Former Gov. Mark Sanford, state Sen. Larry Grooms and businesswoman Elizabeth Colbert Busch are the top fundraisers among 1st Congressional District hopefuls, a new report shows. The candidates with the largest campaign war chests are state Rep. Chip Limehouse, former state Sen. John Kuhn and Charleston teacher Teddy Turner. All three are Republicans facing off against Sanford, Grooms and 11 others in the March 19 primary. Kuhn, Limehouse and Turner have the most money because of what they have pumped into their bids. They have contributed to — or loaned — their campaigns $500,000, $400,000 and $317,000, respectively.
Sanford will win because he is the "celebrity" - a negative celebrity of course but that doesn´t matter. Bill Clinton was one of the sleaziest,most immoral politicos ever but his popularity is higher than any decent, moral politico.
So when you´re hiring a pimp do you concern yourself with his/her morals? The sad truth is none of these guys/gal will anything but what John Boner tells him/her to do, so any expectation that s/he will behave any differently than the next one down the line is futile. Oh, and s/he might bring home some bacon ifs/he behaves like a good little drone, which is sorta what you hire a "facilitator" to do, right?
#2, if Sanford wins it will be because he did a very good job when he previously held the office of US Representative for South Carolina´s 1st District (from 1995 to 2001). Subsequently he held the office of Governor of South Carolina (from 2003 to 2011). And, except for the last part, he did a very good job there too. Particularly uppermost in the minds of the Attercliffes is that Sanford was responsible for reducing our district´s real estate taxes so that they are now about half what they were.
Sanford a fiscal conservative? Wikipedia reports:
The libertarian Cato Institute ranked Sanford as the best governor in America in their 2010 fiscal policy report card, describing him as "a staunch supporter of spending restraint and pro-growth tax reforms"
When a serious mold problem was discovered in AC system of the governor´s mansion, Sanford and his family stayed in the pool house for about a year while the problem was remedied. His wife took the boys to the family´s summer home, about two hours drive away on Sullivan´s Island, when school was out. Thus, Sanford saved a huge amount of taxpayer dollars by not relocating to a large and expensive house in Columbia.
Any suggestions as to who else would do the same thing? Whatever you may think of his "disappearance," fiscal conservatism is, for us, uppermost in qualities at the moment. I doubt any of the other candidates is a "skinflint" (as Sanford has been termed).
Barack Obama has staggered his way to a face-saving deal with Vladimir Putin after a week that left the president diminished at home and abroad, says Peter Foster. As John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov sat together in Geneva on Saturday to announce agreement between the US and Russia on how to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons, the sense of relief in Washington was almost palpable. [Snip] But to have arrived at this point apparently accidentally after so many zig-zags along the way does not look like the mark of a presidency that is resolute on the international stage.
President Barack Obama has revealed Hassan Rouhani, Iran´s reformist new president had "reached out" to the US leader as the West looks to improve ties with the isolated Tehran regime. News that Mr Obama and Mr Rouhani had exchanged letters came after the Glasgow-educated Iranian leader declared on Twitter that he would meet William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, when the pair are in New York later this month. Mr Obama said he believed the successful negotiations over Syria´s chemical weapons should demonstrate to Iran that diplomacy can work even when military intervention is threatened. "What they should draw from this
Colorado residents are bracing themselves for further flooding and devastation, with more storms due to hit on Sunday. More than 500 people are missing and at least four people have died, with another victim believed to be dead, after flash floods. Many residents are still stranded in their homes as rescue workers try to reach them. Boulder county officials fear rescue attempts will be hampered by the extra 4in of rain due on Sunday. Authorities who still haven´t reached all the stranded victims of floods in northeastern Colorado are bracing for a new round of storms on Sunday.
In a White House statement, Mr Obama said that if the regime of Syria´s President Bashar al-Assad does not live up to the deal Washington reached with Syria´s ally Russia, "the United States remains prepared to act." He said the accord was made possible "in part" by what he called his credible threat to use force against Syria as punishment for its alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians last month. "The use of chemical weapons anywhere in the world is an affront to human dignity and a threat to the security of people everywhere," he said. "We have a duty to
Mexico is being battered by two severe storms - one its eastern coast and another on its west, officials say. More than 5,000 people have been evacuated on the Gulf of Mexico coast ahead of Hurricane Ingrid which already has winds of 120km/h (75mph). It is expected to make landfall in the coming days. Tropical Storm Manuel has hit the western coast, on the Pacific Ocean, bringing almost twice the monthly rainfall in just three days. The states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, and Chihuahua have been the worst hit with some road and telecommunications links down.
