By the very slimmest of margins, Joe Cunningham has taken the seat once occupied by the Appalachian Wanderer, Mark Sanford.
So, what does that mean?
We are curious yellow. Will he become the Joe Manchin of South Carolina, all curvy and slick, ever the politician that must weave his way like a water moccasin between the district’s lunatic right, and the liberals dying to be, for once, a part of the political equation? How do you navigate these low-country waters?
You abandon Nancy Pelosi for one. There are others that will rear their ugly heads, but all in due time.
For now, you shun your party and try to become a Democratic Independent.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina’s newest congressional Democrat is standing by his pledge not to support Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House. Congressman-elect Joe Cunningham’s campaign confirms to The Associated Press that he is “a man of his word and will keep the promise he made to voters and will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker under any circumstance,” Cunningham spokesman Tyler Jones told The Associated Press. Cunningham’s stance is in addition to public vows by at least eight sitting House Democrats and two new representatives who told Politico they will vote against Pelosi on the floor.
Source: New SC Democrat won’t back Pelosi ‘under any circumstance’
For all of the ridiculous nonsense spouted by the coal-loving right, the truth is that clean energy gets better every day.
Clean energy offers several opportunities to save on operating cost, develop new markets, products and services, engage in modern successful branding and avoid corporate risk.
Source: Clean Energy: Forget Climate Change, It Saves Costs Too
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” – Abraham Lincoln
In these times, America has no city of brotherly love. But that is not unusual. We have been haters since the formation of this Republic. We don’t like strangers and we don’t like newcomers. Some of that is human nature, but we take it to extremes when we hate with such animus that guns are drawn.
The better angels of our nature are under assault by angels that Abraham Lincoln did not mention.
This from Jelani Cobb in The New Yorker
The architects of these atrocities were both white men whose fury was amplified in the echo chamber of the Internet. They conceived of their actions as a form of self-defense.
Source: From Charleston to Pittsburgh, an Arc of Premeditated American Tragedy | The New Yorker
It is hard to believe that crimes like this can occur in South Carolina. We are raised to believe they occur in places far away. Cases like this shock us back into reality.
The sad thing is that Heather is one of many, less publicized cases that occur far too often in our state.
Heather Elvis, 20, vanished in 2013 after break-up with married man who allegedly wanted to get back together
Source: Dad of Missing Woman Kidnapped by Lover’s ‘Evil Queen’ Wife Is ‘Not Giving Up’ Search to Find Her
We are confused. Lindsey Graham is all over the chart. Sometimes he acts rational; sometimes we are convinced he is not taking his meds. We are beginning to get the feeling a little bit of Donald Trump has rubbed off on him. He seems to crave attention all the time.
What’s up with that?
This ‘Radical Left’ that is his latest fascination does not even seem to exist. Certainly not in South Carolina, unless you can be called a radical for peacefully assembling.
We thought that was patriotism?
Welcome to voodoo healthcare, the creative accounting which seeks to allay your fears while hiding from you the unpleasant truth; the affordable care act might be the best choice for protecting you and your family.
But no one wants to hear that.
They want to tell you about health savings accounts and catastrophic health care. They sound a lot better than Democratic socialist medicine.
They are not.
Too many loopholes and cheap plans that offer nothing but promises. Not enough money deducted from your paycheck to cover one real catastrophe.
The politicians are saying they will fight for pre-existing conditions even as they fight in the courts to dismantle them.
Your healthcare is under attack by people who would rather have a generous tax cut, because they believe tax cuts are economic salvation. As the debt climbs higher and higher, they need to find a way to pay for the tax cuts that were supposed to pay for themselves.
They are not. We are drowning in debt, and one way to stem that is to repeal the ACA. Your best bet for real health insurance.
From The Hill
The new pre-tax rule is part of a package of regulations prompted by last year’s executive order promoting health-care choice and competition.
Source: The false promise and limitations of pre-tax health accounts | TheHill
The officer who died spent nearly three weeks in critical condition.
Source: Female police officer dies weeks after being shot in deadly ambush
Are guts enough? What about compassion? What about critical thinking skills. What about a moral compass? Does she have those qualities? After the Donald, can we take a chance on Nikki?
She should ignore the conventional wisdom and throw her hat in the ring.
Source: Nikki Haley Is the GOP’s Best Chance to Win in 2020
Matt Welch argues in this article that the debt bomb is going to hurt this country bigly, but while entitlements are made out to be the major cause, there is scant mention of the defense bomb, which grows every year. The DOD is a money pit that cannot reconcile what they receive. When is someone going to balance the DOD?
All we have to show for 9 years of economic expansion is record amounts of debt, and all long-term fiscal problems ignored.
Source: When the Bubble Bursts, We’re So Screwed – Reason.com
A new study says most Americans are willing to pay more for their beer if it helps save the planet.
Source: Most Beer Drinkers Would Pay More Money for Sustainable Beer, New Study Says