Reports from the Charleston union/anti-union protest

Event organizer Billy Simons with
Congressman Tim Scott
We have two reports on the union and anti-union rally in front of First District Congressman Tim Scott's Charleston office to share with our readers.

The first comes from the Summerville Patch website: "Summerville Residents Join Protest in West Ashley"

The second comes from event organizer Billy Simons, a Summerville GOP activist:

Mosteller supports Bachmann candidacy?

Earlier this week, Republican party activists at Michele Bachmann's Charleston-area presidential campaign were stunned to see former Republican Cyndi Mosteller in Bachmann's entourage at the event.

Mosteller actively working with a GOP candidate would be a strange turn-around for someone who was drummed out of the GOP after taking a lead role in the so-called Truth In Politics group, a front group which has made it's sole mission to augment Democratic attacks on Governor Haley while hiding its sources of support.

We hope Bachmann doesn't find a knife in her back one day. With Mosteller, those kinds of things have been known to happen.

Mark your calendar: July 2, Lancaster Tea Party rally

Winston Smith and the Lancaster Tea Party is doing another Fourth of July weekend event. The group's events regularly turn out between two and three hundred and are always great events to attend.

If you're in this part of the Upstate and want to have a great time, this is THE event that you don't want to miss!

July 2, 2011, 12:00 Noon

Elrod’s Auto Dealership - 845 Lancaster Bypass (U.S. 521/S.C 9 just west of the S.C. 903 interchange)
Featuring Special Guest Speaker Representative Mick Mulvaney, other guest speakers, music and FUN for everyone!

Comparing Seventh Districts

Some GOP activists are expressing anger at the Senate and concern over the amended Congressional redistricting proposal passed by the Senate yesterday, arguing a Senate-drawn Seventh District would give Democrats a better chance to win the state's new Congressional seat than in the House proposal.

So what's the truth?

Running the numbers suggests those criticisms may have some validity. The Blogland added the numbers up for the differing Seventh District proposals and here's what we found:

Republicans lining up for Dick Elliot's Senate seat?

The new District 28
As Horry County's last remaining Democratic legislator, State Senator Dick Elliot has been long-time target for Republicans. The last two races saw strong challengers who kept him well under the sixty percent mark.

While those challengers were able to do well in Horry County, Elliot was able to hang on by running up strong leads in three rural Democratic counties which were also in his district. The new map for his Senate district which was adopted will remove many of those areas from his district, emboldening Republicans to take another look at challenging him.

GOP Solicitor Greg Hembree has already announced his candidacy and other Horry Republicans are trying to talk North Myrtle Beach Rep. Tracy Edge into the race.

Small field for House District 100 special election

Filing closed for the special election to fill Berkeley County's District 100 seat in the State House and it looks like the race will be a quiet one with just two candidates filing - one from both major parties.

Chairman Republican Eddie Southard, the current Chair of the Berkeley County Planning Commission, will take on Democratic Tonia Aiken-Taylor, a storefront pastor who is in her second year on Moncks Corner Town Council. 

The seat, which covers much of central Berkeley County has seldom attracted much interest since it was last open in 2002 and is a strongly Republican district. Next year, the seat's area will shrink as it gives up it's southern-most precincts to make room for a new House District.

Expect Southard to win this seat without much effort, but a strong candidacy by Aiken-Taylor may help position her for a second House candidacy next year, when a large part of Moncks Corner will be moved into neighboring House District 102, currently held by Democrat Joe Jefferson.

Happy Birthday to Shane Massey

For it's second birthday greeting of the day, the Blogland wants to wish State Senator Shane Massey a Happy Birthday.

If you know him, be sure to do the same today.

And she can even count

Counting is an important skill when you're the Treasurer of Dorchester County. Usually Mary Pearson, the county's treasurer, does a great job of this.

Except when she tells you her age. She always seems to get that number wrong.

Maybe she's 40, maybe she's 50. In any event, be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday today!

Dueling protests planned for Thursday at Tim Scott's office

This Thursday, union protesters from AFGE (American Federation of Government Employees) are planning to demonstrate outside of Rep. Tim Scott's office in West Ashley.
Local Republicans and conservative activists are planning to convene a rally at the same location to show their support for Tim Scott. If you're interested in bringing the noise, here's where and when to go:
Thursday, June 30 - 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston SC
The Blogland will be there to report on the competing events.
AFGE National President John Gage, AFGE National Vice President Everett Kelly will be in attendance, so this is clearly a special occasion we're hoping our readers don't miss.

