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How 11 States Got Marriage Equality in 1 Day

By refusing to hear appeals from lower courts Monday, the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in five states, plus six more that hadn’t even filed suit.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE


South Carolina Cop Shot Black Man for No Apparent Reason

In a Sept. 4 incident captured by a police cruiser’s dashboard camera, a South Carolina state trooper fired and apparently hit a black man who was complying with the officer’s request to retrieve and hand over his driver’s license.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Mic Smith

Mark Sanford’s Appalachian Spring

“I want to publicly acknowledge God’s role in all of this,” declared a victorious Mark Sanford as he celebrated an unlikely political rebirth Tuesday night with a sermon praising the supreme being and the many “angels” who helped the once-disgraced former governor along the way.

Posted on May 8, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Rainier Ehrhardt

Mark Sanford Beats Stephen Colbert’s Sister in Congressional Race

Yes, the same Mark Sanford who as governor of South Carolina in 2009 blew off Father’s Day for a love jaunt to Argentina just persuaded the state’s Bible Belt voters to give him another chance.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE



Ted Cruz’s Presidential Buzz, Mark Sanford’s Special Election Chances, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Bill Maher suggests a new rule for those who want to strip away constitutional rights to ensure “justice” and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords gets a well-deserved honor. 

Posted on May 5, 2013 READ MORE


Watch: Larry Flynt Endorses Mark Sanford

In this hysterical video, the Hustler publisher endorses Republican “sex pioneer” Mark Sanford, because “no one has done more to expose the sexual hypocrisy of traditional values in America today.”

Posted on May 1, 2013 READ MORE


Mark Sanford
thenewliberator.wordpress.com

Are Mark Sanford and Ken Cuccinelli the Best the GOP Can Come Up With?

Or are Republicans staging some kind of fiendishly clever plot to lure Democrats into a false sense of security?

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S.C. GOP Rebranding

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Former RNC Chair Steele Slams GOP, Colbert’s Sister Wins Primary, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest efforts by Congress to avoid a government shutdown and Michele Bachmann tries to run away from a reporter.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 READ MORE


Chuck Hagel

Senate Confirms Hagel, GOP Lawmaker Says Cheney Going to Hell, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Chris Christie being omitted from a major conservative event and Stephen Colbert breaks character to make his first political endorsement.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE



GOP Senator’s Unexpected Retirement, Sarah Palin’s Next Step, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the true meaning of Presidents Day revealed and Mark Sanford airs his first South Carolina congressional campaign ad.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Stephen Colbert Won’t Run for Congress, but His Sister Will

Stephen Colbert’s big sister is picking up right where the satirist left off, by announcing she’s running in the South Carolina special election to succeed Tim Scott in the House. Scott was recently appointed to the Senate after Jim DeMint vacated the seat—a position, it should be noted, that Colbert had publicly sought.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 READ MORE



GOP Lawmaker Threatens Obama Impeachment, the NRA Shooting Game, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mark Sanford’s attempt to resurrect his political career and Stephen Colbert grills Piers Morgan about the U.S. Constitution.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Who Is South Carolina’s New Senator?

Gov. Nikki Haley’s appointment is a tea party-backed congressman who wants to kick entire families off of food stamps for supporting unions, give billions in subsidies to the major oil companies and spend taxpayer dollars to display the Ten Commandments on government property.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE



Senator Demands Federal Pot Plan, Norquist Makes Insane Prediction, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a GOP contender for a top Cabinet post in the Obama administration and why Michigan Republicans should have taken a closer look at the right-to-work legislation they passed.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE



Scalia’s Anti-Gay Marriage Rant, Nate Silver on Hillary’s 2016 Prospects, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Stephen Colbert’s response to a poll that shows South Carolina voters want him in the Senate and why the Koch brothers postponed a major meeting.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Stephen Colbert Is South Carolina’s Favorite to Replace DeMint

Colbert, a Palmetto State native who has twice mounted a satirical challenge to become the president of South Carolina, has already asked viewers of “The Colbert Report” to push Gov. Nikki Haley to appoint him to the seat being vacated by Republican Jim DeMint.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE



