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  • President Mark Sanford Is Still Possible in 2012

    06/28/2009 8:11:49 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 88 replies · 3,371+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | 2009-06-28 | Paul Ibrahim
    “No one’s going to save us dude. It’s up to us and us alone.” These are the words of a text message I received from a fellow conservative upon the revelation that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford had disappeared for a few days to spend time with his mistress in Argentina. After the cumulative disaster that were the 2008 GOP primaries, conservatives desperately thought that, for once, we might have an ardent conservative – particularly a fiscal conservative – run and actually capture the White House in 2012. And this was not your garden-variety, self-proclaimed “conservative” Republican who interpreted conservatism...
  • Alternatives to government health takeover [Mark Sanford]

    06/14/2009 9:25:34 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 563+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2009-06-15 | Gov. Mark Sanford & Dr. Scott W. Atlas
    Sixteen years ago, a relatively young, ambitious new Democratic president arrived in Washington determined to transform America's health care system. His determination was not enough. When the American people took a closer look at the only question that really matters on health care reform - will the proposed changes ultimately help or hurt the patient? - they found President Clinton's ideas lacking. HillaryCare, as it became known, died a fairly spectacular death. It seems in this case that history does, indeed, repeat itself, as the central premise of the Clinton health care proposals - funneling hundreds of billions of dollars...
  • Republican group wants Sanford to run [in 2012] [RLC]

    06/12/2009 8:08:32 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 1,056+ views
    Caucus says governor protects taxpayers. BY ROBERT BEHRE At least one faction of the Republican Party thinks South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford should run for president. The National Board of the Republican Liberty Caucus passed a resolution encouraging Sanford to seek the office in 2012. It cited the way Sanford has voted his conscience on tough issues. Dave Nalle, chairman of the California-based caucus, said: "In his two terms as governor of South Carolina, Sanford has shown independence and creativity and acted as a vigilant guardian of taxpayer interests." The caucus is far from the highest profile organization within the...
  • Mark Sanford: Even Democrats Can Respond to Common Sense

    05/29/2009 5:03:19 PM PDT · by aic4ever · 6 replies · 689+ views
    Organized Exploitation ^ | 05-29-2009 | Paul Kroenke
    Fantastic response here in the running poll of Mark Sanford's new commercial. Through the roof approval from Republicans, and overwhelming support from Democrats as well. Watch and enjoy!
  • Just Say No To Big Government

    05/29/2009 7:41:58 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 25 replies · 691+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | May 29, 2009 | Jack Hunter
    Frustrated with Gov. Mark Sanford's refusal to accept $700 million in federal stimulus dollars and his opposition to the state budget, S.C. Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell addressed the governor in an open letter this month, writing, "Time and again, you have failed to address problems in a constructive manner and proactively work with the Legislature to find solutions." Noting Sanford's constant opposition to the Republican-dominated state legislature, McConnell added, "While the attacks you have launched may have been intended to build your national image as a reformer, in the final analysis, the work of a true reformer is...
  • Poll hints that Sanford could find an opening with Southern Republicans

    05/21/2009 10:59:50 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 531+ views
    The State, Columbia, SC ^ | 2009-05-22 | Wayne Washington
    Southern Republicans — the backbone of the GOP — are not sold on any of their party’s possible high-profile presidential candidates in 2012, a finding that could be good news for S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford. Sanford rubbed shoulders at a Columbia health care forum Thursday with former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who remains highly regarded by many in the Republican Party. It was another moment in the spotlight for Sanford, who has generated buzz about his 2012 presidential prospects with his frequent television appearances and outspoken opposition to Democratic President Barack Obama’s federal stimulus plan. Southerners overwhelmingly back Sanford’s...
  • SC gov. sues state attorney general over stimulus [RINOs threaten to release criminals from prison]

