Ed Koch: The Special Bond Between Catholics and Jews

Recently, I ran across this op-ed penned by former NYC Mayor, Ed Koch. Like many Jews and Catholics, he may be non-practicing, but still holds his faith and his identity within that tradition near and dear. It seemed worth sharing:

I have always believed that there is a special bond between Jews and Catholics, and have made it a personal and professional priority to strengthen that bond. In the modern era, the relationship between Jews and Catholics became solidified with Vatican II under Pope John XXIII.

More recently, the bond was further strengthened during the reign of Pope John Paul II who made clear his love and respect for the Jewish people by referring to us as the "elder brothers." Pope John Paul II extended Vatican diplomatic recognition to Israel, rejecting the threats of those who he called "Koranic" opponents. His closeness to the Jewish people was demonstrated by his recognition that the special bond that existed between God and the children of Israel is an enduring one.

You can read more of Koch's op-ed by clicking here.

Judas Priest set to rock the summer

This summer is bound to be a headbanger's delight for a lot of good reasons, but first among them is the big summer plans of Judas Priest.

Next month, their long-awaited Nostradamus album will hit the
stores, and in July, they will hit North American shores to begin a tour in support of the new album. Their website - JudasPriestTicket.com - will keep you up with all the dates for their shows and tickets as they go on sale.

As part of our post-graduate recovery process, we've already got our tickets.

If you'd like to get a sneak preview of the new album, they put a couple of tracks on their band website (JudasPriest.com) -
the title track, "Nostradamus" and "Visions".

Time for a cease fire?

Over the last three months, we’ve watched a massive statewide battle take place. While some may attempt to claim the results point to a turning point in state affairs, a closer look suggests very little has changed.

Several of the legislators who went down or will be struggling to survive run-off battles did plenty to defeat themselves. Most notably were Senator Randy Scott and Representative Gloria Haskins. A number of challengers backed by SCRG-backed challengers and candidates for open seats did well, as could be expected considering a number of incumbents were pummeled by continual waves of attack mailings, push polls and even television advertising.

But a large number of SCRG-targeted races failed to go their way. Incumbents survived in the majority of races, and plenty of the open seats they targeted were close races or went for non-SCRG candidates.

The most important lesson learned from last night, in our humble opinion, is that no incumbent is truly bullet-proof and that winning office requires hard work, humility, and the willingness to respect your opponent’s ability to put up a fight. While we’ve disagreed with SCRG a lot, we’ll give them credit for helping shake some cages that long needed shaking in Columbia. We hope that long-overdue lesson won’t soon be forgotten.

Over the last few weeks, everyone involved in these primary feuds have turned up the heat. We’ve certainly done our share of slugging in a number of races around the state, so we’re not going to mislead our readers by claiming sainthood.

Tonight, we’ve heard from those on both sides who swear they’re not going to quit, not going to budge, and have every reason to believe the fighting will continue. But after what we’ve seen the last few months, we can’t help but believe there has to be a better way.

We hope we’re not the only ones who feel that way.

Primary in the Blogland

It’s Election Day today. Are you going to vote? We are.

A few weeks ago, we reconsidered our original plan not to vote in the Horne-Hutson race. But the personal attacks and smear tactics from Heyward and company got too much for us to watch, so we’re voting for Jenny Horne. Whatever she is, at least she's honest and doesn't go around trying to disenfranchise people in ways that would make the Klan and Nazi brownshirts proud.

So what do we see going on out there … ?

We’ll be surprised if Jakie Knotts returns to the Senate, or Gloria Haskins to the House. Luke Rankin will win big in his Senate primary, as will Kent Williams, Robert Ford and Clem Pinckney on the Democratic side. So will Carl Gullick, Bob Walker, and Gilda Cobb-Hunter in the House.

Scott Talley will edge out Lee Bright for one Spartanburg Senate seat, and Jim Ritchie and Shane Martin will go into runoff overtime for the other. Catherine Ceips and Randy Scott will have close races, and could lose their seats as well. Jenny Horne will run close with Heyward Hutson in one Dorchester House race, and could score a rematch upset, but next door, Annette Young will roll her primary challenger.

