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SC Legislature Takes New Look at Asset Forfeiture
Coffee. Join the morning answer with Joey Hudson ninety four five theater. Historic group of bipartisan legislators led by Representative. Alan Clemens talked about a similar Bill that had been introduced in past years that in his words never saw the light of day. Representative Clements explain what he believes as changed since then, ladies and gentlemen, it's a pleasure to be with you here today in the South Carolina state house. This is what we believe to be an historic event, we are all gathered here in front of you, Republican and democrat working together to do something. Good for South Carolina. In federalist fifty four James Madison said government is instituted no less for the protection of property, then of the persons of individuals, civil forfeiture, which we are gathered to talk about today as one of the greatest threats to private property rights in our nation today now three and a half years ago. Some folks standing behind me and myself stood up. And we said we've seen it enough is enough. And we filed a Bill, unfortunately that Bill never saw the light of day. Once it was filed. What's changed well series of investigate? Active reports by the Greenville news has changed the discussion in South Carolina today regarding civil asset forfeiture as you her state. Legislators getting credit to the Greenwood news as they published a series title taken over the past few weeks, the taken team spent two years documenting every civil asset forfeiture case between two thousand fourteen two thousand sixteen in the state more than thirty two hundred cases involving more than four thousand people to show police had seized more than seventeen million dollars from people. Now, the global news reports most of that gas ended up in the hands of police and reform advocates say that creates an incentive for polices. Seek profit from forfeiture. Joining us on ninety four five the answer guest line today. One of the reporters who to play a big park on the taken team that annual carry with annual welcome in. Hey, thanks so much to me on a good to have you. Let's talk first about how did this all come about? What prompted the Greenwood news to start this investigative series. One of our reporters who is working our police, and and court be at the time just found a case had been filed a single civil asset forfeiture case that interested her and she ended to look into a little bit more and often that's how investigations begin. And and she found a pattern of these cases in in Greenville, first of all, and then they brought me on board as our Michigan reporter and want to expand the project, and and I suggested that we expanded across the state, and and our editors bought into the idea, we realized it was probably a a project that needed to be statewide and in order to show the scope of what was going on and and graciously gave us the time. And and and ability to do this and the space to investigate it. And that's how I. I got involved in while and what a commitment on the annual thirty two hundred cases four thousand people two years. I mean, that's quite the commitment from you. And your editors the news. Yeah. Their their commitment to investigative journalism. And and it can show just by the press conference that you played a little bit of their in the clip of what can happen when with the fourth state when we're giving the ability to launch investigations like this. And and we do it as a public service, especially in this case. Yeah. So we so we had thirty two hundred cases, and that and the way we gathered though, there is no database. None of this was was ever known or recorded in the state. There's there's no transparency when it comes to forefeiture and all of these cases are handled in a civil court. And so we we had to gather. Some of the cases were online on different court systems of in in about half of the counties in the state and the rest of those we had to go to across the state to the different counties into their courthouses and sit down, and and and take pictures and scans and input. Information from different cases into into a database that we Bill in order to track. What happened over the course of those three years? Annual as you got into this where you surprised. We were surprised some of the some of the things we suspected we there's been other civil asset forfeiture investigations done in other places in the country, and and many states had already at that point where beginning to reform their portraiture laws. So we had some ideas of what some others had done. But nobody had ever looked at an entire state over a period of time to see exactly what what happens. And so so some of the things that I found most surprising one first of all you sometimes hear about big cases a hundred thousand dollars taken from somebody or these tire life savings that they were in that they had in their car or something like that that that will make the news. But what we found was so many cases that were small amounts of money. We found fifty five percent of the time when police seized cash it was less than two thousand dollars in more than two thousand instances, actually. Less than five hundred dollars. And what was pointed out on the press conference with several of the legislators mentioned was those are the ones that are actually more difficult to fight. I if somebody is innocent, they still have to hire an attorney to take this case to court, and and often the five hundred bucks, it's just not a reasonable use of their money. And I think that's what surprised me the most with me today. Nathaniel carry one of the reporters with the green news who spent