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SCDP Press Clips for April 11, 2021

SCDP Press Clips for April 11, 2021

SCDP Press Clips for April 11, 2021

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INSIDE SOUTH CAROLINA

Report: South Carolina At ‘Extreme’ Risk Of Gerrymandering In 2021 A non-partisan advocacy group is concerned #SouthCarolina is at “extreme” risk of gerrymandering ahead of the next election cycle – the first political races to be held based on new boundaries drawn in the aftermath of the 2020 U.S. Census. Read More.
McMaster sued over order bringing all remaining S.C. state employees back to the workplace A lawsuit has been filed against South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster over his executive order that called for all remaining state employees still working from home to return to the workplace on a full-time basis. Read More.
‘Whiteness’ vilified by ‘the left,’ says SC Rep Vic Dabney-Kershaw who voted against hate crimes bill Dabney said he thinks white people are “constantly reminded that we are the problem because of our skin color.” Read More.
Former UN Ambassador, SC Gov. Nikki Haley visiting SC State campus Current S.C. State President James E. Clark had been appointed to a new Board of Trustees during Haley’s tenure as South Carolina’s governor. He was then named the school’s president in 2016. Read More.
Democrat Krystle Matthews Says Registration Key to Ousting SC’s Tim Scott Matthews, recently elected to her second term in the state House, represents a district that includes areas north of Charleston. In 2018, she ousted a four-term GOP incumbent, focusing her campaign on what she saw as a need to elect more representatives with “the working person’s voice.” Read More.

NATIONAL NEWS

Poll: 72 percent approve of Covid relief law Support is nearly universal among Democrats and strong among independents, while GOP voters are split. Read More.

DNC chair: ‘Voting should not be a partisan thing’ The states that have introduced the largest number of voter reform bills are Texas, Georgia, and Arizona, with 49, 25, and 23 bills, respectively. Read More.

One of the Virginia police officers who pepper-sprayed an Army officer during a traffic stop has been fired Second Lt. Caron Nazario, who is Black and Latino, is suing over the incident, claiming the two officers violated his rights guaranteed under the First and Fourth Amendments. Read More.

Trump goes on offensive in speech … against Republicans Trump shattered two days of relative peace in his closing remarks to the GOP’s top donors when he insulted the party’s Senate leader Mitch McConnell and his wife. Read More.

[VIDEO] Health alert issued for salmonella outbreak in raw, ground turkey Pounds of meat were reportedly shipped to major grocery chains with January “sell-by” dates. Watch Here.

 


AROUND THE WORLD

‘Huge’ explosion rocks St. Vincent as volcano keeps erupting Experts called it a “huge explosion” that generated pyroclastic flows down the volcano’s south and southwest flanks.Read More.

Ukraine says Russia has moved 80,000 troops to border and Crimea, and Putin won’t talk Putin has sent thousands of forces toward the Ukrainian border recently, raising concerns among politicians in the United States and European Union. Read More.

India overtakes Brazil to become the second-worst hit country as Covid cases soar Since the beginning of April, India has reported more than 1.37 million cases, bringing the country’s total number of infections to over 13.5 million. Read More.

 

 

 

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BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION TAKES ACTION TO CURB GUN VIOLENCE AS CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY MOVES THROUGH SC STATE HOUSE

BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION TAKES ACTION TO CURB GUN VIOLENCE AS CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY MOVES THROUGH SC STATE HOUSE

 

Columbia, S.C. — The Biden-Harris Administration is taking deliberate action to reduce gun violence, enlisting the Department of Justice to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns”and to create rules making it clear devices marketed as a stabilizing brace are subject to the National Firearms Act. They have additionally called on the DOJ to develop a model for “red flag” legislation states can enact at the local level.  President Biden has also named David Chipman, a gun owner, to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), a role that has been vacant since 2015.

The President has reiterated his calls for Congress to pass common sense legislation swiftly to reduce gun violence supported by an overwhelming majority of the American people. Most Americans agree that we need to take action to reduce gun violence, make our communities safer, and save lives. Meanwhile South Carolina Republicans have continued to proceed with House Bill 3096, a law known as Constitutional Carry, that if passed would allow anyone to carry a handgun, even without a permit.