    05/21/2009 7:27:26 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies · 876+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-05-21 | Jim Davenport
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — First, South Carolina's governor refused to accept federal stimulus money for his state's struggling schools. Then the Republican vetoed a state budget that required him to take it. This week, Gov. Mark Sanford sued his own state's elected officials in federal court, arguing the government can't tell him what to do. . . . . . Only Sanford and his few political allies dispute the need for the cash. Sanford says the stimulus cash takes the pressure from legislators to reduce government spending and get rid of waste. If the right cuts are made, the need...
  • SC: [Mark] Sanford vetoes $348 million of stimulus money in state budget [and is attacked by DNC]

    05/19/2009 2:51:22 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 464+ views
    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Gov. Mark Sanford says he will veto $348 million worth of stimulus money in the state budget. Sanford called the budget put forth by state lawmakers "fundamentally flawed" and said that many of them weren't given enough time to even look at the state budget to properly vote on it. "They were not really even given time to look at this budget. There was a motion for a 24-hour look and that was denied, so it's basically just a handful of folks worked out the details on this budget over the weekend," said Sanford. Sanford has...
  • Mark Sanford Whacks Lindsey Graham Over Libertarianism [says libertarianism "a badge of honor"]

    05/18/2009 6:22:58 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 204 replies · 3,886+ views
    The Washington Independent ^ | 2009-05-18 | David Weigel
    (snip)After the speech a volunteer from Paul’s Campaign for Liberty asked Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) about it, and he weighed in against Graham. There was almost a pejorative comment a moment ago. Sen. Graham spoke and said “I’m not a libertarian,” whatever, whatever, as if that’s an evil word. Liberty is the hallmark of the American experiment … People say, you know, “Mark, you’re kind of libertarian,” you know, and they say it as if it’s an evil word, like you’re a communist or something. I’m like: Throw me in that briar patch … I’ve been accused of being a...
  • Sanford criticizes lawmakers, still opposes stimulus [STILL!]

    05/11/2009 1:26:33 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 480+ views
    Lawmakers are still carelessly spending money despite steep declines in state revenue and an ailing economy, said Gov. Mark Sanford today in a news conference where the governor reiterated his plan to withhold a portion of federal stimulus dollars due to South Carolina. Sanford explained lawmakers have not made an attempt to live by the one guideline he set for tapping the money, which is spending an equal amount — $350 million this year — paying down debt. Instead, Sanford said, lawmakers are spending money on ineffective or unneeded programs, such as a plan to staff a new capitol police...
  • Gov. Mark Sanford: Obama's Path to a Lost Decade

    04/30/2009 11:46:44 AM PDT · by Tolik · 17 replies · 971+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 04/30/2009 | Gov. Mark Sanford
    For better or worse, many Americans invested a great deal of hope in President Obama’s election, and while we clearly can’t pass judgment on the entirety of Barack Obama’s presidency after just a hundred days, now seems like a reasonable time to take a step back and evaluate his administration to date. Based on the campaign that President Obama ran, and the expectations that he therefore set for his presidency, it seems to me that there are two arenas in which it is fair to judge him -- on policy and on political terms.  On the policy front, those judgments...
  • Last of the True Believers? [Mark Sanford]

    04/26/2009 11:50:29 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies · 523+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 2009-04-25/2009-05-04
    By risking his popularity now, Mark Sanford may be quite popular in 2012. BY ANDREW ROMANO . . . . . When Obama unveiled his $787 billion stimulus plan, a flock of ambitious Republican governors promised to fend off large portions of the Washington windfall. But as political pressures mounted, only Sanford stuck to his guns. For the past month, he has boldly threatened to reject up to 25 percent (or $700 million) of South Carolina's stimulus funds unless a reluctant Republican-dominated legislature sets aside a matching sum of state money to pay down its debt. (He has accepted the...
  • House rookie McClintock relishes platform for conservative views [lauds Sanford porkulus rejection]

