Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New Survey: Sykes vs. Limbaugh, Mystery Web Redesign, and More

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Tue, May 12, 2009 at 10:51 AM


This week's survey is up and running.

We've got fun questions on Rush Limbaugh's terrorist cred, a mysterious web redesign, Sanford vs. Budget, and Charleston illiteracy.

Here's two survey questions, along with two of four possible answers. But go ahead and take the full survey.

1. Comedian Wanda Sykes was poking fun at Rush Limbaugh when she allegedly went too far with a joke about the talk radio king being a terrorist mastermind. It would have been funny if it weren’t:

A. True.

B. Totally implausible. Limbaugh can’t fit in a standard airport seat.

2. We know somebody who knows somebody who has been working on a new web design. What’s the first complaint our friend of a friend is sure to hear?

A. “But I liked sitting and waiting for the picture thingy to automatically change.”

C. “No matter what, it’s never going to be the same without the ink all over my hands.”

Take the full survey.

Photo by flickr user mandj98

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

DeMint Assaults Big Business … After Taking Their Money

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 10:42 AM

3738/1241014453-_080326.demint-large_resized.jpgSen. Jim DeMint does not like big business. The picture he paints in today's Washington Times would make you think that the feeling is mutual, but no sir. Nearly $275,000 in first quarter campaign donations from big business political action committees suggest that DeMint has more friends than he's willing to admit.

The column in the Times is in response to the national Chamber of Commerce, which gave DeMint and others low marks for opposing the federal stimulus. DeMint calls the chamber members the "corporate elite" and says that he's not their stooge.

The road back to Republican success is not to reinforce our weakened coalition of corporate interests, but to drop it altogether. Republicans shouldn't be the party of business any more than they should be the party of labor - we're supposed to be the party of freedom.

That's a costly proposition, particularly for DeMint. Tons of big businesses have donated to his reelection campaign, particularly in this first quarter of the year. There were $1,000 contributions from political action committees at AFLAC, Allstate, Bayer, Coke, Chevron, G.E., and McDonald's. Larger contributions included PAC money from Sprint Nextel ($1,500), Campbell Soup ($2,000), R.J. Reynolds ($2,500), and Cisco Systems ($3,000).

DeMint notes in the column that "the Republican Party has been portrayed by liberals (and the media) as a political country club." That same "media" donated some $6,000 to DeMint's reelection campaign in the first quarter, including money from PACs at CBS, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Motion Picture Association, and Time Warner.

And then there's this part of the column:

We should get out of the business of picking winners and losers in the marketplace. We should not care who wins in fair fights between Microsoft and Apple, between CitiGroup and community banks, or between Home Depot and mom-and-pop hardware stores. All we should demand is a fair fight.

Of course DeMint doesn't want to get in the fight between CitiGroup and community banks — he got $1,000 from the Bank of America PAC. And, as for the fight between Home Depot and mom-and-pop hardware stores, well one of those two brawlers put $2,000 in DeMint's campaign coffers and it wasn't mom and pop.

DeMint has always been an interesting study in corporate contribution contradictions. Last year, anti-earmark Demint got more than $200,000 from companies that benefited from Defense Department earmarks in the latest authorization bill. By comparison, fellow anti-earmarker John McCain got $18,000 from the same companies.

While DeMint made more from corporate PACs in the first quarter than liberals like Barbara Boxer, Evan Bayh, and Patrick Leahy, we don't want to make it sound like DeMint gets more money from corporate interests than anyone in the Senate — there are much deeper pockets on both sides of the aisle.

But this urging from DeMint that the GOP shuck the chains of big business rings a little hollow when you look at his balance sheet.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Round-Up: Secular Humanists, Barrett '10, Sanford Stimulus, Stavrinakis Taxes

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Charleston and South Carolina From Off:
• Local secular humanists (whom had a high profile billboard on I-26 a few months ago, lead off a New York Times piece on the movement.
• Gubernatorial candidate Gresham Barrett, regardless of the ribbing he took on Tax Day, won the support of a collection of Greenville Republicans in a recent GOP straw poll.
• Gov. Mark Sanford gets a spotlight in Newsweek over his stimulus stalling. Like the rest of us, they see 2012 aspirations.
• State Rep. Leon Stavrinakis is one of the legislators called out from the state Senate floor last week for errors in his tax returns. He says it wasn't his fault and he's not a tax cheat.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Washington Still Buzzing Over Brown's GOP Challenge

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 9:35 AM

84de/1240580080-_henry_brown_resized.jpgBusy busy on this deadline day, but wanted to pass on this piece from out of Washington. The folks at CQ Politics are monitoring the 1st District race. They update the GOP primary (or at least the big names in the primary) and throw in at least two high profile Democrats that might seek the Congressional seat as well.

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