Statement on Charlottesville from SCDP

posted Aug 13, 2017, 2:02 PM by Ocdp Web

COLUMBIA,SC - The protests, counter-protests, acts of terrorism, and general promotion of hatred in Charlottesville, VA this weekend should serve as a damning reminder of the destructiveness and ugliness that defines white nationalism today. It is natural to attempt to view the tragic events of this weekend from a distance or as an isolated incident. As South Carolinians, we do not have that luxury.

 

The loss of our fellow South Carolinians at Mother Emanuel church, who were simply joining in prayer, still rings in our hearts and serves as a reminder that the seeds of hatred can be sewn in the hearts of the young.  

 

In South Carolina, we have a Republican Party chairman that cheers on terrorism. We have a candidate for Governor who lovingly describes her loyalty to the Confederacy. We have a Governor who spends his time at an all-white country club. 

 

These actions are what lead to the kind of terrorism we've seen in VA today. 

 

The hate and violence on display in VA is haunting because of its ferociousness, but also because of its familiarity. As South Carolinians, we must appreciate the proper context of our history and move toward a more inclusive and prosperous future, together. As South Carolinians, we will rise to the occasion that calls on the decency and good in all of our citizens. This is who we are as a people, this is who we are as South Carolinians.


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South Carolina Democratic Party

915 Lady Street, Suite 111

Columbia SC 29201 United States

Another Opportunity to Meet Mary Geren

posted Aug 11, 2017, 4:52 PM by Ocdp Web

Thursday, August 31, 5:30-8:30.   Golden Grove Farm & Brew, 115 Krim Rd, Piedmont, South Carolina 29673 Join OCDP at the Upstate's newest brewery for an event made for the whole family. We will have live music, food trucks, a bounce castle, games, a photo booth, and more. Mary will be on hand to talk with attendees about her campaign and get to to know you.

There is no price for admission, so be sure to invite your friends.


Candidate Deadline Approaching

posted Aug 9, 2017, 5:19 PM by Ocdp Web

 Filing for local municipal elections in Westminster and Walhalla is open from August 18 until noon on August 28. Local progressives are needed in our communities influencing government from the grassroots. We may live in a red state, but many local offices are nonpartisan. You can make a difference from city councils to school boards to other city and county positions. For more information on running for office in SC: https://www.scvotes.org/filing-municipal-other-nonpartisan-offices.

Meet & Greet for Mary Geren

posted Jul 21, 2017, 1:24 PM by Ocdp Web   [ updated Jul 21, 2017, 7:14 PM ]

Don't miss your chance to meet Mary Geren, candidate for the 3rd Congressional District in SC, challenging Jeff Duncan, November 2018.
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Join us at Waterford Pointe Clubhouse, 215 Amenity Way, Seneca, SC 29672 (map); on Tuesday, July 25, 6 to 8 pm.

The Seneca Journal reported that Geren raised more money in individual campaign contributions than her Republican opponent, Jeff Duncan, in the latest fund raising period. Come support a winner!

Food and beverage will be provided.
RSVP's required: rsvp@marygeren.com or 864-723-1554.
To read more about Mary or donate or volunteer, click here:
marygeren.com 

Hosea Cleveland announces candidacy for SC-03

posted Jul 21, 2017, 1:19 PM by Ocdp Web

     An enthusiastic group of family and friends gathered at Broadway Lake in Anderson County to support Seneca businessman Hosea Cleveland as he announced his candidacy for the 3rd Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Jeff Duncan. Mr. Cleveland, owner of a Seneca Insurance Agency, ran unsuccessfully in 2014 and 2016, but the experience

gained in those campaigns has encouraged him to try again to unseat strong Trump supporter Duncan. He will first challenge Ms. Mary Geren, who has also announced for the 3rd Congressional District Democratic nomination.

In his announcement speech, Mr. Cleveland spelled out his determination to promote the vital interests of all those working families in the District who need protection of their "Health, Wealth and Security." He asked the voters for their support for his campaign and explained how the Democratic party can take back the long time Democratic district, which was held by prominent figures such as Brian Dorn and Butler Derrick, before Lindsay Graham won the seat for the Republicans. If successful, Cleveland would be one of a small group of African-Americans to serve in the US Congress and only the second member of the House of Representatives from our state.

