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  • Wife of Joel Osteen Asked to Leave Plane (posted 12/20/2005)

    12/20/2005 8:35:00 PM PST · by devane617 · 146 replies · 9,265+ views
    Chron.com ^ | 12/20/2005 | PAM EASTON
    HOUSTON — The wife of the pastor of the nation's largest church was asked to leave a plane after she failed to comply with a flight attendant's instructions, the FBI said Tuesday. Houston Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen, his wife, Victoria, and their two children boarded a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Vail, Colo., Monday. The plane's door had been closed when Victoria Osteen and a flight attendant had a disagreement. "She failed to comply with the flight attendant's instructions, and they were asked to leave the flight," FBI spokeswoman Luz Garcia said without elaborating on the disagreement. The...
  • The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas Supporters

    02/27/2015 4:49:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas SupportersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 26, 2015 @ 6:02 pm In The Point | 12 Comments There are a lot of stories about the Dem members of Congress boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. But most of the names on the list are longtime opponents of the Jewish State.The boycott lists consists of two groups. Congressional Black Caucus members who are offended on Obama’s behalf and can smell racism anywhere.The other consists of opponents of Israel.It’s instructive to compare the list of boycotters to the 54 members of Congress who signed...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • Senate Panel Backs Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

    02/26/2015 9:13:15 AM PST · by newgeezer · 74 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 26, 2015 11:55 a.m. ET | Andrew Grossman
    WASHINGTON—The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to move Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama ’s nominee for attorney general, to the Senate floor for a final confirmation vote. The committee approved the nomination of Ms. Lynch, currently Brooklyn’s U.S. Attorney, by a vote of 12 to 8. Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Orrin Hatch of Utah joined all of the committee’s Democrats in voting yes. Ms. Lynch has so far generated little animosity from Republican senators, even those who ended up voting against her. Many praised her work as a prosecutor and some said...
  • Crew treated after ejecting from S.C.-based Marine jet

    02/23/2015 11:30:22 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 26 replies
    Sun Journal ^ | 2-23-15 | Drew Wilson
    The two-person crew of a Marine Corps jet is safe after a crash Sunday near Statenville, Ga. The F/A-18 Hornet was with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 224 based out of Beaufort, S.C., and was part of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point, according to Michael Barton, deputy director of the public affairs office at Cherry Point. The pilot, Maj. Rick Nicka and the weapons officer, 1st Lt. Robert Reynolds, ejected from the jet and were treated for minor injuries at South Georgia Medical Center 19 miles away in Valdosta, Ga., according to a release. Barton said the plane...
  • Gov. Mike Pence Defends President Obama's Patriotism ()

    02/22/2015 9:59:12 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    CrooksAndLiars.com ^ | 02/22/2015 | John Amato
    John Roberts was filling in for Chris Wallace and after interviewing Gov. Mike Pence as a possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, asked him to comment on Rudy Giuliani's ridiculous claims that President Obama doesn't love America. Roberts: You know what Rudy Giuliani said, the other day,. he believes the president doesn't love America. At least not in the way Ronald Reagen did and the way Bill Clinton did. Do you believe this president loves America?Pence: I don’t think it helps to question the president’s patriotism or motives, but look, Rudy Giuliani is a great American. He saw nearly 3,000 of...
  • Mike Pence to GOP: Don't question Obama's patriotism

    02/22/2015 9:40:23 AM PST · by gwgn02 · 56 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/22/2015 | Brian Hughes
    Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a possible dark horse 2016 presidential candidate, said Sunday that it’s counterproductive for conservatives to question President Obama’s patriotism. “I don’t think it helps to question the president’s patriotism or motives,” Pence said on “Fox News Sunday.”
  • GOP Strategist: Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush Carry Same Odds in 2016

    02/16/2015 9:53:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 16, 2015 | Drew MacKenzie
    A leading Republican consultant has ranked the top 10 presidential candidates for 2016 while claiming that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has about the same odds of winning the party’s nomination as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, The Washington Post reported. The unnamed strategist divided the GOP race for 2016 into "four lanes" — establishment, tea party, social conservative and libertarian, according to the newspaper. Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are the leading candidates in establishment, the largest lane, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is battling it out with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum...
  • 2016 Polls Show Clinton Leads in Key States, GOP Field Wide Open (Huck, Bush, Walker tied in Iowa)

