Sunday, March 4, 2012
Does the most unpredictable campaign in recent memory have one more turn left?
As a former state chair of the GOP and a player on the national political scene, Karen Floyd has experience in politics that few in South Carolina can match. This primary season, she’s been sharing her expertise with Patch. Last week, Floyd, publisher of the Palladian View, provided a high-level view of the race to Patch readers. This week, Floyd talks specifics and looks back at the South Carolina primary. So far, the GOP presidential race has had one turning point after another. And on the brink of Super Tuesday, the possibility exists for there to be yet another. The conventional wisdom--though not necessarily Floyd--says that if former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney performs well enough tomorrow, he could all but lock up the nomination…
Friday, January 20, 2012
Vote here on Saturday
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Thursday, January 19, 2012
Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced he would drop out of the race and support former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
Thursday, January 19, 2012
UPDATED: 11:23 a.m. The race to the GOP nomination has lost another candidate. Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced in Charleston this morning that he was suspending his race, after losing two key endorsements and sliding in the polls, and will support former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. At a press conference at the Hyatt Hotel in North Charleston, Perry thanked his supporters and his family for their support. Perry made reference several times in his comments that this election hasn't been about one man. "Our objective isn't just to defeat President Obama, but to replace him with a conservative leader who will bring about real change," Perry said. That conservative for Perry is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. "I have no question…
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Griffin Perry, the son of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, stopped by his dad's Greenville campaign headquarters Wednesday.
The volunteers at the Greenville campaign headquarters for Texas Gov. Rick Perry are hard at work spreading the word about their candidate. With just two more days before the pivotal South Carolina GOP primary, there's no time for distraction. Well, maybe just one. On Wednesday, volunteers got a special visit from Griffin Perry, the presidential hopeful's son. Griffin Perry thanked the volunteers for their efforts. And after a short break to meet the governor's son, the volunteers quickly got back to work. "I saw how important it was to get involved," Rachel Sciolaro, 20, of Leawood Kansas said. Scilaro is a senior Political Science major at the University of Central Missouri and took time off from school to travel with her family first …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
With just 11 days left until the primary, here's what voters had to say.
With just 11 days left until the primary, here's what voters had to say about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's visit to the Upstate on Monday.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Supporters say the Texas governor made the right decision to stay in the race.
In effort to regain traction on the campaign trail, Texas Gov. Rick Perry left New Hampshire days before the nation's first primary to attempt to stake a claim in South Carolina. The Texas governor has a busy week planned in the Palmetto State, leading up to the “First in the South” GOP Primary on Jan. 21 with stops scheduled in the Upstate, Midlands, and Lowcountry. On Monday he began the day with a stop in Anderson at Mama Penn’s diner followed by a walking tour of Pickens. Then it was off to the First Monday Club luncheon at the Poinsett club in Greenville with one last stop scheduled for the evening at Stax restaurant in Greenville. During his visit to the small town of Pickens, Perry made several stops including Garren’s Café, a …
After a strong debut in the Iowa caucus, Paul supporters hope for similar results in the Palmetto state.
As the support for the quickly changing frontrunners ebbs and flows, there is one group of presidential candidate supporters that seem to only grow more confident in their primary pick: the determined fans of U.S. Congressman Ron Paul. For most of the primary campaign, Paul has trailed in the polls and seemed to be a fringe candidate with little hope of getting in the spotlight. But since a strong showing in the Iowa caucus, Paul supporters have been reenergized and are hoping for another strong showing in New Hampshire and South Carolina. "I was of course hoping and anticipating a first-place win," said volunteer and Greenville Tea Party member Chris Lawton. "As far as I'm concerned we tied Santorum and Romney." Paul's South Carolina …
Sunday, January 8, 2012
The former Pennsylvania senator made two stops in the Upstate Sunday.
Surging GOP candidate Rick Santorum went before a crowd of at least 200 people at Chiefs Wings and Firewater on Congaree Road in Greenville on Sunday afternoon. The former Pennsylvania senator, who came within an eyelash of winning the Iowa Caucuses, told the crowd that a lot of people have been asking him, despite that Iowa success, when they were going to get their win. "Just wait until Jan. 21, and you'll find out where we're gonna get our win," Santorum said. Santorum said he's devoted to running a positive campaign, but said that he's encouraged that he's "starting to make necessary contrasts" with the rest of the field. Former frontrunner Newt Gingrich, meanwhile, has vowed to go ugly if he has to to keep keep former Massachusetts …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Bachmann heads South after Iowa Caucus.
After weeks of intense campaigning in Iowa, one candidate is heading to the Palmetto State in search of a second chance at primary success. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was supposed to begin three days of heavy campaigning in South Carolina, instead chose to head to Texas to "reassess." After canceling an event at Winthrop University, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) will be campaigning at a Beef O'Brady's at 940 Market Street in Fort Mill. Later this week, Bachmann will hold more South Carolina events and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney will be making two coastal stops in his first post-caucus visit to the state.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
In case you missed something, here's what happened last week
Just in case you missed something, here's what happened last week on Easley Patch. Monday The Easley High School conversion plan to convert the school into a middle school was approved by the School District of Pickens County Board of Trustees. An Easley man has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash that left an Anderson man dead. The woman police say killed four of her family members for insurance money appeared before a judge on Monday. Former Easley High School basketball player Tahj Tate has been suspended indefinitely from the Delaware State University basketball team. Tuesday The Easley Soccer Club is working with the U.S. Soccer Foundation Passback Program and is seeking donations to benefit the South America …