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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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Nikki Haley’s State of the State emphasizes government cuts … (AP)

Haley sees opportunity … (Post and Courier)
“We will transform South Carolina in ways that have long been imagined but never realized.”

Haley speech a challenge to legislature … (Post and Courier)

Will Haley promises become success stories? (Post and Courier)

Only $809 million in cuts to go … (Post and Courier)

Haley proposes cuts, will work with legislators … (The State)
“I can’t do it alone. You hold the key,” she tells General Assembly.

Haley speech reaction … (The State)

Haley targets dollars, cents … (Greenville News)

Haley: State must stop seeking federal funds … (Greenville News)

Haley proposes spending cuts in address … (GoUpstate)

Haley seeks amity, offers few ideas … (SC Biz News)

Haley offers one last campaign speech … (CCP)
“What we got was sound bites.”

Haley addresses jobs, budget cuts … (WSPA)

Upstate SC politicians respond to Haley speech … (WYFF)

Some in Upstate concerned with Haley’s direction … (Anderson Independent)

Sumter politicians react to Haley’s speech … (Sumter Item)

Haley talks deep cuts, report cards … (Southern Political Report)

Haley proposes privatizing school buses … (WSPA)
“It’s not a new idea. Gov. Mark Sanford proposed the same thing …”

Haley speech: “A little Kabuki at the State House …” (Cola City Paper)

Haley’s speech – and the problem with political porn … (CCP)

S.C. Chamber of Commerce announces “competitiveness” reforms … (T&D)

NAACP says it did not intend to insult George Washington … (WIS)
Washington not immediately available for response.

NAACP hiding of Washington statue goes national … (FOX)

Who put George Washington in a box? (Free Times)

OMG it’s time to lobby! (The Voice)

SC Supreme Court opens the door to “internet tax …” (The State)

Legislation would shorten school week to four days … (Fox Carolina)

Report: SC employees misusing government credit cards … (WLTX)

SC lawmakers protesting Georgia port plans … (Savannah Now)

SC Senate rule change should not undo chamber’s “role …” (T&D)

Keep pushing recorded voting … (Island Packet)

General Assembly continues “mis-rule” of SC … (CCP)

SC Sen. Yancey McGill offers thoughts on budget … (SC Now)

SC Senate passes ethics reform … (The Nerve)

Rep. Bakari Sellers backs pay-for-performance bill … (WLTX)

SC House will furlough two weeks during March … (AP)
Each week of furlough for House members saves taxpayers about $50,000

SC ranks No. 19 in protecting life … (Release)

Bill banning alcoholic energy drinks advances … (AP)
Sic Willie suddenly nostalgic for Vodka-Red Bulls.

SC fails tobacco report card … (WLTX)

Another local government hires a taxpayer-funded lobbyist … (NMB Times)

Florida home warranty company adding 100 jobs in Anderson … (BusinessWeek)

SC auto industry adding power, study says … (GoUpstate)

State should focus on auto industry … (Greenville News)

Auto industry state’s No. 1 job-maker … (The State)

A journalism job opening? In South Carolina? (JournalismJobs)
Sic Willie need not apply.

SLED investigates missing Lexington County money … (WLTX)

Columbia mayor must use persuasive powers … (The State)

LATE BREAKING: New school choice legislation introduced … (The Voice)

LATE BREAKING: Haley sued by union over Boeing comments (AP)

Machinists' union suing Haley ...


Obama 2012 to run out of Chicago … (Tribune)

Obama ratings rise … (WSJ)
Poll: More people are “seeing him as a political moderate.”

Weak labor market hurts Obama reelection chances … (Indy Bay)

3-way pileup atop GOP field … (Washington Post)

GOP war horses lead 2012 field … (ABC)

The GOP’s dilemma … (The Atlantic)

Sarah Palin’s hold on the Republican Party … (MacLeans)

GOP 2012: It’s not all about Palin … (Daily Caller)
“The GOP can’t win with Palin as its nominee.”

