Graham back on Sunday TV circuit
Days after winning his GOP primary in blowout fashion - and after what's been a slow appearance schedule for him - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham was back on the Sunday TV talk-show beat.
Graham went on "Face the Nation" June 15 to talk about the crumbling situation in Iraq. It was only his third appearance of the year on any of the regular Sunday roundup shows, according to media tabulations.
Three appearances for the year is way off pace for Graham. Last year he was a Top 4 talking head, with 16 Sunday show sit-downs.
Citadel grads didn't campaign very well
The two graduates of The Citadel in the U.S. Senate primary field weren't readily embraced by Republican voters. Nancy Mace, Class of '99, finished 5th in the seven-way race with 6 percent (19,634 votes). Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor, Class of '90, finished 6th, with 5 percent (16,912 votes).
Only Columbia lawyer Benjamin Dunn, who practically did no campaigning at all, did worse, finishing last with barely 3,000 votes.
The numbers come as the Republican-leaning school has more than 28,000 Corps of Cadets alumni and 8,000 Citadel Graduate College alumni, according to recent figures. Of the 36,000 total, about 65 percent live in South Carolina.
Incumbent Lindsey Graham won the nomination with 56 percent of the turnout, or about 178,833 votes.
Charleston bowl game, pork or pigskin?
A week ago, Republican state Rep. Samuel Rivers of Goose Creek said he was probably going to support Gov. Nikki Haley's veto of an item that would have provided $100,000 in taxpayer money each to the next version of the Medal of Honor Bowl and to two high school post-season games.
While Rivers advocated for the Charleston bowl game, he said he didn't agree with the addition of the two high school contests - the North-South and the Shrine Bowl.
The high school games, which are played in other lawmakers' districts, don't come near the draw that the MOH game at The Citadel creates, Rivers argued, and was worthy of taxpayer support given the amount of publicity, pro scout visits and charity it spawns.
"It was my earmark," Rivers said after choosing to override the governor's veto. "I had to stand by it at the end of the day."
Obama running out of states to not visit
The number of states that President Barack Obama has not visited is shrinking, but Republican-leaning South Carolina is still out in the cold.
Obama last week visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, removing one of the last five states from the list of those he's skipped during his presidency.
Despite repeated Democratic hopes that Obama will come to South Carolina, the visit has remained elusive. But there is hope; he made his first trip to Arkansas in May to tour tornado damage. The other states Obama has dodged are Idaho, South Dakota and Utah.
State primaries moving to May?
South Carolina could soon see its June primary switched to May, just like what's done in Georgia. In tandem, the two-week runoff period could be expanded to as much as 45 to 60 days.
S.C. Republican Party Chairman Matt Moore said he may ask the Legislature to change the schedule largely because military residents stationed overseas run the risk of being disenfranchised from sending in ballots by way of the shorter two-week runoff time.
Federal law already is accommodating to military schedules, putting South Carolina in a box, Moore told Republicans in Mount Pleasant last week.
One advantage of moving the primary to May is that it might spark more interest among voters with children in school before politics becomes an after-thought for many in the summer season. One disadvantage is that expanding the time between the election and the runoff from two weeks to up to two months could make the runoff much more expensive.
Pinopolis: Most conservative S.C. town?
The publication "Business Insider" recently assembled a survey of the most conservative and most liberal towns in each of the 50 states, and the 900 or so residents of Pinopolis, on the shores of Lake Moultrie in Berkeley County, were declared the most conservative.
The 300 residents of tiny Gifford, in rural Hampton County, were deemed the most liberal, based on the study questions.
Among the queries seeking response were:
I identify with the Democrats more so than the Republicans.
Abortion should be legal and accessible to all women
I attend religious services regularly; and
There should be more restrictions on purchasing and carrying guns.
Another feature of the survey is that it allows you to interactively test yourself on which town in South Carolina most closely reflects your values.
Visit Clarity's online tool to take the quiz.
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