OPINION: SC Needs Judicial Reform
Who do our judges really serve?
Do you know that SC is the only state in the nation (Virginia has a similar hybrid method) whereby our judges are selected by our legislature? That includes the lawyer legislators at our SC State House in Columbia that appear before these very same judges.
Who do you think has the upper-hand in court … your lawyer, or the lawyer who is also the person who put them on the bench (and controls whether they are re-appointed or advance to a higher judicial office)?
“Who do our judges really serve?”
The Alex Murdaugh murder case in Hampton County has really brought this issue to the forefront.
This is a little known issue for most South Carolinians … but it is one of the most impactful on all of us. Without a fair judicial system, there is not justice in our great state.
We will have more in the coming weeks on this and other opinion issues from our members.
Chairman, Greenville County Republican Party
WE NEED YOU …
No more excuses. We started mySCGOP.com to purge the RINOs in the SCGOP, and we stated mySCGOP.news because the mainstream #FakeNews media is in bed with our local politicians and government. No more will stories be swept under the rug. If you have a story that needs to be exposed … send it to us and we will get it out there. Have an opinion piece, or want to write a series, submit your writings to us at mySCGOP@protonmail.com. See something we can do better, let us know. We are about #WeThePeople … so here is your chance to stop complaining and start do something about it. They are watching and reading … let’s start exposing it all.
America FIRST Coalition Announces Candidate Slate
Bringing Transparency TO SCGOP
America FIRST grassroot coalition has announced a slate of candidates running for the top leadership positions for the South Carolina Republican Party.
Jeff Davis, the Greenville County Republican Party outgoing Chairman and incoming State Executive Committeeman is challenging Drew McKissick for the SCGOP Chairman position.
Olga Blandford, Charleston County Republican Party member and Precinct EC is seeking the SCGOP 1st Vice Chair position.
Lanneau Siegling, Lexington County Republican Party State Executive Committeeman is running to be the SCGOP 2nd Vice Chairman.
The grassroot patriot slate is looking forward to grow the South Carolina Republican Party bring much needed financial and other transparency, raise & elect CONSERVATIVE Republicans (not ones that only have “Rs” behind their names), pass CONSTITUTIONAL, conservative bills & legislation.
Charleston Cheat? Release the results!!!
GREENVILLE WIN … LEADS TO CHARLESTON CHEAT?
We must quickly mention the Greenville WIN however, because this win is creating the need for a CHARLESTON CHEAT!!!
#fireDrew McKissick was 100% counting on Greenville leadership and state delegates going his way. The SCGOP illegally took over the GCRP ReOrg & County Convention. Then the RINOs, the “old guard”, the “establishment” … and even people that talk like us, but are really controlled by the RINOs, were manipulated against America FIRST. The deals cut must have been over the top.
And yes … similar to Charleston and their 70 delegates, in Greenville the opposition used a supposedly conservative high powered “Political Consultant” (one that talks like us) to implement the assault on America FIRST … but it did not work!!!
IT IS ALL ABOUT THE NUMBERS!!!
But the loss of 85 delegates in Greenville has now created the situation where the SCGOP needs to find #fireDREW delegates somewhere else … or at least STOP the flood of other America FIRST delegates somewhere else … enter Charleston.
Simply stated, the #fireDREW Crew have all the data, know all the State Delegates, they know the numbers … and they must be worried … so they are pulling out all the stops.
CHARLESTON LEADERSHIP WINS: Last Saturday, it was clear that America FIRST had a huge win in Charleston. They won everything except the Chairman position which narrowly appears to have gone to the SCGOP backed Chairman candidate Andrew Boucher. [NOTE: Remember, Andrew Boucher is the candidate the establishment was trying to harvest 150 Form 1s to before the current CCRP Chairman exposed that cheat. Thank you Maurice Washington!!! See HERE.]
It also appears the STATE DELEGATES may have gone 100% to America FIRST as well. Why would we guess that? Because the SCGOP backed Chairman Andrew Boucher is REFUSING TO RELEASE THE RESULTS!!!
Why won’t Andrew release the results? Ironically the establishment now seem to care about election integrity. Isn’t that interesting. See the email from Andrew Boucher (Political consultant & Chair elect – the one seat America FIRST lost) … but be warned, it is a long one!!!
One can only consider … “Thou doth protest too much.”
SOME IMPORTANT HOUSEKEEPING
First, thank you for entrusting me with the position of Charleston County Republican Party Chairman. I look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead. I want to provide an update on the results from the convention. Bear with me, as this is long. It is also important.
On Tuesday, I received a formal complaint about voting irregularities regarding the state delegate ballot from Tim Cox, a delegate and executive committeeman from St. Andrews 21. The complaint was addressed to the SCGOP, and I immediately forwarded it to the state chairman and executive director. Since then, there have been multiple similar allegations.
