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December 26, 2014 Nemes Politics

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Lindsey Graham makes the sixth tier

US Sen. Lindsey Graham just recently duplicated his earlier comment that he might run for president in two years and is now the only possible South Carolina prospect provided on a widely-watched barometer of the 2016 governmental project.

The newestThe current edition of Sabatos Crystal Ball – put together by political science teacher Larry Sabato and others with the University of Virginias Center on Politics – has actually added Graham as a possible GOP prospect.

Graham was provided in the sixth tier (The Wild Cards) along with four others, consisting of previous Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former UN Ambassador John Bolton.

There were 13 other possible Republican candidates in the upper tiers (though nobody provided as a first tier candidate).

The Crystal Sphere listed Grahams strengths as: Prominent Obama critic; Typically suched as by party leaders/establishment; Media savvy, while it stated his weak points include: Emphatically disliked by grassroots; Immigration reform efforts harmed him with conservatives; Would be crowded out by other establishment prospects.

Graham, 59, told The Greenville News Tuesday he may run – an idea he initially shared before being re-elected to a brand-new term in November. Graham has seen a governmental project up close: He was very active baffling for his colleague Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in 2008.

I am not there yet, but exactly what drives my thinking is I do think I have something special to provide the nation, dealing with the risks we face, Graham informed the newspaper. And remain tuned, well see exactly what happens.

Limehouse out of delegation post

State Rep. Chip Limehouse was changed as one of the turning chairmen of the joint Charleston County legislative delegation last week in a step that could shock who sits on the Charleston County Aeronautics Authority.

In his function, Limehouse, R-Charleston, got to choose a proxy member of the body – previous state legislator Larry Richter. That option now goes to his successor, Rep. Peter McCoy, R-James Island.

McCoy said last week he hadnt had time to believethink of his options. Ive got a number of names potentially in mind, he said.

McCoy might decide to sit on the authority board himself.

The week that was

It wasnt enough for Gov. Nikki Haley to peacefully beat her Democratic competitor, attorney Vincent Sheheen, shes now setting her sights on him and other lawyer-legislators like him.

In the past week, Haley resumed her require legislators to pass ethics reform, consisting of a proposition that would force legal representatives in the General Assembly to reveal their participation in any claims versus the state.

Any lawmaker that sues the state of South Carolina must divulge to the taxpayers which agency they sued and how much they got paid for it, she said One problem of concern is legislators calling state companies to seek information while in a dual function.

Wheres the line? she said.

In other Columbia news, a judge declined a recommended plea offer for previous Lexington County Constable James Metts. Federal sentencing guidelines call for 10 to 16 months in jail for someone pleading to harboring particular aliens. Metts had actually wanted to stay clear of jail following charges he impeded the possible deportation of workers at a friends dining establishment … the SC Chamber of Commerce revealed Ted Pitts has been named president and CEO, efficient in January. Pitts had served as chief of staff for Haley … It continues to be Cabinet changeover period. Haley named former Juvenile Justice Partner Director Susan Alford to lead the Department of Social Solutions, while Kela Thomas, director of the SC probation and parole deparment, resigned.

Haley inaugural set

The 96th South Carolina Inaugural Committee has actually revealed a variety of events next month marking Gov. Nikki Haleys 2nd swearing-in event Jan. 14.

On Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 6-8 pm there will be a Pre-Inaugural Household Enjoyable Night at the SC State Gallery, 301 Gervais St., Columbia. Ticket-holders only. $20 per grownup, under 18 free.

The swearing-in starts at 11 am on Jan 14, on the south side of the SC Statehouse steps.

From 2-4 pm, the first family will have an open home at the Governors Estate, 800 Richland St., Columbia. The session is open to the general public.

From 7:30 -11 pm will be the Inaugural Gala, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Ticket-holders only. $250 per couple. For more detailsTo find out more check out the inaugural internet site,

Palmetto Politics is assembled by press reporters Robert Behre and Schuyler Kropf, and from media guides.


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