Who We Are:

We advocate for more freedom, smaller government, lower taxes and defending our Constitutional rights, including religious liberty and our 2nd Amendment Right to Bear Arms.  Monthly meetings are usually the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 pm.  Get involved and make a difference in your county, state, and country!

Next Laurens County Tea Party Meeting:

Next Laurens County Tea Party Meeting: Laurens County Candidate Meet and Greet. All local candidates appearing on the Nov. ballot are invited. Free refreshments. Come out and meet the candidates and be an informed voter!  Location and date: Thursday Oct. 20th at 7pm at the Laurens County Higher Ed Learning Center, 663 Medical Ridge Rd., Clinton, Room 411.

All are welcome to attend!

Laurens County Sample Ballot 2016

NOTE: Not every person will vote for all of these candidates…. it depends on your district for races like County Council, School Board, and House District. Also, many candidates are unopposed, but you should still vote for them if they are your choice.

President of the U.S.:

Hillary Rodham Clinton / Timothy Michael Kaine ( Democratic )

Darrell Castle / Scott Bradley ( Constitution )

Evan McMullin / Nathan Johnson ( Independence )

Jill Stein / Ajamu Baraka ( Green )

Donald J Trump / Michael R Pence ( Republican )

Peter Skewes / Michael Lacy ( American )

Gary Johnson / Bill Weld ( Libertarian )

U.S. Senate:

Tim Scott (R)

Bill Bledsoe (Constitution, Libertarian)

Thomas Dixon (Democratic, Green, Working Families)

Rebel Michael Scarborough (American)

 U.S House of Representatives District 3:
Jeff Duncan (R)

Hosea Cleveland (D)

 State Senate District 9: Danny Verdin

Solicitor Circuit 8

David Stumbo (R)

State House District 14: Mike Pitts

State House District 16:

Mark Willis R

Brandon Greene D

State House District 42:
Tommy Mann (R)

Mike Anthony (D)

Don Reynolds (R)

Stephane Williams (Petition)

Clerk of Court: Lynn Lancaster (R)


F.G. Nick Nichols, (D)

William Weir (R)

Auditor: Jim Coleman (R)

County Council District 2:

Kaaren Mann (Petition)

Joe Wood (R)

 County Council District 3: Garrett McDaniel (D)

County Council District 6: Diane Anderson (D)

County Council District 7: David Pitts (D)

Soil and Water District Commission: Jay Wham

School Board District 55 Seat 1: (Non-Partisan)

Charles Downey

Terri Martin

 School Board District 55 Seat 3: Barbara Beeks

School Board District 55 Seat 5: Anthony Carpenter

School Board District 55 Seat 7: Robby Bell

School Board District 56 Seat 1: Edna McGee

School Board District 56 Seat 2: Kimberly Williams-Carter

School Board District 56 Seat 3: James David Barton

School Board District 56 Seat 4: Patricia E. Sadler

Watershed Candidates



President of the United States: Republican Nominee Donald Trump

U.S. President: Donald Trump

Vice President: Mike Pence



-Born: June 14, 1946 in Queens, NY

–Education: Fordham University; Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

–Author of 15 bestsellers, including The Art of the Deal, considered a business classic and one of the most successful books of all times.

— “Mr. Trump is the Emmy-nominated star and co-producer of the reality television series, “The Apprentice” which quickly became the number one show on television, making ratings history and receiving rave reviews and world wide attention. “The Celebrity Apprentice” has met with great success as well, being one of the highest rated shows on television. The Apprentice’s record fourteenth season premiered in January, 2015. “You’re fired!” is listed as the third greatest television catchphrase of all time. In 2007, Mr. Trump received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he is among the highest paid public speakers in the world. The Apprentice has raised over $15 million for charity.” https://www.donaldjtrump.com/about/

–Married Ivanna in 1977. Divorced in 1991 after affair with actress Marla Maples. Trump married fashion model Melania Knauss in 1995. Trump has 5 children in total and 7 grandchildren.

Successful business and golf course developer: “In New York City, the Trump signature is synonymous with the most prestigious of addresses, among them the world-renowned Fifth Avenue skyscraper, Trump Tower, the Trump International Hotel & Tower, Trump World Tower at the United Nations Plaza, 40 Wall Street, and Trump Park Avenue. His portfolio includes the historic Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida and his ever expanding collection of award-winning golf courses (seventeen thus far) which span the U.S from Los Angeles to New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Florida, and internationally from Scotland and Ireland to Dubai.”

Religion: Presbyterian. http://www.christianpost.com/news/49797/#uGLP3b9hzuSQq8yq.99


And a good discussion on James Dobson’s remark about Trump’s Christianity: http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2016/august/james-dobson-explains-why-donald-trump-baby-christian.html


Health Care:

To view Mr. Trump’s position, visit https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/healthcare-reform

  • Repeal and replace Obamacare with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).
  • Work with Congress to create a patient-centered health care system that promotes choice, quality, and affordability.
  • Work with states to establish high-risk pools to ensure access to coverage for individuals who have not maintained continuous coverage.
  • Allow people to purchase insurance across state lines, in all 50 states, creating a dynamic market.
  • Maximize flexibility for states via block grants so that local leaders can design innovative Medicaid programs that will better serve their low-income citizens.

Constitution and Supreme Court Justices:

Appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our Constitution. The replacement for Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views and principles who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.

  • Defend the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States. Nobody is above the law.
  • Uphold our freedoms, constitutional values and principles that our country was founded on.
  • Protect our Constitutional liberties.
  • Protect and defend the bill of rights, including the freedom of religion, speech, press and right to bear arms.

View Donald J. Trump’s list of Supreme Court Justice Picks: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/donald-j.-trump-adds-to-list-of-potential-supreme-court-justice-picks

“This list is definitive and I will choose only from it in picking future Justices of the United States Supreme Court. I would like to thank the Federalist Society, The Heritage Foundation and the many other individuals who helped in composing this list of twenty-one highly respected people who are the kind of scholars that we need to preserve the very core of our country, and make it greater than ever before.” Donald Trump

Veterans Administration Reforms

–Convenient access to the best quality care.

–Support the whole veteran.

–Fire the corrupt and incompetent VA executives who let our veterans down, by modernizing the VA, and by empowering the doctors and nurses to ensure our veterans receive the best care available in a timely manner.

-Give vets the freedom to choose and forces the VA to compete for their dollars

-All veterans eligible for VA health care can bring their veteran’s ID card to any doctor or care facility that accepts Medicare to get the care they need immediately.

-Increase funding for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury and suicide prevention services.

–Increase funding for job training and placement services (including incentives for companies hiring veterans), educational support and business loans.

–Transform the VA to meet the needs of 21st century service members.

–Better support our women veterans.

–No job security for VA executives that enabled or overlooked corruption and incompetence.

–End waste, fraud and abuse at the VA.

–Modernize the VA.

–Empower the caregivers to ensure our veterans receive quality care quickly.

–Hire more veterans to care for veterans.

–Embed satellite VA clinics in rural and other underserved areas.

Tax Reform:

  • Reduce taxes across-the-board, especially for working and middle-income Americans who will receive a massive tax reduction.
  • Ensure the rich will pay their fair share, but no one will pay so much that it destroys jobs or undermines our ability to compete.
  • Eliminate special interest loopholes, make our business tax rate more competitive to keep jobs in America, create new opportunities and revitalize our economy.
  • Reduce the cost of childcare by allowing families to fully deduct the average cost of childcare from their taxes, including stay-at-home parents.

Read the Fact Sheet on Donald J. Trump’s Tax Policy: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/fact-sheet-donald-j.-trumps-pro-growth-economic-policy-will-create-25-milli

Tax Law Changes

The Trump Plan will revise and update both the individual and corporate tax codes:

Individual Income Tax

Tax rates

The Trump Plan will collapse the current seven tax brackets to three brackets. The rates and breakpoints are as shown below. Low-income Americans will have an effective income tax rate of 0. The tax brackets are similar to those in the House GOP tax blueprint.

Brackets & Rates for Married-Joint filers:
Less than $75,000: 12%
More than $75,000 but less than $225,000: 25%
More than $225,000: 33%
*Brackets for single filers are ½ of these amounts

The Trump Plan will retain the existing capital gains rate structure (maximum rate of 20 percent) with tax brackets shown above. Carried interest will be taxed as ordinary income.

The 3.8 percent Obamacare tax on investment income will be repealed, as will the alternative minimum tax.


The Trump Plan will increase the standard deduction for joint filers to $30,000, from $12,600, and the standard deduction for single filers will be $15,000. The personal exemptions will be eliminated as will the head-of-household filing status.

In addition, the Trump Plan will cap itemized deductions at $200,000 for Married-Joint filers or $100,000 for Single filers.

Death Tax

The Trump Plan will repeal the death tax, but capital gains held until death and valued over $10 million will be subject to tax to exempt small businesses and family farms. To prevent abuse, contributions of appreciated assets into a private charity established by the decedent or the decedent’s relatives will be disallowed.


Americans will be able to take an above-the-line deduction for children under age 13 that will be capped at state average for age of child, and for eldercare for a dependent. The exclusion will not be available to taxpayers with total income over $500,000 Married-Joint /$250,000 Single, and because of the cap on the size of the benefit, working and middle class families will see the largest percentage reduction in their taxable income.

