Saturday, May 4, 2013
Republicans and Democrats have one of their biggest weekend of the year.
The annual fundraising dinners of the Republican and Democratic Parties had plenty in common this year. Both honored longtime advocates for the respective causes and both attracted speakers that generated buzz about the 2016 Presidential race. The Democrats’ Jefferson-Jackson Dinner drew its largest crowd ever and Vice President Joe Biden to honor Rep. Jim Clyburn for his 20 years of service in Congress. Biden acknowledged that his appearance at the event was sure to fuel speculation about his intentions in 2016. While giving lengthy tributes to Clyburn and former Sen. Fritz Hollings, Biden delivered a full-throated defense of traditional Democratic issues. He decried the Republicans war on the middle class and poor, in addition to citing …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Charleston Republican will be South Carolina's first black U.S. Senator.
Rep. Tim Scott makes history today when he is sworn in as South Carolina's newest U.S. Senator. The 47-year-old Republican will be South Carolina's first black U.S. Senator since reconstruction, and only the seventh black person to serve in the upper chamber, a distinction he'll share with President Barack Obama, a former U.S. Senator from Illinois. Scott and the other Senators will take the oath at noon today. They will then reenact the oath in the Old Senate Chambers since photography is not allowed the official chambers. Vice President Joe Biden delivers the oath. Making history is not new role for Scott. He was also the first African American elected to U.S. House from South Carolina since reconstruction. Three black Congressman served…
Friday, December 21, 2012
Former first lady could square off against ex husband Mark Sanford.
Not long after former Gov. Mark Sanford announced he would consider running for his old seat in Congress, his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, announced she's also considering a run for the same office. Sanford, who held the seat two decades ago before becoming governor, announced he was "studying" a run for the seat, which will be vacated by Rep. Tim Scott, who has been appointed to fill the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint. Jenny Sanford, who lives on Sullivan's Island, was on Gov. Nikki Haley's short list to replace DeMint, told CQ Roll Call she's also pondering a run. “I have already had calls from people offering to help should I choose to run, and I will speak with my family about that possibility over the holidays," Sanford said. …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Returning to politics after two year absence.
A former aide close to ex-Gov. Mark Sanford has confirmed to Patch that the former governor will seek his former congressional seat in the Lowcountry. CNN's Peter Hamby was first to report that Sanford will seek the congressional seat in District 1 vacated by Tim Scott's appointment to the U.S. Senate. The former aides told Patch: "Sanford is dead serious about this run. His dire predictions on America's fiscal future have come true. I wouldn't want to be running against him." The official announcement is not expected until after Christmas. Patch will have more as this story continues to unfold. Keep up with all of Patch's coverage of South Carolina politics by following us on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.
Gives final speech at the Capital.
Sen. Jim DeMint gave his final speech as a United States Senator on Thursday. DeMint resigned earlier this month to lead the Heritage Foundation and will be replaced by Tim Scott. Keep up with all of Patch's coverage of South Carolina politics by following us on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Scott becomes state's junior senator and first African-American from South Carolina in the United States Senate.
Before a packed lobby on the second floor of the South Carolina State House, Gov. Nikki Haley ended weeks of feverish speculation by appointing Tim Scott to the Senate seat vacated by the resignation of Jim DeMint earlier this month. Scott becomes the 56th Senator in South Carolina history and the first African-American to hold the title. Scott will be only the seventh African-American ever to serve in the United States Senate and the first from below the Mason-Dixon Line since the 1880s. Haley acknowledged the historical impact of her selection, but said the reason why Scott was the right choice was because of his record in private business and his conservative credentials. “It was very important to me, as a minority woman, that he earn …
Selections ends weeks of intense speculation.
According to multiple media sources, Gov. Nikki Haley is set to name Rep. Tim Scott to replace Sen. Jim DeMint as South Carolina's junior senator. Earlier this month, in a surprise move, DeMint announced his resignation earlier this month to head up The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, DC. The appointment of Scott ends weeks of intense speculation. From the start, Scott was named as one of the favorites to succeed DeMint. Since being elected in 2010 as the representative out of the Lowcountry Scott has risen to national prominence as a dynamic speaker and potent fundraiser. Haley left several clues about the selection over the last few weeks. She said she would not opt for a "placeholder" that would not have to…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Uses Facebook to 'taunt' the South Carolina native and 'Colbert Report' anchor.
Gov. Nikki Haley has made it clear she won't be selecting Stephen Colbert to fill the senate seat vacated by the resignation of Jim DeMint. When DeMint's announced he'd been stepping down, Colbert immediately seized on the opportunity and thousands of his fans sent messages supporting him via Twitter and Facebook. Sources told Patch earlier this week Haley will pick one of these five candidates. Haley said Colbert's inablility to name the state drink during an appearance she made in April on his show was enough to disqualify him. Watch their exchange here. But that does not mean the Governor won't be having some fun with the "faux conservative." Haley took to her Facebook page today to further explain her decision to rule out Colbert. The …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Governor says she won't delay in naming replacement for U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.
CHARLESTON — Gov. Nikki Haley has heard from a throng of individuals who think they'd be right to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jim DeMint. "There are hundreds of people that have shown us that they want that position," said Haley while speaking at a jobs announcement in Charleston on Tuesday. "There are qualified people out there in South Carolina." Haley said the names floated in the media this week represent qualified candidates, and that she's been presented "lists and lists" of people who want the job. Read more about potential replacements. Though U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-Charleston, is on the top of most lists, Haley said she did not meet with the congressman while in his hometown on Tuesday. And she says the seat …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Shoots down speculation that she'll appoint a placeholder.
While speculation mounts about who Gov. Nikki Haley will tap to fill outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint's spot in the Senate, Haley has removed herself from consideration. What she had not done previously was rule herself out of the race in 2014 that will result from Haley's appointment. Haley's spokesperson Rob Godfrey, told Patch Friday that Haley will not run for Senate in 2014. "She loves the job she has," he said. The fact that Haley will not run for 2014 may provide insight to the choice she will make in the short-term to replace DeMint. Haley has already ruled out some contenders for the immediate opening — both serious, like herself, and not so serious, like Stephen Colbert. The lead candidates at the moment appear to be Rep. Tim Scott or a …