    04/18/2009 9:51:53 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 665+ views
    McClatchy / The Sacramento Bee ^ | 2009-04-18 | Rob Hotakainen
    WASHINGTON – As an eager rookie in the House of Representatives, Tom McClintock came to Capitol Hill in January, ready to honor a popular president who had transformed the nation's politics. Yes, Ronald Reagan's 98th birthday was approaching. And McClintock, the new Republican congressman from California's 4th District, offered a resolution to celebrate the Gipper's life. It was never taken up by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "We were informed by the committee that they don't do birthday resolutions any more," McClintock said. The resolution was one of two pieces of legislation sponsored by McClintock in his first...
  • [Mark] Sanford draws big ovation at Tax Day Tea Party

    04/16/2009 1:22:36 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 3 replies · 351+ views
    Gov. Mark Sanford drew the biggest ovation during the Columbia Tax Day Tea Party rally for his stance opposing $700 million in federal aid unless the state pays off an equal amount of debt. Organizer Britton Clark told the crowd "Thank God for officials like Gov. Mark Sanford," Clark said. "They have been reviled, they have been mocked by the media for doing the right thing."
  • Gov. Sanford on Tax Day Tea Parties [praises "silent majority" with "common sense"]

    04/14/2009 12:37:59 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 547+ views
    Fox ^ | 2009-04-14
    HANNITY: And, Governor, thanks for being here. You are coming under a lot of pressure for not taking all the stimulus money. How is it going politically? SANFORD: We're surviving it just fine. I think that there is this silent majority, if you want to call it that, that very much fits in with these tea parties that are sort of self-generating around the country, because a lot of people are genuinely frustrated and concerned about the stimulus and its size. And a lot of people are very concerned about the size of government and the way it continues to...
  • Conservative group ranks S.C. 20th in economic competitiveness [but 4th in debt]

    04/13/2009 3:19:56 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 445+ views
    For the second year in a row, South Carolina’s economic outlook ranked 20th nationally, according to a new report from the American Legislative Exchange Council. The second edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index provides a roadmap for economic recovery based on state policies that have a proven impact on growth, the council said in a statement. The American Legislative Exchange Council is a conservative think tank that has counted among its organizers the late conservative activist Paul Weyrich and among its congressional allies the late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina.
  • Letter: Sanford is right on stimulus funds

    04/12/2009 12:35:35 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 541+ views
    The Independent Mail, Anderson, SC ^ | 2009-04-12 | Michael Carmany
    I hope the citizens of South Carolina stop the General Assembly from the shark-like “feeding frenzy” of federal funds, which are really our seized tax dollars. Find out the facts. Gov. Mark Sanford has tried to reduce the non-necessary spending of our lawmakers. He has vetoed this pork every budget year and the legislature has consistently overridden his efforts to reduce spending. South Carolina would be in a better fiscal situation if spending restraints had been made in the good times. Now we are being threatened by our legislative leaders that if we don’t take the federal funds, prisons will...
  • Don’t count on $700 million (Sanford Refuses Stimulus)

    04/04/2009 6:12:30 AM PDT · by Livin_large · 11 replies · 714+ views
    The State ^ | April 4, 2009 | JOHN O’CONNOR
    Gov. Mark Sanford secured South Carolina’s $2.8 billion share of federal aid Friday but warned teachers, school districts and others not to plan on $700 million for classrooms, colleges and public safety. In a letter to the White House budget office, Sanford reiterated that he will not apply for the $700 million portion of funds. He is asking state lawmakers to use an equivalent amount to pay off debt. “They’re not going to get that money,” Sanford said Friday of school districts. Sanford was the nation’s final governor to request the money.“The $700 million doesn’t come unless we accept it....
  • Rejecting Aid, One Governor Irks His Own [Sanford & Palin only govs. to reject $700M educ. funds]

