Richland County SC Elections Director Resigns

Richland County’s embattled elections director has resigned six weeks after an election plagued by long lines and insufficient numbers of voting machines.Representative Todd Rutherford says Lillian McBride’s resignation is effective January 8th. The decision comes two days after the commission’s chairwoman, Liz Crum, stepped down.McBride’s attorney, John Nichols, submitted the resignationto the delegation

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Kathy Milliron, Giulia Marie Dalbec, and Sarah Farra Fabulous in Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde – The Musical

opened at Workshop Theatre on Friday night, and it was a performance that Gloria Steinem, Helen Gurley Brown, and every other feminist would have proudly supported.  Even if you have not seen the movie which this musical is based on, or are not a fan, this production will have you seeing blonde on your way out the door.

The play tells the story of Elle (wonderfully portrayed by Giulia Marie Dalbec), a Malibu blonde whose obsession with pink, fashion, and everything trendy borders on the sickeningly stereotypical.  After graduating from UCLA, where she was a proud member of the Delta Nu sorority, she thinks her boyfriend, Warner (Daniel Gainey), is going to propose, sealing her fate as a rich lawyer’s wife.  However, he has different plans, and decides she’s not the right fit for his future as a prominent lawyer and senator. So, he goes off to Harvard Law, and Elle has to re-think her master plan. …

Overall, it follows the rule of the well-written plot with all the stages in place – exposition, rising action, climax, denouement, and resolution. It’s a fun ride, especially with some of the musical numbers. The most notable numbers are “What You Want,” Blood in the Water,” “Bend and Snap,” and “Gay or European.” As I implied in the title, this show is carried by the female roles. The “chorus” comprised of Elle’s friends from UCLA help keep the story moving with their unyielding energy.  Besides Giulia Marie Dalbec, who truly does a phenomenal job, other standout performances are Kathy Milliron as Paulette and Sarah Farra as Brooke.

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S.C. Democratic Party chair Dick Harpootlian calls the GOP a “parade of Republican losers”

The Chairman of the S.C. Democratic Party, Dick Harpootlian, had the following statement for Perry’s visit and the newest video to come from the SCDP:

“Governor Perry’s visit to South Carolina showcases the latest in the parade of Republican losers to visit our state. While his positions have been more consistent than Mitt the Flip, he has been consistently wrong,” Harpootlian said.

“While President Obama has been focused on bringing our troops home from Iraq and making the country safe from terrorism by eliminating Osama bin Laden and Moammar Gaddafi, Rick Perry has been trotting out all the worn out and discredited economic policies of George W. Bush and wandering around the stage of the GOP debates like a punch drunk fighter.  South Carolina needs a visit from Rick Perry like it needs another term of Mark Sanford or Nikki Haley. We have had enough.”

 

Counties challenge First in the South GOP primary – S.C. Politics

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from Adam Bream at the State Newspaper in Columbia, SC

Four S.C. counties have filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s high-profile “first in the South” Republican presidential primary.

In a lawsuit filed in the S.C. Supreme Court, the counties contend S.C. lawmakers cannot force local governments to spend taxpayer money on a private election – even if that election has the importance of the state’s primary.

If successful, the lawsuit would make it more difficult for state Republicans to hold their primary on Jan. 21, forcing the GOP to pay for it with private money.

The suit also would override state lawmakers, who this year overrode Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto to extend a 2008 law to spend public money for the 2012 primary.

Chad Connelly, chairman of the S.C. Republican Party, called the lawsuit “frivolous,” saying “state law is very clear that the state should oversee and run presidential primaries.” Matt Moore, the party’s executive director, added that “in no way is this primary in jeopardy” because of the lawsuit.

Read more  Counties challenge S.C. GOP primary – S.C. Politics – TheState.com.

Support the First in the South Primary

There’s been a lot of talk recently about South Carolina and its “First in the South” Republican presidential preference primary.

Several local governments in the state have taken a “sky is falling” approach and decreed that their counties will not participate in January’s primary election because they aren’t going to foot the bill with taxpayer money.

On the one hand, bravo! At first blush, that’s a fiscally responsible decision, but when you dig just a little deeper, there’s so much more to the story that hasn’t been considered.

