While Republicans like to demonize Democrats as prioritizing the wishes of lazy moochers, the stereotype that Democrats have of Republicans is that they are in the pocket of Wall Street and Big Business.
During the Tuesday night gubernatorial debate, Democratic candidate state Sen. Vincent Sheheen called for the state government to no longer display the Confederate flag, noting that many young people leave South Carolina “all too often.”
Haley retorted by claiming that the Confederate flag has not kept companies from coming to the state.
"What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state. I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag,” she said.
She also said that she herself has helped combat the state’s image problem.
"But we really kind of fixed all that when you elected the first Indian-American female governor," Haley said. "When we appointed the first African-American U.S. senator, that sent a huge message."
You want to point out that you aren’t white and that you appointed an African American Senator? Fine. Go ahead. But if you say that sends “a huge message”, then you have to account for the message that the State flying the Confederate Flag has.
The Confederate Flag has one and only one purpose— to represent the country the Southern states created to continue black slavery. The Civil War was about slavery, and the flag was its symbol. That’s what it means. Now individuals might have their own reasons for flying it, but the State of South Carolina flew that flag in its fight to preserve slavery, and keeping it flying now refers to that history.
And please don’t tell me the Civil War was about states rights or something other than slavery. It started before Lincoln took office— not based on Lincoln’s actions but their fears of what he might do— for the purpose of preserving slavery. It was fought over slavery. And it did not end until slavery was abolished. In fact at the end of the Civil War, with the South having unconditionally surrendered, the only change from before was the end of slavery. Those are facts. It’s not like the South won and then gracefully freed all their slaves after forcing Lincoln to pass an amendment for states rights.
But I understand the flag is still controversial in South Carolina and that it has many supporters among the white voting public. So it’s not odd that South Carolina politicians are still squishy on whether having the state fly a flag of treasonous slaveholders. What is odd is that Gov. Nikki Haley reveals that she doesn’t care much about voters— the people who really influence her are the CEOs. Her statement lays bare that she prioritizes the opinions and wishes of CEOs over the voters and people of her state. And for that, Nikki Haley is Asshole of the Day.
It is Nikki Haley’s first time being named Asshole of the Day.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) on Tuesday said that there was no need to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds because it was not an issue for CEOs, and the state had “fixed” racist perceptions by electing an Indian-American governor.
During a South Carolina gubernatorial debate, Democratic candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen called on the flag to be retired to a museum.
"I think the people of South Carolina are tired of having an image across America that’s not truly who we are," Sheheen explained, adding that everyone should "rally together under a flag that unites us all, the American flag, that looks toward the future, and not the past."
Haley responded that the Confederate flag was a “sensitive issue.”
"What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state," the governor noted. "I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag."
Haley said that she had tried to improve the perception of the state by ordering employees to answer the phone with the phrase “it’s a great day in South Carolina.”
"But we really kind of fixed all that when you elected the first Indian-American female governor," she insisted. "When we appointed the first African-American U.S. senator, that sent a huge message."
Independent libertarian candidate Steve French said that he believed in the concept of “individual liberty” when it came to the Confederate flag.
As a former SC state employee, I can say that it was universally hated that we were required to answer phones that way. Tricki Nikki cut our pay, instituted mandatory unpaid furloughs, and eliminated all cost-of-living pay increases. She only gives a damn about those CEOs. Not one bit for people.
Not only do Republicans want to ban same-sex marriage, they apparently still can’t accept interracial marriage either, even if the couple is a man and a woman.
In September, the Republican nominee running for attorney general in Wisconsin told the host of a local television program that he would defend an interracial marriage ban if he were in a state with such a law on the books.
Thanks to the Supreme Court it’s now much easier for big-money donors to buy political influence in the USA but potentially harder for some Americans to vote .. cartoon refers to the Supremes striking down a key part of the 1964 Voting Rights Act, which protected the right to vote for millions of Americans .. (more here)
This Arizona experiment shows you can fool enough of the people enough of the time. Especially if they are old whites who reflexively check the name with an “R” beside it — because all our problems are caused by brown-skilled people getting things they don’t deserve. Especially if they get their information in the closed and self-reinforcing loop of Fox and Limbaugh.
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Yes, we know, not all Republicans are racist. But it is becoming increasingly clear that latent, and in this case blatant, racism is becoming the norm in the GOP as the Tea Party takes over. Yet another example rears its ugly head, in none other than Florida.
The audio was released a day after the Senior Deputy Whip for the Georgia Senate Republicans vowed to block early voting dates and locations he felt would attract African American voters.
A day after the Senior Deputy Whip for the Georgia Senate Republicans vowed to block early voting dates and locations that he felt would attract African American voters, a progressive group released audio on Wednesday of Georgia’s Secretary of State warning fellow Republicans that Democrats might win because they are registering minority voters.
The audio, posted on YouTube by Better Georgia, features a man identified as Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp telling fellow Republicans at a July 12, 2014 event in Gwinnett County:
In closing I just wanted to tell you real quick, after we get through this runoff, you know the Democrats are working hard, and all these stories about them, you know, registering all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines, if they can do that, they can win these elections in November. But we’ve got to do the exact same thing. I would encourage all of you, if you have an Android or an Apple device, to download that app, and maybe your goal is to register one new Republican voter.
On Tuesday, Kemp launched a “voter fraud” investigation into a voter registration effort he suspects may have “forged voter registration applications, forged signatures on releases, and applications with false or inaccurate information.” Accusations of voter fraud have been a frequent tool of Republican secretaries of state.
A year ago, Kemp warned that allowing citizens to register to vote on Election Day would undermine their “individual freedoms.” In 2012, he spearheaded an error-riddled effort to purge voters from the rolls just months before the November elections.
Better Georgia executive director Bryan Long said in a statement that Kemp’s and Millar’s comments suggest the investigation is aimed at voter suppression. “The right to vote is sacred, and we should all want to encourage people to vote instead of making it more difficult,” he wrote, adding that, “GOP candidates in Georgia know they cannot win if the electorate reflects the increasing diversity of our state, so Sec. Kemp is using the power of his office to restrict minority voting access. The Justice Department should investigate.
A spokesman for Kemp did not immediately respond to a ThinkProgress inquiry about the remarks.
Not only is State Senator Fran Millar incensed about the idea of making it easier for African-Americans to vote, he’s willing to invoke the church-state exception no Republican believes in to block their votes harder.
One of Georgia’s largest counties announced last week that it will allow early voting on a Sunday in late October and will open an early voting location in a shopping mall popular among local African-Americans. Concerned that this will lead to higher African-American voter turnout and hurt his party’s dominance, one state lawmaker is speaking out and vowing to stop this easy voting for minority voters.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Tuesday that Georgia state Senator Fran Millar (R) penned an angry response to DeKalb County’s announcement that early voting will be available on Sunday, October 26, and that an early-voting location will be opened at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall. Millar represents part of the county and is Senior Deputy Whip for the Georgia Senate Republicans.