The Republican Liberty Caucus of South Carolina’s biennial state convention launches for official business on February 28 and for the general public on March 1. This year’s convention features inspiring nationally-recognized speakers (like Jack Hunter, Matt Sheffield, and Lee Bright among others) as well as workshops designed to equip you with the tools you need to IMPACT your sphere of influence for liberty. Also, we will have both live and recorded music, dancing, lunch, dinner, and a cash bar.
Make sure to grab your tickets now, however, as right now they are discounted for early purchasers. And if you work on behalf of a candidate, organization, or business, make sure to get an exhibition, sponsorship, or hosting package for your group before they run out.
The convention will be held in Charleston, South Carolina at the Charleston Rifle Club on March 1 from 9 am to 4 pm with the optional dinner reception from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. All tickets include lunch. The dinner reception is optional. Official business will be conducted the evening before at Mount Pleasant Waterworks in Mount Pleasant from 6 pm to 9 pm and there is no charge for admission.
The official business session will also include a workshop on new media versus old media and how the new media is making an IMPACT for liberty. Anyone may attend free of charge; however, only members in good standing may vote or participate in official business.
Michael Maharrey serves as the national communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center.
Hailing from Lexington, Ky., he’s extremely proud that his home state originated the Principles of ’98 laying the groundwork for state nullification of unconstitutional acts, and he’s the author of Our Last Hope – Rediscovering the Lost Road to Liberty, a historical, philosophical and moral case for nullification.
Michael earned a degree in Mass Communications and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He also holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky. Along with his formal schooling, he has spent most of his adult life studying constitutional history, political philosophy and economics.
Michael speaks at events across the United States, and frequently appears as a guest on local and national radio shows advancing constitutional fidelity and liberty through decentralization.
As a working journalist, Michael has written and reported for several newspapers, including the St. Petersburg Times and the Kentucky Gazette, covering local and state politics, and sports. Mike won a pair of 2009 Kentucky Press Association awards while serving as the sports editor for the Woodford Sun in 2009. He also worked for a local television news outlet writing web content for the station’s award-winning website.
Matthew Sheffield is a conservative writer, businessman and activist. One of the very first bloggers in the country, at the age of 22, with one of his brothers, he created RatherBiased.com, a website that completely debunked former CBS anchorman Dan Rather. The website was a classic example of “opposition research” and was widely covered in the national media. The New York Times credited RatherBiased.com with creating the atmosphere of criticism that ultimately led to Dan Rather’s firing following his infamous forged documents scandal in the 2004 election.
Even before then, however, thanks to Matthew’s marketing efforts, RatherBiased.com was mentioned in almost every major American newspaper before “Memogate.”
After taking down Rather, Matthew created NewsBusters.org which has since become one of the most-widely read political websites in America which is cited frequently by television networks, top-tier radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, newspapers, and major websites like the Drudge Report. He’s also been booked as a guest on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.
As the president of the consulting firm Dialog New Media, Matthew has also worked with a number of political and business clients including the Washington Examiner, the Media Research Center, and the Heritage Foundation. Matthew and his work have been quoted or cited by every major American newspaper and cable television channel. He’s also a former columnist for the Washington Times.
(Workshop: The Impact of New Media)
As a leader with the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition Alice helped implement the “Take the Town halls to Washington” and was the social media coordinator for the highly successful “Election Day Tea Party.com”. As a fundraising consultant she was part of a team of grassroots activists that were very successful in bringing candidates from outside of Texas in to raise much-needed campaign funds. Alice is currently on the Advisory Board for a new series of e-books by Harper-Collins entitled Voices of the Tea Party. Alice has been published in such publications as Focus on the Family’s Citizen Magazine and is also a board member of WomenOnTheWall.org , an organization working on building a safe and prosperous Texas and America for our children and grandchildren to thrive in.
Treasurer Curtis Loftis
Loftis was elected State Treasurer of South Carolina on November 2, 2010. A native of Lexington County and graduate of the University of South Carolina, Curtis is also a successful small business owner and the founder and benefactor of The Saluda Charitable Foundation.
Curtis is a strong fiscal conservative and passionate advocate of the taxpayer. He was elected on the promise to protect state funds by working to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse and bring transparency and accountability to state government, and since taking office he has worked everyday to keep that promise. Some of his notable efforts include: posting his entire work calendar and all travel expenses online; posting important financial reports, records, and documents online; refusing a state-issued car, instead opting to drive his own car to and from the office; forcing the State Budget and Control Board meetings to a larger venue to allow for greater public access; and conducting the first audit of the State Treasurer’s Office since 1988.
No matter who it makes uncomfortable, Curtis is committed to transparency, accountability and efficiency in government and will do whatever is necessary to protect the state’s taxpayer dollars.
Lee won election to the State Senate after a hard-fought primary in 2008. Since then he has been a relentless advocate for conservative causes.
