From the Desk of the Chair

Hello Greenwood Democrats,

I was pleased to learn from First Vice Denise Waldrep that you had a very successful meeting earlier this month. I was not sleeping in. I had another engagement that I had not attended in years because our meeting times are the same.

I wanted to update you on some very important upcoming events. I am still working for this party about as hard as anyone can expect, and I do encourage you to hold on. Do not give way to negativity. Keep your eyes on the prize: November 2020. In order to make that a reality for Democrats, we must put in the work. I have taken the opportunity to make a presentation to County Council and attend Chamber meetings. For those who may not know, the Greenwood Democratic Party is now a member of the Chamber. As I told the Executive Committee, in order to keep up with what is going on in this town we must subscribe to the organization that makes it happen. In the past, we would always find out about events afterwards, when we saw them in the paper. This has changed with our membership. I was present when Sen. Nicholson received his honor of being inducted into the Chamber Hall of Fame. I was there when the firm looking for a Superintendent gave their presentation to the school board. I learned about these events from the Chamber site.

Most of you know Garrett McDaniel, South Carolina Congressional Democratic candidate for House Seat 14. We met him at our February meeting. I called a meeting with the Laurens County Chair along with some of our Executive Committee members and Garrett at Break on the Lake to find out how we could help him in his primary. Last Monday I met with the Laurens Democratic Party Chair along with Garrett McDaniel. Now that the Primary is over and the special election is just around the corner, I have asked Dr. Bob and his Committee (Search and Support) to meet with Garrett to work on issues that he mentioned needing help with and also look into finding a candidate for the recently vacated City Council seat. Please let Dr. Bob know of anyone you think would fit the bill.

I want to remind you that one of our largest fund raisers of the year, Fish and Dogs, is coming up the first weekend in May. Mr. Danny McCormack is the Committee Chair. Please call Danny if you would like to do some work. That is exactly what he and those on his committee have signed up for. If you would like to contribute to moving this party forward, this is one example of how you could do it. Please contact Danny or anyone on his committee for details. Remember, we cannot do any of this without all of us working together. Mr. Claude Wright will be assisting with his famous fish seasoning, which will keep you coming back again and again. Now we just need you to all get out and sell some tickets!

As you may know, the Carnell / Drummond Dinner, our fall event, is also just around the corner. We need a chair for the planning committee. Please be reminded that all funds collected from these events and during monthly meetings are set aside primarily to open a headquarters during the general election. The cost of the headquarters for the 2016 election, located in a storefront, was $700 a month. That does not include the cost of insurance, lights, telephone line, and cable to watch the results. Other spending information during the year can be obtained by contacting our treasurer, George Swindell.

I am truly excited about the upcoming Fish and Dogs and the chance to spend a beautiful summer day with you all.

Charles Lewis
GWCDP/Chair
2020 SC BLUE

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Compassionate Care Act Call to Action

The sponsor of the Compassionate Care Act bill, Sen. Tom Davis, is seeking input from his stakeholders prior to the bill being moved into the Medical Affairs full committee. The next hearing is scheduled for March 13. Sen. Davis needs full vetting of the bill from the subcommittee members to get it pushed through committee. There is still time to make a difference, as crossover for the bill isn’t until April 10. Therefore, movement hasn’t been stalled, just delayed for more research to be done.
Jill Swing, the founder of the South Carolina Compassionate Care Alliance, says the most helpful thing to do at this point would be to have Democrats draft a letter or adopt a resolution in support of the bill and ask Senator Floyd Nicholson and any other Democrats in the area to sign on as a cosponsor. There is a similar bill in the House, sponsored by Rep. Peter McCoy, that Democrats could ask Representative Anne Parks to cosponsor.
Senator Floyd Nicholson:
610 Gressette Bldg.
Columbia 29201
Business Phone: (803) 212-6040
Representative Anne Parks
434D Blatt Bldg.
Columbia 29201
Business Phone: (803) 734-3069