    04/04/2009 6:53:22 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 929+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2009-04-04 | Shaila Dewan
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — For a millionaire, Gov. Mark Sanford has a reputation for frugality that borders on the extreme. Former employees say he has been known to require his staff to use both sides of a Post-it note. When Mr. Sanford was a congressman, he slept on a futon in his office and returned his housing allowance. And when, after he moved into the Governor’s Mansion here, tax collectors declared his family’s home on Sullivan’s Island a secondary residence subject to a higher tax rate, he appealed and won. Now, with his threat to refuse more than $700 million in...
  • Steadfast Sanford

    04/03/2009 5:04:05 PM PDT · by all the best · 18 replies · 555+ views
    youtube ^ | April 2, 2009 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    When hundreds of protesters showed up at the South Carolina statehouse to protest Gov. Mark Sanford's refusal to accept $700 million in federal stimulus, it was worth noting how Sanford doesn't represent economic disaster - but perhaps the only chance we've got.
  • SC gov buys more time on disputed stimulus cash [why is the Republican Party not defending Sanford?]

    04/03/2009 4:36:33 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 443+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-04-03 | Jim Davenport
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Mark Sanford bought more time Friday to decide whether to request federal stimulus money for South Carolina's impoverished schools, a move that guarantees he'll spend at least a few more weeks dealing with citizen protests, yard signs urging his impeachment and nasty statements from fellow Republicans. . . . . . Sanford is the only governor not seeking the mostly education-related money. . . . . . Sanford faced a Friday deadline to request the $700 million, but he bought the state some more time by filing paperwork to request the larger pool of money...
  • Sanford to take stimulus, hold it until Legislature acts [rumors of surrender were exaggerated]

    04/03/2009 3:47:54 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 676+ views
    Gov. Mark Sanford said today he would accept the $700 million in federal stimulus money but would not release it unless the General Assembly agrees to pay down debt with state tax dollars. He said he was accepting the money to stop other states from claiming the funds. Sanford has come under fire from both Republicans and Democrats, as well as from the public, for his stance against accepting the money. He had until midnight today to accept the funds.
  • Sanford says he may have 2 years to accept stimulus funds

    04/02/2009 6:47:03 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 681+ views
    The Greenville News, Greenville, SC | 2009-04-02
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  • Governor not asking for stimulus money [Mark Sanford refuses to surrender to Obama, Democrats]

    04/02/2009 4:20:57 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies · 1,669+ views
    The Independent Mail, Anderson, SC ^ | 2009-04-02 | Liz Carey
    COLUMBIA — South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford said he would not be submitting requests for federal stimulus funds today. Sanford made the announcement at a news conference in the Governor’s Office at the South Carolina statehouse “We don’t think April 3 is the real deadline, but we’re not going to be submitting anything,” Joel Sawyer, spokesman for the Governor’s Office said. “We think there is significantly more time if need be.” Sawyer said the governor had legal opinions that Friday was not the final date to request the money and that there was time to work with the Legislature to...
  • Sanford's record shows leadership [Mark Sanford]

    04/02/2009 6:38:11 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies · 431+ views
    The Post & Courier, Charleston, SC ^ | 2009-04-02 | Chad Walldorf
    It is easy to criticize those who challenge the status quo. Actually changing things is often quite difficult. While I respect Jack Bass, I must respond to his column unfairly criticizing Gov. Mark Sanford. While some focus on conflicts with the Legislature, the truth is that there have been countless successes under Sanford. The list includes improvements in services (often with less funding) at agencies like Juvenile Justice, Motor Vehicles and Transportation, increased transparency and accountability, lowered taxes, record land conservation and hundreds of millions of additional resources for functions such as K-12 education and health care. Bass says Sanford...
  • Governor appears to have upper hand; McMaster's opinion backs Sanford [S.C. AG sides with Sanford]

