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Treasurer-Elect Loftis Comments on Haley Nominees Kitzman and Adams

January 12, 2011



Contact: Bill Leidinger

Treasurer-Elect Loftis Comments on Haley Nominees Kitzman and Adams

Columbia, South Carolina – January 11, 2011 – South Carolina State Treasurer-Elect, Curtis Loftis today issued the following statement on the nomination by Governor-Elect Haley of Eleanor Kitzman and Marcia Adams to lead the Budget and Control Board.

“I had the honor today of meeting with the two individuals that the Governor-Elect has nominated to lead the South Carolina Budget and Control Board. In our discussion we covered the many problems facing the state, and particularly, the challenges facing the Board. We discussed their vision for the agency, their goals, and their respective leadership styles. I found both Eleanor and Marcia to be well qualified. They were candid and thoughtful and I appreciated their desire to serve.”

“After having a chance to meet with and interview both Eleanor and Marcia, I am pleased to support their nomination. I believe that a vote for these two candidates is a vote advancing the central tenants of my campaign: increased accountability, transparency, and efficiency in government. In a letter to Governor-Elect Haley I stated that I look forward to voting for them on Thursday.”

Curtis M. Loftis, Jr.
State of South Carolina



South Florida Tea Party and Florida Tea Party Patriots Respond to Giffords Shooting

January 9, 2011

Immediate Release  (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) South Florida Tea Party (SFTP) and Florida Tea Party Patriots (FLTPP) are shocked and horrified at the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 17 other people that were shot today at an event near Tucson.

SFTP & FLTPP consider the shooting today as the actions of a mad man. We,as Americans, must not tolerate these irrational and heinous acts of mad men. Single acts of violence of crazy people should not be considered the general rule of how citizens communicate with their elected officials. We must remember this is an exception to the how Americans interact with their elected officials.

SFTP & FLTPP call on all community leaders to condemn violence and assist people in seeking help who they come into contact with that may be having violent thoughts toward themselves or others.

SFTP & FLTPP condemn all violent rhetoric and has a zero tolerance toward violence. The tea party has consistently condemned statements and acts of violence both on the right and left. It was just last year that SFTP and tea party groups condemned the violent threats and actions of the fake political TEA Party headed by Doug Guetzloe, Fred O’Neil, and Peg Dunmire. Tea party leaders all over the Florida stand united against the bulling attempts of the fake political TEA Party.

“I just spent this past week meeting with members on both sides of Congress on this week,” Everett Wilkinson, State Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots and Chairman of South Florida Tea Party. “I am sick to my stomach that someone would shoot a Member of Congress and fellow citizens. Violence is intolerable, be it from the Left or Right.”

Our hope is that this heinous act will affect a positive change between the interaction between elected officials and their constituents.

We are asking members and the public to pray for the shooting victims and their families. In addition we are also praying for the safety of Congressmen, Senators, President Obama and other elected officials in the aftermath of this shooting.


Press Contacts:
Everett Wilkinson
Florida State Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots
Chairman, South Florida Tea Party

©2011 South Florida Tea Party | 4521 PGA Blvd., #115 – Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418


January 4, 2011

Maxie Haltiwanger
Director of Communications & Marketing
Direct Dial: 803.540.7874

For Immediate Release
January 4, 2011



Two Charleston, two Greenville lawyers elected

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CHARLESTON, COLUMBIA, FLORENCE, GREENVILLE, MYRTLE BEACH, SC, & WASHINGTON, DC — Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., is pleased to announce that Clay M. Grayson, David C. Humphreys III, Courtney C. Atkinson, and Christopher B. Major have been named shareholders, effective January 1.

CHARLESTON OFFICE: 134 Meeting Street, Third Floor, Charleston, SC 29401

Clay M. Grayson, a business lawyer, joined Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Charleston office in 2004.  He assists clients at every stage of their business development — from the formation of the enterprise to the implementation of creative, tax-efficient strategies for expansion, protection of intellectual property rights, compensation and benefit packages, ownership succession, reorganizations, and mergers and acquisitions.

