The recent shot taken at the DSS by the S.C. Policy Council wasn't the first critical look taken at the agency, nor will it likely be the last:
The S.C. Department of Social Services failed to meet all seven federal benchmarks measuring the agency’s ability to serve abused and neglected children, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report.
A longtime Columbia children’s law attorney who was interviewed for the federal study called the results "pretty significant."
"They (DSS) have a real hard time identifying the kids and families who truly need intervention, and the kids and their parents who could be left alone or left alone with some basic services," attorney Jay Elliott told The Nerve when contacted last week.
Kudos to the South Carolina Supremes for collectively bitch-slapping an alliance of mostly out-of-state radical enemies of people and the environment.
“At the end of the day, the commission, in a very thorough and reasoned order, determined SCE&G has appropriately established a need for the facility, and thereafter approved SCE&G’s proposed rate increases as reasonable costs to be passed on to the customers for the construction of the facility.”
While it would seem logical that the construction of a nuclear power plant which emits only steam, using naturally-occuring uranium, would have been a more desirable option for these groups, it was apparent that logic and reason, as well as the need to provide for affordable electricity for the people and businesses of South Carolina, is not a concern of these radical groups.
Fortunately for the people of South Carolina, these issues were indeed a concern of the state's Supremes, whose ruling put people over extremist politics, for which the Blogland is grateful.
In 2004, Robert Bolchoz, of ING, gave liberal Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd $500 in Dodd’s re-election bid against a Republican candidate. According to Open Secrets, the general election contribution made by Bolchoz for Dodd was made on August 12th, 2004.
We're not going to get into editorializing on this one. If you want to know more, you can read the rest of the posting for yourself ...
Silver Elephant Dinner #5: Karl Rove attacks on health care, remembers veterans, and calls the audience to serve
- Karen told me to come.
- I love South Carolina, particularly after 2000, when we won here.
- We've got to let nothing stop us from taking South Carolina this fall.
Rove followed by issuing three challenges to attendees:
They want Joe Wilson out ... and would love nothing better than to deal a blow to him.
While they're trying to pull a surprise on them, let's pull one on them by retiring Spratt.
Maximize your numbers in the legislature so you can draw the new Congressional district which is expected to come to South Carolina.
Floyd then introduced former S.C. House Speaker David Wilkins who will introduce Karl Rove.
It's a full house here at the 2010 SCGOP Silver Elephant Dinner.
The event opened with the gubernatorial candidates. Andre Bauer opened, followed by Nikki Haley and then Henry McMaster. Gresham Barrett was unable to make it, with his flight grounded by the weather.
Bauer's comments followed off last night's discussion, saying "I'm not saying we can't help people. We all have tough times. Having grown up in a single parent household, I understand."
Haley attacked federal bailouts and praised Senator Jim DeMint, aski
McMaster appealed to his long ties in the SCGOP as its former Chair, recalling in 1994 when the GOP seized control of Congress, along with the State House. He encouraged attendees: "we've got 'em on the run ... we're gonna fight and we're gonna win".
More to come ...
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Part two of today's conference included a panel discussion on blogging and it's impact upon news and politics, featuring yours truly, SC blog pioneer and Democratic new media strategist Laurin Manning and the Mack Daddy of state political blogs - Will Folks.
In a freewheeling discussion, we shared our insights and experiences with the audience. Some of the most notable points raised were:
- Three things not to do: Waste our time with non-news, be a hypocrite, or lie to us.
- Agreed that bloggers are the news, but maybe not journalists.
- Encouraged the audience that if they get into blogging, to find a niche and write about their passions.
- Cautioned that anonymous blogs don't have much credibility, nor should candidates and campaigns respond to every post and comment on a blogsite.
- If you or your candidate is getting attacked by bloggers, you must be a threat.
- Don't sell yourself as a "great woman candidate", but rather qualify yourself as the best candidate without regard for gender.
