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STATEMENT FROM SCDP CHAIR TRAV ROBERTSON, JR. ON THE PASSING OF COLIN POWELL

STATEMENT FROM SCDP CHAIR TRAV ROBERTSON, JR. ON THE PASSING OF COLIN POWELL

STATEMENT FROM SCDP CHAIR TRAV ROBERTSON, JR. ON THE PASSING OF COLIN POWELL

COLUMBIA, SC — South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Trav Robertson, Jr. released the following statement on the passing of Colin Powell:

“General Powell demonstrated everything that is great about our Democracy. His life represented the ideal of and the belief in the American dream. He was an inspiration to communities of color and to those of us who yearn for the day when statesmen and stateswomen put America above anything else.

“After experiencing the horror of war in Vietnam, Powell became the highest ranking African American in the military, serving as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  He continued his service and leadership to our country as the first African American Secretary of State.

“He lived a life of integrity and character. Our nation owes him a debt of which we can’t repay. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and our country during this time.”

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STATEMENT FROM SCDP CHAIR TRAV ROBERTSON, JR. ON THE PASSING OF COLIN POWELL

STATEMENT FROM SCDP CHAIR TRAV ROBERTSON ON ACLU REDISTRICTING LAWSUIT

STATEMENT FROM SCDP CHAIR TRAV ROBERTSON ON ACLU REDISTRICTING LAWSUIT

COLUMBIA, SC — Today the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced they are suing South Carolina over the redistricting process. SCDP Chair Trav Robertson, Jr. released the following statement:

“Anytime we can increase transparency in our political processes, including redistricting, South Carolinians will benefit. The truth is, Republicans in the state legislature have made a concerted effort to redraw district lines in secret to protect incumbents by providing little opportunity for constituents to participate.

“During a global pandemic, Jay Jordan and Chris Murphy scheduled nine redistricting hearings to be held in-person only, asking people to risk their lives to have their voices heard in the process. Hearings were also scheduled on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. If we can livestream hours of debate on using cow dewormer as COVID medicine — one asks, why can’t we do the same for redistricting?

“Republicans are afraid to run in competitive elections and will do everything in their power to prevent it, including limiting public input at redistricting hearings. I am happy to see the ACLU get involved by filing a lawsuit and hope it will bring increased transparency and fairness to South Carolina’s redistricting process.”

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STATEMENT FROM SCDP CHAIR TRAV ROBERTSON ON ACLU REDISTRICTING LAWSUIT

Graham Introduces Religious Education Week Resolution

Graham Introduces Religious Education Week Resolution

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) introduced a resolution designating this week as “Religious Education Week” to celebrate and emphasize the importance of religious education and the schools and organizations engaged in religious instruction.
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Graham Introduces Religious Education Week Resolution

Graham, Blackburn to President Biden: Tell Migrant Caravan to Turn Around

Graham, Blackburn to President Biden: Tell Migrant Caravan to Turn Around

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) today sent a letter to President Biden urging him to tell the massive migrant caravan approaching our southern border, “You must turn around”.
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Graham, Blackburn to President Biden: Tell Migrant Caravan to Turn Around

SC CHILDREN DIE WHILE McMASTER PLAYS POLITICS WITH COVID

SC CHILDREN DIE WHILE McMASTER PLAYS POLITICS WITH COVID

COLUMBIA, SC — Thanks to Governor McMaster’s careless and ineffective leadership, South Carolina is now ranked second in the nation for COVID-19 cases in children. Instead of implementing policies that would keep children safe and healthy in school, Henry and the Republicans in the state legislature have banned school boards from requiring masks in the districts these officials were elected to serve. South Carolina Republicans are playing politics with kids’ lives and now our state leads the nation for COVID cases in children. 

“Henry McMaster vowed to fight public health measures implemented by the Biden Administration ‘to the gates of hell,’ and look where that has gotten us,” said SCDP Chair Trav Robertson, Jr. “South Carolina ranks in the top 10 states with the most cases per 100,000 residents, second for COVID-19 cases in children, and in the bottom 11 for vaccination rates by state. Henry has shown everyone that he cares more about appealing to individuals who vote in Republican primaries than protecting our children’s lives. Henry repeatedly places the interests of his political base ahead of the lives of children in South Carolina.” 

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SC CHILDREN DIE WHILE McMASTER PLAYS POLITICS WITH COVID

Graham Pushes President Biden to Call 'Time Out' on Asylum Claims Made in the United States

Graham Pushes President Biden to Call 'Time Out' on Asylum Claims Made in the United States

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today called on the Biden Administration to call a ‘time-out’ and stop processing asylum claims made in the United States. Graham has pushed for asylum claims to be filed in the asylum seekers’ home country, another Northern Triangle country or one contiguous, or in Mexico before being allowed into the United States.
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Graham Pushes President Biden to Call 'Time Out' on Asylum Claims Made in the United States

TOO LITTLE TOO LATE, SC HOUSE REPUBLICANS SCHEDULE ADDITIONAL VIRTUAL REDISTRICTING HEARING

TOO LITTLE TOO LATE, SC HOUSE REPUBLICANS SCHEDULE ADDITIONAL VIRTUAL REDISTRICTING HEARING

COLUMBIA, SC — South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Trav Robertson, Jr. issued the following statement on the House Redistricting Committee’s decision to add an additional meeting with virtual testimony

“Last week I called on House Redistricting Committee Chairman, Jay Jordan to allow virtual testimony at all public hearings and livestream these meetings. While I am glad to see committee members are listening and agreed to schedule an additional hearing with virtual testimony, this should be the standard for every redistricting meeting, not the exception. Maps drawn by this committee will last ten years. This process is significant and it warrants more than eight hours of virtual testimony for the entire state.

“In the middle of a global pandemic which took the lives of 110 South Carolinians today alone, there is no excuse for Judiciary Chairman, Chris Murphy and House Redistricting Ad Hoc Committee Chairman Jay Jordan to not make redistricting committee meetings more accessible. In addition to scheduling 9 in-person only hearings during a COVID-19 spike, several of the meetings were scheduled on Jewish Holidays including Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It is outrageous that no one at the House Redistricting Committee could look at a calendar before setting these meeting dates.

“The truth is, Chris Murphy, Jay Jordan and South Carolina Republicans are trying to draw new district lines in secret to protect incumbents and their Republican majority without input from their constituents. Maybe they are afraid of what would happen if they had to run in a competitive district, not one drawn to ensure an easy path to reelection.”

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TOO LITTLE TOO LATE, SC HOUSE REPUBLICANS SCHEDULE ADDITIONAL VIRTUAL REDISTRICTING HEARING

Graham, Menendez, Young, And Cardin Recognize One Year Anniversary Of Historic Abraham Accords

Graham, Menendez, Young, And Cardin Recognize One Year Anniversary Of Historic Abraham Accords

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), Todd Young (R-Indiana), and Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) today made the following joint statement recognizing the one-year anniversary of the signing of the historic Abraham Accords.
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Graham, Menendez, Young, And Cardin Recognize One Year Anniversary Of Historic Abraham Accords