June 24, 2016

TRIAL LAWYERS SPENDING TO TAKE OUT LARRY MARTIN

It is true. Trial attorneys are targeting our Senator Larry Martin for being a conservative, pro-jobs champion. They are spending dark money on false TV ads spreading lies about Larry Martin.

If you care about lowering taxes and creating jobs in Pickens County you should vote for Larry Martin in the runoff on Tuesday, June 28th. ANYONE can vote in this election, even if you didn’t vote in the primary on June 14th.

Larry has a proven record of standing up for our conservative principles and that is why trial attorneys and dark money groups want him defeated…so they can take control of the SC Senate.

Vote for Larry Martin on June 28. Your vote could determine whether this dark money group takes control of our South Carolina Senate.

YOUR VOTE MATTERS. Let’s re-elect Larry Martin on June 28th. Find your polling place here.

 


 

June 21, 2016

GOOD GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE ENDORSES ROY MAYBANK

The race for Senate District 41 (Charleston) will be decided by a Runoff Election on June 28, 2016 between pro-jobs candidate Roy Maybank and trial attorney Sandy Senn.

The Good Government Committee today released the following statement announcing its support of Roy Maybank in the Senate District 41 (Charleston) runoff against trial attorney Sandy Senn. This is Senator Paul Thurmond’s open seat.

“The voters of Senate District 41 have a clear choice in Tuesday’s runoff.  Roy Maybank understands what it takes to reduce the size and scope of government, find a long-term solution for our roads, and promote policies that allow for the private sector to create jobs. This election is critical to the efforts of sending pro-jobs candidates to Columbia next year and the South Carolina Good Government Committee is proud to support Roy Maybank in the Senate District 41 runoff.”

Every vote counts, so be sure to head to the polls on June 28th. 

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June 16, 2016

Today, the Good Government Committee released “My Way,” the third of a series of radio ads running District wide aimed at educating voters about Lee Bright’s anti-South Carolina voting record. The ad will run throughout the June 28 runoff:

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FULL TRANSCRIPT:

For most people, ‘my way or the highway’ is a figure of speech. For State Senator Lee Bright, it’s a campaign slogan.

If you’ve survived the traffic on I-85, or driven the crumbling highways in South Carolina, you know there’s nothing more important than fixing our roads. Everyone agrees on that – except Lying Lee Bright.

Lee Bright said he was ALL ABOUT fixing our roads. Then he voted AGAINST the bill to fix our roads without raising taxes – TWICE.

He stood in the way, while more than 900 people died on our roads last year. Apparently, he’d rather talk about who can use which bathroom.

In eight years, only one of the 116 bills he authored was signed into law. Bright’s done nothing for Upstate families, nothing to bring more jobs, nothing to fix the roads.

A large majority voted against Bright in the Primary, but this election’s not over. In the June 28th runoff, tell Lee Bright HIS way, is the wrong way. On June 28, tell Lee Bright South Carolina deserves better.

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June 15, 2016

GOOD GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE ENDORSES TALLEY

The race for Senate District 12 will be decided by a Runoff Election on June 28, 2016 between incumbent do-nothing Senator Lee Bright and Scott Talley, a pro-jobs candidate who will serve as an advocate for Greenville and Spartanburg in the Statehouse.

The Good Government Committee today released the following statement endorsing Senate District 12 candidate Scott Talley in the June 28 primary runoff against Sen. Lee Bright:

“The Good Government Committee is committed to moving South Carolina forward, creating jobs, and ensuring limited government so our businesses can grow and create jobs. Last night, we saw a vast majority of incumbent Lee Bright’s district reject the direction that he is taking the district and our state. We firmly believe that it is time for a new direction in SD12 and Scott Talley is the candidate who will represent Greenville’s and Spartanburg’s best interests and make our state proud. The people of SD12 have had a do-nothing Senator for 8 years too long. It’s time to send someone who is a true voice for the district to Columbia and Scott Talley is that person. The Good Government Committee is proud to support Scott Talley and encourages the voters of Greenville and Spartanburg to support him on June 28.”

