by Gina Smith
Gov. Nikki Haley's requirement that state workers answer the phones with a cheery "It's a great day in South Carolina" is getting mixed reviews.
On Tuesday, Haley announced to her Cabinet directors that the greeting should be used whenever state workers at Cabinet agencies answer the phone. The Republican said the greeting would help her market the state and boost state worker morale while reminding them they work for the caller.
by Corey Hutchins
Jon Huntsman, the former Republican governor of Utah and one-time ambassador to China under President Barack Obama, has ramped up his presidential campaign in the critical early primary state of South Carolina.
His effort will likely follow a more moderate, establishment track than that of the handful of other contenders vying to tap the vein of the Palmetto State’s tea party faction — perhaps one of the most potent in the country.
by Siddhartha Mahanta
Thanks to a Republican presidential field crowded with hardline conservatives like Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Gov. Jon Huntsman is having a tough time selling himself as a credible, semi-reasonable, moderate alternative.
So it’s a little confounding that Huntsman's fundraising team in South Carolina—an ironclad conservative hotbed—includes a staunch foe of Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, as Real Clear Politics reports:
One name that jumped out of the newly minted lineup of financial backers in the first-in-the-South primary state is John Rainey, a former head of the South Carolina Board of Economic Advisers and a two-time George W. Bush "pioneer," who bundled at least $100,000 for the Republican candidate in 2000 and 2004.
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A few protesters gathered in historic Charleston to jokingly welcome Gov. Rick Perry into the race for president — of the Confederacy.
In the state that was the first to secede before the U.S. Civil War and in the city where the first shots of that conflict were fired, protesters dressed in Confederate garb poked fun at Perry's controversial remarks, made two years ago, about the possibility that modern-day Texas could exit the federal union.
Carrying signs that said "Secede NOW!" and "Perry for President," the protesters joked that they had been waiting for more than a century for a secessionist to get into the race.
"As president he can secede the whole country from the union," said one of the protesters, who declined to give his name. The organizer of the protest, Lachlan McIntosh, said he put together the satirical "rally" to highlight the Texas governor's comments on secession and his strong advocacy of states rights.
By Alexander Burns
The Democratic group SC Forward Progress sends word of an event they're holding opposite Rick Perry's announcement today, aimed at mocking the governor for — and defining him with — his infamous comment about secession:
To mark Texas Governor Rick Perry’s announcement for President of the United States, SC Forward Progress will facilitate a rally on his behalf comprised of the last three remaining Confederate citizens who happen to be huge fans of Governor Perry.
For some reason, the three who were born in the 1800’s haven’t aged since the end of the Civil War ... They are excited about Perry’s talk of seceding from the union and his repeated call for states’ rights.
The three, Clyde, Bonnie and Rutledge will rally for Perry at noon on Saturday (August 13) in Marion Square at the fountain (across from the Francis Marion hotel where Perry will make his announcement).
“I haven’t been this excited about a Presidential candidate since Jefferson Davis,” Bonnie said. "Rick Perry gives me hope,” she added.
by Yvonne Wenger
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina's attorney general is looking into Lt. Gov. Ken Ard's campaign spending to determine whether he should be prosecuted.
Alan Wilson's office told The Post and Courier on Tuesday that Ard is under review for his improper use of campaign cash, racking up the second-largest ethics fine in state history.
If Wilson decides enough evidence exists to warrant an investigation, the case would be turned over to the State Law Enforcement Division.