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 …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The next special election April 2 will determine who will represent the GOP in May's election.
Former Gov. Mark Sanford cleared the first major hurdle in his quest to complete one of the greatest comeback stories in modern political history by finishing first in the Republican Primary for the First Congressional District. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Sanford finished with 37 percent of the vote and will face attorney Curtis Bostic in a GOP runoff on April 2. Bostic finished second in the field of 16 candidates with 13 percent of the vote. State Sen. Larry Grooms finished third with 12 percent. "I'm humbled by the opportunity I've been given," Sanford said to supporters on Tuesday evening. From the time he announced his intention to run for the seat vacated by Tim Scott’s appointment to the Senate, Sanford was the …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Bryant, an engineer from Hanahan, entered the crowded race Monday.
The final-day entries for the 1st congressional seat from South Carolina included little-known Ric Bryant. The SCGOP announced his entry on Twitter with no other details, except that he is from Hanahan. A Hanahan man in his early 50s matching the name is an engineer and a distance runner, appearing on multiple webpages for the Cooper River Bridge Run and various races and triathlons in the region.
The Iraq War veteran works with Hall Booth Smith.
Shawn Pinkston, an Iraq war veteran and attorney with Hall Boone Smith in Charleston, entered the GOP race for the 1st congressional district on Monday. Pinkston, according to his work profile, served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps while stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga. and is a decorated veteran of the Iraq War. Pinkston previously served as communications director for the Kentucky Senate President and held the same position for the U.S. Rep Ron Lewis.
A full house of candidates.
A crowded house of GOP candidates has filed for a chance to replace Tim Scott as the 1st congressional district representative. The candidates will meet in the March 19 Republican Primary. A runoff would be held on April 2. And the general election is May 7. “We have a strong field of candidates to replace our Republican rockstar, Sen. Tim Scott. After all votes are cast, our party will stand united behind the primary winner. I have no doubt that a South Carolina Republican will continue to represent the 1st district in Congress,” said SCGOP Chairman Chad Connelly in a statement. Republican candidates filing for the 1st Congressional District:
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Should the Republican Party stick to its guns, focus less on social issues, compromise more or something else?
Even while votes were still pouring in across the Midwest, West and Richland County, the pundits were already asking: What's next for the Republican Party. The "experts" on both Fox News and NBC were asking guests and other "experts" to predict what would happen to the GOP in the wake of a looming loss by Mitt Romney. One that ended up occuring in a rout. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was already questioning the party's "hard-ass" stance before the election, in an article in Politico earlier this week that was posing tough questions for the future of the Republican Party. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said it was time for a Republican Party "recalibration." What do you think? Should the party get softer? Or harder? Who is the face of …
Friday, August 31, 2012
State Sen. Tom Davis, a potential rival, agrees, but would expand message even further.
The poll numbers tell a stark truth for Mitt Romney, but it’s an even starker one for the Republican Party. Romney trails President Barack Obama by 9 points among women, by 40 percent among Latinos and by 90 percent among African-Americans. Based on this week’s Republican National Convention, where numerous members of the aforementioned groups spoke, the Romney campaign is putting forth significant effort into reversing those numbers. Even if Romney should cobble together enough of a coalition to defeat Obama, the long-term trends are not good for the GOP. That’s a problem Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was addressing this week when he told The Washington Post: “The demographics race we’re losing badly. We’re not generating enough …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Governor will talk about roadblocks South Carolina has faced from federal officials.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley will be the first prime time speaker on the first night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Monday. During a stop in Berkley County Friday, Haley said that she'll talk about South Carolina and her years-long friendship with Mitt and Ann Romney, but she'll also be firing at the Obama administration and federal challenges that state officials have faced. The GOP ticket seemed to abandon the "fight Washington" theme with the selection of longtime U.S. House Rep. Paul Ryan as a running mate. But Haley's message of Washington obstruction will likely be revisited frequently by surrogates at the convention podium next week. "We deserve better," Haley told a crowd of small business …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Three minority female GOP leaders will speak at the Republican National Convention this month.
When the GOP announced its first round of speakers for its quadriennial convention in Tampa, Fla., later this month, one thing became clear: This is the year for minority women. The GOP announced S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley will join New Mexico’s Gov. Susana Martinez and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with substantial speaking roles. These women will be joined by other GOP leaders such as John McCain and Rick Santorum, but the emphasis on women and minorities is clear. Martinez is the first female Hispanic governor in the country, while Rice was the first African-American woman to serve as Secretary of State. Haley — who is of Indian descent, and was raised as a Sikh — is South Carolina's first governor who is a minority or woman. …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has officially pulled out of the race.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich made it official on Wednesday and announced he was suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. "Finally, I have to thank the voters of South Carolina — and apologize to them. We will have broken their tradition of always picking the nominee," Gingrich said during his remarks. "This will make me feel slightly guilty every time we drift through South Carolina. But they were tremendous. They were welcoming. They were enthusiastic. The size of the victory was historic. And Callista and I both will always remember South Carolina — and I suspect our whole family will always remember South Carolina — because it was a tremendous, tremendous experience." Gingrich made the announcement at a …