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Greenville County Council Dispute Going to Court PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 00:00

The legal battle in Greenville County Council is coming to a conclusion – at least in court.

The legal complaint filed by  members of Greenville County Council against Chairman Butch Kirven will be heard in the Greenville County Courthouse Wednesday Morning, August 9 at 9:30 am.

The dispute began when Chairman Kirven ruled that fees on county taxpayers could be increased with only 7 votes of the 12 member Council. Council rules state that increases in taxes and fees require more than a simple majority.

Councilmen Willis Meadows, Joe Dill and Mike Barnes along with state lawmakers and other citizens asked the State Attorney General for an opinion on the Kirven decision. When the Attorney General opinion disagreed with Kirven, he decided to ignore it. That action by the chairman forced  his opposition on Council to go to court to force compliance.

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Kirven to Dump Finance Chair Over a $10 Fee PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Monday, 17 July 2017 00:00

By Bob Dill
As Chairman of Greenville County Council, Herman “Butch” Kirven is determined to increase the county road maintenance fee from $15 to $25 using whatever means is available to him. A court challenge has blocked implementation of the proposed Ordinance, alleging that the vote was short of the legal requirement.  
Vice Chairman Willis Meadows is one of the Council members opposed to the $10 fee increase. In accordance with county policy, the Vice Chairman, elected by the council members is also chairman of the Finance Committee.
Chairman Kirven informed the council members Friday by Memorandum that he had planned a policy change in the Committee of the Whole meeting for yesterday, Tuesday, July 18 at County Square.
Kirven informed the members as follows: “This memo gives notice that on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at the Committee of the Whole meeting and during the Committee Reports portion of the Regular Council Meeting, we will be making a motion to suspend notice and the amendment introduction provision in Council Rule VI (A). This will allow for the immediate adoption of a Rules amendment. The proposed amendment to Council Rule V (C) will allow for the Chairman of Council to appoint the Chair of the Finance Committee.”
If the proposal passed it was expected that Chairman Kirven would appoint Dr. Bob Taylor, someone he can control as Finance Chairman to support the fee increase.

 
The Promise Keepers from CPAC 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by LaDonna Ryggs   
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

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National Harbor, MD—Permeated with electricity and anticipation, a well-beyond capacity crowd began chants of “Trump, Trump,” in rippling waves, reminiscent of Inauguration Day.

President Trump’s speech was the highlight for the Conservative Political Action Committee’s (CPAC) conference. With likely 8,000 people in attendance, and a long line of people stretched around the halls hoping to get in, his speech was the most attended event of the conference. Even the media overflowed their section to cover the speech.

The speech began with a scathing attack of the Mainstream Media and its treatment of him, as he called it “Fake News.” But the majority of the speech could have been called “The Promise-Keeping” speech. To cheers, Trump went over a litany of his conservative reform agenda.

On Guns and Military: We will protect the 2nd Amendment. We will rebuild our military, we will respect our flag, and we will take care of our veterans. I want us to invest in our military once again. I have ordered our Defense Department to formulate a plan to eradicate ISIS.

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The Forgotten Man Is Alive and Well at CPAC PDF Print E-mail
Written by LaDonna Ryggs   
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

Conservatives grapple with the reality and permanence of “Rust Belt, Religion and Realignment,” as the GOP tent expands to include the Forgotten Man.

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National Harbor, MD - The Conservative Political Action Committee, commonly known as CPAC, held its annual gathering at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, MD, last week. The program was a Who’s Who of iconic conservatives, ranging from elected officials and celebrities to policy experts, journalists and talk show hosts. A walk in the hallway for refreshment yielded great dividends of photo opportunities for attendees, such as Dog, the Bounty Hunter (Duane “Dog” Chapman) and Mr. Brexit, Nigel Farage (a member of the European Parliament).

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Trump Visits Boeing Facility in Charleston PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff West   
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00

President Donald Trump and Governor Henry McMaster visited Charleston’s Boeing aircraft facility on February 17 for the new 787-10 Dreamliner  airplane debut.  Over 5,000 Boeing employees and VIPs attended the private event.  The latest improvements in design and technology are incorporated into this new Dreamliner model, famous for its advanced lightweight carbon fiber construction.  The most efficient jetliner ever, the 787-10 is 25% more efficient than similar-sized airplanes.  First introduced in 2011, the 787 has carried 148 million people and saved 13 billion pounds of fuel.  

The 787-10 will be built exclusively in Charleston, where almost 74% of the workers voted two days previously against unionization.  This plant has the highest rate of production ever for twin-aisle airplanes, with orders for 149 of the 787-10.  

Boeing VPs Joan Robinson-Berry and David Carbon thanked all those involved for their hard work on the new 787-10 in a private reception before the unveiling.  Ms. Robinson-Berry said the numerous technological developments made at the Charleston facility are only possible in the flexible atmosphere of the union-free environment.

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Study Proves U.S. (Un)Educational System Is Destroying Economy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff West   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 00:00

The U.S. (un)educational system has become increasingly secular in recent decades.  Many Christian education experts warned of this but were largely ignored while our schools continued to deteriorate.  Sadly, we are reaping what we sowed, having condemned children to our dysfunctional educational system.  While Christian criticism is rejected, mainstream analysis documents this dysfunction.  A January 2015 report, AMERICA’S SKILLS CHALLENGE: Millennials and the Future, by Educational Testing Service (ETS) (see: https://www.ets.org/s/research/29836/), delivers shocking proof of the inadequate education students receive at all levels.  ETS is a non-profit organization that tests over 50 million students worldwide, including the GRE graduate school entrance exam in America.  

This educational deterioration has been ongoing for decades.  The ETS report states: “In 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education...declared that the state of America’s education made it ‘a nation at risk.’...’[T]he educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people.’”  Furthermore, adult scores have declined in literacy since 1994 and in numeracy since 2003.

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Chad Connelly Joins Race to Replace Mulvaney PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff Report   
Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00

Additional Announced Candidates: Rep. Tommy Pope, Rep. Ralph Norman, Tom Mullikin, Sheri Few and Kris Wampler

Chad Connelly has been a controversial figure in an issue of great importance to SC Republicans.

The smooth-talking politician who scuttled the efforts by the Greenville County Republican Party Executive Committee that had financed a lawsuit to bring about closed party primaries in South Carolina has thrown his proverbial hat into the already crowded Fifth Congressional District Primary Race.  

The congressional seat is being vacated by Rep. Mick Mulvaney who is awaiting Senate confirmation as director of the Office of Management and Budget of the Trump Administration.

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