Saturday, April 20, 2013
Scott gives address as Senator for the first time.
On Saturday morning Tim Scott gave the Republican Party's weekly address. It was the first time he had done so as a Senator. His complete remarks are in the accompanying video. The full text is below: “Hi, I’m Tim Scott, Senator from South Carolina. “This week, on Patriot’s Day, a day that celebrates the beginning of our country’s journey toward freedom, a horrific tragedy occurred. “The Boston Marathon bombing has left us all with a heavy heart and we pray for the victims and their families. “However, while the perpetrators of this act of terror hoped that they could shake the confidence of a city, they have instead only strengthened the resolve of our nation. “This became apparent immediately as first responders ran towards unknown …
Friday, March 8, 2013
The state's new U.S. Senator opened an office in downtown Columbia, as well as in North Charleston and Greenville.
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott announced Thursday that he's opening three offices across the state, including one in Columbia. The Columbia office is located 1301 Gervais Street, Suite 825, and will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To reach the office by phone, call 803-771-6112. Scott also opened offices in North Charleston and Greenville Thursday. The former 1st District Congressman from Charleston was appointed in January by Gov. Nikki Haley to fill the term of former Sen. Jim DeMint, who resigned to lead the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Washington.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Both U.S. Senators representing South Carolina and Gov. Nikki Haley help break ground at South Carolina's Inland Port here in the Upstate.
Gov. Nikki Haley was joined by Sen. Tim Scott and Sen. Lindsey Graham in Greer on Friday to celebrate the groundbreaking at South Carolina's Inland Port. Haley said the inland port, which will utilize an existing overnight train service through Norfolk Southern, will spur widespread job creation. She confirmed that she had been in talks with companies interested in locating in the Palmetto State after hearing of the deveopment of the port. The port, centered on Poinsett Street in Greer, is located near BMW and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, and will service double-stack container trains to and from the Port of Charleston's seaport facilities. The port is expected to convert around 25,000 container movements from truck to …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Role will connect Moore to state's network of Republicans.
Matt Moore, the Executive Director of the South Carolina Republican Party is stepping down to be Sen. Tim Scott's State Director. Alex Stroman will move up from Political Director to replace Moore. Hope Walker, the SCGOP's current Member Services Director, will serve as Political Director. For Moore, it's a step up to work with one of the highest-profile senators in the country. He'll act as liaison between Scott and the large network of GOP activists and operatives in the state. One of Moore's main goals will be to avoid a costly primary fight for Scott in 2014. "Senator Tim Scott has made an outstanding choice in Matt Moore as State Director. I could not be prouder," said Chairman Chad Connelly. "Our party is undoubtedly stronger due to …
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…
Sunday, December 23, 2012
The last interview of 2012.
In the last Patch Video Interview of 2012, Karen Floyd, former Chair of the SCGOP and Publisher of PalladianView.com, a digital magazine for conservative women. Floyd talks about Tim Scott's ascension to the United States Senate, the coming battle to replace him in SC1, Nikki Haley's re-election prospects and the Newtown tragedy. Keep up with all of Patch's coverage of South Carolina politics by following us on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.
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.
Blacks don't have to be like Allen West or Clarence Thomas to win in majority white districts
Thursday, December 20, 2012
— by Sen. Robert Ford Lillian McBride should not be persecuted or fired. Every South Carolina County experienced long lines which is a good thing particular for people of color. I’ve notice a strange type of attitude from Black elected officials who represent districts that are majority white. They believe they were elected because they were different from other Blacks. They honestly believe that their White electorate voted for them because of this imaginary difference. As a result of this misinterpretation they develop the distorted opinion they have to represent the district differently than any other elected official. An elected public servant is just that – they are elected to serve. If you really serve, it doesn’t make any difference…
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 …