“York County, South Carolina has now joined the list of grieving communities across the country who are reeling from gun violence.” said Trav Robertson, JR. SCDP Chair. “As a small state, we’ve now experienced three mass shootings, making it even more imperative that our elected officials pause to consider the ramifications of their actions.  Please take a moment to reflect on how to prevent this from happening again–to make sure that those suffering have access to mental health resources.

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SOUTH CAROLINA DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR CONDEMNS HATE-FILLED REMARKS BY REPRESENTATIVE VIC DABNEY OF KERSHAW COUNTY

SOUTH CAROLINA DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR CONDEMNS HATE-FILLED REMARKS BY REPRESENTATIVE VIC DABNEY OF KERSHAW COUNTY

SOUTH CAROLINA DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR CONDEMNS HATE-FILLED REMARKS BY REPRESENTATIVE VIC DABNEY OF KERSHAW COUNTY

 

Columbia, S.C. —In a hate filled Facebook tirade earlier this week, Kershaw County State Representative Vic Dabney said, “Our entire way of life has been vilified by the left; it’s our whiteness and our ‘straightness’ that keeps getting in the way….We are the reason blacks can’t seem to succeed in our society.  We are the reason that black crime rates are ten times that of others.”

Dabney’s facebook outburst was in response to the State House taking up historic hate crime legislation. “With the increase in hate speech, hate crimes and violence against black and brown communities, the SC Legislature must not only censure, but remove all committee assignments from  Rep. Vic Dabney, whose virulent Facebook remarks about black Americans are untrue, unfounded and a flagrant insult to those who call Kershaw County and home.” said SCDP Chair Trav Robertson, Jr.

Robertson made note of a Washington Post editorial last month by George W. Bush advisor Michael Gerson, who said of today’s GOP:  “… I could not advise an idealistic and ambitious young person to join today’s GOP because her ambition would be likely to destroy her idealism. Most Republican leaders can no longer be trusted with the moral education of the young on the central moral challenge of our history. Elected Republicans who are not bigots are generally cowards in the face of bigotry. And that is a shocking, horrible thing.”

 Will SC GOP leaders be cowards in the face of bigotry or will they stand up and condem Representative Dabney’s remarks?

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Graham on Biden Administration Support of Pay to Slay

Graham on Biden Administration Support of Pay to Slay

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the Biden Administration’s decision to resume support of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

“I am deeply troubled by recent decisions from the Biden Administration to turn a blind eye to behavior by the Palestinian Authority.

“In 2019, the Palestinian Authority provided $343 million to subsidize Pay to Slay attacks where terrorists and their families receive cash rewards for attacking Israelis and Americans.  Instead of reforming and putting an end to these attacks, they have doubled down on their commitment to subsidizing terrorism.

“Despite this, the Biden Administration today announced it will resume support of the Palestinians by providing at least $150 million to UNRWA.  When it comes to the Palestinians, UNRWA does little more than subsidize a corrupt regime and a status quo in the West Bank and in Jordan.  UNRWA has been historically antagonistic to Israel and an impediment to peace.

“Additionally, recent decisions by the State Department to provide funding for projects in the West Bank come close to violating the provisions of the Taylor Force Act.  As the author of the Taylor Force Act and the Ranking Member on the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, I fully expect a complete honoring of the letter and intent of the law.

“A willingness to make concessions to the Palestinians without demanding anything in return is deeply troubling and should worry us all, particularly as the Biden Administration makes an effort to resume nuclear negotiations with the Iranians.”

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Source: Lindsey Graham
Graham on Biden Administration Support of Pay to Slay

Graham on H.R. 1: Biggest Power Grab in Modern American History

Graham on H.R. 1: Biggest Power Grab in Modern American History

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today spoke at a press conference with South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster to discuss the negative impact H.R. 1, the For the People Act, would have on South Carolina elections. 

The legislation has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives and could soon be debated in the U.S. Senate. The far-reaching legislation would erode a South Carolina law requiring a photo ID to vote. It also calls for public funding for political campaigns for office.