Ann Coulter’s Shocking Concession, Stephen Colbert’s Next Electoral Move, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why Sen. Rand Paul is criticizing Republican leaders and a major GOP donor visits Washington.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Tea Party Favorite Jim DeMint to Quit Senate

The conservative South Carolina senator announced Thursday that he would step down next month to run a conservative think tank.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Don’t Secede, Just Move

There is a growing and idiotic movement by people dissatisfied with American democracy in the form of President Obama’s re-election to secede from the union. I have a better idea: Just move.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 READ MORE



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The Voter ID Trap

Voter ID laws adopted in 10 states representing nearly half of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency will make it harder for hundreds of thousands of poor and minority Americans to vote and could decide the outcome of the 2012 election.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Campaigning vs. Governing

Up for consideration on this week’s “Left, Right & Center” are such considerable topics as President Obama’s State of the Union address and the state of play in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. On board for the discussion are regulars Matt Miller and Robert Scheer, as well as guest panelists David Frum and Chrystia Freeland. You know you want to listen.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE



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America Does Not Share South Carolina’s Fondness for Gingrich

Amid all the excitement, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that America has known Newt Gingrich for three decades—and really doesn’t like him.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE


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AP / Matt Rourke

Newt Stomps Romney to Win South Carolina

What a week for Mitt Romney. He’s gone from obvious nominee to the man who just can’t catch a break. First a recount snatched his win in Iowa, then Newt Gingrich debated his way to an upset in South Carolina (this despite a sex scandal that might have condemned a more conventional candidacy).

Posted on Jan 21, 2012 READ MORE


Change They Don’t Believe In

Voters should support Romney, the narrator says, because “beating Obama is the most important issue.” Am I the only one to find that weird?

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Stephen Colbert for President

Given this presidential election season’s lineup of clowns, it would only make sense that another might join their ranks from the venerable political training ground that is Comedy Central. Yes, folks, Stephen Colbert is once again running for our nation’s highest office. God bless Citizens United!

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Elise Amendola

Romney Takes New Hampshire

That’s two in the pocket for Mitt Romney, who, as expected, won New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary without a serious challenge. Ron Paul took second place, with Rick Santorum, near-winner of the Iowa caucuses, well behind.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE


Romney and the South Carolina Conundrum

Can Mitt Romney be dislodged as the fragile but disciplined front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination? If he can, South Carolina is the best bet for the role of spoiler.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Nothing but the Bible for These South Carolina Inmates, ACLU Says

A South Carolina jail is denying its inmates access to any reading material other than the Bible, the ACLU says, quoting an email from a jail staffer.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE


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More States to Join Arizona in Annals of Immigration Infamy?

The conflict is still raging over Arizona’s oppressive SB 1070 immigration law, to say the least—we’re talking lawsuit-from-the-White-House-level conflict here—but that’s not stopping at least three other states from ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE


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youtube.com

S. Carolina Gubernatorial Hopeful Hit With Affair Accusation

Although she categorically denies the story, Nikki Haley, a GOP up-and-comer who’s angling to replace scandal-tainted South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, is now obliged to answer to rumors that she herself has dabbled in extramarital relations.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE


The Republican to See Suddenly Won’t Deal

It isn’t easy being a caucus of one. Sometimes you don’t even agree with yourself. Just ask Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Democrats’ go-to Republican.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Colbert Report’: The Lindsey Graham Sex Tape

Suddenly, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is under the microscope for maybe, potentially, being gay! What’s a conservative Southern senator to do? Well, as Stephen Colbert points out, hanging around with Sen. Joe Lieberman might help, but releasing a (straight) sex tape would be even better.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE



14 States Take Health Care Bill to Court

The attorneys general of Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Virginia are suing over the health care reform bill, citing state sovereignty and alleging federal overreach under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE



Associated Press

Civil Rights Activist Found Dead

Juanita Goggins, a trailblazing civil rights activist and the first black woman elected to South Carolina’s state Legislature, was found dead in her Columbia, S.C., home last week after dying there sometime last month. 

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE



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South Carolina Charges Fee to Overthrow the Government

A South Carolina lawmaker is trying to repeal the state’s Subversive Activities Registration Act, which charges locals who want to overthrow the government a $5 fee and requires that they register—with the government. You have to see the paperwork (after the jump) to fully appreciate its comic value.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


A Victim, After All

Jenny Sanford was my role model, until I read her book. I once wrote that the wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford offered “a new and improved version of the betrayed political spouse—neither enabler nor victim.” I was wrong.

