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Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Phil Noble issues statement on Smiths’ NRA record

(Charelston, SC) – Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Phil Noble issued the following statement:

“What happened in South Florida is yet another unimaginable tragedy, but it’s also what happens when politicians fall in line with the NRA, year after year.

I’m dismayed by hollow, hypocritical words of condolences by politicians like James Smith. Smith has voted over and over again with the NRA, getting A ratings and now tries to fool people that he is on the right side. He had a chance to do something after Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook but while others stood for our safety, he sided with the NRA time and time again. He doesn’t get it.

He doesn’t get to cry crocodile tears over a national tragedy he’s been enabling. He should apologize for his record and everyone who has ever earned the endorsement of the NRA should wake up to the carnage they’ve contributed to facilitating.

South Carolina has one of the most lax set of gun laws in the country because of legislators like Smith and our kids and families are in grave danger. Smith’s NRA Report card should disqualify him as a potential Democratic nominee.”

James Smith NRA Report Card

James Smith NRA Report Card

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Screenshots from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund Website

South Carolina’s water supply is being threatened

The Trump Administration has decided to suspend the Clean Water Rule, which will soon jeopardize the drinking water of almost half the state.

Clean, abundant water is one of the most important resources we have, so we should all be greatly concerned with the rollback of these environmental protections, which keep pollution out of South Carolina’s rivers, streams, and lakes.

State residents need access to clean, safe water. It is necessary for public health and the economy.

We need to be fighting back against these types of reckless handouts to mining and industry groups, and we need to make sure SC’s current Attorney General Alan Wilson does also.

Just the other day, lead and other contaminants were found in Denmark, South Carolina’s water supply. The LAST THING we should be worrying about is a Flint, Michigan type water crisis happening here in the Palmetto State.

Please help me become governor so I can fight for our water, environment, and the public health of state residents. The public should at least have a chance to weigh in before these types of safeguards are removed.

There is so much we need to change in this state… I don’t know about you, but I am eager to get started. Contribute to the campaign $5, $25, $50, $150, or any amount of your choosing to help the campaign get there.

—Phil Noble

Charleston Business Magazine: 50 Most Influential People of 2017

Charleston Business Magazine celebrates another year of honoring the region’s most influential people. The selection of the 50 Most Influential is a result of staff research and community nominations of individuals who have made a lasting impact on the Lowcountry this year.

Phil Noble
EnvisionSC | Co-Founder
Phil Noble is a business and technology consultant from Charleston and his firm has worked in more than 40 countries. Noble is the founder of three statewide nonprofit initiatives: The Palmetto Project, One Laptop Per Child South Carolina, and World Class Scholars, an online global student exchange program. Noble has also served on advisory boards at Clemson, USC and the College of Charleston, and was a Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Noble is currently a candidate for Governor of South Carolina.

See the entire list here.

Press Release: Phil Noble Hires Brandon Upson as Campaign Manager

(Charleston, SC) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Noble has hired campaign veteran Brandon Upson as his campaign manager.

Upson is an Aiken, SC native who got his political start in 2010 as a regional field organizer for Organizing for America (OFA), the organizing arm of President Obama’s campaign. He orchestrated the field strategy that helped elect Mayor Joe Riley in a hotly contested re-election bid in 2011 – winning with 68% of the vote. Since 2010, he has managed and/or consulted nearly three dozen campaigns across the country. Brandon has been trained by the Front Line Leaders Academy, New Leaders Council, Camp Wellstone, Democracy for America, and The DCCC.

As of this announcement, Upson joins a very short list of African Americans who have led campaigns for executive office in the country.

“Brandon’s addition is a major boost to this campaign. He has an incredibly sharp mind, deep connections within South Carolina, and great instincts. I am confident he will help get us even closer to victory,” said Phil Noble.

“I know for a fact that there are extremely talented political operatives of color across this country. Any number of them could lead a major campaign to victory, we only need an opportunity to lead. I’m grateful that Phil has trusted me with this opportunity. Hopefully, this race will open the door for operatives that look like me,” said Upson.

