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Volume 2 Issue 12 December 2018

Inside this Issue 1. Meeting and Events Calendar 2. Editorial and Opinions 3. Meet Your Fellow Democrats 4. South Carolina Caucuses 5. Democrats Care 6. Events 7. SC Hall of Fame 8. Circus Without Bread 9. Thank you to our volunteers 10. Political Cartoons

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As we close this year, sad that SC was left out of the blue wave except for Joe Cunningham and Jim Clyburn, we can look forward with hope for 2019. We have control of the House, at least for two years, and we can prepare for 2020. Despite our losses, it was a very good year. May you all have a joyous Christmas and a happy Hanukkah.

A special thanks to outgoing officers, 3rd vice chair Ian Grohs and secretary Laquita Barnes. Congratulations to Mandy Powers Norrell on her new position as first vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee.


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Lancaster County Democratic Party Newsletter Meeting and Events Calendar Meets on the first Thursday of each The Lancaster month. The next meeting will be on County DemoJanuary 3 at 7 PM in the Lancaster cratic Party Library meeting room. Speaker TBA Keith Grey, Chair

LCDP Executive Board Meeting Sun City Democrats

Thank you party for volunteers Martin Luther King Parade

On the third Tuesday of each month at 7 PM, Next meeting will be on December 18 at Mariachis Restaurant. Meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Sun City Lake House. The next meeting will be on January 9 at 7 PM. The program will be a town hall Meeting and brainstorming for 2020. For information contact Jeanne Huber, President, Sun City Democrats. RSVP mandatory. ( January 10, 2019, at the Hickory Tavern in Indian Land, 4-6 PM. January 19, 2019

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. xxx Editorial and Opinions Section Newsletter readers, please consider writing an opinion article as your time permits. Jennifer, Judy, and I would like to hear from everyone. Your article does not have to be lengthy. These articles serve several purposes--information, opinion, and perspective--and are another way we can get to know each other. Please submit them to Martha Robinson at, Attn: Martha Robinson. Thanks!! Democratic Party is already preparing for 2020 Bruised and battered from the grueling 2018 election here in South Carolina, I think most of us just want to forget politics at least until after the holiday season. Having taken back the House and with one of those new members hailing from our own state, we can take our eyes off the road for a little while and let someone else drive. Apparently, some potential presidential hopefuls don’t see it that way. They are ready to hit the campaign trail now or at least they are in the process of googling their route. And there could be a lot of them vying for the

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chance to knock President Trump off of his self-declared throne. According to McClatchy News, Maryland Rep. John Delaney has not only already announced, but he has also begun campaigning. Other names that were mentioned in the McClatchy article as potential candidates are Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, former Vice President Joe Biden, Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Senator Kamala Harris of California, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Senator Jeff Merkle of Oregon and Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio. In addition to the anxious speculation about who and how many will be the candidates, there is concern over what message those candidates should proselytize and in what personality mode they should present it. Should they be flashy like Trump or should they be quiet, calm, and exude stability? Should they be centrist to win over some Republicans or hardline progressive? Regardless of the personal style of the candidates, many believe their message should be hammering in the most important issues like health care and protecting people with preexisting conditions without getting knocked off track by President Trump’s combative tweets. To read about the speculations on what is going to happen as the Democratic Party prepares for 2020, go to Judy Langston . xxx Meet Your Fellow Democrats Judy’s firm stance has served us well since she became our newsletter editor. Her journey to activism was a series of careful decisions. She carefully considered issues and relationships. Let’s hope her journey becomes smoother as more Americans wise up. Sixty percent now think Trump is doing a poor job.

Jennifer Jewett Judy Langston

Lancaster County Democratic Party Newsletter Although Tom has long been aware of the destructive mission of the Republican Party and pointed it out to me, until 2017 I tried not to let that affect my life very much. I have always voted Democrat and everyone who knew me, including my students, knew that, but mostly I did not talk politics with my friends. That just was not a topic of much interest to them or to me. I did pull my head out of the sand from time to time to volunteer on the campaigns of candidates I knew personally, like Jim Hodges and Mandy Powers Norrell, but that was more about the person than about political activism. I did detest George Bush the son and hung my head in shame when I was in Spain and people there asked me why he did not seem to like the rest of the world, but I didn’t do anything but whine about it. When Obama was elected president twice (although without the help of SC), I thought the world was safe again and did not need my attention. Then Trump was elected and I could no longer wear blinders. When I was forced to look at what is going on I became aware that it is not just him—it is the Republican-controlled Congress and the Republican-controlled state legislatures, and they are trying to destroy everything that I value. So that is why I became involved with the Lancaster County Democratic Party and am trying to do my part to help vote Republicans out of office.

