Tuesday, April 9, 2013
President Obama, Sen. Lindsey Graham pledge to donate portions of salaries.
As many federal workers and defense contractor employees face furloughs in South Carolina and in the nation, elected officials from both parties are donating portions of the salaries in order to show support for those impacted by sequestration. President Barack Obama will take 5 percent of his annual salary "solidarity with furloughed federal workers," according to the Huffington Post. (a sum equalling $20,000) and give it back to the Treasury. Yesterday, Senator Lindsey Graham announced that he would be donating 20 percent of his own salary in support of furloughed workers. Many federal employees are being furloughed the equivalent of 20 percent of their pay. Several of President Obama's Cabinet members are also making donations. …
Friday, February 15, 2013
President Obama spoke recently about the need for at-risk children in the United States to attend preschool.
President Barack Obama is advocating that all 4-year-olds who come from poor-to-moderate income families attend preschool. During a visit to a preschool in Decatur, Georgia, yesterday, the president said, “Education has to start at the earliest possible age,” according to the Washington Post. The president is pushing a plan to guarantee preschool for those children, and says he supports local initiatives to provide preschool to middle class children. According to the Post, the plan calls for the Department of Education to allocate money to the states, funding which would be based on the number of 4-year-olds from low to moderate income families. After receiving the federal funds, states would then allocate the money to local schools and …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
President to give State of the Union address tonight at 9pm. What would you like him to touch on during the speech?
President Barack Obama will deliver the State of the Union Address tonight at 9pm Eastern Standard Time. White House aides have told the press corps that theme central to the address will be the economy and gun control, a priority for the president following the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in December. What would you like the president to talk about as he addresses the nation? Reducing the national debt? Immigration? The terrorist attacks on the Benghazi consulate? Healthcare? The environment and climate change? Iran? North Korea? Syria? Plans to ensure Iraq and Afghanistan are stable after our troops withdraw? Tell us in the comments!
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Scout leadership considering proposal that would leave decision to allow openly gay scout leaders and members up to local units.
Boy Scouts of America officials are considering ending a ban on gay members and leaders. According to USA Today, officials will discuss a proposal that would leave the decision up to local units during a three-day meeting which began yesterday. Any decision is expected to be announced tomorrow. The ban on gays in the organization was upheld by a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000. President Barack Obama told CBS that he believes the ban should be lifted. “My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does, in every institution and walk of life," he said. This week, the Family Research Council and 41 allied organizations ran an ad calling on the Boys Scouts of America to …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Performer Jeremiah Dew's show focuses on influential voices, including Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr, Bill Cosby and President Barack Obama
Performer Jeremiah Dew takes a journey through the African-American experience in his one-man show “One Voice” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Tillman Hall auditorium. Dew’s show focuses on eight influential voices, including Martin Luther King Jr., Bill Cosby, Muhammad Ali and President Barack Obama. Dew portrays all eight people in the show, presenting a narrative that spans the 1820s to present day. Dew, also known as “JDew,” is an emcee, entertainer, producer, storyteller and host. Clemson students and fans know him as the on-court emcee and hype man at home basketball games. He also works for the Greenville Drive at Fluor Field, where he emcees on the field, produces music videos and entertains fans. Dew serves on the board of …
Vernon Burton among 10 historians invited to submit essays for historical portfolio.
Vernon Burton, professor of history and director of the CyberInstitute at Clemson University, is one of 10 historians from across the country invited to submit essays for the historical portfolio that will be distributed at the presidential inauguration luncheon Monday, Jan. 21, in Washington, D.C. The portfolio is being published by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies to mark the sesquicentennial anniversary of 1863, the year President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. All essays in the portfolio revolve around events of that year. Burton’s piece, titled “Building the Transcontinental Railroad,” gives an overview of the importance of the railroad and the impact it had on America as the country …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Weekend polls show a tightening race, but 84 percent of voters have 'definitely' decided on President. So why haven't the other 16 percent committed?
Weekend polling shows a close race for President with GOP nominee Mitt Romney gaining traction after a strong first debate, according to reports. National tracking shows the race essentially tied. President Barack Obama has 47 percent of the population to Romney's 45 percent. The President still has an electoral vote advantage, but the lead is slipping. The vast majority of Americans have "definitely" decided on their candidate, but what's up with roughly 16 percent who still haven't committed themselves? SO HERE'S THE QUESTION: Have you decided for whom you are voting? And what's keeping the other 16 percent from making up their minds? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. South Carolina's only option for early voting began …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
You've had a chance to read what USC students, Furman students and political influentials said about Wednesday's debate. Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
Wednesday's presidential debate has everyone talking. Patch has reported what debate watchers at USC, Furman and a poll of political influentials had to say, but now, we'd like to hear from you. Which candidate won the debate? Which candidate focused on the issues that are of most concern to you? Was former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney too aggressive? Was President Barack Obama prepared for this debate? Did moderator Jim Lehrer need to take more control? Do you love Big Bird? Patch would love to hear your thoughts. Sound off in the comments section below.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
South Carolina Democrats surveyed by Patch look forward to Tuesday's opening night speakers.
President Barack Obama needs to show "excitement" and "confidence" at this week's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, according to a new Blue Palmetto survey from Patch. Of the 58 members of the Blue Palmetto survey, 28 South Carolina Democrats responded to a survey Monday and Tuesday about the convention. Questions included how theywill be following the convention, whom they are looking forward to hearing, what platform points should be emphasized and what they would like from Obama. Nearly 90 percent of those surveyed said they did not see the convention as "make or break" for Obama. When asked for "one word or phrase to describe what you'd like to see" from Obama, a number of respondents mentioned "excitement" and "confidence…
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Dream Act died in the Senate, but new Obama administration policy embraces goals of measure.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Immigration exploded as a campaign issue Friday when President Obama announced a new policy on undocumented immigrants under 30: They won’t be deported if they have Dream Act qualities. Obama called it a “temporary, stopgap” action. Supporters cheered the policy as sensible and humane. Opponents jeered it as an “end run” around Congress. Critics said Obama was pandering to the Hispanic population in order to garner votes, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Is this move a relief for innocent children or a signal that illegality is condoned? Vote in the poll below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.