The Buzz has found something on which S.C. Republicans and Democrats can agree: The date and location of their biggest annual fund-raisers.
Both the S.C. GOP and S.C. Democrats have scheduled events for April 24 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
Democrats are holding a gubernatorial debate that day, a day after their annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. Republicans will be holding their Silver Elephant Dinner that same night, featuring former Bush White House advisor Karl Rove.
This creates all sorts of interesting possibilities.
Imagine the reaction of a Code Pink activist should they stumble in during the headlining speech from Rove, the political mastermind behind the Bush administration and its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Or the tea party/GOP activist who wanders into the liberal nation-destroying Democrats as they plot during their debate?
Unfortunately, both events are likely to be ... well, ah ... speeches by politicians just weeks before a primary election.
Sanford loves Jasper, but hates its mall plan
Gov. Mark Sanford appeared on the State House grounds Wednesday to mingle with a contingent from Jasper County.
The Jasper group was there to feed the General Assembly. Sanford was there to press the flesh.
The Buzz was there, too - not to eat, but just to watch some rare political theater.
The Jasper folks, wearing stickers proclaiming their need for jobs now, turned the event into an impromptu town hall meeting.
They want the $400 million Okatie Crossings luxury mall. They think it's a good investment for the state to let the developer keep $100 million of the sales taxes generated by the mall in exchange for the 2,500 jobs the mall will create.
It became clear - even as Sanford was being peppered by questioners - that the governor loves the people of Jasper.
But he hates their mall project.
Sanford is likely to veto the bill. He has said as much in a recent op-ed piece.
"You are doing just what you should," Sanford told the crowd, largely dismissing their arguments on ideological grounds. "We'll see down the road."
The Buzz knows where this road ends.
The people of Jasper better start counting votes now. They'll need enough to override a veto.
Sanford and Ethics may set a May date
The State Ethics Commission said it will not schedule a hearing on Gov. Sanford's ethics charges until at least May, according to a report from WSPA television.
Agency director Herb Hayden told the Spartanburg TV station that the nine-member panel only meets every other month and its March docket is full. Sanford has been charged with violating state ethics law in his use of state aircraft, flying business class and using campaign money for personal expenses. He faces up to $74,000 in fines.