S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is returning to the campaign trail to help presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
Haley will represent the former Massachusetts governor at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference Friday, speaking on Romney’s behalf during the annual, two-day conference for conservatives. Others planning to speak include Romney’s leading competitor for the Republican nomination, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania’s presidential primary is April 24.
Haley endorsed Romney in December and campaigned with him in New Hampshire and South Carolina. Romney came in second in South Carolina’s January primary to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who received 40 percent of the vote to Romney’s 28 percent.
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Haley also is the keynote speaker today at a National Republican Congressional Committee dinner in Washington.
6 black Democrats appeal redistricting lawsuit
Six black S.C. voters are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court the decision of three federal judges’ to uphold South Carolina’s new state House and U.S. Congressional districts, but the appeal will not affect this year’s elections.
Attorney Dick Harpootlian, chairman of the state Democratic Party, challenged South Carolina’s new House and Congressional districts on behalf of the voters, who argued the districts drawn by the Republican-dominated state Legislature diluted blacks’ voting power and improperly were drawn based on race.
Earlier this month, a three-judge federal panel ruled the new districts – including the state’s new 7th Congressional District along the coast – are fair and do not discriminate against black voters.
In appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court, Harpootlian said he will not ask the court for an injunction to stop the state’s June primaries. Filing for state offices opened Friday and will continue through the end of the month. Harpootlian said if the Supreme Court rules in his favor, it would trigger new elections next year.
Rob Tyson, an attorney for House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, said he was disappointed with Harpootlian’s decision to appeal.
Newberry sheriff seeking 7th term
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said Monday that he will seek a seventh term.
Foster, a Prosperity native, was elected Newberry sheriff in 1989. No one has yet filed to oppose Foster, according to the Newberry County elections office.
R. Darren Price
Filings: Primary elections
Here is a list of people who filed Monday to run in the June 12 primary elections. Filing runs through March 30. “I” denotes incumbent.
S.C. House: Joan Brady, (R,I), House 78; Chuck Hill (R), House 76; Jim Wiszowaty (R), District 39
S.C. Senate: John Scott, (D,I) District 19
Lexington County: Darrell Hudson (R), County Council District 3; Scott Adams (R), Council District 3
Richland County: Val Hutchinson (R,I), County Council District 9; Gwendolyn Kennedy (D,I), and Torrey Rush (D), Council District 7
U.S. House: U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D,I), District 6
Gov. Nikki Haley’s public schedule for the balance of this week, released by her office Monday, is:
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Deliver keynote speech at the 2012 National Republican Congressional Committee’s March dinner, Washington, D.C.
Thursday, 10 a.m.: Take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for Nephron Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Facility, Saxe Gotha Industrial Park, located off I-77, Exit 2, West Columbia
Thursday, 1:30 p.m.: Speak to Leadership South Carolina, State House
Friday, 2:15 p.m.: Speak at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, The Radisson Penn Harris, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, Pa.
What the governor did last week
According to her office, Gov. Haley’s activities last week included:
6 – Economic-development meetings or calls
5 – Stops across South Carolina for her “Tax Relief Tour” in Columbia, Garden City, Greenville, Aiken and Charleston
4 each – Calls or meetings concerning state agencies; meetings with constituents
3 each – Legislative meetings; media activities, calls to two radio call-in programs and a newspaper interview; ceremonial duties, attending the swearing in of Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, and speaking to leadership groups from Hilton Head-Bluffton and Greer at the State House; calls or meetings with other politicians, two fellow constitutional officers and a fellow governor
2 each – Meetings concerning state policy; meetings with S.C. students, visiting with students from Westminster School and speaking at New Providence Elementary School’s Leadership Day in Lexington; and speeches, to the Hibernian Society of Charleston’s 211th annual banquet in Charleston and the Sun City Republican Club in Indian Land
1 – Visit to Allendale County for the Original Six Foundation’s Allendale County Day; the foundation is Haley’s non-profit organization
Busiest day – Thursday, with 12 activities
Slowest day – Friday, with four activities
Of note – Haley’s schedule included three weekend activities.