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A Review of the political races in South Carolina from SE……

Our Buddy SE has released a review of the upcoming political races in the Palmetto State…. with his calls at this time…..

My Take on the 2010 SC Races

Here’s a rundown of how I think the SC races will go:

Governor: Scandal mired incumbent GOP Governor Mark Sanford is term-limited, setting up a free-for-all on both sides. On the GOP side, Congressman Gresham Barrett, Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer, State Senator Larry Grooms, State Representative Nikki Haley, and Attorney General Henry McMaster are in the running. On the Democratic side, Attorneys Dwight Drake and Mullins McLeod, Minister Amos Elliot, State Senators Robert Ford and Vincent Sheheen, and State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex are in the running. Independents have unified behind Construction Company CEO Morgan Bruce Reeves. I expect McMaster to win the GOP Primary, and Rex to win the Democratic Primary. McMaster will win 55-45. GOP HOLD.

Lieutenant Governor: Incumbent GOP Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer is running for Governor. On the GOP side, Florence County Councilman Ken Ard, Attorney Bill Connor, and State Representative Tim Scott are in the running. The Democrats have no announced or potential candidates. I expect Scott to win the Primary and win the General with no opposition. GOP HOLD.

Secretary of State: Incumbent GOP Secretary of State Mark Hammond is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Hammond. The Democrats have unified behind retired Civil Servant Marjorie Johnson. Hammond will crush Johnson 63-37. GOP HOLD.

State Treasurer: Incumbent GOP State Treasurer Converse Chellis is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Chellis. The Democrats have no announced or potential candidates. GOP HOLD.

Attorney General: Incumbent GOP Attorney General Henry McMaster is running for Governor. On the GOP side, former Chief Deputy Attorney General Robert Bolchoz, Attorney Leighton Lord, and former Assistant Attorney General Alan Wilson are in the running. The Democrats have unified behind First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe. The frontrunners on the GOP side are Bolchoz and Wilson. Either will defeat Pascoe big time. GOP HOLD.

Comptroller General: Incumbent GOP Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Eckstrom. The Democrats have no announced or potential candidates. GOP HOLD.

State Superintendent of Education: Incumbent Democratic State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex is running for Governor. On the GOP side, Construction Contractor Elizabeth Moffly, College Professor Brent Nelsen, Teacher Kelly Payne, and Newberry College President Mick Zais are in the running. The Democrats have unified behind former US Deputy Education Secretary Frank Holleman. The Libertarians have unified behind Teacher Tim Moultrie. I expect Zais to win the GOP Primary. Holleman will win 53-46 over Zais. DEM HOLD.

Adjutant General: Incumbent GOP Adjutant General Stan Spears is running for re-election. On the GOP side, Spears, Author Dean Allen and Businessman Brian Frank are in the running. The Democrats have no announced or potential candidates. Spears will win handily over Allen and Frank and will win with no opposition. GOP HOLD.

State Agriculture Commissioner: Incumbent GOP State Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Weathers. The Democrats have no announced or potential candidates. GOP HOLD.

US Senate: Incumbent GOP US Senator Jim DeMint is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind DeMint. On the Democratic side, Attorney Chad McGowan and retired Auto Company Executive Mike Ruckes are in the running. Ruckes will defeat McGowan 57-43 and lose to DeMint 67-33. GOP HOLD.

US Congress: The Democrats easily retain SC-06.

SC-01: Incumbent GOP Congressman Henry Brown is retiring. On the GOP side, Isle of Palms City Councilman Ryan Buckhannon, former State Ports Authority Board Member Carroll Campbell III, former Mount Pleasant Town Councilman Mark Fava, and former Congressional Aide Katherine Jenerette are in the running. On the Democratic side, former Housing Authority Commissioner Robert Burton, former County Supervisor Robert Dobbs, and retired Businessman Dick Withington are in the running. I expect Campbell III and Burton to emerge from their respective Primaries. Campbell III will win 55-45 over Burton. GOP HOLD.

SC-02: Incumbent GOP Congressman AG Wilson is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Wilson. The Democrats have unified behind Iraq War Veteran Rob Miller. Wilson defeats Miller 56-44. GOP HOLD.

