin acting and talking as though we believe it.

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