Legislator Spotlight: Your Name Here

There are 124 House Districts in South Carolina. Democrats control 46 of those, Republicans 78. We’ve got a lot of ground to make up.
For this week’s Legislator Spotlight, we’re turning the Spotlight on you. The members of our caucus are wonderful, diligent legislators. You might not hear from them every day, but they’re doing everything they can to make the state of South Carolina a better place. But, they need more Democratic colleagues. Our platform only matters if we can turn it into actions and legislation. We need your help to do it.

We saw on Tuesday in Alabama that Democrats can win in the South. We saw what a wave looks like in Virginia last month, too. Democrats are right on the issues that matter to the people of South Carolina and it’s time we field a slate of candidates that act like it.

That’s where you come in. We know you’re rabble-rousers and activists, always getting in good trouble. You’re the leaders in your communities and your churches. You’re the ones grinding every day to bring change. It’s also time you run for office. 

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Thoughts on the Alabama Senate election

Hello fellow Democrats and congratulations!

I know you were, as was I, very invested in the Alabama race between Roy Moore (R) and Doug Jones (D). This is another example that when all of America’s citizens participate in the voting system, WE CAN WIN!

Take note that of all political elections in our country, the only position elected via Electoral College is the President. All others elections are one person – one vote. YOUR VOTE DOES MATTER!!

Black residents of Alabama showed once again, just like in 2008 and 2012, that their candidates can win when we pull together. This is the reason the Republican Party is making such a concerted effort to suppress your vote. Just like the story of the Tower of Babel, they know what we are capable of when we work together as united Americans.

In 2018 – 2020 we will have to do it again. We will have to show the world that the Democratic Party is the party of the people, for the people.

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A Few Words about Dr. Larry A. Jackson

A special message from Charles Lewis, Chair:

It is with a heavy heart that I reach out to you.  I know most of you have heard of the passing of Dr. Larry A. Jackson, past president of Lander University.  A giant in our community, it was certainly great to see that Dr. Jackson knew another giant from this area, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays.  Dr. Jackson has made an impact through his service that began many years before coming to Greenwood, as he traveled and lived in many countries.

What was clear to me as I read his Bio in the paper, his entire life centered around helping others (service).  It was especially gratifying to learn that Dr. Jackson was also a pastor.  Something today’s pastors can take away from this: Those that want to be the greatest among us must serve the less fortunate among us.

I have learned during my time as Chair of the Democratic Party here in Greenwood, SC that those who have gone before, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, Sen. John Drummond, and Rep. Marion P. Carnell,  just to name a few, were committed to serving all.

Dr. Larry A. Jackson and his wife, Barbara, are loyal supporters of our local Democratic Party and both have received our most prestigious honor, “The Yellow Dog Democrat Award”, for their many years of service and support to our County Party.  He will be missed, but we will march on knowing our Creed is “Democrats Care” and that the issues that confront us today demand we stand.

Charles Lewis, Chair

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GWCDP Breakfast Meeting Minutes – Nov 4, 2017

Meeting Called to Order

9:30 am: Chair, Charles Lewis

  • Opening Prayer: Rev. James Thompson
  • Introduction of Special Guests: Sen. Floyd Nicholson

Ryan & Ryan

Senator Nicholson introduced Don and Barron Ryan, the father and son piano duo known as Ryan & Ryan. They entertained a packed house the night before at the Greenwood Community Theater. The Ryans were invited to Greenwood from Oklahoma to be the Inaugural Performance of their 2017-2018 schedule. They performed to a packed audience that was sponsored by Senator Nicholson.

REAL ID Act of 2005

Lauren Phillips, Chief of Strategic Communications and Community Affairs, SC Dept. of Motor Vehicles was invited to our meeting by Charles Lewis to further explain and introduce the updates to the REAL ID Act of 2005 which was passed as a result of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations to standardize government-issued IDs, like driver’s licenses.

On or after October 1, 2020, a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or ID, or another form of federally approved identification such as a valid US Passport or military ID, will be required to:

  • Board a commercial flight (even within the US)
  • Enter a military base
  • Visit a federal building that requires ID to be shown at the door

If you live in a non-compliant state (like South Carolina) your state-issued license or ID will not be accepted to enter certain federal facilities in the future.

Lauren brought with her plenty of the newly-updated REAL ID Brochures (see the SC DMV web site) that answer many of the questions you may have about the law. Please read and if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Lauren at her office. at the SC Department of Motor Vehicles in Columbia, SC: (803) 896-8198.

If you would like a copy of the current REAL ID brochure, we have plenty on hand. Just contact our Secretary, Cathie Swindell at 223-8552 or e-mail info@gwdcountydems.org.

