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Friday, March 19, 2021

March 2021 COTU Meeting a success ...

Our March COTU meeting was very well attended and we are energized to KEEP PICKENS COUNTY CONSERVATIVE! 

Councilman Alex Saitta who spoke to our group has assured us he has the same goal. 

Our mission right now is to contact Senator Rex Rice and make sure his goal is to add an amendment to the recently passed Constitutional Carry  House Bill that will NOT require a permit!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

March 2021 COTU Meeting ...

Our next meeting is Thursday March 18th 7pm at Cafe' Connections 319 E. Main St downtown Pickens and Councilman Alex Saitta is our speaker. 

WE will have important announcements on forming our FREEDOM PODS action teams and a GOP reorg opportunity coming soon. Please come and bring others!

Constitutional Carry H3039 is scheduled for Judiciary subcommittee Hearing 

WEDNESDAY March 10th at 9:00 am -- Blatt Room 516 

👉Its last on the agenda and May not even get a hearing; 

which is what happened Last Session and it died in Committee 

We need to contact the Chairman Chris Murphy 

 and Demand he allow a Hearing.

⚠️If you wish to provide testimony virtually, please email 

👉by 5:00 pm Tuesday, March 9. 

Additionally, written comments may be emailed to


Live Broadcast

H3094 Open Carry with Training is also 

in the Full House.

It May be heard sometime this week, or next.

Rep. Jonathon Hill has already filed his Constitutional Carry amendment for bill H3094.

Monday, February 22, 2021

For Immediate Release:

Conservatives of the Upstate ( )has adopted a resolution which was sent to the Pickens Legislative Delegation Members demanding quarterly meetings as well as transparency in the process of their appointments to boards and commissions. We do not think that once a year meetings are enough to keep Pickens County citizens informed as to what is taking place in Columbia. We also do not think it is in the best interest of Pickens County citizens that they email and phone each other about their decisions to appoint board members and commissioners and thus shut we the people out of that transparency and input. We therefore, are exercising our right to petition our government for our grievances.

See Resolution below:


Whereas, The United States Constitution guarantees us in the First Amendment the right to petition our government; and

Whereas, The Constitution of the State of South Carolina in Article 1 Section 1 states, “ all political power is vested in and derived from the people only,therefore they have the right at all times to modify their form of government; and

Whereas, The Constitution of the State of South Carolina guarantees we the people in Article 1 Section 2 the right to petition the government or any department thereof for a redress of grievances; and

Whereas, The SC Code of Laws, Title 30, Chapter 4, Section 30-4-15 Freedom of Information Act it states, “ The General Assembly finds that it is vital in a democratic society that public business be performed in an open and public manner so that citizens shall be advised of the performance of public officials and of the decisions that are reached in public activity and in the formulation of public policy.”;and

Whereas, both Greenville County Legislative Delegation and Spartanburg County Legislative Delegation provide quarterly quorum meetings with their constituents and transparency of their process of voting on appointments to boards and commissions; and

Whereas, all of our Pickens County Delegation members are Republicans and the SC GOP Platform states, “ We enjoy a government of the people, by the people and for the people such that “the people” must not abrogate their responsibilities to government officials,

Now, Therefore, be it Resolved, The 300 members of Conservatives of the Upstate demand our Pickens County Delegation Members which consist of Senators Rex Rice and Thomas Alexander, and Representatives David Hiott, Neal Collins, Jerry Carter, and West Cox, provide quarterly meetings with the voters of Pickens County and also provide transparency in their process and votes for appointments to boards and commissions beginning this year 2021. Seeing as one meeting has already taken place on Jan 4, 2021, we request 3 more meetings to take place at Chairman Sen. Rex Rice's pleasure and that our delegation members all attend to provide transparency in their discussions and voting on who they appoint to boards and commissions.

For more information about this contact;

Johnnelle Raines

COTU Leadership Team Member

Friday, February 19, 2021

Our Conservatives of the Upstate meeting was well attended and we learned a great deal from Seth Powell @FANofSC  Join us March 18th at 7pm at Cafe Connections downtown Pickens SC at 7pm for our next empowering meeting!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

For the last five years, state legislators in BOTH parties have killed a bill that would restore your gun rights by:

Decriminalizing Open Carry of a handgun
Making a Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) optional
Recognizing CWP holders from every other state
This year, they are once again dragging their feet on restoring your God-given right to self-defense.

They're hiding behind their liberal leadership's excuses and half-promises of an "incremental" approach.

What is "incremental" about the 2nd Amendment?

What about "shall not be infringed" is so hard for these politicians to understand?

Let me be clear - restoring your gun rights has NOT been your state legislators' priority.

