Tuesday, January 29, 2013
More than 300 committed suicide and experts are saying the trend could grow worse.
Almost 350 members of the U.S. military committed suicide in 2012, the Associated Press reports. And it could get worse. Experts are predicting that the strains on the military personnel will lead to an "epidemic" of suicides, the AP reports. Read the full story HERE. In 2011, there were only 301 suicides. USA Today reports that there were 310 casualties in Afghanistan in 2012, making the number of suicides higher than the number of deaths overseas. So, what is causing this? In the first half of the year, Time reported that soldiers were committing suicide at a rate of one-per-day--a record that remained consistent throughout the year. Time also reported that this was the highest suicide toll since 9/11. NBCNews reports that the cause …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Gingrich campaign releases new ad painting stark contrast against Romney.
The Newt Gingrich campaign simultaneously announced Thursday an endorsement from former Congressman John Napier, who joins the campaign as South Carolina's co-chair, and released a new ad titled "Timid vs. Bold" — a jab at the candidate's GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney. Napier, who was not reelected in 1983, served as chair of the Reagan-Bush campaign in South Carolina in 1984, in addition to being the co-chair of Gov. Carroll Campbell's reelection campaign. "I've studied all the candidates in the race and Newt Gingrich is the right one for the job. I participated first-hand with Newt as he was an up and coming leader in the Congress and personally attest to the strong leadership part he played in crafting and passing the Reagan …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Sen. Rick Santorum lead informal poll taken Tuesday.
Attendees of a Tuesday LowCountry 9.12 meeting selected Rep. Michele Bachmann as their top GOP candidate. Bachmann was followed closely by former Sen. Rick Santorum. The straw poll was taken by about 40 people, who were asked to select their first and second choice as president. LowCountry 9.12 is a conservative group that focuses on social and fiscal values in the Charleston area. It is affiliated with the 9-12 movement founded by former Fox News host Glenn Beck. If a candidate got a first choice vote, he or she received two points. If a candidate got a second choice vote, he or she received one point. Adding those points together, Bachmann got 29 points, Santorum got 25 points, Rep. Ron Paul got 24 points, former Speaker Newt Gingrich …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Presidential hopeful Rick Perry meets Greenville boy with aspirations to become president.
Add a new gaffe to GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry's list: The age of candidacy to run for president is 21. The Texas governor quickly corrected his mistake, saying that the age is 35. Perry was speaking to "future President" Catcher Jones, 7, of Greenville Thursday during an event in Mount Pleasant. "I'm glad you're not 21," Perry said, crouching down to Catcher and then eyeing the group around him. "Or actually 35." Perry recently came under fire for saying the legal voting age was 21 in New Hampshire, according to the Huffington Post. But Catcher didn't catch Perry's gaffe. He was just excited to meet the governor, who he called "fine." Catcher wore a shirt that read "Future President: Accepting Campaign Donations Now." Why …
Friday, December 2, 2011
Congressman seeks voter input into the GOP field via 'South Carolina straw poll.'
After hosting six town halls with GOP nominee hopefuls, Congressman Tim Scott, R-SC, is asking South Carolina voters for help in making his possible endorsement. To participate, go to www.timstownhalls.com. Request for voters to participate in the informal poll began earlier this week with ads that only ran for a few days. On Monday, Scott hosted former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. "Throughout this process, thousands of South Carolina voters have attended our forums, submitted questions for the candidates, and displayed a unity and passion to defeat President Obama that encourages me about the future of our country," Scott said in a statement released Thursday. Scott called the solicited input a "South Carolina straw poll" and also asked…
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
GOP voters in Palmetto State warm to the former House Speaker.
Persuasive — that's how many South Carolina voters describe GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich. "I think that's an understatement," Ed Bennett of West Ashley said Monday, after attending a Charleston town hall featuring Gingrich. While Gingrich has stances on several issues that didn't already jibe with Bennett's beliefs, the White House hopeful was able to explain away many of the differences. Bennett called this "more of a learning process." Gingrich, who was put in the "left for dead" category in the crowded Republican Party field just two months ago, is soaring in the polls both nationally and locally. A poll conducted Monday by InsiderAdvantage for the Augusta Chronicle showed Gingrich holding a dominanting lead for the Jan. 21 …
Newt Gingrich out-polls the rest of the Republican field in the Palmetto State; Ron Paul ahead of Rick Perry.
Newt Gingrich has surged past Republican presidential contenders, with at least one-third of those surveyed over the week supporting the former House Speaker, according to two new polls released today. Gingrich garnered support of 38 percent in the most-recent Insider Advantage poll of South Carolina Republicans conducted Monday evening for the Augusta Chronicle. The former House Speaker, according to the poll of 519 likely Jan. 21 primary voters, has a commanding lead over former Gov. Mitt Romney at 15 percent and businessman Herman Cain at 13 percent. No other candidate has support in the double-digits, as Rep. Ron Paul polled at 7 percent, Gov. Rick Perry at 4 percent, Rep. Michele Bachmann at 3 percent and former Sen. Rick Santorum at …
Friday, November 18, 2011
Rep. Jenny Horne said an equal, statewide millage rate would replace county education millage rates.
Rep. Jenny Horne said a statewide education millage rate versus a county-set millage rate may be coming and it would decrease the current millage in many districts. Horne spoke at the Holiday Inn Express in Summerville as part of the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce legislative luncheon Thursday. She said a statewide millage rate, based on per pupil spending, would likely be decreased for many districts around the state. She cited higher millage rates in under performing districts, and lower millage rates in better districts. Click here to view school millage rates throughout the state.
State Sen. Paul Campbell said high mileage vehicles cut into the state's gas tax collection.
By show of hands at the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce legislative luncheon on Thursday, Sen. Paul Campbell's idea to raise the state's current gas tax by six cents found some support. The current gas tax is 35.2 cents per gallon, one of the lowest in the nation. Speaking at the Holiday Inn Express in Summerville, Campbell said the state's infrastructure is in need of investment, including a $30 million investment on Interstate 26 between the exits 194 and 199 to support the Charleston port. That area, which is in his district, could become a magnet for 20,000 jobs, he added. Campbell said with S.C. Department of Transportation broke, fixing the state's infrastructure is a key priority in 2012.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Low-polling GOP candidate maintains focus on social conservative values.
The small conservative crowd that came to listen to Republican presidential nominee hopeful and former Pennsylvania legislator Rick Santorum Saturday in Summerville received the candidate almost like family. "He's been real good to us," Wiley Johnson of Summerville said. "We all know him." Since he launched his campaign, he has visited the state more than 100 times. In May 2010, Santorum stopped in during the Dorchester County Republican Party's fundraiser to help out. "He brought the largest crowd we've ever had in a fundraiser," party Chair Carroll Duncan said. "People respect him." Saturday's town hall, held at Miler Country Club, was the fifth such event hosted by Congressman Tim Scott. While Scott's other town halls with Rep. Michele…