a lot of time with this taken investigative series Nathaniel. I think probably what surprised me was how you guys pointed out that so often it is a small amount of money, but it's not necessarily a small amount of money to that person, you know, his eight hundred dollars thousand dollars, and they were not convicted of a crime, but they still lost their money unless they were able to to afford to hire an attorney to get that money back. And in most cases, the they're not able to. And I think that's what surprised me the most. Yeah. That that is one of the big crux of this issue is that this private property rights issue. It's not so much law enforcement issue or law enforcement problem law enforcement, they're following the law. They're within their rights to use the assets. It's it's the way the system is set up that makes it just patently unfair especially for vulnerable people. I know I couldn't go without eight hundred bucks. It would affect my lifestyle for for a while. And and many of the people are vulnerable. Now, there are a lot of cases where the person is guilty. And they they they realize it and the and the the law is put there and was put there really began in Houston in eighties with the war on drugs to to give law enforcement of tool to go after drug traffickers and money launderers illegal gambling operations. And and it's just something that's evolved over time to instead of. Going after those big tickets. So those big cases after relatively minor things or sometimes nearly eight hundred times nobody was ever charged with a crime that we could find. Other going on one of the other issues that we found one of those key finding was which is the number nineteen percent of these cases that nobody was charged with a crime. And then another nearly twenty percent of cases where somebody was charged with a crime. But they were never convicted carry with us today end, the annual one of the cases that comes to my mind, and I'm a lifelong resonant upstate South Carolina lived here, all my whole life. But back, I guess this is probably in the eighties. Our governor now in rent master was the US attorney and was involved in a huge case operation jackpot that sees a lot of assets cars vehicles, trucks, airplanes, boats houses and a lot of cash and as a young aggressive US. Attorney Henry McMaster found that he could could take some of that cash that was season. This was millions of dollars in annual back then with this. But. It's all the he could take some of that cash and an in distributing it to programs who help fight crime. And I know this as a personal experience because I've been on the crime stoppers board for many many years and Henry master gave some of that money to crime stoppers to use as rewards for drug cases. And over the years, we put that money to good use to to hand out awards to tipsters who in turn took a lot of drug dealers off the street now in these cases is very clear that this money was earned through illegal activities. And I'm all for that. I'm a big supporter of law enforcement the annual. But it just appears that there's some cases here. And as you pointed out a lot of cases where they're never convicted. And how did you think they should get their money back? And that's what legislators are looking to do. Now. Once they saw the the impact in the scope of this across the state. That's why we saw such a large group of co-sponsors yesterday at the state has signed onto this. In fact, we had we had seventy one I believe yesterday that that co co-sponsors and then at the bipartisan group Republicans and Democrats from all across the state, we had all fifteen of our Greenville county house legislators signed on this co-sponsors. So and you're not you wouldn't Jason Elliott Representative in Greenville told me, you're not gonna find a group of legislators that support and and appreciate on law enforcement's efforts then in Greenville county, but they recognize that this wasn't a this wasn't a police issue. This was a private property rights issue. Right. And I think that's what we have to do because you know, I thought was law enforcement yesterday. Daniel they're not happy about this because they feel like that, you know, they're sort of being targeted here. But, but I think we have to make them understand that as you said is not necessarily about them is about the law. They didn't do anything necessarily unle- goal here. The illegal. They did what the law allowed them to do. And that just needs to be changed. Now, Dan, you're carry with us with the Greenwood news. Thank you for spending. A few minutes of your morning with us and look forward to continue reading as you guys continue to to publicize this series. I felt much for having a fun thing. I have a wonderful day and happy Valentine's Day.
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Dwight Loftis for Senate 6