“Medical marijuana could become legal in SC, but you won’t be allowed to smoke it”

“While dispensaries would be located in every South Carolina county, the marketing and smoking of leaf marijuana would be prohibited. Only products derived from marijuana, such as oils and topical creams, could be marketed or purchased.
The bill mirrors a version passed by key House and Senate committees last year. However, the legislative session expired before it could be debated on the floor of the S.C. Senate or S.C. House.”

https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article224232135.html

For a summary of the bill:

https://www.mpp.org/states/south-carolina/summary-south-carolina-compassionate-care-act/

 

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URGENT! Change of venue for Breakfast Meeting this Saturday!

We received word yesterday morning that Lander would be unable to host us at our regular time this Saturday, so we have relocated the meeting to Montague’s from 9-11 AM. Montague’s is located at 115 Hampton Ave, Ste N, 29646. The cost of the breakfast will be $10. Please try to bring exact change if at all possible. Please help spread the word!

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Dr. Benjamin E. Mays: Teacher, Preacher, Mentor, Scholar, Author, Civil Rights Activist

In honor of Black History Month, the Greenwood County Democratic Party pays tribute to Dr. Benjamin E. Mays.

This portrait hangs at the Benjamin E Mays Historic Site, located in Greenwood. For more information about the site, you can go to Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/benjaminemays/ ) or visit this website: https://discoversouthcarolina.com/products/3658

 

“Remembering Dr. Benjamin E. Mays’s Legacy”

by Marian Wright Edelman (Founder and President of Children’s Defense Fund)

“’It started here in a log cabin and a cotton patch. If it hadn’t been for Benjamin Mays, there probably wouldn’t have been a Martin Luther King.’ So said Ambassador Andrew Young as he spoke at the dedication of the Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site in Greenwood, South Carolina on April 26. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, who was born in 1894 to former slaves, was an adviser to Presidents, mentor of mentors like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., lauded preacher and scholar, advocate for social justice, and the president of Morehouse College from 1940 to 1967. He was a remarkable man and role model for thousands of students who entered the doors of Morehouse, Spelman College, Atlanta University, Clark and Morris Brown Colleges, and the Interdenominational Theological Seminary, the schools that constituted the broader Atlanta University Center of Black higher education.”

To read more from this article: https://www.childrensdefense.org/child-watch-columns/health/2011/remembering-dr-benjamin-e-mayss-legacy/

 

 

He was a truly remarkable man from humble beginnings who accomplished greatness.

It is for this reason the Greenwood County Democratic Party honors Dr. Benjamin E. Mays.

Charles Lewis

GWCDP/ Chair

 

 

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Congratulations to Garrett McDaniel!

Congratulations to Garrett McDaniel on his dramatic win (92.04% of the vote) in the Democratic primary in the SC House District 14 special election! Mr. McDaniel has been serving as a Laurens County Councilman since 2015. Let’s get together and send him to Columbia to help him continue his service to our community! The general election will be held April 23, 2019.

To find out more about Mr. McDaniel:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/McDanielforHouse14/

Instagram: @mcdanielforhouse14

“Garrett McDaniel Joins the House 14 Race” (Jan 5, 2019):  http://www.golaurens.com/news/mcdaniel-joins-the-house-district-race/article_0f38c528-1115-11e9-a5db-a77c9c25d55b.html

“Jones, McDaniel headed to April House District 14 Election” (Feb 20, 2019): http://www.indexjournal.com/news/jones-mcdaniel-headed-to-april-house-district-election/article_7bfdbaee-3908-5fce-8f42-f8d1a8ea8d47.html

Where he stands on the issues: https://votesmart.org/candidate/public-statements/164594/garrett-mcdaniel#.XHBKnOhKgdU

Where his opponent (Republican Stewart Jones) stands on the issues: https://votesmart.org/candidate/public-statements/164595/stewart-jones#.XHBNpehKgdU

 

 

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