October 10, 2015

#PalmettoPrimary: SC Democrats announce debate, Rachel Maddow to moderate


The South Carolina Democratic Party announced the following candidates will attend the First in the South Presidential Candidates Forum moderated by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Friday, November 6 at Winthrop University’s Winthrop Coliseum:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley

Senator Bernie Sanders

Should Vice President Joe Biden announce his candidacy before November 6th, he will also be invited to attend the forum.

In addition to the South Carolina Democratic Party and Congressman James E. Clyburn, the DNC’s Southern Regional Caucus and the following Southern state Democratic parties will serve as cohosts:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia


President Obama declares a disaster in 11 SC counties

Gov. Nikki Haley speaks over the phone with President Obama In a photo tweeted by her spokesman Monday (Image: @RobGodfrey)

Gov. Nikki Haley speaks over the phone with President Obama In a photo tweeted by her spokesman Monday (Image: @RobGodfrey)

Residents who lost property  in eight South Carolina counties that were the worst hit by this week’s record floods are now able to apply for federal assistance after President Barack Obama on Monday declared a disaster area for much of South Carolina.

The declaration means residents in Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland and Williamsburg counties are now eligible to apply for low-interest loans and grants to pay for repairs. County governments and some nonprofits are also seek grants in those eight counties, plus Berkeley, Clarendon and Sumter counties.

Gov. Nikki Haley had made a verbal request for the designations in those 11 counties earlier Monday. “That number will change,” she told reporters shortly after making the request. “Those are just the ones that we’re doing because we have immediate needs now in 11 counties. As we go further… we are going to see that we’re going to be adding to that list.”

The federal assistance includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs, as well as low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.

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Bush campaigns in South Carolina as fundraising numbers released

Jeb Bush (File)

Jeb Bush (File)

Speaking at Furman University on Friday, GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that he believes the regulation culture in Washington is killing the economy and holding America back.

“Every time the command and control crowd in Washington tries to impose these rules, all it does is limits people’s ability to get a job and have rising income,” Bush told a town hall audience at the private liberal arts college north of Greenville. Bush was at the campus as part of the Conservative Leadership Project series of town halls.

The former Florida governor said the power must shift for the people to regain control of their government. “This is going to be part of my campaign, is to delineate in detail exactly what we would do to shift power back to the states,” he told moderator state Attorney General Alan Wilson.

Bush referred to the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Kim Davis got national attention after she was jailed on a contempt charge for refusing a court order that she grant the licenses. Bush said religious liberties must be protected. “The real solution if for the Kentucky Legislature to change the law to say that another person can sign that wedding certificate,” he said in reference to Davis’ refusal to attach her own signature to the document for same-sex marriages. Davis’ staff have since granted the licenses without signature.

Bush was in South Carolina as his campaign hit $100 million raised at the end of the most recent quarter. But the fundraising dollars have not equaled success at the polls, where the former governor sat at just 6 percent support in a Gravis poll of South Carolina voters released Thursday. That was the sixth-highest total among the 15 candidates in the GOP race.



Longtime Charleston legislator says he’s leaving next year to focus on businesses

State Rep. Chip Limehouse (File)

State Rep. Chip Limehouse (File)

A longtime Charleston legislator who has represented parts of the peninsula in the South Carolina House of Representatives for more than two decades says next year will be his last.

State Rep. Harry “Chip” Limehouse, R-Charleston, revealed earlier this week that he will not seek reelection in 2016. “It’ll be 22 years at the end of this term and I’ve got several successful businesses that are doing well but needing my support,” he told South Carolina Radio Network. “I’ve given it a 110 percent effort for what will be 22 years at the end of this term and I’m just ready to turn the page and go on to whatever the next chapter is in my life.”

The 53-year-old Limehouse held a powerful position on the House budget committee and for years was responsible for overseeing the needs of higher education during the House budgeting process. He was also active in floor debates and sponsored dozens of bills over the year that passed the chamber, including polarizing legislation and less-controversial ones.

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#PalmettoPrimary Rain not washing out candidate town halls this weekend

Carly Fiorina during a stop in Columbia last week (File)

Carly Fiorina during a stop in Columbia last week (File)

A daily look at how the presidential candidates of both parties are trying to win the “First in the South” primary

After a relatively quiet week for presidential campaigns in South Carolina, two Republican candidates are braving the forecasted rain to appear at separate town halls on Friday.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will be the latest candidate to participate in a town hall hosted by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott. The noon event will be held at the University of South Carolina-Aiken’s Etherredge Center. She will answer questions submitted in advance by members of the audience and asked in person by Sen. Scott.

Fiorina will then travel through the heart of Friday’s rain to attend a gathering of college Republicans in the Lowcountry. The 5:00 p.m., event will be held at the U.S.S. Yorktown aircraft carrier museum in Mount Pleasant, although Mrs. Fiorina is not expected to arrive until around 6:00.

Meanwhile, former Florida governor Jeb Bush is also back in the state Friday. Bush is scheduled to appear at a Conservative Leadership Project town hall at Furman University north of Greenville. The 2:30 p.m. will be held at Younts Conference Center. It will be moderated by state Attorney General Alan Wilson.

— A new Gravis poll found that Donald Trump still enjoys a large lead in South Carolina, even as support starts to waver for him nationwide. Trump holds 29 percent support among the 762 self-identified Republicans surveyed. That would still be a double-digit percentage point lead over retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s 16 percent. Fiorina is the only other candidate in double digits, at 11 percent support. South Carolina resident Sen. Lindsey Graham had only 1.5 percent support.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to run away with the support of registered Democratic voters. Clinton picked up 50 percent of the support, far ahead of senior Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 13 percent. Vice President Joe Biden, who is not officially running, picked up 19 percent.