Tag Archives: South Carolina


S.C.’s Haley Endorses Rubio

I wanted someone with fight. I wanted somebody with passion. I wanted somebody who has the conviction to do the right thing. But I wanted somebody humble enough (who) remembers that you work for all the people.

— South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), endorsing Sen. Marco Rubio for president, reports The State.


News Flash: Trump’s S.C. Supporters are Religious Racists


Of Donald Trump supporters in South Carolina “think the Confederate flag should still be flying over the State Capital, to only 20% who agree with it being taken down. In fact 38% of Trump voters say they wish the South had won the Civil War to only 24% glad the North won and 38% who aren’t sure. Overall just 36% of Republican primary voters in the state are glad the North emerged victorious to 30% for the South, but Trump’s the only one whose supporters actually wish the South had won.,” according to the Public Policy Polling survey in South Carolina that shows Donald Trump leading the GOP presidential race and also shows his support is built on a base of voters among whom religious and racial intolerance pervades.

Poetic Justice

South Carolina Malign-a

I’m not saying all South Carolinians are mean-minded hicks,
But you have to admit the state’s notorious for dirty tricks.
You have to get muddy
And slimy and cruddy
If you play to win in S.C. presidential primary politics.


S.C. Republicans Want Graham to Drop Out of Prez Race


Of South Carolina GOP voters want Sen. Lindsey Graham to drop out of the presidential race, a new Public Policy Polling survey in South Carolina finds.


Graham Thinks He Can Beat Trump in South Carolina

I’ll beat his brains out.

— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), quoted by CNN, saying Donald Trump would be “a complete idiot” to run in South Carolina’s GOP presidential primary. But a new poll shows Trump leading Graham in his home state, 30% to 4%.

Poetic Justice

Half the Battle

The Confederate flag battle has at last been won.
It’s finally been relegated to a history museum.
The move is symbolic,
But it belies the logic:
We got rid of the flag, but not the gun.


S.C. Senate Votes to Remove Confederate Flag

37 to 3

Vote by members of the South Carolina Senate to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds, the Charleston Post and Courier reports. The Columbia State notes the Senate “must take one more vote Tuesday to send the bill to the House. The final vote requires a two-thirds majority vote for passage, a rule set under set in the 2000 law that moved the Civil War icon off the Capitol dome.”

News & Comment

Why Aren’t BMW and Adidas Condemning the Rebel Flag?

Now flying over the South Carolina state capitol
Now flying over the South Carolina state capitol

Both BMW and Adidas have plants in South Carolina but neither company has shown any interest in asking state legislators to stop flying the Confederate flag* over government buildings.

When these companies decided to take advantage of the cheaper, mostly non-unionized labor there, they made a decision to identify with the state. So why aren’t they speaking up? After all, it’s their state now.

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Poetic Justice

Our Scarlet Letter

There’s a lot of controversy about the “Stars and Bars,”
But taking it down in South Carolina goes way too far.
I say let ’em wave it,
Display it or wear it,
Because the Confederate battle flag tells us exactly where the bigots are.


Haley Steps Into GOP Leadership Vacuum

In a 2016 field with no clear frontrunner, yet no shortage of candidates, it took a non-candidate to recognize a major national moment and, well, lead. Gov. Nikki Haley did what governors and leaders more broadly seek to do all the time – to unite, to push forward, and to heal, all in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.
… Yes, this raises her veepstakes stock. But that’s almost secondary to the example she set. She managed to drain the politics out of a charged debate over the Confederate flag that’s been popping up for longer than she’s been alive. She consulted with national and state leaders in both parties to a degree that she could appear with both Democrats and Republicans in announcing her new position. She cut through a muddled, half-hearted set of responses from 2016ers and now sees them drafting behind her leadership. Out of a tragic story, this is politics at its best – not as pejorative but as a force for the positive.

— Rick Klein, for ABC News.