Let Gene run in an election in which the district leans heavily Democrat or very heavily Republican. Let him run in an election in which there is no credible Democratic candidate.
My problem with Gene is that he seems to chose to run in elections only when he can act as a spoiler and deny a Democrat victory.
I am unclear why Platt thinks it helps Green values to act the spoiler and keep Democratic candidates from getting elected. He always chooses to run in races where a Democratic candidate has a chance of victory in a Republican-leaning district. Are Green values really better served by Anne Peterson-Hutto being replaced by a Republican because Platt split the progressive vote?
I often wonder whether those Green Party voters who supported Nader's 2000 Presidential campaign still believe there was no difference between Bush and Gore. Let Platt run his vanity campaigns in races where he can do no harm.
There's irony that this editorial comes out the same day as the City Paper's article "How Charleston became the best damn city on the planet." Did it not occur to you that Riley's vision of Charleston as a world class city was the catalyst for it going from the sleepy backwater town it was when he became mayor to the world class city it has become?
A great city needs great culture and great infrastructure. Riley was a prime mover behind Charleston Place, Spoleto, Piccolo-Spoleto, Riley Stadium and the South Carolina Aquarium. Riley has been a tremendous supporter of the arts, culture and tourism industry. The city has grown under his watch. I have only lived here since 1992 and the city has improved more than I could have ever imagined when I decided to move here (and I moved here because the city was already pretty nice in 1992).
The three projects mentioned are all designed to make Charleston a nice place to live and visit. We should applaud Riley's vision rather than carp at him for overreaching.
Your poll leaves out a likely option: the courts mandating the right of homosexuals to marry.
The states, not Congress, have always decided mariage laws. If the federal government is going to require same sex marriage (which it should) it needs to occur with the Supreme Court determining that it violates equal protection to deny homosexuals the right to marry.
SoGayInSC: It's not clear how South Carolina placed. If you look at the overall state listing ranking we came in 49th with a 50% score. If you look at the individual ranking it shows we are 45th but we have a lower score than the states that placed 46-49. Evidently State Integrity investigations and math skills are different strengths.
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