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Your support is crucial to the outcome of this election, so be sure to make your voice heard on June 28th. 

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June 15, 2016

PRO-JOBS CANDIDATES PREVAIL IN PRIMARIES

Congratulations to all of the winners of yesterday’s Primary Elections!

South Carolina voters recognize the importance of sending candidates who truly represent their interests to the Statehouse. But our work is not done.

On June 28, four pro-jobs candidates will face primary run-offs. Your continued support is as important as ever. As do-nothing Lee Bright admitted to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, your support does have an impact on these races. Your vote is critical especially as low turnout is expected.

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The following candidates won their Primary Elections and, with no General Election opposition, are the presumed winners for their districts:
Sen. Mike Gambrell
Sen. Harvey Peeler
Sen. John Scott
Sen. Darrell Jackson
Sen. Katrina Shealy
Sen. Shane Massey
Sen. Kent Williams
Sen. Hugh Leatherman
Sen. Larry Grooms
Sen. Sean Bennett
Rep. Nathan Ballentine
Rep. Jimmy Bales
Rep. Chip Huggins
Rep. Carl Anderson
Rep. Mike Sottile

The following races will result in a Primary Runoff Election on June 28th:
SD 2 (Pickens): Sen. Larry Martin faces Rex Rice
SD 12 (Greenville & Spartanburg): Sen. Lee Bright faces Scott Talley
SD 34 (Charleston, Georgetown, Horry): Rep. Stephen Goldfinch faces Reese Boyd
HD 122 (Beaufort, Hampton, Jasper): Rep. Bill Bowers faces Curtis Brantley

The following candidates won their Primary Elections and will face challengers in the General Election on November 8th:
Sen. Karl Allen
Rep. Samuel Rivers, Jr.
Rep. Kit Spires

Make a plan and VOTE! Don’t know where to vote? Find your polling place here.

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Key Dates:
June 14: Statewide Primary Election
June 28: Primary Runoff Election
November 8: General Election

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June 2, 2016

Today, the Good Government Committee released “Hostage,” the second of two radio ads running District wide aimed at educating voters about Lee Bright’s anti-South Carolina voting record. The ads will run throughout the June 14 primary:

FULL TRANSCRIPT:

TANNER: I want the Red team flanking the back door. Green and Blue cover the front.

MAN: Yes sir!

TANNER: Chief.

CHIEF: What do you got Tanner?

TANNER: We’ve got a hostage situation in the state Senate, sir.

CHIEF: Don’t tell me it’s…

TANNER: Yes sir. Lee Bright is holding Upstate voters hostage again.

CHIEF: Is he a legitimate threat?

TANNER: No. Last time, the Senate was trying to get a vote on a plan to fix our roads and bridges without raising taxes.

CHIEF: I remember. Bright filibustered, then voted against a bill with real solutions, leaving voters in the dust.

TANNER: Right. Now he’s shutting everything down with a bill to mandate which bathroom people can use.

CHIEF: Son, this is Spartanburg… We got that figured out up here.

ANNCR: In eight years, all Lee Bright has done is waste time.  He’s done nothing for the Upstate. Only one law passed. Repeatedly attempting to block repairs to our roads. Twice voted to bankrupt South Carolina farmers. On June 14, tell Lee Bright we’re tired of being held hostage. District 12 deserves better.

