For those who can make it, he'll be doing a special edition of Pub Politics, South Carolina's must-see web show, from the Sly Fox in the Vista starting at 6pm today.
Slovenia, seeking a meeting with President Obama, was encouraged to “do more” on detainee resettlement if it wanted to “attract higher-level attention from Washington”; its prime minister later “linked acceptance of detainees to ‘a 20-minute meeting’ ” with the president, but the session — and the prisoner transfer — never happened.
In Wilkins, Haley gets a seasoned political mind and a strong voice in the South Carolina political process. She also gets a name which is widely recognized and accepted as a party leader who is separate and apart from the Sanford Administration. Finally, Wilkins is respected by both parties and may be someone who can help unite the legislature with the Governor's office after a rocky eight year run. We believe David Wilkins is the right man at the right time to help Governor-elect Haley mold the Governor's Office and he may mend some legislative fences along the way.
The state's budget situation is bad and going to get worse, with another $1 billion in revenue losses expected next year. It's an occasion for action, not hand-wringing, and Gov.-elect Nikki Haley has taken a major step toward cutting government without crippling it.
Mrs. Haley has named a Fiscal Crisis Task Force to make recommendations before the Legislature meets in January. The quality of that group is an indication that the General Assembly will get a substantive plan, not only to cut state government, but to reform it.
The Judicial Merit Screening Committee released candidates for three judicial seats today:
A race between Hoyer, D-Md., and Clyburn, South Carolina's 6th District representative, for the post of party whip took shape in the days following the election and quickly took on racial overtones. Clyburn is the most powerful African-American in Congress, and he drew a formal endorsement from the Congressional Black Caucus. But he failed to generate enough additional support to overcome Hoyer’s strength among liberals and conservatives alike, and it appeared his only options were to run against Hoyer and lose or else concede the obvious and step aside.
Mobley has already picked up the support of three Republican leaders – state House representatives Deborah Long of Indian Land and Ralph Norman of Rock Hill and Greg Gregory, the former District 16 state senator from Lancaster.
Greene, the unlikely Democratic Senate nominee in South Carolina who lost overwhelmingly to Republican Sen. Jim DeMint last week, called the state Democratic Party on Tuesday to ask how much it would cost to run for president.
“Maybe. I’ll have to see,” Greene told POLITICO when asked whether he was considering filing to run for president. He confirmed that he called the state party Tuesday to ask about the fee. The state party’s spokeswoman, Keiana Page, confirmed that someone called the party Tuesday asking about the presidential filing fee but said that the caller did not identify himself.
As Gov. Mark Sanford leaves office, and longtime aide Scott English likely walks with him, who will be the next gubernatorial chief of staff? We keep hearing six names over and over who may be in line to assume the position when Gov.-elect Nikki Haley takes office in January.
In the gubernatorial race, Haley beat out Sen. Vince Sheheen by taking 51 percent of the 142,552 absentee ballots cast in the election. The work paid off in strong GOP counties like Lexington, where Haley took a nearly two-thirds advantage. The results were a little better in the lieutenant governor contest, where Florence County councilman Ken Ard was able to claim a little more than 54 percent.
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson pulled 57.7 percent of the total, and won each of the three most populous counties, including Richland ... Sen. Mick Mulvaney’s challenge to upset U.S. Rep. John Spratt was a little closer, considering that Spratt had experience on his side. Still, Mulvaney netted 52 percent overall and won four of the five biggest counties, including claiming almost two-thirds of the absentee vote in York.
incoming House Speaker John Boehner outlines his agenda for the next two years:
Tired of politicians who refuse to listen, Americans who previously were not involved or minimally involved in the political process are now helping to drive it. While their backgrounds are as diverse as the country itself, their message to Washington is the same: Government leaders are servants of the people; the people are not servants of their government.
The members of the 112th Congress must heed this message if there is to be any hope of repairing the shattered bonds of trust between the American people and their elected leaders. And that begins with the speaker of the House, who as leader of the institution must lead by example.
(T)here is not a single Democratic President since FDR whose administrations went smoothly ... This doesn’t bode well for an Obama administration. Not only that, but history usually dictates that a party’s upswing will not last for long – typically two election cycles before stagnation sets in or the course reverses itself.
Students in USC's Carolina Productions agreed to the $15,000 fee for a lecture, meet-and-greet and book signing on campus last Wednesday. The funds came from a student activity fee paid by all students.
Lee McKagen, an event coordinator with Carolina Productions, said his organization doesn't regret paying $15,000 for Sanford's appearance.