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OR LY for CA AG?

Orly Taitz is seeking statewide office in the postal abbreviation for California, or at least exploring the possibility, as she reports in her article, “Intent to run for state wide office in CA.” After sifting through what’s available for 2014, she came up with Attorney General.

One of her commenters asked:

I don’t know. To be the attorney general, don’t you have to have some qualifications as an attorney that has actually been in practice for a long time and has helped many clients?

Orly replied that all it takes is having been an attorney for 5 years, and she qualifies.

I actually thought this made sense in a way, Orly running for Attorney General. As AG, she would have the power to bring  lawsuits on behalf of the State and gain all sorts of new opportunities in her quest to unseat Barack Obama, which seems to have been her main goal in life for the past 5 years. Surprisingly, her 8-point platform has nothing about prosecuting Obama. Is it possible that she understands that this is a losing issue? The closest she gets is this:

assuring lawful elections with US citizen candidates instead of candidates like Barack Obama who ran for office based on fraud and using a stolen CT SSN and fabricated IDs and aided and abetting by corrupt and criminally complicit officials

The word that appears over and over in her platform is “nullification.” Interested readers can check out the Wikipedia article. Generally it is a legal theory that a state can ignore (nullify) federal laws, a theory that has generally failed in the courts. In response to one comment that nullification was unconstitutional, Orly wrote:

South Carolina is nullifying Obamacare, Western states have nullified multipe (sic) federal mandates which infringed on Second Amendment rights

South Carolina is in the process of considering legislation to nullify the Affordable Care Act. House Bill 3101, the “South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act,” was passed by the House (28-16) last May and is up for consideration by the Senate this month. The bill makes it a crime for any state official to aid the enforcement of any provision of the ACA, provides a tax deduction1 for anyone who pays a penalty for not buying insurance under the ACA, and prohibits any political division of the state from purchasing health insurance from a health care exchange established by a nonprofit organization. I think the law might be better titled: “The South Carolina Insurance Company Profits Protection Act.”

Nullification is a historically-significant term in South Carolina that brings to mind the Nullification Crisis of 1832, which almost lead to armed conflict between South Carolina the federal government.

In her typical way, Orly is asking her web readers to pay the filing fee to run, $3,022, and to foot the bill of $6,000 to get her 250-word platform included in the official state voter pamphlet. Her draft platform is 376 words. She will need to come up with a 5.32 point platform to fit the requirements.

1The top marginal income tax rate in South Carolina is 7%.

SC congressman puts national security at risk

Because he’s an idiot

ThinkProgress reports a talk radio exchange between host Rick Wiles and SC Republican Third District Congressman Jeff Duncan.

WILES: While you guys are rounding up and deporting the illegal immigrants, any chance the House may actually pursue Barack Obama’s phony identification papers? That’s the original scandal, congressman.

DUNCAN: People should have voted against him in November. I’m afraid that that wouldn’t get to the Supreme Court where it ought to get.

WILES: But if we know they’re lying about all these other things, why not go back and say, “well maybe the first scandal was a lie, too?”

DUNCAN: There you go. I’m all with you. Let’s go back and revisit some of these things because Americans have questions about not only the IRS scandal but also about the president’s validity.

What is scary is that this idiot is on the House Homeland Security Oversight Committee. He is not, however, the chairman as stated in the audio clip.

Republican candidates booted from ballot: election canceled

The phone has been ringing a lot lately and the callers are pollsters. I always fail the first question: “are you likely to vote in South Carolina’s Republican Primary next week?”

The problem is that a lot of South Carolina Republicans aren’t going to vote either as candidates are being booted from the ballot right and left. Oconee County had so many candidates removed that Republican Party canceled the primary altogether. Statewide over 200 candidates have been dropped so far. Many removed from the ballot were challenging incumbents. In one Sheriff’s race where the current sheriff is retiring, no one qualified for the ballot. A few Democrats were also affected. Democrats are suing Republicans in one county for ignoring the Supreme Court and certifying candidates anyway.

Candidates can run as “petition” candidates if they can collect signature from 5% of registered voters in the area where they are running, and submit them by July 16.

The problem is that many candidates failed to properly file a Statement of Economic Interest (the rules are tricky). The parties are examining their slates statewide in the wake of a decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court that the paperwork was required.

One GOP candidate call it a “crying shame.”  Ms. Conspiracy aptly observed:

If you don’t follow the rules, you don’t get to play.

Thanks to WSPA TV in Spartanburg for the story.

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South Carolina Primary today

VoteHereI invoke my privilege as a blogger to cover an off-topic subject today, namely the South Carolina Republican Primary, which is going on as I type. It’s cold and raining here in the northwest half of the state, great weather for voting because it’s miserable weather for anything else.

There were maybe 2 voters at my local polling place when I and Ms. Conspiracy showed up around 11:30 am. Poll officials asked which primary we wanted to vote in, then laughed. “We have to ask.”

In an unscientific Obama Conspiracy Theories exit poll, 100% of  voters responding said that they had voted for Herman Cain (the poll has a 99.99999% margin of error). Other polls show Newt Gingrich in the lead, threatening to turn Romney’s 3-in-a-row sweep into 1-in-a-row (following his loss to Rick Santorum after a recount in Iowa).

imageWhat I am most interested to see is just how many South Carolina voters will support Herman Cain, whose aborted campaign has taken  on new life since his plastic surgery, skin whitening, and a new message about the influence of Super PAC money in the election. Cain has demonstrated time and time again his ability to draw crowds, such as this appearance on the Washington Capitol Mall. An estimated 3,000 people attended his rally in Charleston, SC, yesterday, compared to maybe 100 who came to hear Newt Gingrich in Spartanburg when I was there. David Horsey of The Los Angeles Times confirms:

Reporting from Charleston, S.C. — Under the looming live oaks at the College of Charleston on Friday, Stephen Colbert delivered a clinic on how to produce a whiz-bang political rally. Significantly, not one of the Republican candidates this year has exhibited the star power to bring off such an extravaganza themselves.

Jon Stewart, director of the Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow Super PAC (informally known as the Definitely Not Coordinating with Stephen Colbert Super PAC), reported a surge in the polls to supporters on Thursday:

LANDLINE COUNTRY, USA – A new poll from The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC and Marist College Institute for Public Opinion shows South Carolina voters having a decided interest in undecided potential candidate Stephen Colbert. Potential voters were so electrified by Colbert, 18% gushed they’d be at least "kinda somewhat likely" to vote for him.

Cain’s popularity skyrocketed when it became known that he was the only candidate in the race not to run attack ads or blanket the state in robot-dialed phone messages.

Third Super PAC ad in SC

The Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow Super PAC (that can collect and spend unlimited amounts of money in support of candidates) has released its third ad in the South Carolina primary battle.

I know that the second ad has motivated many South Carolinians who had planned not to vote in Saturday’s Republican primary, to vote. I’m one of them. Here’s the new ad:

Mitt called

Actually, the recorded phone message came from a supporter of Mitt Romney. He raised the specter of labor unions and how Mitt would fight them.

Labor in South Carolina

South Carolina, like every place, is a product of its history. In the Old South they used to say “cotton is king” and it was the main agricultural crop in South Carolina for many years, and manufacturing was almost exclusively textile manufacturing. Just two miles from my house is the town of Startex, which like so many towns in upstate South Carolina, is a mill town here named after the Startex Finishing Plant. The mill owners built the mills, the towns, the houses where the workers lived and the stores where they shopped. Some mills paid workers in tokens only good at the mill store. It was a very pervasively paternalistic system and the one thing that threatened the mill system was labor unions, vigorously fought (and in the main successfully) by the mill owners.

Typical cookie-cutter mill houses in Startex South Carolina

The mills are almost all gone today, textile manufacturing having been moved overseas where labor is even cheaper. Since the 1950’s South Carolina has been a “right to work state,” meaning that someone cannot be required to be a member of a labor union as a condition of employment. For more details on South Carolina’s mill system, see South Carolina: A History by Dr. Walter Edgar.

The Boeing controversy

A few years back, Boeing proposed building an assembly plant in North Charleston, South Carolina (presumably because of a less-expensive and largely non-union work force), and challenges were made to that location by labor unions. I didn’t follow the story in any detail, but there was left a bitter taste from that controversy that the Romney call tried to resurrect. Since Obama took office, Boeing transferred 1,000 jobs to South Carolina for the assembly of its new 787 Dreamliner, a move opposed by the union workers in Washington State and the National Labor Relations Board. 

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley at recent Romney rally said:

I had no idea that the hardest part about being the governor of South Carolina would be the federal government

Romney called again

While I was typing this story another Romney supporter called, this time to let me know that Romney was firmly and committedly not pro-choice. I called the Romney campaign back and left my own recorded message – to stop calling me.