There will be close races for Solicitor in the Lowcountry between Jennings and Wilson, as well as in the Upstate with Adams and Drawdy. A couple of weeks back, we had reliable sources tell us Wilson was slightly ahead, but Jennings has been running some strong and focused TV spots which have to be exerting a strong influence on late-breaking undecideds.

We have no idea who will win the GOP nods for open House seats in Aiken and Horry, or the GOP race for the open Senate seat in Greenwood.

Lindsey Graham wins by a comfortable margin in a race which we’ve always said was his fault.

Brian McCarty over at Voting under the Influence has some pretty good insights, which we largely agree with. Go check them out.

Overall, turnout will be mixed. In some places, like along the Wade Hampton US 29 corridor from the Bob Jones campus to downtown Spartanburg, as well as Beaufort, Dorchester and Lexington Counties, it’ll be red-hot in numerous legislative races. But in most places, we think primary turnout will be nothing like the big turnouts seen in 2002 and 2004.

On a local note … if Mike Rose beats Randy Scott, expect a petition candidacy in the fall. We’ve been contacted, but we’re not getting involved. Sure Mike Rose and his people have never liked us very much, but a petition candidacy is simply a do-over of the primary. We’ll accept the will of the voters.

Further, political history is pretty clear on the odds of a petition candidacy succeeding: zero. Only three House members, and none in the Senate, have won races as petition candidates in the last two decades, and only one of those: Bubba Cromer from Richland County – was legitimately elected as a non-party candidate.

We’ll talk about all the news tomorrow, and get your thoughts on what this state can look forward to – for better or for worse.

The price of Graham’s arrogance

Tomorrow, GOP voters will go to the polls across South Carolina, and among those they will put in office, and those who they will remove from office, United States Senator Lindsey Graham will receive enough votes to give him the GOP nomination, all but assuring him a return to Washington for six more years.

Were it not for the Senator’s arrogance, it is a race which might never have happened in the first place.

Graham, once a darling of conservative activists for his role in the impeachment proceedings against former President Bill Clinton, had risen quickly. His election to the Senate came ten years following his political debut as the first Republican State House member to be elected from Oconee County. Few could have predicted that six years later, he would be a virtual pariah in his party.

Senator Graham isn’t in trouble for the overwhelming majority of the votes he cast. His trouble stems from a number of highly-visible actions that have infuriated conservative activists. Votes that might have been explained, but the Senator never felt the need to do that.

It’s not uncommon for a politico to buck the party line from time to time. Generally, once they realize they’ve rattled some cages, they take the time to reach out to those offended, and appeal to the good judgment of their friends in their party to weigh one vote against the many others which met the party loyalty test.

That’s not what Graham has done. He has chosen to keep the rank-and-file of the party at arm’s length. Instead of engaging his critics in a hands-on campaign, he has chosen to let their attacks go unanswered and run for re-election hiding behind a five million dollar warchest.

We’re not going to entirely disagree with Graham’s politics. The Gang of 14 turned out to be a smart move, keeping the GOP relevant even after the Democrats took the Senate. Being willing to reach out and work with Democrats, especially since they took over the Senate, has allowed him to play a role in avoiding the kinds of tensions that were seen a few years ago when former Senator Tom Daschle led a 51 seat Democratic majority.

But these are things that he has never tried to explain to the party faithful who feel betrayed by these and other moves. Maybe he felt such explanations would not be welcome, or maybe he didn’t feel he needed to explain anything.

For such arrogance, Lindsey Graham won’t get our endorsement, nor our votes. In our opinion, he’s done nothing to deserve either.

Senator Graham’s efforts to work with his party back home pales in comparison to the state’s junior Senator, Jim DeMint, who has attracted a following among conservatives both at home and nationwide. Should he win the nomination tomorrow, Graham would be wise to be more like DeMint and a lot less like he’s been during his first term.