SC-03: Incumbent GOP Congressman J. Gresham Barrett is running for Governor. On the GOP side, Evangelical Pastor Richard Cash, Attorneys Neal Collins and James Galyean, State Representatives Jeff Duncan and Rex Rice, and Physician Mike Vasovski are in the running. On the Democratic side, Paramedic Brian Doyle and FedEx Pilot Jane Dyer are in the running. The GOP frontrunners are Duncan and Rice. Dyer will defeat Doyle, and the GOP nominee will crush Dyer. GOP HOLD.

SC-04: Incumbent GOP Congressman Bob Inglis is running for re-election. On the GOP side, Spartanburg County Solicitor Trey Gowdy, College Professor Christina Jeffrey, IT Consultant Jim Lee, Businessman Rick Mahler, and State Senator Dave Thomas are in the running. The Democrats have no announced or potential candidates. The Libertarians have unified behind Steven Edwards. On the Independent side, Computer Database Administrator Tim Carnes and Stock Market Investor Ted Christian are in the running. I expect Thomas to emerge and win the GE. GOP HOLD.

SC-05: Incumbent Democratic Congressman John Spratt is running for re-election. On the GOP side, State Senator Mick Mulvaney and *College Professor Albert Spencer are in the running*. The Democrats have unified behind Spratt. I expect Mulvaney to win the Primary. In this political climate, I see Mulvaney defeating Spratt 53-47. GOP PICKUP.

*Correction…..Aibert Spencer is NOT running, SE advises……hence SE believes now that the GOP has unified behind State Senator Mick Mulvaney………

POSTED BY SE-779 AT 5:21 PM

Man…..SE ….only two Democratic seats?……..The state IS GOP country, huh?

January 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Polls | , , | 5 Comments

The Zeigeist (economic data ) for the week of January 9 …..

The Zeigeist (economic data ) for the week of January 9, 2010…..from the Atlantic Magazine……

Pollster.com

Obama Average Job Approval  48.2%

Pollster.com

Obama Favorability  54.1%

Pollster.com

Right Direction / Wrong Track  36.6% / 55.8%

Pollster.com

Congressional Approval  19.5%

Standard & Poor’s

S&P 500  1,144.98 (up 310 points since 1/20/09)

National Federation of Independent Businesses

Small Business Optimism Index  88.3 (down 0.9% from October)

ABC News/Washington Post

Consumer Comfort Index  41 points below zero

U.S. Department of Labor

Initial Weekly Jobless Claims  434,000 (down 151,000 since 1/20/09)

Bankrate.com

Interest on 30-Year Fixed Mortgage  5.27%

RealtyTrac

Newly foreclosed properties in November  306,672

U.S. Department of Labor

Unemployment  10.0%

U.S. Department of Labor

Consumer Price Index  +0.4 in November

Mortgage Bankers Association

Quarterly Delinquency  9.64%

National Association of Realtors

Sales of Existing Homes, Annual Rate (Monthly)  6.54 million in November (up 7.4% from October)

Note:….Obama rating inches up…….Mortgage interest rate drops a hair…..unemployment remains at 10%…..

January 9, 2010 Posted by | Economic Data (Zeitgeist), Media, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

Marvel fights in court for its Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and X-Men brands in court…..

The fight in Federal Court is between Marvel and the heirs of artist Jack Kirby ( who passed away in 1994 ) who want to gain control over the artists work while he was in the employ of Marvel……employ copyright could run out in 2014……and I’m sure we are talking about  a good amount of money here…..

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Reid apoligizes for his 2008 remarks about the President's color and speech…..

From Chris Cillizzia’s ‘The Fix’……….

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) apologized today for referring to President Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect” in private conversations during the 2008 presidential campaign.

“I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words,” said Reid in a statement. “I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments.”

President Obama said in a statement that he and Reid had spoken about the matter on Saturday afternoon. “I accepted Harry’s apology without question because I’ve known him for years, I’ve seen the passionate leadership he’s shown on issues of social justice and I know what’s in his heart,” said Obama. “As far as I am concerned, the book is closed.”

The Senate Majority Leader was officially neutral in the primary fight between Obama and then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.). Reid’s remarks about Obama were revealed in “Game Change“, a book detailing the 2008 race penned by Time’s Mark Halperin and New York magazine’s John Heilemann.