First, South Carolina is a “carve out” state. It has a special place on the Republican primary calendar because we 1) reflect the views of a large segment of the national voting population and 2) the sizes and costs of our media markets are affordable enough to create a playing field open to more candidates.

What does that have to do with anything?

Think about it. With several South Carolina counties, LARGE South Carolina counties, openly appearing to opt-out of the primary process or challenging the process in court over the past couple of weeks, presidential campaigns have been a little nervous to come here, and understandably so.

Sure, we have the “First in the South” primary, but top-tier candidates aren’t looking at that fact and saying, “The most effective use of my time, resources, and media dollars is in a state where the biggest counties won’t participate in the primary.”

via FROM THE DESK OF: Support the Primary : CRESCENT — South Carolina Life, Politics & A Little Bit In Between.

Sources: Alan Wilson Endorsing Jon Huntsman Monday Aug 29

Huntsman is doing his best to get some attention.  This comes after the Famed Florida endorsement of Jeb Bush……. Jr.!

S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson will endorse the presidential bid of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman this week, sources familiar with the announcement tell FITS.

Huntsman’s campaign released a media advisory on Sunday afternoon indicating that “a South Carolina campaign announcement” would be held on Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. EDT at the South Carolina State House, however Huntsman’s state director Joel Sawyer declined to confirm that Wilson was endorsing Huntsman at that time.

Read the rest at  FITSNews.

Update: Alan Wilson endorses Jon Huntsman in his presidential campaign

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman received an endorsement from South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson at the Statehouse Monday morning.

“This is the first constitutional officer, the attorney general of this terrific state, who has come out in favor of a presidential candidate,” Huntsman said. “And I’ve got to tell you how deeply honored I am.”

The former Utah governor, whose wife, Mary Kaye Huntsman, was at USC two weeks ago to pitch her husband’s political views, was also the United States Ambassador to Singapore and later China.

Now that he’s making a run for the White House, Huntsman is showing gratitude for Wilson’s endorsement.

“Alan is a remarkable leader in his own right. What I like about Alan the most is that he’s got a great family,” Huntsman said.

Wilson, the son of Rep. Joe Wilson, said that Huntsman’s fiscally conservative resume is what swayed him to endorse the candidate.

“[Huntsman] was twice elected governor of Utah. While serving he passed the largest tax cut in Utah history, balanced the budget and tripled the state’s rainy day fund,” Wilson said.

via Alan Wilson endorses Jon Huntsman in his presidential campaign.

HURRICANE IRENE ADVISORY 19 1100 PM EDT WED AUG 24 2011

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HURRICANE IRENE ADVISORY NUMBER  19
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL092011
1100 PM EDT WED AUG 24 2011

...HURRICANE IRENE DANGEROUSLY APPROACHING THE NORTHWESTERN
BAHAMAS...

SUMMARY OF 1100 PM EDT...0300 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...23.8N 75.4W
ABOUT 790 MI...1270 KM S OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA
ABOUT 150 MI...245 KM ESE OF NASSAU
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...120 MPH...195 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 315 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...952 MB...28.11 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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CHANGES IN WATCHES AND WARNINGS WITH THIS ADVISORY...

NONE

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...

A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* THE SOUTHEASTERN...CENTRAL...AND NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS

INTERESTS FROM THE CAROLINAS NORTHWARD THROUGH NEW ENGLAND SHOULD
MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF IRENE. HURRICANE AND TROPICAL STORM WATCHES
WILL LIKELY BE REQUIRED FOR PORTIONS OF THE COAST OF THE CAROLINAS
EARLY THURSDAY.FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA IN THE UNITED
STATES...INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE
MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE. FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA OUTSIDE
THE UNITED STATES...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL
METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK

Read the full advisory  Iron Mill News Service.

Haley locks down Facebook

Remember way back when — maybe a few months ago — when you could go on Facebook and look for a picture of Gov. Nikki Haley from a recent event? Maybe you needed an image that hasn’t been run thousands of times in the past few years. Regardless of your motivation, you could sift through what Haley, her staffers and the general public tagged her in.

That was then, and this is now.

Read more at  Haley locks down Facebook.