The day everything changed

We talk a lot about bold moves made by campaigns and political figures as if they have some great meaning to our lives, or some major impact upon the course of human events. But even the best of the planning, scheming and calculations that are part of South Carolina's political process pale in comparision to those which took place in the run-up to the day which we have come to know by simply as "D-Day".

That's a small name for an event which changed the world.

For us political hacks, June 10 may seem important, but for those of us who love liberty and have high hopes for the future of mankind, June 6 is the day that really matters.

Take a minute to reflect upon their courage and be thankful for what they did, and what they gave up, on that day. For all they did, it's the very least we can do.

Earl Leroy Capps, Danang, South Vietnam, 1968

Recently, we received an email from a Charles Colman, who ran across our blog while searching for people he'd served with in Vietnam. While we didn't have an answer for him, we know these blogs have a wide viral reach, so we decided to help him out by posting what he had to tell us:

I am writing in search of Earl Leroy Capps who my brother and I served with in Danang, South Vietnam in 1968. If you know an Earl Capps who may have been in Danang in 1968 I would appreciate hearing from you or him.

The unit both my brother, Bill, and I served with was the Small Craft Repair Facility (SCRF), which was part of Naval Support Activity: Danang, Republic of Vietnam. I served there from August 1968 to August 1969, Bill served there from September 1968 to September 1969 and Earl Capps from late 1967 to late 1968.

So far I have found 12 of the 48 or so guys I served with in Danang, South Vietnam. I am proud to say the vast majority of them came back the states and went on to be solid citizens after their service by buying homes, holding down jobs and raising families.

We're certainly grateful for his service and glad to help forward this request via the Blogland. If you can help, please do.

If you would like to know more, you can visit www.military.com and under the drop-down menu Community -Unit pages enter SCRF - Small Craft Repair Facility Danang. Or you can contact Mr. Colman, whose contact information is provided below:

Charles R. Colman crcolman@hotmail.com
Phone: 408-972-5101 Cell: 408-807-5790

Developer cash raises questions about Hutson's ethics

Last fall, Heyward Hutson returned to the State House from the Summerville area, with a campaign largely backed by a local group of anti-growth advocates.

In their zeal to score a win, either the anti-growth crowd didn't realize Hutson was pulling a fast one on them, or they wanted a win so bad they didn't care.

Much of the problem of growth in the Summerville area was fueled by rampant real estate speculation, where people would buy homes and "flip them" outright, or rent them for the short term while they waited for a better offer. There is no small irony in the knowledge that one of those real estate investors is Representative Hutson himself. One of his rental properties is located on Axtell Drive in the Newington Plantation subdivision, not far from Flowertown and Newington Elementary Schools - both overcrowded due to the kind of rampant over-development that Hutson both opposes and profits from.

While that's bad enough, the truth about Hutson just gets worse. He's not just fueling development - he's taking thousands of dollars from real estate developers and their political allies.

Allegations have followed a shadowy campaign by Howard Rich, a New York real estate investor, to pour thousands of dollars into South Carolina campaigns. Wikipedia sources note that he has been adventuring in a number of states in a similar manner. A story from the Washington Post reported that Rich has become a major financier of the "property rights" movement, a term long alleged by growth opponents to be a code phrase for "developer special interests":

“The property-rights movement, as it is known, has a major new benefactor — Howard Rich, a wealthy libertarian real estate investor from Manhattan,” The Washington Post recently reported. “He has spent millions — estimates run as high as $11 million — to support initiatives that will appear on ballots throughout much of the West.”

The Stop Howard Rich SC website has detailed the numerous shell groups through which Mr. Rich has funnelled campaign cash to various South Carolina candidates, including Hutson. Their reports, which can be confirmed via the Ethics Commission website, point to a clear pattern of what is known as "bundling", a practice by which large donations from a number of donors are sent at the same time to candidates.

Such practices are often employed by special interest groups to support candidates known to support their agendas. The Howie Rich Exposed website discusses his record of supporting candidates who are pro-development, under the guise of "property rights".

When we pulled up Hutson's contributor report, guess what we found?