Hi, this is Donald Trump. I wanna make America great again. And the best way to do that is to listen to this radio show. If you don't you're probably at talentless loser. Anyway, the most intimidated hour of the day is here. Welcome to upstate live with Joey Hudson, your source for the big trending topics and the stories that are about to fall through the cracks combined with great guests and free wheeling audience participation buckle up. It could get rough eights upstate live on ninety four five WGTK the answer more drama in the nation's capital. And no, it's not because my friend Mike Gallagher happens to be their meeting with the president's afternoon. You think he got my cufflinks lucky promised? He would yesterday. We'll check in with maybe tomorrow remember yesterday. When house speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote, the president saying that he should maybe postponed the state of the union. Well, the president responded this afternoon wasn't letter of his own saying this let me read Dudas shutdown. I'm sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghantistan has been postponed. We will reschedule the seven day excursion when the shutdown is over in light of eight hundred thousand great American workers, not receiving pay. I'm sure you would agree that post boning this public relations event is totally appropriate. The president wrote and this just literally an hour or so before they were set to take off she and her democrat colleagues were already loaded van headed out to the airport were told when they got word also today chaos broke out briefly on the floor. The US house representatives at Republicans accused Democrats of trying to pull a fast one with a hasty vote to end the partial shutdown now the drama began this afternoon when the democrat controlled house held a voice boat on an interim spending Bill. Reopen the government now customarily after a vote of voice boat is held the opposition party will demand a recorded roll-call. According to the Democrats, they did not hear this when North Carolina Representative a Butterfield ask for this. And the the the democrat chairman. Seem to announce that the is had it and that the joint resolution was agreed to which would meant that. The government would have been started back up after a tense exchange between house leaders on both sides of the out decided, well, we'll do a do over next week. We're going to continue our series of interviews with the candidates for the Senate seat six here in Greenville county, which became vacant with the election of William Timmins to the fourth congressional district seat last November yesterday we had Jeffrey stringer tomorrow councilwoman, Amy Robert Doyle with us today. South Carolina, Representative Dwight loftiest white. Thank you for for being with us spending. A few minutes of you after noon with us. Good afternoon. Glad to be here. Your former member of the green mccown school board. You've served in the state house representing district nineteen for number of years. Now, you're currently serving on the House Ways, and means committee, the education oversight committee house rules committee. Justice week. Governor Henry master released his executive budget with an emphasis on education tax relief and public safety. Obviously, you guys in the legislature will have to give final approval to a budget if successful next week, and you're elected to the South Carolina state Senate and eventually cast a vote over and that's out of the I'll take a minute to talk with us about the state budget. What you believe should be some of our priorities, and what you've done as a member of the house over the years with our state budget. Well, the budget is has grown this year. And they were talking about a billion dollars extra in the budget. However that that half that is re- non-recurring. So it's it's one time money that we will not get me for some of the things we will do in that is increased teachers pay for especially for their starting teachers there near in. They are low paid and then the thirty thousand dollar thirty two thousand dollar range right now, and that needs to be increased. And I'm sure that's going to be an increased and there's going to be some effort in education to spur on the the education of young people to the jobs and skills that are in demand in today's society, and they're much different than they were even ten years ago. Now, as I mentioned, you have served on school board here in Greenville and education is has been a priority of yours over the years, Representative losses. You know? We we often hear about how South Carolina's schools are at the bottom of lists lists that we don't want to be. At the bottom of is money, the problem, or or there other ways that we can improve education here in the state. There are many ways we can prove money will not solve the problem. We get hounded sometimes about the bay student cost, which is I think it was committed to be a few years ago said at twenty seven fifty twenty seven hundred fifty dollars or so, but the actual cost educator child, South Carolina is inaccessible ten thousand dollars. And let's say I I saw one school district small school district down on the coast that it was twenty three thousand dollars student with me today, Representative Dwight loft, est. Dwight is running and the special election for Senate seat district six in Greenville plan to vote January the twenty second that's just going to be in a few days here. And if you live in that district, it's very important that you cast your ballot up we've got a billion dollar surplus, and that's good news. But is there ever a time represented loft is? That we take surplus like this would be happy with it and applied in such a way that maybe we further reduced taxes rather than this is seems like to me on outside. We look for ways to spend it. Well, that always happens that way, the the pigs are at the trough so to speak, but one of the things we hope to do this year. I know it's been talk of it North Carolina reducer income tax. I certainly hope that we do in South Carolina to give back some of the money to the people who are paying those taxes and paying the load. So I think we will be doing that certainly looking at that. And but we in our spending we need to we need to do it in such a way that will add more value to what we already doing. Can you spend it in a way that will bring more jobs to South Carolina in that brings more income and revenue into the state? We of course, we're in day twenty seven of this federal partial shutdown, and of