The childcare exclusion would be provided to families who use stay-at-home parents or grandparents as well as those who use paid caregivers, and would be limited to 4 children per taxpayer. The eldercare exclusion would be capped at $5,000 per year. The cap would increase each year at the rate of inflation.

Business Tax

The Trump Plan will lower the business tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, and eliminate the corporate alternative minimum tax. This rate is available to all businesses, both small and large, that want to retain the profits within the business.

It will provide a deemed repatriation of corporate profits held offshore at a one-time tax rate of 10 percent.

Second Amendment Rights https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/constitution-and-second-amendment/

— Fully supports our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

–Enforce the laws on the books

–Fully prosecute violent criminals.

–Empower law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves.

–Fix our broken mental health system

-Guns and magazines: Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice.

–Background checks. What we need to do is fix the system we have and make it work as intended. What we don’t need to do is expand a broken system.

–Supports a national right-to-carry act.

–Military bases and recruiting centers: Forbidding our military from carrying firearms on bases and at recruiting centers is ridiculous.

— Trump has a concealed carry permit.

Read full statement here: https://assets.donaldjtrump.com/Second_Amendment_Rights.pdf


Immigration: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/immigration/

  • Prioritize the jobs, wages and security of the American people.
  • Establish new immigration controls to boost wages and to ensure that open jobs are offered to American workers first.
  • Protect the economic well-being of the lawful immigrants already living here by curbing uncontrolled foreign worker admissions
    • Select immigrants based on their likelihood of success in the U.S. and their ability to be financially self-sufficient.
    • Vet applicants to ensure they support America’s values, institutions and people, and temporarily suspend immigration from regions that export terrorism and where safe vetting cannot presently be ensured.
    • Enforce the immigration laws of the United States and restore the Constitutional rule of law upon which America’s prosperity and security depend.

Donald J. Trump’s 10 Point Plan to Put America First

  1. Begin working on an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border, on day one. Mexico will pay for the wall.
  2. End catch-and-release. Under a Trump administration, anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed out of our country.
  3. Move criminal aliens out day one, in joint operations with local, state, and federal law enforcement. We will terminate the Obama administration’s deadly, non-enforcement policies that allow thousands of criminal aliens to freely roam our streets.
  4. End sanctuary cities.
  5. Immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties. All immigration laws will be enforced – we will triple the number of ICE agents. Anyone who enters the U.S. illegally is subject to deportation. That is what it means to have laws and to have a country.
  6. Suspend the issuance of visas to any place where adequate screening cannot occur, until proven and effective vetting mechanisms can be put into place.
  7. Ensure that other countries take their people back when we order them deported.
  8. Ensure that a biometric entry-exit visa tracking system is fully implemented at all land, air, and sea ports.
  9. Turn off the jobs and benefits magnet. Many immigrants come to the U.S. illegally in search of jobs, even though federal law prohibits the employment of illegal immigrants.
  10. Reform legal immigration to serve the best interests of America and its workers, keeping immigration levels within historic norms.

Read More on Donald J. Trump’s 10 Point Plan to Put America First: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/donald-j.-trump-address-on-immigration


Proper Vetting of Refugees:
“Suspend the issuance of visas to any place where adequate screening cannot occur, until proven and effective vetting mechanisms can be put into place.” https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/immigration/

Moral Issues:

“Trump was previously a longtime supporter of abortion rights, but now considers himself pro-life. Trump has said that his conversion is due to an experience a friend had that changed his perception of abortion. He supports abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and if the life of the mother is threatened. While Trump personally supports traditional marriage and states’ right to decide the definition of marriage, he has also supported the Supreme Court’s right to determine the issue for states.”  He did not support Kim Davis when she refused to issue marriage licenses. https://www.conservativereview.com/2016-presidential-candidates/candidates/donald-trump#sthash.ZvjttFYz.dpuf

Foreign Policy and Defeating ISIS:


  • Peace through strength will be at the center of our foreign policy. We will achieve a stable, peaceful world with less conflict and more common ground.
  • Advance America’s core national interests, promote regional stability, and produce an easing of tensions in the world. Work with Congress to fully repeal the defense sequester and submit a new budget to rebuild our depleted military.
  • Rebuild our military, enhance and improve intelligence and cyber capabilities.
  • End the current strategy of nation-building and regime change.
  • Ensure our security procedures and refugee policy takes into account the security of the American people.

Read Donald J. Trump’s Plan to Make America Safe and Respected Again: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/donald-j.-trump-foreign-policy-speech

Work with our Arab allies and friends in the Middle East in the fight against ISIS.

  • Pursue aggressive joint and coalition military operations to crush and destroy ISIS, international cooperation to cutoff their funding, expand intelligence sharing, and cyberwarfare to disrupt and disable their propaganda and recruiting.
  • Defeat the ideology of radical Islamic terrorism just as we won the Cold War.
  • Establish new screening procedures and enforce our immigration laws to keep terrorists out of the United States.
  • Suspend, on a temporary basis, immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism.
  • Establish a Commission on Radical Islam to identify and explain to the American public the core convictions and beliefs of Radical Islam, to identify the warning signs of radicalization, and to expose the networks in our society that support radicalization.

Read Donald J. Trump’s Detailed Plan to Defeat ISIS: https://assets.donaldjtrump.com/DJT_Radical_Islam_Speech.pdf

Controversial Issues:

Accusations that “Trump is a democrat.”  “Trump has switched his party affiliation numerous times. In 1987, he registered as a Republican. In 1999 he became an independent. In 2001, he registered as a Democrat. By 2009, he was once again a Republican. When questioned about the many switches, Trump explained, “I wanted to decide which party best suited my philosophy.” https://www.conservativereview.com/2016-presidential-candidates/candidates/donald-trump#sthash.ZvjttFYz.dpuf

Is Trump racist? In 1997, Trump opened an exclusive club in Palm Beach (Mar-A-Lago) which was open to blacks and Jews, unlike other clubs in the area. http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB862335923489989500

Another assessment of the numerous accusations against Trump, which finds these are NOT examples of racism: http://www.inquisitr.com/3364881/is-donald-trump-actually-racist-or-does-the-media-just-paint-him-that-way/

Controversy has recently erupted over the release by the Washington Post of a voice recording of Trump and Billy Bush with what amounts to locker room sex talk. The recording of this private conversation is from 11 years ago. Trump took ownership for the situation and issued an apology. https://www.yahoo.com/news/video-emerges-of-donald-trump-saying-shockingly-lewd-things-in-2005-205256001.html


For information about Trump’s donors and fundraising, please see: http://www.opensecrets.org/pres16/candidate.php?id=N00023864

Source of Funds

  Individual Contributions
– Small Individual Contributions
– Large Individual Contributions
$48,353,930 (29%)
$26,599,302 (16%)
PAC Contributions $22,200 (0%)
Candidate self-financing $54,040,587 (33%)
Federal Funds $0 (0%)
Other $37,012,617 (22%)




Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen.Ted Cruz, Gov. Chris Christie, Dr. Ben Carson, Jeff Dewit, State Treasurer of Arizona, Bob Dole, Willie Robertson: Duck Dynasty star, Herschel Walker, former running back, National Black Republicans Association http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/23/politics/donald-trump-black-republicans/index.html

State-by-state staff and endorsements: http://www.p2016.org/trump/trumporg.html


Endorsements listed on his website:


VERY extensive list of endorsements found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Donald_Trump_presidential_campaign_endorsements,_2016

President of the United States: Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton/Timothy Kaine

Age 68
Graduated with a B.A. in political science, Wellesley College in 1969
J.D. from Yale Law School 1973
Worked for Children’s Defense Fund
Served as a lawyer for the congressional committee investigating President Nixon in the Watergate scandal.
Married Bill Clinton in 1975. One daughter, Chelsea
1979: 1st woman to be made full partner in Rose Law Firm
First Lady of Arkansas from 1979-1981, and 1983-1992.
First Lady of the U.S. when husband Bill was elected President from 1993-2001.
Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000.
Ran for President in 2008. She lost, and was subsequently offered the position of Secretary of State under President Barack Obama, a position she held from 2009-2013, when she resigned. “Clinton was at the forefront of the U.S. response to the Arab Spring and advocated the U.S. military intervention in Libya. She took responsibility for security lapses related to the 2012 Benghazi attack, which resulted in the deaths of American consulate personnel, but defended her personal actions in regard to the matter.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton
Religious views: Methodist

Considers school vouchers to be unconstitutional.
Community college should be free.
College students should do their part by working 10 hours a week.

“Climate change is an urgent threat and a defining challenge of our time—and Hillary Clinton has a plan to tackle it by making America the world’s clean energy superpower, taking bold steps to slash carbon pollution at home and around the world, and ensuring no Americans are left out or left behind as we rapidly build a clean energy economy.”

