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December 6, 2012
DeMint has been a destructive force, threatening to primary colleagues, resisting all deals and offering very little in the way of attainable legislation. He has contributed more than any current senator to the dysfunction of that body. He has worsened relations between the House and Senate, as he did in the budget fights in recent years, by meddling and pressuring his home state representative. His departure leaves other senators who seemed impressed with his brand of politics free to find their way to a more constructive position in the body.
The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin • Discussing why Jim DeMint’s departure from the Senate is a good thing for Congress … though it could prove much worse down the road, due to the influence he’ll yield as head of the Heritage Foundation. Rubin suggests he hurts the Heritage brand. “By embracing him, Heritage, to a greater extent than ever before, becomes a political instrument in service of extremism, not a well-respected think tank and source of scholarship,” she writes. “Every individual who works there should take pause and consider whether the reputation of that institution is elevated or diminished by this move. And I would say the same, frankly, if any other non-scholarly pol took that spot.”
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10:48 // 1 year ago
July 11, 2012
The problem is it’s like when you give something to a child. They’re always going to figure out how they can get away with a little more.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley • In a written statement, explaining her reasoning for slashing the budget of the state’s rape crisis center. Crisis centers only help a small portion of residents, and distract from the state health department’s goal of providing treatment to all residents of South Carolina according to Governor Haley. ”Being raped is traumatic enough, but having to navigate that system, going to court by yourself, going to the hospital for a really intrusive and painful exam by yourself is horrific,” counters South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault executive director Pam Jacobs, adding, ”Unfortunately, that’s the solution rape victims may be in if this veto is not overridden.”   source (viafollow)
14:50 // 1 year ago
June 26, 2012

Gas prices in South Carolina bring hope for summer travel costs

  • $2.987 per gallon average price in SC source

» That’s the first time any state’s average price-per-gallon has dropped below the $3 mark since days after the beginning of the Libyan revolution. Fighting began on February 15, 2011, and prices in South Carolina crossed the $3 threshold a few days later on February 19. While a 2.3 cent gap may not seem like much, analysts expect the prices to continue dropping, and millions of Americans will undoubtedly welcome financial relief of any kind — particularly on a commodity that many of us rely on heavily in our daily lives.

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15:34 // 1 year ago
June 8, 2012

Hells Angels raided in Carolinas: Biker gangs apparently still a thing

  • 23 search warrants enacted against Hells Angels in both Carolinas
  • 19 arrests of alleged Hells Angels members on Thursday
  • 91 counts against the group, according to a Thursday indictment
  • 100 firearms seized by the FBI, including two machine guns
  • four different kinds of drugs found while searching the club’s headquarters
  • two years the FBI  and local authorities investigated the case source

» A sample of some of the nicknames: “Rat,” “Bruce-Bruce,” “Brooklyn Donnie,” “Lightning,” “Yard Owl,” “Big Fred,” “Gravel Dave,” “Diamond Dan” and “Diesel.” According the the Charlotte Observer, crime among Hells Angels members is on the rise, with some of the members tied to Mexican drug cartels. The Carolinas have a long history of biker gang-related arrests, with a raid of the Outlaws gang taking place in Charlotte just two years ago.

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11:04 // 1 year ago
May 27, 2012
Beryl bears down: Tropical storm gets early jump on storm season
Tropical storm Beryl threatens the East Coast: With sustained winds of up to 60 mph, Beryl is headed west from the Atlantic Ocean on toward the Florida/Georgia area. The storm is expected to pick up strength and make landfall in northeastern Florida on Sunday, go into southeastern Georgia and then spin out of South Carolina and back into the ocean by Tuesday or Wednesday. Are people concerned about this storm? We’ll let you be the judge: ”We enjoy the storms. We live here,” Teri Hood told Central Florida News 13. “As long as there are cocktails for the weekend, that’s it.” source
Update: @breakingstorm reports that Beryl is now officially a tropical storm.
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Tropical storm Beryl threatens the East Coast: With sustained winds of up to 60 mph, Beryl is headed west from the Atlantic Ocean on toward the Florida/Georgia area. The storm is expected to pick up strength and make landfall in northeastern Florida on Sunday, go into southeastern Georgia and then spin out of South Carolina and back into the ocean by Tuesday or Wednesday. Are people concerned about this storm? We’ll let you be the judge: ”We enjoy the storms. We live here,” Teri Hood told Central Florida News 13. “As long as there are cocktails for the weekend, that’s it.” source

Update: @breakingstorm reports that Beryl is now officially a tropical storm.

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13:58 // 1 year ago
May 20, 2012
The man who today occupies the White House and is running for president is a very different person. We have not seen such a divisive figure in modern American history than we have over the last three and one-half years.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio • Talking smack about Obama at a fundraiser in South Carolina last night. Since we’re talking about divisive figures, is it not worth noting that there are divisive figures all around, on all sides? Wouldn’t we have bipartisanship if people weren’t being so divisive? Here’s our question: Do Rubio’s harsh words make him more or less likely to be Romney’s VP? He’s sort of the top rumored guy at the moment — though the effect of this speech has some speculating he might make a good presidential candidate after 2012.
11:36 // 1 year ago
May 17, 2012
It had started off about the size of her palm, and it grew to cover her whole leg by the time she made it to the [operating room].
South Carolina resident Kayla Moon • Discussing her friend Lana Kuykendall’s bout with flesh-eating bacteria. It’s the second such bout of its kind in recent days, after a 24-year-old Georgia resident’s recent zip-line injury caused her to lose parts of her limbs to the disease. (Aimee Copland is staying optimistic, though.) Kuykendall, a new mom, is faring better — after her most recent surgery, the spread of the flesh-eating bacteria seems to have stopped — fortunately. Um … yikes.
10:08 // 1 year ago
March 29, 2012
Report: South Carolina Governor to be indicted on tax fraud charges
Well, this is out of left field: According to the Palmetto Public Record, the Governor of South Carolina will soon be indicted by the Department of Justice for tax fraud. While Haley generally keeps a low profile, she’s without question one of the GOP’s rising stars, and has been mentioned both by Republican strategists and Mitt Romney himself as a possible running mate. Details of the tax fraud allegations are still being put together, but they supposedly involve a Sikh temple run by Haley’s father, unpaid contractors hired to build said temple, and the possibility that the unpaid money made its way into Haley’s campaign coffers. But all that’s unconfirmed at this point. Stay tuned on this one.  source
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Well, this is out of left field: According to the Palmetto Public Record, the Governor of South Carolina will soon be indicted by the Department of Justice for tax fraud. While Haley generally keeps a low profile, she’s without question one of the GOP’s rising stars, and has been mentioned both by Republican strategists and Mitt Romney himself as a possible running mate. Details of the tax fraud allegations are still being put together, but they supposedly involve a Sikh temple run by Haley’s father, unpaid contractors hired to build said temple, and the possibility that the unpaid money made its way into Haley’s campaign coffers. But all that’s unconfirmed at this point. Stay tuned on this one.  source

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21:10 // 2 years ago