The Republican presidential primary is old news in South Carolina, but 10 states are just now getting their piece of the action as they go to the polls today for Super Tuesday. 419 delegates are at stake, a third of the 1,144 needed to win the GOP nomination. But thanks to rules put in place by former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, none of the candidates can win enough delegates tonight to sew up the race. We’re crossing our fingers for this thing to go all the way to the convention, so that’s fine by us. However, while the eventual winner is still a mystery, we can say it will definitely not be Newt Gingrich. How’s that whole “we pick presidents” thing working out, anyway?
Now on to the headlines:
Senators target DNR chairwoman - SC Senate Democrats will introduce a resolution today censuring and seeking the ouster of Department of Natural Resources board chairwoman Caroline Rhodes for making false statements under oath to a Senate committee last month, according to The State’s Adam Beam. The resolution says Rhodes gave false testimony to a Senate committee Feb. 1 about her involvement in the hotly disputed dredging project along the South Carolina-Georgia border.
Columbia attorney challenging John Courson for Senate seat - Columbia attorney Robert Rikard will challenge longtime Republican Sen. John Courson this fall, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. Courson has held his seat since 1985, and hasn’t faced a Democratic challenger in 12 years.
Laurens Co. GOP OKs ‘purity’ pledge - A resolution by the Laurens County GOP is raising eyebrows – and questions – about what it means to be a Republican in South Carolina, according to The State’s Gina Smith. At issue is county Republicans “purity” pledge requiring those who run in the June primary to promise they did not have premarital sex, will be faithful to their spouses and will not watch porn.
Limited gov’t activists plan opposition to Dept. of Administration bill - South Carolina tea party activists are planning a State House protest today to — “rake Gov. Nikki Haley over the coals” about a bill to create a Department of Administration, according to the Free Times’ Corey Hutchins. Critics say the measure does not create enough accountability or transparency in state business.
On Record: Betting on you, South Carolina - “It’s time to start a dialogue on casinos in South Carolina,” state Rep. Boyd Brown writes for PPR’s On Record feature. “In a time where leadership in Columbia wants to cut services, casinos in our state would present us with the opportunity to cut taxes” instead.
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