Sen. Scott decries ‘philosophical bigotry’

January 23, 2014 

U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, right, and former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.

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Sen. Scott decries ‘philosophical bigotry’

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-Charleston, went on Fox News to combat comments by a NAACP leader who said the state’s first African-American U.S. senator was a puppet of the Tea Party.

“We’re not talking any longer about standing up for the rights of a racial minority,”Scott told anchor Megyn Kelly. “We’re now talking about finding a way to have a conversation about philosophical bigotry.”

The Rev. William Barber II, president of the NAACP in North Carolina, told a Columbia gathering on Sunday: “A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy. ... (T)he extreme right wing down here (in South Carolina) finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator ... and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party.”

Barber did not back down from his comments during an appearance on CNN.

Farmers fighting back on water debate

The S.C. Farm Bureau Federation debuted a website Wednesday that seeks to support an embattled Aiken County potato farm’s efforts to draw water from the Edisto River.

The website,, asks people to sign a petition to back farmers against “radical environmentalists.” The petition will be sent to state lawmakers.

“There’s a lot of pieces to the story that have been misrepresented or sensationalized,” Farm Bureau spokesman Reggie Hall said.

The Farm Bureau is trying to get ahead of any legislation that would undo water permit laws and could prevent Walther Family Farm from drawing water needed for its 3,700-acre farm. Walther received state permission to get the water that stirred concern from conservationists, who fear it could deplete a part of the river.

Cash criticizes Graham on abortion issues

Richard Cash, one of four announced GOP Primary challengers to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, criticized the Seneca Republican in front of the his Columbia office on Wednesday -- the 41st anniversary of the historic Supreme Court ruling that struck down anti-abortion laws.

“Roe v. Wade has created a scourge upon this land and is something that needs to overturned,” Cash said, criticizing Graham’s support of President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominees and promising that he would only vote for nominees who would vote to overturn the 1973 abortion ruling.

Graham’s spokesman Tate Zeigler, said in a statement: "Lindsey Graham is a strong pro-life leader with the record to back it up. He has a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life and has been recognized as Legislator of the Year by the South Carolina Citizens for Life.”

Staff writers Andrew Shain and Jamie Self contributed.

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