    02/16/2015 6:47:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 15, 2015 | Mark Murray
    ess than a year before the first presidential contests begin, a trio of new NBC News/Marist polls show that the Republican race is wide open in the early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In fact, seven different possible Republican candidates get double-digit support in at least one of the states. But only two candidates — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — are in double digits in all three states.
  • Ted Cruz: Principled Opposition To Rubio Amnesty Bill - [4/25/13]

    02/14/2015 3:50:50 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies
    Senator Ted Cruz, the boat-rocking limited government constitutional conservative Senator from Texas, provided another one of his patented cross examinations of a smoke-blowing government official at a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Cruz, the son of legal immigrants from Cuba, asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about border security measures – the so-called “triggers” – contained in the “Gang of Eight's” immigration bill. Specifically, Senator Cruz asked, “If there are no objective metrics, if it is simply the subjective assessment of a host of factors, how can we have any confidence that the border will be secured and that any...
  • Florence police evacuate Magnolia Mall after shooting (SC)

    02/13/2015 6:49:41 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 13 replies
    wistv.com ^ | February 13, 2015 | Brooke Holden
    FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Florence police closed Magnolia Mall early Friday night after one person was shot in the leg, Major Raines said. Shots were fired after some type of incident between two groups inside the mall. The victim has been taken to the hospital. No arrests have been made as of 9 p.m. Friday. Traffic was stacked along Woody Jones Boulevard as police redirected vehicles.
  • First round of Bush donations go to early state candidates

    02/13/2015 5:47:51 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    NBC 2 ^ | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    If Republican Jeb Bush's political contributions offer any signs, there's little doubt that the former Florida governor plans to seek the 2016 presidential nomination. More than half of the $122,800 Bush contributed Friday is going to candidates and state Republican Party organizations in the four states scheduled to begin the presidential voting next year. The candidates include Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. David Young of Iowa, Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Rep. Frank Guinta of New Hampshire, Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, and Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada.
  • SC House again approves banning abortion beyond 19 weeks

    02/11/2015 8:19:36 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    independentmail.com ^ | Feb 11, 2015 | Associated Press
    <p>COLUMBIA - The House has again approved a bill banning abortion in South Carolina beyond 19 weeks of pregnancy.</p> <p>The 80-27 vote Wednesday occurred 11 months after the chamber last approved the proposal. It died in the Senate as the session ended last June.</p>
  • Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham lead in new S.C. presidential poll

    02/11/2015 4:44:18 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    postandcourier.com ^ | 2/10/15 | Schuylyer Kropf
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the front-runner in a new 2016 Republican presidential preference poll in South Carolina, while U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is close enough to make it a statistical tie here. But the news is less favorable for Graham in three other early voting states - Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada - where his level of support registers at negligible among GOP voters, totalling at 1 percent and below. The poll, by the conservative Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, put Walker is out front in South Carolina but statistically tied with Graham, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and...
  • Cruz hires former Gingrich aide as political operation builds

    02/10/2015 2:05:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | February 9, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    HOUSTON — The political operation of potential 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz continued to beef up Monday as a top aide to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich signed onto the senator’s team. Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s longtime spokesman who served as a top strategist to a super PAC that supported Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign, will join Cruz’s campaign-in-waiting to serve as a senior communications adviser. “I am honored to come on board with Sen. Cruz and join the effort to make D.C. listen to the American people,” Tyler said in a statement. “I believe he will emerge as the...
  • Ron DeSantis, Jeff Duncan quit House whip team

    02/08/2015 6:18:50 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    politico.com ^ | 2/5/15 | Anna Palmer and Lauren French
    Two members of the House Republicans’ elite vote-counting operation have quit. Reps. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Jeff Duncan of South Carolina both gave notice that they no longer wanted to be part of the leadership operation, according to more than a half-dozen GOP sources. Their departures come as Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the No. 3 House Republican, told members of the whip team that they would be kicked off if they voted against procedural motions. The move was designed to solidify control of the Republican conference. DeSantis and Duncan told Scalise that they were leaving the team...
  • Professor was killed by ex-wife in University of South Carolina murder-suicide, coroner says

