Friday, May 24, 2013
Campaign says Dems haven't acted on those who used racial epithets against her.
UPDATED 3:50 p.m: SC Democratic Chair Jamie Harrison has weighed in on the growing controversy around Mauldin resident Roan Garcia-Quintana's involvement with Nikki Haley's re-election team: "Phil Bailey apologized for a joke that was clearly in poor taste. Mr Quintana has been unapologetic about his opposition to "mixing races" and spent his career leading organizations that defended Jim Crow laws and have been identified as white nationalist groups. Nikki Haley appointing an accused white supremacist to her campaign committee is appalling and no joke for the people of South Carolina." ------------------------------------------ Over the past week, several media outlets have reported that one of the volunteers for Gov. Nikki Haley's re-…
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Controversial pipeline passes House.
Rep. Joe Wilson was one of three South Carolina Republican House Members to issue statements in response to the passage of a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline has been a dispute for several years. Should it be built, it would run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Its proponents say it would create thousands of good-paying jobs and be a big step toward America becoming energy independent. Critics say the number of jobs resulting from the pipeline has been grossly overstated and the damage to the environment would be irreparable. The House approved the bill 241-175. It is not expected to pass the Democratic-led Senate. Wilson said: “Today, a bipartisan majority in the House decided to take matters into our own hands and …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
But Democrats say she's not sincere.
In a Statehouse press conference on Tuesday, Gov. Nikki Haley called on the Senate to pass ethics legislation approved in the House earlier this month. Haley was joined at the press conference by the co-chairs of the Ethics Reform Commission, Travis Medlock and Henry McMaster as well as Attorney General Alan Wilson. “We have the blueprint. We need the eagerness and the will,” Haley said. The governor said that after the budget is approved she is hoping that ethics can be passed. She also is optimistic the Department of Administration legislation she’s been pushing for three years will finally become law. Haley rejected the notion that legislature can’t do more than one big thing per session. “At what point can we do multiple things in a …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
This year will be the 40th anniversary of the Okra Strut Festival.
Little River Band, an Australian rock band that was popular in the 70s and 80s in the U.S., will perform at the 2013 Irmo Okra Strut Festival in September. It's the first time the Okra Strut Festival has had such a widely-known band, said Kirk Luther, chairman of the Okra Strut Commission. The commission wanted something special because this year is the 40th anniversary of the festival and the first event to be held at Irmo's new town park. The Okra Strut Commission is also hiring another band, Lisa Haley and the Zydekats, to perform at the festival. The band plays zydeco, a type of Cajun music with violins, accordians and vocals. But the entertainment will come at a cost — a total of $26,000. The Okra Strut Commission usually pays for …
The hearing begins at 6 p.m. in the council's chambers, 2020 Hampton Street.
A public hearing on Richland County Council's proposed fiscal 2014 budget will be held Thursday. Residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on the general fund budget totaling $149,987,088. The hearing begins at 6 p.m. in the council's chambers, 2020 Hampton Street. View the proposed budget in the attached documents or by clicking here.
Part of a national day of protest organized by Tea Party Patriots.
A group of 25-30 activists protested outside the IRS office in Columbia on Tuesday, taking part of a nationwide effort organized by Tea Party Patriots. The effort comes in the wake of revelations that the IRS put conservative groups seeking 501(c)4 status for their organizations. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-5) told Patch that of the three scandals in Washington, DC at the moment—IRS, Dept. of Justice Hacking of Reporters and Benghazi—the one involving the tax agency was the worst. “This wasn’t a case of willful negligence. This was malicious intent,” Mulvaney said. Sue Burbaugh, one of the protesters in Columbia, said she was not surprised by news of the IRS’ tactics. Burbaugh recounted a phone call she received last week where an unidentified …
She makes history in the process.
Mignon L. Clyburn, daughter of Rep. James Clyburn, became acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday. In ascending to the position, Clyburn becomes the first female to head the organization. Her interim tenure will end when Tom Wheeler, who was appointed by President Obama, is confirmed by Congress. That process is expected to take several months. In her first public appearance at a trade show in Las Vegas, Clyburn said the FCC has a had a, “light regulatory touch, but have touched when necessary." Clyburn is serving her second term on the FCC, where she began in August 2009. She had previously served as Public Service Commission’s sixth district for 11 years and was the chair from 2002-2004. Hope Derrick, the …
The youngster was on a field trip from New Providence Elementary School.
After being peppered with questions about ethics legislation and the budget, Gov. Nikki Haley fielded a question from a visiting member of the press corps... The question came from a student from New Providence Elementary School in Lexington visiting the Statehouse on a class trip (she got an assist from Andrew Shain of The State). Keep up with all of Patch's coverage of South Carolina politics by following us on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Annual event for those who made the ultimate sacrifice
The seven soldiers who died in combat from South Carolina were honored in Columbia on Monday at the Fallen Soldiers Ceremony. The annual event, held at the Palmetto Club in Columbia, recognizes those South Carolina service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in the past year. The seven South Carolina soldiers who lost their lives: Families of those who died were presented a framed certificate from both Houses of the General Assembly, the South Carolina Palmetto State Hero Commendation, and a South Carolina State Flag. The event was hosted by Sen. Katrina Shealy (R – Lexington) and attended by numerous state officials including State Adjutant General Robert Livingston, State Attorney General Alan Wilson and State Superintendent of …
Gov. Haley's husband Michael was deployed in January.
Governor Nikki Haley's husband Michael has returned home for two weeks of leave from his deployment in Afghanistan, the governor's office said on Monday. The First Gentleman was deployed on January 10 for a tour of 11 months and his leave was granted by his commanding officers. Two weeks is a customary amount of time for leave for a soldier in Haley's position. As a result of her husband's return, the governor cleared her public schedule for the week, including a scheduled speech in Mount Pleasant on Monday morning.