Libertarians and Conservatives should rally around Nikki Haley
I’ve meant, for a while, to comment on Stephen Gordon’s post from back in May about the GOP needing libertarians more than libertarians needs the GOP. I think he has some merit to his argument, but I would say that libertarians and conservatives both need the GOP and need each other. They are not always going to agree. There will be fights over the drug | Read More »
ACORN Shenanigans in South Carolina
Recently, the Smosska Corporation swooped into Florence, South Carolina promising to instantly create some 400 new jobs with an assurance of 3,000 before next year is out. For an area that needs jobs this seemed like welcome news. Last week a job fair was held in Florence by the new company at which free health care was offered those that would be hired. At that | Read More »
Nikki Haley (R Candidate, SC Gov) and the RS Gathering.
You may remember South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley from a previous interview that she did with RedState; she’s recently been profiled in Politico as one of the GOP’s potential stars of the 2010 election cycle… The daughter of two immigrants, Haley knocked off South Carolina’s then-longest-serving incumbent to become the first Indian-American Republican elected to a state Legislature. After that upset victory, she again | Read More »
Mark Sanford Admits Affair – A South Carolinians Perspective
South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford surprised the Nation and especially the State of South Carolina during a press conference called to explain his disappearance since last Thursday. Staffers had previously announced that Sanford had been hiking on the Appalachian Trail taking a little R & R after the recent battle with the legislature over taking federal stimulus money in which Sanford had refused to request | Read More »
The Real Lessons of Mark Sanford’s “Hike”
Well, what I wrote yesterday was wrong. Sanford’s lies spread through his office and out to the rest of us. The left is linking to yesterday’s post to laugh at it. What they are missing is that most of us tend to give people the benefit of the doubt — even people like John Edwards. We live in a fallen world and we ourselves are | Read More »
The “Missing Governor” Media Overhyped Story Open Thread
The media overhyping the Mark Sanford story is closest to the media overhyping: Chandra Levy Swine Flu Y2K Rick Warren praying at Obama’s inauguration Cold Fusion Free polls from Pollhost.com Consider this an open thread.
The Lessons of Mark Sanford’s Hike
First, we need to be clear on the facts — not the media speculation: Sanford did tell his staff and family where he was going. Because he was traveling without a security detail, it was in his best interests that no one knew he was gone. His political enemies — Republicans at that — ginned up the media story. When confronted by a pestering media, | Read More »
Governor Sanford’s Office Checks In With Us
With all the reports of a missing Governor Mark Sanford whose staff and wife allegedly have no idea where he is and have not heard from him, I figured it was worth checking in with his office. His Communications Director sent us this statement: The governor put in a lot of time during this last legislative session, and after the session winds down it’s not | Read More »
RLC Drafts resolution encouraging Gov Mark Sanford to run in 2012
The Republican Liberty Caucus seems to have found their 2012 candidate. They recently passed a resolution to encourage SC Governor Mark Sanford to run for President in 2012. In early 2007, the Council for National Policy, a semi-secretive and exclusive club of social conservative leaders including James Dobson (Focus on the Family), the late Jerry Falwell (Liberty University), and Grover Norquist (Americans for Tax Reform) | Read More »
Can The State Department Back Up Their Claim That North Korea Is Not Sponsoring Terrorism?
Last week, I led a group of Republican senators that wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging her to immediately relist North Korea as a State Sponsor of Terrorism and we also introduced an amendment to force the Obama Administration into action. Yesterday on ABC’s This Week, I was pleased to hear Secretary Clinton’s response that they are now considering relisting North Korea. | Read More »
Speaking with Nikki Haley (R-CAN, SC-GOV).
I had the opportunity to speak with South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley the other day. Rather than subject you to my stammering and verbal tics, I’ve summarized the call below, with transcribed quotes as appropriate, and three longer ones highlighted. Bottom line: State Representative Haley is a candidate that anyone interested in fiscal reform should take a good look at. The interview did not | Read More »
SC pols fight over republican brand (Sanford vs. Graham)
My apologies if this has already been posted. In the first video below, Lindsey Graham is seen giving a speech at the SC Republican Convention. In the speech, he has this to say: “I am not a libertarian. If you are, you’re welcome to vote for me and help this party, but we’re not going to build this party around libertarian ideals.” That is an | Read More »
State Rep. Nikki Randhawa Haley announces for SC-Gov.
[Note: Google hasn't caught up yet. Her official campaign website is here.] It’s official: Haley Officially Enters South Carolina Governor’s Race State Rep. Nikki Haley is adding her name to the list of Republicans hoping to become governor of South Carolina in 2010. Haley, a staunch anti-tax advocate, confirmed Thursday that she will mount a run for the seat currently held by Republican Mark Sanford, | Read More »
A tale of two Senators
On this, the day of Senator Arlen Specter’s return to his natural home, I want to share my experience with the honorable Senator from Pennsylvania. I was a wee tyke (ok, high school) in the mid-80’s and was a member of the Model Student Senate. As befits budding politicians, we took a junket to D.C. Amongst our action-packed fact-finding visits to the Smithsonian, the various | Read More »
James Clyburn’s (D, SC-06) timeline for withdrawal.
June 16th, 2006: Voted nay on a resolution rejecting the imposition of a timeline on the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. February 16, 2007: Voted to condemn the ultimately-successful surge strategy that allowed us to win the Iraq War. March 10, 2007: Clyburn acts as whip for Iraq supplemental bill that included a timeline for withdrawal. May 1, 2007: Clyburn condemns Bush’s veto of the | Read More »