Thursday, January 24, 2013
Local state representatives from the Golden Strip will meet with the public tonight at event in Fountain Inn. Supporters of Keith Grounsell expected to attend to ask assistance reinstating him as Simpsonville Police Chief.
Update: With news of tonight's town hall meeting with state lawmakers, supporters of fired Simpsonville Police Chief Keith Grounsell are trying to round up a contingent to attend and ask lawmakers' assistance in reinstating Grounsell and investigating the city's actions before and after the controversial firing, supporter James Ashe tells Patch. Original story: A handful of state lawmakers from our area will be on hand tonight to discuss a number of issues facing South Carolina at a Town Hall meeting in Fountain Inn. On hand will be state representatives Garry Smith, Eric Bedingfield, and Mark Willis, along with state Sen. Ross Turner. Among the issues to be discussed: School safety, cyber security, the economy, expansion of Medicaid and …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Dozens from Mauldin, Simpsonville and elsewhere congregated Thursday to eat fresh-churned ice cream and talk with their state representatives and senators.
Nearly 60 folks from Mauldin, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn and other points throughout the Upstate came out Thursday evening to enjoy some fresh-churned ice cream and talk with their state representatives as part of the 10th Annual Ice Cream in the Park & Town Hall Meeting. The event, held at Simpsonville's Senior Activities Center, was hosted by Republican Dist. 27 state Rep. Garry Smith of Simpsonville, and sponsored jointly by the Simpsonville, Mauldin, and Fountain Inn chambers of commerce. Though Mauldin Rep. Eric Bedingfield could not attend because his car was broken down somewhere on Interstate 26, and Greenville state Sen. David Thomas was a no-show, folks got to spend plenty of informal time talking and socializing with other …
Monday, July 23, 2012
A breakdown of how Upstate House and Senate members voted on Gov. Haley's vetoes.
The attached pdf files allow voters to track how House and Senate members representing the Upstate voted last week on all 81 of Gov. Nikki Haley’s budget vetoes. On many of the vetoes the governor included an explanation as to why she was vetoing the item. 74 of the vetoes came to the General Appropriations Fund and the remaining seven are for the Capital Reserve Fund. A “Yes” vote by a member of the Assembly is one that wishes to override Gov. Haley’s veto. A “No” sustains the veto. A two-thirds majority is required to override the governor’s veto in both the House and Senate. In those instances where the House sustained Gov. Haley’s veto, the Senate was not required to vote. In some cases, the House or Senate or both, opted to re-vote …
Friday, April 27, 2012
A recap of legislative activities from Reps. Bruce Bannister, Eric Bedingfield, Garry Smith and Sen. David Thomas.
In a Town Hall session on Thursday night at City Hall, Mauldin's representatives in Columbia updated citizens on this year's legislative session. Sen. David Thomas and Representatives Bruce Bannister, Eric Bedingfield and Garry Smith discussed a wide range of topics including school choice, tax reform and health care. The accompanying video was recorded live. Follow Mauldin Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Get the newsletter delivered to your inbox every morning by clicking HERE.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Fields for various local races are effectively set for June 12 primary
Now that the filing deadline has passed (last Friday at Noon) the fields for local elections are taking shape. Parties at the county level still must certify the candidates before they are official. The most hotly contested race could very well be for Senate Seat 8, which has been held by David Thomas since 1984. Thomas has four challengers in the primary and the five candidates came together yesterday for First Monday lunch hosted by the Greenville County Republican Party at the Poinsett Club in Greenville. In a fast-moving session, the candidates introduced themselves and hit on topics that are expected to shape the race over the next two months. Aside from Thomas, the candidates for Senate Seat 8 on the Republican side are: Jeff Dishner…
Saturday, March 24, 2012
The latest in the school choice fight.
Rep. Eric Bedingfield (R-28) provides his constituents, many of whom live in Mauldin, with an update on school choice legislation being discussed in Columbia.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Would level the playing field with neighboring states
According to a story in Tuesday's edition of The State, Eric Bedingfield (R-28) has sponsored a bill that has the potential to make South Carolina's vineyards more competitive. The bill would allow state wineries to produce wines that contain up to 60 percent out-of-state juices and fruits. Previously, Palmetto State wineries were allowed no more than 49 percent out-of-state products. Victoria Valley Vineyards in Pickens County would be among the companies to benefit. For more on the bill, read The State article here.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Four local lawmakers back Texas governor's 2012 campaign.
Four Upstate lawmakers have endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry in his 2012 GOP Presidential Primary Campaign. State Reps. Eric Bedingfield (R-District 28), Dan Hamilton (R-Distirct 20), Tommy Stringer (R-District 18) and Mark Willis (R-District 16) said Perry is the right candidate for the job. The four local representatives were among 21 legislators listed at the opening of Perry's South Carolina campaign headquarters in Columbia. They will all serve on his State Legislative Steering Committee. Others included Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler Cherokee County, State Sen. Mike Rose and Rep. Chris Murphy of Summerville, and Rep. Chip Limehouse of Charleston. Bedingfield told Patch that Perry’s record on the two biggest issues in the election…