Politics & Government

May 5, 2014

SC politics: Biden to hold fundraiser for SC Democrats

Vice President Joe Biden will hold a fundraiser Friday for the S.C. Democratic Party before he addresses the University of South Carolina’s 3 p.m. commencement, party officials say.

Biden to hold fundraiser for S.C. Democrats, too

Vice President Joe Biden will hold a fundraiser Friday for the S.C. Democratic Party before he addresses the University of South Carolina’s 3 p.m. commencement, party officials say.

Biden will headline a noon lunch at the Capital City Club, party spokeswoman Kristin Sosaine said. Contribution amounts required to attend the lunch were not available.

Sosaine said S.C. Democrats asked the vice president if he could speak at a fundraiser soon after his USC address was announced last month. Biden was the keynote speaker at the state Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner last year.

Andy Shain

Governor’s schedule, activities

Gov. Nikki Haley’s publicly announced schedule for the rest of this week, announced Monday by her staff, is:

Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. – Take part in Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week rally, State House grounds

Wednesday, 1:15 p.m. – Address the 11th annual Salute to Small Business luncheon, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Thursday, 10:45 a.m. – Take part in Advocacy Day for Access and Independence rally, State House grounds

Thursday, 3 p.m. – Join Adjutant General Robert E. Livingston in declaring May 9 as Military Spouse Appreciation Day, State House

Friday, noon – Take part in the opening ceremonies for the 10th anniversary of Artisphere, Greenville

According to her staff, Haley’s activities last week included:

9 – Economic-development meetings or calls

7 – Ceremonial duties, recognizing Colleton County as a “Certified Work Ready Community,” taking part in a ceremonial bill signing for “Emma’s Law,” meeting with S.C. Poultry Festival organizers, announcing the 2014 Excellence in Science awards, a photo op with a school group visiting the State House and presenting proclamations declaring Lupus Awareness and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness months

3 each – Meetings concerning state policy; also, legislative meetings

2 – Media interviews

1 each – Visit to a veterans’ home in Walterboro; call to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz; meeting concerning a state agency; State Budget and Control Board meeting; cabinet breakfast; meeting with a constituent; luncheon. for S.C. Women in Leadership

Busiest day – Thursday, with 13 activities

Slowest day – Monday, with two activities

Of note – Haley’s schedule showed no activities Friday. Also, Haley’s schedule once again notes when she arrives in her State House office. This last week, for example, she went to her office twice – Wednesday and Thursday, according to her staff.

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