Brandon is an Iraqi War Veteran, husband, and father of three.

Charleston Grit: Phil Noble

While many of today’s political figures who feel the call for public service later in life, Phil Noble began his political career while still in elementary school.

The year was 1960, and the historic election would see John F. Kennedy Jr. win the White House. After watching candidate Kennedy on the television with his father, Noble raced to the local Kennedy campaign office and eagerly distributed Kennedy election materials within his community, in process becoming an official member of the Democratic Party when the time came. Now, the same man who helped Kennedy reach office is seeking to become South Carolina’s next Democratic Governor.

The son of a preacher, Noble was born in Greenville, SC and would spend many years in Alabama, eventually returning to South Carolina in the 1980s. The creation of his own firm, Noble and Associations, has allowed him to work in the last 25 years with clients from over 40 countries, resulting in a diverse portfolio of projects ranging from small family-owned companies to the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Within his home state, Noble established three nonprofits, The Palmetto Project, One Laptop Per Child South Carolina, and World Class Scholars that continue to serve critical public issues within South Carolina.

Although the majority of his political career has been spent behind the scenes advising other political candidates, Noble believes the combination of his consulting experience with hands-on observations on what constituents want in their elected officials affords him the best abilities to serve a dynamic, diverse, and growing state.

“We have a state that’s changing demographically and culturally” Noble explained, “and we need a leader who is able to work with both sides of government to achieve new results”.

Noble believes that as new constituents moving in from other parts of the nation, the current national climate could see South Carolina follow in the steps of Virginia and Alabama and elect a Democrat to the state’s highest office.

“It’s definitely a stronger possibility than in previous election cycles”, Noble explained.

And as the recent endorsement of Noble by new Alabama Senator Jones shows, the Democratic Party is also seeing a future South Carolina that turns purple, if not blue again.

For his part, Noble is basing his platform on creating much-needed change when he takes office. A core aspect of his policy would be to “sit down, and reinvest in education”. With test results and surveys placing South Carolina’s school consistently near last place, to Noble the future “can only get better from here”.

“What we want is for all students of all backgrounds to obtain all the educational goals they need”, Noble stated. “All options are on the table.”

Noble also has not shied away from his views on the failed VC Project and its impact on South Carolinians. As he put it simply, “all of the money should be given back, and all people involved with the project should go to jail”.

Noble so far has been the only candidate to request for a special prosecutor to look into the failed nuclear project in addition to having an independent commission set up to review why the plant project was allowed to continue as it did with disastrous results.

Overall though, Noble looks forward to a new era for South Carolina; an era in which a one-party dominant system is no more.

“We need to get in new people, with new ideas, for a fresh perspective on how to make our state rise to the great heights it can reach” Noble explained.

“We as a state, and most important the future generations, deserve no less”.

Phil Noble to Deliver His Response to the State of the State Address via Internet Livestreaming

(Charleston, SC) – Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Phil Noble will deliver his response to Governor Henry McMaster’s State of the State Address tomorrow night via the Internet:

EVENT: Phil Noble’s Response to the State of the State Address

SPEAKING TIME: Wed., 1/24 at 9 P.M. – Phil will deliver his speech at 9 P.M. for about 10 minutes, followed by another 10 minutes where he will have a Q&A segment with online viewers.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Phil’s speech will be Simulcast Live over 12 different Social Media platforms. The hyperlink for this live event will be made available within an hour before the
9 PM event via the following campaign web pages:

HOST: “The MinorityEye” is the originating host, along with their affiliates, who approached the Phil Noble Campaign with this opportunity because they were not happy with the House Democratic Caucus and SCETV having Rep. James Smith deliver the Democratic Response to the Governor’s Address. They wanted to give equal time to Noble and a vehicle to deliver his response without using traditional corporate media to the people of South Carolina.

Failing the people of South Carolina

Our government is failing the people of South Carolina.

After years of neglect and misguided policies, our state has dropped to the bottom of the list on a number of important indicators.

