South Carolina Libertarian Party http://sclp.org en Incumbents: Can't Be Voted Out If No One Runs Against Them http://sclp.org/node/94 <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/Incumbents.jpg?itok=_1oFtz1j"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/Incumbents.jpg?itok=_1oFtz1j" width="480" height="399" alt="Spoiled Child" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>SC STATE HOUSE FILING UPDATE [3/30/2018] 124 Seats</p> <p>44 seats are UNOPPOSED</p> <p>17 seats will be determined in the Republican Primary</p> <p>6 seats will be determined in the Democratic Primary</p> <p>57 seats will be determined in the General Election</p> <p>Filing Deadline was Noon on March 30, 2018</p> <p>For details, download the attached file below.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/169" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">SC State House</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/170" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Candidate Filing</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-field-attached-file field-type-file field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Attached File:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="file"><img class="file-icon" alt="" title="application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet" src="/modules/file/icons/x-office-spreadsheet.png" /> <a href="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/Candidate%20Data%20File%20for%2011_6_2018%20Statewide%20General%20Election%20as%20of%203_30_2018_0.xlsx" type="application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet; length=31782" title="Candidate Data File for 11_6_2018 Statewide General Election as of 3_30_2018.xlsx">List of 2018 Candidates for State House</a></span></div></div></div> Sun, 25 Mar 2018 16:47:47 +0000 Webmaster 94 at http://sclp.org http://sclp.org/node/94#comments Restore Jury Nullification in South Carolina http://sclp.org/node/93 <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/PowerToTheJury.jpg?itok=mQ9hBnBx"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/PowerToTheJury.jpg?itok=mQ9hBnBx" width="310" height="163" alt="Jury Box with &quot;Power to the Jury&quot; caption." /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Nullification is the citizens’ final bulwark against an oppressive state, whether that oppression takes the form of unfair or unduly harsh laws, a biased or vindictive judge, or abusive or politically motivated prosecution. In a very real sense it is the only reason juries even exist. Jury nullification arose as protection against the whims of the king, but there is no less need of it today. In fact, if anything it has now become even more important. Preventing nullification is like bypassing a fuse: it removes a critical check on the abuse of the powerless.</p> <p>Read Laird Minor's White Paper on Restore Jury Nullification in South Carolina to understand why Libertarians should participate in juries.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/162" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Judiciary</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/163" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Government</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-2" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/164" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Reform</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-3" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/73" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Constitution</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-4" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/166" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Corruption</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-5" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/168" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Nullification</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-field-attached-file field-type-file field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Attached File:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="file"><img class="file-icon" alt="" title="application/pdf" src="/modules/file/icons/application-pdf.png" /> <a href="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/Restore%20Jury%20Nullification%20in%20South%20Carolina.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=285811" title="Restore Jury Nullification in South Carolina.pdf">Laird Minor&#039;s White Paper on Restore Jury Nullification in South Carolina</a></span></div></div></div> Wed, 27 Dec 2017 04:37:14 +0000 Webmaster 93 at http://sclp.org http://sclp.org/node/93#comments Judicial Selection Process Practically Begs for Corruption http://sclp.org/node/92 <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/judicial%20corruption.jpg?itok=wo-2EUpu"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/judicial%20corruption.jpg?itok=wo-2EUpu" width="480" height="319" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The process for selecting judges in South Carolina is the best possible approach—if you're a powerful legislator prone to corruption, that is. Our state's legislators—three in particular—wield far too much power over the judicial system, predisposing it to all manner of conflict of interest, miscarriage of justice, favoritism, cronyism, and all to their own benefit at the expense of the people they claim to represent. In a new white paper, Laird Minor, Greenville County's representative to the South Carolina Libertarian Party, discusses these flaws, analyzes other judicial selection processes used throughout the country, and proposes a solution that would severely curb the legislature's ability to use our state's judicial system to their own advantage, thus returning accountability to the very people the judicial system is supposed to protect. Follow the link to the paper below.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/162" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Judiciary</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/163" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Government</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-2" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/164" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Reform</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-3" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/73" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Constitution</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-4" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/165" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Constitutional Amendment</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-5" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/166" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Corruption</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-6" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/167" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cronyism</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-field-attached-file field-type-file field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Attached File:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="file"><img class="file-icon" alt="" title="application/pdf" src="/modules/file/icons/application-pdf.png" /> <a href="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/White%20Paper%20on%20Judicial%20Selection%20in%20South%20Carolina.