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.