Stated at a campaign rally: “Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” going on to say trickle-down economics “has failed rather spectacularly.” Three days later, she attempted to clarify her remark: “Let me be absolutely clear about what I’ve been saying for a couple of decades: Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in an America where workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out — not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas.” http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/27/politics/hillary-clinton-job-creation/index.html

Supports abortion. Considers abortion a Constitutional right.
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-abortion voting record.
Supports partial birth abortion in the case of life-threatening abnormalities.
Voted NO on banning partial birth abortion unless the life of the mother was in danger.
Government should have no role in abortion decisions.
Supports Planned Parenthood

2nd Amendment:

  • Strengthen background checks and close dangerous loopholes in the current system.
    • Hold “irresponsible” dealers and manufacturers accountable.
    • Keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, domestic abusers, other violent criminals, and the severely mentally ill.

Opposes the Bush Tax cuts.
The “rich aren’t paying their fair share.”
Voted against ending the death tax.
Appears to have a voting record consistent with more taxes.
Would enact a number of tax policies which would raise taxes on individual and business income. For an excellent analysis, see here: http://taxfoundation.org/article/details-and-analysis-hillary-clinton-s-tax-proposals

Syrian Refugees:
U.S. should accept 65,000 Syrian refugees. https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p=hillary+clinton+syrian+refugees&ei=UTF-8&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-002
“We should do our part, as should the Europeans; but this is a broader, global crisis,” Clinton replied. “We now have more refugees than we’ve had in many years — I think, since the Second World War.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-syria-refugee-crisis_us_55e9d18ce4b03784e275bf72

“This cannot be an American fight. …we will support those who take the fight to ISIS…this cannot be an American fight.” http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/14/hillary-clinton-isis-iraqis-fault-sanders-slams-iraq-war/
Supports an intensification and acceleration of Obama’s current plan. America should lead the fight. https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p=hillary+clinton+ISIS&ei=UTF-8&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-002

“ISIS and the foreign terrorist fighters it recruits pose a serious threat to America and our allies. We will confront and defeat them in a way that builds greater stability across the region, without miring our troops in another misguided ground war. Hillary will empower our partners to defeat terrorism and the ideologies that drive it, including through our ongoing partnership to build Iraqi military and governing capacity, our commitment to Afghanistan’s democracy and security, and by supporting efforts to restore stability to Libya and Yemen.” https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/national-security/

Hillary’s Deputy Chief of Staff while serving as Secretary of State is Huma Abedin, a Muslim. See more on Huma below.
Refuses to use the term “radical Islam.”

“I support gay marriage personally and as law.” http://ontheissues.org/Hillary_Clinton.htm
Will fight for LGBT rights. https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/lgbt-equality/

“Affordable health care is a basic human right.”
Tried to push through single-payer health care as 1st Lady.
Will defend Obamacare and build on it to “slow the growth of out of pocket costs.”
“Crack down on rising prescription drug costs and hold drug companies accountable so they get ahead by investing in research, not jacking up costs.”
“Protect women’s access to reproductive health care.”


Voted yes on federal funding of sanctuary cities
Voted yes on “comprehensive immigration reform.”
Voted yes on building a fence along the Mexican border.
Voted yes on allowing illegal immigrants to participate in Social Security.
Sponsored bill covering child resident aliens under Medicaid.
Sponsored bill funding social services for non-citizens.
Rated 8% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance.

Illegals should be eligible for Obamacare. https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/immigration-reform/

Supports open borders:

“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, sometime in the future with energy that’s as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere,” Clinton reportedly said to investors in a paid speech she gave to Brazilian Banco Itau in 2013.” http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-hillary-clinton-open-borders-kass-1012-20161011-column.html

Executive Overreach:
Tightening the gun show and Internet sales loophole if Congress won’t. “If Congress refuses to act, Hillary will take administrative action to require that any person attempting to sell a significant number of guns abide by the same commonsense rules that apply to gun stores—including requiring background checks on gun sales.” (This shows a disrespect for the role of the Executive Branch, which is to ENFORCE the laws, not write them or act through judicial fiat.)

Extensive list here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Hillary_Clinton_presidential_campaign_endorsements,_2016

Vote ratings:

ACU, 2006-7, 0%, 8%†
AFA, 2006-7, 0%
National Right to Life (2006-7), 2006-7, 0%

AFSCME, 2006-7, 100%, 98%†
ADA, 2006, 95%
AFL-CIO, 2006-07, 100%, 94%†
Human Rights Campaign (2006-7), 2006-7, 89%
ACLU, 2006-7, 75%

Paloma Partners: $13,111,100

Renaissance Technologies: $11,535,000

Soros Fund Management: $10,544,000

Pritzker Group: $10, 125, 957

Saban Capital Group: $10, 049,392

See the rest at this link: http://www.opensecrets.org/pres16/contrib.php?cycle=2016&id=N00000019&type=f

Controversial Issues:
Hillary Clinton has been involved in many scandals and allegations of shady behavior over the years. Here’s a brief recap of the top 17 scandals, some of which are covered in more detail below. http://presidential-candidates.insidegov.com/stories/5955/top-hillary-clinton-scandals?utm_medium=cm&utm_source=outbrain&utm_campaign=ao.cm.ob.dt.5955&utm_term=dt&utm_content=5192495#Intro

Whitewater investigation
“First Lady Clinton was a subject of several investigations by the United States Office of the Independent Counsel, committees of the U.S. Congress, and the press. The Whitewater controversy was the focus of media attention from the publication of a New York Times report during the 1992 presidential campaign and throughout her time as First Lady. The Clintons had lost their late-1970s investment in the Whitewater Development Corporation; at the same time, their partners in that investment, Jim and Susan McDougal, operated Madison Guaranty, a savings and loan institution that retained the legal services of Rose Law Firm and may have been improperly subsidizing Whitewater losses. Madison Guaranty later failed, and Clinton’s work at Rose was scrutinized for a possible conflict of interest in representing the bank before state regulators that her husband had appointed. She said she had done minimal work for the bank. Independent counsels Robert Fiske and Kenneth Starr subpoenaed Clinton’s legal billing records; she said she did not know where they were. The records were found in the First Lady’s White House book room after a two-year search and delivered to investigators in early 1996. The delayed appearance of the records sparked intense interest and another investigation concerning how they surfaced and where they had been. Clinton’s staff attributed the problem to continual changes in White House storage areas since the move from the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. On January 26, 1996, Clinton became the first First Lady to be subpoenaed to testify before a Federal grand jury. After several Independent Counsels had investigated, a final report was issued in 2000 that stated there was insufficient evidence that either Clinton had engaged in criminal wrongdoing.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton
“Scrutiny of the May 1993 firings of the White House Travel Office employees, an affair that became known as “Travelgate”, began with charges that the White House had used audited financial irregularities in the Travel Office operation as an excuse to replace the staff with friends from Arkansas. The 1996 discovery of a two-year-old White House memo caused the investigation to focus on whether Hillary Clinton had orchestrated the firings and whether the statements she made to investigators about her role in the firings were true. The 2000 final Independent Counsel report concluded she was involved in the firings and that she had made “factually false” statements, but that there was insufficient evidence that she knew the statements were false, or knew that her actions would lead to firings, to prosecute her.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton
Filegate and more:
“An outgrowth of the Travelgate investigation was the June 1996 discovery of improper White House access to hundreds of FBI background reports on former Republican White House employees, an affair that some called “Filegate”. Accusations were made that Hillary Clinton had requested these files and that she had recommended hiring an unqualified individual to head the White House Security Office. The 2000 final Independent Counsel report found no substantial or credible evidence that Hillary Clinton had any role or showed any misconduct in the matter.
In March 1994, newspaper reports revealed her spectacular profits from cattle futures trading in 1978–1979; allegations were made in the press of conflict of interest and disguised bribery, and several individuals analyzed her trading records, but no formal investigation was made and she was never charged with any wrongdoing.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton
Watergate scandal
It has been alleged that Hillary, who served on the Watergate investigation, was fired for lying and unethical behavior. As with many of the scandals surrounding Clinton, it is difficult to determine for certain whether or not this story is true.