Reid has written extensively about his relationship in a memoir entitled “The Good Fight” that was released last year. In that book, Reid recalled talking to Obama about running for president in 2007 and telling the then junior Senator from Illinois: “If you want to be president, you can be president now.”

That same memoir contained an anecdote in which Obama told Reid he had a “gift” after delivering a speech on the Senate floor regarding then President Bush’s approach to the war in Iraq. That remark drew considerable controversy from the Obama’s Republican critics.

The details about Reid’s remarks were first reported by the Atlantic. Reid’s apology was first reported by the Jon Ralston.

This is a blip…..Both guys know need each other….Obama has heard a lot worst…..(and Reid isn’t far from the truth…but you don’t say so in public)

January 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 2 Comments

Reid apoligizes for his 2008 remarks about the President’s color and speech…..

From Chris Cillizzia’s ‘The Fix’……….

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) apologized today for referring to President Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect” in private conversations during the 2008 presidential campaign.

“I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words,” said Reid in a statement. “I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments.”

President Obama said in a statement that he and Reid had spoken about the matter on Saturday afternoon. “I accepted Harry’s apology without question because I’ve known him for years, I’ve seen the passionate leadership he’s shown on issues of social justice and I know what’s in his heart,” said Obama. “As far as I am concerned, the book is closed.”

The Senate Majority Leader was officially neutral in the primary fight between Obama and then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.). Reid’s remarks about Obama were revealed in “Game Change“, a book detailing the 2008 race penned by Time’s Mark Halperin and New York magazine’s John Heilemann.

Reid has written extensively about his relationship in a memoir entitled “The Good Fight” that was released last year. In that book, Reid recalled talking to Obama about running for president in 2007 and telling the then junior Senator from Illinois: “If you want to be president, you can be president now.”

That same memoir contained an anecdote in which Obama told Reid he had a “gift” after delivering a speech on the Senate floor regarding then President Bush’s approach to the war in Iraq. That remark drew considerable controversy from the Obama’s Republican critics.

The details about Reid’s remarks were first reported by the Atlantic. Reid’s apology was first reported by the Jon Ralston.

This is a blip…..Both guys know need each other….Obama has heard a lot worst…..(and Reid isn’t far from the truth…but you don’t say so in public)

January 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 2 Comments

Charley Rangel is still the Chair of Ways and Means in the House…….

Nuff said!

January 9, 2010 Posted by | Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

If you like charts…..The Albany Project has one to show the downturn was very steep and will take a while to completely go away…..

Here’s the link for the chart done by Dan Jacoby…..


January 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Computers, Government, Media, Politics, Polls, The Economy | , , | Leave a comment

Full size model's strut their stuff!………

Since every American woman isn’t a size zero…..I say Bravo for the pretty full size one’sYou Go Girls!

In fashion, thin has always and forever been in. Until, maybe, kind of, now. For a while.

The shift has been under way for quite some time (more on that later) but hits its apotheosis next week, when V magazine — the most avant-garde and directional of any American fashion book — releases its “Size” issue. By real-world standards, of course, the plus-size models celebrated within are absolutely normal, healthy-looking girls. But because fashion isn’t the real world, the issue is, in its way, revolutionary.

Here’s the link to the story……

Here’s the link to the V Magazine issue.…..

January 9, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Food, Health, Media, Men, Women | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Full size model’s strut their stuff!………

Since every American woman isn’t a size zero…..I say Bravo for the pretty full size one’sYou Go Girls!

In fashion, thin has always and forever been in. Until, maybe, kind of, now. For a while.

The shift has been under way for quite some time (more on that later) but hits its apotheosis next week, when V magazine — the most avant-garde and directional of any American fashion book — releases its “Size” issue. By real-world standards, of course, the plus-size models celebrated within are absolutely normal, healthy-looking girls. But because fashion isn’t the real world, the issue is, in its way, revolutionary.

Here’s the link to the story……

Here’s the link to the V Magazine issue.…..

January 9, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Food, Health, Media, Men, Women | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pregnant celebrities…….a pictorial…..

Here’s the New York Daily News pictorial…..

I guess they do have sex, huh?

January 9, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Health, Media, Women | , , | Leave a comment