Ex-Trump campaign officials laud South Carolina conservatism
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — Two former Trump campaign officials praised South Carolina on Monday night as a conservative bulwark against more progressive areas of the country, and a place important to the president.
"Donald Trump knew how important South Carolina was," former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said in a speech to a crowd in Anderson. "I know how important South Carolina was and is, and it is a place that has delivered time and time and time again for the president. Thank you."
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mary Geren has won the Democratic nomination in South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District and will take on Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan in November.
Unofficial results Tuesday showed Geren defeated Hosea Cleveland of Seneca in the Democratic primary.
The college instructor from Anderson will try to prevent Duncan from winning a fifth term in the general election in the district which covers eleven South Carolina counties in the northwest part of the state.
Members of Aiken County EMS speak in Washington D.C. during EMS Day on the Hill
Two members of Aiken County EMS traveled to Washington, D.C. last week for EMS Day on the Hill.
Jimmie Williamson, compliance officer, and Laurie DeRosier, logistics officer, with Aiken County EMS gathered on April 11 in our nation’s capitol.
The EMS 3.0 Summit was attended by 235 EMS professionals from 84 different agencies from 37 states, Williamson said.
Spar over MOX: U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry debate unfinished facility
U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry clashed over the future of the embattled Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility during a Thursday morning budget hearing.
Duncan, a South Carolina Republican, supports MOX, a currently unfinished facility at the Savannah River Site designed to turn weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial reactors.
President Trump told a Republican lawmaker that he's "100 percent" supporting the release of a GOP memo that details alleged abuses of government surveillance powers.
"Don't worry 100 percent," Mr. Trump told Rep. Jeff Duncan, South Carolina Republican, as he was leaving the House chamber Tuesday night after his first State of the Union address.
Mr. Duncan had urged the president to "release the memo."
Trump says he’s ’100 percent’ for releasing GOP memo
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was overheard Tuesday telling a Republican lawmaker he is "100 percent" in favor of releasing a classified memo on the Russia investigation that has sparked a political fight pitting Republicans against the FBI and the Justice Department.
"Oh yeah, don't worry," the president told South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan on the House floor after his first State of the Union address. "100 percent."
So much for speech: Trump on hot mic says he’ll release memo
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scenes from the Capitol on a night of pomp, pageantry and politics for the State of the Union address:
The Latest: Trump says he’s in favor of releasing memo
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on House Republicans' vote to release a classified memo on the Russia investigation (all times local):
President Donald Trump has been overheard telling a Republican lawmaker he is "100 percent" in favor of releasing a classified memo on the Russia investigation.
The memo has sparked a political fight pitting Republicans against the FBI and the Department of Justice.
South Carolina GOP lawmaker uses expanded Twitter count to tweet the Bill of Rights
U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan declared Wednesday that he, too, now had 280 characters on Twitter — and he made fast and patriotic use of his discovery.
The social media site doubled its character limit this week, prompting a digital celebration of sorts on the social media site now that users had twice as many keystrokes to share their thoughts with the world.
Hicks column: South Carolina congressmen should just own their selfishness
When record rainfall flooded South Carolina two years ago this month, the feds bailed us out.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency put up $180 million to help people rebuild their homes, replace their belongings and get medical treatment. The agency approved a similar amount for the state to repair infrastructure damaged by the storm.
When Hurricane Matthew hit South Carolina last October, FEMA offered $79 million for individuals and nearly $300 million for damage to the state.
U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford one of 69 Republicans who voted against hurricane relief, wildfire assistance
Nearly a month after their own state faced the fury of Tropical Storm Irma, three South Carolina Republicans voted against a $36.5 billion aid package Thursday to provide financial relief after the recent hurricanes and California wildfires.
U.S. Reps. Mark Sanford, Jeff Duncan and Ralph Norman joined 66 of their fellow Republicans in voting no, but the package ultimately passed the House with a vote of 353-69. It now heads to the Senate.
Some Republicans open to banning ‘bump stocks’ used in Vegas
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior congressional Republicans said Wednesday they are open to considering legislation banning "bump stocks" like the shooter in Las Vegas apparently used to make semi-automatic rifles perform more like fully automatic weapons.
GOP leaders say no action on gun legislation
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders made clear Tuesday that Congress will take no action on gun legislation in the wake of the massacre in Las Vegas. They refused to entertain Democratic demands to expand background checks for gun purchases and tighten restrictions on semi-automatic weapons, but also shelved their own House bill that would have loosened access to gun silencers.