Sen. Bright led the way to passage of a bill to overhaul the South Carolina’s woefully mismanaged unemployment system saving employers millions in higher fees by staging a, literally, last minute filibuster which forced Senate leadership to bring the bill up to vote in the last hour of the session. He also advanced the Personhood bill, which protects unborn children from abortion.
In the 2013 session Sen. Bright is the lead sponsor of the Constitutional Carry bill (removing requirement of law-abiding citizens to obtain a permit to exercise Second Amendment rights), the Firearms Freedom Act (exempting firearms manufactured in state for sale in state from regulations), the Freedom of Choice Healthcare Act (“opt-out” of Obamacare) as well as legislation to reform the way judges are appointed (S.200).
In 2012, after the district was redrawn to include parts of Greenville County, the former incumbent challenged Sen. Bright. Bright was re-elected to a second term with 60% of the vote and winning every precinct.
The South Carolina Club for Growth has rated Sen. Bright 100% every year he has been in office. He also received the highest score in the legislature by the Upstate Tea Party.
Sen. Bright is running against US Senator Lindsey Graham and is the endorsed candidate in that race by the Republican Liberty Caucus.
Ray Nash is the former sheriff of Dorchester County in South Carolina and believes strongly in the role Sheriffs play in preserving liberties for citizens while protecting the community from violence and wrong-doing. He has a long career standing up for a constitutionally limited government and travels the nation training police departments in maintaining ethics in law enforcement. Sheriff Nash was a candidate for Congress in the 2013 special election to fill Tim Scott’s seat in the first Congressional district. Nash was the recipient of the Lowcountry RLC’s Chairman’s Award as Endorsed Candidate of the Year in 2013.
Former Sen. John Kuhn
Sen. John Kuhn has long been an activist and supporter of liberty causes going back at least thirty years. John Kuhn walked his district and earned his Senate seat the hard way by meeting with voters door to door. In fact, the shoes he wore on that campaign are bronzed and on display in his downtown offices where he now does estate planning as an attorney helping to shield his clients from excessive taxation among other things. He has stayed active in the political sphere by running for Congress in 2013 in the special election for Tim Scott’s seat. In addition to other achievements, Sen. John Kuhn holds a lifetime achievement award from the Lowcountry RLC for his outstanding work to advance freedom and free markets in South Carolina and beyond.
(Workshop: Pros and Cons of an Article V Convention)
Graston is the South Carolina director of the John Birch Society. He resides in Rock Hill and works throughout the state to advance an agenda that sets its target squarely on big-government progressives. One of his greatest achievements was to promote passage of a bill to obstruct ObamaCare in the South Carolina House of Representatives despite very long odds.
Stephen Calk, REHS, RS, APM
(Workshop: Disaster Preparedness)
Mr. Calk has 30 years experience with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. He was the State Health Officer on duty for Hurricane Hugo, author of the first ever disaster plan for the Trident Health District and consultant to a Palo Alto earthquake event. Mr Calk will speak on the dissonance between planning for and acting during a disaster. With real experience in both, Mr. Calk will offer hard earned lessons that are both practical and humorous. He will discuss governments limitations on attempting to plan for the unknown.
(Workshop: Parliamentary Procedure 101 – February 28th Session)
She is president of the SC Association of Parliamentarians and will host the first of four introductory courses based on Roberts’ Rules of Order: the most widely used and authoritative reference in the field of meeting procedure and management. Are you involved in an organization and want to have quality meetings that result in decisions rather than more meetings? Do you find yourself intimidated by parliamentary bullies at your local political meetings? Then this course is for you! Attendees will be given the option to continue their training once monthly for three more months, under Ms. LeGrand’s direct tutelage in Charleston. After that, you have the option of electing your own officers and continue your training autonomously, with the goal of achieving certification through the National Association of Parliamentarians, in the SC town of your choice.
Article V Convention Pros and Cons
New Media vs. Old Media
Location and Times
Open to: Members and Public
Venue: Mount Pleasant Water Works
Date: February 28, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (Registration begins at 6:00 PM; all members voting must be credentialed)
Agenda: Official business (electing officers & board members and resolutions) and workshop on New Media versus Old Media
Open to: Members and Public
Cost: $39.00 (Members) $69.00 (Non-Members) Tickets may be purchased by clicking here.
Venue: Charleston Rifle Club
Date: March 1, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Registration begins at 8:30 AM; all members voting must be credentialed).
Agenda: Impacting the State for Liberty, speakers, workshops, live music, lunch provided
Evening Dinner Reception
Open to: Members and Public
Cost: $49 Tickets may be purchased by clicking here.
Venue: Charleston Rifle Club
Date: March 1, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Catered dinner with some of our featured speakers, including Jack Hunter, live and recorded music, dancing, and a cash bar.