Martin Receives “A” Rating from NRA

NEWBERRY, S.C.–Republican State House candidate Rick Martin has received an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association for his committed stances in support of Second Amendment rights. The NRA grades candidates based on their voting records, or by the candidates’ responses to a NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire, for those without prior legislative service. Martin’s conservative platform, which includes decisive measures to ensure and promote individual gun rights, makes him the most gun-friendly candidate for State House District 40. Continue reading

Martin Addresses Chappells Community

CHAPPELLS–Rick Martin, Republican candidate for the State House of Representatives, met with voters Saturday at the April meeting of the Summerset/Windmill Property Owners’ Association (POA). At the meeting, Martin provided solutions to issues facing Newberry County and South Carolina as a whole, including: education reform, aiding small businesses, Second Amendment protection, lowering regulations on industry, eliminating property taxes, repairing roads and reforming state agencies. Continue reading

Rick Martin Files for SC House

IMG_2243NEWBERRY, S.C.–Soon after filing officially opened Wednesday for state and county-level offices, Republican businessman Rick Martin placed himself on the ballot for the South Carolina House of Representatives. This comes after Martin declared his candidacy five months ago.

Since his announcement in October, Martin has garnered the endorsements of former Newberry County Republican Party Chairman Alan Gardner, as well as United States Congressman Mick Mulvaney. Continue reading

Mr. & Mrs. Ollie Moye Celebrate 62 Years

PROSPERITY, S.C.–Ollie and Alicia Moye will celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary on March 1, 2016. Mr. Moye is an novelist and journalist, who authored Daddy, Tell Them We Don’t Shoot Bambi: A Hunter’s Story, and the 2012 thriller, North to Prosperity. He also served as president of the South Carolina Press Association, and the editor of the Newberry Observer from 1957-96. He and his wife live on Lake Murray, and have two sons and two grandsons. We commend Ollie and Alicia Moye on their numerous decades of marital happiness, and we hope they have many, many more to come.

Ben Carson visits Newberry

NEWBERRY, S.C.–Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson of Florida met with voters at Newberry’s Grille on Main. This visit comes just 3 days ahead of the South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary. Among the large crowd which came out to greet Dr. Carson, Republican House hopeful Rick Martin was in attendance. “I was honored to meet Dr. Ben Carson,” Martin said, “he is a great man, and an upstanding conservative.”

Former Newberry County Republican Party Chairman endorses Rick Martin for State House

(Newberry, SC)… Alan Gardner, former Newberry County Republican Party Chairman, today endorsed Republican businessman Rick Martin for State Representative. In announcing his support for Martin, Gardnersaid, “Rick was born and raised in Newberry and attended Newberry County Schools. He is a successful and highly respected small businessman who cares deeply about our county. There is no question he is the best candidate to represent Newberry County at the Statehouse.”

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Congressman Mick Mulvaney endorses Newberry State House candidate Rick Martin


(Newberry, SC)…5th District Congressman, Mick Mulvaney, has endorsed Newberry Republican businessman Rick Martin for State Representative. Mulvaney, who represents part of Newberry County, made the endorsement during a stop in Newberry yesterday.

In endorsing Martin, Mulvaney said, “Rick is a good solid conservative and I will help him in any way I can.” Continue reading

Martin Files Quarterly Financial Report

Newberry Observer

January 15, 2016

NEWBERRY — Rick Martin, a Republican from Newberry, reports that he filed his quarterly financial disclosure with the S.C. State Ethics Commission on Jan. 8, showing he had $54,000 cash on hand.

Martin announced on Oct. 1, 2015, that he intended to run for the House Representative seat currently held by Rep. Walt McLeod. McLeod has since announced that he will not seek reelection. Continue reading

Rick Martin: It’s Christmastime in Newberry

The past two weeks have given me an opportunity to meet the good folks of our county as we usher in the Christmas season. It is such a blessing to enjoy the fellowship of family and friends, and the liberties we enjoy as Americans. It was an honor to march in the recent Newberry, Prosperity, Whitmire, and Peak parades, where we met thousands of cheerful citizens and infamous Southern hospitality.

And now, I would like to take this opportunity to pass along my family’s warmest and merriest Christmas wishes to you, and we’ll see you in 2016. God Bless.


Jeb Bush, Jr. in Newberry

rick & jebIt was great to meet Jeb Bush, Jr. (right) on the campaign trail for his father at the Cabana Café in Newberry. A special thanks to the Newberry County Republican Party for getting this great event together, and to all the concerned voters who could make it.