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Palmetto Panel: A Reminder




|| By FITSNEWS || A few weeks ago we posted an item on our calendar about the “Palmetto Panel,” a day-long citizen-led (i.e. sponsor-free) gathering focused on a wide range of policy issues.

We noted event attendees would receive “information on topics such as health care, education, energy, finances, ethics, protecting South Carolina’s electrical grid and more.”

We’ve now got some additional information on the event – which is being held this weekend (Saturday, April 18) at the Madren Conference Center on the campus of Clemson University.

Speaking at the event will be Ambassador Henry Cooper, former director of the Pentagon’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) – or “Star Wars.”  Currently the chairman of a pro-missile defense group called High Frontier, Cooper will discuss “solutions which exist to (South Carolina’s) electric grid vulnerabilities” as well as ways to harness “our nuclear energy to help bring the electric grid for the rest of the state and country back up.”

Also appearing?  U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan – who will address the current debate over offshore drilling.

State Senators Lee Bright and Kevin Bryant will also attend and address various state issues – as will S.C. Rep. Jonathon Hill.

Numerous activists and policy experts will also appear, including Talbert Black (leader of the S.C. Campaign for Liberty), Ashley Landess (president of the S.C. Policy Council), Sheri Few (who is organizing opposition to Common Core), Dan Tripp (a nationally renowned campaign manager), Ellen Weaver (director of the Palmetto Policy Forum),

The event kicks off at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.  Tickets are $35, which includes breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.

The group will have hotel rooms reserved for those wishing to stay overnight and attend training sessions the following day (Sunday April 19, 2015).  Those sessions will be held at nearby Lake Keowee.

Event organizers say this year’s event hopes to draw a geographically diverse crowd from all corners of the state, enabling attendees to “take this information back into their communities.”

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