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July 4, 2019: Democratic candidates aren’t listening to voters in SC

GOP Exec. Chairwoman for SC, Cindy Costa's latest op-ed in The Post and Courier in response to the issues discussed in last week's Democratic debate. Read More

July 4, 2019: Justin Amash’s Declaration Of Independence

The first (and only) Republican to support impeachment proceedings against U.S. president Donald Trump is no longer a Republican. Read More

June 29, 2019: Tax Increases, Road Repairs & Climate Change?

Updates from the Beaufort TEA Party. Read More

June 27, 2019: Scott Secures SC Wins in FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act

"In South Carolina specifically, I’m glad that we secured the resources needed to move forward with plutonium pit production at the Savannah River Site (SRS)—another important element of the SRS’s mission.” Senator Tim Scott. Read More

June 26, 2019: Senator Scott Accepting Applications for Service Academy Nominations

The Office of Sen. Scott will be accepting applications through Friday, October 18th, 2019. Candidates interested in attending one of the four service academies - U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, or U.S. Merchant Marine Academy - may submit applications and other necessary documents. Apply or find out more here.

June 2019: Jim Geraghty speaking at Sun City's Pinckney Hall

Jim Geraghty is an award winning senior political correspondent at National Review. He spoke to an enthusiastic group last week on what is going on in DC. The son of Richard and Peggy Geraghty of Bluffton, Jim was also here to announce his new thriller novel that just came out, “Between Two Scorpions”. It's great read!

June 18, 2019: What’s in the State's final 2019-2020 budget?

Last month, the General Assembly passed a budget spending nearly $30 billion – the largest appropriations bill in state history. By contrast, the governor vetoed only 0.1% of legislative spending. Below is an overview of how lawmakers are spending taxpayer dollars and what the governor vetoed. Read More

June 11, 2019: Project Road Repair: Getting answers on your roads, tracking answers across the state

It’s year three of the gas tax hike, and most of the $615.2 million of gas tax revenues they’ve collected so far has not been spent. In fact, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is saying that it might be ten years before your roads are fixed. Read More

June 11, 2019: Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act | Senator Tim Scott

Late last month, I joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act. This legislation would require the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to update its lead poisoning prevention measures to reflect modern science and ensure that families and children living in federally-assisted housing are protected from the devastating consequences of lead poisoning. 

With buildings dating back to the 1920s, South Carolina is home to some of the oldest standing public housing in the country. We owe it to children both in South Carolina and across the country to make certain that proper inspections are taking place in regards to lead paint. My mission is to ensure every child from every zip code in the country has the opportunity to succeed, and I am proud to help reintroduce this bipartisan legislation to help ensure low-income families have access to safe housing that can provide a stable environment for their children's dreams to grow. Read more about the bill here.

June 10, 2019: Sen. Scott Joins Palmetto Boys State

WASHINGTON – This morning, U.S. Senator Tim Scott addressed the Palmetto Boys State members at Anderson University. Senator Scott spoke to the young men on leadership and motivation, the importance of bipartisan and how “failure is not fatal.” He is a proud alum of Palmetto Boys State ’82. 

June 7, 2019: Weekly Legislative Update

Weekly Legislative Update from the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors + Andy Twisdale, Charter One Realty. Read More

June 4, 2019: Sen. Scott, Holds 75th Anniversary Commemoration of D-Day

WASHINGTON- Today, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum held a 75th anniversary commemoration of D-Day at the United States Capitol. He was joined by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Tom Udall (D-NM), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-TX). Read More

June 2019: Community Project Review Committee (CPRC)

UPDATE: The CPRC is a group of Beaufort County volunteers who responded to invitations from Board of Education members, school principals and district staff. CPRC members came from all areas of the district and included a wide range of personal and professional experience. In total, CPRC members invested approximately 900 man-hours in producing the recommendations that were sent to Interim Superintendent Berg. 

Click here to read their complete report.

Weekly Legislative Update: Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors

Government Affairs Report: Week ending 6/7/2019

Town of Hilton Head LMO Committee Meeting - Reviewed proposed 2019 LMO amendments

A total of 26 possible amendments to the Land Management Ordinance were reviewed by the committee. Many of the amendments proposed were to shorten processing time for applicants or to clarify language in the ordinance. Some amendments could have an effect on development or the real estate industry, such as: Community Commercial Zoning District (CC) - Allow an indoor commercial recreation use as an allowed use in the district. This change allows for existing empty commercial spaces to be filled with indoor recreational uses like midway type attractions, go-cart tracks, indoor firing ranges, etc. All must be located indoors. The purpose of the CC zoning district is to provide for community scale recreational activities. The committee approved the recommendation in the hopes it will incentivize developers to do something with the old commercial buildings on the Island.

Minimum Number of Parking Spaces (SFH)- This change would have increased the number of parking spaces required for a single-family residence and provide specific size and location requirements. During the discussion I identified multiple concerns and questions with the proposal related to the creation of non-conforming properties, demanding large homes have more parking no matter how many people live there and enforcement issues. The committee voted to table the discussion until more research can be done.

