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.”
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.
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.
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.”