o much for collusion. The media conversation has now officially moved on from the obsession of the last two years to obstruction of justice Read More
The federal government’s overall financial condition worsened by $4.5 trillion in 2018, according to an analysis from government financial watchdog Truth In Accounting (TIA).
With assets of $3.84 trillion, the federal government’s unfunded liabilities and debt totals $108.94 trillion, leaving a debt burden of $105 trillion. Read More
The State Department has quietly permitted Tehran to continue conducting sensitive nuclear work, including at a secretive military site that once housed the Islamic Republic's weapons program, despite Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's demand that all such work cease last year. Read More
The crown jewels for Democrats in their insatiable quest to overturn the results of the 2016 president election are Donald Trump’s tax returns. They are convinced Trump has done something nefarious and in blatant violation of the law. They don’t know what it is yet, but it must be in his tax returns, they guess. Read More
A 39 second read you will want to pass on.
> In their infinite wisdom, the United States' Founders created the
> Electoral College to ensure the STATES were fairly represented. Why
> should one or two densely populated areas speak for the whole of the
> The following list of statistics has been making the rounds on the
> Internet. It should finally put an end to the argument as to why the
> Electoral College makes sense.
> Do share this. It needs to be widely known and understood.
> There are 3,141 counties in the United States.
> Trump won 3,084 of them.
> Clinton won 57.
> There are 62 counties in New York State.
> Trump won 46 of them.
> Clinton won 16.
> Clinton won the popular vote by approx. 1.5 million votes.
> In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan,
> Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes
> than Trump. (Clinton only won 4 of these counties; Trump won Richmond)
> Therefore these 5 counties alone, more than accounted for Clinton
> winning the popular vote of the entire country.
> These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles.
> The United States is comprised of 3,797,000 square miles.
> When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles
> of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of
> those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome
> of a national election.
> Large, densely populated Democrat cities (NYC, Chicago, LA, etc.) DO
> NOT and SHOULD NOT speak for the rest of our country!
> And...it's been verified and documented that those aforementioned 319
> square miles are where the majority of our nation's problems foment.
> Well worth the 39 seconds to read? Now please pass it!
Friends and Neighbors in District 123
I Couldn't Be More Proud of Our Superb RBC Heritage!
With Tiger Woods winning The Masters last weekend it is great to see fresh excitement in the game of professional golf.
What’s good for golf is good for Hilton Head Island, and good for The State of South Carolina as well. After all, despite our splendid 13 miles of beachfront and the award-winning design of our planned communities, we all know it is the game of golf that has long been the driving force for our community's world class reputation and economic growth. Our prominence for great golf has been drawing visitors, retirees and businesses here for more than half a century.
Heritage Week is always a special time on our island. It’s when we stop to celebrate golf each year. It’s when Hilton Head shines around the globe with TV broadcasts. I’m told that last year’s RBC Heritage – South Carolina’s only PGA golf tournament -- was broadcasted in 23 different languages to as many as one billion viewers.
I feel proud when I tell my fellow legislators at the State House in Columbia that the Heritage Classic Foundation has distributed $41 million in charitable donations throughout South Carolina and Georgia since 1987 including a record $3.3 million in 2018.
Last April, our tournament celebrated its 50th anniversary, and I was honored to deliver to the Heritage Classic Foundation Board a SC General Assembly Official Resolution honoring that milestone. (see photo above).
I was also excited to participate with other members of our Beaufort County legislative delegation in the presentation of our State Flag to 2017 RBC Heritage winner Wesley Bryan, a native South Carolinian from Irmo.
Regulatory Freedom Act
I am very pleased that the Regulatory Freedom Act – a bill which I was the primary sponsor, has passed through the committee process and is now up for final debate on the House floor. This bill is designed specifically to help trim burdensome regulations across the State on both small businesses as well as on citizens.
If enacted into law, the bill will provide a 5-year “sunset provision” on any existing regulation that is amended or any new regulation that is approved unless those bills are individually renewed. It is believed that this Regulatory Freedom Act will be especially helpful to small businesses that are currently burdened with many outmoded and unnecessary State regulations.
(Photo above shows Beaufort Rep. Shannon Erickson discussing Regulatory Act with me).
More Good News for USCB
As the State Budget is being debated in the South Carolina Senate, our whole Beaufort County delegation is grateful that the recurring annual state appropriation for USC Beaufort has been increased to a much greater degree than the increase for other higher-education institutions.
Combine that with the new Hospitality Campus on Hilton Head Island and the newly announced first-ever Masters’ Degree program at USCB (Master of Science in Computational Science), and we can take pride in the progress that is continuing to be made.
We should be especially thankful for the great work our State Senator Tom Davis has done in this regard.
Other Bills of Interest
Heartbeat Bill- It took hours of debate, but with a vote of 15-7 the House Judiciary Committee, of which I am a part and voted yes, advanced the Heartbeat bill (H-3020) to the full House. The vote was mostly along party lines. This bill would outlaw abortions after a baby’s heartbeat is detected. The pregnant woman must also be informed of the heartbeat and given the opportunity to hear it. One amendment was added – an exception for victims of rape and incest.
Legislation for Ride Share Services- In the wake of the tragedy involving the murder of the USC student on March 31, legislation (H-4380) has been proposed to make it easier for riders to identify Uber and Lyft vehicles.The proposal requires drivers of ridesharing services to display illuminated stickers on their windshields.
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The campaign for U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-Charleston, reports the freshman lawmaker raised more $650,000 in the first fundraising quarter of 2019. The campaign also reports it received over 4,000 unique donations in total. Cunningham is expected to be a top target for Republicans in 2020 looking to win back the seats they lost to Democrats in 2018. (From the Post and Courier)
We all know our political system is broken. Politicians have created a system that works for themselves and no one else. Well today, the House just took a major step to fix Washington by voting YES on View Tweet
Joe joined the Democrats in voting to terminate President Trumps declaration of a national state of emergency. He stated that this was unconstitutional as it was taking the power of the purse from the Congress. He sited loss of money for military projects but again failed to acknowledge that there was a problem at the border that is a risk to our country. Interesting that he never offers any solutions to the “Illegal immigration issue”.
"For the first time in 25 years we're going to put gun safety legislation in the floor of the House of Representatives. And we're going to pass it." -@RepCunningham
Can I join the beer caucus now? SC Rep. Joe Cunningham stopped at the floor of the US House of Representatives with 6 pack of beer!
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) tweeted very offensive things about the jewish community and the group that lobbies for Israel yet we have yet to see a condemnation from Rep. Cunningham! SAY IT AINT SO JOE!!!!! Read about the tweet