LCDP December Newsletter

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Lancaster County 

Democratic Party  

Newsletter 

Telephone: 803-227-3364 

Web: https://www.lancasterdemocrats.com/  

Email: LCDPSCnews@gmail.com 

Lancaster County Democratic Party Newsletter Vol 5-12
Meeting and Events Calendar
The Lancaster  County  Democratic PartyMeets on the first Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be on December at 7 PM by Zoom. Keith Grey, Chair, http://www.lancasterdemocrats.com. If you would like the Zoom link, please contact  lcdpscnews@gmail.com
LCDP  Executive Committee MeetingMeets on the third Tuesday each month. The next meeting will be on December 21 at 7 PM.
Sun City DemocratsMeet by Zoom. For information, contact Jeanne Huber, President, Sun City Democrats (jghswiss@aol.com).
LCDP Democratic  Women. The next meeting will be on December 16, 6:30-8 PM.
Dem Good Time  SocialThe next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 8, at 6-8 PM.

If you know of events that would be of interest to our members, please send them to the newsletter email to be included in the next issue.  For current events and meetings, also check out the Events section on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LancasterSCDems State and Local Issues 

Note: Contact information for representatives in the SC Legislature and US Congress is in the chart on page 30. 

South Carolina Legislation to watch 

H 4229—Keep your eye out for the FAIR Act, short for Fairness, Accountability and Integrity in Redistricting legislation, being proposed in the House and Senate in South Carolina. That is a bill to let voters know exactly how politicians can  draw the lines of voting districts to choose their constituents. Currently, instead of voters choosing their representatives, it  is more like politicians choose who will be their voters. The bill is now in the House Committee on Judiciary. 

Follow SC Counts on Facebook to stay engaged with the latest info on redistricting:  

http://www.facebook.com/sccounts2020.You can keep up with the Senate on social media: 

https://twitter.com/SCSenateRedist and https://www.facebook.com/SCSenateRedist

H 4343—“Academic Integrity Act.” The 1619 Project was developed by writers from The New York Times and The New  York Times Magazine, and it “aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the con tributions of Black Americans at the very center of the United States’ national narrative” (Wikipedia). H 4343 prohibits all  

South Carolina schools from adding the tenets of this project in any form to the curriculum and from promoting the project in any way. To ensure compliance with this law, beginning with the 2022-23 school year, schools must list all of their instructional materials on the school website so that parents and any other concerned party may object. (“For the purposes  of this section, the information included on the list of instructional materials includes, but is not limited to, the title, author,  creator, and publisher of any book, periodical, treatise, article, recording, software, webpage, or paper.”) All instructional  materials currently being used by schools must be reviewed to be sure they are in compliance with the law and replaced if they are not. Note that there is no provision in the bill to exclude instructional materials listing curriculum that could not contain 1619 Project content, such as math. Not only must there be a listing, but contact information and a procedure must be supplied to make it easy for objections to be filed. Schools that fail to comply will have funding withheld. Under section 59-29-630 of the bill, there is a listing of how students should all be treated the same–regardless of sex, race,  ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin–that appears to be an attempt to paint the bill as anti-discriminatory. However,  among the listing is the note that no race can be held responsible for past actions of other members of the race; and that teachers and students cannot be required to participate in diversity or sensitivity training. If you would like to express your opinion on this bill to the House Education and Public Works Committee, there is a form provided at this link:  https://www.scstatehouse.gov/email.php?T=C&C=H2000000100.

S.811—“Medical Ethics and Diversity Act.” This bill was introduced in May and is currently in the Senate Committee on  Medical Affairs. According to the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, this bill allows healthcare providers to dis criminate against their patients and refuse care. Some examples they provide: 

• Administrative staff could refuse to submit insurance claims for care to which they had an objection. • A nurse could refuse to administer prescribed higher levels of pain medication because it could hasten the end of life for a  terminal patient. 

• A doctor could refuse to maintain hormone treatments for a Transgender patient needing inpatient care for an infection. • A medical researcher could refuse to publish the results of a state-funded study because the scientific evidence conflicted with the researcher’s beliefs. 

• A health plan could require a woman to have routine sex with a man for a year before paying for fertility treatments with no  exceptions for same-sex couples. 

The scwren.org lists information on the subcommittee members, should you wish to reach out to them. H 3050—Police reform legislation. The bill was referred to a Senate subcommittee on July 16. 

