Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Lowcountry congressman says he'll seek first district seat.
State Rep. Chip Limehouse has confirmed he will run for the U.S. House of Representatives seat left vacant by Tim Scott's elevation to the U.S. Senate. Limehouse, a four-term Republican from Mount Pleasant confirmed his desire to run for the seat while in Columbia today, according to Live 5 News. Who else is in the race? See our complete coverage. He currently represents a sprawling House district that includes all of Peninsular Charleston, Mount Pleasant and parts of Berkeley County. In the South Carolina House, Limehouse serves on the influential Ways and Means Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Higher Education. He is on the board of the Transportation Infrastructure Bank, which doles out millions to improve state roads. He also …
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 …
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 …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Exit cinches Romney's quest for the GOP nomination, but there's no endorsement yet.
In Gettysburg, Penn., the town made famous by a great Cvil War battle, Rick Santorum announced today that he would end his own fight for the presidency. Citing the health of his daughter, 3-year-old Bella, who has been critically ill in recent months, Santorum said he was exiting the race to focus on family. The decision came over the weekend after discussions with his family, he said. "We made the decision to get into this race at our kitchen table, against all the odds, and we made the decision over the weekend that while this presidential race for us is over for me and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting," Santorum said. The former Pennsylvania senator won 11 states in total during the primary contest …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Thousands flock to Myrtle Beach for weekend of GOP events.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Patch dispatched seven local editors to Myrtle Beach for the South Carolina GOP convention and debate. The event attracted thousands of GOP faithful and hundreds of reporters from around the globe. Our cameras were snapping and rolling the entire weekend. Here is a collection of what we saw.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
The three-day, two-state trip is panned by Democrats.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s decision to hit the road this week for three days to campaign for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is drawing some criticism at home. “I think Gov. Haley should be focused more on the issues facing South Carolina instead of spending time boosting her national profile,” said Phil Bailey, chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Caucus. The South Carolina legislature is set to reconvene Jan. 10. The governor’s schedule, released by her office this week, only shows her scheduled events through the end of the week. It’s not clear when she will return, and calls to her spokesman seeking comment were not returned. Haley, who endorsed Romney last month, will meet up with the former Massachusetts governor during …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Naming a Democratic strategist to supporter list spotlights another misstep in GOP campaign.
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann today announced her South Carolina grassroots team — but not without some excitement. Led by campaign chairman Lee Bright, campaign director Sheri Few, four paid field staff and senior advisors Ron Thomas and Wesley Donehue, the team of 33 county chairmen join the previously announced 55 tea party leaders and other new grassroots leaders to form Bachmann's so-called "Get Out The Vote" machine. Rep. Bachmann, polling at under 6 percent in the latest Clemson University Palmetto Poll, is barely more than an afterthought in the Palmetto State — trailing former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul by double-digitis. But she has built the largest team in hopes of a …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
GOP White House hopeful Rick Perry addresses small crowd Thursday in Mount Pleasant.
Days after releasing an ad in Iowa claiming the Obama Administration has launched a "War on Christianity," Texas Gov. Rick Perry touted his faith, while segueing into short policy talking points, during a short speech on the USS Yorktown Thursday in Mount Pleasant. The "war" is the administration's policies that defund church initiatives. "I consider that to be an attack on traditional values and religion," Perry said of defunding church initiatives. The ad, entitled "Strong" and attached to this story, focuses on Perry's religious values. When asked to elaborate on the "war," he said the administration was taking money away from church programs that stop sex trafficking. See Perry talk about his Christian faith in the attached video. …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Republican candidate draws crowd in multi-city Palmetto State tour.
CHARLESTON – Presidential Hopeful Jon Huntsman drew a crowd of about 100 students this afternoon at a speaking engagement at the College of Charleston. In town to speak as part of the College of Charleston's Bully Pulpit series, Huntsman reflected on the U.S. president most well known for exercising the power of the bully pulpit, Teddy Roosevelt. Noting that Roosevelt was very concerned with the legacy each generation of Americans hands to the next, he said that concern also drives him. "I think that's the one issue in this election cycle that drives me more than anything else," Huntsman said. "For the first time in the history of the greatest nation that ever was, the United States of America, we're handing down who we are to the next …