How Graham’s primary challenge has become a fight for the soul of the SC GOP
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is a “stalwart” Republican – pro-life and the proud owner of an AR-15 who frequently zings President Barack Obama for his health care law and his handling of a deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, supporters say.
But Graham’s record has drawn four GOP primary opponents, and the ire of Tea Party and libertarian activists, who bristled when the two-term senator from Seneca rebuked fellow congressional Republicans for refusing to fund the government unless Obama delayed or defunded his health care law.
Graham’s challengers in June’s Republican primary preach that South Carolina’s senior senator is out of step with Palmetto State Republicans, citing his support for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, defense of a federal domestic surveillance program, outspoken advocacy of an interventionist foreign policy and, at times, willingness to side with Obama.
Read more about how Republicans are lining up in this vital primary.
Guv candidate has eight cases before magistrates that he recommended
State Sen. Vincent Sheheen – an attorney and the likely Democratic nominee for governor – has at least eight pending cases before magistrates that he recommended for appointment, court records show.
Sheheen frequently has assailed Republican Gov. Nikki Haley for ethical missteps. But Haley’s campaign countered Friday that Sheheen’s courtroom appearances before the magistrates are “scandalous.”
However, the Haley campaign accused Sheheen Friday of being a hypocrite. Earlier this week, Sheheen sent a letter to the chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee saying “those who call for reform in public while continuing to abuse ethics standards display the height of hypocrisy.”
Read more about yet another ethics fight between the 2014 gubernatorial candidates.
SC remembers JFK: The day we walked into history
Memories from former U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, former Gov. Dick Riley, a pallbearer from South Carolina and others about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy that happened 50 years ago this week.
Read more about how South Carolinians recalled the dark moment in U.S. history..
SC unemployment rate falls to 5-year low
South Carolina’s jobless rate dropped to a five-year low of 7.9 percent from 8.1 percent in August, a S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce report showed Friday. But the unemployment rate was released without any background data – such as the number of people in the work force and the number of unemployed. The report was delayed because of the federal government shutdown in the first half of October.
Read more about the falling jobless rate here.