U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-SC, issued the following statement on Senator Harry Reid’s decision to exempt key members of his staff from the requirement of purchasing insurance through the DC Health Exchanges:
“Harry Reid’s decision to exempt certain members of his staff from ObamaCare sums up everything that’s wrong with Washington today. Harry Reid rammed a partisan healthcare bill through the Senate that most Americans didn’t want, and now it seems that members of his own staff don’t want ObamaCare either. I have made it very clear that I think ObamaCare is damaging our economy, hurting families, and lowering the overall quality of care. Despite my fierce opposition to the bill, I signed up for insurance through the exchanges and instructed my staff do the same. I signed up through the exchange because no elected official or staff member should be above the law. Members of Congress and their staffs should be the first to feel the negative consequences of poorly written legislation, not the last. When I signed up, I saw my deductibles and monthly premiums increase. I suspect that’s the reason why Mr. Reid decided that certain members of his staff should be exempt.”
Gov. Nikki Haley will receive the 2013 Roger Milliken Defender Of Manufacturing Award this evening for her role in bringing new levels of manufacturing businesses, investment, and jobs to South Carolina, a press release said.
Established in 2006, the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance’s (SCMA) Defender of Manufacturing Award recognizes individuals in the public and private sectors who have worked to advance the manufacturing industry in South Carolina. Recipients are chosen by the SCMA Executive Committee.
Gov. Nikki Haley announced the South Carolina Christmas Challenge yesterday at the 47th annual Governor’s Carolighting — perform a random act of kindness during this holiday season, according to a release issued by her office Tuesday.
“I want to challenge each and every family to do one random act of kindness. Whether it’s having a soldier for dinner because they don’t have a family nearby to go to, visiting a nursing home, or baking cookies for an elderly neighbor, each act of kindness can help affect our state for the better,” Haley said. “If every family in South Carolina commits to doing this, we would have 5 million kind acts across our state. How special would that be?”
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South Carolina Democrats couldn’t let an Upstate appearance by Texas Gov. Rick Perry go unchallenged.
And Republicans issued a response just as quick.
In a news release Tuesday, the Democrats put out its spin on a variety of Gov. Nikki Haley and Perry connections in one really long sentence, and another shorter one:
“Not satisfied with the tiny crowd from last time he was in town for her anemic reelection rally, Nikki Haley and the SCGOP have summoned Rick Perry back for an encore appearance in the Palmetto State. Perry is spending the day in the Upstate, but there are not enough campaign stops in the world to make the people of South Carolina forget the massive failures of Nikki Haley’s government that have exposed them to identity theft, covered up a TB outbreak at a public school, and stacked the deck against South Carolina’s small businesses.
It must be true that birds of a feather flock together, because failed Governor Rick Perry has been almost as bad for the people of Texas as Nikki Haley’s incompetent government is for South Carolina.”
Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey quickly issued the following retort:
“Under Governor Haley’s leadership, South Carolina’s economy is on the move – our unemployment just hit another five year low while personal income growth is up, manufacturing is flourishing, and exports continue to set records. No matter how many press releases the Democrat Party sends out, South Carolinians understand that we can’t afford to go backwards as a state – and that’s exactly where we’d go under ObamaCare’s biggest South Carolina cheerleader, Vince Sheheen.”
The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is honoring Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails at a reception at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
From the release:
The Honorable Billy Swails was elected to the position of Mount Pleasant Mayor in November, 2009, and he has made the decision to not run for re-election in 2013.
Please join us for a reception to honor Mayor Swails for his leadership, and to welcome the new Town Council and Mayor of Mt. Pleasant. This reception is your opportunity to show appreciation for all that Mayor Swails has done for the Town of Mount Pleasant and the region over the last four years.
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