I Endorse Mark Sanford for Congress
On June 23, 2009, I wrote a defense of Mark Sanford buying his story that he was on the Appalachian trail, when he was really chasing Argentinian tail. The next day it blew up in my face. There was a scandal. He had committed adultery. He had run off to Argentina in an irresponsible act. I wrote at the time What Mark Sanford did was | Read More »
Haley on HealthCare: Part Two
Previously, I covered the first portion of my interview with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. In the next part of our discussion, Governor Haley relayed the efforts by South Carolina to improve health care in the state. “We are taking the lead in the country on payment reform. We had $40 million alone in payments and we tied it to performance. Which meant that we | Read More »
Haley on HealthCare: Part One
Now that Barack Obama has been sworn in for a second term, the focus will again turn to ObamaCare and health care exchanges. A key component of ObamaCare, health care exchanges are to be set up by the states giving consumers a limited amount of options to purchase health care in their state. Those that traditionally cannot afford to purchase health care will be given | Read More »
South Carolina School Choice
With National School Choice Week kicking off January 25th, conversations surrounding the topic have been buzzing. While I have always been a supporter of school choice, it is only recently that the subject has taken a personal turn. With one child excelling in public school and the other struggling, having choices in their individual educational needs will make a lifetime’s worth of difference. Our oldest daughter has | Read More »
With Apologies to Governor Haley, Congressman Scott, and the South Carolina Press
This morning I made a dumb and careless mistake. Yesterday, at 11:20 a.m., about 40 minutes before the official announcement, Governor Haley and Congressmen Scott called me to give me an advanced notice of the announcement and let me ask questions. We chatted, according to my iPhone, for 8 minutes. For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you know two things — since | Read More »
Welcome to the Senate, Mr. Scott
Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina leaves the Senate on December 31st. Replacing him will be Congressman Tim Scott. Yesterday, Governor Nikki Haley made the announcement that she would choose Congressman Scott for the replacement. Governor Haley and the future Senator called me Friday Monday* morning before the announcement was made. Governor Haley emphasized that Senator Scott would be as independent as Senator DeMint. In | Read More »
Two Roads Diverged: Jim DeMint Leaves U.S. Senate for Heritage Foundation Presidency
I got the call before the news went out. Jim DeMint, the standard bearer of the conservative movement in America and conservative king maker, is leaving the United States Senate. He will succeed Ed Feulner as President of the Heritage Foundation. While my initial reaction was one of sadness that we are losing the clearest voice in the Senate for conservatives, the upside on Jim | Read More »
Just a Reminder: Nikki Haley Remains Awesome
The Myrtle Beach newspaper brings word to conservatives nationwide that Nikki Haley remains awesome. The Governor, who had a series of vetoes overridden by the state legislature because she dared to cut spending, has also wielded her veto pen and seen the legislature back down recently. But, what’s so awesome, is the tears shed by liberals. Get this — she, in the words of the | Read More »
Well Thank God Nikki Haley Isn’t a Democrat Or It’d Be A Hate Crime
If you haven’t seen it yet, Newsbusters has the video of South Carolina AFL-CIO president Donna DeWitt beating the hell out of a piñata with a picture of Nikki Haley taped to it. The union crowd cheers her on. This comes just days after Phil Bailey of the South Carolina Democratic Party called Nikki Haley a “sikh Jesus” multiple times on Twitter. Were Nikki Haley | Read More »
Will the South Carolina Democrats Tolerate This Racism?
Phil Bailey sat next to South Carolina State Senator Jake Knotts when Knotts called Governor Nikki Haley, then a candidate for Governor, a “raghead.” Phil Bailey did nothing. Phil Bailey is the Executive Director of the South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus. It seems he is now intent on one upping Jake Knotts. Bailey, who had no problem with Knotts’ “raghead” comment when even the First | Read More »
The IRS is NOT investigating Gov. Nikki Haley (R, SC).
You may remember that a few days ago a minor South Carolinian political blog tossed out the very serious allegation that South Carolina governor Nikki Haley was about to be indicted by the Justice Department for alleged tax fraud involving her parents’ temple*. The keyword? “Imminent.” Well, it turns out that the IRS is not actually investigating either the Governor or the temple (H/T @RBPundit) | Read More »
PTA Assaulting School Choice in South Carolina
Promoted from the diaries by Jeff. As a mother of four, the first of which entered public school last year, keeping up with my children’s education is extremely important to me. I’ve heard the stories of children fearing the end of the world due to global warming and seen the history books that exclude any Republican or Conservative from the important events that have shaped | Read More »
Nikki Haley at the NRCC
I was at a separate meeting in Florida a few weeks ago where Nikki Haley spoke. She left such a good impression people were still taking about her the next day. It’s not often you hear people putting Thatcher’s name in the same sentence with the Governor of one of the fifty states. She really left a strong, positive impression. Here’s her speech to the | Read More »
Can “Newtmentum” Lead to a Win in Florida?
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss Newt Gingrich’s win in South Carolina, what his victory means for Florida’s upcoming primary, and whether or not the GOP could have a brokered convention. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like to email us, you | Read More »
Thoughts on the SC primary.
As mentioned earlier, I was kind of taking last night off, so this will be a little scatter-shot. Anyway: Heh. Called it. Not that getting the order was all that hard, or even unsurprising; also note that I didn’t predict the percentages. By the way: the end results (Gingrich 40%, Romney 28%, Santorum 17%, Paul 13%) were pretty close to what PPP predicted (Gingrich 37%, | Read More »