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Debate planned for County Council candidates

Seat 26 – South Greenville

By Stan Welch

The candidates for Greenville County Council Seat 26 will gather in the Moonville area at seven p.m. on April 14, for a debate.

Four Republican candidates and one Democrat will participate. Present will be Republican candidates Ed Poore of Piedmont, Lyn Ballard, Buddy Dyer, and Todd Fredrick. Democratic candidate Windell Rogers will also be on hand.

The debate will be held at the Ruritan Building on Augusta Road, just south of the cemetery. The format is as follows.

Incumbents sign up for primaries

Just a few days into the signing up period for the coming primary elections, the majority of incumbents on the Anderson County Council have declared for reelection.

Current Council Chairman Tommy Dunn, from District five, has signed up as has vice-chairman Ken Waters, from District Six. Councilmen Eddie Moore and Tom Allen, from Districts Three and Four, respectively, are also seeking to retain their seats. Councilwoman Gracie Floyd, from District Two, and the Council’s only Democrat, has also signed up. As of press time, the District One Council seat has drawn no official candidate.

Progressive activists to protest nullify bill – Columbia

As the SC Senate resumes debate on the “Nullify Obamacare” bill on Tuesday, March 11, concerned progressive activists will continue to remind lawmakers that they think health care is a moral issue, not a political one. Truthful Tuesday activists plan to block legislators entering the State House garage at Pendelton and South Main beginning at 10:45 am.

Democrats to reorganize precincts

The Anderson County Democratic Party will hold its biannual Precinct Reorganization meeting on March 8 at 10 AM at the Westside Community Center, 1100 West Franklin St. in Anderson.
Following the precinct reorganization, the county party will hold its County Convention. At that meeting delegates will be elected to the State Convention, to be held in May. All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information contact Stuart Sprague at or 864-314-5640.

Legislative Delegation to address requests

The Anderson County Legislative Delegation will hold their semi-annual meeting Thursday night, at the Townsend Building on Clemson Avenue. The meeting is open to the public, and citizens can sign up to address the delegation. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

The delegation, chaired by Rep Mike Gambrell, from District 7, meets with the public twice a year. This meeting will deal in large part with reappointing incumbents, and otherwise filling vacancies, on a number of boards and commissions.

Blue Cross Blue Shield to extend affected insurance plans

For non-grandfathered policies

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and BlueChoice® HealthPlan of South Carolina have notified the state’s Department of Insurance that they will be allowing their non-grandfathered individual and small group policy holders to renew their existing health plan coverage for one year.

Convention of States legislation introduced

Legislation has been pre-filed this week in the South Carolina House of Representatives calling for an Article V Convention of States. South Carolina and Virginia became the first two states to call for the Article V Convention for the express and sole purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.

Duncan statement on President’s “Obamacare” fix

Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement today regarding the President’s Administrative Change to ObamaCare:

“Yesterday, President Obama announced that if you like your health plan you can keep it…for one more year…maybe. The President’s ‘administrative fix’ is an attempt to create a lifeboat for ObamaCare to get his party through the 2014-midterm elections. The President’s actions appear to be unconstitutional and don’t change the fact that he’s still breaking his promise by not ensuring people can keep their health plans, and then only allowing people to keep their plans for another year. By only giving people a possible one year insurance extension, the President is showing that he cares more about winning the upcoming elections than he does about keeping his word. This isn’t about a broken website, this is about broken promises and a healthcare law that simply doesn’t work.”

Jeanes, Rogers elected – West Pelzer

Two new members of the West Pelzer Town Council will take their seats, once the election commission certifies the results of Tuesday’s election. Incumbent Randall Ledford was handily defeated, finishing fourth in the four candidate field. Incumbent Ann Odom did not seek reelection, opening one seat. Former councilman Jimmy Jeanes was the top vote getter with seventy three votes, while Johnny Rogers, Sr. edged out Pat Black by a count of fifty four to fifty.

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