Post Tagged with: "Lindsey Graham"

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
KIRBY: S.C. deserves better than proposed Obamacare overhaul

KIRBY: S.C. deserves better than proposed Obamacare overhaul

By Thornton Kirby, special to Statehouse Report  |  As CEO of the South Carolina Hospital Association, my friends and neighbors often come to me with questions about how the country’s health care system works.  The dynamics surrounding the cost of care and access are so complex that it’s easy to understand why so many Americans are confused about healthcare reform.

Watching Congress debate changes to our health insurance markets – and seeing the public’s reaction to those proposals – has led me back to two key observations about how we expect our country to work.  First, each of us expects to be treated fairly and equitably.  And second, although our country’s values are rooted in the protection of individual rights, I think most of us agree that we’re collectively better off when we recognize that we’re all in this together.

BRACK: People are #waitingfor2018, thanks to health care mess

BRACK: People are #waitingfor2018, thanks to health care mess

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | If you think Obamacare is a disaster, get ready for whatever it is that the Congressional Republicans passed to fix the Affordable Care Act as the political cluster that could be the mother of all nightmares

Why? Because instead of making something that’s a policy and political mess less messy, it’s going to be even messier, particularly after the U.S. Senate gets it.

“Don’t know what’s in it; waiting to see if it’s a boy or a girl,” U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., joked before the House vote. “But any bill that has been posted less than 24 hours — going to be debated three or four hours, not scored — needs to be viewed with suspicion.”

by · 05/05/2017 · Andy Brack, Commentary
BRACK:  New statue of Hollings captures his spirit, leadership, energy

BRACK: New statue of Hollings captures his spirit, leadership, energy

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Sculptor Rick Weaver captured the body language of Fritz Hollings just right in a new statue unveiled Monday in Charleston as former colleagues heaped praises on the retired senator, now 95.

Three things stand out in the bronze figure – the warm, but determined, look on Hollings’ face; how his left hand is grasping a rolled-up document; and, most notably, an outstretched right hand, a familiar gesture to many of the senator’s former staffers and friends.

by · 04/21/2017 · Andy Brack, Commentary
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
SCORECARD: On Timberlake, Graham, Loftis, Drummond, DSS

SCORECARD: On Timberlake, Graham, Loftis, Drummond, DSS

Thumbs up for Ann Timberland and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. In the middle for State Treasurer Curtis Loftis. Thumbs down on the loss of Sen. John Drummond and the deadbeats at DSS.

by · 09/09/2016 · Features, Scorecard
A statue of retired U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings will be placed in the courthouse garden in Charleston near this statue of the late U.S. District Judge J. Waties Waring Jr.

NEWS: Statue of Hollings to be unveiled in spring

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | A life-sized statue of retired U.S. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings is expected to be unveiled in the spring thanks to efforts by a group of close supporters and friends.

The bronze statue will be placed in the garden outside a federal courthouse annex once named for Hollings. It was renamed last year, after a unique request by Hollings , as the J. Waties Waring Judicial Center. It is located next to the federal courthouse on Meeting Street in Charleston at the Four Corners of Law.

“His contributions to this state are huge over a very long period of time,” said prominent Charleston attorney Thomas Tisdale. “He got us through the civil rights era better than almost any other Southern state by having a balanced and good view of social justice. “

by · 07/22/2016 · News
SCORECARD:  From gun control to growing up

SCORECARD: From gun control to growing up

Thumbs up this week to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn and ethics reform. In the middle on tuition increases. Thumbs down on a candidate ruling and the state’s KIDSCOUNT ranking.

by · 06/24/2016 · Features, Scorecard