Kelly Payne

Kelly Payne is a high school Social Studies teacher in Richland SC. She has been heavily active in the tea party movement from the beginning. She is very involved in the GOP and grass-roots political efforts. Kelly ran for State Superintendent of Education in 2010. She served as South Carolina Sate Co-Chair for the Michele Bachmann Tea Party Coalition. Kelly began writing for The South Carolina Conservative Dot Com in 2012.

We Need Better Criteria for Political Candidates

March 13, 2014
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Going to fish fries, parades, and BBQ fundraisers shouldn’t be the measure of a successful political candidate. And political elections shouldn’t be popularity contests. How many times have we seen unqualified candidates run for a highly specialized or technical office and then sometimes actually get elected? The eventual complaints about their limited effectiveness and lack […]


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A Good New Years Resolution

January 2, 2014
A Good New Years Resolution

The end of one year and the dawn of the next is a time to inventory what we have accomplished and what remains to be done. It is a time of resolutions and a time for fresh new beginnings. It gives us a new slate and an opportunity for a fresh start.   Here in […]


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A Politically Correct Thanksgiving?

November 27, 2013
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As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, it can be valuable to consider the roots of this uniquely American holiday because too often its history and meaning is ignored or distorted in our secular age. Some schools are even using textbooks that suggest that the first Thanksgiving feast was about nothing more than expressing thanks to […]


Tags: Mayflower, Mayflower Compact, thanksgiving, William Bradford
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Taxation: Let’s Get it Right

December 10, 2012
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  It’s not right for politicians to ask people to elect them to take money from one person to give to another.  Oh, they chose their words better than that. Instead, they talk about increasing taxes on one rich person to help 99 poor people.  Politicians know that’s candy to the ears of the 99. […]


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The Good Samaritan – By: Kelly Payne

August 7, 2012

The other day I was on a mission to pay my respects to the 77 South Carolinians who lost their lives in the tragic Cleveland School fire of 1923.  I set out armed with my camera in hand, a glass of lemonade, and a notepad. As I was driving to the Spring Hill area in Kershaw […]


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Independence Day Wish

July 4, 2012
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    The Fourth of July is a special holiday when families and neighbors come together to enjoy picnics, patriotic music, fireworks, and the excitement of celebrating our nation’s birthday celebration.   Communities throughout South Carolina will sponsor parades, festivals, and concerts, many culminating with impressive firework displays.  These great celebrations will be part of […]


Tags: 4th of july, george washington, george washington's prayer, independence day
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Kelly Payne: I’m supporting Kara Meador for SC Senate District 18

May 18, 2012
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(Photo credit Brett Flashnick)   Kara Meador is running for the GOP nomination for South Carolina State Senate District 18   Kara is a conservative who has the determination to lead, the passion to serve, and the energy to get things done.  As a former prominent WIS-TV personality we knew as Kara Gormley, she has […]


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