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SC Club For Growth Launches “Defeat My Liberal Legislator” Effort

IS ORGANIZATION TARGETING LAWMAKERS WHO SUPPORTED CONFEDERATE FLAG? A group that rated South Carolina lawmakers as fiscally conservative based in large part on their vote to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the S.C. State House is now looking to recruit candidates to run against incumbent legislators. The S.C. Club…

IS ORGANIZATION TARGETING LAWMAKERS WHO SUPPORTED CONFEDERATE FLAG?

A group that rated South Carolina lawmakers as fiscally conservative based in large part on their vote to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the S.C. State House is now looking to recruit candidates to run against incumbent legislators.

The S.C. Club for Growth – which made fifteen percent of its annual report card dependent on lawmakers’ votes to take down the flag – announced a candidate recruitment website called “Defeat My Liberal Legislator.”

Hmmm …

“We are aggressively recruiting and vetting pro-growth candidates,” the Club’s state director R.J. May III said in a statement.  “We hope this website will help these efforts.”

May specifically said he hoped voters would “use the website to review their legislator’s grades and make recommendations on potential challengers to liberal Republicans and Democrats.”

Interesting …

The organization – an arm of the national Club for Growth – has reportedly pledged to spend $200,000 on efforts to defeat liberal S.C. Senate president Hugh Leatherman.  In fact they’ve recruited a local “Republican” party chairman to run against the diminutive legislative leader.

Will they be able to attract additional candidates?  We shall see …

One thing is clear: If their recruitment effort aims to have an impact, they’d better get going.  Filing for the Palmetto State’s 170 State House and State Senate seats closes on March 30 – and at this point it’s shaping up as yet another election cycle in which the vast majority of lawmakers face no opposition (or only token opposition).

That’s unfortunate …

We’ve grown more than a bit skeptical of the Club for Growth of late … especially given the national organization’s disturbing proximity to the “Republican” establishment and its preferred presidential candidate, Marco Rubio.  And while we supported efforts to take the flag down, we believe the Club’s advocacy on this issue is all about lending a hand to S.C. governor Nikki Haley – who used her belated conversion on the issue to boost her national profile.

Still, if the organization attracts candidates who we believe would better serve taxpayer interests than the incumbents, we will support them.

Our objective is simple: A S.C. General Assembly that is more friendly to free markets and individual liberty.  If we believe a candidate will advance that objective, we will support them.  If we believe a candidate would work against that objective – or has consistently worked against that objective – we will do everything within our power to see them defeated.

No matter which advocacy groups are pulling their strings …

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53 comments

Yawn March 4, 2016 at 6:19 pm

So basically, all incumbents in SC are safe and sound, as usual.

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Working Stiff March 4, 2016 at 6:21 pm

The only “taxpayers” the CFG is worried about is millionaires.

Their preferred “tax cuts” mostly net the working stiff enough to take the wife and kids out to Burger King for the Wednesday night special.

Sorry Im just not that “concerned” with how much taxes rich people pay.A lot of “conservatives” here are though so the CFG should be right up their alley .

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Low taxes for everyone please March 5, 2016 at 10:30 am

“Sorry Im just not that “concerned” with how much taxes rich people pay.”

Thing is, you kinda should be. Taxing rich people more isn’t going to improve the working stiff’s life. There aren’t a lot of poor people that employ others either.

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The Bills Pay Themselves March 5, 2016 at 11:40 am

Please see Louisiana, Kansas and Michigan for an example of life under the rich get the tax breaks and everyone else suffers.

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Low taxes for everyone please March 5, 2016 at 10:08 pm

Could you be specific in your claims? Do rich people pay less tax in these areas?

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James March 6, 2016 at 6:44 pm

Yes, in fact rich people generally pay a lower percentage of their income and net worth in taxes than middle class people. That is what the failure that is trickle down economics has been all about for 40+ years.

Low taxes for everyone please March 7, 2016 at 8:33 am

“Yes, in fact rich people generally pay a lower percentage of their income and net worth in taxes than middle class people. ”

This statement didn’t actually answer my specific question. Do you understand why I asked my specific question?(you made specific state claims)

I still fail to understand how increases taxes on rich people creates more jobs.

nitrat March 5, 2016 at 3:30 pm

So, you don’t think rich people should have to pay FICA taxes on their wages over $118,500?
That they should get a progressive tax break, in the form of not paying the tax, the higher their income goes over that FICA cap?
That they should not have to pay FICA taxes on 100% of their income like the saps who earn under $118,500?