    02/07/2015 3:17:29 AM PST · by servo1969 · 33 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2-7-2015 | Associated Press
    COLUMBIA, S.C. – A professor who taught anatomy and physiology and was highly regarded by both his students and fellow faculty members was shot and killed by his ex-wife in an apparent murder-suicide at the University of South Carolina, a coroner said Friday. Sunghee Kwon shot Raja Fayad several times in the upper body Thursday afternoon in a fourth-floor office at the university's Public Health building, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said in a news release. Kwan then committed suicide with a gunshot to her stomach, the coroner said. A 9 mm pistol with an empty magazine was found near...
  • Professor made tough class fun for students

    02/06/2015 4:05:12 AM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 8 replies
    The State (Columbia, SC) ^ | Feb. 5, 2015 | By JOEY HOLLEMAN
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Students say Raja Fayad, a University of South Carolina professor who died in an apparent murder-suicide on campus Thursday, made one of the toughest classes at the University of South Carolina fun. “He was a very kind-hearted and sweet person,” said Lacey Humphries, 23, who graduated in May. “Anatomy and physiology is not everyone’s favorite class. ... He would turn it into something that was enjoyable and give us ways to remember things. ... That’s something you appreciate in a professor.” Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2015/02/05/3972072_professor-made-tough-class-fun.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy
  • Shots fired at the University of South Carolina (Situation Over, update at #32)

    02/05/2015 10:36:28 AM PST · by Gamecock · 45 replies
    2/5/2015 | Vanity
    At the School of Public Health. Campus is on lockdown. Will keep you posted.
  • Man shot by South Carolina state trooper receives $285,000 settlement

    02/04/2015 8:17:27 AM PST · by redreno · 13 replies
    http://coladaily.com ^ | February 3, 2015 | By Allen Wallace
    The state of South Carolina has paid $285,000 to a man shot by a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper at a Columbia gas station last September. Levar Jones was wounded Sept. 5 by then-trooper Sean Groubert after being pulled over for a seat belt violation on Broad River Road. Jones was unarmed, and an investigation determined the shooting was unwarranted. Groubert fired four shots at Jones, hitting him once. The incident was captured on video from Groubert’s patrol car. Groubert was fired from his job as a trooper, arrested and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated...
  • Gowdy Comes Out Swinging ( Benghazi Moslem terrorist attacks )

    01/28/2015 9:54:47 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 28, 2015 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Rep. Trey Gowdy came out swinging at Tuesday’s hearing of his Select Committee, laying into Democrats for playing political games and blasting the State Department for refusing to produce documents and for preventing witnesses from testifying before the committee. ... At the hearing, the State Department’s liaison officer to Congress said that more documents would be produced in the coming days, including emails from Secretary of State Clinton – giving the lie to oft-repeated Democrat claims that everything relating to Benghazi was already on the public record. ... two very real stand-down orders were issued that night by Secretary Clinton,...
  • 2016: WITHOUT ROMNEY IN FIELD, JEB LEADS SOUTH CAROLINA POLL

    01/31/2015 11:01:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 30, 2015 | Tony Lee
    Now that Mitt Romney has announced he will not make a third White House run, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is the leader in an early South Carolina poll. Romney made his announcement on Friday, and a Gravis poll conducted January 21-22 actually found Romney in the lead in the first-in-the-South primary state with 20%. Bush, who leads without Romney in the field, received 18%. Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was in third at 9% while former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee received 8% along with Sen. Ted Cruz. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) received 7% each. New...
  • House Conservatives Band Together to Form New Group to Push Conservative Agenda