Bill Clinton’s sexual scandals and Hillary’s support of him, despite her comment of “I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault. Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have a right to be heard and you have a right to believed. We’re with you.” Apparently, that statement did not apply to the women who accused her husband.
“Allegations of womanizing, extramarital affairs and abuse have trickled out over the course of Bill Clinton’s political life, including a wave of what his campaign referred to as “bimbo eruptions” when he first ran for president in 1992 and still more allegations of misbehavior after investigators in 1997 started looking into Clinton’s sexual encounters with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Clinton was impeached over the Lewinsky affair. In 1998, he agreed to an $850,000 settlement with state worker Paula Jones, who had accused Clinton of exposing himself and making indecent propositions when Clinton was governor. The settlement included no apology or admission of guilt.
Clinton also acknowledged in a deposition that he’d had a single sexual encounter with former TV reporter Gennifer Flowers, who claimed they had a 12-year affair while he was governor. Among other accusers: Nurse Juanita Broaddrick in 1999 claimed she was raped by then-state Attorney General Clinton at a Little Rock hotel in 1978. Kathleen Willey, a White House volunteer, claimed Clinton fondled her when she met privately with him at the White House in 1993 to seek a job. Clinton denied the allegations by Broaddrick and Willey.
During those tumultuous days in the 1990s, Hillary Clinton’s stood by her husband publicly and cast his accusers as part of a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
Writings about the Clinton White House years suggest she was more active behind the scenes, helping to drive political and legal strategy to defend her husband during the Lewinsky investigation. Her friend Diane Blair wrote in her diary that Hillary Clinton had called Lewinsky a “narcissistic loony tune.” Former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos, in his 1999 memoir, recalled Clinton in 1992 saying of one woman who claimed to have been propositioned by her husband, “We have to destroy her story.” Three people signed affidavits denying those allegations by Connie Hamzy.” http://jacksonville.com/breaking-news/2016-01-27/story/voters-conflicted-relevance-hillary-clinton-marriage-drama?utm_source=story_footer_recommendations&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=cxense
“The 2012 Benghazi attack took place on the evening of September 11, 2012, when Islamic militants attacked the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith. Several hours later, a second assault targeted a different compound about one mile away, killing CIA contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty. Ten others were also injured in the attacks. Initially, top U.S. officials and the media reported that the Benghazi attack was a spontaneous protest triggered by an anti-Muslim video, Innocence of Muslims.”
Subsequent investigations determined that there was no such protest and that the attacks were premeditated. This happened under Clinton’s watch as Secretary of State, and subsequent investigations, including congressional hearings, have focused on what Clinton knew before, during, and after the attacks. It has been alleged that the U.S. was funneling weapons through Libya to go to jihadist forces in Syrian. http://www.examiner.com/article/was-stevens-murdered-to-coverup-u-s-gun-running-from-libya-to-alqaeda-syria
Ambassador Stevens allegedly had requested more security from Clinton prior to the attack, but was denied. After the attacks were in progress, Tyrone Woods requested to go to the assistance of Stevens, but was told twice to “stand down.” Woods eventually disobeyed orders and went anyway. Questions still remain about this whole affair, but it seems apparent that botched leadership and poor judgement are largely responsible for the deaths of these four Americans.
Failure to beef up security in Benghazi despite warnings and requests:
“Issa and Chaffetz say they’ve “been told repeatedly” that the Obama administration not only “repeatedly reject(ed) requests for increased security despite escalating violence, but it also systematically decreased existing security to dangerous and ineffective levels,” and did so “to effectuate a policy of ‘normalization’ in Libya after the conclusion of its civil war.”
This “normalization,” the GOP congressman write, “appeared to have been aimed at conveying the impression that the situation in Libya was getting better, not worse. The administration’s decision to normalize was the basis for systematically withdrawing security personnel and equipment – including a much-needed DC-3 aircraft – without taking into account the reality on the ground. In an interview with Mr. Nordstrom, he maintained that the State Department routinely made decisions about security in early 2012 without first consulting him.” The congressmen submit ten questions for the president to answer.” http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/documents-back-up-claims-of-requests-for-greater-security-in-benghazi/
Email scandal
Hillary Clinton, while serving as Secretary of State, used her own, unsecured home server to send emails, many with classified information, including emails with President Obama. This is a huge security breach. As the top official in the State Department, Clinton should have known better. Either she is completely incompetent, was trying to hide something, or reckless with our national security by communicating in this manner.

“To summarize, we have a situation in which (a) Obama knowingly communicated with Clinton over a non-government, non-secure e-mail system; (b) Obama and Clinton almost certainly discussed matters that are automatically deemed classified under the president’s own guidelines; and (c) at least one high-ranking government official (Petraeus) has been prosecuted because he failed to maintain the security of highly sensitive intelligence that included policy-related conversations with Obama. From these facts and circumstances, we must deduce that it is possible, if not highly likely, that President Obama himself has been grossly negligent in handling classified information. He discussed sensitive matters on a non-government, non-secure e-mail system that could easily be penetrated by foreign governments (among other rogue actors). By doing so, he left an electronic- and paper-trail that was outside the government’s tightly secured repositories for classified information. He also personally indulged, and thus implicitly endorsed, Clinton’s use of private e-mail to do government business.”

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430706/obama-hillary-clinton-email-problem

“The Obama administration confirmed for the first time Friday that Hillary Clinton’s unsecured home server contained closely guarded government secrets, censoring 22 emails with material requiring one of the highest levels of classification.” http://jacksonville.com/breaking-news/2016-01-29/story/us-reveals-hillary-clintons-private-email-server-held-top-secret?utm_source=Recommendation_Widget&utm_medium=desktop&utm_campaign=qrec&utm_content=image

How Clinton’s illegal behavior has hurt national security: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430597/hillary-clinton-email-server-former-intelligence-officers-havoc?target=topic&tid=4571

In July of 2016, the FBI concluded its investigation and decided not to hold Clinton accountable for using her private email server to send classified emails. “The FBI concluded its investigation under something of a cloud since Mrs. Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, met last week with Ms. Lynch on her plane. Members of both political parties said the meeting was inappropriate because Ms. Lynch oversees the FBI, and the encounter could suggest Mr. Clinton was seeking to influence the investigation’s outcome.” http://www.wsj.com/articles/fbi-won-t-recommend-clinton-be-indicted-over-private-email-use-1467731774

Wikileaks scandal: damaging emails alleging massive corruption on the part of Clinton and collusion with the media have been released by Julian Assange: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/wikileaks-releases-second-batch-2086-hacked-emails-clinton-campaign-chairman-1585682


“WikiLeaks announced that it had obtained nearly 50,000 emails from the personal inbox of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and leaked more than two thousand of them. The Clinton campaign would not confirm the authenticity of the emails, but a series of Podesta tweets seemed to indicate that his email was compromised.

The statements by Clinton, which were gleaned from documents that have yet to be authenticated by The Daily Beast, were made in private settings to big banks and Wall Street firms. The speeches appear to paint her in the worst possible light: two-faced, out of touch, secretive and subservient to Wall Street. And in the most explicit way possible, validate Bernie Sanders’ criticisms of her during the Democratic primary.” http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/07/leaked-podesta-emails-show-bernie-was-right.html

Clinton conspired to take down Sanders: “WikiLeaks released the third installment of its cache of Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s hacked emails early Tuesday, revealing the inner workings of the Clinton camp’s efforts to spin news items and influence reporting; their strategies to take down the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); and the often cozy relationship between Podesta and corporate lobbyists.” http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/10/11/planned-attacks-sanders-included-wikileaks-third-batch-podesta-emails

Clinton Foundation donations
Clinton appears to have granted favors to countries who made massive donations to the Clinton Foundation:
“During Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton earned a combined $26.4 million in speaking fees. Bill was the major earner, giving three speeches with a speaking price ranging from $500,000 to $1 million for each. Many of their speeches were given to foreign countries, and foreign and United States corporations.
The issue with the speaking fees is what was done with them. All $26.4 million was handed to the Clinton Foundation. The legality of this concerns tax laws. Is there a legal way to hand over earned fees to a foundation without reporting it for either personal or business tax purposes? Essentially, America’s top courts and the Internal Revenue Service have stood behind the ideal that the one who earned the fee is responsible for the taxes on that fee. There is no assigning the tax burden to a foundation or corporation.
The sticky point is that though the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation have pledged to amend their tax filings to correct any possible errors, the IRS can still assign penalties and prosecute tax filers based on the initial filing, regardless of amendments.
According to the International Business Times, this leads to the second front of perceived impropriety, foreign donations, and possible influence peddling. Some of Hillary Clinton’s duties while Secretary of State was to determine whether it was in the best interests of the United States to consider selling arms and war technology to foreign countries. One criteria that was supposed to be used in this consideration was the history of the prospective country in regards to human rights. Those countries with poor human rights histories would be less considered for weapons sales.
The issue now arises that a few countries with poor human rights histories, such as Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were allowed to purchase weapons. The possible impropriety comes in when you consider that these countries donated thousands upon millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. Then, even with poor human rights histories, Clinton authorized weapons sales to these countries after the countries donated to the Clinton Foundation.” Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/2119696/clinton-foundation-donation-scandal-looking-more-like-influence-peddling/#DQEkh6JfT3q6yCod.99
Huma Abedin: Deputy Chief of Staff to Clinton while she served as Secretary of State who now works as Vice Chairwoman on Hillary’s campaign.
Huma’s family has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a known sponsor of terrorism. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/312211/huma-abedins-muslim-brotherhood-ties-andrew-c-mccarthy

Has Huma Abedin caused a shift in American policy in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood?
“Nevertheless, since Secretary Clinton’s tenure began, with Huma Abedin serving as a top adviser, the United States has aligned itself with the Muslim Brotherhood in myriad ways. To name just a few (the list is by no means exhaustive): Our government reversed the policy against formal contacts with the Brotherhood; funded Hamas; continued funding Egypt even after the Brotherhood won the elections; dropped an investigation of Brotherhood organizations in the U.S. that were previously identified as co-conspirators in the case of the Holy Land Foundation financing Hamas; hosted Brotherhood delegations in the United States; issued a visa to a member of the Islamic Group (a designated terrorist organization) and hosted him in Washington because he is part of the Brotherhood’s parliamentary coalition in Egypt; announced that Israel should go back to its indefensible 1967 borders; excluded Israel, the world’s leading target of terrorism, from a counterterrorism forum in which the State Department sought to “partner” with Islamist governments that do not regard attacks on Israel as terrorism; and pressured Egypt’s pro-American military government to surrender power to the anti-American Muslim Brotherhood parliament and president just elected by Egypt’s predominantly anti-American population. So I was hoping maybe the speaker could explain to us: Hypothetically, if Huma Abedin did have a bias in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood, and if she were actually acting on that bias to try to tilt American policy in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood, what exactly would the State Department be doing differently?”

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/312211/huma-abedins-muslim-brotherhood-ties-andrew-c-mccarthy

Summary: Hillary Clinton’s career has been dogged by a long string of scandals and questionable behavior and judgement. Her solutions to problems include more big-government programs and more taxes. Her positions and values are contrary to tea party values of smaller government, lower taxes, more freedom, and following our Constitution. She also incites class warfare with her mantra of “the rich aren’t paying their fair share” and she seems oblivious to threat of radical Islam (refusing to even use the term) and the threat of unbridled Muslim immigration—which one only needs to look to Europe to see how well that is working out.

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Third-Party Presidential Candidates

Note: ONLY the Libertarian Candidate, Gary Johnson, has managed to get on the ballot in all 50 states and DC.

Constitution Party: http://www.constitutionparty.com/

Darrell Castle; Running mate: Scott Bradley

“Darrell believes that the role of the President of the United States is to PRESERVE – PROTECT – and DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION.   None of the other candidates seem to have this goal in mind nor have they mentioned what this means and how they will accomplish this in their presidencies.

All the other candidates are marching to the beat of the same song- that of government or personal tyranny over the American people, to a greater or lesser degree. Is the Law of Liberty negotiable, as Trump says “everything is negotiable”? Is the Law of Liberty to be trampled upon, as Hillary has a history of doing? Johnson and Stein also both believe that the government should have greater control over the people in many areas than those prescribed by the Constitution. Only Darrell Castle and Scott Bradley understand the Law of Liberty, live the Law of Liberty, teach the Law of Liberty, and will govern by the Law of Liberty. No compromises, no negotiations, no looking the other way because it suits our personal priorities. If you want Liberty there is only one choice in this election – Castle/Bradley 2016.”

According to their website on 10/10/16, “At this juncture we are on the ballot in 24 states and hope to have write-in status in all but Massachusetts, North Carolina and Oklahoma.” Based on this, and the overall low name recognition, this candidate, though well intentioned and certainly in line with tea party values, has no chance of winning.

7 Basic Principles: pro-life, pro-religious freedom, marriage = one man/one woman, state sovereignty, personal and private property rights, following the Constitution as interpreted by the Founders, and a foreign policy of borders, putting America first, and no foreign entanglements.

Independence Party:

Evan McMullin https://www.evanmcmullin.com/

Running Mate: Mindy Finn is listed on the website, although Nathan Johnson is listed on the ballot.

Bio: “He graduated from Auburn High School in Auburn, Washington, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from Brigham Young University (BYU) and a Master’s of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Evan served as a Mormon missionary in Brazil and Volunteer Refugee Resettlement Officer in Amman, Jordan on behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

On September 11th, 2001 Evan was in training at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. He completed his training and repeatedly volunteered for overseas service in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, spearheading counterterrorism and intelligence operations in some of the most dangerous places on earth.

Having completed his CIA service, in 2011, McMullin transitioned to the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he worked with companies in several industries, including technology, energy, consumer goods, biotech, industrials and real estate on capital raising projects and mergers and acquisitions.

In 2013, McMullin joined the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as a senior advisor and later became the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference.”


Repeal Obamacare and replace with a streamlined, market based approach.

Describes himself as a “a constitutional conservative who will reverse the unaccountable expansion of federal power at the expense of state and local government. He will restore the constitutional system of checks and balances, which designates Congress—not the president, the courts, or the bureaucracy—as the only body capable of making laws. Evan will appoint judges committed to upholding the Constitution as originally written and understood, instead of imposing their social agendas or legislating from the bench. These reforms will help to ensure that our country continues to have government by the people, of the people, and for the people.”

Abortion: says life should be respected from conception to death, but it is unclear if he supports ending abortion. “Americans can and should work together to increase support and resources to reduce unintended pregnancies and encourage adoption, even if they may have different opinions on abortion rights.”

Pro-2nd Amendment

Immigration: “The path to reform begins with securing our borders. Once they are secured, there should be a process of earned legalization for the illegal immigrants who are already here. There is simply no efficient way to deport 11 million individuals; doing so would break apart families and likely cost $100 billion. Furthermore, legalization is not amnesty.”

Green Party:

Jill Stein http://www.jill2016.com/; Running mate: Ajamu Baraka

On the ballot in 45 states and approved as a write-in in 3 more.

“It’s time to build a people’s movement to end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of every person. The power to create this new world is not in our hopes; it’s not in our dreams — it’s in our hands.”

Key points of the Power to the People Plan:

A Green New Deal:

Create millions of jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation.

Jobs as a Right:

Create living-wage jobs for every American who needs work, replacing unemployment offices with employment offices. Advance workers rights to form unions, achieve workplace democracy, and keep a fair share of the wealth they create.

End Poverty:

Guarantee economic human rights, including access to food, water, housing, and utilities, with effective anti-poverty programs to ensure every American a life of dignity.

Health Care as a Right:

Establish an improved “Medicare For All” single-payer public health insurance program to provide everyone with quality health care, at huge savings.

Education as a Right:

Abolish student debt to free a generation of Americans from debt servitude. Guarantee tuition-free, world-class public education from pre-school through university. End high stakes testing and public school privatization.

A Just Economy:

Set a $15/hour federal minimum wage. Break up “too-big-to-fail” banks and democratize the Federal Reserve. Reject gentrification as a model of economic development. Support development of worker and community cooperatives and small businesses. Make Wall Street, big corporations, and the rich pay their fair share of taxes. Create democratically run public banks and utilities. Replace corporate trade agreements with fair trade agreements.

Protect Mother Earth:

Lead on a global treaty to halt climate change. End destructive energy extraction: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal, and uranium mines. Protect our public lands, water supplies, biological diversity, parks, and pollinators. Label GMOs, and put a moratorium on GMOs and pesticides until they are proven safe. Protect the rights of future generations.

Racial Justice Now:

End police brutality and mass incarceration. Create a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to understand and eliminate the legacy of slavery that lives on as pervasive racism in the economy, education, housing and health. Ensure that communities control their police rather than police controlling our communities, by establishing police review boards and full time investigators to look in to all cases of death in police custody. Demilitarize the police.

Freedom and Equality:

Expand women’s rights, protect LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination, defend indigenous rights and lands, and create a welcoming path to citizenship for immigrants. Protect the free Internet, legalize marijuana/hemp, and treat substance abuse as a public health problem, not a criminal problem.

Justice for All:

Restore our Constitutional rights, terminate unconstitutional surveillance and unwarranted spying, end persecution of government and media whistleblowers, close Guantanamo, abolish secret kill lists, and repeal indefinite detention without charge or trial.

Peace and Human Rights:

Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights. End the wars and drone attacks, cut military spending by at least 50% and close the 700+ foreign military bases that are turning our republic into a bankrupt empire. Stop U.S. support and arms sales to human rights abusers, and lead on global nuclear disarmament.

Empower the People:

Abolish corporate personhood. Protect voters’ rights by establishing a constitutional right to vote.  Enact electoral reforms that break the big money stranglehold and create truly representative democracy: public campaign financing, ranked-choice voting, proportional representation, and open debates.

American Party:

Peter Skewes https://peterforpresident.us/; Running Mate: Michael Lacy

Bio: “After earning three degrees – a BS from the University of New Haven, an MS from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech – I accepted a faculty position at Clemson University. During my thirty two-year career, I have provided outreach education, conducted research, and taught a variety of classes.

When I’m not teaching, I serve as a guardian ad litem, serving as a court appointed representative for children in my community who have been abused or neglected. My hobbies include playing on a pool league, woodworking, DIY household projects, and traveling.” Married with 2 children.


Step 1: Replace career politicians with civil servants

  1. Establish term limits for all offices
  2. Eliminate Super PACs and Super Delegates
  3. Make campaign finance transparent
  4. Reduce the impact of money on campaign outcomes
  5. Improve ballot access to third parties and independent candidates
  6. Remove corporate interests from policy decision-making
  7. Eliminate the Electoral College – one person, one vote

Step 2: Stabilize the federal budget

  1. Establish a simplified tax system that reduces the IRS, tax deductions, and tax expenditures (taxes that are not collected)
  2. Address the imbalance in Social Security funding
  3. Limit the Federal Reserve System to operate according to its original mandate of Maximum employment, Stable prices, and Moderate long term interest rates
  4. Stop deficit spending
  5. Limit the use of tax dollars to intended purpose (gasoline tax)
  6. Improve efficiency in all branches of government

Step 3: Fix the broken national security system

  1. Restructure the 34 federal agencies dedicated to intelligence and security efforts
  2. Transition the Department of Defense from a tactical approach to a strategic approach

Step 4: Remove piggy-backed bills in Congress

Step 5: Move state-level federal responsibilities back to individual states

Abortion: Position is unclear; states he supports “stable families” and that we should “Reduce unplanned pregnancies through family planning education.” States legal abortion is a “done deal.”

