South Carolina senators reject a near-total abortion ban
Davis said he promised his daughters he would not vote to make South Carolina's current six-week abortion ban stricter because women have rights, too. After a recess to work through their options, Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey conceded the abortion ban likely couldn't pass. “We were never going to pass a total abortion ban," Massey said. South Carolina's six-week ban is currently suspended as the state Supreme Court reviews whether it violates privacy rights. ”I don’t think abortion should be used as birth control.”Senate Minority Leader Brad Hutto said Republican women stood up for all women in South Carolina, while Republican men let them down.wftv.com
Trump backs Arrington over GOP Rep. Mace in South Carolina
On Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 Arrington officially launched her primary challenge to Mace, a first-term member representing South Carolina's southern coast. In a statement, Trump called Arrington “a true Republican" with his “Complete and Total Endorsement" for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District. Arrington — who ousted Rep. Mark Sanford in a 2018 GOP primary, only to lose the general election — launched her primary challenge to Mace Tuesday. Two years later, backed by Trump, Mace defeated Cunningham, swinging the district back into Republican control. This week, Haley announced her support for Mace, saying she would raise money on her behalf.wftv.com
Republican who ousted Sanford making another run at SC seat
On Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 Arrington officially launched her primary challenge to Mace, a first-term member representing South Carolina's southern coast. She said she “made mistakes” in her prior run but is confident she will win this time. “I don't make the same mistake twice,” Arrington told The Associated Press on Tuesday, announcing her primary challenge of first-term Republican Rep. Nancy Mace. At the time, she blamed Sanford for her loss and vowed to seek the 1st Congressional District seat again. Two years later, Mace, who had worked for Trump's 2016 campaign and drew his endorsement, defeated Cunningham, swinging the district back into Republican control.wftv.com
‘I’m a citizen with no country:’ Mark Sanford on turning against Trump and his party
Former South Carolina governor talks about his memoir that links his decision to lessons learned from an extramarital affair in 2009 and his attempt to cover it up Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford speaks to the media with a cardboard cutout of Donald Trump during a campaign stop at the state house in September 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. Photograph: Sean Rayford/Getty Images Mark Sanford is not the first Republican to turn against former US president Donald Trump and pay a politnews.yahoo.com
Former SC governor, congressman Sanford joins lobbying firm
Sanford, the former South Carolina governor, congressman and one-time presidential candidate, is going to work for a lobbying firm. Shumaker Advisors announced Tuesday, March 30, 2021, that Sanford would be joining the firm, working from Charleston. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)COLUMBIA, S.C. – Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor, congressman and one-time presidential candidate, is going to work for a lobbying firm. Shumaker Advisors announced Tuesday that Sanford would be joining the firm as an executive vice president and principal. “What I did not anticipate is an impeachment.”AdIn his new role with Shumaker, Sanford will be based in Charleston, according to information obtained by The Associated Press.
South Carolina considers breaking up public health agency
As in most states, South Carolina's public health agency was underfunded and overworked long before it had to sustain an exhausting defense against a virus humans had never seen before. Unlike most public health agencies, South Carolina's portfolio has included environmental regulation since the 1970s. AdSenate President Harvey Peeler is ready to split DHEC apart, bundling public health duties with the state's mental health department and funneling environmental permitting operations to other state agencies. Public health resources were slashed by lawmakers during the Great Recession, and board members' terms lapsed under Gov. Simmer told lawmakers who confirmed him this month that he believes the agency’s environmental and public health halves complement each other.
House GOP keeps Cheney as No. 3 leader, stands by Greene
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., walks with fellow House Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, following a meeting called by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – House Republicans decided Wednesday to stand by two GOP lawmakers who have polarized the party, voting to retain Rep. Liz Cheney as their No. In a 145-61 secret-ballot vote, House Republicans overwhelmingly rebuffed a rebellion by hard-right conservatives to toss Cheney, R-Wyo., from leadership after she voted last month to impeach then-President Donald Trump. Hours earlier, after Democrats slated a House vote for Thursday that would remove Greene from her committees, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy ridiculed them for it. The decisions over Greene and Cheney have subjected the GOP to a politically agonizing test of its direction as it moves beyond the Trump presidency.