Rabid donkey found in North Carolina. Insert political joke below.
A donkey in northern Durham County, N.C., tested positive for rabies, Durham County Animal Control reported Monday.
Officials don't know how the donkey was exposed to the virus. They think it probably was infected by a rabid wild animal that passed through the donkey’s pasture.
This is not the first case of rabies in Durham County, but this is the first known case of rabies in a donkey in Durham County. The donkey marks the second case of rabies in Durham County in 2010.
It was a year ago today that millions of Americans hit the streets to make their voices heard about the unbridled spending of the Obama administration, which made a quick start at increasing spending, along with the national debt.
In the last two election cycles, Democrats gained electoral ground often by presenting candidates who claimed to be fiscally conservative, but moderate on social issues. Such models would be wise, as national polling suggests about two-thirds of voters generally hold fiscally conservative positions, while about forty percent generally identify with conservative positions on social issues. But in looking at the attacks leveled at the national tea party movement, both politically and personally, one has to wonder if the Democrats really welcome those voters who are fiscally conservative or if they're simply paying lip service and using their votes to gain power in Washington.
It’s been a long tough week for the S.C. Republican Party - and it’s just Tuesday.
I was asked by SCGOP Chairwoman Karen Floyd last summer to become the Treasurer of the party, and after some initial guidance by Glen O’Connell – who had served as SCGOP Treasurer for a few years under Katon Dawson – I assumed that role in December of 2009. I resigned three months later.
In short, I would describe my tenure as an absolutely toxic experience that I could simply no longer endure. Not only was I forced into a reactionary position concerning the party’s extravagant spending on non-electoral items, I was also forced to oversee expenditures on items that would only serve political insiders in Columbia – and to do so without objection.
This year's race to fill the Attorney General's office seems to be about as active as GOP primary contests in 1994 and 2002. In both years, these races went into run-offs, where the more active candidates faced off for the nomination, making it critical to be one of the two candidates who are waging serious campaigns for the office
The Blogland is all out looking out for our readers, because we love them.
The last time a Democratic candidate won the First Congressional District was 1978. Since that time, only one time has seen a candidate even come close - Linda Ketner who ran a surprisingly strong 48% against outgoing Congressman Henry Brown. Given this history, it seems unlikely for Democrats to have a chance at winning what is one of the longest continually-held GOP districts in the Carolinas. Only South Carolina's Second District and the Charlotte, North Carolina-based Ninth District have been in GOP hands longer.
To date, twenty-nine of South Carolina's forty-six sheriffs have endorsed a candidate for Attorney General. All twenty-nine of those sheriffs, listed below, have united behind Wilson.
They are: Charles Goodwin (Abbeville), Michael Hunt (Aiken), John Skipper (Anderson), Ed Darnell (Bamberg), Ed Carroll (Barnwell), Wayne DeWitt (Berkeley), Thomas Summers (Calhoun), Richard Smith (Chester), Sam Parker (Chesterfield), Randy Garrett (Clarendon), L.C. Knight (Dorchester), Herman Young (Fairfield), Kenney Boone (Florence), Tony Davis (Greenwood), T.C. Smalls (Hampton), Greg Jenkins (Jasper), Ricky Chastain (Laurens), James Metts (Lexington), Mark Richardson (Marion), Fred Knight (Marlboro), George Reid (McCormick), Lee Foster (Newberry), James Singleton (Oconee), Larry Williams (Orangeburg), David Stone (Pickens), Jason Booth (Saluda), Chuck Wright (Spartanburg), Anthony Dennis (Union), Bruce Bryant (York), and former sheriffs Dan Wideman (Greenwood), John Cauthen (Lancaster), and George Booth (Saluda).
Spartanburg prosecutor and congressional candidate Trey Gowdy wants rival U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis of Greenville to reimburse taxpayers for the cost of a State Ethics Commission investigation into Gowdy’s campaign finances that found no wrongdoing.
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