Monthly Archives: September 2014

Dogs Don’t Like Leashes: Some South Carolina pols don’t like Nikki Haley’s reforms (like accountibility to voters)

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At the RedState Gathering in August, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley ticked off a rapid-fire list of accomplishments that have occurred since she has taken office. Among those many accomplishments was the signing of a bill to make state legislators more accountable to their constituents through the use of roll-call votes.

It should come as no shock to anyone that, for some politicians, accountability to their constituents is not all that popular.

According to the Greenville News, a couple of South Carolina politicians (both Democrat and Republican) are grumbling that roll call votes makes them feel like fenced-in dogs.

The Legislature passed a law to require more roll-call voting in 2011, although both bodies also addressed the issue with rules changes. While lawmakers in both chambers previously could request a roll-call vote, they weren’t always required. Gov. Nikki Haley made it a campaign issue in 2010.

Both Democratic State Senator Glenn Reese and Republican State Senator Danny Verdin, however, are publicly grousing about being tied to roll-call voting.

“We’re like dogs in a fence,” Democrat Reese told the Greenville News.

“I was one of the few who said ‘no’ on the whole nonsense and had my head handed to me on a platter by all the folks,” Republican Verdin said.

Other senators said while they sometimes are frustrated by the roll-call rules, they feel the roll calls are necessary.

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Sen. Larry Martin, a Pickens Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and supported the rule changes that makes roll calls mandatory, said he has heard “grumblings” about it from other senators.

What we’re after is a recorded vote so the public knows how we voted,” Martin said. “It’s not a matter of calling the roll per se.”

It appears, though, if Democrat Reese and Republican Verdin had their way, like the (figurative) “dogs” that Reese compared he and his co-horts to, they would rather be unleashed.

It’s not surprising that some politicians don’t like their votes exposed to public scrutiny. Afterall, we’ve become accustomed to politicians (of both parties) saying one thing whilst doing another behind the dark curtain of anonymity.

It is, however, rather amusing to see just which politicians (e.g., Messrs. Reese and Verdin) hold their constituents in such low regard that they have no problem exposing themselves in public.

Hat-Tip: Mikki Haley on Facebook.

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The Democrats Hope You Are an Idiot

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The crop of Democrats up for election right now were last elected in 2008. For most of the actually vulnerable Democrats, this was the first time they ran for election. All elected Democrats are always at least secretly opposed to any measures that actually promote the national security of the United States of America, and given the mood of the country in 2008 they were allowed to let their dove flags fly and cruise to election, for the most part. In 2008, Kay Hagan ran against Elizabeth Dole and her positions on the Iraq War were basically lifted wholesale from the comments section at DailyKos. Ditto Mark Begich. Bruce Braley won his house seat in 2006 primarily by campaigning as a rabid anti-war candidate.

As inevitably happens when nonserious people are put in charge of National Security, things have gone awry in the world and Americans have had enough of the hopelessly naive way the Democrats viewed the world in 2008. The second most important thing Democrats believe in is that they should remain in office, so predictably, they have decided to hope the American people will forget everything they have said over the past six or eight years. As Politico notes:

A host of Democratic Senate hopefuls who rode anti-war sentiment into office in the past decade are running for reelection now as hawks, staking out hard-line positions on the latest upheaval in the Middle East. The candidates are quick to note the differences between then and now — a years-long military mission with boots on the ground versus the airstrikes President Barack Obama has launched in Iraq and Syria in the past month.


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Just last August, Braley demanded Obama get congressional authorization before taking any military action in Syria.

Now Braley is running against military veteran Joni Ernst in one of the most contested Senate races in the country.

“ISIS is a threat that must be stopped,” Braley said during a debate Sunday. “Anytime American citizens are attacked by a terrorist group, they need to be brought to justice or to the grave.”

He even said he voted to give the president limited authority “to begin strikes against those in Syria and Iraq.” In fact, the resolution that passed Congress two weeks ago was to arm Syrian rebels. Braley’s campaign defended his comment by drawing a distinction between “strikes” and “airstrikes,” saying he was actually referring to …read more    

From the Mail Bag

Thankfully the only one I’ve gotten.

From Helen Markessinis comes this gem in the mail bag today:

Your Briefings provide some comic relief periodically and an entertainment factor occasionally. However, when you start PREACHING to those of us that are Christian WE DO NOT NEED YOU TO EDUCATE US.
You might want to consider a career as a preacher and have someone more capable of communicating with those of us that still receive your Briefing. Get real Erickson. obama may be YOUR PRESIDENT……BUT HE IS NOT, NOT, NOT, MY PRESIDENT. IS THAT ENOUGH EMPHASIS. obama (not a typo error….just showing my distain for THE LIAR IN CHIEF……THE MOST LYING PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF THIS NATION IN ADDITION TO THE FACT THAT HE IS NOT EVEN A CHRISTIAN!!!!!!!!! SO YOU GO AHEAD AND PRAY FOR THIS EVIL CREATURE…..obama……BUT DO NOT EXPECT THAT WE CHRISTIANS WILL FOLLOW YOUR FALSE LEAD. YOU ARE LESS AND LESS INFORMATIVE AND MORE AND MORE A PATHETIC CHARACTER SPEWING NONSENSE.

I bet she has cats. Lots of cats.

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