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=95691" title="White Paper on Judicial Selection in South Carolina.pdf">Laird Minor white paper on judicial selection process</a></span></div></div></div> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 14:47:40 +0000 Sean Thornton 92 at http://sclp.org http://sclp.org/node/92#comments Policing for Profit - A Libertarian View of Civil Asset Forfeiture http://sclp.org/node/91 <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/forfeiture.jpg?itok=tHFhrbDu"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/forfeiture.jpg?itok=tHFhrbDu" width="480" height="300" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Civil asset forfeiture—a practice in which police confiscate money and other property from persons merely <i>suspected</i> of crimes—is regularly abused all across the country, routinely harming innocent individuals and depriving them of the very resources they need to prove their innocence and win their property back. It's quite a perversion for a nation whose legal system was founded on due process and the maxim "innocent until proven guilty", yet despite some states making moves to curtail this practice, which enriches local police at the expense of unprosecuted—and therefore <i>innocent</i>—citizens, South Carolina has still not taken any measures to rein in the abuse rampant in our own state. However, a bill introduced in the legislature this term, but which as yet has received no attention, might be the solution to this problem. In a new white paper, Laird Minor, Greenville County's representative to the South Carolina Libertarian Party, discusses civil asset forfeiture, its history, intent, and deep flaws, and how it can be reformed to ensure that law enforcement needs are served without violating the rights of innocent people. To read this brief but excellent analysis, follow the link below.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/159" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Civil Asset Forfeirture</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/160" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Police</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-2" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/30" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">civil liberties</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-field-attached-file field-type-file field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Attached File:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="file"><img class="file-icon" alt="" title="application/pdf" src="/modules/file/icons/application-pdf.png" /> <a href="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/White%20Paper%20on%20Civil%20Asset%20Forfeiture%20in%20SC.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=56393" title="White Paper on Civil Asset Forfeiture in SC.pdf">Laird Minor White Paper on Civil Asset Forfeiture in South Carolina</a></span></div></div></div> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:17:33 +0000 Sean Thornton 91 at http://sclp.org http://sclp.org/node/91#comments Meeting Postponed http://sclp.org/node/90 <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/IrmaSept6.png?itok=rc0Z3Ia4"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/IrmaSept6.png?itok=rc0Z3Ia4" width="480" height="394" alt="Hurricane Irma&#039;s projected track on September 6th" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href="http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article171519692.html" target="_blank">Since South Carolina's Governor Henry McMaster declared a “state of emergency” around noon Wednesday "as a precaution.”,</a> the South Carolina Libertarian Party Executive Committee meeting will be postponed from September 9, 2017 to Noon, September 16, 2017 at the Grecian Gardens in West Columbia.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 22:56:11 +0000 Webmaster 90 at http://sclp.org http://sclp.org/node/90#comments The South Carolina Libertarian Party Has Growth Spurt http://sclp.org/node/89 <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/Map_of_South_Carolina.png?itok=AGuUvOB4"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/Map_of_South_Carolina.png?itok=AGuUvOB4" width="480" height="383" alt="Map of Organized Counties in the South Carolina Libertarian Party" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>On August 19, 2017, the South Carolina Libertarian Party added Aiken, Beaufort, Colleton, Florence, Jasper, Laurens, Sumter and York to its list of Organized Counties.</p> <p>After the results came in, Stewart Flood, Chairman of South Carolina Libertarian Party stated; "EXCELLENT WORK TODAY!!! I want to thank everyone who showed up at organization, and I also want to thank everyone who volunteered to show up and help guide a county through their first organization. But the work has just started. We now need to take these counties and the other four new ones from April and figure out ways to help them grow and succeed."</p> <p>These eight counties can now send a representative to vote on matters that arise at the monthly State Executive Committee meetings.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/116" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">South Carolina</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/154" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Libertarian Party</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-2" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/158" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Growth</a></li></ul></div> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:34:48 +0000 Webmaster 89 at http://sclp.org http://sclp.org/node/89#comments South Carolina Libertarian Party Condemns Greenville County Sheriff’s Department http://sclp.org/node/88 <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/chico.png?itok=3-DtkR9S"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/chico.png?itok=3-DtkR9S" width="360" height="480" alt="Chico the Dog" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>COLUMBIA, South Carolina (August 6, 2017) – In a unanimous vote, the South Carolina Libertarian Party during their monthly meeting on Saturday adopted a resolution that “condemns the Greenville County Sheriff and his office for failing to act swiftly and justly in the matter involving the recent execution of a family pet on private property under the Color of Law.”</p> <p>Marissa Gilliland’s dog “Chico” was shot and killed on July 24th by a deputy who was serving a warrant at a neighbor’s house. Although the deputy alleges that the dog was approaching aggressively, Gilliland says her dog was very friendly and was neither growling nor barking as he approached the deputy. She also says most of the shots, including the one that ultimately killed Chico, were fired after he was already running away. The Greenville County Sheriff’s department claims to have opened an investigation, but despite multiple requests submitted under the Freedom of Information Act, details of the investigation, along with any body camera footage which could corroborate the deputy’s claims, are being withheld from the public, shielding both the department and the deputy from scrutiny and accountability.