Follow Cleveland on Twitter: @clevforcongress 

Senator Alexander speaks to OCDP Breakfast

posted Jul 21, 2017, 1:14 PM by Ocdp Web

Thirty members of the Oconee Democratic Party were on hand to welcome Senator Thomas Alexander as the guest speaker at their monthly breakfast meeting on Saturday, July 15. Sen. Alexander addressed a number of recent actions of the State Legislature:  increase in the gas tax and various user fees that will be used to repair our roads and bridges, the efforts to ensure that the State Retirement Fund was strengthened so that present and future state, county and municipal employees who are covered by the plan will be assured protection, and the new driver's licenses that will be required starting in 2018 to meet the federal requirements for a "Real I.D."  


Alexander also spoke at length about health care issues, law enforcement training how to handle mental health issues, and the  impact of the Governor's vetoes of some expenditures, particularly those affecting school busses.


During the wide-ranging discussion that followed, Sen. Alexander fielded a number of questions about the potential impact of Republican proposals for cuts in Medicaid and other social programs. After stressing that the outcome of the federal government legislation is unknown, he indicated that the state was providing support for needy families and children - though the details of that plan were still unclear. He did point out that nearly 1 million of South Carolina's nearly five million population receive some support from Medicaid. Other discussions included drug use, domestic violence, minimum wage legislation, hiring practices in Oconee County, opposition to trade unions, and promoting public/private partnerships.  Sen. Alexander complimented the OCDP on its efforts to support the Family Friends program of United Way of Oconee and other local environmental programs, and he emphasized the importance of working together to find practical solutions to the many challenges that face us.



Democratic poll: Party has a shot in sleepy South Carolina race

posted May 31, 2017, 2:36 PM by Ocdp Web   [ updated Jul 21, 2017, 7:08 PM ]

(from The Washington Post)  The Democrat running for Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney’s vacant South Carolina House seat claims to be putting it into play, with an internal poll showing him 10 points down in an environment where Republicans are less likely to vote.

A poll from Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, completed on May 25 and obtained by The Post, has Democrat Archie Parnell down by 10 points to Ralph Norman, a state legislator making his second run at the rural and suburban seat. That’s a six-point bump for Parnell since March, when he began running TV ads, and it’s closer than the margin in Mulvaney’s last few races or the last presidential elections in South Carolina’s 5th District.

Mulvaney, the first Republican to win the district, won his elections while a Democrat was in the White House. In a Trump-era election, ALGR finds Democrats more interested in voting, twice as likely (5o percent to 26 percent) as Republicans to call the election “very important.” Just 42 percent of the district’s voters back the American Health Care Act, which the pollster described as the bill “to repeal and replace” the current health-care law. Fifty percent of voters opposed it.

Parnell’s campaign hopes that the numbers could do what only happened belatedly in Kansas and Montana — get national Democrats to swoop in with funds. Parnell, a former corporate tax attorney, raised about as much money as Norman and avoided a two-round primary, while Norman triumphed in a bitter runoff that was not called for days. Unlike Montana’s Rob Quist, who ran as a populist but got caught flat-flooted by opposition researchers and some policy questions, Parnell has run as a pragmatist who wants to check the House Republican agenda. Unlike Quist, Parnell has been able to campaign without a Republican tracker filming his moves. Unlike Jon Ossoff, the Georgia Democrat whose runoff also occurs on June 20, Parnell has not been the target of a single negative spot.

And to put it mildly, Parnell is less colorful than Quist, a 6-foot-3 poet and folksinger who performed at a nudist colony and wrote his own campaign anthem. Parnell’s sunshine-y ad campaign has leaned into his dry, deadpan persona; the latest of his web videos riffs on the new season of “House of Cards” by having Parnell intersperse villainous bon mots with actual news from the Trump administration. (The Netflix series’ protagonist, Frank Underwood, represents a fictional version of this district.)