  • 05/16/2008 1,000.00 - 123 Lasalle Associates A Partnership
  • 05/16/2008 1,000.00 - Bradford Management of New York Inc.
  • 05/16/2008 1,000.00 - Pomerantz, Alan J.
  • 05/16/2008 1,000.00 - Rich, Yvonne
When electronic reports were searched on the state Ethics Commission website, these four out-of-state contribution sources all turned up to have made numerous donations to as many as 16 candidates, and have been identifed as part of the "bundling" scheme used to funnel thousands upon thousands of out-of-state dollars to South Carolina candidates.

Voters who are concerned about growth in Dorchester County should be concerned when their Representative is a real estate investor who rakes in big bucks from out-of-state developer interests, while giving them a shallow song-and-dance about their concerns:

"I think people are upset about how their quality of life in Summerville is being changed," Hutson said after the results were announced. "They see the growth out of control and they're insisting on taking charge again. I have recognized, like everybody else in this district, that we need to manage the growth better. We're tired of turning the faucet on full blast without any control."

- Charleston Post and Courier (10/31/2007)

These findings should warn House 94 voters who are concerned about controlling growth that Hutson may not be as virtous, or as honest, as he'd like Summerville voters to believe.

Election days and your career, Part Three: How to survive screwing up

Say you’ve been hired to work for a special interest group that keeps sending out press releases with gross inaccuracies. So bad you have to keep sending out apologies and retracting statements. Let’s presume you really made mistakes and weren’t just carrying out political hit-jobs for your boss.

Ok, we’ll cut the crap – let’s say you’re NOT working for Club for Growth. Therefore, you really, truly did screw up, and your boss is really pissed. With the slowing economy, you can’t afford too many real, live mistakes, so this article from Susan Kushnir, “Margin for error: Making mistakes – and recovering from them”, offers some sound advice:

“There are distinct steps one must take to recover from a mistake,” says Wendy Kaufman, president of Balancing Life’s Issues, Inc., a provider of training seminars on enhancing work/life balance.

First, the person who made the mistake has to process what he or she has done. “The immediate human reaction is to say, ‘I didn’t do this,’ which makes the mistake even worse. If you don’t process the mistake, you’ll never get to the next step,” Kaufman says.

Kaufman was asked to coach a senior executive and his boss who had a tense relationship. She says, “Their bad relationship can all be traced back to the day when the senior executive blew off a meeting with his boss. The boss found his behavior unprofessional and disrespectful. In truth, they never got past this incident because the senior executive never took responsibility for his actions.”

Second, the person must own the mistake in its entirety and show remorse. “You immediately lose credibility if you place blame,” Kaufman says. “Don’t bring up extenuating circumstances. If you’re late, don’t blame it on the traffic because there is always traffic or accidents or whatever.”

Dan Meyerson, senior vice president of leadership and development, Bank of America, agrees and adds, “I always say, ‘Bask in the glory of your mistake.’ In other words, be comfortable with it and show others you can come back even stronger after making a mistake. It’s important to show that it won’t affect your self-esteem.”

Last of all, clearly outline an action plan to ensure the mistake doesn’t happen again. “This way, the boss can think I’m really angry but she owned it and has a new plan. What more can I ask?’” Kaufman says.

By the way, Ms. Kushnir is a senior VP for Portner Novelli.

Election days and your career, Part Two: Planning ahead by networking

Let’s be honest – if you waited until the bad news hits, you’re already well behind some people in the job market. The smart person is always working on a Plan B … and the smarter ones have Plans C, D, and E in the works too. Key to those is that whole networking thing. Today’s installment of our “How to keep from losing – even when your boss did” series looks at sharpening those networking skills so the day the bad news arrives, you’re only days away from your next job.

We’ve got three really great articles written by long-time career professionals about the importance of networking, how to be good at it, and how to make it work for you – as well as those around you.

  • Social Anxiety: Susan Balcom Walton, an associate professor of public relations at Brigham Young University in Utah.

