Capital Rotary Club “Pub Politics Appearance”

Representative Nathan Ballentine made a special stop at Columbia’s Rotary Club to appear on a local Internet show, called Pub Politics. This week’s episode was filmed high a top downtown Columbia in the Summit Club. Representative Ballentine and the show’s hosts, Phil Bailey (Democrat) and Wesley Donehue (Republican), discussed many issues: the recent DHEC ports decision, the GOP presidential primary, and much more. To see the enitre episode (23 mins) or forward thru the segments, click here.

Visiting with Occupy Columbia

Representative Nathan Ballentine stops by the State House grounds to chat with the Occupy Columbia protesters.

NEW WEBSITE for scstatehouse.gov

Yesterday, the new website for the General Assembly debuted! I haven’t had time to check out all the bells and whistles but I have learned there were some recent House Committee moves that now appear on the website: Bill Whitmire and Garry Smith have moved to Ways and Means, Rick Quinn has moved to Judiciary and Tommy Stringer has moved to Education.

There are 2 vacant spots: one on Agriculture and one on Education. Recently elected Reps Eddie Southard and Joshua Putnam have not been assigned but it’s not clear if they will get those spots or if more moves will happen. Usually, most freshman are assigned to the 3M committee.

Check the new site out so you’re accustomed to it when we return in January. There’s obviously some hiccups as I checked “Find Your Legislator” by typing in my home address and saw my friend, Chip Huggins listed!

Expect improvements and updates but for now, it’s still a very great way for you to stay informed!

Sorry I haven’t written much lately. My paying job has been keeping me very busy!

UPDATE: 6th Annual Irmo Community Prayer Breakfast

It’s hard to believe that Representative Chip Huggins and I first started this event six years ago at my church, Riverland Hills Baptist.

We like to think of the event as the unofficial kickoff to the Okra Strut and have always hosted the breakfast the Thursday morning before the Okra Strut. Today was the sixth one and even the rain didn’t keep friends and neighbors away.

Seven Oaks Presbyterian served as the host church this morning as guests listened to a message from local businessman, Steve Arnold . Steve’s message was personal and from the heart as he shared that God is in control and knows what he’s doing in – and with – our lives!

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors (most of who have been there every year from the beginning): Babcock Center Foundation, SC Representative Nathan Ballentine, SC Representative Chip Huggins, Irmo Insurance Agency, Inc., L.R. Enterprises, Inc., Rotary Club of St. Andrews, Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo, Lexington Medical Center, Debra and Mike DuBose, Columbia Conference Center/ Blake DuBose, DuBose Web Group, Palmetto Health Parkridge, The Warren Group.

Below are a few other quick videos/info from the previous breakfasts:

2010 First Baptist of Irmo -speaker Adrian Despres, chaplain USC football team
2009 St. Mary’s Episcopal – speaker Eddie Walker, then principal of Irmo High School
2008 Gateway Baptist – speaker Jeff Davis, former Clemson football player
2007 St. Andrews Presbyterian – speaker A.V Strong, director A Better Way, Project Gang Out
2006 Riverland Hills Baptist – speaker Bob McAlister, McAlister Communications

House GOP Tax Study Committee

Earlier today the House GOP Tax Study Committee met to continue discussions on ways to reform our overall tax code to not only reduce the burden on South Carolinians but also improve our business climate and encourage/attract employers to grow their operations in SC. Not just large corporations but small business owners as well.

We’ve heard information regarding sales tax exemptions, Act 388, corporate income tax, corporate property tax, Fee in Lieu, and many other complicated data that combine to impact the overall tax structure of our state.

Every meeting we move closer to drafting a proposal we plan to present to the House GOP Caucus in time to have a bill filed and get a full debate on the House floor in early 2012. If the committee (and the full House) can pass a comprehensive bill early next year, it’s our hope that the bill could become law before the end of the current two-year session in June.

As always, I appreciate feedback and suggestions from you. Whether you’re in House District 71 or from other areas of the state, your input is important as we work towards this lofty goal.

Members of the committee include:

Tommy Stringer, Chair
Rita Allison
Nathan Ballentine
Shannon Erickson
Dan Hamilton
Jenny Horne
Tommy Pope
Rick Quinn
Garry Smith
Eddie Tallon
Bill Taylor
Mac Toole
Brian White
Tom Young

6th Annual Irmo Community Prayer Breakfast

It’s hard to believe that Representative Chip Huggins and I first started this event six years ago at my church, Riverland Hills Baptist.

Once again, we like to think of the event as the unofficial kickoff to the Okra Strut ! We have always hosted it the Thursday morning before the Okra Strut and that means Thursday, September 22nd this year.