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June 1st, 2016

Today, The Good Government Committee released “Traffic,” the first of two :60 second radio ads that will air in Senate District 12 aimed at educating voters about Lee Bright’s anti-South Carolina voting record. The ads will run throughout the June 14 primary:

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“TRAFFIC”

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ANNCR: If you live here in the Upstate or drive I-85, you know what it’s like to dodge potholes and hit the brakes – and you’re always behind that ONE guy who just won’t get out of the way. It’s a lot like being in the state senate with Lee Bright. For eight years, while our roads crumble and bridges collapse, Lee Bright has just talked and talked spewing more hot air than a busted radiator. Did you know he’s introduced 116 bills and only ONE has ever been signed into law? He spends time on bills to give South Carolina its own currency, then votes down common sense legislation that fixes our roads and bridges without raising taxes. Just a few weeks ago, Bright voted to bankrupt South Carolina farmers, TWICE. He’s trying to hold up roads solutions, voting against our farmers and doing nothing to get more jobs to the Upstate. We need a Senator to lead the way, not get in the way. On June 14, tell Lee Bright to get out of the way. We need a Senator who can actually get things done.

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May 26, 2016

Dear Friends,

Out of all of the crazy things Lee Bright has said, this one takes the cake…. yesterday, the Spartanburg Senator showed us that he’s just another one of those Columbia politicians talking out of both sides of his mouth….

Here’s the truth about Senator Bright, he’s constantly fought AGAINST fixing our roads…

Senator Lee Bright Roads Record

  • Tried to block a bill that would provide sustainable funding to repair unsafe roads without raising taxes.
  • Wasted 2 weeks of Senate time filibustering a roads funding & DOT reform package as our roads crumbled.
  • Grandstanded on a bill by voting against surplus funds to be made available towards infrastructure improvements before finally flipflopping and voting for it.
  • Prevented the Senate from debating the House-passed infrastructure funding bill for more than 300 days
  • Opposed a bill to provide the first increase in funding for roads and bridges since 1987.
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Senator Bright’s record speaks for itself, he is not for roads and he is not for Spartanburg. CLICK HERE TO HELP US SUPPORT SERIOUS SENATORS and send Lee Bright home.
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May 18, 2016

Dear Friends,

This week, 39 Senators and 112 House members voted to help farmers and small businesses. But Senator Lee Bright, who claims he is for small business, put his own interests ahead of the good of our state, once again. Senator Bright was the only member of the Spartanburg and Greenville delegations to vote to push South Carolina’s farmers into bankruptcy. If Senator Bright isn’t for our hardworking small business owners and farmers,then who is he for? 

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CLICK HERE TO HELP US SUPPORT SERIOUS SENATORS and send Lee Bright home.
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May 3, 2016

 Dear Friends,

We wanted to give you an update. We are still undefeated.

In a last-ditch effort to save his political career, Senator Bright failed to have any of his job-killing amendments to the budget made in order. Thanks to your help, South Carolinians can claim another victory for common-sense against do-nothing Senator Lee Bright today.

The momentum is moving in the right direction in South Carolina. But the big game is in June, and we need your help to defeat Lee Bright in the primary and send him to an early retirement.

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Your voice helped our senators stand strong against do-nothing Senator Lee Bright, who continues attempts to waste time while accomplishing nothing.

CLICK HERE TO HELP US SUPPORT SERIOUS SENATORS who are truly working to make South Carolina the best place to work and have a business.

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While this is another major victory, we still have work to do. The Good Government Committee and the business community believe that we need to send serious senators to Columbia to address real issues.

DONATE TODAY: We need your help to elect serious leaders to the general assembly click here to donate.

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April 28, 2016

Dear Friends,

SOUTH CAROLINA BUSINESS CAN CLAIM A MAJOR VICTORY for commonsense today as crossover approaches. Today, The State newspaper reported that do-nothing Senator Lee Bright’s bill, S.1203, is dead.

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While he tried to divert South Carolina’s attention from serious issues like fixing our roads, building our workforce, limiting government overreach, ethics reform, and making South Carolina the best state to do business, others stood strong to prevent Senator Lee Bright from wasting more of the Senate’s time.

Your voice helped our senators stand strong against do-nothing Senator Lee Bright, who continues attempts to waste time while accomplishing nothing.

