Friday, February 17, 2017

The Agenda: Conway man plotted "in the spirit of Dylann Roof"; Mulvaney confirmed; Tourism season is here

Conway copycat spoke of targeting synagogue, non-whites

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 11:09 AM

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A Conway man was arrested yesterday after expressing interest in acquiring a gun and committing a crime "in the spirit of Dylann Roof." FBI files show that the man, Benjamin T.S. McDowell, admired Roof's mass killing at Emanuel AME Church and posted threats to Jewish and non-white people on Facebook. Source: NYT

AP headline today... Critics: Trump should not ignore domestic terrorist threats

Upon Trump's travel to North Charleston for Boeing's 787-10 rollout, P&C: "Donald Trump's visit to North Charleston is more business than politics"

You heard about the president's dizzying press conference yesterday, now read the transcript. Source: NYT

During the presser, when asked if the president would meet with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Trump asked April Ryan, a reporter for the American Urban Radio Networks if she knew members of the caucus, if she was "friends" with them. Congressman Jim Clyburn said the comment carried "an element of disrespect" for Ryan, who is black. Source: AP

The Senate narrowly confirmed former S.C. Congressman Mick Mulvaney to run the Office of Management and Budget yesterday, with a lone Republican dissenting vote coming from U.S. Sen. John McCain. Source: P&C

A special election will be held to fill his seat in Congress, and yesterday York Republican state Rep. Ralph Norman said he would resign his seat to run for the office. Source: The State

This weekend's Southeastern Wildlife Exposition marks the unofficial beginning of tourist season in Charleston. Source: Live 5 News


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

S.C. Secessionist Party plans ‘Grand Flagging’ in response to civil rights activist’s CofC visit

Free tickets now required for Bree Newsome lecture

Posted by Dustin Waters on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 3:16 PM

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The South Carolina Secessionist Party has planned a “Grand Flagging of Charleston” in response to an upcoming visit from civil rights activist Bree Newsome, who many will remember as the woman who scaled the flagpole outside of the Statehouse and removed the Confederate battle flag in the days following the shooting at Emanuel AME Church.

Newsome is scheduled to speak at the Sottile Theatre on Feb. 22 in an event sponsored by the College of Charleston’s Office of Student Life and Multicultural Student Programs and Services. Newsome’s scheduled lecture, titled “Tearing Hatred from the Sky,” drew online backlash from the Secessionist Party, who described the event as “a direct affront to Southern martyrs” and called on followers to contact the College of Charleston to express their displeasure. But the Secessionist Party is not planning to stop there.

“As you may suspect, the South Carolina Secessionist Party is prepared to respond in a big way. This Sunday, February 19th, we are planning a Grand Flagging of the city of Charleston,” the group wrote on Facebook. “The Charleston skyline will host Battle Flags and the symbol of our ancestors will be on display for all of Charleston to see.”
The group also states that their flagging campaign will “move beyond the Battery and into the heart of Charleston. New locations have been scouted and new tactics developed that will allow us to flag the very heart of Charleston and its beloved tourist destinations.”

Following comments posted by individuals on the Secessionist Party’s Facebook page, organizers of Newsome’s lecture have announced new instructions for those wishing to attend.

In regard to these comments, a quick look online finds that one person replied to a post about Newsome’s visit to Charleston, writing, “Bitch should have gotten the rope.” Another individual harkened back to the days of lynchings, writing, “Time was that would have been strange fruit before the next sunrise.”

Those wishing to attend Newsome’s lecture will now need to reserve a free ticket online. Organizers say the link will be shared Monday. There will also be no purses, bags, or oversized jackets permitted in the theater. Organizers at the college say the event remains open to the public.

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The Agenda: Sanford and Paul taking lead on Obamacare replacement; Proposal for free tech school in S.C.