SC is now ranked as one of the worst states in the nation in all the following categories:

Infant Mortality — 36th
Separation & Divorce — 37th
Families Living In Poverty — 39th
Violent Crime — 41st
Median Family Salary — 43rd
Having Children — 46th

South Carolina voters have suffered enough. These are not titles we should have or deserve.

It is intolerable and utterly outrageous that we have such high rates of infant mortality, violent crime, and families living in poverty. We must make it easier for families and people to succeed, not harder.

Under the current system, widespread inefficiency and corruption within government has wasted resources and has made our state worse off.

Please help us change the status quo by contributing to the campaign: $5, $25, $50, $100, or any amount is greatly appreciated and will help get us even further ahead in the polls.

Thank you for the support,

– Phil

We are all in the same boat / We are not separate

Dr. King’s lessons are needed now more than ever.

In a recent poll, over 70 percent of Americans — black and white — say they believe that race relations are bad and getting worse.

They are right.

But it’s not hopeless. In my time growing up in Anniston and in frequent return visits over the years, I think I have learned a few things along the way. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I’d like to humbly offer three basic ideas to help guide us as we work our way through today’s difficult times with its new racial challenges:

  • Race relations are like a marriage where divorce is not an option — we all have to work at it every day. No one is going anywhere — “this land is your land, this land is my land.” We cannot get a divorce, and getting along is not something that just happens automatically. We all have to work at it every day; just ask anyone who is in a successful (or unsuccessful) marriage.
  • We are all in the same boat and one third of a boat does not sink — it’s all or nothing. Our state is roughly one third black, brown and other colors and we will ultimately all rise and fall together. Sure, some folks will always be better off than others, but we as a state can ultimately succeed only if we all succeed. We tried “separate but equal” — it did not work. We are not separate — E Pluribus Unum: out of many one.
  • We can’t stop talking to each other. Talking alone is not enough; we must do things, but to do anything we must be able to forge a consensus together of what we should do to fix our problems. Today we are in danger of dividing into two (or more) groups and just yelling at each other. The rhetoric turns up the heat, the heat inflames passions and passions can fuel rash acts.

As Dr. King taught us, confronting each other’s painful histories, different experiences and bitter current realities, is guaranteed to at times be difficult. It will be uncomfortable, hard and downright painful — on all sides. But we have to go out of our way to talk with those who don’t look or think like we do … and keep talking, as we never know what may come of it.

— Phil Noble

PS: if you’d like to know more about my viewpoints on this issue, plus get some background into my family history within the state, you can follow this link for further reading.

Index-Journal: Gubernatorial candidate praises Greenwood Promise

When Gov. Henry McMaster last week announced that Dominion Energy would buy SCANA, returning money to ratepayers lost during the state’s failed nuclear power project, he called a step in the “right direction.”

Democrat Phil Noble, a 66-year-old business and technology consultant from Greenville, scoffs at that notion.

“I think the Dominion deal is just same scam, different faces. I can sum up my position on utility reform in two sentences. ‘We want our money back, all of it, and people ought to go to jail.’ Everything else comes from that,” Noble, who is running for governor, said. “If any candidate, Democrat or Republican, says, ‘I’m serious about utility reform,’ ask them two questions: ‘Did you take their money, and did you give it back?’”

Noble, who is casting himself as a political outsider without deep ties to Columbia, offers equally blunt assessments about the state’s education system (“it sucks,” he said), ethics scandals and demographics.

An early adviser to President Barack Obama, Noble is founder of three statewide nonprofit initiatives and is a former fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Now living in Charleston, Noble ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 1994 and fell short in a 2011 bid for chairman of the state Democratic Party.

But a recent poll has given Noble reason for optimism. A Jan. 4 Trafalgar Group survey gave Noble a 5 percentage point lead over state Rep. James Smith of Richland among likely voters in June’s primary election, 25.4 percent to 20.3 percent, with 33 percent undecided and another 20 percent preferring a third candidate.

The poll was conducted among 2,223 respondents from Nov. 29 through Dec. 30.