course, it's over building. A wall immigration is a big. Around our country and here in South Carolina. We continue to see in some areas. Local authorities literally ignoring the federal law. We have sanctuary cities. We have sheriffs who just ignore the law at Tom's of what role. Do you believe are state should play in this national crisis? Well, I think we should be very critical of the sanctuary cities in that. And I might add to my opponent in this race msrb urge Doyle has made comments on the walls. And she retweeted a a tweet from the mayor Berlin about the divisiveness of the wall. And that we ought to have an open society, so to speak, so I'm adamantly adamantly supporting the president building the wall and the compassionate Care Act was introduced by Senator Tom Davis and Representative Peter McCoy Senator Davis says it's about doctors and patients deciding what's in the patient's best interest. Not politicians not law enforcement yesterday. I. Jeffrey stringer another candidate in this race with you guys. He has a personal story when it comes to medical marijuana. And that he has a young child he feels that this could help his child with seizures. And all I've been surprised I guess you could say by listeners who seemed to be equally. They fall in both sides of whether or not this should pass or not personally, I think that if we if we do approve medical marijuana if you will that it just opens the door for other things a talk with us for a minute about your position on this and on the compassionate Care Act. Well, my position on that is and I do know in certain circumstances with seizures and some of the end chemotherapy, and that sort of thing there has been beneficial benefit to mirror marijuana. However, my position is as long as it's dispense as a controlled substance, which it is because you buy. Medication right now that says don't operate machinery don't drive a car. So those those things are critical. I think the devil's in the details and as long as it's medically prescribed as any other drug medically prescribed that. I don't have a problem. The problem comes in is recreational use. But what's your response to say, the South Carolina medical association who says that this is not something that the states in a position to really do right now. And and calling for the FDA to do further studies and be able to responsibly control it as you just described. Well, and that is the key. I think if you if you if the FDA looks at it, and you control the strengthen their obviously, various drinks. And that's why your prescription medication is various strength to different type medication. And I think the same thing needs to has to has to be done with the marijuana. Yup. Roads and infrastructure, we saw an increase in our gas tax. What a year or so ago is money gonna solve this. Do we have enough money for our roads and infrastructure everything we do now? And one of the things that concerns me and a lot of folks have been in opposition to the sip state infrastructure Bank. I agree with them. I think it's I think let me say this way, I think it's a it's a a place that the some of the powers that be in the Senate can play with that money. And I I would like to department to make the decisions where those roads need to go. And what what they need to be improved on one. Final question for your Greenville county is the wealthiest in the state. I believe about four sending a more tax revenue to Columbia for it to be dispersed. Do you feel that there's a more equitable way for these tax dollars to be distributed? Well, if you look at that, I know one of my opponents says, oh, we need to keep all of that in Greenville. So let me ask this question if Myrtle Beach and Charleston, and Beaufort Keppel all the tourism dollars that they generated where would we pay where the rest of the state would would be? We're always fighting for our fair share of the money. And we are a donor county and the rising tide does lift all ships in part of our problem. In education, is is the the smaller counties, they they are low performing schools, and so that money is distributed in some of those areas because if we do not contribute it to them. And I don't like the idea we donor county, but we are. And so is Charleston is so as middle beach and those other areas, so is it's a necessity. We just got to keep as many dollars. We for the upstate and keep doing things to generate more revenue than we were able to do in an investing. Yep. Representative losses we have about a minute. Take this minute to talk with our listeners on while. They should cast their vote for you on January twenty seven for one thing. I'm the only candidate in this in this race where they true record. Now, MS Robert Doyle talks about transparency as she did the other night and said, we need more transparency. What she didn't know we passed a Bill back during the centered administration about transparency, you can go on the contractors general's website right now and look at that. And find some of the things that she was talking about proposing to do. But the other thing is is she's not so transparent herself. That's what troubles me before. I announced someone a screen shot her Twitter pages, they're not very complimentary on her position as a Republican supporting President Donald Trump. She said that she was an mired Obama because he was a good family, man. And she said she would never vote for Trump now that has been changed right now. So. No, I, you know, which Amy Riber Doyle are we gonna vote for the one that was or one that claims she has right now, you know, my record or the people can look at my record pro-life pro second amendment, pro-gun pro economic development. My record is there. It is