South Carolina would keep its early placement in the 2016 Republican primary schedule under a proposal being floated.
CNN reports a new set of rules aimed at streamlining the process is being considered after a lengthy process and 20 televised debates seems to have set up Republicans for national stage targeting, including by each other.
The process would severely penalize states that jump ahead, leaving Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada in the lead-off slots.
The entire process would also be speeded up, with the nominating convention possibly to be held before July 4.
State Party Chairman Matt Moore issued a statement moments ago praising the idea.
“First and foremost, these proposed rule changes protect our ‘First in the South’ presidential primary. I’m proud of our South Carolina team including national committee members Glenn McCall and Cindy Costa in solidifying our state’s ‘first’ primary status. It has been a pivotal event since 1980 in choosing our party’s nominee.
“I’ve heard from diverse Republicans across our state over the past few months – they fully agree that our 2012 primary process did not serve our party or the presidential candidates well. Our grassroots welcome common-sense reforms like protecting the early-voting states, enacting harsh penalties on states that cut in line, and creating a sensible debate calendar.
“We look forward to working with Republican National Committee members and Chairman Reince Priebus to finalize these reforms. They will undoubtedly help our party nominate a strong 2016 candidate.”
(Original CNN report: http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/11/politics/rnc-2016-changes/index.html)
The South Carolina Baptist Convention recently presented Senator Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley) its 2013 Public Servant Award. The award was given during the Convention’s 193rd annual meeting held last month at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia.
“Senator Grooms’ years in the upper body reveal a voting record that consistently stands up for the Christian principles of life, marriage, and religious liberties,” Pastor Hal Lane, a former President of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, said in a media release. “God ordained government to protect the good. Senator Grooms’ service is a living testimony of fulfillment of these duties for the betterment of our state.”
“I’m humbled and grateful,” says Grooms. “I have so much respect for this award and this convention. As a state and as a nation, we are blessed. We are a city on a hill, the light of the world. God calls on us to let our light shine everywhere. There’s no reason to hide the light as we carry out public service.”
The Convention’s Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee cited Grooms’ primary sponsorship and advocacy of a provision allowing public school districts to offer elective courses on the history and literature of the Old and New Testaments. The committee also noted that he “favors limiting the expansion of gambling, supports pro-life issues, advocates marriage between one man and one woman, encourages stringent drunk-driving legislation, and works to secure religious liberty in South Carolina.”
Gov.Nikki Haley’s schedule for Monday, Dec. 9 includes:
- (Updated) 3 p.m.: Haley will attend the University of South Carolina 33rd annual Economic Outlook Conference in The Campus Room of the Capstone House on campus, 902 Barnwell St.
- 5:30 p.m.: Haley and the First Family will host the Governor’s Mansion Christmas Open House.
- 10 a.m. Tuesday: Haley will hold a Budget and Control Board meeting in Room 252 of the Edgar A. Brown Building in Columbia.
The Charleston County GOP has endorsed music store president Charles Fox for the vacant Charleston County School Board seat.
John Steinberger, chair of the party, said they think Fox has the skills and willingness to think outside the box to come up with solutions for better education.
Fox is president of Fox Music House , and he founded the Charleston Marathon, which raises money for the arts in the school district.
“We hope they’ll support our pick,” Steinberger said.
Lawmakers will nominate someone for the seat Monday night.