Same-sex marriage: “Done deal” and lists it as a “distraction.”

2nd Amendment: Repudiates the idea that gun rights are in danger and states that gun rights are a “done deal.”

Immigration: claims illegal immigration is declining and that our efforts to seal the border have worked. Remaining immigration problems can be solved by enforcing existing laws.

ISIS/ISIL is a distraction; their numbers are smaller than the population of Fargo, SD, and we should be able to defeat them without starting any new wars in the Middle East.

Libertarian Party:
Gary Johnson https://www.johnsonweld.com/; Running Mate: Bill Weld

First 3rd party candidate in 20 years who is on the ballot in all 50 states plus DC.


Former Republican and 2 term governor of New Mexico. Married with 2 children. B.A. degree from the University of NM; Religion: Lutheran


This website provides an overview: http://www.ontheissues.org/Gary_Johnson.htm

Johnson is a conservative in the traditional sense — he supports completely overhauling the American tax code to make it simpler and close loopholes. Johnson would eliminate both income tax and payroll taxes, instead having the government collect its taxes based off of spending on non-essential items.

But on social issues, he falls much further to the liberal end of the spectrum. He’s supported marriage equality for years and he supports the legal right to abortion. One of his most famous stances is his push to decriminalize marijuana and end the “war on drugs,” which he blames for tension and violence between Black Americans and the police.

“The root is the war on drugs, I believe,” he said in a July interview with Politico. “If you are (Black and) arrested in a drug-related crime, there is four times more likelihood of going to prison than if you are white. And shooting is part of the same phenomenon.”

He says America’s policy toward drugs and addiction needs to be a health issue, rather than a criminal justice issue. http://www.refinery29.com/2016/08/119077/who-is-gary-johnson-2016

Immigration: opposes building a wall. Instead, “we should focus on creating a more efficient system of providing work visas, conducting background checks, and incentivizing non-citizens to pay their taxes, obtain proof of employment, and otherwise assimilate with our diverse society.”

Education: supports school choice/competition; schools should be managed at the state and local level; abolish the Dept. of Education; opposes Common Core.

Supports term limits.

“His vice presidential running mate, Governor Bill Weld, was not only an early proponent of civil rights for gays and lesbians, he actually appointed the judge who wrote the opinion that established marriage equality as a matter of constitutional right. He is also an outspoken defender of a woman’s right to choose, rather than allow the government to make such an important and personal decision for them.”  https://www.johnsonweld.com/personal_freedom

Climate change: “Is the climate changing? Probably so. Is man contributing to that change? Probably so. But the critical question is whether the politicians’ efforts to regulate, tax and manipulate the private sector are cost-effective – or effective at all. The debate should be about how we can protect our resources and environment for future generations. Governors Johnson and Weld strongly believe that the federal government should prevent future harm by focusing on regulations that protect us from real harm, rather than needlessly costing American jobs and freedom in order to pursue a political agenda.”

Supports Black Lives Matter: http://bluelivesmatter.blue/gary-johnson-black-lives-matter/

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U.S. Senate:

  Tim Scott (R) 2016 Update


  • BS, Political Science, Charleston Southern University, 1988
  • Attended, Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina, 1983-1984
  • Senator, United States Senate, 2013-present
  • Former Whip, South Carolina State House of Representatives
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, 2011-2013
  • Appointed, January 2, 2013
  • Member, County Council, Charleston, South Carolina, 1995-2008
  • Representative, South Carolina State House of Representative, 2008
  • Chair, Charleston County Council, South Carolina, 2007


  • prolife
  • supports a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution,
  • opposes raising the debt ceiling,
  • supports the cut, cap and balance pledge. Supports traditional marriage

 Conservative Review (conservativereview.com) gives Sen. Scott a “B 89%” Liberty Score (5th highest rated senator) based of his voting record on conservative issues.

Heritage Action (heritageactionscorecard.com) scores Sen. Scott with a 79% while the average score for all the senate republicans is just 58%.

Based on his support of and commitment to the Second Amendment, Scott has earned an “A” rating from the NRA in the 2014 election. An “A” rating is reserved for a solidly pro-gun legislator who has supported the NRA’s position on votes of importance to gun owners. (nrapvf.org)

In 2013, the NAACP gave Sen. Scott an “F” grade (toprightnews.com).

His response:

“Well, let’s just ask ourselves if we look back over history when the Congress was controlled by the Democrats for 40 consecutive years. If we look at the result of that control what has happened in black America?

We saw greater poverty. If we take the statistics from 1970s to the 21st century, what we see very clearly is that poverty’s gone from 11 percent to 15 percent. These are classic examples that the policies of the left have not worked.

“I will tell you that if I have an F on the NAACP’s scorecard, it’s because I believe that progress has to be made, and the government is not the answer for progress.”

 Tim Scott sits on the following committees (www.govtrack.us):

Top 5 Contributors, 2013 – 2016, Campaign Contributors (opensecrets.org)

Contributor Total Indivs PACs
Scana Corp $91,754 $71,754 $20,000
Votesane PAC $76,000 $76,000 $0
Goldman Sachs $75,750 $55,750 $20,000
AFLAC Inc $70,000 $50,000 $20,000
Humanscale Corp $67,700 $67,700 $0

For a full list of Sen. Scott’s endorsements and ratings visit:



Thomas Dixon – Democrat for Senate

Thomas Dixon, 63, is a pastor, community activist and ex-convict (charlescitypaper.com) who is running for the office of U.S. Senator to represent South Carolina in Washington, DC. He was born and raised in the projects of Chicago, but he and his wife of 33 years, Vanessa, have made South Carolina their home since 1985. They have two adult children.

In 2005, Dixon founded and pastored Summerville Christian Fellowship. He also served as Chairman of the South Carolina Crime Reduction Coalition where he worked with judges, law enforcement officials, educators, and community leaders exploring methods to reduce recidivism. In 2012, Pastor Dixon co-founded “The Old School – New School Coalition,” a grassroots organization addressing crime and violence. In 2013, this organization was renamed “The Coalition – People United to Take Back Our Community” when its mission was expanded to include all aspects of social justice.

In 2014, Pastor Dixon was elected local coordinator of the Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment – Charleston Chapter. In his work with C.A.F.E., he’s been a strong advocate for workers’ rights while continuing to work in many other areas of social justice. Has not been elected to public office.


  • There needs to be federal legislation to “ban the box” that prevents people with criminal histories from gaining meaningful employment.

  • Sentencing must reflect the severity of the crime against society; we currently have too many folks serving time for minor drug offenses.

  • The Federal Minimum Wage must be raised to $15 an hour.

  • Pro Choice.

  • Full funding for Planned Parenthood.

  • Protect collective bargaining power and promote equal pay for equal work, including


  • Expand background checks to cover all gun sales regardless of where they occur

-. Three day waiting period on all gun sales.

  • Protected and expanded Obamacare to cover all Americans.

  • Timely and state-of-the-art treatment for veterans to receive care.

  • Protected elderly from exorbitant pricing for medication.

  • Pass laws that create mechanisms for police accountability that include community oversight.

  • Prevent voter ID laws.

  • All Americans are entitled to a quality education that prepares them to become self-supporting citizens, and this includes college (free college).

Bill Bledsoe – Constitution, Libertarian

For Senate

Bill Bledsoe is a veterinarian from Spartanburg. Personal information for this candidate is scarce but on his web site (electdrbill.com) he gives the following rant:

“My vision of a free America is where the politicians in DC must obey the same laws our families must obey. The politicians may not break the law and violate our Civil Rights guaranteed to us by the US Constitution.

My vision of a free America is where the IRS can’t break the law to seize our family’s homes or bank accounts. The IRS may not break the law and violate our civil rights under the US Constitution.

A free America where we can defend our families with arms at all times as is our Civil Right under the US Constitution.

A free America where only congress can coin US Dollars. Congress broke the law and gave offshore gangsters the ability to coin US Dollars. Offshore criminal banks write checks for US Dollars without having any US Dollars in their banks.

A free America where the offshore criminal banks no longer create US Dollars out of thin air to fund ISIS, to fund Al Qaeda, to fund 9/11, to fund police shootings, and to fund the shooting of our school children.

A free America where “Law Enforcement Road Pirates” can’t illegally search and seize our family’s cars and bank accounts on the highways. Where Law Enforcement Officers may not break the law and violate our Civil Rights under US Constitution and the SC Constitution.

A free America where the children look at the police as friends and family.

A free America where the DC criminal politicians fear the people instead of the people fearing the DC criminals.

A free America where the DC criminals repay our $6 Trillion US Dollars worth of Social Security that we paid into our whole lives. Where the criminal DC Politicians stop lying to Americans that our Social Security System is bankrupt.

A free America where DC criminals are held to their Enumerated Powers and can’t break the law and tax our families for programs that are not one of the Enumerated Powers in the US Constitution.

A free America where the people impose “one term only term limits” at the ballot box.

A free America where the DC criminals can’t snatch our children off the streets, under the NDAA and the Patriot act. Where DC Criminals can’t break the law and operate hundreds of illegal Black Operations Prisons like Guantanamo Bay, detaining without an arrest, trial or jury.

