Sunday, October 21, 2012
Billionaire executive makes pitch for $198 million plan.
As we get closer to Nov. 6, supporters and opponents have been increasing vocal on the $198 million Berkeley County schools bond referendum. On Friday, local businesswoman and noted philanthropist Anita Zucker wrote an opinion piece calling for Berkeley County voters to support the referendum. Don't miss a headline! Like Goose Creek Patch! If approved by voters, new schools are planned for Daniel Island and Cainhoy, as well as elementary schools for Hanahan, Foxbank Plantation and the Sheep Island area. Significant improvements are planned at Goose Creek High, Stratford High and Marrington School of the Arts. Improvements are planned more than two dozen other schools, including Boulder Bluff Elementary, College Park Elementary, College …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Among a vocal group of Republicans critical of the former Massachusetts Governor's campaign.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is among a group of prominent Republicans who have been publicly critical of GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Despite a sluggish economy and polls showing that 60 percent of the electorate rate it as poor, Pres. Barack Obama has begun putting space between himself and Romney in virtually every poll—and the polls were taken before a tape emerged of Romney claiming that 47 percent of voters would never vote for him because they are dependent on government assistance. Don't miss a healdine! Like Goose Creek Patch on Facebook! Graham told the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC, "This is our election to lose,” he said. “There’s a reason no president has ever been elected with economic numbers like …
Monday, May 21, 2012
With Rubio making headlines in S.C., former governor raises subject of diversity on the ticket.
Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford appears anxious for something different on the GOP presidential ticket in 2012. Speculation is growing about the names on Mitt Romney's vice presidential shortlist, including Republican Sen. Rob Portman in make-or-break Ohio. Asked about Portman on Fox News on Monday morning, Sanford had a frank analysis. "The question is: Do you have another white-bread sandwich and, you know, is it just going to be boring to voters out there? I think that that's the question with Portman," Sanford said. GOP12.com at The Hill has the video. The comment comes two days after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) made headlines during a visit to South Carolina. The son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio has been lauded as a possible vice-…
Challenger Ken Gunn will still get a chance to speak with audience.
No debate Monday night. County Councilman Bob Call tells Patch that he will not be attending a proposed debate with GOP primary challenger Ken Gunn. The Berkeley County Republican Party had scheduled the event to give voters an opportunity to weigh the two candidates. But Call said he read about the debate in the newspaper and had already scheduled a meeting with campaign volunteers. The two candidates are competing in the District 3 GOP Primary on June 12. There is no Democrat on the ballot in November for the seat. Don't miss a headline. Like Goose Creek Patch on Facebook! Berkeley County Republican Party Chair Tim Callanan said Gunn will have a chance to speak to the audience at tonight's public event, and he'll also get to answer …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
McGowin Promises Petition Challenge in S.C. Senate 44
Thursday, May 10, 2012
By Barbara McGowin [Editor's Note: Barbara McGowin was a Democratic candiate in S.C. Senate District 44] On May 2, the S.C. Supreme Court issued a decision that shook the politic body of our state. Why would a court decision requiring the South Carolina Democratic Party (SCDP) and the South Carolina Republican Party (SCRP) to follow the law in certifying candidates be considered so disruptive? There are two obvious reasons. The first reason is government officials, since 2010, are required to complete a statement of economic interest (SEI) online with the South Carolina Ethics Commission for the previous calendar year by April 15. The requirement to complete an SEI has been the law since 1991. Prior to 2010, this information was provided …
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Santorum loses steam in latest polls.
Winner: New polls out Friday confirmed U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is on the rise in the Palmetto State. Rasmussen's latest poll puts Paul tied for third with 16 percent. That's a jump of 5 percentage points in one week, likely due in part to Paul's second place finish in New Hampshire. The latest Public Policy Polling numbers also puts Paul at third in South Carolina with 15 percent — a six percentage point increase in a week. See all of our daily winners and losers. Loser: The same polls show troubling news for former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.), who is losing momentum after spending much of his post-Iowa bounce running across New Hampshire for a distant fifth. The numbers in South Carolina suggest things are heading in the same …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
GOP Primary loser makes third-party effort.
Correction, 10:51 p.m., Dec. 28: This story originally led with South Carolina's sore loser statute and the complications it could present for Gary Johnson's Libertarian nomination. The sore loser statute does not apply to presidential races. Gary Johnson announced Wednesday that he would seek the Libertarian nomination after a failed attempt to spark interest in the GOP Primary. And he stressed a 50-state vision. "Being on the ballot in all 50 states in the general election — I cannot downplay how significant that is at this time in our country's history," Johnson said. Cliff Warner, Johnson's campaign leader in the South, said the GOP has let conservative voters down. "I personally believe there are a lot of people looking for a third …
Friday, December 16, 2011
Political activists, watchers responds to the S.C. governor's support of the former Massachusetts governor.
Most candidates are devoting the final weeks before the primaries stumping for votes in hot contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. But former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney will be spending the weekend in South Carolina, taking a victory lap after the prize endorsement from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. It was a decision that likely surprised Haley's Tea Party supporters, said Jeri Cabot, adjunct professor of political science at the College of Charleston. Romney's ideology doesn't match with many of the conservative voters that rallied behind Haley against established GOP leaders in the 2010 gubernatorial race. "Romney doesn't have a Palin outlook," said Cabot. That said, Haley's endorsement will have legs, appearing after every reference to …
Drew Sineath says growth and jobs are issues facing Goose Creek and the state.
Every week until the primary, we'll be asking regular voters in Goose Creek and Hanahan about the major issues in our community, South Carolina and the nation. This week, we sat down with Drew Sineath, the owner of the downtown Goose Creek real estate and mortgage firm Drew Sineath and Associates. Sineath says he is a conservative, but he hasn't gotten too deep into the 2012 primary just yet. Sineath says Goose Creek will have to take on challenges associated with growth, while South Carolina struggles with jobs and economic development. Do you want to share your views on the issues facing our community and weigh in on the 2012 primary? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The State: S.C. native talks with S.C. GOP fell through.
Charleston native Stephen Colbert is back to playfully meddle in South Carolina's political primaries — this time offering big bucks for the naming rights of the GOP Primary and to get a question on the ballot poking fun at GOP primary candidate Mitt Romney. The State is reporting that Colbert met with Republican Party leaders in South Carolina. The state GOP, trying to raise money to pay for the primary, eventually declined to name the primary “The Colbert Nation Super PAC Presidential Primary.” The host of a satirical news program on Comedy Central, Colbert's faux conservative character made a splash in the 2008 primary with his failed attempt to get his name on the South Carolina primary ballot. He's not just stopping with an attempt to…