S 0200—The law that allows South Carolina to resume executions. Death by firing squad was added as an option, but the  state has not yet worked out a system for how to do that. The SC Supreme Court has banned the executions until such  time as the firing squad is available as an option or lethal injection becomes possible again. 

Fetal Heartbeat signed into law in February, 2021—SC has filed an appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that blocked South  Carolina’s strict abortion ban from taking effect. A 2018 Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks was also  struck down by a federal judge. Mississippi has appealed to the Supreme Court and the case will be taken up in Decem ber of this year. The Supreme Court refused to block the Texas law from going into effect, which could have an effect on  the SC fetal heartbeat law currently being held up by a federal judge ruling.  

Note: To find out what is happening in the legislature, go to https://www.scstatehouse.gov/index.php. The SC Legislature will be in session from January 11, 2022, through May 12, 2022. 

SC News 

U.S. Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina was not invited to the SC GOP conference held in his own district during the weekend of October 29. He is being punished for voting to impeach Trump.  

Governor McMaster has banned all cabinet-level agencies—including departments of the military, corrections, and public safety—from enforcing a Covid vaccine mandate. This ban applies to 19 state agencies. This is his way of thumbing his nose at President Biden for daring to try to keep South Carolinians safe from their fellow workers who are not concerned about the welfare of others. McMaster says this is his preemptive strike about President Biden’s overreach. What about his own overreach as he plays a political game with South Carolinians as his pawns? Cindi Ross Scoppe of the Charleston Post and Courier says, “Public officials have three choices when confronted with a law (or rule or regulation) they don’t like: They try to change it, they challenge it in court, or they obey it. They do not ignore it. They do not order underlings to  thumb their nose at it.” 

Speaking of a Democrat’s worst nightmare, SC Senator Tim Scott said he would support former President Trump if he ran for office again in 2024. There has been speculation that Scott himself may be considering a presidential run. Or maybe he plans to campaign to become Trump’s vice president.

SC Senator Lindsey Graham has been censured by the Dorchester County Republican Party for his vote in favor of the infrastructure bill. Dorchester County is just the latest in a long list of county parties that have censured Graham for not being conservative enough to fight against Biden being declared president, not standing up sufficiently against Covid mandates, or for any other issue that goes against the Trump brand of Republicanism. Some of the other county parties that have censured Graham recently include Aiken, York, Horry, Orangeburg, and Calhoun. It would appear that he did not win any brownie points for being Trump’s puppet for four years, or even for trying to get Georgia to falsify the vote count. 

Former President Trump is still reaching out from what should have been his political grave to ruin the lives of other politicians. He has put out a “hit” on South Carolina Republican U.S. House Representatives Nancy Mace and Tom Rice. He is angry with Mace for criticizing him after the January 6 riot and at Rice for being one of 10 Republicans to vote for his impeachment. 

If you are a public official in SC and you want to line your pockets with public money or pay your mistress with public money to be your office candy, it appears there is very little risk that you will have to face consequences. The State Ethics Commission is supposed to protect us against misbehaving public officials, but it is settling most cases with just a warning and a little fine. Few cases get passed on to law enforcement.  

Armadillos. Did you know that armadillos not only exist in South Carolina, but they have also been spreading all over the state and are on the SC worst wildlife pests list? They are listed just after coyotes and feral hogs. They have also crossed our border and spread up into North Carolina. The nine-banded type are the ones found here. They like bushy and woody areas, dig burrows and mainly come out at night to feed on insects and grubs, but they can destroy your lawn and land scaping with their digging. They are not aggressive, but if you see one, don’t get close and certainly do not touch it. They carry both leprosy (Hansen’s disease) and Chagas disease, which is potentially fatal. It is illegal to trap and relocate them.  Wildlife control will probably not help. It is legal to kill them, but you must have a hunting license and a permit to do it on your land. 

The 1918 Spanish Flu. As we go into the Christmas season still dragged down by the albatross of the Covid pandemic,  we might remember what the 1918 flu pandemic did to the people of South Carolina. By the time the flu pandemic had begun to recede, some 50,000 cases were on record in the state and 14,250 South Carolinians had died from the flu or complications due to the flu. As of November 2021, 901,000 people had contracted the virus in South Carolina, and  13,832 had died. There was no vaccine to save them. Covid infections have already far surpassed the total 1918 flu infections in the state, and we are now approaching the death total. However, percentage-wise, we are doing better at surviving the infections, and we could improve that percentage if everyone got vaccinated. 