South Carolina GOP censures Rep. Rice for impeachment vote
FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo, taken from video, Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington. (House Television via AP, File)COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Republicans on Saturday issued a formal censure to U.S. Rep. Tom Rice to show disapproval over his vote in support of the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump. AdIn his only primary since first elected in 2012, Rice won with 84% of the vote. Rice told the AP he knew he’d likely face a difficult primary and that the impeachment vote could potentially cost him his seat. These people did not vote for you to vote your conscience; these people voted for you to support us and our district and the president."
Trump team hires 2 ex-prosecutors with ethics experience
(Senate Television via AP)COLUMBIA, S.C. – Donald Trump has added two more former federal prosecutors from South Carolina to his impeachment legal team, according to one of the lawyers. Harris and Gasser join a team that includes Butch Bowers, a noted South Carolina ethics and elections lawyer called an “anchor tenant” of the team by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. It's in part on the advice of Graham that Trump is turning to the South Carolina team after other legal allies passed on the case. It’s a notable departure from his 2020 impeachment trial, when Trump had a stable of nationally known attorneys, including Alan Dershowitz, Jay Sekulow and Kenneth Starr. Bowers has years of experience representing elected officials and political candidates, including former South Carolina Gov.
Lawyer group: Trump adds ex-prosecutor to impeachment team
(AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)COLUMBIA, S.C. – Donald Trump is adding another South Carolina attorney to his impeachment legal team, according to a trial lawyer group in the state. Barbier joins Bowers, a Columbia attorney with years of experience representing elected officials and political candidates, including former South Carolina Gov. In part on the advice of Graham, the South Carolina senator, Trump is turning to Bowers and Barbier after other legal allies passed on the case. That's a notable departure from his 2020 impeachment trial, when Trump had a stable of nationally known attorneys, including Alan Dershowitz, Jay Sekulow and Kenneth Starr. If convicted, Trump could be barred from holding public office again, ending any hopes of mounting another White House bid in 2024.
Trial ahead, Trump turns to ethics lawyer for his defense
Trump turned to Bowers, a familiar figure in Republican legal circles, after other legal allies passed on the case. The first impeachment trial turned on charges that Trump improperly solicited Ukraine’s help for his reelection campaign. Pat McCrory and the South Carolina Election Commission in litigation over voter ID laws, as well as a former South Carolina sheriff who pleaded guilty to embezzlement and misconduct in office. In 2018, he was attorney for University of South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley in her successful defamation suit against Missouri’s athletics director. With degrees from the University of South Carolina and College of Charleston, Bowers graduated from Tulane University School of Law in 1998.
House to send Trump impeachment article on Monday
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive on Marine One before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. And that is what this trial will provide.”House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will send the article of impeachment late Monday, with senators sworn in as jurors Tuesday. "That goal has been achieved.”Pelosi said Friday the nine House impeachment managers, or prosecutors, are "ready to begin to make their case” against Trump. Trump’s team will have had the same amount of time since the House impeachment vote to prepare, Pelosi said. A handful of Senate Republicans have indicated they are open — but not committed — to conviction.
McConnell seeks to push Trump impeachment trial to February
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to push back the start of Donald Trump's impeachment trial to February to give the former president time to prepare and review his case. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is reviewing the plan and will discuss it with McConnell, a spokesperson said. Facing his second impeachment trial in two years, Trump began to assemble his defense team by hiring attorney Butch Bowers to represent him, according to an adviser. Trump is at a disadvantage compared to his first trial, in which he had the full resources of the White House counsel's office to defend him. Pelosi said she would talk to them “in the next few days” about when the Senate might be ready for a trial.