</p> <p>“Puppycide,” as it has come to be known, is a national problem in which police officers routinely kill household dogs with impunity—another in a long list of egregious double-standards from which police benefit at the expense of the people whom they claim to “serve and protect.” Due to poor reporting practices, the number of dogs killed by police is difficult to ascertain, but conservative estimates from the Department of Justice put the number at 25 to 30 every day. Data collected by PuppycideDB.com indicate, however, that the actual number is probably much higher.</p> <p>Laird Minor, the SCLP’s representative from Greenville, read a statement during Saturday’s meeting pointing out that the deputy should be subject to civil suit if he did indeed shoot Chico while the dog was trying to flee, but cautioned against passing judgment on this deputy before body camera footage is released. Minor went on to say, “Unfortunately, even if he was 100% wrong the deputy will probably be immune to civil suit. Judges have created the doctrine of ‘qualified immunity’ which is almost always invoked by the courts. That is the bigger problem here, because qualified immunity is entirely court-made doctrine; there is no statutory basis for it. It needs to be reined in, and that will require legislation (which the [law enforcement] community will strongly oppose). But even if it's not, any officer not wearing a functioning body camera should be denied the protection of this doctrine.”</p> <p>Matt Wavle, Chairman of the Greenville County Libertarian Party, is organizing a protest and, along with several other members of the party, plans to bring this before an upcoming meeting of the Greenville County Council meeting.</p> <p>Gilliland, distraught since the incident, has been unable to provide much comment other than, “My poor baby didn’t deserve this y’all. He was so sweet and smart. He loved everyone.”</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/148" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Greenville County Sheriff’s Department</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/149" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Chico</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-2" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/150" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Puppycide</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-3" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/151" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">body camera</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-4" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/152" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">shooting</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-5" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/153" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Color of Law</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-6" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/116" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">South Carolina</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-7" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/154" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Libertarian Party</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-8" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/155" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Marissa Gilliland</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-9" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/156" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Laird Minor</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-10" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/157" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Matt Wavle</a></li></ul></div> Sun, 06 Aug 2017 23:41:15 +0000 Webmaster 88 at http://sclp.org http://sclp.org/node/88#comments Lee County Libertarian Chastises His School Board http://sclp.org/node/87 <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/Chastise.png?itok=3ipONGAE"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/Chastise.png?itok=3ipONGAE" width="290" height="174" alt="Woman wagging her finger" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>An open letter to the residents and school board of Lee County, SC,</p> <p> I attended the school board meeting on Monday, July 24th at 3:30 PM. There are a few things worthy of note before I proceed to my primary concern. The meeting was scheduled to begin at 3:30. The chairwoman, Ms. Sanya Moses, was at least 20 minutes late to the meeting, two other board members were not present, and the superintendent was also absent. Ms. Valerie Haywood and Mrs. Queenie Boyd were absent with no explanation.</p> <p> Since the county school board has no codified rules by which they operate, one must assume that they follow the governing rules of the state board of education. According to Article VI, Section 9 of the state constitution, Board members may be removed for consecutive unexcused absences. The chairman/chairwoman may excuse an absence and the board may overturn an unexcused absence by two thirds majority vote. As the absences weren’t even addressed in the meeting, one must assume that the chairwoman did not excuse the absences and the board did not object. I will continue to keep a running tally of these presumed unexcused absences and report to you, the readers, every month. </p> <p> Let’s circle back, if you will, to the exceptionally late start of the meeting. Forget, for a moment, that quorum existed and there was no need to wait for the nearly-half-an-hour-late chairwoman. In fact, starting significantly late like this could be viewed as an attempt to reduce public participation. Not only does it have the appearance of trying to reduce community participation, it’s unprofessional. You, the school board, want the community to respect you and support you (as stated in your exceptionally vague policies) but how can we take you seriously when you waste our time as you did?