US President Barack Obama has warned of "consequences" if the Syrian regime fails to comply with a framework deal to destroy its chemical weapons. A framework document agreed by the US and Russia on Saturday stipulates that Syria must provide full details of its stockpile within a week. The chemical arsenal must then be eliminated by mid-2014. If Syria fails to comply, the deal could be enforced by a UN resolution with the use of force as a last resort. But US officials say the president reserves the right to act without the agreement of the UN.
It can be hard precisely to delineate the boundaries of personal liberty. We want individuals to live as freely as possible, but we also have all to get along as a society--and sometimes that means trimming our behaviour to meet the expectations of the rest of the community. The tricky question of what to do about the face veil (niqab), worn by some Muslim women, is a case in point. Last week, Birmingham Metropolitan College reversed its ban on head and face coverings after a well-organised protest, explaining that “recent media attention is detracting from our core mission of providing
A leaked copy of the world’s most authoritative climate study reveals scientific forecasts of imminent doom were drastically wrong. The Mail on Sunday has obtained the final draft of a report to be published later this month by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the ultimate watchdog whose massive, six-yearly ‘assessments’ are accepted by environmentalists, politicians and experts as the gospel of climate science. They are cited worldwide to justify swingeing fossil fuel taxes and subsidies for ‘renewable’ energy. Yet the leaked report makes the extraordinary concession that the world has been warming at only just over half
This is not your typical political dynasty-in-the-making: A second cousin to Barack Obama is considering a run for U.S. Senate, and he´s a fire-breathing conservative. Milton Wolf, whose mother´s cousin was also Obama´s grandmother, is a Kansas radiologist who writes columns for The Washington Times and produced videos for The Daily Caller last year. [Snip] ´They say you can´t choose your family,´ Wolf said in one Daily Caller video, ´but I say you can choose to stop your family from turning America into a second-rate, European-style social welfare state. ´The current Republican establishment has become a mere speed bump on
This week, Vladimir Putin outflanked Barack Obama on his home turf. The Russian president´s scathing op-ed in the New York Times did more than simply leave the American president looking "rudderless and outplayed at every turn", as Max Hastings wrote in the Daily Mail. What shot the piece to the top of the international conversation was its merciless inversion of a long-standing American truism: that the good guys can do no wrong. Instead, here is our American hero--the compassionate, liberal former professor of constitutional law who once opposed the war in Iraq--now on the verge of bombing a sovereign country
Syria´s chemical weapons must be destroyed or removed by mid-2014, under an agreement between the US and Russia. US Secretary of State John Kerry outlined a six-point framework under which Syria must hand over a full list of its stockpile within a week. If Syria fails to comply, the deal could be enforced by a UN resolution backed by the threat of sanctions or military force. [Snip] In a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Mr Kerry called on the Assad government to live up to its public commitments. "There can be no room for games. Or anything less than
WASHINGTON--Labor leaders took their turn visiting the White House on Friday to talk about what can and should be done for bankrupt Detroit, while also cautioning the Obama administration that the financial problems experienced in southeast Michigan may soon be felt in many other metropolitan areas across the U.S. Calling for a plan that would not only address Detroit’s concerns but also serve as a playbook for future crises, the group--which included the UAW’s Bob King and others--left the hour-long meeting touting few specifics, but saying the groundwork was laid for a response that could help address Detroit’s issues by
On PBS’s “NewsHour” on Friday night, New York Times columnist David Brooks warned that Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and similar legislators’ rise to prominence threatens the traditional Republican Party. (Snip) “What’s going on in the House, and a bit in the Senate, too, is what you might call the rise of Ted Cruz-ism,” Brooks said. “And Ted Cruz, the senator from Canada through Texas, is basically not a legislator in the normal sense, doesn’t have an idea that he’s going to Congress to create coalitions, make alliances, and he is going to pass a lot of legislation. He’s going in
President Obama´s pitch for a military strike in Syria looked so politically clueless that he left supporters and foes alike scratching their heads: What was he thinking? For some, the answer was obvious. Because every conspiracy theory ever concocted about the President — from him being a secret Muslim agent sent from Kenya to take over the government to gay-sex-and-cocaine binges in the backseats of limousines — all make perfect sense if you simply accept the foundational supposition that Obama hates America. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Sunday, Norman Podhoretz argued that Syria showed the swift collapse of
Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday, after reaching a tentative agreement with Russia to disarm Syria of chemical weapons, that his earlier statement about the impossibility of such a plan was in fact “the language of diplomacy.” “I purposefully made the statements,” Kerry said in Geneva, Switzerland, after reaching the framework of an agreement with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. “And I did indeed say it was impossible and [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] won´t do it, even as I hoped it would be possible and wanted him to do it. And the language of diplomacy sometimes requires that you put
A perplexed Ed Schultz on Friday couldn´t fathom why Americans don´t simply "love Obama." the MSNBC anchor highlighted a new poll showing that the President only has a 45 percent approval rating. Schultz marveled, "I just cannot believe this number. Seriously." The confused host sputtered, "It amazes me that people don´t love Obama. It amazes me that the conservatives who are seeing the stock market go through the roof." [MP3 audio here. See video below.] Schultz also took time to trash Ronald Reagan, the man who won 49 states in his 1984 reelection bid. Schultz tried to convince his viewers
WASHINGTON- The White House said Saturday U.S. President Barack Obama will speak next week about economic growth following the worst recession since the Great Depression. In a statement, the White House said the president will speak Monday in the Rose Garden to discuss "the progress we have made to grow the economy and create 7.5 million private sector jobs, and highlight the work we still need to do to strengthen the middle class and those fighting to get into it." The statement said Obama will "highlight his better bargain for the middle class, and warn against more self-inflicted wounds from
The Obama administration is nearing completion of a proposal to require that movie theaters offer technology so blind and deaf people can go to the cinema. The draft rule, which is part of a decades-long effort by advocates for people with disabilities, would likely require thousands of movie theaters across the country to offer devices that display closed captioning and provide audio narration of what’s happening onscreen.(Snip) But theater owners worry that a federal mandate will force small, rural and struggling theaters to close given the costs associated with the rule.
Watching Hillary get a Liberty Medal on September 10, the day before the anniversary of the attack on the United States soil and the more recent murder of our ambassador and others in Benghazi, I think it´s time to review the record of a woman whose life is marked by deceit and professional failure and ask about the sanity and judgment of her ardent supporters.
A bill that would allow non-physicians to perform abortions in the first trimester of pregnancy is awaiting signature by Gov. Jerry Brown of California by Sep. 30. The bill, AB 154, passed both houses of the state legislature with strong support from Planned Parenthood and pro-choice groups. Planned Parenthood stands to benefit most directly from the bill, as non-physician staff at its clinics would be able to obtain abortion licenses. One doctor--who identified himself as pro-choice--told Breitbart News that "the bill is a disaster since it sends us back 100 years to the problems of the complications from
It was just a cockroach, one of millions around the world. But this one had a White House address, making it pretty special. Well, special at least to the reporters with workspace in the often-troubled basement of the press offices. Already this year, they have been treated to flooding, soaked carpet, mousetraps and the wondrous odors of mold. "It was the size of a small drone," said Martha Joynt Kumar, professor of political science at Towson University, who led the effort Wednesday to capture the bug. Kumar, who has worked out of the press offices studying the president-press relationship for
Al Qaeda terror network leader Ayman al-Zawahri sent out a message marking Sept. 11, 2001, with a call for more attacks on U.S. soil, aimed at hitting America hard in the pocketbook.The terror leader released an audio recording on Thursday, saying America’s hardly a “mythical power” and that Islamic holy warriors, or mujahedeen, can surely defeat the nation “on its own soil,” The Associated Press reported.
Sacramento - California Governor Jerry Brown said on Friday he would sign a bill authorizing the state to provide driver´s licenses to illegal immigrants, a last-minute reversal of his position. Brown said he approved of the measure, which its author had withdrawn on Thursday under the threat of a veto, capping a full day of lobbying by California politicians for immigration reform at the federal level. "This bill will enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally," Brown, a Democrat, said in an email sent to reporters shortly after midnight. "Hopefully it will send a message to
Monster shrimp, some up to the length of a man´s forearm, are invading U.S. waters. Asian tiger shrimp have spread from North Carolina to Texas along the U.S. coast, but no one seems to know how they ended up in the U.S. in the first place. They are originally natives to Indo-Pacific, Asian, and Australian waters. The shrimp may have escaped aquaculture facilities in the U.S. or Caribbean, or maybe even drifted in on ocean currents from the Caribbean or even as far away as west Africa. The shrimp first showed up in 1988, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric