Post Tagged with: "Donald Trump"

BRACK:   Is Washington reaching a political tipping point with Trump?

BRACK:   Is Washington reaching a political tipping point with Trump?

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |   Are congressional Republicans in Washington reaching a tipping point over the continuing political theater and water-tortured presidency of Donald Trump?

If recent public comments by prominent South Carolina Republicans are any indication of the diminishing stature and respect in which Trump is held in Washington, then the president should be worried.  Despite his party’s control of Congress, the hyper-sensitive, Twitter-impaired Trump can’t seem to climb out of a Washington swamp of his own making to be a player in promoting his agenda.  For the first time in my lifetime, the president seems like a B-team sideline player watching a game being played on a muddy field in the rain.  None of it is pretty.

by · 07/14/2017 · Andy Brack, Commentary
TOP FIVE:   From car insurance costs to abortion politics to Trump’s supporters

TOP FIVE: From car insurance costs to abortion politics to Trump’s supporters

Five stories you might have missed over the last week:

1. Car insurance premiums spike thanks to crashes, repair bills, The Post and Courier, June 6, 2017

2. College tuition high in Palmetto State, Sam Becker in Cheat Sheet, June 7, 2017

3. Planned Parenthood cries foul to gubernatorial attacks, The State, June 6, 2017

4. Oversight by Higher Ed takes a hit, opinion in The Post and Courier, June 8, 2017

5. Why working-class whites keep supporting Trump, Jonathan Capehart in the Washington Post, June 6, 2017

by · 06/09/2017 · News, Top Five
BRIEFS:   Agreement on budget; Trump’s testy tweet; Pension dodge

BRIEFS: Agreement on budget; Trump’s testy tweet; Pension dodge

Staff reports | House and Senate conferees finished negotiations on a compromise $8 billion budget for state taxes just an hour before June 1 arrived. Highlights are in public education, pension reform and health costs. Also in this brief — a testy presidential tweet on trade with Germany and a pension dodge.

by · 06/02/2017 · News, News briefs
NEWS:  New poll spotlights Trump, McMaster, state services

NEWS: New poll spotlights Trump, McMaster, state services

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | A new Winthrop Poll shows South Carolinians are about evenly split in their views of President Donald Trump with the 47 percent of those disapproving edging out the approvers by 4 percentage points.

“I like him – he’s something new, something fresh,” said downtown Charleston resident Julie Blackburn, who was walking along the Battery with her home-schooled daughters Thursday. “I think he’s in it for the right reasons. I definitely think he’ll do what he says he’ll do.

“I think it has been a long time since we’ve had a president who stands up for America and not somebody who takes the job for a job.”

by · 04/14/2017 · News
BRIEFS:  Pension reform on the way; Winthrop Poll and Trump

BRIEFS: Pension reform on the way; Winthrop Poll and Trump

Staff reports | It looks like the General Assembly is serious about enacting state pension reform this legislative session, perhaps as early as next week in the House. Currently, the state pension systems are grossly underfunded, with tens of billions of dollars in unfunded obligations. The shortfall amount swells from $20 billion to $40 billion, depending to whom in Columbia you are talking. The pension system covers everyone from state employees to city cops and county teachers, and more.

Also in today’s briefs is a look at how South Carolinians feel about President Donald Trump compared to others and groups, according to a new Winthrop Poll.

by · 02/24/2017 · News briefs, Politics
PHOTOS:  Protests in South Carolina

PHOTOS: Protests in South Carolina

Dozens of people have been protesting the Charleston-area Senate offices of GOP U.S. Sens. Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham over cabinet nominations and various proposals by President Donald Trump. The respectful protests by members of MoveOn.org and Indivisible Charleston were to continue today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum to put “pressure on our elected officials to create a public and transparent investigation into President Trump’s Administration’s ties with the Russian government, coinciding with the President’s meeting with Boeing in North Charleston.” As many as 500 people are expected to attend today.

by · 02/17/2017 · Features, Photo
WEATHERFORD:  Five things Genghis Khan can teach Donald Trump

WEATHERFORD: Five things Genghis Khan can teach Donald Trump

By Jack Weatherford, republished with permission | In stark contrast to the United States, with its scattered mini-wars around the globe, Genghis Khan always fought with one single, clear goal: victory. Total victory, not a qualified, partial, negotiated or hyphenated victory.

by · 12/09/2016 · Commentary, My Turn
Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster during a nomination speech of President-elect Donald Trump at this year's GOP convention.

BRACK: Maybe now it will be a great day in South Carolina

A look at Henry McMaster as governor

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | The Palmetto State is still rocking from this week’s earthquake announcement that S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley will leave office to be the country’s ambassador to the United Nations in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

The immediate impact will be for Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster, one of the nation’s first state officials to endorse Trump, to get his dream job as governor, something he’s wanted for years. For the Palmetto State, McMaster’s rise likely will mean a kinder, gentler governor who will work better with the state legislature.

by · 11/23/2016 · Andy Brack, Commentary