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Nikki Haley: My Job Is to Kick Unions out of South Carolina


This is a cross-post thanks to our wonderful friend Anomaly from FreakOutNation - on Twitter as @anomaly100.

In the fight to keep unions out of Tennessee, efforts were blocked to unionize workers with Volkswagen’s plant, a tactic which harmed their state and in fact, all ‘right-to-work’ states in the South. After that decision, Volkswagen’s works council said that the automaker would hesitate to expand in the U.S. South, dealing a devastating blow for future business in that state.

But, Governor Nikki Haley is amping up the anti-union rhetoric with impunity in South Carolina.

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Image: NPR: Nikki Haley - Unions in South Carolina

Haley said that, much like Tennessee, she would rather see her state have less jobs than jobs that come with unions.

According to Iacknowledge, Haley said,

“It’s not something we want to see happen,” after an appearance at an automotive conference. She added, “We discourage any companies that have unions from wanting to come to South Carolina because we don’t want to taint the water.”

Haley went on to say,

“You’ve heard me say many times I wear heels. It’s not for a fashion statement. It’s because we’re kicking them every day, and we’ll continue to kick them.”

South Carolina’s unemployment numbers are nothing to brag about.

State Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, a former BMW executive appointed by Haley, said, “Companies that are traditional union companies don’t seem to come looking for an operation in South Carolina. I think our brand and our image precedes us in that regard.”

Volkswagen’s other plants are unionized. When you start ostracizing workers, productivity plummets. And in Volkswagen’s case, the company will unlikely consider any future business dealings in the South.

H/T: Make It Go Away whom you can follow on Twitter here.


Homelessness in South Carolina



Please welcome our newest guest contributor, "hardybear" from Free Range Talk She was kind enough to offer to swoop in to help us out while we get our sea legs back following Paddy's passing. She's a sweetheart, a lifesaver, and a terrific journalist. Thank you from all of us, Ms. Bear!

Here's her first post, on homelessness:

Homeless in South Carolina

Photo credit Eric Campos, The State.

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Does the GOP even bother to include the modern American homeless population in their pithy 47% calculation?

It would seem that the homeless in one of Governor Nikki Haley's more prominent South Carolina cities of distinction -- her capital, in fact --  nearly had the long term hospitable choices of being detained then bussed far out of sight (and, ideally, pocketbook) or being forcibly herded into proposed 'emergency' shelters by hosts with guns. The third option was arrest.

The Columbia City Council unanimously approved the evacuation, er, Emergency Homeless Response measure on August 13, 2013. Within hours, police officers realized that they were to be charged with the duty of regularly chauffeuring its area's approximately 1,500 homeless belles, gents and children into real or implied lockdown.

You see, they threaten the fledging shoots of an economic upturn for the fortunate. The Have Nots are standing in the way of post-recession profit and some City Council leaders decided that the most disenfranchised of all should be 'held accountable'.

Along with many American cities damaged by the Bushee economy, Columbia rightfully seeks to revitalize its core.  In this case, 181 prime acres of Capitol City land formerly occupied by the state mental hospital near their historic center. It may not have the number of zero's attached to say, a Hoboken, New Jersey development project ... but the City Council believes their Bull Street Development will lay golden eggs aplenty for the Makers if handled properly.

Which includes evicting the growing homeless population of Takers from their coveted Downtown. And keeping them out ... the Council ideally wanted armed police on guard to keep it clear of the unwashed/unwanted. There are even grandiose hopes for a multi-million sports $tadium. Revenue and dignified rebel yells.

Prudently, wiser minds and a public outcry prevailed. The Council's Draconian accommodation measures were rejected, reversed and evinced proper amounts of disgust by September 3rd. ||Free Times original story  ||  A Richland county council member was quoted as saying they had barely avoided "concentration camps".

Now how might enough of these neatening 'shelters' for Columbia, S.C. have magically appeared, given both the city and state's much-touted dedication to fiscal responsibility? Never fear, the conservative members of the City Council proposed the perfect storm of Republican solutions:  appropriate these homeless slackers' collective wealth,  in the form of food assistance monies, disability benefits or any other government handouts the recipients might be mishandling.

Presumably they'd each be handed Seinfeldean Puffy Shirts in exchange.

Columbia Councilman Cameron Runyan*, the savant co-creator and champion of the homeless relocation program called the Emergency Homeless Response" [ PDF here:  ] would know well the plight of the homeless in the historic downtown - he and his family proudly attend the First Presbyterian Church -- a stroll from the Bull Street development and re-gentrification project. Runyan said the city must maintain “a healthy tension” between caring for the homeless and holding them accountable.

According to The Free Times, Runyan has made this issue a personal crusade.       ||  Story here  ||  Not unsympathetic, he merely believes in the Lipton Brigade slash Randian boot-strap model of upward mobility, saying "We have to understand that the only cure for poverty is commerce. That is the only true response to poverty, to get people out of poverty. So if poverty is left unchecked, it will destroy commerce. So we've got to protect commerce to have a response to poverty."
Corporations may now be people, but in conservative southern climes commerce is clearly valued over y'all.

Homeless in South Carolina

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Photo by Sean Rayford - Free Times

Two people walk past an urban camping scene on Main Street in Columbia in August 2013. Photo by Sean Rayford - Free Times

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Southern-fried irony: Columbia threw itself a splashy 50th year celebration of their importance to the Civil Rights movement.
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PhotOH! "Here's the crowd to hear Nikki Haley announce her re-election campaign."


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The following tweets are from yesterday's event at which Nikki Haley announced her re-election bid for governor of South Carolina.