By David Weigel

Democratic poll: Party has a shot in sleepy South Carolina race

posted May 31, 2017, 2:36 PM by Ocdp Web   [ updated Jul 21, 2017, 7:06 PM ]

(from The Washington Post)  The Democrat running for Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney’s vacant South Carolina House seat claims to be putting it into play, with an internal poll showing him 10 points down in an environment where Republicans are less likely to vote.

A poll from Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, completed on May 25 and obtained by The Post, has Democrat Archie Parnell down by 10 points to Ralph Norman, a state legislator making his second run at the rural and suburban seat. That’s a six-point bump for Parnell since March, when he began running TV ads, and it’s closer than the margin in Mulvaney’s last few races or the last presidential elections in South Carolina’s 5th District.

Mulvaney, the first Republican to win the district, won his elections while a Democrat was in the White House. In a Trump-era election, ALGR finds Democrats more interested in voting, twice as likely (5o percent to 26 percent) as Republicans to call the election “very important.” Just 42 percent of the district’s voters back the American Health Care Act, which the pollster described as the bill “to repeal and replace” the current health-care law. Fifty percent of voters opposed it.

Parnell’s campaign hopes that the numbers could do what only happened belatedly in Kansas and Montana — get national Democrats to swoop in with funds. Parnell, a former corporate tax attorney, raised about as much money as Norman and avoided a two-round primary, while Norman triumphed in a bitter runoff that was not called for days. Unlike Montana’s Rob Quist, who ran as a populist but got caught flat-flooted by opposition researchers and some policy questions, Parnell has run as a pragmatist who wants to check the House Republican agenda. Unlike Quist, Parnell has been able to campaign without a Republican tracker filming his moves. Unlike Jon Ossoff, the Georgia Democrat whose runoff also occurs on June 20, Parnell has not been the target of a single negative spot.

And to put it mildly, Parnell is less colorful than Quist, a 6-foot-3 poet and folksinger who performed at a nudist colony and wrote his own campaign anthem. Parnell’s sunshine-y ad campaign has leaned into his dry, deadpan persona; the latest of his web videos riffs on the new season of “House of Cards” by having Parnell intersperse villainous bon mots with actual news from the Trump administration. (The Netflix series’ protagonist, Frank Underwood, represents a fictional version of this district.)

By David Weigel

Register to Vote

posted May 30, 2017, 10:26 AM by Ocdp Web


It’s an exciting time of year for the millions of students who are approaching graduation and preparing to begin a new chapter of their lives. 

On top of walking across the stage and honoring their accomplishments in high school, many students will soon be able to enter polling locations across the nation for the very first time.  As they enter this exciting time, make sure the new grads in your life have the tools to effect change as a citizen—with the knowledge and preparedness to elect leaders and support legislation that will continue to move our country forward. 

Congratulate the class of 2017 on their achievements and encourage them to register to vote with our eCard. The League’s eCard directs recipients to Vote411.org where they can easily begin the voter registration process. 

The League stands ready to help newly registered voters become active and engaged in their communities. We continually empower millions of voters with year-round registration opportunities—focusing on those who have just turned 18, as well as those who have recently become citizens, moved homes, changed their name, or need to update their registration for another reason. Help us reach the graduates you know—remind them to register or update their voter registration. 

With your help, we’ll make sure our newest voters have a voice on the issues that are most important to them. Thank you for Making Democracy Work!

 


Sincerely, 

Jeanette Senecal 

Senior Director of Elections, League of Women Voters 

May Breakfast Meeting - Very Informative

posted May 20, 2017, 8:28 AM by Ocdp Web

OCDP members and friends enjoyed a very informative Breakfast Meeting this morning. We started with a brief update on National, State, and Local issues. Then, Dr. Curtis White told us about plans for the Blue Ridge Community Center to be housed on the old Blue Ridge High School property in Seneca. They have very ambitious plans that will reach out to people in that neighborhood and beyond.


Our next breakfast meeting is Saturday,June 17.  Mark your calendar.

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