Saturday, May 4, 2013
Harrison is first African-American elected to lead SCDP; Connelly re-elected by SCGOP.
The major political parties in South Carolina held their biannual conventions in Columbia on Saturday. The most significant outcome was the election of Jaime Harrison as the Chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. Harrison becomes the first African-American to lead a party in the state. Despite the fact that it holds all but one of the seats in the Congressional delegation and all of the constitutional offices, the Republicans gathering was decidedly more contentious. In the weeks leading up to the convention, a rift developed within the party against Chad Connelly, who was running again for state chair. The opposition to Connelly was centered in the Upstate and among some liberty activists. Critics of Connelly pointed to the …
Friday, January 18, 2013
She gives the Democrats a proverbial puncher's chance.
Known by non-locals because of her famous brother, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch has deep ties to the Lowcountry. For some, the decision by Colbert-Busch (she pronounces the “t”) to enter the political arena came as a surprise. But, she has deep ties to the area and has been engaged in the fabric of the Lowcountry for decades. She was born in 1954, to a family with 11 children and has stared personal tragedy in the face. When she was 19, her father and two of her brothers were killed in a plane crash. Known to friends and family as "Lulu," Colbert-Busch graduated from the College of Charleston and married a man who ended up being convicted of securities fraud after being featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” She eventually met and married Claus …
Friday, October 19, 2012
S.C. Democratic Party 'Commit to Vote' flier originally listed two forms of identification only accepted for registering to vote.
A flier circulated by the S.C. Democratic Party in Dorchester County asks voters to "Commit to Vote." But it also originally offered incorrect information on voter identification. The SCDP sent Patch the following clarification: "A few dozen voters in Dorchester County received Commit to Vote cards with information that stated you could use a cell phone, utility bill or student ID to vote. Those forms of ID can only be used by those who registered by mail and didn't include a copy of their identification. Everyone who received these cards has or will be notified of the error. The South Carolina Democratic Party hopes everyone will go to the polls on November 6 and it's important to know the Voter ID law hasn't been enacted for this …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Bennett is one of nine Republican delegates from the Lowcountry, and she serves as first vice chair of the SCGOP.
Lin Bennett just didn't realize she was a Republican. About 20 years ago, the now-Summerville resident received a letter from her Maryland congressman. A Democrat that she had voted for. The letter asked if she supported Social Security. "But that's not the real issue, is it?" she remembered asking. Of course she supports Social Security — but that didn't mean it doesn't need fixing. “The letter just kind of set me over the edge, to tell you the truth," Bennett said. And just like that, Bennett, who had always voted but always voted Democrat, became interested in politics. But she didn't like what she was uncovering. “I went to a local Democrat meeting and, after the first time, I was just appalled at what I was hearing," Bennett said. "…
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Chairman Chad Connelly given authority to intervene in ballot issues.
The South Carolina Republican party is “unified” according to Executive Director Matt Moore after a session between the party’s executive committee and chairman Chad Connelly on Tuesday night in Columbia. The meeting was called after the executive committee expressed concerns about Connelly’s intervention in the race for the District 3 house seat in Pickens County. As a result of the meeting, the executive committee will now support Connelly’s decision. In the District 3 race, incumbent B.R. Skelton was narrowly defeated by Ed Harris in the primary on June 12. After his loss, Skelton filed an appeal with the executive committee, accusing Harris of filing improperly and therefore being ineligible. But the executive committee rejected …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
No Democrat has filed in District 3.
Challenger Ken Gunn won the GOP Primary on Tuesday for Berkeley County Council District 3, defeating incumbent Bob Call. In the unofficial results, Gunn had 371 votes and Call had 265. Gunn, a first-time candidate, ran on issues tied to property tax relief, including sharing fee revenues with the school district and using some sales tax revenues to reduce homeowner tax bills. Don't miss a headline. Like Goose Creek Patch on Facebook! "I look forward to working as a true conservative on Berkeley County Council," Gunn told Patch on Tuesday night. Gunn also challenged the county's decision to shutter a satellite office in Goose Creek and touted his support for the Berkeley County Republican Party agenda. The Berkeley County Election …
Single County Council race driving few voters out for Primary Day.
The typical morning lines at polling places in Goose Creek were replaced Tuesday with figurative tumbleweeds. It is the most notable impact so far of a S.C. Supreme Court decision invalidating a horde of candidates. The two Howe Hall precincts voting at the elementary school usually see a line as they open the polls at 7 a.m. Twenty minutes after polls opened Tuesday and all they'd seen was four voters. Get Goose Creek news in your inbox! Sign up for our daily newsletter! With more than 1,200 voters at two Westview Middle School precincts, just five voters had travelled to the polls. No one had voted yet from Liberty Hall's portion of the district. Standing in the parking lot at Howe Hall, County Councilman Bob Call said the low turnout …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Information on candidates, polling places and more.
GOP primary voters will be going to the polls Tuesday in two races in the Goose Creek area: Berkeley County Council, District 3 Candidates: Headlines: Polling Locations Don't miss a headline. Like Goose Creek Patch on Facebook! S.C. State Senate District 38 Candidates: Headlines: Polling Locations (Berkeley County) Get election results in your inbox! Sign up for our daily newsletter!
Where to vote in the 2012 primaries.
There are two races in the Goose Creek area on Tuesday in the GOP 2012 Primary: County Councilman Bob Call against challenger Ken Gunn and State Sen. Mike Rose against challenger Sean Bennett. Here are the voting precincts and polling locations: County Council District 3 Senate District 38 Goose Creek news and events in your inbox! Sign up for our daily newsletter!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A second S.C. Supreme Court ruling has kicked more candidates off ballots across the state
The South Carolina Supreme Court threw more candidates off of ballots across the state Tuesday when it ruled the Florence County Republican Party had not complied with its earlier ruling removing nearly 200 candidates from ballots. And now party leaders and election officials across the state are scrambling to understand the impact. In Charleston County, Democrat Carol Tempel was initially certified by the county party following the initial court ruling, but following Tuesday's decision, Tempel announced she was droping out of the race for S.C. House District 115. "The Supreme Court could not have been more clear in their ruling yesterday. If candidates did not file properly, they should not be on the ballot. I accept full responsibility …