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Low taxes for everyone please March 5, 2016 at 10:07 pm

If they did any of those things, would it improve the life of the working stiff? Will taking rich people’s money help them employ more people?

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James March 6, 2016 at 6:41 pm

Rich people taking more of your money will not help “them” hire more people. We have historically low taxes. That has not resulted in more employment. In fact higher tax states with better infrastructure are seeing higher growth.

Low taxes for everyone please March 7, 2016 at 8:31 am

“Rich people taking more of your money will not help “them” hire more people. ”

I think you’ve things backwards. Not taxing rich people MORE isn’t theft if anyone else’s money.

How is it you think this?

“We have historically low taxes. That has not resulted in more employment.”

Any you think taxing them more will create more employment, really? Am I to assume you think infrastructure is the solution to unemployment?

Mark March 6, 2016 at 2:06 am

I think state retirees with income of over $75,000 (single or couple combined) should pay taxes on their retirement income.

It will help fund the retirement program

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Duke March 6, 2016 at 8:04 am

all retirement income, from whatever source, is taxed in this state.

Mark March 6, 2016 at 2:49 pm

Correct, I was unclear. Sorry.

I meant a tax to equalize the benefits that are being paid now that are too generous and that the next generation will have to pay. It would be an equity payment to balance the scale of payments.

Duke March 6, 2016 at 3:11 pm

If that is what you want, why not advocate for income tax reform where all people earning more than 75K pay more than they do now?

Working Stiff March 6, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Yes but they have people like,well,you to worry about their tax rate.

Have you thought of contributing to CFG?

The rich people will be fine,but it’s nice of you to care.

Enjoy your whopper!

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Flip March 6, 2016 at 10:11 pm

The point of tax relief for the working stiffs isn’t so they can hire people, it is so they can not starve and pay their bills.

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Low taxes for everyone please March 7, 2016 at 8:36 am

“The point of tax relief for the working stiffs isn’t so they can hire people, it is so they can not starve and pay their bills.”

I’m not arguing what the point of tax relief is for the working stiff(which should happen), I’m arguing for tax relief for everyone- rich people too.(see my name)

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idcydm March 4, 2016 at 6:35 pm

R. J. May III…Well my, my, my.

WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON SCHOLAR
The William J. Clinton Foundation

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jimlewisowb March 4, 2016 at 6:43 pm

Who is their right mind wants to be a Fuckin’ Cockroach

I’d rather have twenty liters of sewer gas pumped up ass with a bic lighter at the ready to strike, than crawl the halls of the State House

Fuckin’ Cockroaches

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shifty henry March 5, 2016 at 7:34 am

Golly gee, Jim, isn’t that sorta’ … harsh?

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Duke March 5, 2016 at 9:12 am

The sad thing is if you look at the “report cards” most of the legislators got a bad grade because they failed to vote at all on a particular issue.

Would be interesting if they published a report card grading attendance.

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Getwithit March 5, 2016 at 10:11 pm

Attendance is easy to check. Go check the votes online. It shows if they voted or were absent! You aren’t very smart are you

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Duke March 6, 2016 at 8:02 am

I’m talking about attendance over a long period say 2-4 years, you know the records the clerk of the house or senate would keep. These records could be obtained though FOI rather than trying to sort though thousands of records, you aren’t very smart are you?

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Jingle Dale March 5, 2016 at 4:04 pm

Jim likes things in his ass. That all I got out of that.

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jimlewisowb March 5, 2016 at 4:20 pm

Backed right into that one

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shifty henry March 6, 2016 at 10:22 am

100 ++/ ,,!!

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shifty henry March 6, 2016 at 10:21 am

100 +

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shifty henry March 6, 2016 at 10:32 am

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shifty henry March 6, 2016 at 10:32 am

100 +

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shifty henry March 6, 2016 at 10:25 am

Governess Nikki Haley – morning of March 6, 2016 //

——– “O Rubio, Rubio! Wherefore art thou Rubio?”