Seven Oaks Presbyterian will be the host church and Chip and I are excited to have local businessman, Steve Arnold, give the morning’s message.

Past events have seen attendance over 200 and this year space is keeping us to only 200 so be sure to RSVP for your FREE spot by calling Elizabeth Donehue at (843) 864-9414.

This event could not have continued like it has without the support of the many sponsors who help make it possible as well as the host churches, their members, and you – the community!

Hope to see you later this month! Special thanks to this year’s sponsors (most of who have been there every year from the beginning): Babcock Center Foundation, SC Representative Nathan Ballentine, SC Representative Chip Huggins, Irmo Insurance Agency, Inc., L.R. Enterprises, Inc., Rotary Club of St. Andrews, Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo, Lexington Medical Center, Debra and Mike DuBose, Columbia Conference Center/ Blake DuBose, DuBose Web Group, Palmetto Health Parkridge, The Warren Group.

Quick video/info on previous breakfasts:

2010 First Baptist of Irmo -speaker Adrian Despres, chaplain USC football team
2009 St. Mary’s Episcopal – speaker Eddie Walker, then principal of Irmo High School
2008 Gateway Baptist – speaker Jeff Davis, former Clemson football player
2007 St. Andrews Presbyterian – speaker A.V Strong, director A Better Way, Project Gang Out
2006 Riverland Hills Baptist – speaker Bob McAlister, McAlister Communications

Flu shots available at Ballentine Park

The Richland County Recreation Commission is offering flu shots to members of our community (ages 18+) next month on Tuesday, October 4th, from 9am to 11am at Ballentine Park.

The shot will cost $25 but is free to Medicare patients.

Be sure to register by September 14th by calling Lisa Smarr at 699-7425.

Thank you! Community Cookout

Once again we had another great turnout for the Community Cookout!

Jim LeBlanc played music while Hudson’s served up BBQ for over 200 guests at the Rusty Anchor and Quarterdeck last night.

Listed above our the hosts, sponsors, contributors who helped make it possible and whose support of my efforts to serve our state are greatly appreciated!

I also wish to think these elected officials for taking their time to visit with friends and neighbors right here in our community: US Congressman Joe Wilson, Governor Nikki Haley, Superintendent of Education Mick Zais, Attorney General Alan Wilson, Senator John Courson, Senator Ronnie Cromer, Representative Chip Huggins, Representative Ralph Norman, Chapin Mayor Stan Shealy, Richland County Councilman Bill Malinowski, Lexington County Councilman Johnny Jeffcoat, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, Irmo Town Councilman Hardy King, Irmo Town Councilman Barry Walker, School Board Members Jan Hammond, Kim Murphy, Jim Turner. Also special thanks to District Five Superintendent Steve Hefner.

Here are a few photos if you weren’t able to attend the event this year: Photos of 2011 Community Cookout

High marks from SC Chamber of Commerce


Vote to bring 2,000 jobs to the Midlands costs perfect score

Conservative Republican Nathan Ballentine once again comes through with a strong showing in the 2011 SC Chamber of Commerce legislative scorecard. This year, Representative Ballentine received an “A” rating of 93. Slightly lower than his 100 last year. This year’s lower score came as a consequence of his vote to bring 2,000 jobs to the Midlands. Had this vote not occurred, Ballentine would have received a legislative score of 100, matching his previous score from 2010.

This latest report confirms Representative Ballentine’s dedication to tackling the important pro-business issues facing our state and community. Nathan understands that removing undue government bureaucracy (aka “red tape”) is key to attracting new business, growing existing business and putting South Carolina back to work.


Click here to view the full scorecard.

Two Weeks from today! COMMUNITY COOKOUT

Click the image above to view it in a larger size.

In just two weeks (Tuesday, August 16th) our community will have 19 elected officials right here in one place for you to meet…along with several of your friends and neighbors!

This regular event is a great way for you to speak with officials you may not normally have a chance to talk with in a casual setting! From US Congress to our constitutional officers to local School Board Members. Many levels of elected office will be represented from Republicans, Democrats, and Non-partisan officials…just like our community!

I want to again thank this year’s hosts, sponsors, contributors and also everyone who has RSVP’d!

It’s not too late to save your spot for some BBQ, banana pudding, music and fellowship. Bring the kids and family!

Rusty Anchor
Tuesday, August 16th
6pm to 7:30

If you can’t make it but would still like to donate to my campaign, simply click here! (Thanks in advance! It’s an honor and privilege to serve Richland and Lexington counties in Columbia!)

Hope to see you there!