Drinking Liberally Spartanburg Chapter Blog

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We want to welcome Melissa to our group. Melissa found us last Tuesday and it was great fun to meet her. We're looking forward to having her with us in the weeks and years to come. Welcome Melissa!

There is a run off election between Lee Bright and Scott Talley June 28th. For those of us living in the district that this run off affects, you have a choice. Please vote!

Deb Morrow is back from The People's Summit in Chicago and will be joining us Tuesday to fill us in on what the Summit was all about. We're certain her comments will be interesting and informative, a can't miss opportunity. Welcome back Deb!

June 2016 marks Spartanburg Drinking Liberally's 8th anniversary. With thanks to you all, we've grown from five to a combined following on face book and email of over 250! This should make us all proud.

Spartanburg Drinking Liberally gathers Tuesday June 21st, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

Happy Summer Solstice,

Diane, Cass, and Al

Gathering Reminder

Oops, new keyboard. Last line should include, Diane, and Al as well as Cass.

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

It was great to have Russell Lynch with us last week. Mr. Lynch is running for Spartanburg County Sheriff and dropped by to meet us. We had an interesting conversation throughout the evening around just about everything. We look forward to having him with us again in the weeks to come.

Some of the Republican party powers seem to be turning against Donald Trump. Lindsey Graham has suggested that any Republicans holding office that have endorsed Trump, rescind their endorsement. Mitt Romney has stated that Trump will change America with "trickle down racism". It's going to get more interesting the next few months.

Pulse Orlando in Orlando, Florida. AK-47s and AR-15s, semi automatic weapons designed for military battle. The carnage.

Spartanburg Drinking Liberally gathers Tuesday June 14th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table, we'll talk.

Cass,

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

The Big Deal, the California Primary is coming down Tuesday. Polls close at 8:00 PM in California so we'll have ample time to enjoy the wonderful late spring weather on the patio--if it's not raining--before results come in. So glad that we all decided to gather on Tuesday, it makes it very convenient during election years. We've spent more than a few at The Nu-Way.

Many of us knew him well as an educator, community activist, always trying to do good for the world. Those of us who were fortunate to know him all too briefly, remember his friendly smile and warm greeting. You always felt welcome in his presence. Dr. Ron Romine, you will be missed.

He was a champion, an entertainer, a great athlete, one who would give up his fame rather than compromise his beliefs. If you're a "boomer" you've probably watched his amazing skill and ability in his chosen career. Muhammad Ali, rest in peace.

Spartanburg Drinking Liberally gathers Tuesday, June 7th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

Al, Diane, and Cass

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

It was good to have Luke Quillen with us again last Tuesday. Luke is running for State House in District 34. You can learn more about him at lukequillen.com This is just a shout out to those of us living in District 34, you have a choice in November.

And speaking of our State House, last week the Senate approved a road funding bill, but the House sent it back. House Speaker Jay Lucas said in a press release: "Department of Transportation reform is a crucial piece to the road funding puzzle. the General Assembly should not give another penny to the DOT without certain accountability requirements in place to ensure tax payer dollars are spent wisely..." One should wonder just how long Mr. Lucas has known of this accountability problem, just last week, a year ago, five years ago? If there is this problem, can our state house get a bit proactive on this one? Can our state house not accomplish two tasks at once? Or is this just a way to bury this much needed funding and kick the can down the road?

This last weekend we celebrated Memorial Day. There probably isn't one of us who hasn't lost a friend or family member to the seemingly perpetual wars our home planet has experienced. It was a time to reflect on our losses, but also a time to think how wonderful it would be to have a memorial day when we could celebrate not remembering the last time we were at war.

Spartanburg Drinking Liberally gathers Tuesday May 31st, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

Peace,

Al, Diane, and Cass

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

Thanks to Paddy, Randy Fowler's Barbrary has an official place at The Nu-Way! It looks so good. Same rules apply as with any library, borrow a book, read it, return it. And donations are accepted if you have a book or two around that you won't be reading again. Have no fear, The Barbrary doesn't fine anyone.

For those of you who don't know about THE TANC, Totally Absolutely Non-obligatory Contribution jar that sits on the table every Tuesday, it's how we raise funds to do good things. Around the first of each year we decide as a group what local organization we would like to help. It's fun and makes us all feel good.

There is a primary in Washington State this Tuesday, but it's non-binding with no delegates allocated. So maybe we can gather outside all evening and enjoy this fine weather.

Spartanburg Drinking Liberally gathers Tuesday May 24th, 6:00PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

We miss you Chalk Man,

Al, Diane, and Cass

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

This is going to be a short one as your hosts have had way too much fun over the weekend--if there is such a thing. It is now 2:30 AM the morning of 5/16. You all know what's going on, we'll discuss all the details Tuesday. And of course there are primary results to watch.

Spartanburg DL gathers Tuesday May 17th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table.

Time to get some sleep!

Al, Diane, and Cass

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

It was great to have Chris Fedalei with us last week. Chris is running for Congress against Trey Gowdy. Chris also brought some of his team, and we welcome Harry, Phillip, and Emily. Enjoyed having all of you with us. Please come back again for a little relaxation and always interesting conversation. Welcome!

Remember back when Governor Haley first took office and all the buzz was about dredging the Charleston port? Very forward thinking at the time when Panama was building a new canal to allow larger carriers to cross from ocean to ocean. Well the new canal will be up and running in about a month. The work on our port still needs Congressional approval and might be ready by 2020. There are already in place two deep water ports on the east coast, Norfolk, funded by the Navy, and Miami. They got there's together, what happened to ours?

Other topics of conversation might include: Trump thinking about naming Trey Gowdy for Attorney General, and DNC Chair Schultz. We'll bring notes about this Schultz thing.

Spartanburg Drinking Liberally gathers Tuesday May 10th, 6:00 at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk. Oh and there's another primary to watch.

Pay Attention

Al, Diane, and Cass

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We would like to welcome Elizabeth to our group. It was great getting to know her last Tuesday and hope that she joins us again in the weeks and years to come. Welcome Elizabeth!!

Chris Fedalei will be joining us this Tuesday to talk about his campaign against Trey Gowdy. For those of us who haven't met Chris yet, this Tuesday is your chance to get to know him.

And of course we'll be following the primary results from Indiana throughout the night. So another fun filled night sharing opinions with your progressive friends at your friendly tavern.

Spartanburg Drinking Liberally gathers Tuesday May 3rd, 6:00 at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

Al, Diane, and Cass

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We had a great group last week sharing wonderful conversation around the table. Very enjoyable. There's nothing like an election year for stirring up comment.

Russell Lynch is running for Spartanburg County Sheriff. You can learn more about him at www.russelllynchfor sheriff.com Mr. Lynch's campaign should be of interest to all of us living in Spartanburg County.

Tuesday is another primary night, with voters going to the polls in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. It's getting interesting, we'll be watching.

Chris Fedalei, running against Trey Gowdy, will be our guest at our May 3rd gathering. Mark your calender, it should be interesting meeting Chris and hearing what he has to say.

Spartanburg Drinking Liberally gathers Tuesday April 26th, 6:00PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

Open Minds, Open Hearts,

Al, Diane, and Cass