    01/31/2015 9:14:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 26, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    Conservative lawmakers are officially rolling out a new group aimed at advancing a conservative agenda in the House of Representatives after they expressed discontent with the direction of the Republican Study Committee.“Our main hope is that we can represent the voids and valleys for our constituents back home,” Rep. Raúl Labrador of Idaho told The Daily Signal today. “With a small group that is nimble and able to work on issues that are of importance to our constituents, we can make a difference in Congress.”Called the House Freedom Caucus, the group serves as a conservative alternative to the Republican Study...
  • State Legislators Renew Battle Against Same-sex Marriage Decrees

    01/30/2015 12:08:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jack Kenny
    In what has been described as a new front in the battle over same-sex marriage, legislators in several states under judicial orders to confer marital status on same-sex couples have introduced bills to forbid state or local officials from issuing marriage licenses to couples of the same gender. The bills would also strip the salaries of employees who issued the licenses, the New York Times reported Thursday.The bills have been introduced in the legislatures of Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, with South Carolina also considering a bill that would allow officials to opt out of issuing such licenses if it...
  • (Lindsey) Graham Starts 'Security Through Strength' Org to 'Test the Waters' for 2016

    01/29/2015 9:20:10 AM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 29, 2015 | Frank Thorp and Carrie Dann
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has started a political committee to fund his plan to "test the waters" for a potential 2016 presidential run. The organization, called Security Through Strength, has a new website that highlights how Graham "has earned a reputation as a conservative problem-solver and one of the strongest proponents of a robust national defense."
  • GOP Senator asks Loretta Lynch: "Why is Gay marriage OK, but Polygamy isn't?"

    01/29/2015 6:46:13 AM PST · by Din Maker · 69 replies
    During Loretta Lynch's confirmation hearing Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tried to take the attorney general nominee down the slippery-slope argument often made against the marriage equality movement by inquiring what the legal difference is between marriage of same-sex couples and that of three or more people. 'What is the legal difference between a state -- a ban on same-sex marriage being unconstitutional but a ban on polygamy being constitutional?" he inquired at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. "Could you try to articulate how one could be banned under the Constitution and the other not?" Lynch, who is the current...
  • D. C. School Choice=Fewer Dropouts

    01/28/2015 5:51:29 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 27, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Waiting lists are one sign of the desirability of school choice. Graduation rates are another, and they seem to rise in tandem. In Washington, D.C., the “waiting list for students in the DC area for charter schools was 20,000 students,” first-term U.S. Senator Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, pointed out in some brief remarks to kick off National School Choice Week at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He compared D.C. public schools to charter schools in the nation’s capital: “About 56% of students graduate [from DCPS]. When you go to an Opportunity Scholarship Program [OSP, also known as a charter school]...
  • Gowdy Opening Statement at Benghazi Select Committee Hearing

    01/27/2015 9:42:00 PM PST · by upchuck · 38 replies
    US House web site ^ | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
    January 27, 2015 Press Release As prepared for delivery This committee exists because the House of Representatives voted for it to exist and in the process made it very clear what is expected. If you have not read the House resolution authorizing this committee, I would encourage you to do so. For those asking for a roadmap, or the scope of the investigation, or asking what the committee intends to look into, the resolution passed by the House of Representatives, including seven Democrats, answers all of those questions. The Resolution asks this committee to investigate: “all policies, decisions and activities”...
  • Nevada and Tennessee Make It 26 States Suing To Stop Obama's Amnesty

    01/27/2015 6:48:36 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Townhall. ^ | Jan 27, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that both Nevada and Tennessee have joined the Lone Star state's challenge of President Obama's executive amnesty, bringing the total number of states fighting Obama's unilateral immigration policies to 26. “Texas is proud to lead a coalition that now includes a majority of the United States standing up against the President’s rogue actions,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. “The momentum against the President's lawlessness continues to build with Tennessee and Nevada joining the effort to protect our states from the economic and public safety implications of illegal amnesty. As President...
  • Common Core Draws Tom Rooney's Fire

