DeMint's demented primary opponent

In the world of politics, one sees lots of strange things, but one of the strangest recent sights is that of Susan Gaddy, who filed at the last minute to challenge Senator Jim DeMint in the June Republican Primary.

It happens that Gaddy has a long record of political activism - as a Democrat. Most recently as the Democratic precinct President from Daniel Island Precinct in Berkeley County, where she blasted both John McCain and George W. Bush in October 2008 in an op-ed in the Daniel Island News.

Barack Obama has detailed a tax plan that would restore some fairness to our American economic system. It would put money in the pockets of the many, and, yes, the rich would have to go back to paying what they did under President Reagan – not exactly painful.

The Obama proposal would benefit millions of South Carolinians – with a $500 per worker, or $1,000 per working family – tax credit. On top of that Obama’s plan would give a $1,000 rebate check to every family to offset the huge increase in energy costs brought to us by the two former oilmen now working in the White House. I think the people of Charleston will put that money to better use than the McCain-Bush billionaires club.

Do the math for yourself: Enough is enough. America needs a change of direction.

Yes, indeed, let's hope our readers tuned into what Gaddy is saying and do the math for themselves.

SCGOP Primary candidate list - Statewide & Congressional

The filings have closed and most races have played out as expected, but a few suprises.

Surprise candidates jumped into the races for US Senate, 2nd and 6th Districts, and Comptroller General, while General Livingston got a free ride for Adjutant General.

Here's who's running for the GOP nomination:

Debra Saunders: Another right-wing headbanger?

In a column penned by conservative columnist Debra Saunders, "Clowns to the Left, Jokers on the Right", she nails the hypocrisy about how left-wing nuts who make threats and commit acts of violence in support of their views are often given a pass by the news media, but not those espousing conservative opinions:

When activists break the law protesting Republican policies, it is because lefties care so much. But when conservatives act likewise, it's because they are loudmouths and louts.

So TV tells me.
Being an 80s heavy metal headbanger type, I recognized the the title of the article as being several lines from the Winger song "Down Incognito":

Clowns to the left
Jokers to the right
Countin on the the rest of us
To come and take a bite
But I'll wait it out
Call it superstition
I'll be fine for now
Just reminiscing

When contacted for comment, to see if there was a connection, Saunders replied:  "If I'd had the room, I would have used the entire lyrics".

Bond markets aren't fooled by Obama

Not many people noticed amid the Democrats' struggle to jam their health care bill through the House, but in recent weeks U.S. Treasury bonds have lost their status as the world's safest investment.

The numbers are pretty clear. In February, Bloomberg News reports, Berkshire Hathaway sold two-year bonds with an interest rate lower than that on two-year Treasuries. A company run by a 79-year-old investor is a better credit risk, the markets are telling us, than the U.S. government.

Buffett's firm isn't the only one. Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Lowe's have been borrowing money at cheaper rates than Uncle Sam.

Democrats wary of voting for the health care bill may have been soothed by the Congressional Budget Office's report that it would reduce federal deficits over the next 10 years. But bond buyers know that the Democrats gamed the CBO system to get a good score.

Second Republican seeks to fill Annette Young's House Seat

The surprise decision by Summerville GOP Representative Annette Young to retire took a seat that hadn't seen a seriously-contested race for twenty years and threw it wide open.

First in the race was Dorchester County Council member Larry Hargett, who had initially geared up to challenge Young. While some had expected that he would walk into the seat unopposed, it looks like he'll have company in the race for the GOP nomination - which is essentially the election for this heavily-Republican district.

Fellow County Council member Chris Murphy, an eight-year Council member, has made it known that he will be seeking the seat as well.

Harrelson a turn-out tool for Sixth District Democrats?

Political payoff discussions have surfaced regarding the potential candidacy of perennial Marion County candidate Nancy Harrelson.

Harrelson is planning a second run as a Republican candidate for the Sixth Congressional District, hoping for another run at Congressman Jim Clyburn, who beat her by a staggering two-to-one margin in 2008.

Why convicted criminals should love Ed Clements

If you've been to prison, have a criminal record, and live in either Florence or Marion County, 12th Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements has great news for you:

Attend his workshop in expungement and learn how to get your criminal record wiped clean, allowing you to brush your history under the rug and prey upon unsuspecting citizens.

When the Blogland received an email from a reader, announcing this event, we were surprised, to say the very least, that a Solicitor's office would be associated with this event:

The Blogland goes to Myrtle Beach this week

The Blogland is hitting the road for a few days. First stop is Myrtle Beach.

For a human resources conference.  Sounds exciting, doesn't it?

We'll have a few things we'll be dropping in on while we're up there, so watch for some reports from the field - and not just HR stuff either.

If you're a Blogland in the Grand Strand and want to meet in person, drop an email and let's see if we can make something happen.

First round of the 12th Circuit Solicitor race goes to ...

Republican candidate Mary Parham, whose turnout was considerably larger than that of the incumbent Democratic Solictor Ed Clements (both candidates held their announcements today). Parham was joined by a turnout of over 100, featuring a large cast of Pee Dee leaders, including law enforcement and public safety officers from across the two-county judicial circuit.

