Archive for ‘Nikki Haley’

July 16, 2012

Public funding for the arts is a luxury

Contributed by Shell Suber

The arts are an essential part of a healthy society. Those who believe this should always support them.

For many years we have even set aside public money to sustain and promote the arts and should be happy and thankful that we have the means to do so. But, funding the arts, as important as they are, is not a critical function of government – society, to be sure – but not government necessarily.

We all long for the salad days of low unemployment, plentiful, high paying jobs, a growing economy, and surpluses in our public coffers. But these are hard economic times and government must focus on critical needs and leave direct funding of the arts to citizens who can afford it. If you are such a person, I urge you to give to the arts.

Governor Haley is honoring her responsibility, we must honor ours.

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February 21, 2011

How to save education in SC

Contributed by Michael Gass

Lower taxes. If we don’t regulate business, if we simply stay out of their business, the market will handle itself. That is what the Republican Party has pushed for decades. In South Carolina, the reality is that lower taxes means less revenue to pay for services. Instead of “handling itself”, letting corporations run amok has led to higher unemployment, higher rates for products and services while receiving less, and a system that has almost crashed the nation due to greed. And, it’s no different in South Carolina. South Carolina faces almost a billion dollar shortfall in this year’s budget.

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November 6, 2010

Dems learn nothing from election

Contributed by Warren Mowry

I had the opportunity to appear on a Greenville television station on Election Night and the Morning After to discuss races, results, and repercussions.  Needless to say, it was far more fun to be a Republican than a Democrat on Tuesday.

Save for the early heartburn over early returns in the Governor’s race (a case of Democrat strongholds reporting before the Republican ones did), it was a night to watch and wonder as one race after another, at home and across the country, broke the GOP way. 

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October 29, 2010

Football (Election) Night in SC

Contributed by Shell Suber

I don’t like hearing battlefield terminology applied to politics. Nobody is “battling to the end” or “fighting our enemy with all we have.” It’s not a war. If you think it is, just ask someone who has actually been in a war if they think it’s the same thing. Instead, I like using football analogies in politics. They just work better. And fittingly, fall elections and football season coincide quite nicely.

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July 1, 2010

‘NikkiWHO’ No Longer!

Contributed by iPlan

Simple steps Nikki Haley can take to become a heavy weight in SC Politics…

Nikki Haley reminds me of a Republican version of our current President; a stylish candidate with a short track record of success, and a campaign platform in significant need of ‘fine tuning.’

The day after she won the nomination, a man I have a great deal of respect told me he voted for her in the run-off because he “thought it would be neat to have a woman in the office.”  (no idea of her policies).  Another friend of mine vocalized the possibility of voting for the Democrat candidate so that we could get a “real conservative candidate” in there in 4 years.  He doesn’t think Nikki is conservative enough…

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July 1, 2010

What is the real cause of dysfunction at SC State House?

Contributed by The Tradd Street Triad

In the closing days of the Republican Primary, the runoff, and since, there has been much speculation that, should Nikki Haley become the governor of South Carolina, citizens should expect continued dysfunction in Columbia because her relationship with leaders in the General Assembly would be worse than even that of her mentor, Mark Sanford.

This speculation is based on a false premise.

Despite what media outlets and even some in the legislature say publicly, a healthy relationship between the Governor and the Legislature is not a prerequisite for meaningful progress. Those who perpetuate this belief do so

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June 24, 2010

Historical election cycle underway

Contributed by Warren Mowry

Much media attention was focused, justifiably, on Nikki Haley’s runaway win in the Republican gubernatorial primary runoff. But the national punditry is only now realizing that another historical race took place Tuesday – Tim Scott’s victory as the GOP candidate for Congress in the 1st Congressional District. I am not much for symbolism, but the nomination of a black Republican – the first since Reconstruction, and in a district

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