Politics & Government

This week's Capitol Report

THE BUZZ

Can't you just debate yourself?

When state Rep. Tim Scott jumped ship from the GOP lieutenant governor's race to run for Congress, he left Bill Connor as the only candidate committed to a debate at the University of South Carolina last week.

With only Connor to ask questions of, organizers canceled the event.

So where was the third GOP candidate, Florence County Councilman Ken Ard?

Turns out Ard had a previously scheduled event - speaking to college Republicans at USC two doors down from where the debate was supposed to take place.

The Buzz is pretty certain that Ard faced a friendlier audience.

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The Buzz is dumbfounded on how this ever became law.

But here goes: If you are in an organization that wants to overthrow the American government or the S.C. government, then you have to register with the Secretary of State's office. No kidding.

Last week - thankfully - a handful of state senators introduced a bill to repeal the 1994 Subversive Activities Registration Act.

It requires any group of two or more that "directly or indirectly advocates ... conducting, seizing or overthrowing the government of the United States, of this State or of any political subdivision thereof by force or violence or other unlawful means" to register with the state.

And there is a $5 processing fee.

Pickens Sen. Larry Martin and four other Republicans have filed a bill to repeal the law. The bill is in committee. The Buzz awaits the debate on this one.

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GOV. SANFORD'S SCHEDULE

Gov. Mark Sanford's schedule for this week includes only three publicly announced events, all on Wednesday.

S.C. Prayer Breakfast: 7:30 a.m., Radisson Hotel, 2100 Bush River Road, Columbia

Grand Strand legislative reception: Clarion Hotel, 1615 Gervais St., Columbia

S.C. Credit Unions legislative reception: Clarion Hotel, 1615 Gervais St., Columbia

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"These Al Qaida terrorists are not common criminals. Their attacks resulted in the biggest loss of American life from an act of war on our homeland since the Civil War."

- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., delivering the weekly Republican radio address Saturday. Graham was voicing opposition to the Obama administration's plan to prosecute suspected terrorists in civilian courts

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SCHMOOZING

When and where lawmakers will eat and drink for free next week - and who's buying.

TUESDAY

6-9 p.m. Reception, Clarion Town House Hotel, by York County Regional Chamber of Commerce

7-9 p.m. Reception, Hilton Columbia Center, by Hilton Columbia Center, Ruth's Chris Steak House and Hampton Inn Historic District

WEDNESDAY

7:30 a.m. Prayer Breakfast, Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, by the S.C. Prayer Fellowship

Noon to 2 p.m. Lunch, Blatt Building, Room 112, by the S.C. Athletic Trainers Association

6-9 p.m. Reception, Clarion Town House Hotel, by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

6-7 p.m. Reception, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, by the Affordable Housing Coalition of S.C.

6-7 p.m. Reception, Marriott Hotel, by the Municipal Association of S.C.

THURSDAY

8-10 a.m. Breakfast, Blatt Building, Room 112, by the S.C. Association of Community Development Corporations

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