Happy Birthday to Hugh Weathers

The Blogland wishes Hugh Weathers, our state's Commissioner of Agriculture, a happy birthday, however old he might be.

Guest Cartoon: Unfinished Business

Today's cartoon from Jamie Walton:

Stephen Colbert performing in Charleston on Friday.

Stephen Colbert will be coming to Charleston this Friday and is bound to light some rhetorical fireworks just in time for the Fourth of July weekend.

He'll be doing a benefit for the MUSC endowed chair named after his father, who was a VP at MUSC. While we don't always agree with his views, there's no mistake that he's one of those who've done the most to popularize political satire with the general public.

The event will consist of Colbert doing an interview with Jon Alter of MSNBC, followed by questions from the audience.

Mark your calendar: July 2, Lancaster Tea Party rally

Winston Smith and the Lancaster Tea Party is doing another Fourth of July weekend event. The group's events regularly turn out between two and three hundred and are always great events to attend.

If you're in this part of the Upstate and want to have a great time, this is THE event that you don't want to miss!

July 2, 2011, 12:00 Noon

Elrod’s Auto Dealership - 845 Lancaster Bypass (U.S. 521/S.C 9 just west of the S.C. 903 interchange)
Featuring Special Guest Speaker Representative Mick Mulvaney, other guest speakers, music and FUN for everyone!

SCDMV: Drivers can register emergency contact information

A great new service offered by the South Carolina DMV, which is continuing to boost its online service offerings, allows licensed drivers to provide up to two emergency contacts for their database.

Those who go to the the DMV's Emergency Contact webpage can login by providing their date-of-birth, SCDL number and Social Security number. Then they can enter the contact information for their emergency contact(s).

Book to chronicle the Alvin Greene story

In the movie "Con Air", there's a scene where Nicholas Cage looks at the car being towed through the sky by the plane he's a passenger on and remarks: "on any other day, that might seem strange."

Likewise, the story of a book about a major party Senate candidate with no job, pending sex charges and a lack of ability to communicate would seem nothing more than a work of fiction cooked up by a writer hoping for a movie deal. However Alvin Greene made the surreal real and a book project is underway to chronicle the strange-but-true story of his Senate candidacy:
Current and former Columbia Free Times writers are teaming up to produce a black-and-white graphic novel on the bizarre rise and fall of South Carolina's Alvin Greene.

"What happened in the summer of 2010 was the strangest American political story in modern times," says Free Times staff writer Corey Hutchins, who gained national attention
by exposing Greene. "It's no wonder that it came out of South Carolina, the state that James Petigru famously called 'too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum' more than 100 years ago."

Hutchins is teaming up with former Free Times staff writer David Axe and artist Ryan Alexander-Tanner to serialize the comic online beginning in early 2012, following with a print edition in the spring.

They're also soliciting financial support for this project. Read more about it ...

Clarendon GOP and Mark Hammond play golf, help Children's Miracle Network

Last weekend, the Blogland joined Secretary of State Mark "Dirty Harry" Hammond, Clarendon County GOP Chair Moye Graham and other Clarendon County Republicans as they worked together to help support the county's annual golf benefit for the Children's Miracle Network, held at the golf course at Wyboo Plantation on Lake Marion.

Pictured to the right is Robert Alt, owner of The Palms at Wyboo, a great place for a steak and a beer (or six), along with Hammond.

If you're down that way, we recommend Alt's restaurant highly. Go check it out.

Thanks to Hammond, Graham and the Clarendon GOP gang for supporting a worthwhile cause.

Hitting the road with Jeff Duncan

Third District Congressman Jeff Duncan must love to travel. In the Third Congressional District, which has no real population center, any good Congressman will have to rack up the miles to keep on top of things.