Clements' event, as shown below, saw far less turnout, numbering about 35.  We've been informed that there were a number of criminal defense attorneys in attendance.

You live in the Lowcountry and want to help BEAT SPRATT? On Saturday, YES, You Can!

Would you crawl on your hands and knees over broken glass to the Fifth District to beat John Spratt?

Do you live in the Lowcountry, and don't think you can help remove that rotten, no-good, tax-and-spending ... ?

Like Obama, we have HOPE - and we know it's time for a CHANGE. So if you want to do your part to help Dump Spratt from the Lowcountry, the Blogland will be joining one of South Carolina's coolest State Senators, Beaufort Republican Tom Davis, in saying "Yes, We Can!" at an oyster roast near Beaufort to benefit future Fifth District Congressman Mick Mulvaney:

Senator Tom Davis cordially invites you to an Oyster Roast
In honor of Senator Mick Mulvaney , Candidate for Congress

Saturday March 27, 2010 6:30pm
206 Marsh Point Road, Seabrook, SC
That's off US Highway 21 between Beaufort and US 17 (maps below)

Rep. Herb Kirsh to face two Republicans - and counting

Even though York County's House District 47 has overwhelming supported Republicans from top to bottom of election ballots, Democratic State Rep. Herb Kirsh has managed to avoid the GOP tide that has gradually picked off most other Democratic legislators in the Upstate since the mid-90s.

After scooping up two House seats in neighboring Cherokee County last year, Upstate Republicans are taking serious aim at Kirsh's seat.  This afternoon's announcment by former Solicitor Tommy Pope that he will file for the seat makes him the second Republican to enter the race.

Reportedly other candidates are looking at joining those two in the race for the GOP nomination for the seat.

Source have told the Blogland that Kirsh has yet to decide on seeking another term and that he may decide to retire from the House.

Reminder: Women in Politics seminar this Saturday in Georgetown

Here's a friendly reminder about this Saturday's Women in Politics Seminar, to be held in Georgetown by the folks from the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics:

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Registration 9:30 - 10 AM
Session time: 10 AM - 2 PM


Quality Inn & Suites
210 Church Street
Georgetown, SC 29440
$50 - Training School Ticket
$65 - Training School Ticket and Membership to the Institute

We Can't Drive 55

When Sammy Hagar told us he couldn't drive 55, he wasn't the only one. This story in the Wall Street Journal looked at how the long-time 55 m.p.h. speed limit is becoming something American's won't do.

A study of TomTom users in 46 states showed average freeway speeds in 31 of those states exceeded 65. This data was collected on a voluntary and anonymous basis, with drivers on D.C.'s 10 or so miles of freeway going the slowest (46.4) and those in Mississippi going the fastest (70.1).

South Carolina also made the top ten, a category in which average per-state freeway speeds ranged from 68.5 to 70.1.

We have to wonder if Rep. Anne Hutto participated in this study.

GOP taking aim at 12th Circuit Solicitor's Office

Another sign of the increasing GOP strength in the Pee Dee region was the recruitment of Assistant U.S. Attorney Rosemary Parham to challenge incumbent Democratic 12th Circuit Solictor Ed Clements. This is the latest of a ramped-up wave of GOP activity in the region which followed last year's takeover of the Florence County GOP by the Pee Dee Republicans group.

Parham stepped down from her federal job to begin her challenge of Clements in what could be a competitive race, in spite of the GOP never before fielding a candidate for the office. Shifting voting trends in the two-county circuit suggest she could have a shot at winning on the Republican ticket.

The 12th Judicial Circuit is composed of Florence and Marion Counties. Overall, upper-tier GOP statewide candidates lose Marion County by about two-to-one margins while carrying much-larger Florence County by more modest percentages. A comparsion of results from both counties in the '04 and '08 Presidential and Senatorial races, along with the '06 Gubernatorial race showed Republicans winning the circuit in 4 of 5 races, with outcomes ranging from 48.8% to 53.8% of votes cast.

Tea with the GOP in Ridgeville

Rain didn't keep Berkeley Republicans from turning out in droves for the annual membership tea party for the Berkeley County Republican Women.

Statewide candidates Henry McMaster and Mick Zais, along with SCGOP Chair Karen Floyd came down to join the full house. First District GOP candidates Tim Scott, Ken Glasson, Mark Lutz, Clark Parker, Paul Thurmond and Stovall Witte rallied the faithful, joined by lots of local candidates, campaign representatives, and dozens of local party activists.

The Blogland thanks the hardest-working politicos in Berkeley County for their hospitality in putting on a first-class event.  If you were in the Lowcountry and didn't make it, you missed a great time.

Underground Utility Safety legislation moves forward

In today's Senate hearing for Senate Bill 1068, stakeholder groups came together to present their views on the legislation, which would update the oldest laws regarding underground utilities in the nation.

While there were differing views expressed about the finer points of the legislation, all agreed the time had come to fix these laws. It was also agreed that stakeholders would collaborate on working the current bill into a final form for quick Senate action.

It was agreed between Senators and stakeholders that the final draft of S1068 (or a similar bill) will be submitted to Judiciary committee members no later than early this summer. Senate Judiciary staff was directed to assist stakeholder representatives in working out the final details.