    How can I establish relationships without seeming fawning and self-serving? How can I leverage my network with confidence and initiative, but not with desperation? How do I network without brownnosing?

    Smart questions. The instinct to avoid brownnosing shows a certain self-awareness that’s important when networking. That said, networking is essential so we must move past our sensitivity and learn to do it well. As Jim Masuga, vice president,
    Heyman Associates notes: “For PR people, networking has to be second nature, because it has such tremendous business and personal value. Communications and networking are nearly synonymous.”

  • Networking with Intention: Terri Lynn Johnson, APR (Accredited Public Relations professional – i.e., someone who doesn’t put out erroneous press releases), and associate professor at Eastern Illinois University.

    Networking needs to be done constantly. Whether in person, online, by phone or by mail, it needs to be done systematically and with a purpose. By following the tips below, you can maximize the benefits of all networking opportunities.
    o Be goal-oriented.
    o Be systematic.
    o Never stop.
    o Find a mentor.
    o Say thank you.

  • Never a dead end: Kelly Papinchak, a PR professional with the Brookwoods Group out of Houston, Texas.

    When I entered the PR profession more than five years ago, I did not intend to average one job per year. This pattern started at my first job, when budget cuts halved my salary within my first year, and continued at my next job, where a layoff left me looking for employment after only a few short months. Clearly, I was not dealt the best hand out of college.

    However, I am proud that I did not miss a single day of employment between jobs. That is a direct result of persistently building my contacts — even if I have a job that I love dearly and would never imagine leaving. I want to emphasize that networking does not mean meeting people to get a job, and networking is not asking someone to be your mentor because he or she works where you want to work. Networking is about building and maintaining relationships for mutual benefit, which is the most basic definition of public relations.
While I think the links will work, if they don't, email me. I've got the original articles archived. Don't worry - any inquiries for copies will be kept confidential, as is the rule for any human resources matter.

Joey Millwood strikes a blow for the rich

Comrades, workers of the world, if your kids are stuck in poor schools, unite. Otherwise, Joey Millwood will keep them in chains.

Don't just take our word for it. The Spartanburg Herald-Journal caught Millwood, whose campaign office does double-duty as the campaign headquarters for Kyle Boyd, who is running for the State House in York County, in the act:

State Rep. Bob Walker and Joey Millwood both say they oppose voucher programs that would give public money to parents to send their children to private schools.

Millwood is in favor of tax credits for parents who choose to send their children to private schools, while Walker is opposed to that as well as vouchers.

Tuition tax credits, which are favored by Millwood and his friends at SCRG, will only benefit the extremely wealthy who send their kids to private school.

According to the State Department of Revenue's 2007 tax tables, here's how much you have to report in taxable income in order to receive the following tax credit amounts:

  • $2,000 credit - $35,000 taxable income.
  • $3,000 credit - $49,200 taxable income.
  • $4,000 credit - $63,500 taxable income.

For those of you who don't know, taxable income is often far less than one's gross income. The amount of taxable income is derived from one's federal taxes, which allows thousands of dollars of standard deductions.

According to the IRS' 2007 1040-A form, a single mother of two would have to make at least $49,650 (after deducting $7,850 for Head of Household and $6,800 in exemptions for dependents) and a married family of three would need to earn $55,900 (after deducting $10,700 for married status and $10,200 in exemptions for dependents).

If you consider that health insurance and 401K plans are paid for out of pre-tax income, further reducing taxable income, these families may need to earn another $10K/year in gross income to qualify for even a minimal $2,000 tax credit. But from what we've seen, private school tuition (while often lower than the per-student costs of public schools) is still way more than $2K/year.

According to the S.C. Budget and Control Board, about 35% of South Carolina homes have a household income of more than $50,000 a year, and about 17% more than $75,000 a year. In fact, only six of 46 South Carolina counties have a median family income near or above $50,000 - Beaufort, Dorchester, Greenville, Lexington, Richland and York.

Tax credits only benefit those who are wealthy enough to afford to pay the tuition up front and earn enough to own enough in taxes to receive the credits. Many middle class families who pay private school tuition would receive little or none of the tax credit amounts. Even if they could afford to send their kids in the first place.