Judy Langston xxx


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Environmental Caucus

Chair Stewart Weinberg Who Are We? The purpose of this Caucus is to increase awareness about issues affecting our environment through training, educating, and activating people in our communities. By empowering others, we will influence our legislators and the general public to address those environmental issues that affect us now and will have an impact on generations to come, most notably climate change. How Are We Organized? This Caucus operates within the bylaws of the South Carolina Democratic Party and under our own Caucus bylaws. We have a body of general membership and an executive board of elected officers comprised of a Chair, First Vice Chair, Vice Chairs for each congressional district, Secretary, and Treasurer. When Do We Meet? The Environmental Caucus has regular quarterly meetings, sometimes by conference call. If you are a member, you are invited by email to attend. Minutes of these meetings are also kept and provided.

With this edition we are continuing our information series on the South Car-olina caucuses that we put on hold in July. In previous editions, we brought you information on the Hispanic Caucus and the Veterans Caucus. Following is a description of the environmental caucus. This information was taken directly from the caucus section of the SCDP website.

What Do We Do? The Environmental Caucus works to provide a strong voice and representation within the party structure to make environmental issues a top priority among South Carolina’s elected leaders, political candidates, and voters and encourages all citizens to participate fully as Democrats at all levels of policymaking and public service ISSUE ADVOCACY We provide vocal support for issues relating to our air, land, water, and use of energy at the local, state, and national level by increasing awareness of these issues among the public, candidates, and elected officials. We can also take actions directly supporting issues through a resolution process.


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Lancaster County Democratic Party Newsletter LOBBYING By utilizing means available to us, we lobby for or against legislation that affects the public. This can be done online or through our physical presence at public events and/or the statehouse.

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Inc., PO Box 166, Lancaster, SC 29721. Your contributions are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged with a letter of thanks from HOPE. HOPE will be accepting donations through December 31.

PUBLIC AWARENESS/EDUCATION We make a concerted and sustained effort to educate the public on issues important to all regarding our environment. SUPPORT DEMOCRATS We work with SCDP to support Democratic candidates, promote Democratic issues, and grow the Democratic Party in South Carolina. As a Caucus we do not directly endorse candidates unless the South Carolina Democratic Party has already done so.

Christian Services Angel Tree Program

How Do I Join? Joining the Caucus is easy. Our membership consists of concerned citizens who believe in supporting environmental issues that affect South Carolina. For more info or to join the Caucus, contact The LCDP currently does not have a representative to this caucus. If you are interested, please let us know. xxx

Democrats Care By Associate Editor Martha Robinson

This month’s salute goes to Hope and Christian Services Hope Christmas Basket Fund HOPE in Lancaster is accepting donations for the Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket Fund. The goal is $9,000 and donations will be used to purchase a Christmas meal for area residents. Participants who qualify through local agencies will receive bags of food containing a Christmas meal and stocking for each member of their household under the age of 12. Each contribution will be printed in The Lancaster News unless otherwise indicated. Please make your check to HOPE and mail your contribution to HOPE in Lancaster


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In late November, I met with Mr. Eric Kramer, the Director of Christian Services, and also with Ashlee Addison, who coordinates The Angel Tree Program, which is administered in our area by Christian Services. They provide a great service to our community through this and other programs. Mr. Kramer provided the below information.

Martha Robinson Every year Christian Services administers the Angel Tree program in Lancaster County. The Angel Tree, a part of Prison Fellowship, was started in 1976 by Chuck Colson to mobilize local churches and organizations to minister to hundreds of thousands of children by delivering a gift, the Gospel message, and a personal message of love on behalf of their mom or dad behind bars. Christian Services’ Angel Tree program assists disadvantaged families create positive holiday memories that improve the self-esteem of children receiving gifts and clothing from their parents while making parents aware of the positive aspects of a community that cares. Additionally, the heads of household improve their skills by attending a 2hour workshop consisting of parenting, budgeting, communication, or cooking skills, which is a requirement to be an Angel Tree recipient. This year approximately 200 children will receive gifts from the Angel Tree program; 40 are foster children with the Department of Social Services and 35 children have a parent who is incarcerated this holiday season. Every year we have the “story” that truly reminds us of why we offer this program. This year it was a Prison Fellowship family and when we called the mother, she sobbed inconsolably when informed that their children were going to receive Angel Tree gifts. She © LCDP All Rights Reserved

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had no idea that her husband in jail had registered the children because she had informed him that there was no money for gifts, clothes, or any celebration this Christmas Season. Every year we hear from parents that their children would not receive gifts or clothing that is needed if the Angel Tree Program did not exist. The program is coordinated by Ashlee Addison who has been managing this program six years. The Lancaster community supports this program every year with Walmart providing tree locations, the Springs Close Foundation generously providing financial support, scores of business, individuals, and churches sponsoring Angels or contributing financially. The deadline for donations and gifts is December 11th. If you were not able to sponsor a child before the deadline, any monetary donation will be greatly appreciated and will be used to offset Angel Tree expenses.