Mulvaney approved for OMB

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 12:25 PM

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Congressman Mark Sanford is working with colleague Ron Paul to craft proposed legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act. Source: P&C

Midlands state Rep. Joe Neal, a champion for the poor and underprivileged in the state, passed away Tuesday night. Source: The State

The Southern Poverty Law Center says it saw an 'unprecedented' amount of hate group activity last year. Source: P&C

In his first sit-down with S.C. Statehouse press yesterday, Gov. Henry McMaster says he supports President Donald Trump "on his ideas and approach" on his immigration and refugee ban, but is not on board with proposals to increase the state gas tax. Source: P&C, The State

The U.S. Senate narrowly approved Congressman Mick Mulvaney's nomination to head up the federal Office of Management and Budget. A special election will be held to fill his seat in Congress. Source: NYT

After the first nominee to lead the federal Department of Labor pulled out yesterday over a flurry of concerns from Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, former state Labor leader Catherine Templeton's name once again emerged as a candidate. But by this morning, she'd been ruled out. Source: Twitter, Bloomberg, P&C

Nearly 70 percent: The portion of BMW X models the company makes and exports from its Spartanburg facility. Source: GSA Report

S.C. Senate Democrats are working on a proposal that would make technical college free for S.C. residents. Source: The State

Headlines covering yesterday's vote against unionization at Boeing South Carolina:

NYT: "Boeing Workers Reject a Union in South Carolina"

AP: "Boeing workers maintain South's anti-unionization history"

NPR: "Boeing Employees Vote Against Unionizing In South Carolina"

Former Common Cause S.C. leader John Crangle has joined with the S.C. Progressive Network as the group's government relations director. Source The State


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Mother Emanuel pastor to speak during President Trump's Boeing visit

Gov. McMaster also scheduled to attend

Posted by Dustin Waters on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 9:42 AM

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Boeing South Carolina has released additional details on Friday’s rollout of the new 787-10 Dreamliner.

President Donald Trump will headline the list of speakers that includes newly appointed South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, top-ranking Boeing officials, Dr. Charles Jackson Sr. of Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, and Rev. Eric Manning, pastor of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

President Trump is scheduled to speak around 12:30 p.m. at Boeing’s North Charleston plant, which is the exclusive manufacturer of the new 787-10 Dreamliner. According to Boeing, the plane will begin flight testing later this year and will be delivered to customers starting in 2018. The company has already received 149 orders for the new model from nine customers throughout the world.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Boeing South Carolina workers vote against unionizing

Vote comes just days ahead of Trump's visit

Posted by Dustin Waters on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 8:44 PM

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Following a momentous push to strengthen collective bargaining efforts in South Carolina, Boeing workers in North Charleston have voted not to unionize under the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

The secret-ballot election left the decision in the hands of almost 3,000 eligible Boeing South Carolina employees. The election was overseen by representatives from the National Labor Relations Board who handled the vote count. A simple majority was required to pass the decision. Under board rules, Boeing employees in North Charleston must now wait one year before having another vote for union representation. IAM representatives say they plan to remain in close contact with union supporters in the Charleston area moving forward.

“We’re disappointed the workers at Boeing South Carolina will not yet have the opportunity to see all the benefits that come with union representation,” said IAM lead organizer Mike Evans.

Leading up to the vote, Evans had claimed that Boeing employees operate under a system riddled with inconsistencies and nepotism. IAM’s efforts to unionize Boeing workers drew national attention to South Carolina, a state with one of the lowest percentages of union members in the United States.

Boeing officials challenged the call to unionize, arguing that employees in North Charleston are fairly paid in the local market. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke about the pending vote earlier in the week, saying that collective bargaining for employees would undermine the benefits that drew Boeing to South Carolina.

According to a statement from Boeing, a total of 2,828 workers cast ballots with 74 percent voting against unionizing.

“We will continue to move forward as one team,” said Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina. “We have a bright future ahead of us and are eager to focus on the accomplishments of this great team and to developing new opportunities.”

This was the first major push for collective bargaining rights involving Boeing employees since an unsuccessful effort in 2015 that never made it to vote.

Wednesday’s decision not to unionize comes just days before President Donald Trump is set to visit Boeing’s North Charleston plant for the rollout of the manufacturer’s new 787-10 model Dreamliner. The president, who has been highly critical of Boeing in the past, is scheduled to arrive at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

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