What have they done instead?

Appointed unqualified people as judges simply because they're related to state legislators.

Shoveled more of our money to the corrupt Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to "combat" the Chinese coronavirus.

Continued to break the law on the state budget.

Enough is enough!

If we are going to have our rights restored, stop the corruption, and stop wasting taxpayer money, we have to pressure our state legislators RIGHT NOW.

Join me at Conservatives of the Upstate in Pickens on Thursday as your neighbors in Pickens plan to hold your state legislators accountable.

WHAT: Conservatives of the Upstate

WHEN: Thursday, Feb 18, 7:00 PM

WHERE: Cafe Connections

319 East Main Street, Pickens 


Make no mistake - if citizens like you and me don't pressure our state legislators and demand what we want, we will keep being governed by RINOs.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

February 2021 COTU Meeting

We are meeting this coming Thursday, Feb. 18th at Cafe' Connections, 319 E. Main Street in downtown Pickens from 7pm to 8:30 and we NEED YOU TO BE THERE... as we have plans to organize and make sure that our elected understand WE ARE GOING TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE in this coming year and going forward for any usurpations that occur under our watch! THEY ARE OUR EMPLOYEES and we demand they adhere to the Constitution and our CONSERVATIVE VALUES.  Seth Powell and Dave Schwartz from Freedom Action Network will be on hand to inform us on legislation being proposed in Columbia and I will be speaking to you as well on making sure Sen. Rex Rice follows through on our request for QUARTERLY Legislative Delegation meetings not just once a year! The next one he should already be planning should happen in April and we the people of Pickens County should SEE THEIR PROCESS of selecting and making the appointments to these Boards that wield power over our roads and elections especially. Please bring a neighbor or family member or friend with you Thursday Feb 18th at 7PM

Please register at this link so we know how many people to expect...

Monday, February 1, 2021

Upcoming ...

Monday, Feb 1st... 6:30 pm Regular County Council Meeting at 222 McDaniel Avenue where the  Administrative Complex building is located. Park behind the building and enter via doors on the far left, once entered...turn left and the Auditorium is at the end of the hallway. 

Thursday, Feb 4th... 7pm Our Constitution is the Solution Class at The Campbell's home 249 Boggs Rd Pickens

Thursday, Feb 18th... 7pm Our regular COTU monthly meeting at Cafe' Connections Main Street Pickens 

Monday, Feb 22..6pm School Board Meeting at 1348 Griffin Mill Rd in their Board Meeting Room

EVERY THURSDAY MORNINGS AT 8:30 am ...Praying in Pickens meets to pray for our county and country at Cafe' Connections...and EVERY SATURDAY MORNING AT 9:30am Praying in Pickens meets to pray for our leaders and country at the Court House front lawn and sidewalk downtown Pickens.

Our Constitution is the The Solution classes are being well attended (see photo) and WE are learning a great deal about how our 3 branches who all took an oath to defend and follow the Constitution are indeed ignoring it...Please attend our next one this Thursday Feb. 4th at members Luke and Kathleen Campbell's lovely home located on 249 Boggs Rd in Pickens 29671. We start at 7pm promptly and end at 8:30. Test your present knowledge by answering these questions above.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Constitution Classes

Our Conservatives of the Upstate Constitution Class was well attended last night. 

We are learning a great deal ... please join us next Thursday evening January 28 at 7 pm sharp for 90 minutes . 

249 Boggs Rd
Pickens, SC  29671
United States

Thursday, January 14, 2021

“Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.”

- From Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette

Video of the 2021 Pickens County Delegation Meeting

Sunday, January 10, 2021

February 2021 COTU Meeting

Our next meeting will be at Cafe Connections downtown Pickens at 7pm on February 18th 7pm. Agenda will be sent to you in February.

 If you have any suggestions for any upcoming meeting agendas please let us know.

Freedom Action Network to provide free dinner

Don't forget after Pickens County Legislative  Delegation meeting you are invited for free dinner at Merrell's Pizza 101 NE Main Street in Easley. This is a "thank you"  from Freedom Action Network of SC for attending this very important "hold our elected accountable meeting."

A big thanks to FAN of SC.

If you plan on speaking Monday Jan 11th evening at the Pickens Legislative Delegation meeting at 5:30 pm , Sen. Rex Rice has asks that you to make copies of your speech to give to the 6 Delegation members. If you are not speaking but want to submit your thoughts to Sen. Rex Rice you can email him.

January 2021 COTU Meeting Well Attended

 Thank you for coming to the January 2021 COTU Meeting. Great fellowship and planning for the new year.

Notes & Meeting Information about the 2021 Pickens County Legislative Delegation Meeting