Chamber of Commerce Breakfast: 2019 Legislative Preview

The Greenwood Chamber of Commerce invites you to:
2019 Legislative Preview
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
7:45 a.m. – Registration & Breakfast
8:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Program
Piedmont Technical College
Self Conference Center, Room 102-C
620 Emerald Rd.
All Chamber members are invited to attend this informative breakfast for a 2019 Legislative preview with our special guest speaker and members of Greenwood’s legislative delegation.
Members of the Leadership Greenwood Class of 2019
will be in attendance.
$15 Chamber Members | $20 Non-Members
Register for the Legislative Breakfast Today
Special Guest Speaker:
Andy Brack
Editor & Publisher, Statehouse Report
With Greenwood Legislators:
Senator Mike Gambrell
Senator Floyd Nicholson
Rep. John McCravy
Rep. Anne Parks
Rep. Mike Pitts
Andy Brack is a communications strategist and publisher who produces two weekly publications – Charleston Currents, which focuses on Lowcountry news, and Statehouse Report, a respected legislative and policy forecast about South Carolina. He will provide a 2019 preview of the upcoming legislative issues.
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From the Desk of the Chair

From the Desk of the Chair

Hello Fellow Democrats,

First, now that I have enjoyed a Florida get away and had some time to reflect, I want to thank each of you for your commitment to this Party. There can be nothing more gratifying than doing something you believe in. I know all of us believe in a living wage, health care for all, fair teacher pay, etc. I know I don’t need to tell you that this state is so far behind in so many ways.

However, take comfort in knowing that though we did not take back the State House or send the candidate we supported to Washington or all of the candidates we supported to Columbia, we do still have two down there fighting for us. For that we are grateful. In addition, Democrats did upset the apple cart in three South Carolina districts by winning seats held for decades by Republicans.

We can take great solace in the fact that, according to the Index-Journal, we gained a House seat that has not been held by a Democrat since 1980 with Joe Cunningham’s victory over Republican and vocal Trump supporter Katie Arrington in the 1st District. With this victory, Cunningham became South Carolina’s first new Congressional Democrat to join the delegation in more than 25 years.

We can also rejoice in knowing that come January, there will be new sheriffs in Washington. With Democrats having regained the House of Representatives, we can be assured that Obamacare isn’t going anywhere and that the Mueller investigation will continue.

I would have to say Democrats did well in 2018. We have so much to celebrate! As it is said, Rome was not built in a day. Now we must continue this momentum as we move toward 2020.

Here in Greenwood we have secured our place in South Carolina’s political scene. We can take great pride in knowing that almost every major candidate running in SC attended nearly every event we sponsored. This says so much about you and your commitment to the Greenwood County Democratic Party and our beliefs.

Charles Lewis
Greenwood County Democratic Party

December Events

Please be advised that, as we have done in the past, we WILL NOT have a DECEMBER BREAKFAST MEETING. We will resume monthly meetings in January. Please pay close attention to the location of the January breakfast meeting. As many of you have noticed, we are growing out of our current meeting location, so we are in search of a new venue. Suggestions are welcome.

We will, however, have a Christmas gathering on Saturday, December 8th. I am especially excited about the location of this year’s event. I was able to secure the venue while attending Michael Gaskin’s event at Ms. Susie’s Puppet House a few weeks ago. Please see the Christmas Party email or the calendar of events for more details. I hope to meet you there. It will be a real treat!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to All,
Charles Lewis

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December Events

We will not have a breakfast meeting in December, as per usual. We will have a get together on December 8th (see the calendar of events for more details). We will resume meetings in January. As many of you have noticed, we are outgrowing our current location. We are looking for a new one. Suggestions are welcome. Please pay close attention to the location of the January breakfast meeting. Have a Happy Holiday Season!

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Thank You!

Things may not have gone the way we wanted locally, but we worked hard, and we should be proud of that. Many thanks to Michael Gaskin for his energy and hard work; you are an inspiration to us all! A huge thank you to Mary Geren for taking it to Jeff Duncan and fighting for us; We are SC-3! We are so grateful to James Smith and Mandy Powers Norrell for listening and for showing so many people what we can do to make SC a better place to live and work. Thank you to Rep. Anne Parks for being such a ferocious representative of the people that no one dared oppose her! Last, but certainly not least, thank you to every volunteer who worked on a committee, registered voters, made phone calls, went door to door, or worked in any other way to help our party or our candidates. We’ll let you know when it’s time to start it all over again………..How’s next week for you?

Michael Gaskin

Mary Geren







James Smith and Mandy Powers Norrell

Rep. Anne Parks

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GOTV Rally

A packed house listened to candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor James Smith and Mandy Powers Norrell talk about a better future for South Carolina. James will be the Education Governor and will sign the Medicaid expansion on Day 1 in office! This Get Out the Vote Rally was a huge success! Now it’s up to everyone to spread the word about our fabulous candidates and encourage people to get out and VOTE! Say it with me, “FIRED UP, READY TO GO!”

The Smith-Norrell Express was parked outside The Hut this morning for a Get Out The Vote rally!



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