Worst off of all under these schemes are the poor. They don't have the disposable income needed to pay tuition up front. In the end, yon don't really change anything with this plan. But we think that's the way the tax credit advocates like it.

For that reason, we've always opposed credits and supported vouchers. So if you're an inner-city single mother making ten bucks an hour, hoping to get your kids into a school that is safe and decent, or even an average family residing in most counties (including Spartanburg, where Millwood resides), Millwood's advocacy of tuition tax credits has nothing to offer you.

If Millwood really cared about helping the poor of the state, he'd stop parroting the SCRG's country club agenda and back vouchers for those who need it, instead of more tax breaks for those who don't.

Election days and your career, Part One: Looking for work?

Election day came and went, and guess what? Your boss didn’t make it and either your promised job won’t be coming, or your boss just got booted and the victor has made it clear that come January, you need not even bother to apply for your job.

If you're a single parent, like yours truly, with no other source of income, the prospect of being without a paycheck is more than just a bad joke - it's a threat to my family. In times like these, your ability to navigate the tough waters of the job market mean the difference between finding a good job in the private sector, moving back in with your parents, or finding a well-off sugar momma or daddy (our preference).

Be prepared for your job interview.

A survey asked HR managers and executives about the mistakes made by interviewees. Here are the top five mistakes they cited:

47%: Little/no knowledge of the company
17%: Unprepared to discuss skills and experiences
9%: Unprepared to discuss career plans/goals
9%: Limited enthusiasm
3%: Lack of eye contact

Resume and cover letters

In a column published in the PRSA's April 2008 newsletter, here are five common mistakes that HR managers caution against making when you send out cover letters and resumes:

1) When you write the cover letter, don’t assume the spelling of their names,
2) Make sure those cover letters are customized for the company, and not the last one you wrote a letter to,
3) Light touch with fonts, including standard fonts and sizes, and minimal use of bold, italics, and underlining,
4) Don’t give out email addresses that sound cheesy or childish (such as “diva15689@” or “fuhrerrick@” - you get the point), and
5) Keep resume content brief, with reasonable margins. They recommend “one page, one inch”.

Tomorrow, we'll talk about the value of networking. Be sure to stay tuned.

Erickson's "Lauren Gentry bill" moves forward to full Senate

Over the last month or so, the Blogland has taken up common cause with Beaufort County Representative Shannon Erickson, who has been pushing what we've come to refer to as the "Lauren Gentry" bill.

This bill would protect those who are the victims of on-campus intimidation from forfeiting their right to partcipate in school interscholastic teams, should they transfer schools under duress. This bill, HR 4758, would require students to have worked with the system to seek alternatives, including by seeking a formal restraining order.

While we shouldn't have bullies on campus, this bill protects students when our schools can't - or won't - take the appropriate action to protect those students.

Erickson sponsored this bill after Lauren Gentry, a former Beaufort County high school student, was forced to sit out her high school year after getting a restraining order and having to change schools for protection from an angry ex-boyfriend. While this bill comes too late to help Gentry, this young lady has spoken out strongly for this bill.

We want to thank the Representatives who voted 76 to 22 for this bill, and those on the Senate Education Committee, who voted to send this bill to the full Senate.

Sources have informed us that Erickson's bill will make it to the Senate floor today or tomorrow. While we understand this is a busy week for the Senators, we ask them to please take a few minutes of their day to pass this bill, sending it to the Governor's desk, where it is expected to receive approval.

Election days and your career: How to keep from losing – even when your boss did

As anyone who tunes into politics knows - Election Day is coming.

As we all know, that means some offices will be filled with new faces, and new office holders means some people are gonna be looking for a job (or maybe Matt Moore, who keeps putting out all those supposedly-erroneous press releases).

