SC Tea Party Convention speaker shut down after advocating secession - The organizer of South Carolina’s Tea Party Convention on Sunday had to take the microphone from a speaker who was advocating secession from the U.S. and armed revolt against the government, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. “It’s time for some revolt!” said Ron McNeil, who runs a group called Patriot Restoration of America. “The next time we have a tea party like the one up in Boston, we’ll probably sink the ships!”
“Witch doctor Obama” T-shirt a hit at SC tea party convention - A T-shirt featuring Barack Obama dressed as a witch doctor — complete with a bone through the president’s nose — proved to be somewhat popular at the South Carolina tea party convention in Myrtle Beach, according to Palmetto Public Record. Bob Cramer, a Myrtle Beach local, told Palmetto Public Record that his homemade airbrushed shirt is meant to be a comment about President Obama’s “takeover of medicine” through the Affordable Care Act.
Conservation groups push reforms of SC transportation funding - South Carolina’s method of funding transportation projects is unfair, according to conservation groups that are asking lawmakers to change the way infrastructure funding is allocated, according to Palmetto Public Record. At a Senate briefing last week, Dana Beach of the Coastal Conservation League told lawmakers that the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank, which allocates money for road construction/maintenance across the state, operates as a “shadow Department of Transportation” by making decisions about funding “entirely separate from the DOT.”
The good news about unemployment benefits ending for many in SC - Federal unemployment benefits will be cut short for many in South Carolina this week, but that’s actually good news for the state’s employment picture, according to Palmetto Public Record. In order for unemployed South Carolinians to receive Tier Four benefits — an extra eight weeks of federal unemployment checks — the state’s three-month unemployment average needs to be above nine percent.
1st District congressional field expanding - Republican state Rep. Chip Limehouse of Charleston has formally entered the 1st Congressional District race to fill the vacancy left by Tim Scott’s elevation to U.S. senator, according to the Charleston Post & Courier. “I’m running for Congress. Period,” said Limehouse, who has been in the Legislature since 1995.
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