Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Democrat aims to break 30 years of electoral losses and retake South Carolina's First Congressional District.
The last time a Democrat represented South Carolina's First Congressional District, Jimmy Carter was in the White House. But Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a political newcomer with a famous name, thinks this year her party's chances are better than ever. The former maritime shipping executive says she'll run on her career, knowledge of the local area and her most recent experience in higher education. "What makes me stand out is my job ... history," Colbert Busch said on Monday. "With 21 years in international shipping, I've been a businesswoman in the maritime industry for all that time." Colbert Busch was a sales and marketing executive with Orient Oversea Container Line before joining Clemson University as director of Business Development …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Retired Air Force colonel ran for Democratic nomination in 2010.
A Mount Pleasant Democrat who ran unsucessfully for Congress in 2010 is studying whether to enter the race to succeed Rep. Tim Scott. Robert Burton, a retired Air Force colonel and a commercial airline pilot, says his resume makes him uniquely qualified to serve South Carolina's First District in Washington, D.C. "Our next congressman will be required to make difficult budget decisions about our military," Burton said. "I am not convinced that any of the declared candidates, Democrat or Republican, are knowledgeable enough about the military to make informed decisions about those cuts, based on their personal experience." "I am carefuly evaluating the candidates and will make my decision whether or not to run based on my belief in their …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Tim Scott challenger makes a dozen stops in final day of campaign.
MOUNT PLEASANT — First District congressional candidate Bobbie Rose made a dozen stops on Tuesday in her final Election Day push. The Charleston Democrat is challenging first-term U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-Charleston. At a stop in Mount Pleasant Tuesday, her ninth of the day, Rose admits she's the "under dog" in the race, but says her bid is important. "I want voters to pay attention to the way their representative votes," Rose said. "I really pushed (Tim Scott's) voting record. ... I want voters to hold their representatives accountable." This is Rose's first entry into politics. She's running against a well-financed incumbent who has been on the political scene much longer. But she says her inexperience shouldn't disqualify her from the …
Greenwood supporter inspired 'fired up' chant that's been campaign staple since 2007.
President Barack Obama's final campaign speech ended with the story of Edith Childs, a Greenwood, S.C., resident who inspired a popular campaign slogan that has followed Obama for nearly five years. Childs was one of just 20 or so folks at a 2007 Obama rally in rural South Carolina. When the crowd seemed less than enthused to meet then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Childs yelled out "Fired Up! Ready to Go!" Since then, the chant has become a staple at Obama rallies all across the country, and it has fueled small-time fame for Childs, who has been using the chant since her days as a NAACP civil rights worker. "She became a celebrity. She was written up in the Wall Street Journal," Obama told the crowd. She has also traveled to the White House …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
With less than 60 days until Election Day, Facebook is packed with political talk.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
As the Presidential race swings into high gear, the political discourse on Facebook has reached epic proportions. Hardly an hour goes by without some new posting proclaiming one party or candidate's virtues or the lack thereof. The overly political tone of Facebook has forced some folks to take a break from the popular social media site. Others have defriended folks who post too often about their political beliefs. We want to know how you're handling all the political banter. Vote in our poll below and share your thoughts in the comment section.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Now that the Democratic and Republican delegates have officially chosen their nominees, Patch wants to know: Who are you betting on?
It's official: With President Barack Obama's acceptance speech in Charlotte Thursday night, both the Republicans and Democrats have formally chosen their nominees for the 2012 presidential election. Let the real race begin. A lot can change between now and Nov. 6: Gaffes, scandals or even major international news events could shift the dynamics of the campaign. The latest Gallup Polls show registered voters preferring Obama to Mitt Romney by just one percentage point, 47 percent to 46 percent. A USA Today/Gallup poll taken just before the party conventions found American voters think Obama is more likeable, but trust Romney more to handle the economy. Pundits have been busy for months handicapping the major-party candidates on various …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Democrat with connection to President casts roll call vote.
CHARLOTTE — The South Carolina Democrat who was featured in a Barack Obama campaign ad for her "Fired up! Ready to go!" chant cast the state's votes to nominate Obama on Wednesday night. Read more about Edith Childs here.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Retired nurse from Greenwood featured in campaign video moves Democrats with chant.
CHARLOTTE — It's hard to go anywhere at this week's Democratic National Convention without hearing "Fired up! Ready to go!" echoing through the halls. The call and response is part of Obama campaign history, dating back to a 2008 Democratic Primary rally in rural Greenwood, S.C. President Obama describes in a campaign video about arriving in the small town, roughly 70 miles west of Columbia. Only 20 supporters had turned out, and the energy was tepid until Edith Childs began chanting "Fired up! Ready to go!" For the 63-year-old retired nurse, it's a phrase she's been using for decades. "Back in the 1960s, early 1970s ... we would go out in the community to register people to vote, that was our battle cry," Childs said. "We'd do about five …
Obama can deliver young voters, but future for Democrats is hazy.
CHARLOTTE — Party faithful at this week's Democratic National Convention insist that if there is a dearth of enthusiasm to re-elect President Obama, all will be righted after the President speaks Thursday. "You might not be able to re-capture what we had in 2008, but we're all still very excited and motivated," said S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers, 27. "Over the next couple of days you'll see that build up." Young voters are largely credited with propelling Obama to office in 2008. But there are doubts about whether recent college graduates, who have faced difficult job struggles, will return to the polls this year. Obama has made high-profile stops at college campuses across the country in the weeks leading up to the convention. An estimated 15 …
Monday, September 3, 2012
Civil rights leader says Nikki Haley is trampling on Voting Rights Act.
CHARLOTTE — S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley wouldn't be a voter, much less governor, if it wasn't for the Voting Rights Act now jeopardized by new requirements to show picture ID when casting a ballot. That's the view of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who spoke Monday at a handful of impromptu events at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. "I'm astonished Nikki Haley would take such a strong position against easy access to voting when she is a primary beneficiary of the Voting Rights Act,' Jackson told Patch. The state's first female governor, Haley's parents are Indian immigrants. She was reared as a Sikh, though she converted to Christianity as an adult. "She's a part of the wave of beneficiaries of the Voting Rights Act," Jackson said after …