The poinsettia. Did you know that the person who introduced the poinsettia to the United States was a South Carolinian?  Joel Poinsett was born in Charleston. He was the first Minister to Mexico soon after Mexico was granted independence,  and in the 1820s, he began sending what Mexico called The Christmas Eve Flower back to his greenhouses in South  Carolina. The plant gained popularity, and, although its connection to Christmas dated back to the 16th century in its native land of Mexico, the plant was named after Joel Poinsett just because he brought it here.  

Local News Boards and Commissions in Lancaster County. 

This link is to a listing of the boards and commissions in Lancaster County and the members currently serving on each. We would like to see a representation of as many Democrats as possible, and so we encourage each of you to consider running for a position on one or more of these. We also encourage you to send comments or corrections to LCDPSCnews@gmail.com after you view the spreadsheet.

Local News Boards and Commissions in Lancaster County. 

This link is to a listing of the boards and commissions in Lancaster County and the members currently serving on each. We would like to see a representation of as many Democrats as possible, and so we encourage each of you to consider running for a position on one or more of these. We also encourage you to send comments or corrections to LCDPSCnews@gmail.com after you view the spreadsheet.

Editorial and Opinions Section 

Please consider sharing your opinion messages as your time permits. I will put in comments and articles of any length. We need to share with each other. Your opinion and perspective are greatly valued here. Please submit to  Attn: Associate Editor, Jennifer Jewett at lcdpscnews@gmail.com. Thanks!! 

Jennifer Jewett, Editor,  

Editorial and Opinions Section 

Saying Good-bye to Martha Again 

I begin with a further tribute to Martha Robinson, our beloved colleague who died in February 2021. (We commented on her contributions to this newsletter at that time.) Her husband Erv and other members of her family held a beautiful memorial service on November 6, 2021, the day before her birthday. We already knew that  Martha led a life devoted to helping everyone reach his or her potential. The memorial service provided insights into her faith and her talents and how she used these to develop her own talents, as well as those of the people she served as a  nurse, a social worker, and a musician. It was a beautiful service, with inspiring scripture and lovely music. 

Judy Langston attended the service and composed this tribute to Martha: 

On Sunday, November 6, we said a second goodbye to Martha. It was on the day before her birthday. Our first goodbye was in February with the virus raging to the point we couldn’t do it in person. The trees in front of Unity ARP Church were a glorious blaze of color. I know she would have loved that because she was so in tune with nature. She was well known for her beautiful flower garden, which Erv has continued to tend with love, seeing Martha in each new bloom. Martha lives  

on through her flowers and her music. She was a classically trained pianist, and, very appropriately, recordings of her music welcomed us to the church she so loved. 

Her brother spoke eloquently and touchingly during the service. He brought us to both laughter and tears as he shared memories of his sister doing amusing, sometimes slightly naughty, kind, and very human things during her youth and throughout her life. 

Martha left this world far too soon, and the sun has dimmed a bit with her passing. But although her life was not so very long, it was rich. The love she shared with Ervin was deep and strong, and worth more than any amount of money could buy. But Martha also had a heart big enough to encompass the world, and especially those in it who were less fortunate.    

There is a quote by Thomas Campbell from the Hispanic Día de los Muertos, “To live in the hearts we leave behind is not  to die.” Martha will always live in the hearts she left behind. 

Judy Langston

Environmental Defense Fund 

This group has been working for years, not just with lobbying the US government, but working internationally with various countries and with private companies. In their fall 2021 newsletter, they describe the experiences of Kelly Kizzier, who has attended every Conference of the Parties (COP) but two since 2005. The article clarifies how much the group accomplishes, and it also gives reasons why it is hard for newscasters to explain what is happening in the ongoing meetings  (Solutions, Vol. 52, No. 4/Fall 2021). 

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I am especially interested in this year’s Nobel Prize for economics. The prize went to David Card, Joshua Angrist, and  Guido Imbens. The committee says that Angrist and Imbens made “methodological contributions to the analysis of causal  relationships.” Card’s award was for his “empirical contributions to labor economics.” 

I think it is wonderful that Angrist and Imbens proposed a method to study data as it occurs naturally, rather than forcing every collection of data into the hypothesis-testing format. They worked through the mathematics to disprove assumed relations between minimum wage and job opportunities, and the effect of education opportunities. As a former graduate student very dissatisfied with the hypothesis testing approach to social science, I breathed a sigh of relief to see these men rewarded for working with naturally occurring data.  

Jennifer Jewett, Editor,  

Editorial and Opinions Section

Scroll through our entire November newsletter here:

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