Sunday, August 19, 2012
Choice of Shealy over Knotts is a rare example of party showing preference.
Though they may have a preference, political parties typically do not endorse one member of their own party over another member. But on Saturday, the South Carolina Republican Party Executive Committee took the unusual step of endorsing a petition candidate, Katrina Shealy, over Jake Knotts, a long-time Republican, for Senate seat 23. To be sure, Shealy would have preferred to be on the ballot as a Republican and Knotts has been oft-criticized for being a RINO (Republican in Name Only). But the endorsement had little to do with adherence to Republican doctrine. What caused the SCGOP to act at this stage is not clear--the candidates had been certified and are set to be on the November ballot. But Knotts' ability to make headlines in …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Protesters say they are giving a voice to unheard masses.
Occupy Charleston protesters say Michele Bachmann and other presidential candidates spread their message with the help of massive political donations from big business and the nation's wealthiest 1 percent. "We could never spend this kind of money to spread our message," said Max Brewer, one of 30 or so protesters who took over a Bachmann rally in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on Thursday.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Run-over costs likely to be incurred by individual counties in GOP primary
Some S.C. counties are considering possible legal action against the state Election Commission for expecting them to foot part of the bill associated with conducting the 2012 Republican presidential primary. Spartanburg County Council will meet Friday to consider a potential lawsuit, and neighboring Greenville County's director of elections confirmed his county is weighing joining the action against the state for making counties use their own funds to hold what they consider to be an election that isn't mandated by the state. A Republican presidential primary up until 2008 had been funded and conducted by the party and its associated volunteers, according to Conway Belangia, director of elections for Greenville County. In 2008, the state …