Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Survey Spotlight: After the Swine Flu

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Wed, May 6, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Art by Stegelin!

This week's survey has fun questions on the sweet tea vodka wannabes, Star Trek's reboot, and smoking in cars with kids. Here's one survey question and two of the four possible answers.

Reports out this week suggest that the cases of swine flu are going down. Now what do we have to worry about?

A. The original flu, otherwise known as Classic Flu.

C. What to do with that industrial bottle of Purell.

Go take the full survey here.

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More from the Virgin Gov. Candidates

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Wed, May 6, 2009 at 7:43 AM

52b9/1241610042-mcleod_resized.jpgThis week, we look at the earliest stages of the 2010 race for governor. We spoke with three of the candidates that decided they’d enter politics in the state’s biggest race. Because of space, we didn’t get to include all of their comments, so we wanted to give a little more space in this web extra.

Charleston attorney Mullins McLeod, a Democrat, says candidates without former political experience have gone on to successful gubernatorial careers.

“Coming from the private sector will allow me to bring a fresh, new perspective to our issues that the career politicians are incapable of handling,” he says.
The perspective includes knowing first hand the challenges facing small business owners and his work as a lawyer.

“My running for governor is a natural extension of what I’ve done my entire life,” he says.
McLeod has vowed that, if elected, he will not seek another office. Every decision Gov. Mark Sanford makes these days are weighed for the implications on his presidential chances.

“Politicians always seem to be looking at their next seat, and that can sometimes cloud their judgement,” McLeod says. “My job everyday will be to put the people’s interests first.”

9bb8/1241610076-elliot_resized.jpgThe Rev. Amos Elliott, a Democrat who has a church in West Ashley, says he was driven to public office because of continuing struggles with poverty, education, and the economy. He says that people are tired of the status quo.

“It’s the status quo that has us in this economic quagmire,” he says. “I’m in this race to give people an alternative choice. In other words: it’s politics as usual or change.”

He says that good judgement will be experience any time.

Republican Brent Nelsen, a political science professor, says he has entered the race out of frustration, particularly with the leaders of his own party whose infighting he says has distracted the state from addressing issues like the state’s rising unemployment.

“If we can’t be the party of competent governance, the what are we?” he asks.

f4db/1241610105-nelson_resized.jpgNelsen says he recognizes the mountain that he has to climb — with well funded, well known competitors. But he says he’s seeing a change in American politics.

“There’s a growing sense of disillusionment with politicians,” he says. “I’m counting on a backlash to politics as usual.”

The necessities will be in growing a grassroots base and inspiring those socially conservative groups like Latinos, African Americans, and some young people who may have felt ignored or abandoned by the party.

“I’ll have enough money to get the message out,” he says. “I’m not a politician but I have ideas and solutions.”

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Survey Spotlight: Smoking in the Car

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Tue, May 5, 2009 at 4:10 PM

3d4f/1241554202-_090225.cigarettes_resized.jpgThis week's survey is up, with questions on the swine flu slowdown, sweet tea vodka wannabes, and Star Trek's reboot.

Here's one of the questions and two of the four possible answers:

A bill that is making its way through that Statehouse would impose a small fine for parents or other adults who smoke in their car with children. What is the next step the state will take to protect young children?

A. Parents will not be allowed to listen to Flo Rida in the car.

B. Parents will not be allowed to Tweet about their love for Flo Rida in the car.

Go take the full survey.

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Craigslist Crackdown: Take the prostitutes, but leave "adult gigs"

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Tue, May 5, 2009 at 11:15 AM

3b1b/1241536452-mcmaster_resized.jpgS.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster has given Craigslist 10 days to remove posts on the classified ad site that offer/solicit sex.

We went on Craigslist to see what the fuss is about. The "erotic services" section was pretty lame, but the "adult gigs" section was hilarious!

For example:

1. Apparently, there is a private topless car wash at a local warehouse in some three weeks. They've already got more than 70 reservations, according to the post.

2. Two "very flirtatious" women are needed for a bachelor party golf outing.

3. And somebody wants to pay $100 to take pictures of pretty feet.

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Monday, May 4, 2009

The Round-Out: Legislature, Detainees, Immigrants

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, May 4, 2009 at 2:22 PM

The Round-Out is the new name for our irregular look at news about the Lowcountry from outside of the region.


• The deadline for bills in the Statehouse to move from one house to the other with less than 2/3 approval has passed.

And don't expect to see any surprise amendments on other bills. The state Supreme Court ruled today that bills with unrelated amendments are unconstitutional, striking down tax breaks on energy efficient appliances and guns because of an added amendment related to ethanol.

Maybe more importantly the court clarified its position on the recent practice of excising the one bad part of a bill and preserving the rest. The court said in this decision that will no longer be the practice, because it should be left for the legislature to decide.

• The Miami Herald sent a reporter up to Goose Creek to talk to locals about the potential for detainees to be held at the local Navy Brig. Many folks weren't happy, but Mayor Michael Heitzler said you do what you got to do.

"(Y)ou don't win wars by pushing responsibility down the road. If it's our time to serve, it's our time to serve."

• And there was more action from Florida. The St. Petersburg Times looked at immigrants and their exit from construction and a return to field work. One of the main people they talk to in the story was an immigrant working in construction in Charleston, but he left when work dried up and is now working in strawberry fields in Florida.

"I was very sad leaving the house that day," Lopez said. "I was as sad as the day I left Mexico."

Photo by flickr user jimbowen0306

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