South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan, who backs gun noise suppressors, voices support for victims, police in Las Vegas
South Carolina Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan was among the first in the state to show his support for the victims and law enforcement after the Las Vegas attack.
But he is also a lead sponsor of a bill promoting gun suppressors — a barrel attachment that gun control advocates say could make conditions less safe in some shooting situations if it becomes law.
Duncan is behind the federal Hearing Protection Act which would make it easier to purchase gun noise suppressors, also known as silencers.
Hicks column: S.C. congressmen should be careful playing politics with disaster relief
It was heartwarming to see South Carolina’s congressmen suddenly develop empathy, if only for a moment.
Well, almost two days.
Last week, our guys said “Of course we’ll send aid to Texas.” But on Friday, Mark Sanford, Jeff Duncan and Ralph Norman voted against a $15.25 billion aid package for waterlogged, Hurricane Harvey-ravaged Texas. As did Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Trump sets emergency aid in motion in deal that upsets GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ignored seething Republicans and made good on his deal with Democrats, signing legislation that links $15.3 billion in disaster aid to an increase in the U.S. borrowing limit.
South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford one of 90 Republicans voting against hurricane relief, debt ceiling measure in Congress
Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of Charleston voted against the debt ceiling expansion effort Friday in a move that also had him opposing a $15.25 billion disaster relief package tied to Hurricane Harvey.
Sanford was one of 90 GOP members of Congress who voted against the proposal that, now passed, will fund the federal government until Dec. 8.
- Aiken StandardU.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan: Spending for nuclear cleanup would be supported, justifiableMay 3, 2019
- Aiken StandardU.S. House investigations panel to question DOE cleanup costs at upcoming hearingApril 26, 2019
- Aiken StandardS.C. politicians meet with President Trump to discuss fate of MOX projectOctober 21, 2018
- The Washington TimesSeven GOP congressmen call for House and Senate Ethics investigations into leaking of Ford letterOctober 3, 2018
Congress sends aid bill, debt hike to Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Friday sent President Donald Trump a massive package of $15.3 billion in disaster aid linked to an increase in the nation's borrowing authority that angered conservative Republicans who hissed and booed senior administration officials dispatched to Capitol Hill to defend it.
South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan lunches with Vice President Mike Pence on Venezuela response
WASHINGTON — While most members of Congress are back in their districts for the August recess, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan returned to Washington for the day to talk Venezuela policy at the White House.
The Laurens Republican and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere was invited to join Vice President Mike Pence for lunch Tuesday, along with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires, D-N.J.
Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst to headline conservative fundraiser in South Carolina
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, will be the keynote speaker at U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan's "Faith & Freedom BBQ," an annual fundraiser in Anderson that doubles as a celebration of servicemembers.
It's also a meet-and-greet for state and national conservatives eyeing higher office.
This year's event, set for Aug. 28, will feature some in a growing field of 2018 South Carolina gubernatorial hopefuls, including Gov. Henry McMaster and Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The gunman who shot a top GOP congressman and several other people Wednesday at a baseball practice outside the nation's capital had a long history of lashing out at Republicans and recently frightened a neighbor by firing a rifle into a field behind his Illinois home.
James T. Hodgkinson, 66, wounded House Rep. Steve Scalise before he was fatally shot by police who had been guarding the House majority whip.
Rep. Duncan Says He Thinks He Spoke to Shooter
Palmetto Politics: Rep. Jeff Duncan invokes James Bond for his gun suppressor legislation
U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan blames Hollywood for many of the misconceptions about gun suppressors.
The myths in TV shows and movies, the Laurens Republican says, have made it difficult to get Democratic co-sponsors on his bill to loosen restrictions on suppressor sales.
But there’s one film hero who seems to be getting it right: His name? Bond, James Bond.
Rep. Jeff Duncan falsely said CNN retracted a story. They didn’t — and CNN personally made sure he knew it.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan had to backtrack Thursday when he falsely said on social media that CNN retracted a news story.
It all started Thursday morning when the South Carolina Republican called for a retraction of a CNN report, which said Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to disclose meetings with Russia in his security clearance form.
South Carolina Reps. Sanford and Duncan oppose government funding bill that passed Wednesday
WASHINGTON — Two South Carolina Republican congressmen joined 100 other GOP members Wednesday in voting against a bill to fund the government through the end of September.
