Laurin Manning 
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Re: “Catastrophe: I can't offer an endorsement in the Charleston mayoral race

"Hint: It's not the Republicans"? I'd like to see some data to back up your assertion that Democrats benefit from off-year elections because I'm confident that isn't true. Rather, incumbents of any stripe are the ones who benefit from off-year, low-turnout elections.

But generally speaking, Democrats benefit from high-turnout elections, and Republicans benefit from low-turnout elections. That's why Republicans work so hard on voter suppression tactics like voter ID laws.

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Posted by Laurin Manning on November 18, 2015 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Ginny Deerin for Charleston Mayor

Fish Pimp, campaign disclosures are publicly available, so you can see for yourself who Ginny's donors are. It's a broad, diverse set. Arguably her biggest strength in terms of campaigning brass tacks is that she's a prolific fundraiser. That's the main reason I knew she could be competitive in this race. Not being the presumptive winner and the one who's been in public office for 10 years, Ginny's dollars were a lot harder to raise.

Ron brings up a great point about Cainhoy and other remote areas annexed to the city. People who are making a stink about Sullivan's Island have clearly already decided on another candidate. Ginny has satisfied the residency requirement to run for this office, so whatevs. The carpetbagger charge is silly when you bother to look at a map and at Ginny's resume.

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Posted by Laurin Manning on October 29, 2015 at 7:11 AM

Re: “Stavrinakis plays 'Mother Emanuel' card in response to Deerin campaign ad

@Mat, that's not my understanding. Rather, a "super street" (i.e. a giant U-Turn) is being pushed because it's cheaper than a flyover.

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Posted by Laurin Manning on October 17, 2015 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Stavrinakis plays 'Mother Emanuel' card in response to Deerin campaign ad

Putting in a "flyover" (overpass) at Main and 17 would make a major difference in addressing the traffic problems on Johns Island, and that's something we could afford to do right now. There are smaller fixes like that all over the place. Instead, candidates are focused on extending 526 for a mere 8 miles, which will do nothing but induce more traffic and already has a price tag of $720 million. (By contrast, the Ravenel Bridge, an architectural masterpiece and the longest cable-stay bridge in North America, cost $541 million to build.) And the 526 extension's price is still going up.

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Posted by Laurin Manning on October 17, 2015 at 7:47 AM

Re: “The Agenda: Stavrinakis leads in campaign poll; Trump talks toupee in Greenville; Biden backing out?

I'm wrong... Gregorie is in office, but Leon has been in the legislature almost 10 years and would have much higher name ID.

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Posted by Laurin Manning on August 31, 2015 at 3:13 PM

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