Tag: South Carolina

Mark Sanford Is the Biggest Republican Threat to Trump

This weekend, the former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford threw his hat into the presidential ring. He is the latest Republican to challenge President Trump for his party’s nomination. He also becomes the latest Republican to be instantly dismissed and jeered and even have his sanity questioned in some quarters. But Mr. Sanford enters the […]

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G.O.P. Plans to Drop Presidential Primaries in 4 States to Impede Trump Challengers

WASHINGTON — The Republican Parties in Arizona, Kansas, Nevada and South Carolina intend to cancel the 2020 presidential primaries in their states, according to three people familiar with their plans, a move aimed at depriving President Trump’s long-shot challengers of chances to build support. The state parties have yet to formalize their decisions, but Mr. […]

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Hurricane Dorian Becomes a Carolina Problem With a Fierce Lashing of the Coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. — After its deadly rampage across the Bahamas and brush of the Florida coast, Hurricane Dorian pounded the coastal Carolinas on Thursday, sowing fear and worry from the elegant streets of downtown Charleston to the jigsaw-puzzle that is North Carolina’s barrier islands. Though thousands of residents had evacuated the region at the urging […]

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Hurricane Dorian Updates: Category 5 Storm Batters Bahamas

Here’s what you need to know: Video The storm made landfall in the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane, with sustained winds in excess of 180 miles per hour.CreditCreditGuardian News, via YouTube Dorian’s path is projected to shift east. Hurricane Dorian remained a catastrophic Category 5 storm early Monday morning as it moved over the […]

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A Hot Job Market Is Causing Labor Pains for State Governments

Peanut season is nearly upon South Carolina and, like governments across the country, the state has been scrambling to hire. Its Department of Agriculture is lifting pay for crop inspectors to $13 to $16 an hour from the previous $9.50 to $11.50, and creating an “aide” version of the position that requires less education and […]

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The Trump Strain in American History

President Trump has done nothing for his white working-class voters. His signature tax cut was a giveaway to powerful business interests and wealthy heirs. His trade wars have forced farmers into dire economic straits. His White House is more interested in cutting food stamps than lifting wages. The economy is growing and unemployment is low, […]

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Denali Berries Stuckey Becomes 12th Black Trans Woman Killed This Year

Photo: iStock The murderous death toll continues to climb for members of the transgender community with news of the killing of Denali Berries Stuckey, the 12th transgender woman to be slain this year. Stuckey, 29, was found shot to death along a road in North Charleston, S.C., on Saturday, and police are now investigating whether her […]

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Back-to-School Sales Tax ‘Holidays’ Lure Shoppers Despite Slim Savings

If you missed out on the blitz of deals offered early this week by many online retailers, don’t despair: There may be additional savings on the horizon, as more than a dozen states gear up for their annual summer sales tax “holidays.” This year, 16 states are offering back-to-school promotions, exempting many items, including clothing, […]

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Lindsey Graham’s “Achilles Heel”

Aside from Maine’s Susan Collins—who is a “moderate” until the moment Mitch McConnell needs her vote to Kavanaugh-ize the Supreme Court—Lindsey Graham is the most duplicitous Republican senator running for reelection in 2020.  As recently as 2016, Graham was known as John McCain’s loyal Sancho Panza—an iconoclastic, albeit conservative, South Carolina senator who radiated scorn […]

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Biden Stresses Ties to Obama, Apologizes for Remarks on Segregationists

SUMTER, S.C. — After spending weeks under fire for his decades-long history on race and civil rights, Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Saturday gave the most forceful defense yet of his record, emphasizing his time as vice president to Barack Obama, and also did something he had resisted in the past — apologize for warmly […]

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Biden, Under Fire for Civil Rights Record, Stresses Ties to Obama

CHARLESTON, S.C. — After weeks of facing sharp criticisms over his decades-long history on issues including busing and civil rights, Joseph R. Biden Jr. is expected on Saturday to give the most forceful defense yet of his record, with an emphasis on his time as vice president to Barack Obama, the country’s first black president. […]

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Alabama Isn’t the Only State That Punishes Pregnant Women

Last week, the world learned the chilling news that Marshae Jones, a 28-year-old woman who was five months pregnant when shot in the stomach, has been charged with manslaughter. When a grand jury failed to indict Ebony Jemison, the woman who fired the gun, the police in Pleasant Grove, Ala., sought someone else — and […]

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Cory Booker Needs a Breakout Moment. Will He Create One at the Debates?

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Senator Cory Booker has for months been looking for his breakout moment, the opportunity to stand out from the sprawling Democratic presidential field, go viral online, and reap the benefits in the polls and with a surge of new contributors. And for a moment last week, it seemed as if he had […]

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Waist-Deep in the ‘Big Muddle’

John Hickenlooper exudes a refreshing level of candor that is rare in the 2020 presidential hunt. Late Saturday afternoon, the former two-term Colorado governor was wandering—almost unrecognized—on the fringes of a claque of Joe Biden supporters after the end of South Carolina Democratic convention in Columbia. Working his way through a package of red Twizzlers […]

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Biden, in Interview with Sharpton, Tries to Defuse Criticism of Remarks on Segregationists

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Saturday sought to tamp down anger over his praise for the bygone civility of a Senate that included notorious segregationists, stopping just short of an apology while asserting that his reference to never being called “boy” by one of the senators was not racial in nature. Appearing […]

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‘The Black Vote Is Not Monolithic’: 2020 Democrats Find Split Preferences in South Carolina

McCLELLANVILLE, S.C. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. enjoys a sizable advantage with black voters in South Carolina right now, and not just at lunch tables where they discuss candidates over freshly caught shrimp and fried fish. Recent polls have shown him with support from about 50 percent of African-American voters in the state. It is […]

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Democratic Candidates Hoping to Woo Black Voters, Gather at S.C. Fish Fry

[Sign up for our politics newsletter, and we’ll send you a reminder about our live chat on debate night.] COLUMBIA, S.C. — Nearly every Democratic presidential candidate converged in South Carolina on Friday to pay homage to the state party’s most powerful political kingmaker and court black voters and women — two of its crucial […]

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Does Kamala Harris Have a Working-Class Black Man Problem? It’s Complicated

Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images) It didn’t seem to be that controversial of a statement given the data. Since the Donald Trump presidency; the Georgia governor’s race; the St. Louis mayoral race and others, a certain number of black men have been sneaking back into the Sunken Place voting booth. Whether it’s partisanship, misogyny, or […]

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Democratic Candidates Talk Black Money Matters at South Carolina Forum

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) participates in the Black Economic Alliance Forum, taking questions from Soledad O’Brien, June 15, 2019, in Charleston, S.C.Photo: Sean Rayford (Getty) With more than 20 (at last count) Democrats in the running to win the party’s presidential nomination, it’s probably more important than ever to differentiate oneself, […]

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