U.S. Reps. Mark Sanford and Jeff Duncan opposed a $1.1 trillion spending package, otherwise known as an "omnibus," to carry federal operations through the remainder of the fiscal year.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan didn't mince words Monday responding to the bipartisan deal to fund the federal government through September, calling the more than $1 trillion spending bill "crap."
In a Facebook posting, the conservative Republican from the South Carolina Upstate lambasted a GOP he said is failing to assert itself by insisting on funding President Donald Trump's border wall and opposing abortion.
S.C. lawmakers back fellow embattled South Carolinian Jim DeMint of Heritage Foundation
WASHINGTON — As rumors swirl surrounding the future of Jim DeMint's tenure at the Heritage Foundation, allies in the U.S. House and Senate are rallying in support of their former colleague.
Congressional Republicans are in the process of drafting a letter in praise of DeMint's leadership of the conservative think tank.
South Carolina, Georgia congressmen formally invite Rick Perry to SRS, ask him to support MOX
South Carolina members of Congress have extended newly confirmed Energy Secretary Rick Perry an invitation to the Savannah River Site near Aiken, and are asking for his support of the MOX project.
The state's Congressional delegation, including U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., along with Georgia congressmen, penned a letter to Perry earlier this month, inviting him to visit the site "at your earliest convenience."
Sanford and Duncan remain undecided as GOP leaders, Trump try to salvage health care bill ahead of vote
WASHINGTON — Republican leaders and President Donald Trump worked through the day Wednesday and into the night to stem the tide of dissent against their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, even while the planned Thursday vote on the House floor appeared in peril.
Among their targets are two South Carolina Republicans: U.S. Reps. Mark Sanford and Jeff Duncan.
Palmetto Politics: South Carolina Republican congressman invites New York liberal Democrat to shooting range
What happens when a conservative South Carolina congressman and a liberal New York Democrat go to a shooting range together?
The world may never know.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., kicked things off on Twitter by promising to fight legislation that would make it easier to purchase gun silencers.
“When someone gets shot by a gun with a silencer, it's quiet. Witnesses might not hear. Police will be less likely to track down the shooter,” she tweeted.
Jeff Duncan first member of S.C. Congressional delegation to endorse in special election
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan is endorsing Chad Connelly in the upcoming special election in South Carolina's 5th Congressional District.
Duncan, a Republican from Laurens, is the first member of the state's Congressional delegation to publicly pick a favorite in the growing GOP field to succeed Mick Mulvaney, who is now the director of the Office of Management and Budget.
South Carolina federal lawmakers and maritime industry officials are set to meet Monday morning to discuss the Charleston Harbor deepening project.
Bigger, heavier cargo ships are becoming more commonplace, forcing many U.S. ports to deepen their navigation channels. File/Staff
Palmetto Politics: Congressman wants to make it easier to buy gun noise supressors
U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., introduced legislation this week to make it easier for the shooting public to buy gun noise suppressors.
And he ended up having to defend himself against critics on Twitter.
“My hearing has been damaged because of gun noise,” Duncan, an avid hunter, said in a statement. “Had I had access to a suppressor, it may have protected me, as well as millions of other Americans, from this sort of hearing loss.”
S.C. Republicans agree VP nominee Pence is ‘good guy’ during Capitol Hill visit
WASHINGTON — A visit to Capitol Hill from Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence was a familiar event for GOP lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate — or least it was for members of the South Carolina delegation.
Road Trips: South Carolina’s lawmakers travel over summer
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Almost all the members of South Carolina's congressional delegation were on the road this summer with most leaving the state and three traveling abroad.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/2bPnUx0 ) that U.S. Sen. Tim Scott traveled to Israel on a trip that included a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss foreign policy.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio attending Rep. Jeff Duncan’s fundraiser tonight
WASHINGTON — Attendance at U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan’s annual “Faith and Freedom BBQ” is considered a “must” for ambitious Republicans, but the leadup to this year’s event has been the subject of some controversy.
Ahead of the South Carolina Republican’s fundraiser in Anderson tonight, Democrats are hoping to detract from the festivities by highlighting the backstories of two special guests.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Thursday tentatively approved scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 American cities, further bridging the gulf between countries as close as an hour flight but long kept at a greater distance by the Cold War.
The decision is another long stride in President Barack Obama's effort to normalize U.S.-Cuba relations.
"Reopening travel relations with Cuba is about more than just restoring the freedom to travel...