    04/01/2009 5:28:18 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 875+ views
    COLUMBIA — Political hyperbole in the Statehouse skyrocketed Tuesday as Attorney General Henry McMaster issued an opinion that the Legislature cannot bypass the governor to accept $700 million in federal stimulus money. Legislators, in response to the news, predicted dire consequences if they have to write a budget without the money, such as mass teacher layoffs, while the governor's press secretary essentially accused lawmakers of telling tall tales. Congress intended the cash to be used to help bridge the state's shortfall in tax collections over the next two years while the economy recovers. It is a portion of the $8...
  • Governor offers deal on stimulus [Sanford] [accept *if* S.C. legis. pays off equiv. amt. of debt]

    03/31/2009 9:59:19 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 3 replies · 356+ views
    Sanford might accept the federal funds if lawmakers agree to deal with debt. BY JOHN O'CONNOR GREENVILLE — Gov. Mark Sanford has proposed a compromise with state lawmakers over accepting $700 million in federal stimulus money — one that would require diverting state funds to pay off debt and accepting Sanford’s suggested budget savings. Speaking to a group of Furman University students Monday, Sanford said for the first time that he might accept the rest of the federal stimulus money due to South Carolina if lawmakers use an equivalent amount of state money to pay down debt the next two...
  • SC: As criticism mounts, Sanford not bending [Mark Sanford] [responds to NY Times attack]

    03/30/2009 11:56:49 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies · 1,482+ views
    Governor says Legislature responsible for budget woes. BY YVONNE WENGER COLUMBIA — Gov. Mark Sanford is not going to bend to criticism that he has put political aspirations above the needs of a desperate state by changing his mind about rejecting $700 million in federal stimulus cash. The two-term Republican governor is standing firm in the face of mounting pressure that includes a New York Times editorial published Sunday that called Sanford's actions reckless. The governor's controversial stance, which has won him kudos from the country's conservatives, is not the first decision that is not popular with the "left-leaning media"...
  • Taking a Stand: An Interview with Governor Mark Sanford

    03/25/2009 8:48:46 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 384+ views
    Religion & Liberty ^ | 2009-03-25 | Ray Nothstine
    Mark Sanford was elected South Carolina’s governor in 2002 and won a second term in 2006, becoming only the third two-term governor in modern state history. In 2008, Gov ernor Sanford was also named chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Prior to his election as governor in 2002, Governor Sanford served six years in the U.S. House. For his consistent efforts to lower taxes and limit government growth, he was ranked number one in the entire Congress by Citizens Against Government Waste. He was rated similarly by the National Taxpayers’ Union, and Taxpayers for Common Sense inducted him into the...
  • Lawmakers show support for Governor Sanford

    03/24/2009 6:48:01 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 2 replies · 469+ views
    Some South Carolina lawmakers are voicing support for Governor Mark Sanford's battle with the White House over ways the state can use some of the federal stimulus money. A group of state representatives and senators met in downtown Spartanburg Monday, declaring the problem with the $700 million in stimulus money is that it comes with 700 million strings attached. The legislators say South Carolina should be able to create its own fiscally-responsible budget. "It's time to roll up all our sleeves jointly and say no to the out of control spending in Washington. We will not in South Carolina, we...
  • Sanford pursues energy stimulus [not carbon credits]

    03/24/2009 6:46:04 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies · 301+ views
    The Post & Courier, Charleston, SC ^ | 2009-03-24 | David Slade & Yvonne Wenger
    Gov. Mark Sanford on Monday assured the U.S. Department of Energy that South Carolina will consider improving efficiency-related building codes and utility policies, in a letter that opened the door to $50.5 million in energy-related stimulus funds for the state. In order to receive a share of State Energy Program stimulus money, governors were required to provide written assurances by Monday that they would consider such policies. In South Carolina, a House bill already has been introduced to bring the state's energy-related building codes, which date to the 1990s, up to the modern standards used in North Carolina and Georgia....
  • Conservatives Size Up Sanford for 2012 (Long article)

