Monday, January 14, 2013
First Democrat to enter the field.
UPDATE: On Thursday evening Rose confirmed she will file the necessary papers for her candidacy on Firday, Jan. 25. ---------- The race for the open seat in Congressional District 1 has its first Democrat. On her Facebook page on Monday, Bobbie Rose announced her candidacy for the seat previously held by Tim Scott. See who's in and who's out in SC1 thus far. Rose's statement, in part: "I am planning to make another run for the 1st. Congressional District Seat. And we may have other Democrats running as well! This will give Dems a real choice in this election, and a real opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the people in our district. I'll keep you posted moving forward, and ask for your continuing help and support. Thank you!" …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Role will connect Moore to state's network of Republicans.
Matt Moore, the Executive Director of the South Carolina Republican Party is stepping down to be Sen. Tim Scott's State Director. Alex Stroman will move up from Political Director to replace Moore. Hope Walker, the SCGOP's current Member Services Director, will serve as Political Director. For Moore, it's a step up to work with one of the highest-profile senators in the country. He'll act as liaison between Scott and the large network of GOP activists and operatives in the state. One of Moore's main goals will be to avoid a costly primary fight for Scott in 2014. "Senator Tim Scott has made an outstanding choice in Matt Moore as State Director. I could not be prouder," said Chairman Chad Connelly. "Our party is undoubtedly stronger due to …
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 …
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 …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Charleston Republican will be South Carolina's first black U.S. Senator.
Rep. Tim Scott makes history today when he is sworn in as South Carolina's newest U.S. Senator. The 47-year-old Republican will be South Carolina's first black U.S. Senator since reconstruction, and only the seventh black person to serve in the upper chamber, a distinction he'll share with President Barack Obama, a former U.S. Senator from Illinois. Scott and the other Senators will take the oath at noon today. They will then reenact the oath in the Old Senate Chambers since photography is not allowed the official chambers. Vice President Joe Biden delivers the oath. Making history is not new role for Scott. He was also the first African American elected to U.S. House from South Carolina since reconstruction. Three black Congressman served…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The primary will be held March 19.
The timeline to elect a new congressman for South Carolina has been set. Gov. Nikki Haley announced today that she had signed an executive order to set election dates to replace Rep. Tim Scott, who has been selected to take Jim DeMint's Senate seat. The primary will be held March 19. The runoff will be held April 2. And the general election will be held May 7. Based on the timeline for the election officials said candidate filing for the seat will likely open at noon on Friday, Jan. 18 and close at noon on Monday, Jan. 28. The final day to register as a voter prior to the primary will be Feb. 16, and the last day to register to vote ahead of the general election will be March 6. With potentially dozens of candidates interested in the race …
Monday, December 31, 2012
S.C. State Sen. Paul Thurmond announced Monday he will not seek to replace Tim Scott in Congress
With all the speculation about who will run for Rep. Tim Scott's seat now that Gov. Nikki Haley plans to appoint him to fill retiring Sen. Jim DeMint's seat, the list of possibilities shrunk by one on Monday. Paul Thurmond, who won election to the S.C. Senate District 41 seat in November announced he will not run for the First Congressional District seat that Scott is vacating. Thurmond issued the following statement in an email to supporters and media on Monday: I am humbled by the numerous calls I have received encouraging me to run for Congress. While I never actively engaged in exploring a run for Congress, I felt obligated to listen to the opinions of the people that recently elected me. After thoughtful consideration and prayer, …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Charleston attorney and former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic is considering running for Rep. Tim Scott's seat in Congress
Former County Councilman Curtis Bostic has joined a group of almost two dozen other local Republicans thinking about running for the S.C. District 1 Seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. A post on the Bostic Law Firm Facebook page on Dec. 22 announced Bostic was thinking about running for the seat. Bostic's son Daniel also tweeted about it Friday. Bostic served eight years on Charleston County Council from 2001-2009, and was one fo the sponsors of the Charleston County Greenbelt Bank ordinance in 2004. He has also served on numerous boards and commissions in the Tri-county area. In 2008 he founded Remember, an international humanitarian aid organization helping Christian widows and orphans in six countries. The Charleston County GOP …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
The last interview of 2012.
In the last Patch Video Interview of 2012, Karen Floyd, former Chair of the SCGOP and Publisher of PalladianView.com, a digital magazine for conservative women. Floyd talks about Tim Scott's ascension to the United States Senate, the coming battle to replace him in SC1, Nikki Haley's re-election prospects and the Newtown tragedy. Keep up with all of Patch's coverage of South Carolina politics by following us on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Former first lady could square off against ex husband Mark Sanford.
Not long after former Gov. Mark Sanford announced he would consider running for his old seat in Congress, his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, announced she's also considering a run for the same office. Sanford, who held the seat two decades ago before becoming governor, announced he was "studying" a run for the seat, which will be vacated by Rep. Tim Scott, who has been appointed to fill the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint. Jenny Sanford, who lives on Sullivan's Island, was on Gov. Nikki Haley's short list to replace DeMint, told CQ Roll Call she's also pondering a run. “I have already had calls from people offering to help should I choose to run, and I will speak with my family about that possibility over the holidays," Sanford said. …