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Sic Semper Tyrannis March 4, 2016 at 6:58 pm

What are the benefits for the SC taxpayer ? Absolutely nothing. God please help us !

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Lone Ranger March 4, 2016 at 7:16 pm

Senators Bright, Verdin and Peeler had the guts to honor patriots and Southern heritage by voting to KEEP the flag

And there are 20 House members with steadfast loyalty whom Tea WILL support and about whom we can brag

Those patriot House members are Bedingfield, Burns, Chumley, Corley, Delleney, Hardee, Hill, Johnson and Kennedy

Then Loftis—Moss (both D.C. and V.S.), Nanney, Putnam, Simrill, Spires, Stringer, Taylor, Thaylor—and let’s see

White makes twenty and that is plenty of reason to get out and vote this year and beyond that let us just say

Legislators’ names YOU DON’T SEE HERE—let us make it crystal clear—need to be UNELECTED on election day !!!

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a face in the crowd March 5, 2016 at 10:52 am

Do not EVER use the term “patriot” in one of your idiotic ramblings about the Confederate battle flag.

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Lone Ranger March 7, 2016 at 3:04 pm

faceinthe crowd said it right out loud…patriots’ value means nothing to me
Like youdon’tgetit I’m a Dimwit freeloader and as big a grifter as I can be
I knee-jerk with the above cited flag-ripping cowards and most of all let me say
I sure hope y’all keep buying me SNAP and Section 8 even tho I AM going away !!!

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Youdontgetit March 5, 2016 at 10:13 pm

So that is reason to not re-elect someone? As I shake my head at your concern for issues that affect the entire wellbeing of the state.

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Manray9 March 4, 2016 at 8:11 pm

All these wild-eyed “liberals” running around SC. Funny how I don’t see them. They only appear to right-wing extremists. They must have magical powers.

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Be Very Afraid of Liberals! March 5, 2016 at 9:47 am

Yes,it really is humorous that here in SC ,one of the most Republican states, which boasts Republicans in EVERY statewide office,where Republicans dominate the state legislature and where the majority of the electorate call themselves”conservatives” that the REAL problem is?..

Liberals!

To the ramparts Right Wing kooks!

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euwe max March 5, 2016 at 10:50 am

beware of healers promising a more abundant life through sharing, tolerance and forgiveness.

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Mark March 5, 2016 at 5:25 pm

As you well know, many of the Republicans in SC are Democrats.

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James March 6, 2016 at 6:38 pm

As determined by who. Why do you get to determine who is a Republican and who is a Democrat? Its like Will. He says he is not a Republican but the reserves the right to say who is a Republican and who gets the title RINO or Democrat.

You people are full of BS. That is why the Republican Party is in such turmoil.

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Flip March 6, 2016 at 10:18 pm

They want to pass the blame onto liberals when these clowns court the Republican votes in the Republican primaries and then ride the Republican wave in the general election. Somehow they vote for these guys over and over again but it is someone else’s fault that they do it.

Flip March 6, 2016 at 10:16 pm

Were Democrats, they became Republicans, but hey, who votes for them now? So called conservatives, so yes it is fair to call them Republicans.

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nitrat March 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm

The question is why does the right wing need so many thought police masquerading as ‘advocacy groups’?
Are Republicans not capable of independent thought or is it just antithetical to the way the right wing brain functions?

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jeb! March 5, 2016 at 5:24 pm

A valueless comment uttered by a left wing ideologue. Yawn.

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Flip March 6, 2016 at 10:20 pm

Jeb! calling anyone else valueless sure is rich

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flip youngest son (D) March 6, 2016 at 11:52 pm

Dad, you are a valueless pedophile who can’t keep your small, herpes infected dick out of young boys ass!

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Flip March 7, 2016 at 8:33 am

LMAO!!! Oh my! Pogo is sick!

Independent? March 7, 2016 at 8:38 am

You are the poster boy for lack of independent thought.

Every comment you make is literally a bullet point agenda of the left media daily talking points.

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tomstickler March 6, 2016 at 11:08 am

Will this group work with the new A Great Day pro-Haley group?

Goldfinch appears to be on its shitlist. http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/politics-government/article64316142.html

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Toyota Kawaski March 7, 2016 at 8:29 am

SCCG…. useless as tits on a boar hog

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