    03/23/2009 12:00:50 PM PDT · by VinL · 87 replies · 2,303+ views
    Washington Independent ^ | 3-23-09 | D.avid Weigel
    In the ongoing debate over the economic stimulus package, South Carolina Republican Gov. Mark Sanford has made all the right enemies. The White House has brushed aside Sanford’s threat to turn down $700 million allotted for his state. Republicans in Sanford’s own state have hinted that they’ll override any attempt to veto the cash. Moderate California Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has gently mocked Sanford’s position. “I’ll take it,” Schwarzenegger told George Stephanopolous last month. “I’m more than happy to take his money or any other governor in this country that doesn’t want to take this money.” Sanford’s public battle with...
  • SC: Florence senator calls governor's decision "irresponsible" [RINOs attack Sanford]

    03/20/2009 7:31:44 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies · 563+ views
    Senator Hugh Leatherman of Florence has issued a statement regarding Governor Mark Sanford's rejection of the federal stimulus money. Leatherman says in a release,"The governor's decision not to accept the $700 million is irresponsible and threatens to throw into chaos public education and other core state responsibilities."
  • Why South Carolina Doesn't Want 'Stimulus' [Mark Sanford]

    03/20/2009 7:29:19 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies · 889+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2009-03-20 | Gov. Mark Sanford
    Columbia, S.C.America's states are laboratories of democracy. They are both affected by, and relevant to, the larger national debate. What we've found in our own corner of the country is that carrying a substantial debt load limits our options when it comes to running government. A recent report by the American Legislative Exchange Council ranked us 47th worst in the nation for annual debt service as a percentage of tax revenue. Our state dedicates nearly 11% of its annual tax revenue to paying debt. On top of that, South Carolina has another $20 billion in unfunded, long-term political promises for...
  • Sanford sends second request to spend stimulus on debt [Democrats rabidly attacking Sanford]

    03/17/2009 5:59:24 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 531+ views
    Gov. Mark Sanford has added more specifics in his newest request to the Obama administration to allow South Carolina to direct more than $700 million federal stimulus funds to pay off debt. The governor wants to spend $577 million in education stimulus money intended to keep schools from laying off teachers and going to four-day school weeks to pay off a near identical amount South Carolina schools and colleges owe to pay of construction debt. The governor said his plan would save the state millions in interest payments and would free up money spent today paying debt addressing other revenue...
  • Stimulus Request: Sanford plans to try again [challenges Obama] [RNC, RINOs are silent]

    03/16/2009 10:49:20 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 530+ views
    Obama rejects request to use cash to pay down debt; Dems launch attack ad. BY YVONNE WENGER COLUMBIA — Gov. Mark Sanford will try again today to get President Barack Obama to give him money to pay down the state's debt, rather than allow $700 million in federal stimulus cash to pay for education, public safety and other government services over the next two years. But Democrats said the two-term Republican governor already is getting what he's after: publicity. A television advertisement by the Democratic National Committee that accuses Sanford of "playing politics" began airing on cable channels in the...
  • Obama rejects SC gov's bid to use stimulus on debt

    03/16/2009 11:24:56 AM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 17 replies · 1,006+ views
    Rock Hill Herald ^ | 3/16/2009 | JIM DAVENPORT
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Obama administration has rejected South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's request to use $700 million in federal stimulus cash to pay down state debt. White House Budget Director Peter Orszag (OHR'-zag) said in a letter to the Republican on Monday that the federal stimulus law doesn't allow President Barack Obama to make an exception for that cash. Sanford sought a waiver last week, asking to pay off debt rather than use the money to create jobs and avoid deep program cuts. . . . Sanford has criticized the $787 billion stimulus plan, saying it will lead to...
  • Mark Sanford: Build From The Local Level