A free America where the people realize that FREEDOM IS NOT FREE and are ever vigilant against the criminal politicians in DC who daily violate the law and violate our family’s Civil Rights, to steal our property, our money, and indefinitely detaining our children.”

Michael “Rebel” Scarborough – American Party for Senate

Mr. Scarborough lives in Columbia. No other personal information could be found. He does not have a web site but does have a Facebook page. The information below was taken from there.


 –    Term limits and a reform campaign finance.

  • Lower our nominal tax rates while eliminating loopholes.
  • Restrict corporate inversions and other tax avoidance gimmicks.
  • Stock market transactions for the first 5000 dollars per week will be exempted however above that limit small fees will apply.
  • Income taxes will be made fair, by ensuring that consistent income is treated equally across the board and tax rates are applied evenly.
  • Expand school choice nationwide — this would include ensuring that every parent is eligible to enroll their child in any public or charter school in their local district.
  • Encourage innovative teaching methods by funding pilot programs so that we can take the best approaches and offer them to our students across the country.
  • Develop programs to send teams of our most talented educators into struggling districts to help needy students.
  • Setup statewide pools to hold a portion of education funding, which will be divided up and distributed to every state school by its student population.
  • Open up business to illegal immigrants and apply taxes so that everyone living here is paying their fair share. Still though, we will of course vigorously search out any of the violent criminals and jail them and deport them.
  • Three-part strategy to defeat terrorism: (1) expand our diplomacy to win the battle of ideas, (2) lets radically minimize collateral damage to contain the recruitment propaganda, and (3) let’s continue to strike the current leadership and their financial holdings.

U.S House of Representatives District 3

Jeff Duncan (R)


Born Jan. 7, 1966 in Greenville, SC

Currently resides in Laurens, SC

CEO of J. Duncan Associates, a family owned real estate marketing firm

Served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2002-2010

Has served as a member of the US House of Representatives since Jan. 2011

Married (Melody) 3 children

Member of the First Baptist Church of Clinton



–Opposes wasteful government spending and tax increases

*Recognizes as a “Taxpayer’s Hero” by Governor Mark Sanford

*Received the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the Natl. Federation of Independent Businesses

*Introduced a resolution in 2011 that would create a new committee on the elimination of nonessential Federal programs with the express purpose of reducing federal outlays



*Supports use of currently undeveloped areas for energy production in the US

*Supports promotion of nuclear energy

*Supports energy independence as vital to national security

  • Opposes Federal energy subsidies for alternative energy or ethanol


*Favors school choice

*Supports allowing states to opt out of “No Child left Behind” and instead, be given a block grant to use where the money is most needed

-Opposes Obamacare and wishes to repeal the Affordable Care Act


–Marriage should be defined as the union of one man and one woman


*Border security is a Federal duty

*Advocates the use of fences, surveillance technology and increased manpower to secure the border.

*Favors stronger enforcement of immigration laws

*Opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants

*Act! For America presented Duncan with the 2011 National Security Patriot Award.

–2nd Amendment—every American has the right to protect himself

*a cosponsor of H.R. 2959, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow reciprocity for concealed weapons permits throughout the United States.

*will not support any legislation that undermines the Second Amendment for law-abiding citizens.

**Opposed the National Defense Authorization Act because the detainee language in this bill grants the President the authority to hold US citizens in military custody for an indefinite period of time.

Voting Record:

Jeff’s voting record reflects his beliefs of the issues above and his conservative values.  A couple of examples:

Nay on aid to Syrian opposition

Yea to secure Southwest borders

Yea to prohibit IRS from providing bonuses to employees

Yea to prohibit transfer of Guantanimo Bay detainees to Yemen

Money:  According to www.votesmart.org , Jeff has raised a total of $410,336 for his reelection, spent $447, 329 and has $125,271 cash on hand.  His top contributors are:

Desert Caucus $10,000.00

Duke Energy $10,000.00

Koch Industries $10,000.00

National HealthCare Corp $10,000.00

US-Cuba Democracy PAC $10,000.00

AFLAC Inc $7,500.00

Squire Patton Boggs $7,500.00

Blue Cross/Blue Shield $7,250.00

Smiths Group $7,000.00

Safari Club International $6,500.00

Other source used:  www.jeffduncan.house.gov

 Hosea Cleveland (D)


Widowed and resides in Seneca, SC

Has owned an independent property and casualty agency since 1998

Has worked in several occupations including farming, industrial management and education

Worked as a civil engineer for S.C. Department of Transportation in 1994

1975 graduate of Westminster HS

1983 B.S. degree in Civil Engineering Technology from South Carolina State University

Veteran of U.S. Army

Member of St. Matthew Baptist Church in Westminster


–Fix our roads

*Will support and/or propose legislation at the Federal level to fund highway and road repairs

*Will support federal matching dollars for state funding to repair, maintain, and improve roads throughout the state.

–Keep guns out of our schools and churches

*Supports firearms safety education programs conducted by law enforcement

*Supports increased funding for mental health care

*Supports community outreach programs

*Take steps to ensure that firearms remain out of the hands of the mentally ill,    criminals, and children

–Improve public education

*Put emphasis on schools in rural areas of District 3

*Maintain buses

*Provide children with most innovative learning tools

*Uniform dress code for K-4 through 8th grade

*Provide breakfast and lunch to all children

–Support veterans and their families

–Reduce and eliminate poverty in South Carolina


Claims to be a grassroots candidate who relies on small contributions.

According to www.votesmart.org he has raised $4340 and has spent $4211 with no debt.

Other sources:

State House Representative District 16

Mark Willis (R) Incumbent

Mark Willis is a SC native and a long term care administrator. He is currently serving his 4th term representing District 16. He is currently chairman of the Interstate Co-operation Committee.

He has been endorsed by the NRA, is strongly pro-life, has a 74% score by the American Conservative Union on positions, 88% approval by Club for Growth.

He voted against the gas tax increase.

He has voted to prohibit enforcement of Federal restrictions on firearms, and voted for prohibiting SC courts from enforcing international law.

All in all he has a pretty conservative record and is available to his constituents when they need him.

Brandon Greene: (D)

Mr. Greene was called several times and messages were left inviting him to our Meet and Greet on Oct. 20th and offering him the chance to participate in our vetting process. He did not respond to these calls.

On his website, Mr. Greene, who is a preacher, listed 5 goals:

  1. Growth of our infrastructure to meet needs of growth.
  2. Engage millennials.
  3. Support job creators.
  4. Fight for better education.

Mr. Greene says nothing about abortion, same-sex marriage, the 2nd Amendment, federal invasion of our bathrooms, cutting taxes, or reducing the size and scope and government.


SC House District 42


Tommy Mann, a Republican running for SC House District 42 seat, is a native of Orlando, Florida, who moved to Union in 2008 to begin an eight-year tenure as Associate Pastor at Philippi Baptist Church. He resigned as Associate Pastor to run for the nomination for the House seat.

Mann, a graduate of Arlington Baptist College in Fort Worth, TX, is also a published author whose latest book is “Asleep in Heaven’s Nursery for Kids.” He and his wife have two children.

In addition to his service as Associate Pastor at Philippi Baptist, Mann has served on Union County’s Assessment Appeals Board and as Chairman of Union County’s Comprehensive Health Committee. Most recently, he served as Vice Moderator and then Moderator of the Union County Baptist Association.

Policies Mann would seek to enact if elected to S.C. House of Representatives include:

  • Introduction of the “Life Begins at Conception Act” which would guarantee “the full rights of personhood to the unborn, including their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Mann also calls for defunding Planned Parenthood and vows to “never cast a vote to approve any budget that gives them one penny of your tax dollars.”

  • Support the “Pastor Protection Act” and the “First Amendment Defense Act.”

Mann states that “I want to promise pastors that they can still choose for themselves whom they will marry, and churches can decide for themselves their building reservation policy. But I want to go further than that. I want to promise the business owners that they can continue the free exercise of their religion, not as a matter of hatred, but as a matter of religious conviction.”

  • Support the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

Mann states that “every law-abiding citizen has the right to defend himself in the face of those citizens who choose not to obey the law. I strongly support law enforcement, as I come from a long line of Florida’s finest, but I also realize that sometimes every second counts. Citizens should have the right to own weapons in their home, and as a person with my own concealed weapons permit, I believe citizens should have the right to feel safe when they leave home.”

  • Keep taxes low, block waste, and “bring my fiscal conservatism to the table when voting for any budget.”

Mann states that “while taxes are necessary, I believe they should be kept low and spent wisely. Most people have no problem paying taxes when they understand that their dollars are used to pay for police officers, fire fighters, teachers, schools, honest civil servants, safe roads, underprivileged children, disabled citizens, and other important necessities. However, most people also cringe at the level of wasteful spending in both Columbia and Washington D.C.”

  • Support for Abstinence Education.

Mann states that “I can’t help but laugh when people say abstinence doesn’t work. In fact, abstinence is the only thing that works. With the exception of our Lord’s mother Mary, no abstinent person has ever conceived a child, and their only risk of contracting an STD is non-sexually (thus making the S kind of a moot letter).”

