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Upstate Republican Women will be having a Candidate Forum for District 6 Senate Seat.

Johnny Edwards
Mike Fair
William Timmons

RSVPs need to be made by May 12 at 6pm by emailing

We look forward to hearing each candidate.

All Republican Candidates have been invited to join us for the meet and greet

Meet and Greet starts at 11:30 to 12pm.   Lunch from 12 to 1.

Poinsett Club located at 807 West Washington, Greenville, SC


Times to connect!!!!!

Our Meeting Schedule

May 16
June 20
No July Meeting
Aug 15
Sept 19
Oct 17
Nov 21
Dec 19

Meetings are from 12 to 1
at the Poinsett Club 
Greenville, SC 
Cost of meal is
$18 for members and 
their guests.
$20 for non-members 
and walk ins.
  Johnny Edwards                           Mike Fair                     William Timmons
If you have any questions or want to make reservations click here or email
Sponsors for Spring Elephant Fest, Front Yard BBQ
Representative Garry Smith
John White Candidate for Senate 5
Pam Batson – Weinkle Batson Group at Wells Fargo Advisors
William Timmons Candidate for Senate 6
Judy Coe
Cowart Awards, Inc.
Click now to make reservation for the BBQ

    The Upstate President's Letter


It has been my privilege to serve as your president during a truly historic year. We have achieved a record membership and participation level because of your willingness to give of your time and talents. The president of the South Carolina Federation, Bev Brady, has spoken directly from my heart in her column for this month. I know our club will be an example during this election year to our entire community. We are in the spotlight as Conservative Republican Ladies and our actions will always speak louder than our words. Looking forward to seeing you and your families at our Front Yard BBQ on May 12th. Our meeting on the 16th has a few surprises planned. Don't miss the excitement.

Donna Gottschall

President of The Working Club

Note from State President from the SCFRW State meeting .
Not your choice of candidate, well, let me put it this way:
Your choice to stay home is a vote for the Democrat.  Don't care?
Just a reminder that you got involved for a reason, and those reasons follow.
If you do not vote, or worse you vote for the Democrat, you are assured of the following for at least 4 more years, and maybe 8 or more years ...
1)  Legal abortions 
2)  Common Core Education, including free higher education 
3)  Lenient criminal verdicts 
4)  Gun control 
5)  Higher and higher taxes 
6)  Less border control, more illegal immigration 
7)  More social programs funded by the Govt. 
8)  Higher minimum wages 
9)  More Government healthcare and control of necessary procedures 
10)  Reduction of the military 
11)  Less individual liberties (foods you can and cannot eat) 
12)  More Big Brother and less personal rights.....
 Beverly Brady - SCFRW President
      Be sure you like the following pages on Facebook.  
  South Carolina Federation of Republican Women and     Upstate Republican Women

Crossover Week...The Senate (finally) Acts!
I'm frequently vocal in my criticism of the Senate for it's endless deliberations, filibusters and archaic rules that allow one Senator to essentially have veto power. But this week, I'll sing the praise of the Senate for finally moving forward on ethics reform and passing a bill to provide significant money to fix our roads. 

Let's Give the Senate a Standing Ovation! 

Senators approved a bill that would end the practice of lawmakers policing themselves. The bill creates an independent panel to investigate ethics complaints against legislators and all public officials.Currently, the House and Senate investigate themselves. A second ethics bill that won approval in the Senate requires all public officials, including legislators, to disclose the source of their private income. Both bills passed the House. 

 Road Funding
The Senate also passed a bill that designates existing funds to pay for bonds that will be issued to fund repairs on 400 state bridges, as well as several sections of existing Interstate highways. The bill would use money from the sales tax on vehicles and DMV fees to issue bonds to raise at least $2.2 billion. That money, in turn, would be used on specific projects already underway by the SCDOT, which would then use money freed up by the new funds to pay for even more bridge and paving projects. There would be no tax or fee increases as the result of the bill. The Senate road-funding plan heads to the House Ways and Means Committee, where it will be debated. 

