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What South Carolina needs

South Carolina needs real Democratic leadership that doesn’t compromise on what’s important.

We must not resign ourselves to mediocre policy that doesn’t address the REAL needs of South Carolinians.

I’ve seen it time and again — our state has been chock full of leaders who have let the SC GOP bulldoze our education system. Many of them, like James Smith himself, sat passively for years with their “A” ratings from the NRA, making our schools and communities less safe as a result.

We MUST say no more to education and NRA pushovers who only speak out like Democrats during the heat of primary elections.

I will fight unabashedly for expanded healthcare, affordable education, good infrastructure, and plentiful jobs—without prevarication or compromise.

If you want to be a part of our movement to take back the SC Governor’s seat, consider a contribution of $5, $10, $15, or any amount here.

Thank you,

 – Phil

If they can, so can we.

As brave student activists march today in Parkland and across the country, their willingness to advocate for progress should be an inspiration to us all.

If school children can organize to promote change in their communities, so can the rest of us.

We need to up our game—that includes, especially, fighting to end NRA influence in politics and passing safer, smarter gun laws so our kids don’t have to fear going to school. For too long, incidents of gun violence like the tragedy in Parkland have continued to multiply while we sit in a partisan gridlock.

Our campaign pledges to take these brave students seriously by taking ACTION to promote gun safety. No NRA-supported politician is safe—nor are lukewarm moderates like James Smith who refuse to stand up to the NRA and bag their “A” ratings year after year.

If you agree, consider a contribution of any amount to our campaign. Our fundraising deadline is coming up in a week and we need all hands on deck to help us keep up our momentum.

Together, we’re working to create lasting change and smarter gun legislation.

Thank you.

Phil

I just got another endorsement!

Awesome news: Today, Former SC State Senator McKinley Washington, Jr. endorsed my campaign for Governor.

I’m incredibly humbled to have Senator Washington’s recognition—he’s a true blue community leader with over 25 years of public service under his belt and I respect him deeply.

He had this to say about the endorsement:

“[Phil]’s commitment to civil rights, equality, and the economic and social advancement of the African-American community is unmatched. It is a sense of duty and humanity that I know to have been deeply rooted in his upbringing. Phil’s father is a Presbyterian minister and civil rights legend who went toe to toe with the Alabama KKK back in the 1960’s. He set a courageous example for Phil as he stood unwaveringly as he rose to the top of the KKK’s Alabama hit list.

Phil has been courageous enough to call out failure and corruption and then do something about it. Seeing the mass disenfranchisement in our state back in 1984, he started the Palmetto Project and one of the first initiatives helped register over 150,000 new voters in SC. Seeing the toll high prescription drug costs had on the poor and the elderly, he started Welvista to provide free prescriptions and preventative care to those populations. I’m endorsing Phil Noble because his track record proves he is the best person, Democrat or Republican, to lead our state.”

With his endorsement, Sen. Washington joins a growing list of leaders—including Alabama Senator Doug Jones and Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts—who believe my campaign is the best choice for our state because of its unwavering commitment to economic, racial, and social equality for all.

As you can see, this campaign is picking up speed by the day, but I need your help to keep up the good work. Contribute $10, $15, $25, or whatever you can afford today—even the smallest amount makes a huge difference.

Thank you,

— Phil

James and Guns

When we let the NRA meddle in our politics, this is what we get. We MUST ELECT leaders who will stand up to NRA influence.

My democratic opponent, James Smith, will NOT be that person for South Carolina. Four times Smith has received A ratings and three times he was endorsed by the NRA. That’s not what I say about Smith—that’s what the NRA says about Smith.

A Democrat can’t win SC”

People tell me all the time: “A Democrat can’t win in South Carolina.”

I’ve never agreed with that statement, but now I have another reason not to—Conor Lamb just ran a Democratic campaign in the middle of Trump country and WON.

When Conor first announced he was running for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional seat, people believed he didn’t stand a chance. But by being himself, representing the values of his district, and working hard, Conor took home a victory in an area that Trump won by 20 points.

Conor’s race shows us that races in “red states” CAN be won, including my own. Voters across the nation are sick and tired of officials like Henry McMaster who won’t listen to them and an administration that actively puts them in danger. They’re ready for real, concrete change.

I’m bringing that change to South Carolina. I’m running a campaign like Conor’s—one that puts voters first, focuses on economic prosperity for working families, and expands access to quality jobs and healthcare.

