Joel Sawyer, executive director of the state GOP, schooled The Buzz this week on how Republicans eat. It turns out that even food preferences follow party lines.
Case in point: Chicken was the main course during the GOP's annual Silver Elephant dinner, held last weekend in Columbia.
When the Buzz inquired whether there was a vegetarian alternative, Sawyer scoffed.
"Of course not. We're Republicans! There are no Republican vegetarians in South Carolina."
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Good to know.
It helps explain all that red meat on the campaign trail.
It was his bedtime
State Sen. Robert Ford, D-Charleston, knows how to exit a room, the Buzz discovered Friday morning.
Ford wanted the Senate to wrap up its marathon budget session, which had crept past midnight and toward dawn. But many of Ford's colleagues wanted to continue debate on court fees, tuition increases and "found" money for the S.C. Research Authority.
Ford - and The Buzz - were plenty tired and ready go home. Ford let loose on the Senate floor before beating a retreat.
"Look, I have high-blood pressure. I don't feel good. You can object (to adjournment) until hell freezes over, I'm going home," Ford said.
Gov. Mark Sanford's publicly announced schedule for the week:
MONDAY - 11:30 a.m., Boeing announcement and demonstration, North Charleston
2:45 p.m. Sanford and Gen. John Finan, interim director of the Department of Employment and Workforce, will meet the media.
TUESDAY - 9:30 a.m. Cabinet meeting, Governor's conference room
FRIDAY - 10 a.m. Vietnam Veterans Survivors and Remembrance Day, Memorial Park, Columbia
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"While the debate over this misguided government takeover of health care may be over for now, this unfunded mandate and high-risk pool deadline forced upon the taxpayers of South Carolina will have costly consequences that I feel duty-bound to oppose.
- Gov. Mark Sanford, in announcing Friday that South Carolina will not create a subsidized health insurance coverage pool for high-risk patients with pre-existing conditions unable to get private health insurance. The program still will be offered in South Carolina, but the state will not play a role in running it.
When and where S.C. lawmakers will eat and drink for free - and who's buying.
TUESDAY: 6 to 9 p.m. Oyster roast and reception, 701 Whaley St., S.C. Conservation Community.
WEDNESDAY: 8 to 10 a.m. Breakfast, Room 112, Blatt Building, by S.C. Primary Health Care Association.
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch, State House grounds, Palmetto Agriculture and Food Industry Council.
THURSDAY: 8-10 a.m. Breakfast, Room 112, Blatt Building, S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Association.