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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Meet the candidates at the next COTU Meeting ...

Conservatives of the Upstate welcome Pickens County candidates Philip Healy and Allan Quinn to speak at their May 8th membership meeting - open to the public.

The meeting will be held at Silver Bay Restaurant in Easley on May 8th at 6:30PM.

You do not have to purchase food to attend.

Allan Quinn is running for the Easley District 5 House seat currently held by Neal Collins and Philip Healy is running for the Pickens District 4 seat presently held by David Hiott. They each will speak 15 minutes on why they are running for their seat and then the floor will be opened for questions.

This is a great opportunity to meet and greet and vet the new candidates. 

Hope to see you there. 

Tell the hostess upon arrival you are there for the Conservatives of the Upstate meeting and she will point you to our section of seating.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Azalea Festival Booth A Success ...

The Conservatives of The Upstate had a successful result from our booth at the Azalea Festival yesterday! We had a total of 27 people sign on as members !  Many more picked up information and stopped by to tell us thank you for having a booth and promoting conservatism. Many picked up free pocket Constitutions that Steve Haynie provided. 

Thank you to Kathy Deweese Murphy Nix and Steve Haynie for helping with the booth and Barbara Holcomb’s for logistics and funding.

 Junius and Carol Smith, the founders of our group were there in spirit, but couldn’t attend due to their health issues and were missed... please send thoughts and prayers their way.

Interesting fact... Rep David Hiott was there escorting candidate for SC Governor Catherine Templeton around and introduced her to several booths ... even the one  right beside us - but he ignored bringing her to our booth. 

Our next monthly meeting will be May 8th at 6:30PM. Our guest speakers will be Allan Quinn and Philip Healy who are both running for elected office in Pickens County.  

More on this meeting will be posted soon.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Summary of April 2018 COTU Meeting ...

Last night’s COTU meeting was very informative. 

The discussions were honest and open. 

Trey Whitehurst was our speaker. It is clear he is a conservative and it is clear we need more council members who think conservatively. 

We had one new member who is concerned about the Sister City agenda and wants the council to put this proposal to the people in a referendum. 

The lack of high paying jobs in our county was discussed as well as the issue of those type of jobs always going to Greenville. The expense of contracting a NGO to bring high paying jobs here is not producing desired results. 

Also discussed was the disappointment of our county having to go up on the millage rate and thus, our personal property  taxes will be raised. Poor management and overspending is the root cause.

If we don’t show up in large numbers to the county council meetings ... nothing will change. The council will keep on this same path of not being conservative with YOUR tax dollars. You have no one to blame but yourself for apathy.... 


The June primary will be here soon ... please show up at the polls and vote for TRUE conservative candidates. 

Come see us at our booth Saturday at the Azalea Festival... we have good information on how to stop Pickens from becoming progressive.. Our booth is near the Courthouse.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

April 2018 Meeting To Feature Pickens County Councilman Trey Whitehurst ...

The next COTU meeting is April 19, 2018 at the Six Mile Community Building at 6:30PM.

Pickens County Councilman, Trey Whitehurst will be our guest speaker.

Meeting agenda to be posted soon.
April 26th 7 to 9 PM
Tri-County Tech
Powdersville Road, Easley SC

Candidate Town Hall 
For All Candidates 
In State House primary 
For Dist 5 (Easley)  &
Dist 4 (Pickens)

Dist 5 candidates 
Neal Collins 
Allen Quinn 
David Cox 

Dist 4 candidates 
Davy Hiott
Phillip Healy 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018



Monday, April 23, 2018
6:00 PM

Main Conference Room
County Administration Facility
222 McDaniel Avenue
Pickens SC 29671

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Spending in classrooms down, admin costs rise in Pickens County ...

Here are the latest figures from the school district of Pickens County's annual report card; some stats you won't be hearing from the school board or district administration.

Percentage Spending In Classroom:
Below is the percentage of total spending that makes it to the classroom in our school district according to the report card put out by the South Carolina Department of Education. You can see the trend, and it is not good. 

2008: 59.5%
2009: 58.4%
2010: 58.4%
2011: 59.0%
2012: 60.0%
2013: 59.0%
2014: 58.4%
2015: 55.7%
2016: 54.4%
2017: 53.4%

As I alluded to before, spending has been rising but results flat-lining. Why? I think there are a lot of reasons. The percentage of spending making it to the classroom has been declining for years now. As I mentioned, test results peaked around 2010 or so. And today they are lower, one reason I think is how the focus has shifted from the classroom to the system. 

Superintendents come in a few shapes and sizes. Some are curriculum leaders first and foremost. For example, Dr. Kelly Pew focused on academic rigor, having principals in place who were educational leaders and putting money in the classroom in terms of technology and lower class sizes. Pew would rather do a classroom observation than lead a meeting on the design of a new building. 

Some superintendents are system administrators first and foremost. That is how I saw Dr. Danny Merck. His focus is on expanding building capacity, redrawing school lines or having enough activity buses – managing the support system. In my opinion, he’d rather lead a meeting on the design of a new building than do a classroom observation. 

I said it at the time, and I think these numbers now show, from the Pew to Merck transition the district lost some of its academic focus. And this spending figures bear that out. A higher percentage of the money is going to the system, and a lower percentage to the classroom than before.

written by
Alex Saitta

Just in case you needed a reminder ...

The state is in control of education ...

Article XI section III SC Constitution:

SECTION 3. System of free public schools and other public institutions of learning.

The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a system of free public schools open to all children in the State and shall establish, organize and support such other public institutions of learning, as may be desirable. 

This is the second school district seizure in SC in the year.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Some thoughts on politicians “getting into the race” ...

Some thoughts on politicians “getting into the race” ...

If you are young, and clearly demonstrate conservative values and more importantly listening skills ... more power to you. Welcome! Go to local meetings like COTU, hold events, go door to door, call for a debate of candidates.

But if you’re over 30, nobody knows you, have no experience, never attend local political functions, have never spoken before City Council, County Council, the school board, or delegation on any issue with passion or eloquence - I have to ask - where the heck have you been?

If you suddenly enter politics - while I’m happy you’re trying - you really are just muddying the waters for someone truly conservative that - as vetted - we know can do the job that IS NOT being done.

Don’t get me wrong. The political arena is nothing short of a bull fight and a constant bullet dodge. You are to be commended for entering - if for the right reason - which has nothing to do with favor, power, or money. 

Public service is that. It is not to support your family. It is not a government job with benefits. It is - serving. If you have the intent to serve - then show for a few years - yes, I said years - that you’re involved, that you care, that you communicate with the active, moral watchdogs and conservatives in the county.

April 2018 Pickens County Council Meeting ...

Fire District, Sister City. and FOIA to be part of discussion ...

Note earlier starting time.