in. It is consistent throughout the years. And what I've done in the past is the best indication of what I'm going to do in the future. Yep. Representative Dwight lofter's thank you for being with us this afternoon again plan to vote January the twenty second in a special election for Senate district six at president. Donald Trump have pulled the plug today on a congressional Junkin overseas. By canceling a military aircraft or house speaker Nancy Pelosi and some of a recall league's just just literally an hour or so before they were ready to take off for Brussels in Egypt in Afghanistan. Your call your opinion, you're inside eight seven seven two three five nine four zero five. Hope you'll join the conversation back in a moment here on ninety four five WGTK the answer. Down. The gaining the Bill. Righteous down real quick eight hundred eight nine three four zero five eight use promo code Joey. And you're gonna get your back special, which includes two premium pillows and to take anywhere pillows, plus free shipping. 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Amy Ryberg Doyle for Senate 6
The. Like I picked the wrong week smoke. Make it up as you go along ad-lib improvise on the five reason tedious and boring wrong week victory. What are you talking about? We worked on that all week itself. Everybody shelter. The most anticipated hour of the day is here. Welcome to upstate live with Joey Hudson, your source for the big trending topics and the stories that are about to fall through the cracks combined with great guests and free wheeling audience participation of stayed live on ninety four five WGTK the answer. Welcome in. And yes, it's Friday, whatever's on your mind, I'm all ears. Capitol Hill is still reeling over the presence last minute decision to cancel Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats military aircraft yesterday. This after speaker Pelosi asked the president to postpone the state of the union until the government can open back up or in her words, just submit your state of the union speech in a letter reminding the president there's nothing in the constitution that even requires him to give the state of the union. Well, there appears to be a movement to maybe have the president give his annual dress to a joint meeting of of the congress and the nation somewhere in middle America, for example, as there isn't anything requiring him to actually give the speech in the nation's capital either. What do you think should the president is plan his own state of the union of event? Make maybe have it in the stadium in Dallas. Pat, Pat about one hundred thousand Americans in there and turn it into a celebration of freedom. Hope you're. Join the conversation. Eight seven seven two three five nine four zero five on this Friday can't get through on our busy talk lines. His a quick note on the big rock text line again as eight seven seven two three five nine four zero five will continue our conversation with candidates for the GOP primary in Greenville Senate district six Wednesday. I had Jeffrey stringer yesterday Representative white Loftus, and we wrap things up today with the final candidate in this GOP primary. Amy, Robert Doyle serves Greenville city council, representing the citizens of district one she serves as chairperson of planning and neighborhoods committee, which over seas redevelopment of the neighborhood, streets and parks councilwoman. Dole has a long list of organizations. He served over the years like a metro YMCA the peace center, the children's museum of the upstate. And she delivers bills on wills on mayor for twenty years. Amy's the mother of four welcome. And thank you for spending. A few minutes of your time this afternoon. Good afternoon. Joey, thanks for having me back yesterday. I had Representative Dwight loft this on Wednesday Jeffrey stringer join us as well. And I'm going to ask you some of the same questions that I talked with these two gentlemen, just this week. Governor Henry McMaster released his executive budget with an emphasis on education tax relief public safety. Obviously the legislature has to give the final approval to this budget. And if successful in this election, you'll ventilate cast a vote on what you believe to be the states spending priorities. Let's talk for a minute about those priorities. In-in concerns? You may have with the state budget, and what you believe should be those priorities. Well, I am thrilled to see that. The governor masters is focusing on education last week speaker. Jay Lewis house speaker John Lewis was Lucas within Greenville. And he said that our fourth graders are now testing behind the fourth graders in Mississippi. Now that means we're last Joey so we need to start focusing on what we're. On education, we need to an an I don't necessarily think it's more money. I think there's got to be a reprioritisation policy, but my whole philosophy about education is push it out to the local school boards the local school boards. Should be accountable. We elect them to be accountable. They have they have visions. They have priorities they understand that their teachers need raises and more thorny and atonomy in the classroom, but give it to the local governments. I feel the same way about taxes push it out to the counties and the cities to administer the the infrastructure that the citizens need. I want say one more thing that is not mentioned in the budget is the local government fund, the cities and the counties sent millions and millions and millions of dollars down to Columbia, and we receive pennies back Greenville county is a donor county. The Greenville county citizens are owed fifty eight million dollars in local government fund. This is got to stop. We