My team and I know we have what it takes to win this governor’s race—but we want you on board. Donate $5, $10, $25, or whatever you can afford to join our team today. Every amount brings us that much closer to victory in November.

– Phil

We must listen to our kids

Today, students across the country are marching to protest gun violence and call for increased gun safety legislation—and I’m behind them 100%.

As many tragedies like the one last month in Parkland have shown, our children are on the front lines when it comes to gun violence. While the epidemic has ballooned due to NRA influence in the political process, they have suffered through shooting after shooting, scared to go to school the next day.

Now, they’re done sitting by and watching nothing get done. They’re coming out in droves to call us to action, and we MUST LISTEN.

I vow to listen to these students and take action NOW—so today I am also challenging my fellow Democratic candidates for governor to join me in calling for the repeal of a 2014 law (S. 308) allowing concealed weapons to be carried into the state’s bars and restaurant establishments that serve alcohol.

For too long, lax gun laws that permit high-power weapons in our public spaces have made dangerous shoot-outs like the ones seen in Parkland a LOT more likely.

And despite what the NRA says, repealing this law will not infringe upon any person’s constitutional right to own a gun for their or their families’ protection—it will simply make senseless deaths less likely.

Democrats need to take a stand against the NRA and FOR sensible gun laws. With the people of South Carolina behind us, we will not fail.

— Phil

New Endorsement: Mayor Terence Roberts

The mayor of Anderson, Terence Roberts, just announced his support for Democrat Phil Noble’s campaign for governor.

At the Anderson County Democratic Party convention Tuesday night, Roberts told the crowd he is impressed with Noble’s background as a business and technology consultant and that Noble “is not a politician — he’s a businessman.”

He also told those in attendance:

“My gut tells me he is the right candidate… But more importantly, my gut tells me it’s time for a Democrat.”

We thank Mayor Roberts for his endorsement!

Along with support from Roberts, Noble was also endorsed recently by U.S. Sen. Doug Jones—the first Democrat from Alabama to be voted into the Senate in 25 years. Jones defeated Roy Moore in December’s special election to replace Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions vacant Senate seat.

The stakes are high this November midterm. It is critical we elect a Democrat who will fight for true Democratic values, strongly represent residents and put a stop to the rampant corruption that has been occurring at the top levels of SC government.

—Team Noble

The NRA’s ongoing threats.

In Trump’s America, it is acceptable to threaten the media, attack private citizens or Gold Star families, and deny empirical facts.

Well… we’ve had enough of the lies and constant killings. No other developed country in the world has this severe a problem—EXCEPT US. We need to change.

Help me become Governor so I can sign legislation into law that fixes these issues. My Democratic opponent, James Smith, has had multiple years of A ratings and endorsements from the NRA while others in the party got F’s. While he’s saying the right things now, he’s hardly a trustworthy advocate for gun safety. (He sponsored a bill allowing people to bring guns into bars!)

But just a few days ago NRA spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, released a YouTube video threatening journalists, Hollywood actors, and professional athletes. As Americans, it is our civic duty to stand up against this type of dangerous propaganda and overt lying.

Consequently, I call on ALL SC LEGISLATORS to denounce the NRA and disavow any positive ratings or endorsements from the NRA.

Please join my campaign for governor so we can reform this country’s broken gun laws and protect our children and communities: Give $15, $25, $50, or any amount you can spare. All amounts are extremely helpful.

Thank you for stepping up.

– Phil

Teachers aren’t making enough

South Carolina’s public education system is ranked 50TH IN THE COUNTRY. That’s right– dead LAST.

Let me be clear: this colossal failure is the direct byproduct of Henry McMaster and his cronies in the Legislature’s continual refusal to invest in our state’s teachers.

The current 2% pay raise proposed by the State House is not enough, nor is the measly $2,000 increase in starting salaries for teachers (up from $30,000 to $32,000). If we really, truly want to support our educators, we need to dramatically increase their pay.

If you agree and want to make this a reality, contribute to our campaign today.

When we support our teachers—with increased pay and benefits and strong support networks—our kids succeed too.

We CAN fund our teachers and schools and still have money left over for other important expenses like healthcare. To supplement our funding deficiencies, I support exploring private-public partnerships that increase revenue to our schools, helping both teachers and students as a result. We can also generate $3.1 billion in new revenue by closing existing tax loopholes.

Join my campaign and help me fight for increased pay, support, and respect for our teachers. Together, we can make one huge step towards reforming and repairing South Carolina’s public education system.

 – Phil