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Monday, March 27, 2017

March 2017 Pickens County School Board Meeting ...

Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, March 27, 2017

The Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, March 27th, 2017 at 6:00PM

The meeting will be held at:

Curtis A. Sidden Administrative Building
Griffin Mill Road
Easley, SC. 

Executive Session will take place at the end of the public meeting. 

The second reading of proposed policy will be considered at this meeting which includes but is not limited to 

1. Usage of Social Media.

2. Policy when parents object to controversial/sensitive subject matter being taught

 3. Student Led Messages..

4 Grouping Students.

5. Parents' rights to inspect instructional material being used.

6. Textbook selection process.

7.Policy on student surveys given by teachers.

8. Citizens/ Parents/ Student Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A nerd's perspective on the U.S. national debt ...


A day is considered one rotation of the earth - which takes 24 hours. 

In one second, light can travel around Earth almost four times. Nothing travels faster, establishing light as the ultimate speed limit. 

In 31,536,000 seconds—one year—light will travel a distance of 5.86 trillion miles. 

Our national debt is more than three times the number of miles as light travels in one year!


Think about that!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pickens County Council meeting tonight

Please come to tonight's County Council Meeting at 6:30 PM at the County Administration Building. Express your concern over the actions of the Council or congratulate them for doing a good job on something. There are lots items on tonight's agenda. Speak while you still have time.

Junius Smith
President, Conservatives of the Upstate

Agenda found here:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Precinct Reorganization Notes ...

If you missed last night....

-Precinct reorganization make-up on March 18 from 7:00 am until 8:30 am at Jimmy’s restaurant in Easley. 

-County Convention will be on April 6th at 7:00 pm. Location to be announced later.

-All paperwork for reorganization and convention must be submitted by March 21. 

-All county reorganization participants will be final on March 21and no others will be added by PCRP or the SCGOP. Hope said no one will be added by the SCGOP this year which will alleviate part of the problems we had in 2015. A $10 registration fee must be included with all paperwork in order to be a delegate. 

-If you are interested in running for a county party office please submit your name by March 21st so you can be included on the printed convention ballot. 

-If you are unable to attend precinct reorganization, submit your name, address, phone number, email address, and precinct by March 21st. Also, inform us if you want to be a delegate/alternate to the county convention, if you want to serve as a precinct officer, and if you want to be a delegate to the SCGOP state convention on May 13, 2017 at the Columbia Convention Center.

Monday, March 13, 2017

99 Beds In The New Jail, 99 Beds In Jail, Fill One Up, 98 Beds ...

316 beds in a new jail in Pickens County will fill up again if something isn't done about the judicial system, as well as the issue of law enforcement having no option but to house mental patients at the jail.

Pickens County Solicitor, Walt Wilkins spoke at a taxpayer meeting a couple years ago saying the biggest problem we have is there aren't enough prosecutors to move people through the system, and that's why the local jails stay full, but he stopped short, not wanting to commit in any way to any positive change in throughput or reduction in cycle time through the local legal system.

I've heard politicians campaign on fixing the mental health system for years, but once the campaign is over they seem to forget about it. . The folks in the Statehouse just keep passing the buck. They won't make any hard decisions. They just pass the problems to local governments to fund services while they fund their pet projects through proviso...... Next thing you know they will want local options for gas taxes to fix roads- o wait, someone down there has already proposed that.

I've written letters to the governor. I have appeared before the County Council at least four times about the Judges and Lawyers. There were inmates in the jail that had been there 3 years with out a trial when I went through. I gave a copy of my letter to all members of the County Council. They also do not have legal funding for this jail. They are violating Article X Section V and the 8% of appraised property values rule of the SC constitution on bonded indebtedness.

State Of The County Planned ...

Pickens County Council is planning 'State of the County' event for Tuesday at 4PM at Liberty auditorium.

Here's the agenda: 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

If you don't attend, the progressives will ...


Consider becoming part of the local Republican Party.  Participation at the local level is the starting point for influencing the party at its state and national levels.  To become involved you should attend our bi-annual precinct reorganization event where representatives from your voting precinct will be chosen.  Everyone participating will also have the opportunity to choose or become delegates to our county convention. 

Thursday, March 16th at 7:00 PM

United Wesleyan Church
738 Rice Road,
Easley, SC 29640

If you cannot make it to the Thursday night precinct reorganization meeting, the make-up meeting will be Saturday, March 18th from 7:00 - 8:30AM at Jimmy's Restaurant in Easley.

The cost to participate in precinct reorganization will be $10.00 per person which pays for our expenses over the next two years, such as our county convention.  This year’s convention will be held on April 6, 2017.  A location will be chosen once we know how many participants we have.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March 2017 COTU Meeting...

Conservatives Of The Upstate will hold its March 2017 meeting ...

Thursday March 9, 2017 @ 6:30PM

Blue Ridge Bible Church
769 Belle Shoals Rd
Pickens SC 29671

Monday, March 6, 2017

Reminder about meeting change ...

Reminder that county council changed it's schedule for this month. No meeting tonight, rescheduled for March 20, 2017


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Summary Of President Trump's Speech ...

Here's a summary of President Trump's soeech last night from Congressman Jeff Duncan ...

I witnessed a disturbing thing last night - and one that, by contrast, was completely different than how I witnessed Republicans acting during Presidential addresses to Congress: Democrat Members of Congress refused to clap when the POTUS entered the House Chamber. I understand not clapping on policy differences uttered during the address. Been there, done that. Didn't clap when President Obama mentioned policy positions I disagreed with.

But we (Republican Members of Congress) did clap when President Obama entered (and when his wife was recognized too, btw) as that shows respect for the Office of the President of the United States. Like it or not Donald Trump currently occupies that office.

The second most disturbing thing witnessed in person was the failure of certain key Democrats to stand in honor of a fallen American soldier (and the US military in general) when the wife that fallen hero was recognized. That was shameful IMHO.

President Trump's speech was filled with a lot of pro-American rhetoric. His best line was about not being elected to represent the world - he was elected to represent America.

Seems we will finally focus on putting America and American interests first. But the Democrats in Congress wouldn't even stand for America. I imagine that they would have emulated Colin Kaepernick had the National Anthem been struck up at that moment - based on how they were reacting.

President Trump spoke about American jobs, American workers and how having the economy flourishing, like a rising tide raises all boats, raises all Americans. The Minority party in the halls of Congress failed to applaud even that positive position.

It seems that Democrats are more worried about putting men in our daughters bathrooms than they are about putting Americans back to work.

Jeff Duncan
3rd District U.S. Congressman from SC