What was new about the S.C. House Republicans' start to this year's legislative session?
Flat-screen TVs, cartoons and a comparison between the leaders of the caucus and North Korea
At the caucus' meeting Tuesday morning, a powerpoint presentation on two color TVs introduced new House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Darlington, as "The Dear Leader," and featured a picture of Lucas's head superimposed on the body of Kim Jong Un.
(For members unsure of the reference, the powerpoint flashed a picture of North Korea's "Dear Leader" in the same pose.)
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The presentation -- the brainchild of House Majority Leader Bruce Bannister, R-Greenville, House GOP Caucus Executive Director Charles Cannon and other staffers -- also featured a reference to the often-crass animated comedy show South Park and, for the cleaner-humored, Mickey Mouse.
And, with judicial elections right around the corner and candidates lobbying lawmakers for their votes, House GOP leaders reminded legislators to keep something in mind, flashing in color on the TV screens:
"Remember the biggest difference between judge votes and baseball cards ... Trading baseball cards is fun. Trading judge votes is illegal."