have got to. Allow local governments to administer the dollars. Keep the dollars in Greenville county and invest in roads and infrastructure. I'm glad you brought it up. Let's talk about that. Because as you said Greenville is donor county, we're the the wealthiest county in the state is four as tax revenue, but this has been an issue Amy for years. So how do we finally solve that? Well, I think we have to address local government find by by law, and it's from the nineteen seventies. We have been sending this down as you know, and every year the legislature enacts, a proviso to take it out of the budget. And then and then puts it back in because by law, we are owed that money, but the overall Joey what I'd like to see is that local governments answer all these questions. We we receive questions of all kinds from our citizens. We're the closest to the taxpayer. Let's move the money as close to the taxpayer as possible. Overall. I mean, I would say that the citizens of Greenville are owed four point five million. The the citizens of Greer are owed four and a half million. The citizens of travelers rest are owed half a million. This money is just sitting in Columbia, and they're using it for other purposes. So make the local government fund whole that is my whole priority. This is a great segue. I was gonna ask you Representative loftiest believes it his experience in the state house repairs him to serve in the Senate literally just walking across the aisle, Mr. stringer thinks at the fact, he's never been elected to office, a makes him uniquely qualified. How does your experience on city council? Make you qualified for the state Senate. Well, prior to city council, I was in the business world for a long time. I Bill ecommerce systems I had my own business manufacturing. So I have a lot of business experience, which is why I ran for for government. But if you look at the city of Greenville is there any department in the state house that is run as well as the city of Greenville. We have we have a balanced budget a balanced budget that is truly balanced when we get a surplus. We turn around and invest it two weeks later, we turn around and invested in infrastructure neighborhoods downtown police wage increases. So I would say that Mike experience. City council. Look at look at Greenville. I've been I've been on city council for ten years. Greenville is a tremendous success story. What we focus on in the city of Greenville is making it very business friendly trying to encourage small businesses to come here to grow. But the truth is, Joey we want neighborhoods to thrive we want grandparents to to live near their grandchildren and not just see them on Facebook. We want a quality of life here in Greenville. We pay a lot of attention to that. And that is public safety roads parks events downtown that that's what local governments do. That's what they do best. And that's what I've been part of the last ten years, we do have a billion dollar plus surplus, and that's good news for the state. But is there ever a Tom Amy that you sink think that a surplus like this, you know, be happy about it? But. Apply towards spending that that could possibly reduce our tax burden. I mean, any almost or I do almost have to think that art if we have a billion dollars or plus, then we're not really planning that will we we should, you know, balance the budget. But no what we have coming in. And and spend that in a responsible way, Joey it is not a surplus. If you do not pay your bills, I would have a surplus if I didn't pay my mortgage, it's not a surplus. They owe the counties and the cities money so it is not a surplus. I would say that in terms of governor McMasters proposal education. Yes, look at but we are twenty fifth in the nation for spending per student on education. What I'd like to see is how about investments more choice options encouraged charter schools, how about some relief for home schoolers or the virtual schoolers I have four children some years. They have been in four different directions. Homeschool faith base. The school charter public school private. Let's give more options to parents. The state pension fund is like we keep kicking the can down the road. Maybe some of that so-called or plus should be obliged towards that. Yeah. Me what do we do with the state pension fund? Well, you know career politicians have not have been a little bit afraid to deal with things because it touches their own pension. So what I'd like to see is we've made some steps this year in everyone in the system taking some responsibility and incurring some liability. I think we need to continue to do that. And I don't think I think it's disingenuous to say that everybody's not going to take some sort of responsibility. You know, the chamber made a recommendation for to allow certain organizations to remove themselves from the pension system. That's fine. That seems good on paper. The only problem is that the rest of us would then share the liability everybody in the system is going to have to step up and address the. Issues, and I would say be part of the solution in some way, it take some responsibility with me today. Amy Robert Dole candidate for Senate? Seek six the seat that was vacated when William Timmons was elected to represent the fourth district plan to vote January the twenty second which is next week. And this is an important race you need to plan to be there and cast your ballot. If you live in Senate district six Amy the compassionate Care Act was introduced by Senator Tom Davis and Representative Peter McCoy this past week. Senator Davis says is about doctors and patients deciding what's in the patient's best interest. Not politicians not law enforcement. This is