SC House Budget Proceedings

Lessons from the 2016 #SCBudget Debate

After a loooong day yesterday live-tweeting the #SCBudget debate, here are a few lessons/thoughts in no particular order (click here for an analysis of the original Ways and Means budget): 1. Mandating a certain amount of revenue every year for roads sounds like a good idea, but practically speaking it just won’t happen. Or the local government […]

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South Carolina Senate Roads Compromise

3 Reasons the Gas Tax Compromise Isn’t a Conservative Victory

All opinions expressed here are solely my own, and not those of any other individual or organization (and certainly not those of Sen. Hugh Leatherman).  Last week the Senate (temporarily) ended weeks of gridlock on the roads issue with a compromise amendment that removed the gas tax bill, among other things. This may sound like […]

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Ben Carson Carly Fiorina

Carson vs. Fiorina: Should a Muslim be President?

Believe it or not, Carson and Fiorina actually agree on this more than you might think. In spite of what you might be reading on Facebook, their positions do not disqualify either one from being a viable option for conservatives. I’m going to analyze their positions closely in just a minute, but first let’s set […]

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SC Confederate Flag

Additional Thoughts on the Confederate Flag Debate

When we Southerners do something, we do it big and loud. That includes scandal, drama, and controversy. As I’ve watched the ongoing Confederate flag debate since my last post, here are some additional thoughts that have come to mind, in no particular order. 1. This was a cultivated controversy. There wasn’t any talk about the Confederate […]

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South Carolina Confederate Flag

Why Removing the Confederate Flag Is the Wrong Response to the Charleston Shooting

There have been a number of responses to the tragic Charleston shooting earlier this week. There’s been an outpouring of grief, support, prayer, and most lately, renewed calls for the complete removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. This is understandable. The guy was obviously a white supremacist and his car had a […]

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Why I don’t support a Convention of States

Why I don’t support a Convention of States

There’s a lot of buzz about how a Convention of States (CoS) to amend the Constitution is the perfect solution for an out-of-control Federal government. The ugly truth, however, is that a Convention of States wouldn’t fix anything and would in all likelihood make things much worse. Here’s why.   1. The current Constitution isn’t […]

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Scottish and British flags

The Independence Debate in Scotland Should Make Us Appreciate Our Constitution Even More

Tomorrow, Scotland will decide whether or not to formally split from England. I honestly don’t know how I’d vote if I were a Scot. There’s the Wallace-and-Bruce emotional case, and then there’s the “Rule Britannia” emotional case. If you look at the facts, you can make a case for both sides. But all that aside, […]

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Why Americans shouldn't celebrate Bastille Day

Why Americans Shouldn’t Celebrate Bastille Day

On July 14th, the world celebrated Bastille Day, the French equivalent to the 4th of July. This day commemorates the French peasantry’s storming of the Bastille at the beginning of the French Revolution. This occurred only 13 years after the American Revolution, and there was pressure on our government to provide assistance to the French […]

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Lee Bright for SC Senate

Senate Candidate Analysis: Lee Bright

The South Carolina primary is less than a week away, and this analysis of Lee Bright is the next to the last article in my series analyzing the Graham challengers. This article is based on the criteria in my previous post, “What we need in a Graham challenger.” 1. Prior political victories – “A+” In my original […]

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Det Bowers

Senate Candidate Analysis: Det Bowers

Today, we’re looking at one of the most colorful of the Lindsey Graham challengers: former pastor Det Bowers. This analysis is based on the criteria in my previous post, “What we need in a Graham challenger.” 1. Prior political victories – “F” Det Bowers has never run for office before. He does have some experience […]

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