SC politics: Texas Gov. Perry to headline GOP’s winter fundraiser

November 9, 2013 

Texas Gov. Perry to headline S.C. GOP fundraiser

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will headline a winter banquet for the Spartanburg and S.C. Republican parties.

It will mark the second time that Perry has returned to South Carolina since the state’s 2012 Republican presidential primary. Perry came to Greenville in August to raise money for Gov. Nikki Haley’s re-election campaign and to speak at her campaign kick-off rally.

Perry was an early frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, spending a lot of time campaigning in South Carolina, an early-primary state. But after losses in Iowa and New Hampshire, he dropped out of the race days before South Carolinians voted, endorsing eventual S.C. winner Newt Gingrich.

Perry is not seeking another term as governor of Texas, prompting speculation he is eyeing another presidential run in 2016.

The Spartanburg event will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Spartanburg Expo Center.

“Governor Perry’s strong record on jobs and economic growth is one that Washington, D.C., should strive to emulate. His conservative leadership in a large, diverse state is impressive,” said S.C. GOP chairman Matt Moore.

Tickets are available at or by calling 803-988-8440.

Jamie Self and Adam Beam

Francis Marion to establish campus in Mount Pleasant

The board of trustees of Francis Marion University has agreed to establish a satellite campus in Mount Pleasant.

Board members unanimously agreed Friday that president Fred Carter should sign a contract to create a satellite campus after an offer from Mount Pleasant earlier this year.

Under the agreement, Mount Pleasant would find space for the academic program, leasing them to the university.

The first offering is expected to provide registered nurses a program to get their bachelor’s degrees. Classes in Mount Pleasant could begin as early as next fall.

Earlier this year, Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails approached Francis Marion saying the satellite campus would allow local students a chance to get four-year degrees in their hometown.

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