Posted on Feb 7, 2010 READ MORE



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South Carolina Lt. Gov. Apologizes for Comparing the Poor to ‘Stray Animals’

South Carolina’s Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has apologized for comparing poor people to “stray animals” that are encouraged by gifts of food to breed uncontrollably. Bauer, who is running in the state’s gubernatorial election, told CNN while apologizing that he is “not against animals.”

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE


Thurmond
www.senate.gov/artandhistory

Thurmond the Younger Aiming for Congress?

Controversial Sen. Strom Thurmond died in 2003, but Congress may not be a Thurmond-free zone for much longer if Strom’s youngest son, Paul Thurmond, ends up following through on some preliminary noises he’s making about a possible run for outgoing South Carolina Rep. Henry Brown’s House seat.

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE


Mark Sanford
thenewliberator.wordpress.com

No Impeachment for South Carolina Governor

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s affair with an Argentine may have exacted a personal cost and made him more vulnerable politically, but it looks as if his conduct won’t cost him his job. A panel of his state’s lawmakers have decided his indiscretions don’t merit impeachment.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE


Mark Sanford
thenewliberator.wordpress.com

Ethics Troubles Loom Large for S.C. Governor

Looks like South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s extramarital activities, which were brought to light last summer after a faux Appalachian Trail excursion (by way of Argentina), aren’t going to be wiped from the record anytime soon. Sanford is now looking at 37 ethics charges, at least a few of which appear related to his affair.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Lori Cain

Obama Counters Carter’s Race Claim

Although it certainly seems plausible that, as former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday, the intense hostility directed at President Barack Obama of late is partly rooted in racism, Obama apparently begs to differ.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 READ MORE


Letterman

Letterman Heckles Obama’s Heckler

Two can play this game, Joe Wilson. While the South Carolina congressman’s heckle heard ’round the country triggered dismay from his opponents and enthusiasm from his supporters, Rep. Wilson’s “You lie!” war cry to Obama provided humor fodder for David Letterman’s Thursday night show.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009 READ MORE


Joe Wilson

Wilson’s Apology (Plus a Campaign Plug)

So, Congressman Joe Wilson heckled President Obama during Wednesday’s speech on health care reform. On Thursday, Obama accepted Wilson’s apology, but that same day the South Carolina lawmaker leveraged the situation by posting this video calling for voters’ support and announcing he was “under attack by liberals for standing up against a government takeover of health care.”

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 READ MORE


Mark Sanford
thenewliberator.wordpress.com

60 S.C. GOP Reps Want Sanford Out

Although he’s been trying to hang tough as South Carolina’s governor ever since this summer’s infidelity drama unfolded, Mark Sanford has some new impediments—60 of them, to be exact—that could keep him from serving out his term.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Sanford Won’t Be ‘Hangin’ Up the Spurs’ Before His Term Ends

The pressure on South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford to resign hasn’t let up since his revelation earlier this summer of his extramarital escapades in Argentina, but for his part, Sanford says he’s staying put for the remainder of his term, thank y’all very much.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE


Mark Sanford
thenewliberator.wordpress.com

S.C. Lieutenant Governor Pushing Sanford to Step Down

Looks like Mark Sanford’s days as governor of South Carolina could well be numbered. Despite his public shows of contrition and creative application of biblical themes to the particulars of his life, Sanford can’t seem to get past his Argentine assignation, as least in the eyes of his detractors—one of whom is the state’s No. 2, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE


Not All Scandals Are Equal

Bill Maher compares the letters of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who fell in love in Argentina, with the texts of former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, who fell for congressional pages.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 READ MORE


Mark Sanford
house.gov

Did Taxpayers Fund Sanford’s Love Jaunts?

U.S. taxpayers twice paid for Mark Sanford’s trips to Argentina, though they occurred before he met his mistress there. Another trip to the land of gauchos was funded by South Carolinians and took place after he met his lover, though before he claims to have, er, danced the tango with her.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 READ MORE


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