Next week, Jeff's gonna hit the road to meet constituents across the Third District and he wants to meet YOU. Here's where you can find him:

6/27/11: Across the Upstate
9:00am – 10:00am
Seneca Office Grand Opening (Eagle’s Nest Drive, 135 Suite B, Seneca, SC 29678)

12:00pm – 1:30pm
Visiting Clemson Area Businesses (available for interviews upon request)

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Non-Traditional Town Hall (Joe’s Ice Cream Parlor, 136 East Main Street, Easley, SC 29640)

6/28/11: Across Laurens County
9:00am – 1:00pm
Laurens, SC (Individual Constituent Meetings)

1:30pm – 2:30pm
The Open Door Christian Center (209 E Main Street, Clinton, SC 29325) - See event media release

6/29/11: In Anderson
8:00am -11:15am
Anderson, SC (Individual Constituent Meetings)

11:30 - 12:45pm
Non-Traditional Town Hall (Chick-fil-a, 1641 E Greenville Street, Anderson, SC 29621)

1:00pm – 3:00pm
Anderson, SC (Individual Constituent Meetings)

6/30/11: In Greenwood

8:00am – 9:00pm (Individual Constituent Meetings)

9:30am – 10:30am
Mays House Tour (927 Cambridge Ave East, Greenwood, SC 29646)

11:30am – 12:15pm
In Studio @ WLMA (1220 SC-72-Bypass NE, Greenwood, SC 29649)

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Non-Traditional Town Hall (Dixie Drive In, 600 Montague Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29649)

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Burton Center Tour (2605 Hwy 72/221 E, Greenwood, SC 29649)

South Carolina State: We don't need no education

While the Legislative Council audit found the tens of millions of dollars which went missing, their findings included "duplicate billings, insufficient state matching funds and questionable payments" of amounts sometimes in the six-figure range and resulted in some expenses being referred to SLED for investigation of abuses by individual employees of the center. It also showed the construction of the center, which lost its federal University Transportation Center status, was plagued with mismanagement.

You can read the full LAC report HERE and a summary of the report HERE.

Somehow S.C. State President George Cooper found these findings, the first of three audits of the Center, to be good news. But given his record, it's not too surprising that he still doesn't get it.

Hangin' with the Blythewood Republican Women

The Blogland had a great time attending the first meeting of the Midland's newest Republican Women chapter: the Blythewood Republican Women, a project spearheaded by Nikki Trawick, a veteran of Midlands GOP politics.

Tonight's meeting held at the New York Butcher Shoppe & Grille in Lake Carolina's Towne Center turned out about two dozen, many newcomers to politics. Judging by the turnout, we'd say the group is off to a great start. Our hats are off to Nikki and her crew for a good first meeting - and we look forward to visiting with them in the future!

If you're in Northeast Richland County or Kershaw or Fairfield Counties, you're just a hop-skip-jump from this group, so take the time to check out one of their meetings.

Guest Cartoon: He gets around

More visual wit from Jamie Walton in York County:

Hangin' on the Lake

Determined not to head home too early on a Friday night, the Blogland stopped by The Palms at Wyboo at Lake Marion to say hello to Secretary of State Mark "Dirty Harry" Hammond and Clarendon County GOP Chair Moye Graham.

The occasion? The pre-event party for a golf tournament to benefit the Children's Miracle Network where Hammond will be the featured guest. 

If you're down on Lake Marion looking for a drink or two or a great steak, this is THE place to go.

Thursday night with the Williamsburg GOP

It was a full house for dinner at the Moose Lodge in Kingstree for the monthly meeting of the Williamsburg GOP. For a county party which was defunct five years ago, it was a sign of robust growth in one of the state's most Democratic counties.

The Blogland certainly appreciated their hospitality, including a warm welcome from County Chair Barbara Mishoe, along with Clarendon County GOP Chair Moye Graham, and look forward to visiting with them again soon.

NLRB hearing to be broadcast live

According to Charleston County government, tomorrow's House Oversight Committee hearing into NLRB abuses will be broadcast live on the Internet and available at

Guest Cartoon: Benefitting from Weiner?

From the wit and artistry of Walton:

The Recovery Summer?

Second District Congressman Joe Wilson commemorates the first anniversary of the so-called "Recovery Summer":

U.S. House hearing on Boeing and NLRB: North Charleston this Friday

While the Obama administration has been short on answers as to their real motives for siccing the NLRB on Boeing for it's plans to open their North Charleston plant, the House of Representatives isn't going to quit asking for answers.