SCDOT Reform
A House-Senate Conference Committee continues to meet regarding the two different versions of restructuring SCDOT that find the House and Senate at odds. There is optimism that an agreement can be reached. Ultimately,the House and Senate will negotiate one package that will included reforms and funding, because, as I have stated repeatedly, we must "reform first, fund second" to insure additional monies are spend wisely and efficiently. I believe that the bond bill mentioned above could be included in the conference report and we could finally find a long term solution to some of our infrastructure needs. 

Crossover Week - A Final Flurry of Activity  
This was 'Crossover Week' - the deadline for legislation to move from the House to the Senate and vise-versa if it is to become law this session, otherwise, bills die. The House debated and passed 35 bills this week. Here are a few highlights:
Aid for Dilapidated Rural Schools: The House approved borrowing up to $200 million a year to renovate crumbling schools and build new ones. The legislation (H.4776) is one of several bills aimed at improving the state's K-12 public schools in poor rural districts. Two years ago, the S.C. Supreme Court said some of those schools are so inadequate that they violate the state Constitution.
Alimony Reform: I've heard from many constituents calling for alimony reform because the current awarding of permanent alimony can be severely unfair. Legislation (H.4029) was passed and sent to the Senate creating a new type of alimony; transitional alimony is designed to aid a spouse who already possesses the capacity for self-sufficiency but needs financial assistance in adjusting to the economic consequences of establishing and maintaining a household without the benefit of the other spouse's income.
Beginning Fixes to the State Retirement System: The House approved legislation (H.5006) making comprehensive revisions regarding the governance of the state's pension systems and the investment of retirement system funds. We also approved (H.5007) calling for the adjustment of the assumed rate of return every four years.
CWP to Vote: We approved H.3167 that adds CWP's to be an acceptable form of voter ID. 
No Traffic Ticket Quotas: The House sent the Senate H.4387 a bill prohibiting law enforcement in SC from requiring officers to meet a"quota" for the number of traffic citations issued.
Get Over!   The House approved H.4970 requiring SCDOT to broadcast periodically on the electronic message boards along the state's interstate highways messages informing motorists traveling in slower moving vehicles that they must travel in the farthest right lane where appropriate. The legislation also eliminates the four points assessed for failure to use a turn signal instead making it a $25 fine.
Safe Harbor for Exploited Minors: The House approved and sent the Senate H.5172 establishing protections from criminal and civil liability for victims of sex trafficking who are minors.
Supporting & Strengthening Families Act: The House voted approval of H.4835 that allows a parent or person with legal custody of a child to delegate to an adult, as attorney-in-fact, temporary care giving authority regarding the child for a period not to exceed one year.
Thank You for Your Support
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in the South Carolina House. It has been a privilege representing you. Please contact me if I can be of service to you.
Memberships are renewed yearly and are $25.00.  

Associate memberships are available for $20.00.  These memberships are for men or 
women who belong to another club as members.  

Please see Barb Taylor for more information.

Welcome New Member - Shelly Haddon  and
Associates Bruce Cannon and Rick Roberts

Countdown to Cleveland
Federation Members Represent Their States at the GOP Convention
There is much excitement around the Federation as we gear up for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
Reports already are coming in of many Federation members who have been chosen to represent their states at the convention. We are so proud of them!
For planning purposes, please let the NFRW know if you are going as a Delegate or Alternate or serving in another capacity. Send your name, state, title, and contact information to

The NFRW Leigslative Committee has selected Mental Health as a priority this year. Call your Congressman and urge him or her to support H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. 

Other dates to remember
May 9 - Board Meeting
May 12 - Front Yard BBQ - Tickets 30 per person/50 a couple
July 18-21 - RNC Convention - Cleveland
August 27 - SCFRW Fall Meeting
June 7 - Greenville GOP Meeting
Upstate Republican Women Board Executive Board
President - Donna Gottschall
President Ex Officio - Phylis Foster
Vice President - Carla Renner
Secretary - Weesie Poole
Treasurer - Aline Kilgore

Standing Committees - 
Programs - Carla Renner
Membership - Barb Taylor
By-Laws - Available
Campaign - Available
Communications - Cheryl Cuthrell
Public Relations - Colleen Deas
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