    01/27/2015 7:14:59 AM PST · by Ray76 · 4 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | Jan 27, 2015 | Kevin Derby
    U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., announced on Monday he was a co-sponsor of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson’s, R-SC, “Local Control of Education Act” which would stop the Obama administration from making states “adopt a specific curriculum, and would void any previous federal requirements established for states that have already adopted Common Core.” Rooney explained why he was backing the bill on Monday. “The federal government has no constitutional business setting the curriculum for a teacher in a Florida classroom,” Rooney said. “If states, of their own volition, want to adopt a certain set of standards, then that’s their prerogative. I...
  • ‘Pain-capable’ SC abortion ban gains early ground

    01/23/2015 1:16:20 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    state.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | JAMIE SELF
    S.C. lawmakers gave an early push to a bill Thursday that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy – an effort the General Assembly came close to passing last year. A five-member state House panel unanimously OK’d the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” That act would ban abortion at 20 weeks – based on pro-lifers’ claims, disputed by some in the medical community, that a fetus can feel pain at that point. If the House Judiciary Committee also approves, the bill will go to the House floor for a vote. A similar bill passed the House 81-22 last...
  • South Carolina Tea Party Convention Shows Growing Power Of Movement

    01/22/2015 3:51:18 AM PST · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Joe Dugan
    The 2015 South Carolina Tea Party Convention was a phenomenal success on many fronts and caught the mainstream media totally off balance. It was too big to ignore, too American to trash, too positive to criticize, and too candid to berate.
  • Could Ted Cruz Win South Carolina’s Presidential Primary?

    01/20/2015 7:51:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    FITS News ^ | January 20, 2015 | Staff
    IN A WORD, “YES” Let’s face it … we live in a world of labels. And in no arena are labels more impactful than in the world of politics – assuming of course the recipient of the label can show they’ve actually earned it. That’s rare … but occasionally it happens. And when it happens, it has the potential to move the masses (even those increasingly resistant to voting). Amid a sea of self-anointed “Republicans,” “conservatives,” and “Tea Party” candidates, voters are looking far and wide for aspiring leaders whose records actually match the all-too familiar rhetoric emanating from their...
  • Crazy for Ted Cruz: South Carolina tea party activists love him, but is that enough in 2016?

    01/20/2015 4:43:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 20, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.— A crowd of tea party activists huddled outside a closed conference door here on Sunday. Many hadn’t caught a glimpse of the man they were waiting for, but they knew he was in there. “Here he comes!” someone suddenly shouted, as Ted Cruz emerged. All day long, the Republican senator from Texas was mobbed by people who thanked him for taking on Washington, jostled for pictures and sought out hugs. Even after Cruz had departed the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention, his booth was consistently crowded. Ben Carson and Rick Santorum made their pitches and both...
  • Egyptians on US Policy: Obama, Clinton and Patterson supported terrorism in Egypt. Benghazi

    01/20/2015 5:15:26 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 14 replies
    The second House Benghazi Select Committee hearing took place last month. In one notable exchange between Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr, Gowdy asked for the name of the person the Committee needed to speak with to find out what the policy objectives were in Libya. “How can we judge whether or not a policy has failed or succeeded if nobody tells us what the policy objectives were? Who should we bring in to explain why were we in Libya?” Gowdy asked. As previously reported, documents confirm “we” were in Benghazi...
  • 2016: Tea Party Afire: South Carolina and Iowa Events Preview Coming Fight With Establishment

    01/19/2015 6:56:02 AM PST · by don-o · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 19, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Sold out Tea Party events in South Carolina this weekend and Iowa next weekend demonstrate that the conservative grassroots are prepared to put in the time and money needed to back a limited government candidate who can win the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016. More than 1,200 grassroots activists attended this weekend’s three day South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention in Myrtle Beach, where they heard from four potential Presidential candidates: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Dr. Ben Carson, former Senator Rick Santorum, and Donald Trump. Remarks by Cruz and Dr. Carson, in particular, caught the attention of the mainstream media....
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: American Dream and U.S. Leadership in the World Are Slipping Away

    01/18/2015 6:46:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 18, 2015 | Edwin Mora
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) warns that the American dream is slipping away. “The central challenge facing this country right now is that for millions of Americans, the American dream seems to be slipping away,” he told the crowd during a speech at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention on Sunday. “You know, today for the first time in our country’s history, a majority of Americans believe our kids will have a worse life than we did. That has never been true in over 200 hundred years of our nation’s history until right now.” In August 2014,...
  • In South Carolina, Cruz blisters Obama, GOP establishment