Trump hires impeachment lawyer, McConnell wants Senate trial in February for Capitol riot incitement charge
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a Trump loyalist, told fellow GOP senators that Bowers agreed to represent Trump in the case, according to the D.C. newsletter Punchbowl. Those other lawyers included Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal attorney, who at the rally told Trump fans that there should be "trial by combat" in the effort to reverse Biden's win. Giuliani told ABC News on Sunday that he was a "witness," which precluded him from defending Trump in the Senate. McConnell on Tuesday had said on the Senate floor that Trump was to blame for inciting the assault on the Capitol. But McConnell and other Republicans have refused to say how they will vote at the trial.cnbc.com
Impeachment could become defining moment for Liz Cheney
3 House Republican had already broken with the president on everything from mask-wearing during the coronavirus pandemic to pulling back American troops in Afghanistan. Defying Trump also carried the historical weight of coming from the daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, a conservative force in Washington for decades. On a conference call with home-state reporters after Trump's impeachment, Cheney defended her decision saying, “I will continue to talk to and hear from my constituents all over Wyoming. Other top members of her own party have begun clamoring for Cheney to quit — or be voted out of — her post as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference. “I’m not judging anybody on this,” said Utah Republican Rep. John Curtis.
Trump's defiant help for Stone adds to tumult in Washington
FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Roger Stone arrives for his sentencing at federal court in Washington. Roger Stone was targeted by an illegal Witch Hunt that never should have taken place, Trump tweeted. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Trump confidant, said Stone was convicted of a nonviolent, first-time offense and the president was justified in commuting the sentence. By commuting Stone's sentence, Trump evoked other controversial acts of clemency by his predecessors, though his was done in the height of an election year. Stone, a former Nixon aide, told the AP he expressed his gratitude to Trump in a phone call.
No 'silver lining': Trump faces voter backlash amid crises
He later watched with dismay Trump's hard-line response to the police killing of George Floyd and the civil unrest that followed. Lund, who is white, now plans to vote a straight Democratic ticket and rejects any effort by Trump to put a silver lining on the nation's pain. "Even the most die-hard Trump supporters are exhausted.Trump is leading a nation grappling with unemployment rates not seen since the Great Depression. She said she wasn't going to support Trump before Floyds death but is now considering recruiting new Democratic voters. But back in Wisconsin, a state Trump narrowly carried four years ago, the restaurant worker Lund isn't so sure.
Newsletter: Will these hearings be unimpeachable?
Here are the stories you shouldnt miss today:Newsletter Get our Essential California newsletter SubscribeTOP STORIESWill These Hearings Be Unimpeachable? AdvertisementPublic hearings in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump are scheduled to begin this morning with testimony from State Department official George Kent and William B. Taylor Jr., the by-the-book senior U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. After Tuesdays hearing, University of California President Janet Napolitano who created the program in 2012 as U.S. More Politics White House advisor Stephen Miller sent emails that promoted white nationalist literature and racist propaganda to conservative news site Breitbart, the Southern Poverty Law Center said after releasing excerpts. Newsletter Get our Today's Headlines newsletter SubscribeAdvertisementA Shaken CampusA series of student deaths at USC this semester has prompted concern and a demand for answers among the campus community.latimes.com
Seventeen Democrats, three Republicans vie for U.S. presidential nominations
He has been criticized by some fellow Democrats for his role in passing tough-on-crime legislation in the 1990s. BERNIE SANDERSThe U.S. senator from Vermont lost the Democratic nomination in 2016 to Hillary Clinton but is trying again. Buttigieg would be the first openly gay presidential nominee of a major American political party. Her track record as San Franciscos district attorney and Californias attorney general has drawn scrutiny in a Democratic Party that has grown more liberal in recent years on criminal justice issues. JULIAN CASTROObamas secretary of housing and urban development would be the first Hispanic to win a major U.S. partys presidential nomination.feeds.reuters.com
Weekend bombshell: New whistleblower(s)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bombshell this weekend... a new whistleblower being represented by Mark Zaid and Andrew Bakaj, the lawyers for the original whistleblower, according to CNN's Jake Tapper, Pamela Brown and Zachary Cohen. Intel official: The second whistleblower works in the intelligence community and has spoken to the intelligence community's inspector general, CNN is reporting. JORDAN: I think -- I think -- I think he's getting -- as I think Senator Rubio said a couple days ago. As Democrats carry forward with their impeachment inquiry, the lack of an official vote to kick things off is becoming more of an issue. The restBacklash -- Moderate Dem and former CIA officer heckled for impeachment support -- It was support of moderates like Michigan's Elissa Slotkin that helped push Pelosi toward the impeachment inquiry.