“It’s not me, it’s the message. And people in South Carolina today are not waking up and saying, ‘given all our problems, let’s elect another white guy from the legislature that’s been there 20 years and been a part of this problem,’” Noble said.

Noble refuses to accept any special interest group funding, calling political action committee support a “corrupting influence.”

“You listen to people who pay you, and if the PACs are the ones who are paying you, they’re the ones you’re going to listen to,” he said. “I have a distinct disadvantage in fundraising, but if you claim you want to be a leader, you’ve got to lead, and you’ve got to suffer the consequences and be willing to take the good with the bad.”

Noble, whose wife is from Laurens, also has a burial plot in McCormick County.

“There will be Nobles in that cemetery going back seven generations, so I understand this state, and I love this state, and I’m the first one to tell you, about a third of this state is just nuts,” he said. “A third of this state would vote to secede again if they knew we were going to lose again. I mean, that’s who we are. But this election is not so much about liberal versus conservative, it’s about change versus status quo, and people care far more about that now, today, than they ever have in this state’s history.”

Noble, whose nonprofits include World Class Scholars, an online global exchange program, credited local leaders with being on the front lines of progressive initiatives in the state.

One of the ventures he’s most impressed with is The Greenwood Promise.

“I talk about it not everywhere, but almost everywhere I go,” he said. “This isn’t statewide stuff. Local counties have figured out to solve and deal with their own local problems. It didn’t come from Columbia, it came from out here, and that’s who we need to listen to. We need to talk to folks in the counties, because they’re the ones who know they need to solve their problems.”

By Adam Benson

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Alabama Senator Doug Jones Endorses Phil Noble for Governor

While Poll Shows Noble in Lead by Over 5%
Announcement touts Noble’s commitment to equal rights, early statewide lead

(Charleston, SC) Calling Noble “a truly principled, progressive leader,” Senator Doug Jones, the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama in over 25 years, today endorsed Charleston businessman and technology entrepreneur Phil Noble for the Democratic nomination for Governor of South Carolina.

Full text of Senator Jones’ endorsement:

“I’m proud to support my friend Phil Noble for Governor of South Carolina.

For years, Phil and I have been working together to reform and revive the Democratic Party in the South. My win was a step – and now the next fight is Phil’s for Governor in South Carolina.

I know Phil is a truly principled, progressive leader committed to real reform —something I know is sorely needed in South Carolina’s state government.

And, Phil can win. A just-released poll shows him in the lead by 5%!

My victory in Alabama was first and foremost a victory of, by and for Alabamians. But, we did get lots of support from many throughout the country – people like you who want a complete change of course from today’s broken politics. If we could do it in Alabama, it can happen in South Carolina!

Phil lived in Alabama in the civil rights era and I’ve long known about Phil’s family—and his father who was one of the first white community leaders in Alabama to stand up for civil rights and oppose George Wallace. For a long time after, the Nobles withstood a barrage of threats and harassment from the KKK and other white supremacists. But they never wavered and stood their ground for what’s right.

I hope that whether you’re in South Carolina or not, you’ll join me in supporting Phil, and giving him the same boost that I got from so many people around the country. You can make the difference.

I won my election because I was not a political insider and I challenged the corruption of politics as usual. I know that Phil will win because he is fighting for the same things.

Integrity matters now more than ever, and Phil will bring great integrity to the Governor’s office.”

Noble said he is very excited to get this endorsement. “Doug is clearing a path for reform-minded governors like those in North Carolina, Virginia, and Louisiana. We in South Carolina are itching to join them,” Noble stated adding, “Jones won in Alabama because he was the candidate of big change and real reform…the same things my campaign is all about and that is why I will win in South Carolina.”

Jones’ statement also highlighted last week’s Trafalgar Group poll showing Noble with an early lead in every part of the state and among all demographic groups. “I have only been in this race eight weeks, but I’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm everywhere I have been. To have Doug’s encouragement and support only makes me more determined to lead our Democratic party and our state into a new era,” Noble said.