Haley. Perhaps last week’s Statehouse Report column on Gov. Nikki Haley was prescient because the GOP response she gave to the State of the Union address was pure establishment, a moderate speech that could steer people into the political middle. The governor gets further accolades for an executive budget that tries to improve education in rural areas. More Thumbs Up: Pay increase, Trucking Association, Harbor Deepening, Clemson.
Quote of the week
Thumbs up this week for Gov. Nikki Haley, the S.C. Chamber and Clemson. Thumbs down on more traffic fatalities. Number: $600 million. Quote from Rep. Gilda Cobb Hunter on “spinally challenged” legislators.
S.C. Rep. Brian White: “They need to know there’s somebody behind them. We’re going to do something to help out the No. 1 industry in South Carolina. It’s the backbone of our state.”
Rev. Al Sharpton: “I don’t know how people can pray with a symbol of hate and white supremacy and man’s inhumanity to man in the chapel.”
Matt Moore: “As a conservative who truly cares about religious liberty, Donald Trump’s bad idea and rhetoric send a shiver down my spine,” he tweeted. “American exceptionalism means always defending our inalienable rights, not attacking them when it’s politically convenient.”
Rep. Chris Corley: “The message I was sending, I was sending to my Republican colleagues only. I had a problem with the politicalization of the flag removal movement. I believe my colleagues caved to political correctness, and I have an issue with that.”
Rodney Welch: “South Carolina politics may be less violent today, but state legislators still cling tenaciously to doing things the old way – even when other states have moved on. “
Leon Stavrinakis: “Are the results for downtown in yet?”