The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government will hold a hearing into the role of the NLRB and has requested that NLRB general counsel Lafe Solomon appear at the hearing. The hearing will be at noon this Friday at the Charleston County Council chambers in North Charleston, located at 4045 Bridge View Drive.

In this request for Solomon's attendance, Committee Chair Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) challenged the NLRB's actions:
This hearing will focus on how your actions against Boeing could impact the thousands of Boeing employees at a non-union work site in South Carolina. You assert that you do not seek to close Boeing’s operations in South Carolina, yet the relief requested would have that exact effect.

Guest Cartoon: Meet the Pig

Another graphic treat from the Waltons in York County - guest submissions are always welcome!

Coastal treehuggers attack Charleston cruise ship business

As the State Ports Authority plans to expand its passenger cruise facilities in Charleston, several so-called environmental groups filed suit against Carnival Cruise Lines in an effort to keep them from docking at Charleston:
The complaint filed in state court Monday by the South Carolina Coastal Conversation League alleges that the company does not comply with city regulations on hotel locations. The complaint says the line's Carnival Fantasy docks in an area where no hotels are allowed.

The environmentalists want a judge to declare that the ship docking in Charleston amounts to locating a hotel in violation of city regulations.

Addressing wedding rumors

As many regular Blogland readers know, the discussion of personal matters on this blogsite, even when allegations and rumors have focused upon the author/publisher/tyrant of the Blogland himself, is generally not allowed.

However, it seems necessary to make an exception in order to address recent allegations which have been circulating around state political circles about yours truly.

If you want to read on, you're welcome to do so. If you're one of those who wants to stick to the issues (which we generally applaud), you're welcome to skip down to the next article or surf elsewhere.

Pimpin' that ride with Jim Clyburn

We know Congressman Jim "J.C. Hammer" Clyburn has to keep up his image, but we think he's gone a little too far (again).

Writing in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jamie Dupree looked at car rental expenditures by members of Congress, and informs us - big surprise - the Congresscritter from the Sixth District is spending big bucks on car rentals, paying $1,139.26 a month.

To help the Congressman save the taxpayers some bling, he might want to do some comparison shopping. We found Toyota of Charleston is leasing several models for less than $300 a month - with no down payment. We're sure they and other responsible car dealers would be glad to help the Congressman cut costs in the current tough fiscal crisis.

Say what you want about New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, he spent the least of the 87 House members who rented cars, paying $219/month.

John King: State House Dummy of the Week

This quote on the issue of Voter ID from the Rock Hill Herald is another moment which shows us how Rock Hill State Representative John King is either stupid or dishonest (we're betting on stupid but dishonest wouldn't surprise us either).

For some people, it could take hundreds of dollars to get an identification with a picture that they never in their lives have needed before. To me, that seems like a poll tax, and that is illegal.

According to the SC DMV website, ID cards cost five bucks and twenty-five for a full driver's license. So we're not sure where King gets these numbers from.

Since it's obvious that John King hasn't been to the DMV lately, maybe someone needs to see if he has a driver's license.

Another loser runs for President

Five years ago, Pennsylvania voters threw Rick Santorum out of office by nearly twenty points in a race which produced the largest margin of victory ever for a Democratic Senate nominee, incumbent or challenger, in that state's history.

When incumbents get trounced like that, they usually go away and find something different to do. But it seems losing once isn't enough, so Santorum announced he's running for President.

A common excuse presented by Santorum for his defeat in a key swing state where statewide GOP candidates can win is that he'd rather be principled than win an election. As principled high-profile conservatives have won the state, such as President Ronald Reagan and Senator Pat Toomey, it brings this claim into question.

A bad day for the Haley family

Within hours of insisting upon a legislative recall for next week, the Haley family ran upon some misfortune when a storm blew through the Midlands, squashing the First Husband's car while parked at the Governor's mansion.

We're glad that everyone's alright - and hope the kids enjoy the weekend shopping for a new car.

State Senate releases redistricting plans

The State Senate Judiciary Committee staff redistricting plans for the State Senate districts were released this afternoon. Not surprisingly, there were plenty of changes, with the overall trend of shifting representation to the coast and the inland metro areas.

One surprise was that the seat of Democratic Senator Phil Leventis was not wiped out and moved to the coast, but it was changed considerably.
Here were some of the big notable changes that we saw in the plans: