Reaction to S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s first “State of the State” address continued to pour in on Thursday, dominating the Palmetto news cycle.
Haley’s first major policy address has been generally well-received by state lawmakers, political insiders and the mainstream media – although we found it to sorely lacking in new ideas. In fact, we described it as “a bunch of meaningless feelgood rhetoric and regurgitated (Mark) Sanford policies – a pep rally-style speech that was long on optimism, but short on new ideas.”
(To read our recap of Haley’s speech, click here).
Lawmakers are giving Haley positive reviews in the press, but several have told us privately that her plan to give them “report cards” at the end of each session should not have been included in her speech.
“I don’t have a problem with her grading us but save that for a press conference in your own office,” one lawmaker told us privately. “Don’t come into our house with that.”
Sheesh … what a bunch of whiners. Frankly, Haley’s plan to grade lawmakers is one of the few (potentially) positive, pro-taxpayer things she’s done in recent weeks. We just hope her report cards include substantive new proposals … not the recycled reforms and half-measures she unveiled Wednesday night.
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Haley sees opportunity … (Post and Courier)
“We will transform South Carolina in ways that have long been imagined but never realized.”
Haley proposes cuts, will work with legislators … (The State)
“I can’t do it alone. You hold the key,” she tells General Assembly.
Haley offers one last campaign speech … (CCP)
“What we got was sound bites.”
Haley proposes privatizing school buses … (WSPA)
“It’s not a new idea. Gov. Mark Sanford proposed the same thing …”
NAACP says it did not intend to insult George Washington … (WIS)
Washington not immediately available for response.
SC House will furlough two weeks during March … (AP)
Each week of furlough for House members saves taxpayers about $50,000
Bill banning alcoholic energy drinks advances … (AP)
Sic Willie suddenly nostalgic for Vodka-Red Bulls.
A journalism job opening? In South Carolina? (JournalismJobs)
Sic Willie need not apply.
Obama ratings rise … (WSJ)
Poll: More people are “seeing him as a political moderate.”
GOP 2012: It’s not all about Palin … (Daily Caller)
“The GOP can’t win with Palin as its nominee.”
Michele Bachmann doesn’t poll well against Obama … (Minnesota Independent)
Trails by 51-33 margin in new Democratic poll …
How China beats America at capitalism … (Time)
“China’s communist leaders are … responsive to public opinion.”
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of JFK’s inaugural address … (JFK50.org)
“We shall pay any price, bear any burden …”
Howard Rich: States of Insolvency … (GetLiberty)
Fiscally unsound states could see “an exodus of businesses and taxpayers.”
The “Bloomberg Syndrome …” (NRO)
“When global sermonizing trumps local competence.”
BELOW: Award-winning cartoonist William Warren explores America’s uncomplicated relationship with China …
FINALLY: Happy birthday to the lovely Sarah V., wife of our occasional sports (and Scarlett Johannson) columnist Steve V.