Judges Side with Lawmakers Who Appoint Them

The South Carolina Supreme Court ordered Governor Mark Sanford on Thursday, June 4, 2009, to request $700 million in federal stimulus money. Sanford signed the request and numerous pages of assurances required by the federal government under protest and under orders from the South Carolina Supreme Court.

In his cover letter to Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, Gov. Sanford made it clear that he was not in lock-step with the circumstances being forced on him.

The Governor’s comments in part are quoted below:

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Sen. Larry Grooms ~ Photo by Bob DillJulie Hershey invited about two dozen friends to meet Sen. Larry Grooms in Greenville, Monday. Grooms is exploring the possibility of seeking the Republican nomination for Governor of South Carolina in the 2010 primary election.

Hershey is Director of Heritage Community Services in the Upstate and met Sen. Grooms on the Senate floor when abstinence education funding was under attack by political opponents.

“This man stood on the Senate floor and fought for abstinence education. Here is a man who not only has the right thoughts and the right ideas, but he has the courage to act on his convictions,” Hershey said.

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Bob and Ann Turner, at left, and Lenna Neill, at right, join Congressional Candidate Richard Cash and wife Marcia for campaign photo.Richard Cash, a businessman from Powdersville, announced his run for Congress before an enthusiastic crowd of over 200 supporters on Saturday, April 18th. He is running for the seat in the third district, which is being vacated by Gresham Barrett. Richard Cash has been an entrepreneur and small business owner for the last 10 years. In 1999 he bought a neighborhood ice cream truck, which he has parlayed into a fleet of 13 yellow and green trucks under the name, Sweet Memories Ice Cream, LLC. He also started and owns a used vehicle business, which has been located on Hwy 153 for the past 5 years.

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Seniors Commissioned as US Army Officers

Cadet William Walker, at left, receives Commander’s Saber Award from LTC Maddox. ~ Gilbert ScalesFurman University can be justifiably proud of the Furman Paladin Battalion and one of the top Army ROTC programs in the nation.

The professional Army Cadre and instructors are led by LTC Brian Maddox. The Furman Ranger Challenge team finished 4th in the annual competition at Fort Jackson, competing against 17 teams from South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. Furman performed well despite the tough competition.

This year, Furman moved under the 4th ROTC Brigade headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. This new brigade has 40 schools from South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Next year, the 4th Brigade will hold two Ranger Challenge events.

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Council Votes 10 to 2 to Protect Owners of Property Designated “Historic” from Bureaucratic Abuse

A proposal to amend the Greenville County Zoning Ordinance and allow the Greenville County Historic Preservation Commission, an unelected body, to designate private property as historic without the permission of the property owner was about to glide “under the radar” and deprive the owners of property designated as such of their constitutional property rights was discovered by the Greenville County Taxpayers Association before it became law.

The proposed change would have allowed the Greenville County Historic Preservation Commission to designate private property as historic without the consent of the owner and would put property improvements and other changes to the property under the oversight and direction of the commission, with powers greater than eminent domain, according to Taxpayer Association President Robert G. “Butch” Taylor.

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Sponsored by The Patriotic Resistance

Pastor Stan Craig began Sovereignty  Rally with invocation. ~ Photo Courtesy of Stan CraigThe South Carolina Chapter of The Patriotic Resistance  directed by Harry Kibler held a Rally for Sovereignty at the Statehouse in Columbia, Saturday, May 2, 2009. The rally attendance was estimated at several hundred.

The Invocation was led by Pastor Stan Craig of Choice Hills Baptist Church in Greenville. Speakers included Sen. Larry Grooms, Sen. Shane Martin, Sen. Lee Bright, Rep. Michael Pitts, Dr. Christina Jeffery, candidate for Congress in the Fourth District; Christopher Sullivan, former Commander in Chief, Sons of Confederate Veterans; Dean Allen, Constitutional scholar; Roan Garcia-Quintana, Executive Director, Americans Have Had Enough; Jim Brossard, American Patriot; and Harry Kibler, State Director, The Patriotic Resistance.

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There are reports that the Obama administration is preparing to swap U. S. sovereignty for a higher level of U. S. presence at the United Nations.

Michael Farris, chancellor of Patrick Henry College and founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, is sounding the alarm that the Obama Administration is trying to secure a seat on the U. N. Human Rights Council. In order to secure the seat, Farris said, the Obama camp has submitted a series of “Commitments and Pledges” declaring loyalty and “deep commitment” to the U.N.

An April 27 “Commitments” document released by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice, the U. S. representative to the U.N., the Obama White House pledged its support for the Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, which along with the Convention on the Rights of the Child makes the U.S. subservient to the international agenda.

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