But our work is not done.

CLICK HERE TO HELP US SUPPORT SERIOUS SENATORS who are truly working to make South Carolina the best place for business.

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While this is one major victory, we still have work to do. The Good Government Committee and the business community believe that we need to send serious senators to Columbia to address real issues.

DONATE TODAY: We need your help to elect serious leaders to the general assembly click here to donate.

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April, 2016

 Help Us Send Serious Senators To Columbia

We sent the below email out last night to rally South Carolina around getting serious Senators elected to the General Assembly

Dear Friends,

This week’s attempt by Senators to divert South Carolina’s attention from serious issues like fixing our roads, building our workforce, limiting government overreach, and making South Carolina the best state to do business is counterproductive to the business community’s efforts.

Click here if you agree

South Carolina’s citizens deserve elected leaders who are less worried about making up issues to save their political careers and more worried about South Carolinians.

Today, State Chamber President Ted Pitts issued the following statement in The State:

“South Carolina businesses don’t need the government telling them how to run their business. The governor has called the bill unnecessary and the State Chamber strongly agrees. South Carolina businesses already understand the importance of treating people with respect. Senator Bright is trying to create a political crisis that doesn’t exist to save his political career. Meanwhile our state has real issues we need to address including crumbling roads and a skills gap. We’ll be working on electing serious Senators next year who will be focused on addressing the states infrastructure and workforce needs and limiting government’s role in our lives.”
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The Good Government Committee and the business community believe that we need to send serious senators to Columbia to address real issues, not made up ones.

Click here if you agree.

If you agree that we need serious leaders in the general assembly click here to donate.

DONATE TODAY: We need your help to send serious leaders to the General Assembly in November.


March 30, 2016

 2016 Candidate Filing Period Ends, Campaigning Begins

webheadThe candidate filing period for 2016 Statehouse elections ended Wednesday at noon. This year’s races are as important as ever as we work to send pro-business, pro-growth candidates to the General Assembly in November.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Primary elections will be held on June 14th, 2016. Necessary runoff elections will follow on June 28th and the General Election will take place on November 8th, 2016.

HAPPENING NEXT WEEK: Senate District 4 will be decided by a runoff election on Tuesday, April 5th. The Good Government Committee encourages SD4 to vote for Representative Mike Gambrell (R-Anderson) as he faces Williamston Councilman Rockey Burgess (R). Representative Gambrell received the Business Advocate Award in 2015 and has been a champion for economic development during his time in the House.

In addition to Senate District 4 [decided by Special Election on April 5th] there will be three other open Senate seats come November. In the House, there will be 14 open seats.

  • SD22: Longtime legislator Senator Joel Lourie (D-Richland) will be retiring from his seat in Senate District 22, two candidates have filed:
    • Representative Mia McLeod (D-Richland)
    • Susan Brill (R-Richland)
  • SD34: Also retiring is Senator Raymond Cleary (R-Georgetown), a member of the SC Senate since 2005. Four candidates have filed:
    • Representative Stephen Goldfinch (R-Georgetown)
    • Reese Boyd (R-Horry)
    • Joe Ford (R-Georgetown)
    • Dick Withington (R-Horry)
  • SD41: Senator Paul Thurmond (R-Charleston) is retiring from the seat he has held since 2013. Five Republican candidates have filed for the seat:
    • Culver Kidd (R-Charleston)
    • Tim Mallard (R-Charleston)
    • Roy Maybank (R-Charleston)
    • Sandy Senn (R-Charleston)
    • Joseph Qualey (R-Charleston)

The Good Government Committee will endorse candidates in the coming weeks.

The Good Government Committee contributes to candidates who support free market policies in an effort to create economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians. Issues of deep importance during the upcoming election cycle include improving our state’s transportation infrastructure system, implementing a comprehensive statewide plan for workforce development, and standardizing the business license fee structure to assist small businesses.

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