The Agenda: Is DeMint's Heritage extreme?; S.C. mayor's "queer" comments; I-526 avoids controversial vote

Did Mick Mulvaney think debt deal money was going to African warlord?

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the most senior Republican member of the U.S. Senate, told MSNBC's Chuck Todd yesterday that he worried that the Heritage Foundation, which he says "used to be the conservative organization helping Republicans," now headed by former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, could be in danger of "losing their reputation" as its politics continue to drift to the right. [NYT, Politico]

DeMint in today's Wall Street Journal: "We Won't Back Down on ObamaCare" [WSJ]

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State Sen. Larry Grooms used some political muscle to remove a key vote during a state DOT Commission meeting in Greenville that could have set back the I-526 extension project, instead opting to only hear presentations for and against the project. [P&C]

West Union, S.C. Mayor Linda Oliver is under fire for comments she made on Facebook this week criticizing "queers" for their support of gay marriage. [USA Today]

Lowcountry wildlife refuges, among the victims of the government shutdown, are now re-opened along with a slew of federal offices. [Beaufort Gazette]

Did U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney get upset because he thought money from the debt ceiling deal sent money to Joseph Kony? An aide says the controversy stems from a "typo." [Huff Post]

Challengers to incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham may have to depend on outside spending in the race to make up the massive money gap between them and Graham's $7 million campaign warchest. [The State]

Candidates for downticket statewide races for state superintendent and lieutenant gov are also working to snatch up potential donors more than a year out from the November 2014 election with modest fundraising hauls beginning in the last quarter. [AP]

Some residents of a North Charleston trailer park aren't sure where they'll go after North Charleston City Council yesterday approved a proposal to build a new office building to house the College of Charleston North Campus. [P&C]

By next summer, state DNR officials say they'll have dropped a new batch of Vietnam-era armored personnel carriers into the Atlantic Ocean off the Port Royal coast to build new reef habitats. [Beaufort Gazette]

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Well, the city of West Union, SC is certainly the hub of education and culture in the upstate. Really, who cares what their mayor thinks? And does this post on Facebook really surprise you?

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Posted by localhutch on October 19, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Why is SC opposing the Affordable Care Act?

Our citizens with pre-existing conditions can now get insurance. That's wonderful!

Those who cannot afford health insurance (except the very poor) can get subsidies or tax credits to help them afford insurance. That's wonderful!

The really bad part of the Affordable Care Act is that governors like Haley had the option of denying health care to anybody under the poverty level. That's mean, wicked, stupid. Where is your "What would Jesus do?" bumper sticker?

When we refuse to expand Medicaid, the whole state comes across as mean-spirited and somewhat stupid.

When you must wait hours in the ER because the uninsured with sore throats are ahead of you in the waiting line, you may decide that denying them Medicaid because "they can always go to the ER" is not such a good idea.

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Posted by Garfield22 on October 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

The Tea Party has become the SS of the Republican Party. They are the most radical, most fanatical, of the Conservatives. They are a self-selected faction of true ideological believers who feel it is their duty to impose tests for purity and loyalty on members of their own party. They deny scientific facts, indoctrinate, and use propaganda to brainwash their followers. Much like their ancestors in the Nazi Party, the Tea Party arose following a global depression and began by organizing large public rallies protesting the direction of the economy. They intimidated the public at town hall meetings, won a few seats in the legislature and then began to attack the system from within. Finally, they demand "real" leadership to bring an end to the chaos which they themselves have created. One fears that the US is one charismatic speaker and a Reichstag fire like "terrorist" attack away from a Tea Party Fuhrer. Is American Exceptionalism really that far removed from the idea of the Master Race?

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Posted by Fish Pimp on October 20, 2013 at 2:53 AM

The Tea Party is hardly that menacing, Fish Pimp, unless you find angry white geriatrics wagging their bony old fingers intimidating. What this is, is the last remnant of a once vast and mighty demographic - one that had previously roamed this continent in expansive herds. But the world is changing faster than their ability to adapt, and their numbers slowly dwindle. So now they watch helplessly as their cultural waypoints are being dismissed with alarming indifference, while their anger is ginned up by for - profit hucksters in the media. But if you care to look past the absurd hyperbole, the temper tantrums, the rejection of reason, and the misspelled protest signs, you'll find cornered and frightened believers whose faith is on the rocks.

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Posted by John Paul Jah on October 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Mental midgets!

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Posted by truthrus on October 20, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Not a nice thing to say but whatever happened the freedom of speech?

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Posted by Justsaying on October 20, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I don't know John, certainly the hucksters and con artists who are currently capitalizing on the Tea Party angst are not geriatric. Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Jim DeMint, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul are all middle aged. Can you imagine if one of them got control of the NSA? It would be run like the Gestapo. They have already adopted the Nazi tactic of accusing their opponents of exactly what they themselves are doing. For example, their pathetic attempts to claim that Obama shut down the government and that Obama refused to compromise. According to Wikiquote, Goebbels claimed that "The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous." This is the basis of the "bigger the lie, the more who will believe it" misquote, but as you can see, the Nazis applied it to their enemies, the English and the Jews, even as they themselves were the ones telling the huge lies. I have no doubt the Tea Party would use the IRS to target political enemies in the same way they have falsely accused Obama.

John, I fear you underestimate the insidious evil that lies at the heart of all far right politics. The current Republican Civil War is not a war of ideology, it's a war of tactics. Beware of the origins of the tactics that are being adopted. Don't be surprised when the long knives come out for Boehner and McConnell.

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Posted by Fish Pimp on October 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Mayor Oliver - Puh-lease. Another attendee of the Church of Selective God. Selective God only allows certain groups into the Pearly Gates of Paradise. The groups allowed in vary according to location and demographics. Mayor Oliver skipped the Bible part about God loves everyone, also the part about "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone" (She must be the purest person in the SC) and able to throw stones. Guess she also missed Matthew 7:1-5 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you." and Luke 6:37: "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven" How about practicing some of that Good Book and reaching out to others instead of passing judgement. Also, just between us - that hair cut she has is so verryyy Butch, she needs a gay friend to get some style sense. Seriously.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on October 21, 2013 at 5:18 PM
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