  • GRAHAM: “H.R. 1 is an attempt by the radical left to take over every election system in the country. H.R. 1 would be the federalization of elections for Congress. It would be in violation of the Constitution, in my view. The contents of this bill should scare everybody in South Carolina and throughout the nation who believe in robust voting but integrity at the ballot box.”
  • McMASTER: “This bill, H.R. 1, threatens the constitutional sovereignty of the state of South Carolina. Those are not just words – that’s very important. This country, our state, is built on the sovereignty of the states. This bill takes that away.”
  • GRAHAM: “[H.R.1] would take away from the states the ability to redistrict for congressional purposes. What does that mean to South Carolina? That’s a disaster for us. We have seven members of Congress now because our population in South Carolina is growing. Every few years, you redistrict the House of Representatives based on population growth, or people moving out of the deep blue liberal states because of the taxes and crime. They’re coming to Texas and South Carolina and Florida, and under the laws of the land today, you leave it up to the states, with court oversight, to draw the new congressional districts. This bill would eliminate that. They would create a federal panel to take away from South Carolina the ability to draw congressional lines. That’s a tremendous infringement on the ability of a state to run its election as envisioned by the Constitution.”
  • McMASTER: “There’s no way to exaggerate the danger and the harm that these provisions if passed, will do to our state and our country. It is hard to believe. They will eliminate a requirement, any kind of ID requirement, other than saying that you are who you say you are, and you can register to vote on the same day as the election. It requires the states to have early voting.”
  • GRAHAM: “[H.R. 1] will destroy ballot integrity. This will institutionalize techniques used by the left to expand the vote in a fashion where there will be no integrity in the vote. This is the biggest power grab in modern American history being pushed by the most radical people in modern American history to change the way we vote to destroy the integrity of the ballot box, and we will not stand for it in South Carolina.”
  • GRAHAM: “Voting is a sacred right, but it is also a sacred process. I’d rather leave it up to the state of South Carolina. Why should [Congress] be mandating that? I mean, if it’s working in a state and they like it, great…for me, I’d like people to get registered, make it easy to be registered, but be on the books. When you show up, they’ll see your name, you show an ID, and you vote.”

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Source: Lindsey Graham
Graham on H.R. 1: Biggest Power Grab in Modern American History

Graham Request to Fauci: Make Sure Policies at the Border Protect Americans from COVID-19, Not Accelerate Its Spread

Graham Request to Fauci: Make Sure Policies at the Border Protect Americans from COVID-19, Not Accelerate Its Spread

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today wrote to Dr. Anthony Fauci urging him to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border to survey what many consider to be a public health crisis related to the surge of migration from Central America.
Source: Lindsey Graham
Graham Request to Fauci: Make Sure Policies at the Border Protect Americans from COVID-19, Not Accelerate Its Spread

OP-ED by Majority Whip James Clyburn: The American Rescue Plan — Changing the Course of the Pandemic for All Americans

OP-ED by Majority Whip James Clyburn: The American Rescue Plan — Changing the Course of the Pandemic for All Americans By U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC-6) It has been a little more than a year since COVID-19 was officially discovered within the boundaries of the United States. It has been devastating to communities of […]

SCDP Press Clips for April 5, 2021

SCDP Press Clips for April 5, 2021

SCDP Press Clips for April 5, 2021

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INSIDE SOUTH CAROLINA

McMaster has issued 26 emergency declarations for the pandemic. Here’s why they continue. Some South Carolinians might wonder why the state remains in a state of emergency when public life is beginning to return to normal. Read More.
Some Lowcountry churches meet in-person to celebrate Easter Every drop counts when administering the vaccine, because each one has an expiration date. Read More.
South Carolina to spend $6 million sponsoring PGA Tour golf tournament in Ridgeland South Carolina is getting a new PGA Tournament, and the state is footing part of the bill.Read More.
New Amtrak route proposed for Greenville goes to Charlotte and Atlanta. Here’s what we know. Amtrak released its 2035 vision plan, which includes an added route that passes through Greenville and goes to Charlotte, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; and Birmingham, Alabama. Read More.
Will SC politicians change the law after investigator paid for sex acts at Horry spas? Numerous South Carolina lawmakers are now favoring new laws to restrict law enforcement from engaging in sexual activities while on the job. Read More.
Farm at Florence 1 looks to teach agriculture to students and the Florence Community Farm to School Coordinator Jeff Murrie began the farm-to-school program a few years ago. He said his dream was to open this type of facility specifically at the former home of the Clemson Research Station.. Read More.