    01/18/2015 3:46:26 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2015 2:22 PM PST | BILL BARROW
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Sen. Ted Cruz urged archconservatives on Sunday to help nominate a Republican from their own ranks in 2016 or risk losing a third consecutive national election. The unspoken message: someone like him.Cruz called GOP nominees like Mitt Romney in 2012, John McCain in 2008 and Bob Dole in 1996 "good, honorable and decent men" but not conservative enough. All lost their bids for the presidency."If we nominate a candidate in that mold, the same people who stayed home in 2008 and 2012 will stay home in 2016 and the Democrats will win again," Cruz told...
  • Lindsey Graham and Mike Huckabee say they are serious about thinking about running in 2016

    01/18/2015 12:01:14 PM PST · by upchuck · 44 replies
    Wa Compost ^ | Sun, Jan 18, 2015 | Jaime Fuller
    On NBC's "Meet the Press," Graham announced that he has set up a committee to see "whether a guy like Lindsey Graham has a viable path." "We're not polling, but we set up a testing-the-waters committee under the IRS code," he said earlier.
  • (Lindsey) Graham sets up committee to consider 2016 bid

    01/18/2015 10:59:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2015 1:34 PM EST | Ken Thomas
    Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has set up a committee he says will help him look beyond his home state to determine if he might have a “viable path” to the Republican presidential nomination. […] Graham said in December he was thinking about seeking the GOP nomination. He has been a close ally of Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Republicans’ presidential nominee in 2008. …
  • Lindsey Graham: It May Be Time to Work with Iran Against ISIS

    06/15/2014 10:18:58 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 65 replies
    News Max ^ | June 15 2014 | News Max
    A Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee says Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki cannot keep his country together, and a U.S. alliance with Iran might be needed to do so. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday a U.S. partnership with longtime foe Iran makes him uncomfortable but likened it to the United States working with Josef Stalin in World War II against Adolf Hitler. He says the United States has to do what it can to keep Baghdad from falling to insurgents. "We should have discussions with Iran to make sure they don't use this as an opportunity...
  • Confronting Muslims of the Americas-speaker says US may be destroyed by Allah for Koran burning

    07/27/2011 5:06:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | Jul 27th, 2011 | Ryan Mauro
    On April 16, the United Muslim-Christian Forum (UMCF) held an interfaith event in Owego, New York, featuring Christian and Muslim speakers, including the mayor of the town. Its Web site proudly hosts a photo of Binghamton Mayor Matthew T. Ryan holding a UMCF sign. Far from the model of tolerance it casts itself as, the UMCF is a front for an anti-Semitic, Islamic extremist group named Muslims of the Americas (MOA), and the keynote speaker warned that Allah will destroy whoever supports Koran burnings, and possibly the entire country. The MOA was exposed in the Christian Action Network’s (CAN) 2009...
  • Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) Issues Statement On His John Boehner Vote

    01/07/2015 8:11:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Mick Mulvaney released the following statement: “There was an attempt to oust John Boehner as Speaker of the House today. I didn’t participate in it. That may make some people back home angry. I understand that, but I’ve got some experience with coup attempts against the Speaker, and what I learned two years ago factored heavily in my decision today not to join the mutiny. First, I learned two years ago that people lie about how they are going to vote. And you cannot go into this kind of fight with people you do not trust....
  • Exclusive: Trump To Address South Carolina Tea Party Convention

    01/08/2015 6:13:23 AM PST · by upchuck · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jan 7, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Real estate magnate and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will test the waters in the nation’s first-in-the-south primary state, South Carolina, this month. He will deliver a keynote address to the South Carolina Tea Party convention in Myrtle Beach. “I look forward to being with my friends in South Carolina,” Trump said in a statement provided to Breitbart News. “I have always had great admiration for the people and state of South Carolina. It will be a wonderful afternoon.” Joe Dugan, the head of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party and organizer of the annual conference, praised Trump—a solid...
  • House Republican slams anti-Boehner movement hard. Like, really hard. (Mick Mulvaney (R-SC-5)