a unique issue. I've been surprised I guess I could say in talking about medical marijuana. And is is about fifty fifty among my listeners, and I would have thought probably more people would be opposed to medical marijuana to tell us your opinion on this. Well, I do think it's very interesting because I think there has been a shift. I mean, we have several dozen states that have now passed laws to allow medical marijuana. I think that an exploratory committee to look at. This has is is well overdue marijuana is still schedule one narcotic and along with heroin. So I think we have to be very careful and proceed judiciously on how and how we pass legislation, but I am open to exploring this. I have friends with children that have significant epilepsy. They have been very passionate with me about addressing their their children's symptoms. I'm absolutely open to it. But I will say also that we have got to be very clear with the opioid epidemic and the drugs that are coming across the borders in this country, and what this is doing to our teenagers and our twenty year olds and they're removing them from the workforce. We now have an opioid epidemic. That is surpassing automobile. Accidents in this country. So let's just remember how we proceed looking at these at these narcotics. And I agree because some of the work that that I've done just as volunteer with groups who are involved in helping people with addiction issues over and over what I hear is that marijuana's gateway drug, and we have a partnership here with radio station with a Phoenix center. They're totally opposed to any form of marijuana being legal. So I guess as sled Joey law enforcement very much up. Right. The South Carolina medical association, just this week in response to the compassionate Care Act has said less let the FDA do their work. I, and they remind is just as you did that this is, you know, schedule and drug again, I've been surprised that among mock conservative listeners that there seems to be you know, an opening there. I'm totally opposed to it. Because I just don't think that that. We can as the state that. We can you know, regulate it properly, but an appears there's some support for this and another think and Mr. stringer who's in this race. He has a personal story and told me on Wednesday, you know, has the child with epilepsy again and has seizures. And he thinks that maybe this can help his child. So it's kind of hard to argue with that at south. You know, it is a drug, and I just can't imagine our little status South Carolina making it easier, and yes, you know, his for medical marijuana. But that just opens the door to me, I think. Yeah. We have just a couple minutes left here. Aiming and again, thank you for being here this afternoon. Obviously, you're the only female in this race. Republican primary. Yes that will make that clear. There was a record number of females elected last November. Do you think that this gives you an advantage on Tuesday? Well, let's just say everybody thinks there was a great windfall for women in congress. It was a great windfall for democratic women. It was not great for Republican women. In fact, we lost a really great woman. We did not Errington should have won that. Right. Yes. So I I, you know, let's let's not confuse it. But I will say that, you know, don't vote for me because I'm a woman. Oh, no me because I have a proven business conservative record. I'm a mother, I'm pro-life. I'm pro second amendment, and I have been acceptable to my constituents since the day, I took office. My my cell phone is on every one of my emails people. Call me all the time. I have been in the grocery store I've been on the soccer field. I've been at a swim. Meet I've been acceptable to everyone that has that I've ever, sir. Served. So I have the energy and the experience to get things done. And I also know that the local governments should be receiving their tax dollars back. They should absolutely. They they're the closest people to the tax payers any we have about a minute left here. I'm only give you a chance just to talk with our listeners on all why they should support you in this election while Jerry, thank you. I have a lot of great support. And we're we're knocking on doors, and we're meeting a lot of people I've met pastors and mother's and grandfather's throughout this whole campaign and yesterday a former Lieutenant Kevin Bryant came out, and he has a strong, South Carolina conservative in the upstate and people love him. And he knows that. I am the best candidate for this rice. And he has publicly endorsed me. You've probably have heard the radio ads on this station. And I'm proud to have him in my corner. And I'm not going to go into gutter politics. I'm going to continue to talk about the issues. And I'm glad to have him on my side. We'll good. Look. And again, I want to encourage everyone. If you live in Senate district six plan to vote January the twenty second next Tuesday so important race, and you need to have your voice heard. Thank you again for being here. Thank you, sir. Thank you, sir. So she President Trump just forget about having the state of the union in the nation's capital may be haunted somewhere in middle America. Invite anyone who wants to come again, maybe the AT and T stadium in Dallas packet with one hundred thousand or so folks, what do you think eight seven seven two three five nine four zero five year? Call your opinion, you're inside if it can't get through our own a busy talk clowns on this free speech Friday, assuming a quick note on the big rock text line. Be sure to join us next week is broadcast live from the forty first annual shot show in Las Vegas. 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