SC political briefs, August 23

August 22, 2013 

TRACY GLANTZ — tglantz@thestate.com Buy Photo

GOP women gather to discuss connecting with women

Some of the nation’s most influential conservative Republican women gather in Charleston this weekend for a meeting on how the party can better reach women voters.

The Bridging the Gap Summit will be attended by conservative columnists Ann Coulter and Star Parker, as well as conservative radio talk show host Dana Loesch and Sharon Day, the co-chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.

Republican activist Karen Floyd of Spartanburg, the first woman chair of the South Carolina GOP who is organizing the event, said the summit is about refining messages, recruiting the next generation of political leadership and networking to provide support for women who may offer to run for office.

The event, opening with a Friday reception followed by a day of meetings on Saturday, will be attended by 150 women, including Republican U.S. Reps. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Renee Ellmers of North Carolina and Kay Granger of Texas.

Sessions include getting women into leadership roles, how the GOP can appeal to minority and young women, and how it can reach women at the state and local levels.

Those invited were selected by a committee. Floyd said research shows younger women tend to vote more heavily Democratic. “The question is what compels that, and how do you translate that into a shift in voting?” she said.

“What we heard over and over again out of the last election is that the Republicans had the ideas and the Democrats had the heart,” Floyd said. “What they are really talking about is how authentic the message was. If these women can become comfortable with a message that resonates with them, they will be better deliverers of the message.”

The Associated Press

Sen. Scott meets with Milwaukee youth

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-North Charleston, has followed up a fundraiser in Milwaukee with a meeting designed to highlight the GOP’s outreach to minority communities.

Scott was in Milwaukee Wednesday for a fundraiser. After that, he participated in a round-table discussion with Milwaukee-area young people at a local church. The event was sponsored by the African-American caucus of the Wisconsin Republican Party.

Wisconsin GOP executive director Joe Fadness said Thursday the event is the latest in a series the GOP is organizing to reach out to the African American community.

Wisconsin Democratic Party spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff says Republicans only are paying lip service to diversity and that their policies disproportionately harm minorities, seniors, women, students and veterans.

The Associated Press

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