The Charleston native has developed a national practice dedicated to tax-exempt organizations, with a particular focus on nonprofit foundations that support universities and hospitals.  Grayson currently serves as general counsel of Health Sciences South Carolina, where he consults on a variety of projects. He has been published in South Carolina Lawyer, Practical Tax Strategies, and the SC Chamber of Commerce’s South Carolina Business.

Grayson received his LL.M from New York University in 2004, and his Juris Doctor and Masters of International Business Studies (MIBS, International MBA) degrees from the University of South Carolina. In 1999, he received his Certificate, Italian/European Business, S.D.A., at Bocconi, in Milan, Italy. Grayson graduated with honors from the College of Charleston in 1995.

Active in statewide and community activities, Grayson is a board member of the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organization (SCANPO), Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz Artists of Charleston. A member of the Hollings Cancer Center Advisory Citizens Council, he is a graduate of Leadership Charleston, Class of 2008.

David C Humphreys III, a land use, real estate development and project finance lawyer, joined the Firm’s Charleston office in 2003.  He assists lenders, developers, and municipalities in all aspects of real estate development, zoning, lending, and foreclosure.  As the past chair of the City of Charleston’s Board of Zoning Appeals–Site Design, and in his role as counsel to planning departments of multiple area municipalities, Humphreys has extensive first-hand experience in achieving a balance between preservation of natural and historic resources and the development of well-planned projects that promote economic growth in Charleston County and throughout the State of South Carolina.

In addition to representing clients in zoning matters and purchase and sale transactions, Humphreys advises landlords and tenants with respect to office, retail and industrial leasing matters.  Humphreys also assists clients in the formation of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures.

A graduate of Leadership Charleston, Class of 2009, Humphreys currently serves on the March of Dimes Lowcountry Board of Directors and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Charleston County First Steps program.  He received his J.D., cum laude, in 2003, and his B.A. in history in 1999, both from the University of South Carolina.

GREENVILLE OFFICE: 75 Beattie Place, 11th Floor, Greenville, South Carolina 29601

Courtney C. Atkinson focuses on employment law and commercial defense litigation. She joined Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Greenville office in 2003. She provides advice and counsel to employers on various issues, including employment policies and handbooks, non-compete/confidentiality agreements, prevention of claims of discrimination and harassment, and other human resource matters.  She also defends employers in actions in all courts, and before various federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (SCHAC), South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, and both federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA and SC OSHA).  She also has experience in healthcare liability matters, products liability defense, general business litigation, and intellectual property litigation.

A Greenville native, Atkinson was named one of the “Best and Brightest 35 and Under” by Greenville Magazine (2006).  She is active in the Upstate’s legal community as well as the civic arena. She serves as treasurer of the Greenville County Bar Association, whose executive committee she has served on since 2004.  Atkinson was recently re-appointed by Greenville City Council to serve on the City’s Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee.

Atkinson, a graduate of Leadership Greenville 35 serves on the board of directors of YouthBASE, a non-profit group working with at-risk children, and on the board of directors of the Junior League of Greenville, where she serves as Community Vice President.  She also volunteers for the United Way of Greenville County, where she serves as a member of the Women’s Leadership Council.

She received her J.D., in 2003 from Washington and Lee University, and graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2000, with a B.A. degree in political science.

Christopher B. (Chris) Major, joined the Firm’s Greenville office in 2006. Major represents clients in state and federal courts throughout the Carolinas.

He is admitted to practice in both North Carolina and South Carolina as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  The Greenville native regularly represents clients in the transportation and construction industries. In a landmark case, Major obtained summary judgment on behalf of a German auto manufacturer arising from the development of a state-of-the-art automotive research campus.

Prior to joining the Firm, Major served as a law clerk to The Honorable G. Ross Anderson, Jr., U.S. District Judge for the District of South Carolina, and practiced law in Charlotte, North Carolina. A 2003 magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, Major was a staff member of the South Carolina Law Review during law school.  He graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina Honors College in 2000, with a B.A., in history.

Major devotes his volunteer efforts to legal organizations: he previously served on the South Carolina Bar’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and the HELP Task Force, which is charged with educating lawyers and judges about substance abuse and mental health issues in the legal profession and is a past chair of the Bar’s Law Student Liaison Committee.  With The Defense Research Institute, Inc., the international membership organization of all lawyers involved in the defense of civil litigation, Major is a vice-liaison for the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee.

About Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. provides business, litigation and financial legal services, and governmental relations to national and international clients. With a history dating back to 1887, it is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas with more than 130 attorneys.  The Firm has offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach, SC, and Washington, DC.



Gov. Sanford Unveils 2011-12 Executive Budget

January 4, 2011





Contact:    Ben Fox  803-734-2100


Contact:    Ben Fox



Spartanburg, S.C. – January 4, 2011 – Gov. Mark Sanford today released the eighth and final Executive Budget of his Administration – a balanced, activity-based $5.38 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2011-12 that prioritizes spending in yet another tough budget year, addresses the billion dollar budget shortfall left by now-extinct federal stimulus dollars, offers $265 million in cost savings, and endeavors to protect core government functions such as education, public safety, economic development, natural resources and health care. [The Executive Budget will also be available in .pdf format on the governor’s website, For members of the media, printed copies of the Executive Budget will be made available by 1:30 p.m. in the Governor’s Office. Due to copying costs, we will only be making available one printed copy per media outlet.]

Even though South Carolina is still feeling the effects of a challenging economy, and much attention has been given to the more than $2 billion cut from the state budget’s General Fund during the past three years, it is important to keep in mind that this year’s total budget is expected to be more than $23 billion. This $23 billion includes federal funds and state fees and represents the highest total budget in South Carolina history during one of the worst budget years. It is also $1.3 billion more than last year – a six percent increase. Over the course of this Administration, the total state budget will have jumped from around $15.5 billion in 2003 to $23.1 billion in 2012 – an increase of 49 percent, or six percent annually. This outpaces the population-plus-inflation by 1.6 percent, annually, on average.

“The worldwide economic downturn, coupled with unsustainable state spending growth and the end of stimulus dollars, has turned what once was a potentially avoidable fiscal storm into a billion dollar budget shortfall,” Gov. Sanford said.  “Still, in these difficult times there are opportunities for long-overdue reforms. This Executive Budget makes some very tough decisions, but it also offers three reforms that we believe will accrue to the taxpayers’ favor: spending caps, state government restructuring and comprehensive tax reform. These measures would save taxpayer dollars and best serve our state as together we seek to make South Carolina a better place to call home.”

A complete copy of the Executive Budget is available online at


Gov. Sanford to Travel the State in Final Full Week

December 31, 2010





Contact:    Ben Fox 803-734-2100

Gov. Sanford to Travel the State in Final Full Week

Columbia, S.C. – December 31, 2010 – As the New Year begins, Gov. Mark Sanford will join hundreds of South Carolinians over the next several days as he travels the state, including several radio and newspaper visits along with the following public events:

Tuesday, Jan. 4:

–Breakfast at Anna J’s (9:15 a.m., 1025 Camden Ave., Rock Hill)

–Spartanburg First Monday Club (12:00 p.m., 2600 East Main St., Spartanburg)

–Unveiling of 2011-12 Executive Budget (1:15 p.m., 2600 East Main St., Spartanburg)

–Anderson grassroots meeting (5:30 p.m., 3725 Clemson Blvd., Anderson)

Wednesday, Jan. 5:

–Breakfast at Debbie’s Restaurant (9:30 a.m., 2621 Cambridge Rd., Greenwood)

–McCormick grassroots meeting (11:30 a.m., Little Italy Restaurant, 108 Main St., McCormick)

Thursday, Jan. 6:

–Final Press Availability / Tax Proposal Press Conference (9:30 a.m., Governor’s Office)

–Myrtle Beach/Murrells Inlet grassroots meeting (7:15 p.m., Fontinello’s Restaurant, 3956 Bypass 17, Murrells Inlet)

Friday, Jan. 7:

–Small Business Visit – Cut Rate Drug Store (2:20 p.m., 32 South Main St., Sumter)

Monday, Jan. 10:

–Hilton Head First Monday Club (12:00 p.m., 69 Pope Ave., Hilton Head)

“Almost 10 years ago, we began our first grassroots campaign for governor by traveling the highways and dirt roads of this state and meeting hard-working South Carolinians where they lived, where they worked, and where they ate,” said Gov. Sanford. “We’re going to end this Administration the same way we began it — by going from one corner of the state to the other, touching base with people from all walks of life, connecting with friends old and new, and saying ‘thank you’ for the grace and support extended to me and my family over the years. I’d wish each and every South Carolinian the best in the New Year, and invite them to stop by any of the events listed above.”