The images come to us by way of the Twitter account of Rudolph Bell (@DolphBell), a "longtime newspaper journalist practicing in Greenville, SC. Jack of all beats, master of none. Greenville, SC ·"

We know they're real because Bell's Twitter account is "verified." I can verify that they amused me. Enjoy:

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WI Gov. Scott Walker slams "ineffective" House GOP (coughPaulRyancough) over sequester


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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has come right out and admitted that Republican House members are losing the sequester battle. As you can see from this Politico quote, he certainly isn't defending them or the GOP leadership, and pretty much smacks them upside their empty little noggins:

Walker, too, said congressional leadership has been ineffective in bringing about any solutions to the impending cuts.

“We’re not here speaking on behalf of Republicans on the Hill, we’re speaking on behalf of Republican governors,” he said. “The difference is, we’re providing leadership.”


Of course, he, and fellow governors Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley (who has a secret and disturbing climate change report to contend with) haven't exactly come forward with any new-found GOP make-overtures intended to improve their image. Instead, they slammed President Obama too, but that's a given. But going after Paul Ryan et al? Noteworthy.

It's also entertaining. There's nothing more schadenfreudey than watching Republicans eating their own.

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Worrisome South Carolina climate change report kept secret for over a year


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One of the nation’s most conservative states failed to release a 102-page report by scientists on how climate change is a reality and how the public should be educated about it. Or as I like to call it, cutting off their lives nose to spite their face.

Honesty, common sense, facts, and self-preservation. How novel.

The report includes studies from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For example, they say, South Carolina "should prepare for increases in wildlife disease, loss of prime duck hunting habitat and the potential invasion of non-native species such as piranha and Asian swamp eels. Many such exotic species have taken hold in Florida, but as temperatures rise, could move into South Carolina."

Among other disturbing consequences that the state faces, the findings say that “dead zones” in the ocean will increase, as will droughts, flooding due to a rise in sea levels, and of course, disease that would affect sea life and vegetation.

Via The State:

A team of state scientists has outlined serious concerns about the damage South Carolina will suffer from climate change – threats that include invading eels, dying salt marshes, flooded homes and increased diseases in the state’s wildlife.

But few people have seen the team’s study. The findings are outlined in a report on global warming that has been kept secret by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources for more than a year because agency officials say their “priorities have changed.” [...]

Authors of the November 2011 draft said global warming is a reality and the DNR should take a lead role in educating the public about climate change while also increasing scientific research. [...]

Team members left little doubt in the report that they believe rising global temperatures are linked to man-made pollution. That point is widely accepted in the scientific community. Data show sharp increases since the Industrial Revolution of pollutants, such as carbon dioxide, that cause global warming.

The Department of Natural Resources head, who had wanted the report released, retired after he and the then-board chairwoman Caroline Rhodes clashed. Guess which conservative politician promoted Rhodes to her position as board chair shortly after being elected governor? Hint: It rhymes with Schnikki Schnaley.

Here's an idea: Keep the public informed instead of failing to disclose pesky scientific facts that irk your fellow Republicans (Gov. Haley, I'm talking to you) and your corporate pals. Then again, nobody ever said Republicans had foresight, wisdom, ethics, or good judgment.

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GOP Gov. Haley replaces Sen. DeMint with pro-impeach-Obama, anti-food-stamps-for-kids, anti-union tea partier


As Jim DeMint takes off for his new Very Important Job at the Heritage Foundation, in swoops Tim Scott, the tea bagger who South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley hand-picked to replace him.

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Think Progress supplied us with his resumé, and what a resumé it is! Can't get much more right wingy than this:

  • Floated impeaching Obama over the debt ceiling.
  • Proposed a bill to cut off food stamps for entire families if one member went on strike. That includes children.
  • Wanted to spend an unlimited amount of money to display Ten Commandments outside county building.
  • Defended fairness of giving billions in subsidies to Big Oil.
  • Helped slash South Carolina’s HIV/AIDS budget.

But see, it's all good because, see, he's (whispering) black, so that will confirm to the entire world how inclusive the GOP is, see. And by inclusive, I mean they're union busters who believe children are moochers because they want to eat.

Actually, it is a positive to have first black senator from the South since the late 19th century. But unfortunately, his skin color doesn't compensate for or have much bearing on his record.

Scott the Conservative makes his grand entrance into the U.S. Senate as Dems bite their nails over an impending battle to replace departing Senator John Kerry who will likely be our next Secretary of State. Scott Brown is swooning at the very thought, and that would make the tea party even giddier.*

Good times, good times.

let the good times roll

Details of Scott's record are at TP, these were just the bare bones.

*Per Taegan:

President Obama is likely to pick Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) as the next secretary of state but the New York Times reports that the announcement will be delayed, at least until later this week and maybe beyond, because of the Connecticut school shooting and what one official called 'some discomfort' with the idea of Mr. Obama's announcing a national security team in which the top posts are almost exclusively held by white men."

And per The Hill, Michael Dukakis (D) "may be headed back to the political spotlight as he's considered a likely interim replacement for Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)."


Poll-itics: Voters souring on Ohio's John Kasich and So. Carolina's Nikki Haley


After all the disgusting Right to Work for Less news, we need a pick me up. Why, here's one now!

Quinnipiac poll: Gov. John Kasich (R) is not too popular with Ohio voters; they say he doesn't deserve a second term, 44% to 37%.

Public Policy Polling: In a possible rematch, Vincent Sheheen (D) leads South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) 46% to 44%.

H/t: Taegan