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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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Greenville County Planning Fee Increases PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00

Greenville County Council Finance Committee voted three to two to approve two fee increases to fund improved communications and road maintenance.

The new ordinance would add a fee to each real estate parcel of $14.95 annually to lease, purchase, lease-purchase, or maintain county-wide public safety telecommunications network infrastructure.

In addition, the road maintenance fee would be amended to increase the fee to $25 per vehicle annually.

Voting in favor of the fee increase were Butch Kirven, Bob Taylor and Xanthene Norris. Voting in opposition, Sid Cates and Willis Meadows.

The ordinance will go to the full council for consideration at the next scheduled meeting which is Tuesday, February 21 at 6 p.m. at County Square.

 
Ashley Landess Challenged Women to Get Involved in Local Government PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 00:00

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Ashley Landess, President of the South Carolina Policy Council, was the featured guest speaker at the January luncheon meeting of the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club at the Poinsett Club.

Landess and her non-profit organization have become known for their exposure of fraud and corruption in state government, as well as shortcomings in the public education system.

The Policy Council accepts no government funds, is nonpartisan and is totally dependent on private donations to fund their research and daily operations.

Landess, a native of the Upstate, has earned a reputation for being one of the most knowledgeable individuals regarding the operations of state government and the abuse of power by key individuals.

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Jeff Duncan Releases Statement on Passing of John Glenn PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 00:00

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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan responded to the news of the passing of John Glenn today in a statement:

John Glenn is a giant in American history and truly is one of those rare authentic heroes we all revere. It is with a heavy heart to hear the news of his passing. He was a trailblazer for America’s space program during the Cold War as he became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 and, 36 years later, became the oldest man in space in 1998 at the age of 77. He also found the time to serve his country in the United States Senate, thereby capping a remarkable career of service to his nation. I was fortunate to have met the man in November 2011—he was larger than life. I pray for him and his family, but as America works to navigate the rough seas of the future, I also pray that our nation is graced with more men and women like John Glenn.

 
Maestro Discusses 1991 USSR Defection With GC Republican Women’s Club PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00

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Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel, Director of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra was the guest speaker at the December luncheon of the Greenville County Republican  Women’s Club. He discussed his defection from the Soviet Union and his love for America.

He first visited Greenville in 1991 while serving as the associate Director of the USSR State Symphony Orchestra. He and his wife  defected to the United States at the end of the concert tour.

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Problems with REAL ID in New Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00

By Bob Dill
The Department of Homeland Security has declared that five states are not following the requirements of the REAL ID Act: South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maine, Oklahoma and Kentucky.

That means that South Carolina Driver’s licenses will no longer be accepted at secure federal buildings or military bases starting on January 20, 2017, and on January 22, 2018 the Transportation Security Administration will no longer accept South Carolina licenses at airports.

Congressman Mark Sanford, who fought the original bill when he was Governor of South Carolina is working with other impacted states to get a delay in implementation until a legislative solution is found.

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Loftis to Lead Greenville County Legislative Delegation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 00:00

Former Senator Lewis Vaughn Reappointed to Hospital Board

TE DwightLoftisThe Greenville County Legislative Delegation  elected  Representative Dwight Loftis to be their chairman for the next year. State Senator Karl Allen will serve as vice chairman and Representative Garry Smith will continue to serve as delegation secretary.
During the same November 21 meeting, the Delegation voted to return former Senator Lewis Vaughn to the Greenville Hospital System Board of Directors.
A total of five board members were appointed to fill six vacancies. Those appointed in addition to Vaughn were the reappointment of  Anna Kate Hipp, and the appointment of Scot Baddley, Michael Ellison, and Michael Smith. Richard Phillipa from Oconee County failed to get reappointed and his vacancy was returned to the Hospital Board for resubmission.

The Delegation Received update on Pinnacle Mountain Fire – Requested more closed-cab dozers.

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