    03/16/2009 7:58:09 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 411+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 2009-03-07 | Daniel Stone
    South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford sees a strong future for the Republican Party, provided it's rebuilt in what he sees as the right way: on the local level, far from the halls of Congress and the GOP's national headquarters. Republican ideals haven't changed, he said last week, but he thinks the ways the party engages new people will have to. NEWSWEEK's Daniel Stone asked Sanford who's responsible to lead the party from here and what he thinks about the party's national leadership. Excerpts: NEWSWEEK: In devising a new strategy for the party, where do you go from here?SANFORD: There is...
  • Gov. Mark Sanford on Stimulus, Economy [Tenth Amendment, entitlements, defense, taxes, the Founders]

    03/16/2009 7:46:59 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 1,029+ views
    The New American ^ | 2009-03-16 | Patrick Krey
    Governor Mark Sanford (R) of South Carolina has been a vocal critic of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan and in the process has become one of the most prominent fiscal conservatives in the country. Recently, he made national news when he announced his plan to accept the stimulus funds but sought a waiver from the President to use 25 percent of it to pay down state debt rather than spend it on suggested programs (the other 75 percent is determined by formulas). If Obama doesn’t grant the waiver, Sanford has said he will reject it. Before Sanford was governor, Sanford...
  • Why Mark Sanford Matters

    03/15/2009 9:53:36 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies · 886+ views
    Forbes ^ | 2009-03-16
    Small-government conservatives have found their champion. BY REIHAN SALAM As governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford has made a mark not by creating any new social programs or by slashing taxes or making some other dramatic gesture. He's done it by doggedly opposing new spending at every opportunity, to the point where he's struck many critics as a monomaniacal economic Luddite. Sanford's opposition to President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and in particular his insistence on using up to a fourth of his state's stimulus funds to pay down debt or refusing it outright, has fast made him a...
  • Just Say 'No' To Stimulus (Why Gov. Mark Sanford did the right thing)

    03/12/2009 10:16:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 477+ views
    Stimulus: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is saying no to some federal bailout money. Good for him. Others now bellying up to the bailout bar will soon learn that oldest of maxims — there's no such thing as a free lunch. Sure, Sanford would love some of the $787 billion in "stimulus" cash. But he understands what many others can't seem to grasp — that once the federal government gets into your business, it's hard to get it out again. "Our objections to the so-called stimulus bill have been well-chronicled for the way it spends money that we don't have...
  • DNC attacks, elevates Sanford [Sanford spokesman calls Porkulus a "federal predatory loan"]

    03/14/2009 11:03:06 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 776+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-03-13
    The DNC takes its second pop at South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford in a TV ad it says is airing in his home state. Ostensibly, it's aimed at punishing Sanford for refusing stimulus money and attacking the Obama's plan: A Democrat says the ad's goal is defending Obama's agenda and "holding Republicans accountable if they want to play politics with job creation. There is bipartisan opposition to what Sanford's doing. If he wants to use the jobs and recovery plan to posture, we're going make him pay a price." Sanford's not running for anything in South Carolina, though, and the...
  • Gov. Sanford offers the only rebuke to reckless big government ideology

    03/13/2009 6:08:48 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 746+ views
    City Paper, Charleston, SC ^ | 2009-03-11 | Jack Hunter
    In last week's Best of Charleston issue, City Paper readers picked Gov. Mark Sanford as our "Best Conservative" and rightfully so. "Facing budget deficits and high unemployment, Sanford has opposed the state legislature's pet projects and the White House's economic stimulus," the write-up read. "The controversial governor's logic may not be practical, but it is conservative." In these tough economic times, accusing conservatives like Sanford of not being "practical" for opposing massive spending has been a common liberal theme. During a press conference last week, President Barack Obama was asked about the plummeting stock market, the rapidity of which many...
  • DNC Targets Sanford in New Ad [Mark Sanford]

    03/13/2009 1:42:07 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 974+ views
    In its first TV ad since Barack Obama became president, the Democratic National Committee is highlighting South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's (R) opposition to millions in stimulus funds for his state. "South Carolina is facing tough times," the ad goes, "but Gov. Sanford is playing politics instead of doing what’s right. Turning down millions in recovery act funds, putting politics ahead of health care, jobs and schools." A source says the ad will run for at least a week on cable in South Carolina.
  • The Mark Sanford Revolution?