Just waiting for the parade to begin

For more information about Christian Services, one can go to their Facebook page. One can also refer to the article written about the organization on the LCDP website for the newsletter for this past July.


Events November 10 was an awesome day. First the LCDP participated in the Veterans Day Parade, which began at 12 noon, and then some members attended the NAACP banquet in the evening.

Getting ready for the parade


Moving down Main Street

Rita, who is the cutest one of us, as always stole the show. The parade MC said, “Lancaster County Democratic Party. Have donkey will travel.”

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The NAACP Banquet

Keith, Diary Addison, and Verma & Bobby Blakeney

Cary, Rita, Jennifer, Keith, Verta, Alan, and Judy (below)

Chris, Suzanne, Mattie, and Russell

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Sun City Democrats Christmas Party on December 12 Who says blonds have more fun? They have nothing on Democrats. At the Sun City Democrats Christmas party held at the Lodge there was live music, dancing, food, good fellowship, and lots of fun.

Doctors Stella and George Williams with Martha and Ervin

Judy with Williams family

Doctors Stella & George Williams receive an award for service to the community.


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John Brisini, Guest Speaker, LCDP Meeting, December 6, 2018 For our December meeting we were back in the LCDP headquarters on South Main Street due to a heating system failure at the Lancaster County library.

President Jeanne Huber, Thomas Huber, and Ralph Renninghoff

The guest speaker was John Brisini, liaison for the South Carolina AFL-CIO, who spoke on Common Sense Economics. Mr. Brisini says, “CSE is designed to educate people on how deliberate actions and policies impact our economy. For the past several decades we have witnessed the largest redistribution of wealth in our nation’s history. Most recently, many communities in our county continue to struggle with the effects of the Great Recession, which still paralyze job growth, wages, and the very essence of working families. It’s harder for working people to achieve or maintain a middle-class lifestyle despite increases in productivity and longer work hours. Entire communities have been devastated by bad policies designed to reward the wealthy. For communities and working people across the country, it seems as if the economy is like the weather, something unpredictable that happens to us. But the economy isn’t like the weather—it doesn’t just happen. Politicians support policies that foster an economy that works for Wall Street and the privileged few instead of one that works for everyone. Common Sense Economics brings to light several of those policies and hopes to rally people around a cause in an effort to change the status quo.”

Upcoming Events We were unable to participate in the Indian Land Christmas parade due to the weather so our next events will be the Thank You Party for volunteers on January 10 and the Martin Luther King Parade on January 19.


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the founding members of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund in 1967. Two years later, he helped start the Southern Cooperative Development Fund. In 2008, he attended the Cooperative Hall of Fame annual banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991. Twitty and his wife, Margaret, have 12 children. For a charming Valentine’s Day story of Mr. and Mrs. Twitty, see The Lancaster News, February 14, 2016.

Jennifer Jewett xxx The president’s circus without bread

At the 40th Annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Freedom Banquet on November 10, the family of Gonze Lee Twitty was recognized for Mr. Twitty’s lifetime activities on behalf of the Lancaster NAACP. In making the presentation, Apostle Wayne Murray said that Mr. Twitty had received “almost every award given by the NAACP.” Since many of our Lancaster County Democrats may not have known Mr. Twitty, I want to share what I know from my own experience and from reading articles about him in The Lancaster News. Mr. Twitty died on May 5, 2018 at the age of 99. The Lancaster News on June 23, 2008, described his major contributions to the community. In February 2008, the local NAACP chapter honored Mr. Twitty with its Pioneer Award. The Lancaster News quoted Charlene McGriff: "We give this to people who paved the way for us in the community," she said. "He's been out there for a long time helping those who can't help themselves." Mr. Twitty received a lot of attention when approximately 200 local citizens helped celebrate his 90th birthday in 2008. His celebration was held at the Lancaster County Community Center on Barr Street. Twitty's seven daughters were hosts for the party, along with Linda Blackmon. Mr. Twitty, who turned 90 on June 26, 2008, was dressed in a black tuxedo and all other attendees were dressed in white. He was a very effective organizer and spokesman for the Democratic Party. He was involved in organizing on the local level, chairing precincts, and later was the first African American to serve on the S.C. Democratic Party Executive Committee. In 2008, he was still serving as a precinct chairmaThe citation issued on November 10, 2018 mentioned that he “was zealous in the voter registration and the Get Out the Vote campaign” of the Lancaster NAACP.. He9helped found two organizations that provide affordable loans and other assistance to farmers. Twitty was one of