This has been an issue that Mann stated he has dealt with before at the local level.

“There was a movement in Union County to introduce contraception to our students, but as Chairman of the Comprehensive Health Committee, I helped successfully defeat the attempt. Instead we introduced a curriculum called Choosing the Best, which has been quite effective. The year we introduced the new material, Union County led the state per capita in pregnancies among 10-12 year old students. The next year, we led the state in percent of decrease in the same category, and the rates have continually declined. If minors are to receive contraception, that should be a decision left up to parents, not to a State that thinks it is a better parent.”

For more information about Mann, his policies and campaign go to his website is www.voteformann.com.

Source: The Union Daily Times, Dec. 30, 2015 and Jan. 23, 2016

Tommy Mann speaks at our Laurens County Candidate Forum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MKsgN_owsE


Mike Anthony: Democrat, Incumbent.  Unable to find a personal website;  http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=0038636359

Bio: Retired teacher and coach from Union, SC.  B.S. from Gardner-Webb University, married with 3 children. Director, SC Coaches Association, Board of Directors, Fellowship Christian Athletes Union Gaffney, SCEA Legislator of the Year, 2003, Champion of Public Education, 2004, Former, member, Education Oversight Committee, Rotary International.

SC House of Representatives, 2003-present. Committees: Rules and Ways and Means.

Has sponsored over 1260 bills. The vast majority appear to be Resolutions to congratulate various people or express sympathy. http://openstates.org/sc/bills/?sponsor__leg_id=SCL000052&page=1

Key votes: http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/47981/mike-anthony#.VC1LvJV0wdU

Vote history: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/votehistory.php

Sponsored a bill, H 3478, which would require all homeschoolers to take state approved standardized tests, would require South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools and all third option groups to report names, not numbers, to the Department of Education each year and would eliminate all third option groups effective July 1, 2014.  Fortunately, due to a huge backlash from the homeschooling community, the bill was eventually dropped.
Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/02/sc-reps-push-legislation-to-force-homeschoolers-under-statist-regulations/#383U6G9ZYQg00EUC.99

For H3101, The Freedom of Healthcare Protection Act, a bill that Laurens County Tea Party pushed heavily since it would have helped mitigate the disastrous effects of Obamacare in SC, we note that Mike Anthony is recorded as “not voting.” http://www.scstatehouse.gov/votehistory.php


2016 update:

Latest from http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/47981/mike-anthony#.WADf9SS52b5

  • Mike Anthony has failed the 2016 Political Courage Test. 08/30/2016
  • He was rated 54% by American Conservative Union (Lifetime Scores – State Legislatures). 07/08/2016
  • He was rated 80% by SC Chamber of Commerce (Positions). 06/13/2016
  • He was rated 15% by the Club for Growth (Positions-Interim). 05/17/2016
  • He was rated 62% by American Conservative Union (Positions – State Legislatures)
  • He voted “Yea” (Conference Report Vote) H3114 – Prohibits Abortions After 20 Weeks. 05/17/2016
  • He voted “Yea” (Passage) H4701 – Prohibits Enforcement of Federal Restrictions on Firearms. 03/03/2016
  • He voted “Yea” (Passage) H3521 – Prohibits Courts From Enforcing Foreign Law. 01/28/2016
  • He was rated 93% by National Rifle Association (Candidate Positions on Gun Rights). 12/14/2015
  • He was rated 45% by the Club for Growth (Positions). 08/31/2015
  • He was rated 64% Positions and 60% Lifetime by Conservative Voters of South Carolina (Positions). 08/05/2015
  • He voted “Yea” (Passage) S897 – Requires Removal of Confederate Flag from Capitol Grounds. 07/09/2015
  • He was rated 10% by Greenville tea Party (Positions on Budget Votes). 04/09/2015


From Fitsnew.com “SCGOP Research: Exposing Mike Anthony”, August 14, 2013:

South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Matt Moore issued a statement following Rep. Anthony’s announcement that he is seeking election as State Superintendent of Education:

“State Representative Mike Anthony has been in the pocket of big labor unions and the education establishment for a decade. His time in Columbia has been marked by no legislative leadership and standing against education reform. As a failed state legislator, Anthony has continually shown that he lacks the skills necessary to transform education in South Carolina. By standing against legislation to give parents more school options, even wildly popular public charter schools, it is evident that he is out of touch with South Carolinians. If Representative Anthony is the Democrats’ choice for State Superintendent of Education, I’m confident he will strike out with voters.”

Rep. Anthony was the 2004 S.C. Education Association (SCEA) “Legislator of the Year.” The SCEA is the state affiliate of the nation’s largest labor union.

Legislative Record – Authorship

State Representative Mike Anthony has authored 15 general bills over his 10-year career in Columbia. Only ONE bill with a statewide impact became law: a bill regulating the return of unused fireworks to wholesalers.

How many statewide education bills has Representative Anthony authored? The answer: Zero. But that’s not surprising since Representative Anthony has spent a decade defending the education establishment.

Source: South Carolina General Assembly Website, Accessed August 14, 2013, http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=0038636359

Anthony ended his campaign for SOE March 2014

Laurens County Sheriff

Don Reynolds – Republican Party Candidate for Sheriff in Laurens County SC.

Website: www.votedonreynolds.com


This is the second time that Don Reynolds has run for sheriff of Laurens County. He is not a career politician and favors short to the point answers.  He stresses the need to be responsive to complaints and calls to the LCSO.  Key to his campaign are trust and accountability. Laurens County Tea Party endorsed Don last time around. LCTP did not make any endorsements for the Primary, but instead held a Straw Poll after our Candidate Forum, which Don won.


Don Reynolds retired with 30 years of service with the SC Highway Patrol. Ten of those years as Laurens County Supervisor and 9 of those years in Insurance enforcement. 3 years (currently) with Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office as court security.

On the issues

Laurens County Sheriff’s Office

Don Reynolds indicated that the LCSO could benefit from an increased level of trust from the public at large.  Reynolds also indicated a desire to increase the existing transparency level coming from the LCSO.  He also expressed a desire to have more deputies, but fully acknowledged the funding challenges associated with having additional staff.

Federal Mandates

When asked as Sheriff if he would enforce a Federal mandate to confiscate our guns, the answer was a decisive NO.


Laurens County has a clear and visible drug problem.  As Sheriff, Don is committed to working with law enforcement from bordering counties to help address the underlying issues rather than just spreading the problem around.


Gangs are growing problem in Laurens County at the moment.  Counties around us have experienced growing problems in this area as well.  As a Sheriff’s office, we need to partner with the community at large to do a better job at engaging our young people who are most prone to being involved in a gang.

Laurens County Candidate Forum:

Bobby Smith speaks on behalf of Don Reynolds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MNTNEtrMh0

Don Reynolds speaks at our Candidate Forum in 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8tadv2kJiI

Stephane Williams: Independent Candidate

Mr. Williams is a Laurens County native with a record of 27 years in law enforcement. He graduated from the S. C. College of Criminal Justice and has spent 22 years with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Department. Captain Williams oversees the entire activities of 3 sections of the criminal investigations division which includes: major crimes section, narcotics/vice special victims /sex crimes. Mr. Williams collected signatures to get on the November ballot as a candidate for Sheriff after his boss, Sheriff Ricky Chastain, was defeated in the Republican primary.

In my job of vetting candidates, I always like to sit down face to face with the candidate and ask what I hope are important questions. Several weeks ago I contacted him to have such a meeting explaining that it needed to be done by the end of Friday October 7 to give me time to do the full report by our deadline. He did not do the interview on Friday, so I extended the deadline thru Monday. Monday morning I called and asked that he call, making it clear that I would be flexible as to time and place, and I have not heard anything from him. Though our phone conversations were pleasant, I regret that for whatever reason he chose to not answer my questions.

Here are some of the questions I think Laurens County voters need to know the answers before voting.

1.What specific changes of policy and staff would you make?

2.Is there any corruption currently in the department?

3.Who is funding your campaign?

4.In light of Sheriff Chastain’s enthusiastic & public support of your candidacy after the voters in the primary rejected his record, would you pledge that you would not give Sheriff Chastain any position in the Sheriff’s office?

5.What would you do if the Federal Government tried to take the guns of law abiding citizens?

6.What would you do if the Federal Government told you to enforce a policy that would let males enter the girls’ bathroom etc.?

7.What are your views on the “Black Lives Matter” movement?

Finally, it seems the areas under Mr. Williams supervision at the Sheriff’s Dept. have a very poor performance record:

Per 2013 (latest report) SLED Crime Report, Laurens County is (per capita)

  • 5th highest in the state for drug crimes
  • 7th highest in the state for sexual battery crimes
  • 9th highest in the state for aggravated assault
  • 11th highest overall for violent crimes

According to the SAFE Home website, Laurens County is 10th highest in domestic violence. Crimes of this nature are highly correlated with the drug crimes as listed above.


  • Laurens is 3rd highest in state per capita for physical abuse of children—up 56% since 2010
  • Laurens is 4th highest in state per capita for sexual abuse of children—up 215% since 2010
  • 53% of founded investigations in the county are children between the ages of 0-5

Lastly, Laurens is among the highest in methamphetamine production in the state. These are not statistics to be proud of.