Sunday, March 10, 2013
The two-term Senator has a number of significant facts working to his advantage.
The latest round of protests against Sen. Lindsey Graham reached a fever pitch when he slammed Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster last Wednesday. Graham's criticism prompted a vocal group of conservatives inside and outside the Palmetto State to think the episode might finally be enough to bounce him from office. But, the fact is Lindsey Graham will likely be re-elected in 2014 to a third term as the senior Senator from South Carolina. Paul was holding up the nomination of John Brennan for CIA chief by protesting the Obama Administration’s policy on drones, a policy that Graham supports. The crux of Paul’s argument was based on the fear that Obama might have the power to use drones against American citizens on American soil. …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
The 2012 presidential race headed for a "whole new level," one predicts.
South Carolina Republicans that Patch has spoken to on Saturday are excited about the choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as vice presidential nominee. "This is going to be an exciting ticket — one that Republicans can enthusiastically get behind and endorse," said Taft Matney, a Greenville-area political consultant. "We're about to see the 2012 presidential campaign kick up to a whole new level." Gov. Nikki Haley, long-rumored to be under consideration for the VP position, responded on this morning on her Facebook page: "WE now officially have a Dream Team of solutions: Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan! Both of these men understand its (sic) not about complaining and blaming, but producing results for the people of our great country. The race is on: …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Newt Gingrich is reportedly dropping out of the race, three months after winning in the coveted S.C. Republican primary.
Newt Gingrich's longshot presidential campaign was reinvigorated by an impressive rout of Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republican field in January's South Carolina primary. It was the Palmetto State's contest, Gingrich had said for months prior, that would propel him to the GOP nomination. But as reports of the former Speaker of the House suspending his campaign surfaced Wednesday, Gingrich's run ended with a whimper — having only won one other state (his adopted Georgia) in the three months since. Could a true conservative coalescence behind either Gingrich and Rick Santorum (who dropped out last month) have helped beat back Mitt Romney's well-resourced campaign? We'll never know. "Since we know the conservative votes were split …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
South Carolinians said the state's economy is improving and the state is back on track, according to new Winthrop Poll.
The latest Winthrop University poll of South Carolinians shows that while the state is back on track, Gov. Nikki Haley's approval rating has only slightly improved. The poll, released Tuesday, found that South Carolinians were evenly divided on if they approved of the way in which Haley was doing her job. Of those polled, 37.3 percent of all respondents saying they approved of the governor’s performance, while 36.5 percent reacted negatively. That's up slightly from December, when Haley's rating was less than 35 percent. But of the respondents, Republicans and Independents who are registered voters and lean Republican, Haley received an approval rating of 60 percent. Haley's spokesperson Rob Godfrey said Haley is focused on her job. “Polls…
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Party members will seek to oust incumbents in upcoming June primary.
The local Tea Party hopes to make more political inroads this election year as it mounts campaigns to overtake three seats on the Lexington County Council, The State reports. Touting a stricter brand of conservatism and small government ideals, Tea Party candidates are going after the seats of Council members Johnny Jeffcoat, Debbie Summers, and retiring member Smokey Davis. More Tea Party challengers may emerge this fall in local school board races, including those for Lexington 1 and Lexington-Richland 5, the paper reports. “It’s our time to step up for our dream of America,” Steve Isom, a Tea Party member who is county GOP chairman and a Cayce city councilman, told the newspaper.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
South Carolina tea party backers will announce support for Gingrich today.
Newt Gingrich today is expected to announce the endorsement of 100 South Carolina tea party supporters, according to online reports. The move comes as Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces his withdrawal from the race and weeks after Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, once a tea party darling, dropped out of the race. “My sense is there is a growing coalition behind Newt Gingrich,” Joe Dugan, who leads the state’s chapter of Tea Party Patriots, told TheDC. South Carolina Republicans head to the polls Saturday to nominate a presidential candidate. Recent polls show the race is increasingly becoming a two-man contest between Gingrich, a former speaker of the house, and Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and business executive. In Gingrich'…
Monday, January 16, 2012
Tea partiers gather at historic convention in Palmetto State.
MYRTLE BEACH — Just in time for the GOP presidential debate, the inaugural S.C. Tea Party Convention concluded Monday. One organizer called "phase three" of the tea party: "Making our presense known again," Myrtle Beach Tea Party Chair Joe Dugan said. Phase one was rallying and phase two was educating and building infrastructure, he said. The convention featured more than 30 speakers, all talking on a range of topics now familiar to the tea party, at the waterfront Springmaid Resort Hotel. Topics included Sharia law, Agenda 21, national security and holding politicians' feet to the fire. Just two presidential candidates addressed the audience of 500-plus. The convention drew from all corners of the state, even bringing in some out-of-…
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Senator tells Tea Party crowd to unite after the vote.
As the nation waits to see who South Carolina Republicans pick in the GOP Presidential Primary, Sen. Jim DeMint explained why he's holding on to his endorsement. DeMint spoke to the South Carolina Tea Party Convention less than a week before primary voters head to the polls, but he's got his sights on Senate Primaries this summer. FOLLOW OUR LIVE COVERAGE OF THE TEA PARTY "My focus is on the Senate, because I've seen us with a Republican president and a bad Senate and it's just the waste of a good president," DeMint said. "We can change the Senate and send good legislation to the president and send a balanced budget to the president." But DeMint also alluded to the division among Tea Party voters and suggested that might be making him …
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Monday, January 2, 2012
Two-day event prior to debate will feature presidential candidates in intimate forums only open to tea party members.
MYRTLE BEACH — Think of the two-day event as a trade show for the tea party. Running concurrent but not in opposition to the SCGOP Experience Weekend, the first-ever S.C. Tea Party Convention will host more than 35 guest speakers and focus on educating tea party members Jan. 15 and Jan. 16 at Springmaid Beach Resort. The event is only open to tea party members, who must sign up ahead of time (Click here to send an email request). Members pay for $1 each day, but a donation of $5 per day is requested. All of the GOP presidential candidates have been invited. So far, only Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Speaker Newt Gingrich have confirmed. Other speakers include Congressman Tim Scott, Gov. Nikki Haley, SCGOP …