Talley Named to List of GOPAC Emerging Leaders

GOPAC announces 2017 Class of Emerging Leaders Today, GOPAC announced its 2017 Class of Emerging Leaders, a list of promising legislators selected for their potential and ability to impact their state and the Republican Party. “As we grow the roster of Republicans who are ready to lead in their state legislatures and run for higher office, our 2017 Class of Emerging Leaders exemplifies men and women focused on boosting their state’s efforts to create jobs and protect their communities. This year’s honorees join the members of Congress, statewide elected officials and state legislative leaders who have benefitted from our mission and programs. We welcome their involvement and are excited to help foster their success,” said GOPAC Chairman David Avella. The […]

Senator Scott Talley Files Bill to Shorten Session, Move to Two-Year Budget

SC Senator Scott Talley Introduces Bill to Shorten Legislative Session and Move to Two-Year Budget SPARTANBURG, SC – Upstate Republican Senator Scott Talley today introduced a bill, S. 578, in the State Senate to shorten session and to move the state to a two-year budget. In a statement, Talley said, “The bill I introduced today will save taxpayer dollars, force legislators to be more efficient with their time in Columbia, and it will force legislators to plan ahead. Voters have made it clear that fixing our roads is a top priority, yet, we are years into the roads debate with currently nothing to show for it. South Carolinians should demand more progress from their representatives in government and I believe […]

LETTER: SC judicial selection process flawed

Greenville News By Laird Minor The appointment of judges may not seem very exciting, but it is vitally important. In South Carolina, the General Assembly controls every aspect of the judicial appointment process; the Governor plays no role at all. The legislature selects judges, controls their reappointment, and sets their budgets. Because many legislators are lawyers who practice in the state courts, this process presents obvious conflicts of interest for them and creates serious ethical dilemmas for the judges. The Judicial Merit Selection Commission is responsible for vetting prospective judges. It is dominated by the three powerful politicians who appoint its 10 members, six of whom must be sitting legislators. The process is so obviously flawed that only one other […]

New Bill Aims to Make Ethics Complaints Public

WLTX Freshman Senator Scott Talley introduced a new ethics bill before the Senate adjourned Thursday. It would address the process by which the ethics committees handles cases with probable cause, by requiring a public hearing before taking any action. “What we did is look at the ethics bill that was passed last session, and we’re trying to clean that up a little bit to provide more transparency in the process,” Talley said. “Also to clearly define that there is an independent investigation that is going to be done on any complaint like those that fall under the act.” To avoid ‘self policing,’ lawmakers passed an independent investigations ethics bill last session, which will go into effect this April. That bill […]

Talley to Lead Spartanburg Delegation

State Sen. Scott Talley was elected chairman of the Spartanburg County delegation for a two-year term. “I am grateful to my fellow delegation members for allowing me this opportunity to play a more direct role to better Spartanburg County,” the Moore Republican said in a statement. The election was held Monday. Talley represents District 12, which includes parts of western and central Spartanburg and eastern Greenville counties. Elected in 2016, he serves on the agriculture and natural resources, education, fish, game and forestry, general and judiciary committees.

SC Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers Endorses Republican Scott Talley for State Senate District 12

When I was elected South Carolina’s Commissioner of Agriculture, I committed to work each day to promote the growth and success of our agriculture industry. Because of hard work, we’ve seen incredible success, and that progress has helped make agriculture South Carolina’s leading industry. While we constantly have room to grow, it is extremely important we have elected leaders who understand farmers’ needs and who are willing to find solutions. Scott Talley is a leader who will help encourage the growth of agriculture-related business.

Good Government Committee Endorses Talley

The Good Government Committee today released the following statement endorsing Senate District 12 candidate Scott Talley in the June 28 primary runoff against Sen. Lee Bright: “The Good Government Committee is committed to moving South Carolina forward, creating jobs, and ensuring limited government so our businesses can grow and create jobs. Last night, we saw a vast majority of incumbent Lee Bright’s district reject the direction that he is taking the district and our state. We firmly believe that it is time for a new direction in SD12 and Scott Talley is the candidate who will represent Greenville’s and Spartanburg’s best interests and make our state proud. The people of SD12 have had a do-nothing Senator for 8 years too […]

CVSC Endorses Scott Talley for Senate

The Conservation Voters of South Carolina have endorsed Scott Talley’s campaign for SC Senate District 12. “Talley is a native South Carolinian running for State Senate District 12 in Spartanburg and Greenville Counties against Senator Lee Bright. Talley supports common-sense efforts to protect the natural resources of South Carolina. As a former State Representative, he has a proven track record of effectively leading on issues important to everyday South Carolinians. In comparison, Talley’s opponent, Senator Lee Bright, scored a 0% on CVSC’s 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard, and was the lowest scoring Senator on the CVSC’s 2013-2014 Scorecard. Bright is a fringe voice and obstructionist in the Senate on matters important to every South Carolinian.”

Ethics Reform is Needed in the SC Senate

South Carolinians deserve accountability and transparency in government. However, District 12’s Senator Lee Bright fought common sense reform by filibustering an ethics bill and voting against it. Governor Nikki Haley even criticized Bright for voting to allow politicians to investigate themselves as a “slap in the face to every citizen.” Bright also objected to requiring anonymous political groups to reveal the names of donors and was the only legislator to oppose putting an end to a practice that protected career politicians from primary challenges. How is it that we have a Senator fighting for less transparency and accountability in politics? We must make a change. Sign the petition and demand the Senate pass ethics reform now!