There have also been known issues with the ballot irregularities, with multiple names improperly omitted and multiple names duplicated. On this situation, a very clear picture of just how those irregularities occurred has developed. The worst possible outcome would be for Charleston’s delegates to the state convention to not be seated due to an unresolved dispute over credentials and voting. Here where things stand. Yesterday morning, I received the official report from the Credentials Committee and immediately forwarded it to the state party – for reasons explained below. Due to the nature of the allegations, I believe the vote for state delegate may now be in dispute, and it is my responsibility to determine how that dispute can be resolved or remedied – if at all. Again, we can not be in a position where our delegates do not get seated at the state convention. I will make a decision either today or tomorrow after consultation with counsel. This is where things get interesting.
The Charleston County Republican Party and The Charleston County Republican Convention are separate entities. There is a clear and deliberate separation of powers – a concept that we conservatives should understand. As chairman of the Charleston County Republican Party, my powers regarding the convention, the balloting, and anything having to do with the results are limited. This is why I have intentionally recused myself from anything having to do with the balloting or counting being done by the Credentials Committee and Teller Committee. In fact, as chairman, the only reason I received the report and was required to forward it to the state party is because the convention did not elect a secretary. It is the convention secretary who is supposed to send the results to the state party. Rules provide for the county party chairman to perform that duty in the absence of the secretary, but the rule gives clear preference to the secretary because, again, the chairman’s role in the convention is limited by design.
As the convention did not elect a secretary, I received the report and sent it to the state party, seeing my role as solely to perform the proscribed duties of the convention secretary. Or, to put it another way, if a convention secretary had sent the results to the state party, I would never have been involved in the process at all and would have never received the list. Quite simply, by a reading of the rules and with deference to the unique and separate powers of the convention, the state delegate list is not mine to release at my discretion. That is the rule. Again, the state delegates are elected by the Charleston County Republican Convention to represent Charleston at the state convention. They are not under the purview of the Charleston County Republican Party.
As for the issue at hand, my greatest concern is that due to pending disputes, our delegates would not be seated at the state convention. Furthermore, allegations of cheating against a fellow Republican are serious and will be treated as such. If someone makes an allegation, it doesn’t go away because the results of the election in question go one way or another. Even with a situation we now are in, the convention has the sole power. Rule 10 of the state party bylaws, which governs appeals, goes even further regarding the independence of the convention, stating, “…all questions pertaining to the seating of delegates at all levels shall be determined by the convention, meeting, or body.”
My only decision – and my only power in this situation – is whether or not to reconvene the convention in some form to ensure Charleston’s delegates have their voice heard, nothing more. Whether or not the credentialing process, ballot creation, vote, and counting undermined the voice of the delegates and put the seating of our state delegates at risk is my only standard in making this decision, and even then, only the convention is able to actually choose delegates. If fraud did occur, we need to know that, and I trust that anyone in a similar situation would want to be judicious, fair, and deliberate through this process.
Finally, the volunteers who planned and ran the convention, especially those who served on the Credentials and Teller Committees, have put in untold hours in the past two weeks. They are our fellow Republicans. They deserve our respect and our thanks. Sometimes allegations can come from a place of inquiry or honest confusion. However, if the allegations prove to be unfounded, fabricated, and malicious, those making them should re-evaluate how they treat those who are volunteering their time and energy to help run this party.
CALL TO ACTION
RELEASE THE RESULTS!
This is not complicated. We all appreciate the establishment now caring about election integrity … welcome to our fight … but if there are issues, that should not prevent releasing the results.
It only appears now that the reason the results won’t be released is because America FIRST WON!!! End that debate and provide 100% transparency to all the parties involved. Republicans should not have to fight other Republicans for truth and transparency.
A legal demand letter has been sent to Andrew Boucher (CCRP Chair elect) & Maurice Washington (current CCRP Chair) to release the results. See below.
ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING.
We do not cheat … we do not have to cheat. We set the example … and that example is truth & transparency. We hope Andrew Boucher & Maurice Washington will do the right thing as well.
Release the results ASAP & investigate the complaint with 100% transparency.
Andrew Boucher CCRP Chair-Elect (as of 5/20/2023) 970-219-2831 (cell)
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CCRP Chair (until 5/20/2023), 843-478-0588 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
OPINION: SC Needs Lawyer Reciprocity.
South Carolina … home of the good ole boy lawyers club.
In conjunction with our South Carolina Needs Judicial Reform, our state also needs lawyer reform.
What is lawyer reform? Real simple … we need to allow experienced lawyers who are members of the bar in other states to “waive into” the South Carolina Bar in order to practice law in South Carolina as well.
Currently, and this applies to me individually as well since I am member of the Georgia State Bar, out-of-state lawyers have to start from scratch to practice law here in South Carolina. That means taking the state and national bar exam again … something may of us have not done for well over 30 years … and paying some rather hefty fees.
Sure, who cares if “lawyers” have to pay the price and work a little harder … but the reality is citizens end up paying the price as the lawyers we have to chose from are a bit of a good ole boys club. Nothing has demonstrated that fact more than the recent Alex Murdaugh murder case in Hampton County … and the lawyer and judicial connections that case has exposed.
“South Carolina … home of the good ole boy lawyers club.”
Most states have some sort of reciprocity, and more are getting it every year. This would be a big step forward in free-market legal services … and a major blow to the good ole boy system.
Chairman, Greenville County Republican Party
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