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  • Meet Tim Scott, Your New Jim DeMint

    Earlier this month Jim DeMint announced he was leaving the Senate in January to run the Heritage Foundation, perhaps because the Wingnuts of America Foundation isn't hiring.

    This meant that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley got to pick someone to replace him, and today she will announce her choice: Rep. Tim Scott, a Tea Partier who joined Congress during the Republican midterm victory in 2010. What is his deal?

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    Tags: Guns, Jim DeMint, Nikki Haley, Religion, South Carolina, Tea Party, Tea Party Express, Tim Scott, Twitter
  • Even Jim DeMint Doesn't Think Jim DeMint Should Be a Senator

    Jim DeMint

    South Carolina's Jim DeMint, the Tea Party's leading advocate in Washington, will be leaving the Senate come January, probably so he can spend less time with people like Jim DeMint. DeMint will take up the presidency of the Heritage foundation, while Governor Nikki Haley will name his Senate replacement. What does it all mean?

    1. Lindsey Graham no longer has to talk to DeMint. He'll also face much weaker primary competition in 2014, as South Carolina's battiest conservatives compete for DeMint's old seat in the 2014 special election.

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    Tags: Jim DeMint, Nikki Haley, Senate, South Carolina
  • Racists Sure Love Totally Non-Racist Voter ID Laws

    Some of the wildest cheers during last night's Republican National Convention came during South Carolina Nikki Haley's remarks, comparing the state's voter identification law — currently blocked by the Department of Justice — with the purchase of Sudafed

    We said in South Carolina that if you have to show a picture ID to buy Sudafed and you have to show a picture ID to set foot on an airplane, then you should have to show a picture ID to protect one of the most valuable, most central, most sacred rights we are blessed with in America — the right to vote. And what happened? President Obama stopped us.

    Electing politicians and buying anti-decongestants do have something in common, in that both promise to make things better, but mostly leave you drowsy. On the other hand, I don't remember reading about the Sudafed marches of the 1960s. All the historical evidence must be in the very obscure Letter from a Birmingham Meth Lab that Dr. King wrote in one of his low moments…

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    Tags: Nikki Haley, Racism, Republican National Convention, South Carolina, Voter Suppression
  • S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley Vetoes HPV Vaccine Bill

    Earlier this week, it was reported that an "informal Romney adviser" — who I presume is a khaki-wearing campaign strategist — believed it was unlikely that Mitt Romney would select a female running mate because, "unfortunately, [Sarah] Palin poisoned the well on that."

    There's a slight problem with this line of thought. John Edwards is most likely a gentleman grifter now, trolling the Carolina countryside, conning elderly ladies out of their Social Security checks. No one would be surprised if Dick Cheney literally poisoned wells. Joe Lieberman is still Joe Lieberman. But none of them have disqualified men from being terrible vice presidential candidates/vice presidents in the future.

    Plus, there are women Republicans willing to do anything to get on Romney's good side. Take South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, who in 2007 co-sponsored a bill that would have made HPV vaccination mandatory for girls entering seventh grade. Having called that co-sponsorship a "mistake," Haley has now decided that she will be pro-HPV

    Gov. Nikki Haley has vetoed a bill that could have allowed seventh-grade students to get a free vaccination against a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cancer in women…

    Haley said the bill was unnecessary because its language would merely allow, not require, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to implement a voluntary vaccination and education program on human papillomavirus, or HPV.

    And the measure by Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-Bamberg, is a precursor to “another taxpayer funded healthcare mandate,” the governor said in her veto message.

    It's not like South Carolina has a problem with injecting things, having attained the 7th highest per-capita execution rate in the country, but this is the kind of flip-flopping and convoluted reasoning it takes to get on Romney's short list.

    Unfortunately, what's good news for Haley is bad news for Newt Gingrich. After his strong showing in the South Carolina primary, I was sure his next wife would come from the Palmetto State. Now Haley has thrown a wrench bit of cervical cancer into those plans.

    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Health, Health Care, Nikki Haley, Sarah Palin, South Carolina, Veepstakes
  • Stephen Colbert Talks with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

    "I wear heels and it's not for a fashion statement, it's ammunition." — Nikki Haley

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    The Colbert Report airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30/10:30c.

    Tags: Nikki Haley, South Carolina, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Video