Being public relations professionals employed in the private sector, the Blogland happens to receive the monthly newsletter from the PRSA (Public Relations Society of America). While we’re sure the recent issue, which focused largely on job searching and career development, was influenced by the slowing economy and not the plight of a bunch of political hacks who didn’t have the good sense (much less the requisite degree of motivation or relevant qualifications) to get a job in the private sector in the first place, we’re smart enough to realize that this issue still has some valuable advice to offer our readers.

The nice guys that we are, we wanted to lend a helping hand to those of you who are about to be unemployed, whether or not you see it coming, by sharing some of that information in a three-part series that we’ll feature this week in the Blogland:

  • Part One: Looking for work?
  • Part Two: Planning ahead by networking
  • Part Three: How to survive screwing up
We sure hope y'all tune into this series, because you never know when you will be out looking for a new job. Feel free to ask questions and make comments. We've still got lots of contacts in the HR world and if we don't have an answer, we'll do our best to find it.

May 2008: the month in review

It's been a busy month in the Blogland. With graduate school over and eight years in academia fading into the rear view mirror, we actually had time to get a life.

Instead, we spent more time writing.

As always, we're flattered that of all the things you could have done, you decided to come into the Blogland and hang out with us for a little while. To help show our appreciation for your readership, around the first week of every month, we like take a little time out from our own huffing and puffing to talk about what YOU read and talked about.

There was certainly a lot of good things to celebrate this month: getting that Master's degree, the election of Glenn McCall as the new National Committeeman from South Carolina, and seeing two of our friends getting selected to go to the GOP national convention this summer. They will join Moye Graham, who we helped get elected at the 6th District convo a few weeks back.

But not all news was good. We took time to mark the loss of Orangeburg County Deputy William Howell in the line of duty, and in a sick turn of events, some of his friends happened upon our comments and spoke up in his defense and even put down the officer he killed.

Our Shat-slinging contest with Mike Reino continued. While Mike could take a joke, it seemed as if Lee Bright, a Spartanburg Senate candidate couldn't.

Meanwhile in the State House, our "pet" legislative bill of the year - Representative Erickson's bill protecting students who transfer high schools out of fear of harm from losing their right to participate in extracurricular teams - made great leaps forward in the Senate. The bill now moves on to the full Senate, with our thanks for those who've supported it thus far.

This month's ten most-read postings:

Senate upsets in the making?
2) The Summerville Senate Slugfest
3) Campaign season bloopers
4) "He was a cop, that's just a job"
5) Graduation party report
6) Support Glenn McCall – our proven Republican leader
7) Huckabee endorses McCall for SCGOP National Committeeman
8) The Blogland Graduation Party:This Saturday - don't miss it!
9) Is the GOP relevant in 2008?
10) Inside Interview: Scarlett Wilson, 9th Circuit Solicitor candidate

This month's ten most-discussed postings:

1) Deputy William Howell - Thank you
2) Graduation party report
3) 3 great national delegates: McAbee, Pearson, and Ryggs
4) Senate upsets in the making?
5) Erickson, Ceips turn on St. Helena's Island traffic signals
6) John Land to address the Blogland and CofC Graduat...
7) Support Glenn McCall – our proven Republican leader
8) The Summerville Senate Slugfest
9) May is Safe Digging Month
10) Glenn McCall wins landslide - SCGOP convo recap

June will be a pretty busy month here. We've got a great career development mini-series which will draw on our professional HR experience, some concert news, album reviews, and probably some books as well.

That is when we're not trying to catch up on about a year's worth of backed up house and yard work.

Thanks for tuning in and be sure to stay tuned to the Blogland.

Yesterday's winners - SCGOP convo recap

Congratulations are in order to yesterday's GOP convention winners, especially those who were endorsed by the Blogland.

The Blogland asked our readers to support four candidates, and three of them won yesterday: Glenn McCall, our new RNC representative, LaDonna Ryggs, delegate, and Mary Pearson, alternate.

They will join Moye Graham, who we helped get elected to one of the two delegate slots filled at the 6th District convention several weeks ago.

We're not so arrogant as to think we got them elected, but we do want to congratulate the winners, and thank those who supported them. We believe all three will do a great job, and they certainly have our best wishes and prayers for success.