November 7-President Trump suspended the press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta because he did not like his questions and then lied about the reason. An aide tried to take the reporter’s microphone and Acosta held out an arm to protect it, accidentally making contact with the aide. Trump unleased a tirade of abuse on the reporter and accused him of “laying hands” on the aide. Video proved that to be false (washingtonpost). He also fired Attorney General, Jeff Sessions on November 7. This makes at least 37. November 10 Trump shows no compassion for the many in California who have lost their lives, their loved ones, and their homes. "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor," Trump tweeted. "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!" ( In Paris on November 11 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, President Trump refused to participate in the rain with the more than sixty other world leaders, and flew home before the Paris Peace Forum that was supposed to help promote global unity and prevent World War III. After Trump made it obvious the US could not be counted upon, President Macron suggested that Europe should put together an army to protect itself ( This infuriated Trump and he taunted the French president with a tweet: “They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along. Pay for NATO or not!” ( November 22--On Thanksgiving Day President Trump tweeted a thanks to himself for low oil prices although there does not seem to be a reason for him to get credit for that (USA Today). November 27--Alone among world leaders, Trump refused to condemn Russia on their actions against the Ukraine (CNN). © LCDP All Rights Reserved

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Thank you to our volunteers. We owe our candidates a huge debt of thanks. We'd also like to acknowledge the work of dozens of volunteers from all over the county and beyond. The following people put in hours of time registering voters, hosting events, making phone calls, writing postcards, raising funds, brainstorming, stuffing tubes, putting together election materials, and, of course, canvassing. While we have a ways to go in South Carolina, the work you did will help lay the groundwork for a stronger Democratic Party in this state. It was astonishing to see so many people come together to try for change. This list is not complete and we would love to hear whose names we need to add. Our heartfelt appreciation goes to all our volunteers. We can't thank you enough, and we're looking forward to working with you in the future! Suzanne Penuel Note: There will be a thank you party for volunteers on January 10 at the Hickory Tavern in Indian Land from 4 until 6 PM. Melanie Aves Kathy Baker LaQuita Barnes Martha Bayer Wendy Bloom John Bradley Delores Brown Lori Carter Renee Chandler-Sanguiliano Janine Cohen Bobby Collins Mary Collins Debbie Collins Betty Constable Kay Costa Deborah Cureton Mina Dale Rose DeGraff Patti Diamond Diane Dworak Elaine Eddy Margaret Emerson Martha Fletcher Lia Franzee Margo Furst Sean Gagne Jan Ginger R. Golbus David Gray Keith Grey Ian Grohs Simone Guenette Jeff Hall Cindy Hallman Ted Hoover Kathy Houpt Lina Hovey Mary Hudson Evelyn Jenette


Jennifer Jewett Cary Kimmel Rita Kimmel Sheila Kirlin Charlie Lambert Judy Langston Tom Langston Dana Lawrence Walt Leonard Jean Linke Verta Looper Cherie Mabrey Colleen Maier Bob Massey Jacquie Massey Kylie McCollum Charlie McDow Charlene McGriff Bill Morrison Lula Mungo Porsha Mungo Wayne Murray Cliff Musante Sue Pascucci Russell Patrick J. G. Peay Ed Pierce Steve Powell Michael Rabil Courtney Reed Ralph Renninghoff Ann Richardson Carol Roan Wes Roan Nancy Robin Erv Robinson Martha Robinson Debby Rosenberger

Nancy Ruben Alan Sattler Joel Schaffer Elyse Schaffer Effie Seaborn Rose Spence Clara Starnes Carole Stead Carolyn Stewart Carlisle Stevenson Brenda Stiers Karen Stutts Janet Trela Edee Tudor Martha Ussery Gail Wallis Chuck Webb Gail Webb Sylvia Williams Candace Wyman Iris Marilyn G Di Jane Sandra Editor’s note: Suzanne did not include herself on the list, but we would say to her, “Suzanne, you also deserve our most heartfelt appreciation. Thank you for all of your hard work and for always being there for us.”

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President Trump does not play well with others.


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The staff of the LCDP Newsletter wishes you a joyous Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Judy Langston, Newsletter Editor Jennifer Jewett and Martha Robinson, Associate Editors Suzanne Penuel, Copyeditor


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