    01/07/2015 7:31:21 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 58 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 6, 2015 | Sean Sullivan
    The last time there was a speaker vote, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) didn't vote for John A. Boehner, protesting against the Ohio Republican by voting for no one. On Tuesday, he did vote for Boehner. And he had some not-so-nice things to say about the movement to try to defeat the top Republican. Below is his full statement, which is remarkably blunt and the kind of thing that is rarely seen from a member of Congress. (Seriously, it's worth reading the whole thing.)
  • Cancelled flight causes Gowdy to miss speaker vote

    01/06/2015 2:04:38 PM PST · by Resettozero · 85 replies
    goupstate.com ^ | Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 1:01 p.m. | Staff reports
    U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., missed the first vote of the new Congress on Tuesday – a vote to determine the next speaker of the House – due to a cancelled flight, according to a statement from the Upstate congressman’s office. Despite being named as a potential replacement for Speaker John Boehner, Gowdy has said multiple times he is not interested in the job, according to news reports. Gowdy, in the statement, said his support does lie with Boehner, who is expected to officially win the speaker post for another term. "Had our flight not been cancelled, I would have...
  • Huckabee 2016 Could Be 2008 Redux

    01/06/2015 1:59:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | January 5, 2015 | David Catanese
    His coalition of evangelicals could be broken up by new alternatives like Ted Cruz.Mike Huckabee loyalists still believe their guy was screwed in 2008. After pulling off an impressive upset of the better-funded Mitt Romney in the Iowa presidential caucuses, the former Arkansas governor eyed a second Republican primary win in South Carolina. His allies are convinced the Palmetto State should’ve been his for the taking – if not for the peculiar, lethargic candidacy of former Sen. Fred Thompson, a friend of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who siphoned conservative voters from Huckabee in South Carolina. Thompson’s 16 percent slice of...
  • Police: Man suspected of sexual assault is beaten by relative, arrested in South Carolina

    01/06/2015 7:21:04 AM PST · by Freeport · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 05, 2015 | N/A
    CONWAY, S.C. – Police say a South Carolina man charged with sexual assault of his nephew's girlfriend was beaten by the relative, who won't be charged in the incident. Fifty-two-year-old William Mattson of Conway is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Local media outlets report that a judge denied him bond Saturday. Mattson was arrested New Year's Day. Authorities say Mattson's nephew told them he came home and found his girlfriend and uncle in bed together. The nephew said the woman was naked, and Mattson was clothed. The man said he beat Mattson until he was out of the house....
  • The Boehner for speaker whip count [14 against so far]

    01/05/2015 11:10:43 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 486 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 5, 2015 | By Aaron Blake
    ~~snip~~ Voting against Boehner (10) Gohmert* Yoho* Rep. Steve King (Iowa) Rep. Jim Bridenstine (Okla.)* Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) (freshman) Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.)* Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.) (freshman) Rep. Thomas Massie (Ky.)* Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Ind.) Said prior to 2014 election that they would vote against Boehner (2) Rep. Jody Hice (Ga.) (freshman) Rep. John Ratfliffe (Tex.) (freshman) Voted against Boehner in 2013/haven't weighed in (2) Rep. Steve Pearce (N.M.) (spokesman says he's "undecided") Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) Voted against Boehner in 2013/will support him (3) Rep. Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) Rep. Raul Labrador (Idaho) Rep....
  • Ted Cruz scheduled to address South Carolina Tea Party convention

    01/03/2015 12:59:06 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, January 2, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, is scheduled to be a featured speaker at the fourth annual South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention to be held Jan. 17-19 in Myrtle Beach.Joe Dugan, founder and executive producer of the convention, said Friday that the event will also feature training classes for grassroots leaders and activists and panel discussions.The convention offers a platform for possible 2016 contenders to pitch their message to potential voters in the early presidential state; other speakers scheduled to appear include retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.Mr. Cruz, Mr. Santorum, and Mr. Carson are...