NATIONAL NEWS

Republican congresswoman Nancy Mace slams MLB for requiring photo ID to pick up tickets – while moving All-Stars Game from Georgia over new voter ID law Rep. Nancy Mace suggested the league’s ticket pick-up policy was hypocritical Read More.

Democrats fear a delay in redistricting threatens Black and Asian residents in two southern states Black and Asian American voters in Alabama and North Carolina, two of the states at the greatest risk for gerrymandering, per a report by the Brennan Center for Justice, are starting to sounding the alarm on how they could be impacted in major ways. Read More.

Republican lies helped defeat us in 2020. We’re going to shield House Democrats in 2022. Just eight votes separate the parties in the U.S. House of Representatives. With a shift in a handful of the 435 House districts, the speaker’s gavel would fall to Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. Read More.

Lindsey Graham tells Fauci to go to border and see ‘biggest super spreader event in the nation’ “Paging Dr. Fauci: You need to go to the southern border and witness in person the biggest super spreader event in the nation – President [Biden’s] immigration policies,” Graham tweeted. Read More.

Generation Unemployed: Another Class Of Graduates Faces Pandemic-Scarred Future The reality is that there may be plenty of cheaper-to-hire college graduates, but in an economy still recovering from major layoffs, there are also plenty more experienced workers desperate for jobs. Read More.

 


AROUND THE WORLD

Jordan’s Prince Hamzah vows to defy ‘house arrest’ orders He was accused of plotting with “foreign entities” to destabilise the kingdom. Read More.

[VIDEO] Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to call for global minimum corporate tax Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen made the remarks in a speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Israeli PM back in court as parties weigh in on his fate In a nationally televised address, Netanyahu accused prosecutors of persecuting him in an attempt to undermine the will of the voters and to drive him out of office. Read More.

N Ireland sees 3rd night of unrest amid post-Brexit tensions The flareups come amid rising tensions over post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland and worsening relations between the parties in the Protestant-Catholic power-sharing Belfast government. Read More.

 

 

 

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SCDP LAUDS BIDEN – HARRIS ADMINISTRATION HISTORIC PUBLIC INVESTMENT TO REBUILD AND RE-ENERGIZE SOUTH CAROLINA’S ECONOMY

SCDP LAUDS BIDEN – HARRIS ADMINISTRATION HISTORIC PUBLIC INVESTMENT TO REBUILD AND RE-ENERGIZE SOUTH CAROLINA’S ECONOMY

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Contact: lauren@scdp.org, 803-832-0819

SCDP LAUDS BIDEN -HARRIS ADMINISTRATION HISTORIC PUBLIC INVESTMENT TO REBUILD AND RE-ENERGIZE SOUTH CAROLINA’S ECONOMY

 

Columbia, S.C.— South Carolinians will benefit from President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, which calls for modernizing over 20,000 miles of highways, roads, and local streets.

 

When it comes to the economy, the Palmetto State can also anticipate the creation of good paying jobs building, rehabilitating, and retrofitting affordable, accessible, energy efficient, and resilient housing, commercial buildings, schools, and child care facilities. While also improving South Carolina’s federal facilities, specifically those serving veterans.

 

The plan will unify and mobilize the country to meet the great challenges of our time, including the climate crisis, by investing in Americans to deliver the jobs and opportunities they deserve. Unlike past major investments, this plan prioritizes addressing long-standing and persistent racial injustice by focusing the benefits of climate and clean infrastructure investments toward disadvantaged communities.

 

“The American Jobs Plan is an investment in America that will create millions of good jobs, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, and position the United States to out-compete China.” says Executive Director, Jay Parmley. “ What we know is public domestic investment as a share of the economy has fallen more than 40 percent since the 1960s. The Biden-Harris American Jobs Plan will invest in America in a way we have not seen since the days of interstate highway construction and the Space Race.”

 

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SCDP LAUDS BIDEN – HARRIS ADMINISTRATION HISTORIC PUBLIC INVESTMENT TO REBUILD AND RE-ENERGIZE SOUTH CAROLINA’S ECONOMY