Saturday, April 20, 2013
Scott gives address as Senator for the first time.
On Saturday morning Tim Scott gave the Republican Party's weekly address. It was the first time he had done so as a Senator. His complete remarks are in the accompanying video. The full text is below: “Hi, I’m Tim Scott, Senator from South Carolina. “This week, on Patriot’s Day, a day that celebrates the beginning of our country’s journey toward freedom, a horrific tragedy occurred. “The Boston Marathon bombing has left us all with a heavy heart and we pray for the victims and their families. “However, while the perpetrators of this act of terror hoped that they could shake the confidence of a city, they have instead only strengthened the resolve of our nation. “This became apparent immediately as first responders ran towards unknown …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Candidates seeking any and every advantage.
UPDATED TO INCLUDE ENDORSEMENTS THROUGH March 26 It's debatable how much endorsements from fellow politicians actually matter in this day and age. That doesn't mean candidates don't seek them out, especially in a competitive race like the one for the First Congressional District. The biggest boost for a candidate in SC1 would be the endorsement of the former occupant of the seat, Tim Scott. But Scott has consistently said he's staying out of the contest. The next most influential endorsement would be from Gov. Nikki Haley. In the last week, multiple sources have told Patch that Sen. Larry Grooms is actively seeking the governor's support. But sources close to Haley told Patch that it won't be coming, and furthermore, Grooms hasn't even …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
A look back at the last 7 weeks.
The race to replace Tim Scott as the representative for South Carolina's First Congressional District as been a campaign like no other. And in the Palmetto State, that's saying something. To say the least, the field is crowded--there were 16 Republicans, 4 Democrats (now two) and two Greens (now 1) in the running at one point or another. On Tuesday, the Republicans and Democrats have the opportunity to choose their nominee. The Greens have already chosen theirs in Eugene Platt. With 16 candidates, it seems unlikely that any of the Republicans will get more than 50 percent of the vote. If that is the case, the top two finishers would meet in a run-off on April 2. Whoever emerges on the Republican side would appear to be destined to face …
Friday, March 1, 2013
Both U.S. Senators representing South Carolina and Gov. Nikki Haley help break ground at South Carolina's Inland Port here in the Upstate.
Gov. Nikki Haley was joined by Sen. Tim Scott and Sen. Lindsey Graham in Greer on Friday to celebrate the groundbreaking at South Carolina's Inland Port. Haley said the inland port, which will utilize an existing overnight train service through Norfolk Southern, will spur widespread job creation. She confirmed that she had been in talks with companies interested in locating in the Palmetto State after hearing of the deveopment of the port. The port, centered on Poinsett Street in Greer, is located near BMW and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, and will service double-stack container trains to and from the Port of Charleston's seaport facilities. The port is expected to convert around 25,000 container movements from truck to …
The measure passed anyway.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed both Houses of Congress on Thursday without the votes of any of the Republican members of the South Carolina delegation. In response, the likely Democratic nominee in the First Congressional District, Elizabeth Colbert Busch slammed all seven GOP members representing the Palmetto State. “I am horrified by the complete disconnect between the danger that women in South Carolina face, and how their Republican representatives voted,” said Colbert Busch in a statement. South Carolina was recently ranked number two in the U.S. for the rate at which women are killed by men. “These are the very same politicians who are always claiming that they have South Carolinians’ best interests at heart,” said …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel confirmed as Secretary of Defense Tuesday.
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel has been confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of Defense after a contentious battle among legislators. Hagel, a Republican, had his nomination by President Barack Obama challenged by many in the GOP. On Tuesday, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., released this statement: Senator Hagel’s record on Israel and Iran is unacceptable, and sends the wrong message to our allies around the world. We need a Secretary of Defense who is going to stand firm in the face of an ever- dangerous world, not one who has been unwilling to call Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Mr. Hagel’s confirmation hearings failed to show the American people they could be confident in his decision making as Secretary, and I sincerely hope he proves my concerns …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Crowd wishes talent would have stayed hidden.
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-Charleston, on a visit to R.B. Stall High School, his alma mater, unveiled a hidden talent that perhaps should have stayed that way. Scott sang a few words of the 1970's song "Children Hold Onto Your Dreams" by WeeGee. The crowd was not pleased with his rendition, and Scott admitted he left his singing voice in Washington, D.C. He chose instead to read parts of the inspirational song. The visit was a return to Scott's roots. Scott is a member of the Stall class of 1983. He admits, growing up in a single-parent household and struggling in school, he was unsure about his own future. Though it has seen improvement in recent years, Stall High School still has just a 54 percent graduation rate and has been labeled "at-…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
GOP candidate says he has a hard time talking and relating to black students.
A video showing South Carolina First Congressional District GOP candidate and media mogul's son Teddy Turner talking about the state's black senator has raised some eyebrows. NOTE: The video has since been taken down by the user associated with the YouTube account that originally posted it. Shot like the infamous video that captured GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's 47-percent comment, the video appears to have racial undertones. The excerpted video, which shows no context of the speech, has Turner discussing U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, who vacated the seat Turner has set his sights on, along with 15 other GOP candidates. "The reason it became so important to me meeting Tim was Tim is not like a lot of us. Tim is black. I have black …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Political newcomer makes his case to anyone and everyone.
As Teddy Turner was speaking to about 70 voters on Monday at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, several members of the audience were taking notes. One of them wrote, “positive attitude,” “self-deprecating” and “good conservative” on a piece of notepaper. Those descriptions are as good as any for Turner, one of 16 entrants on the Republican side of the First Congressional District race to replace Tim Scott. Having never sought public office, Turner is running as an outsider. 10 of his rivals in the contest have held or run for office. Turner believes that works in his favor. “I think people see I have a different background from the rest of the field,” Turner said. “They hear my story and that I’ve been lucky and had a lot of joy in…
Monday, February 4, 2013
U.S. Senator in negotiations to rent office space in City Hall.
Monday, February 4
Newly appointed U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., is in negotiations to rent office space in the North Charleston City Hall, according to reports. Scott, a North Charleston native and Stall High School alum, will pay $30,000 annually for the space, according to the Post and Courier. The office space will bring roughly 15 of Scott's staff. Scott's staff had no comment on the selection of a Charleston office space. Read the full story on PostandCourier.com.