Guest lineups for Sunday morning TV news shows for Oct. 6
Newsmakers on TVHere are the guest lineups for the Sunday morning TV news shows (lineups subject to change without notice):Meet the Press: Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. NBC, Ch. 2, 9 a.m.State of the Union: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Democratic presidential candidate; former Gov. Fox News Sunday: Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., and Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah. This Week: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. 9, 10 a.m.Face the Nation: Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn.; Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.news-journalonline.com
GOP challenger: Impeachment inquiry will hurt Republicans, Democrats
"It becomes the giant elephant in the room and all political discussion, if you will, stops," Sanford told CNN's Jim Sciutto Monday on "New Day." The South Carolina Republican said that the "fairly robust" Democratic debate process currently "is usurped by the larger debate on impeachment and what comes next." "They circle the wagons that much harder and makes it that much more difficult to get your word out if you're a challenger." Sanford pointed to impeachment not having an overwhelming majority as a reason to consider its future implications given the possible outcomes of the 2020 election. "If the waters simply stay quiet, there are great probabilities in terms of outcome next November," he said.
Joe Walsh calls Republican Party a 'cult'
(CNN) - Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh said Monday his campaign will go straight to Republican voters in states where Republican parties canceled 2020 presidential primaries, saying the party has become a "cult" that "is all about washing their leaders' feet every day." Walsh, along with Republican primary challengers former South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford and former Massachusetts Gov. "We're going to take our campaign directly to Republican voters, and I'll add, in all 50 states, we're going to campaign in all 50 states," Walsh said. Walsh also said on Monday he has "given up on the Republican Party," calling it "a cult." The Republican Party right now is all about washing their leaders' feet every day.
GOP Trump challengers slam canceled primaries
WASHINGTON (CNN) - All three Republican primary challengers lambasted state GOP leaders -- and President Donald Trump -- for opting to cancel their 2020 presidential primary elections in a show of support for the President. "In the United States, citizens choose their leaders," former Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, former Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois and former Massachusetts Gov. Their pushback comes after party leaders in Kansas, South Carolina and Nevada canceled their Republican primaries, with Arizona expected to make it official over the weekend. It is not unprecedented for state Republicans or Democrats to decide not to hold a presidential primary when an incumbent is running essentially uncontested. "The saying 'may the best man win' is a quintessential value that the Republican Party must honor if we are to command the respect of the American people."
Sanford says he is launching primary challenge against Trump
(CNN) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will launch a longshot primary challenge for the 2020 Republican nomination, he announced Sunday, giving President Donald Trump another Republican challenger as he runs for reelection. Sanford said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that he will make an announcement back in South Carolina at a later date because of Hurricane Dorian, but said, "I am going to get in." The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.
South Carolina Republicans vote to skip 2020 primary
CNN(CNN) - The South Carolina Republican Party executive committee voted Saturday to skip a presidential primary in 2020, leaving an open path for President Donald Trump to win all of the Palmetto State's delegates without competition. Drew McKissick, the state party chairman, said the move will save South Carolina taxpayers over $1.2 million and cited that as an incentive for moving forward with the decision. Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, who has announced that he will challenge Trump next year, appeared on CNN on Saturday afternoon and was asked about the South Carolina Republican's Party decision. "Clearly if you're President Trump and things are great and do you feel fine and you're strong, you wouldn't do this. "Arizona Republicans are fired up to reelect President Trump to a second term and will continue to work together to keep America -- and Arizona -- great."
Mark Sanford calls Iowa 'Buckeye state' ahead of visit
The South Carolina Republican tweeted about an upcoming trip to Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state -- but called it by a nickname for Ohio. "Will be going to Iowa next week and would love your wisdom on local perspectives if you are from the Buckeye state!" Iowa is the Hawkeye State, while Ohio is the Buckeye State. Iowa isn't the only key state that Sanford has in his sights. When asked why he is considering a run, Sanford said there is "no discussion of debt, deficit and government spending in Washington these days."