Rules of Measurement -Height-Base Flood Elevation- The flood ordinance in the Town's Municipal Code was recently updated. This change amends the definition of Base Flood Elevation in the LMO to mirror that recently adopted in the flood ordinance amendments. This will make it easier for the public and staff to understand.

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Public Policy committee - Proposal for a November referendum, Herbert Berg, BC Interim Superintendent of Schools  

Funding request to voters for $379,828,480.00 in 2 questions:

Question 1 - $290,552,946 Includes: Safety/Security

  • Replacement Schools at Robert Smalls International Academy
  • Additions at May River High School and River Ridge Academy
  • Renovations at Beaufort Elementary, Battery Creek High School, and Hilton Head Island Middle School.
  • Technology Infrastructure 

Question 2 - $89,275,533 Includes:

  • CATE (Career and Technical Education) program expansions
  • Renovation Design for Hilton Head Island High School
  • Middle School Athletic Improvements at 5 Middle Schools
  • High School athletic improvements at 6 High Schools
  • Playground improvements at elementary and K-8 schools

The School Board will be voting on Tuesday, June 12th whether to place the referendum on the ballot this November. The Board is currently divided on the issue. All are in agreement the needs must be addressed through the referendum. There is disagreement on the timing and when they will be best positioned for it to pass.

Best Regards,

Andy Twisdale

Charter One Realty

Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

Beaufort County SC Republican Party GOP

Written by Laurie Zapp, who recently attended a Town Hall hosted by Senator Joe Cunningham in Summerville, SC.

I was one of the first to arrive at the school where the town hall was taking place. As soon as I arrived, I walked up to the doors and there were no flyers or information posted about the upcoming town hall. Once people who are Republicans began to show up, we waited in the parking lot, discussed our plans and handed out posters of the illegals. We all walked together to enter the building. Representative Cunningham was out front shaking hands and greeting people as they were walking in. As you moved to the doors, there was a table to sign up and some of Joe's staff were at the table. The staff stopped the Republicans in the front of the line. The staff would not allow us to enter the school with signs. A few of the Republicans at the front of the line began telling them that (A) he never advertised we were not allowed to take in signs and (B) we have a first amendment right to take signs in. The staff then pointed to a taped flyer they hung on the door after they had seen us in the parking lot with signs. (Taped flyer read NO SIGNS, NO GUNS, and NO KNIVES)

At this moment, it occurred to me that once again ILLEGALS in this country have more rights than those of us that are here legally. I was holding a stack of the posters with illegals mugshots and walked up to Joe as he was still outside greeting people. I asked him if the posters were offensive to him or causing him any pain? Another man walked with me as I approached him and defended me and my position to allow me to take the posters in. Joe would not budge and I told him that no one would be blocking views of others. It was to show the pure number and to support a question. Joe, quickly then changed the subject and began talking about guns. He was making it sound like I had a gun on me. It got weird at that point and I told him I do not have a gun and they could search my purse as well as me. 

We decided to leave the posters of the illegals out in view so they could be seen as people walked out. We were not allowed to put them in the hallway in the school as you walked into the auditorium. I was grateful to two patriots who did not go into the auditorium and listen to the town hall and stayed outside to watch the illegal posters.

Joe was asked about the Born Alive Protection Act Bill. He stated that we do not need this law or bill because it is already against the law. He does support Planned Parenthood and a woman's right to choose. There were two staffers with microphones that walked around for questions. The staffers would then take the microphone from the person asking a question. It would have been nice to hear Joe's response and then push back to some of his answers. For example, the Born Alive Bill is in response to what is happening in NY state and other states allowing babies to be killed after a botched abortion. His response to the question makes one believe that this is not occurring.

This is a video {coming soon} that was edited out of the town hall. My question was in response to illegal immigration and what is occurring in Beaufort county. From the time that I made the posters, another 8 have been arrested in Beaufort County. What you do not see or hear in the clip is that there was a democrat in the row in front of me and a republican in the row behind me. The man behind me at times would say allowed something in response to Joe. He was not yelling or screaming but loud enough that at times I could hear him. The woman in front of me also heard him and every time he said something she would turn around and tell him to be quiet and hush him. He did this only a few times, but these two had been going back and forth. This is why when she went after me, I responded in the way I did to her.

As I am sure you ALL know, the House Democrats voted this week on an Amnesty Bill. This was H.R 6 the American Dream and Promise Act. Everything Joe states in the video to me is a lie in how he voted. He truly is putting ILLEGALS before his constituents in district 01.

Thank you to all for the support. Please share this so others know what Joe said and how it goes against how he voted.

Laurie Zapp

Recent Town Hall, hosted by Senator Joe Cunningham, in Summerville, SC.

Recent Town Hall, hosted by Senator Joe Cunningham, in Summerville, SC.