    03/13/2009 1:18:07 PM PDT · by pissant · 44 replies · 989+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 3/13/09 | Marc Ambinger
    The American Conservative, founded by Patrick Buchanan to serve as a voice for anti-war, anti-immigration conservative nationalists, plays an interesting role in conservative politics. Though not as widely read as National Review, which aims to set the tone for the movement conservative mainstream, TAC has gained a devoted following as a sharp critic of the conservative mainstream, a stance reflected in its ardent embrace of Ron Paul's quixotic yet very impressive presidential campaign. And so Michael Brendan Dougherty's mostly admiring profile of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford in TAC is worthy of note. Dougherty does an excellent job of highlighting...
  • Clyburn accuses SC gov of 'playing race card' [Mark Sanford]

    03/12/2009 9:25:57 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies · 1,432+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-03-12 | Jim Davenport
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The highest-ranking black congressman questioned Thursday whether South Carolina's governor was "playing the race card" when he compared using federal stimulus money to Zimbabwe and other nations that printed cash in tough economic times. Gov. Mark Sanford wrote a letter to President Barack Obama on Thursday asking for a waiver to spend $700 million in stimulus money to pay down some of the state's debt — a day after comparing the package to other countries that dealt with hard times ineptly. Sanford has been an outspoken critic of the stimulus but hasn't outright refused any of...
  • 2012 heads-up: DNC targets South Carolina Gov Mark Sanford

    03/12/2009 3:34:12 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 573+ views
    The Democratic national committee is doing some pre-emptive opposition research on a man expected to be a contender for the 2012 Republican nomination. A spokesman this morning sent out a memo five notes with links to news stories critical of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, a conservative Republican. Sanford recently drew some attention recently when he railed against Obama's stimulus package and suggested he might reject some of the money. The remarks drew cheers from national Republicans and raised his profile among the group.
  • [SC] Senate gets measure to evade SC gov on stimulus [RINO attack on Mark Sanford]

    03/12/2009 8:34:12 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 651+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-03-12
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina legislators will see a plan to get around Gov. Mark Sanford's opposition to the federal stimulus money. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman of Florence says he'll introduce a resolution Thursday to allow the legislature to spend the money that Sanford opposes. Leatherman says he isn't happy about the need to use the stimulus money, but says the state has no choice. He says without the stimulus money, key state programs would be cut.
  • Sanford rejects federal funding ["I’ve got a 15-year pattern of doing exactly this kind of thing"]

    03/12/2009 5:21:29 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 961+ views
    S.C. lawmakers will bypass him, accept disputed money. BY JOHN O'CONNOR Gov. Mark Sanford said Wednesday that using federal money to balance the state budget come July could “destabilize” the S.C. economy over time. The governor said he will not accept $700 million in federal aid for state budgets unless South Carolina can use the money to pay off retirement, health care costs and other debts — making him the nations’ first governor to specifically reject portions of the federal aid.
  • Obama to weigh Sanford's request [Mark Sanford vs. SC legislature, House/Senate Rats, Obama]

    03/12/2009 5:13:00 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 582+ views
    The Post & Courier, Charleston, SC ^ | 2009-03-12 | Robert Behre & Yvonne Wenger
    Gov. Mark Sanford's wish to use $700 million of federal stimulus money to cut the state's debt rather than prop up its budget soon will land on the desk of President Barack Obama. If Obama refuses Sanford's request, as expected, then state lawmakers will decide whether to override the governor yet again. The drama will unfold in the coming weeks as each of them grapples with what is widely considered the worst economy since the Great Depression. Much of South Carolina's $8 billion share of the $787 billion stimulus package will go directly to individuals in the form of tax...