Social Media Update

Bill Kimler, the Social Media Director, stated that our various media sites are up across the board from last month:

  • Facebook: +2%
  • Twitter: +6%
  • Instagram: +9%

Bill stressed the importance of getting trained to use these sites as an additional form of news and information to newspapers, radio and TV. He said that, of course, not all Facebook Posts or Twitter Tweets are accurate! All of us need to stay informed and educate ourselves and call out any false narratives.

Bill will let us know when he will be having another class. Don’t be shy! Sign up!

Bill was happy to let us know that our Web site, gwdcountydems.org , has a tab that you can click on that makes it easy for our members to make donations to our Greenwood County Democratic Party. These donations will be processed by Act Blue – “The online clearinghouse for Democratic action.”

2017 Christmas Party Committee

Suzy Holloway, Chair of the Christmas Party Committee, gave an update about the plans for this year’s Annual Christmas Party (Drop-In).

When: Saturday, December 2
from 5 pm until 8 pm

Where: Suzy’s Puppet House
502 Reynolds Ave.
Greenwood, SC 29649
(@ the Corner of Reynolds Ave. and Moore St. – Across Moore St. from the two-story purple Victorian House).

Parking: Behind the Puppet House and along Moore St. as long as we don’t Block traffic.

Admission: Non Perishable food donations for the Greenwood Food Bank
(A container will be provided to hold the donations)

Menu: Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, Sides, Christmas Desserts and Beverages

PLEASE RSVP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE !! Suzy will need to place the order for the Hor d’oeuvres soon.

Suzy Holloway: 993-0383 or wosce@aol.com
Cathie Swindell: 223-8552

SUZY HOLLOWAY IS LOOKING FOR A PIANO PLAYER FOR THE CHRISTMAS PARTY. (If you are a Piano Player or know of a Piano Player, please contact Suzy.)

Senator Floyd Nicholson

Charles called on Senator Floyd Nicholson, SC Representative to speak. Sen. Nicholson advised that we stay engaged with our local Greenwood Co. Democratic Party in order to stay informed about events that will be scheduled to keep our members educated and prepared to serve in our upcoming 2018 and 2020 elections.

He stressed that we seek out our young Democrats because THEY ARE OUR FUTURE!! They have the energy and intelligence to lead – all they need to do is get involved to get the experience that they need to be a leader in the Democratic Party. We all need to be more welcoming them!

Rep. Anne Parks

Rep. Anne Parks agreed with Sen. Nicholson and also stressed the importance of looking toward the 2018 and 2020 Elections! We need to get DEMOCRATS OUT TO VOTE in order to elect Democrats to our local and state offices! GET INVOLVED NOW!!

 

Hosea Cleveland

Hosea Cleveland, also recognized by our Chair, reminded us that he is in contention for the US House seat from SC District 3. He emphasized fighting against Pres. Trump’s immoral tax plan!! He suggested that we should support the battle cry:

“NO TAX RETURN – NO TAX REFORM”!!

Precinct Reorganization/Education Committee

Since Co-Chairs, Elaine Gentry and John Wilde could not be at our Breakfast Meeting, Cathie Swindell, who is a member or the committee, requested time to speak.

The recruitment of Precinct Leaders has been impeded by the lack of a cross-reference of our current contact lists of Democrats – those active and inactive – with our Greenwood County Democratic Party.

With some diligent research, Cathie in possession of lists of people per Precinct. We printed out a Precinct-Per-page that contains a list of names and contact information of Democrats residing in that Precinct. These individual Precinct Lists will be given to those Democrats who volunteer to be a Precinct Leader so they can contact the people on that list to gather them at a Precinct Planning meeting. The first Priority of these meetings, in fact, should be to identify as many of these Democrats as possible and get them active with our Party.

So far, we have 14 Volunteer Precinct Leaders. We have 50 Precincts, so we have our work cut out for us!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER TO BE A PRECINCT LEADER (FACILITATOR) FOR YOUR VOTING PRECINCT, please contact Cathie, by e-mailing info@gwdcountydems.org or by calling her at 223-8552 and she will get you started with a List of Names and Contact info or Democrats in your Precinct and also a list of all of the Greenwood County Precincts. Those that have already volunteered, have already been sent their lists. Cathie is also working on getting a Precinct Meeting Format to deliver to each Leader.

Closing

THIS IS THE LAST BREAKFAST MEETING OF 2017! SEE YOU AT THE CHRISTMAS PARTY DROP-IN ON DECEMBER 2!

Closing Prayer offered by Rev. James Thompson

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Congratulations Democrats!

WINS in VA, NJ, Spartanburg, Greenville and many more. Be encouraged – keep fighting the good fight. Today marks the first year of the President’s win and there have been NO significant achievements in that time – except one scandal after the other.

Keep hope for 2018 & 2020 alive.

We can take it all back!!

C. Lewis
Chair
Greenwood County Democrats

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