</p> <p> Another concern is the time and day of the meeting. How many community members does the school board think are available to walk away from work to attend a meeting at 3:30 in the afternoon? Even those that can are most certainly not able to spare an extra half an hour to wait for a late chairwoman. I propose that you mandate all meeting times be in the evening when most people are available to attend. As a side note, The Lee County Council ought to do the same. </p> <p> Finally, I’ll get to the heart of my concerns with the school board. I noticed on the agenda that there was no section for public comment. I asked two of the members present before the scheduled start time about this and they both referred me to the chairwoman, Ms. Moses. When she finally showed up and before the meeting began, so as not to be declared out of order and removed, I approached Ms. Moses and asked about public comment. She informed me flatly that the board’s policy was that there will not be public comment. I asked for clarification and where that policy was published. She stated that it was in the policy manual and available on the website. I looked through the board policy on my phone and, lo and behold, the policy does not exist. </p> <p> After the public meeting was concluded, I approached Ms. Moses again and asked her to show me where the policy existed. At this point, she began to back peddle and tell me all about how the policy was that people may request in writing to address the school board, at least a week in advance. She also stated that the policy was recently changed by the board. All in all, it was nearly the most confusing exchange to which I’ve ever been party. I asked to see this policy and she asked for my email address. I sent here a text message with my email address and she stated that she would email it to me. </p> <p> That brings us to the reason for my writing. This all occurred on Monday afternoon. As of this writing, Friday the 28th, I have received no email from Ms. Moses. The utter lack of effort by the school board chairwoman to communicate effectively with the public is disheartening. The efforts by the school board to shield themselves from public comment and criticism reek of authoritarianism. What right do you, the school board, have to state your expectations of anyone, as you did in your policy manual, when you do not make yourselves available to hear our expectations of you? </p> <p> It occurs to me that you may have forgotten a few things and I’ll remind you now. You may not expect anything from anyone who isn’t an employee. You may request and we, the voters and taxpayers, will consider your requests. You are our employees. That’s how this works. We vote to decide if we will keep you on the payrolls or not. As our employees, it strikes me as ridiculous that you won’t listen to our feedback on your performance. How do you think you can meet our expectations if you don’t know them? </p> <p> Do you like your position and want to keep it? If so, learn how to listen to your constituency and be responsive.</p> <p>A concerned citizen,</p> <p>Matthew Hicks</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/143" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Matthew Hicks</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/144" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Sanya Moses</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-2" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/145" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Valerie Haywood</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-3" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/146" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Queenie Boyd</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-4" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/147" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Lee County School Board</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-5" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/116" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">South Carolina</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-6" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/59" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Libertarian</a></li></ul></div> Sun, 06 Aug 2017 12:35:53 +0000 Webmaster 87 at http://sclp.org http://sclp.org/node/87#comments SCLP To Organize More Counties http://sclp.org/node/86 <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/PoliticalOrganization.jpg?itok=LK8pXNCK"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/PoliticalOrganization.jpg?itok=LK8pXNCK" width="350" height="144" alt="Political Organization" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The Libertarian Party of South Carolina has set aside August 19, 2017 to organize the counties that were not organized on April 22, 2017.</p> <p>The following legal ad was placed in The State newspaper:</p> <blockquote><p>The Libertarian Party of South Carolina will hold County organization conventions at Noon on August 19th in front of the county court house of each county FOR THOSE COUNTIES NOT ORGANIZED ON APRIL 22, 2017. Please contact the South Carolina Libertarian Party at 803-788-2226 for more information. This notice was ordered by Stewart Flood, Chairman.</p></blockquote> <p>On April 22, 2017, Libertarian Committees in thirteen counties were organized and afterwards, people in other counties became interested in organizing their county committees, also. The counties that have shown interest in organizing are Aiken, Beaufort, Florence, Jasper, Sumter and York but the ad was written in a way so that any other counties that did not organize can do so. The State Executive Committee plan to have support people at the meetings to advise for counties wishing assistance.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/116" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">South Carolina</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/59" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Libertarian</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-2" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/102" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">organization</a></li></ul></div> Sun, 30 Jul 2017 02:32:04 +0000 Webmaster 86 at http://sclp.org http://sclp.org/node/86#comments James Brandmair Becomes SCLP's New Vice Chairman http://sclp.org/node/85 <div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/JamesBrandmair.jpg?itok=G4fftI5g"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://sclp.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/JamesBrandmair.jpg?itok=G4fftI5g" width="474" height="474" alt="James Brandmair" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>After Travis McCurry's sudden resignation on June 24, 2017, the South Carolina Libertarian Party's Executive Committee voted on his replacement on July 8, 2017 in order to fill out his term until November 4, 2017.</p> <p>James Brandmair of Lexington County won on the second round of ballots with 5 votes to his opponent's 4 votes and 1 abstention. The first round ended in a tie (5 to 5).</p> <p>James has been active with the South Carolina Libertarian Party and Libertarian campaigns for several years and became the Lexington County's State Committeeman to the State Executive Committee on April 22nd.</p> <p>James has been reading Libertarian Leadership: Planting the Seed for a Libertarian Future by C. Michael Pickens and has been working diligently in growing the party, laying the groundwork to organize more county clubs and recruiting candidates with the ultimate goal of having Libertarian candidates winning elections.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/142" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">James Brandmair</a></li><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-1" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/taxonomy/term/133" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Travis McCurry</a></li></ul></div> Sun, 09 Jul 2017 16:01:16 +0000 Webmaster 85 at http://sclp.org http://sclp.org/node/85#comments