SCGOP Chairman Karen Floyd issues statement on Milliken passing

December 30, 2010

December 30, 2010

CONTACT: Joel Sawyer

SCGOP Chairman Karen Floyd issues statement on Milliken passing

Columbia, SC – December 30, 2010 – South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Karen Floyd today issued the following statement on the death of Roger Milliken:

“Words cannot describe South Carolina’s loss today, because there will never be another South Carolinian whose contributions to this state have been so impactful over so many decades,” Floyd said. “Mr. Milliken was a business leader, whose contribution to our state’s economic engine touched more South Carolinians’ lives during his time on this earth than any other has, and perhaps any other will. Mr. Milliken was a leader, not afraid to forge his own path. His support of the Republican Party – starting with his leadership during the Goldwater campaign five decades ago – was not only a catalyst but a continuing source of strength for the Republican Party that helped turn it into the political presence that it is today. And, he was a Patriot. I know of no one who believed more passionately in the ideals on which this country was founded than did Mr. Milliken. His dedication of time, energy and resources was unmatched, and should serve as a reminder to all of us to give selflessly for that in which we believe.

“But most of all, to me, he was a friend. It is difficult to imagine someone who on one hand was literally larger than life, while on the other being one of the kindest, most compassionate and gentle people I have ever had the fortune of knowing. He will be deeply, deeply missed, and I hope that all South Carolinians join me in offering up prayers and condolences to his family during this difficult time.”



Release: We the People

December 19, 2010

We the People

Nonpartisan Political Public Service- First of its kind- A publicly owned political party. It would be publicly owned because the bylaws will be voted on by the public. This would be a county service in every county in South Carolina. This would be a structured service for the average citizen to have a legitimate chance running for office without the need of large campaign donations or the door to door solicitations. For the voters this would be a county service where you can find an individual to vote for in an open public primary system without the need of pretty speeches. You get to know in writing where that candidate stands on the issues, ideas, and promises. The second primary vote will be after a refereed debate. You will have a lot of choices in candidates and a lot of debates which are very important in a democracy such as we have here in America.  Anyone’s peaceful views are welcome and anyone can vote in this primary system following constitutional laws.

The plan is simple. If the public was invited to a local open primary system then the people would naturally vote for that same candidate in the general election. If the public voted on the bylaws we would naturally require accountability and clear communication between the people who are in charge and those who we elect and we would make it easy to run for office. Advertising is done with a worksheet every 30 days. The worksheet will show you every electable position you can vote for depending on what voting precinct you live in. Who is in those seats, how much they get paid, when their term is up, what the function of their office is, what type of legislation and policy they are working on and other applicable information.  There would be a few multiple choice questions concerning what they are working on. The answers will be submitted to influence our representation while they are in office.

It is time for the natural leaders in our communities to step up. We need precinct (club) leaders.  That club leader would gather petitions required for creating the first ever publicly owned political party in their voting precinct. The election laws state we need 10,000 registered voters in South Carolina to sign this petition.  We really have about one year- the year of 2011 to be able to use this public system in the 2012 election cycle. When you go door to door ask them to sign the petition and make sure they are or will be a registered voter. Ask them to fill out the volunteer worksheet. Ask them for their printed name, signature and phone number on a paper that states the political party name which is “We the People”.

This grassroots movement may change everything we know about politics. George Washington warned our nation about the harmful effects of political parties in his Farewell Address. We are creating a political party because we need to follow the election laws to create a structured system. But, the South Carolina election laws do not prohibit the public voting on the bylaws. These bylaws will determine how we advertise to ourselves, how our primary system works, and what we expect from those who we elect. It is time for the public to have a tool to be more engaged with our elected offices and not be so dependent on what the republican or democratic parties offer us which is limited competition, limited primary participation, limited communication, limited debates, and limited accountability. Not to mention the unbelievable amount of money spent on campaigns without much transparency.


Robert Hughes
Temporary Chairman
Phone (843) 450-5089