GOP wants Palin to sit down, shut up … (AJC)

Palin putting out feelers in Iowa … (ABC)

Palin advocates at work in Iowa … (FOX)

Affair rumors about Palin’s husband resurface … (Yahoo)

Mitt Romney hits the road again … (Time)

A “nimbler Mitt?” (Politico)

Michele Bachmann doesn’t poll well against Obama … (Minnesota Independent)
Trails by 51-33 margin in new Democratic poll …

Bachmann wants to go on the record in support of offshore drilling … (The Hill)

Tim Pawlenty antes up in Iowa … (Star Tribune)

US Senate map shrinks for Democrats … (AP)

Sen. Bill Nelson running in Florida … (USA Today)

Can the political center hold? (The Atlantic)

What is an "independent" anyway?


Obamacare repeal: More than just symbolism … (Cato)

Three Democratic Senators “blink” on Obamacare … (FOX)

Repeal just the first step … (US News)

Rove: GOP health care effort has just begun … (WSJ)

Hard work behind repeal vote begins … (The Politico)

How GOP could force a repeal vote in the US Senate … (MSNBC)

Obamacare meets Boehnercare … (Globe and Mail)

Idaho may nullify Obamacare … (Statesman)

Obamacare and the law of unintended consequences … (Foundry)

How China beats America at capitalism … (Time)
“China’s communist leaders are … responsive to public opinion.”

Chinese leader gets hostile reception at US Congress … (Guardian UK)

China buys ads to improve image … (Reuters)

US House conservatives offer $2.5 trillion in proposed budget cuts … (Foundry)

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of JFK’s inaugural address … (
“We shall pay any price, bear any burden …”

FBI, cops go after NY mob … (NYT)

Traffic is expensive … (Businessweek)

Dem poll: Trust in FOX News declines … (Raw Story)

Howard Rich: States of Insolvency … (GetLiberty)
Fiscally unsound states could see “an exodus of businesses and taxpayers.”

Across America, state budgets will be cut … (WFAE)

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is standing, trying to speak … (LA Times)

The “Bloomberg Syndrome …” (NRO)
“When global sermonizing trumps local competence.”

So much for the liberal narrative … (Augusta Chronicle)

… but hey, let’s lobby more mental health funding … (Washington Post)

Hillary Clinton’s next step … (Time)

Civility in politics … can it exist? (GetLiberty)

One day after getting $19 billion from China, Boeing cans 1,100 workers … (AFP)

BELOW: Award-winning cartoonist William Warren explores America’s uncomplicated relationship with China …


Australian soldiers warned against overuse of Viagra … (

Like Tucson needs any more controversy … (AP)

Dumb soccer monument … (SF Gate)

Woman … or angry panda? (Bloggess)

Not a fun way to become famous … (Reading Eagle)

Musical tie interrupts political speech … (Yahoo)

Your drunk of the day … (Courier Press)

Man admits mailing hundreds of tarantulas … (Reuters)

Soccer star forgets about his Porsche … (Jalopnik)

Need help joining the mile high club? (AOL)

Not included in "Mile High Club" kit ...


USC FB: Steve Spurrier raided Georgia to get latest two recruits … (AJC)

Whatever defensive alignment JaDeveon Clowney wants … (Bleacher Report)

Did USC FB wuss out of playing TCU? (SN)

Clemson FB not wussing out … of playing Wofford … (GoUpstate)

Two weeks left to woo top FB recruits … (SN)

The SEC rules in FB … duh … (ESPN)

… the ACC … not so much … (ESPN)

Cam Newton: No “asterisk” on his accomplishments … (War Eagle Extra)

Tennessee still whining like little bitches over bowl loss … (Go Vols)

Arkansas unveils new FB facilities … (The Slophouse)

Muldrow, USC hoops edges Arkansas in OT … (Sumter Item)

USC hoops jumps to top of SEC East … (Post and Courier)

USC student section finally gets off its asses … (The Gamecock)

USC baseball hero gives back … (WIS)

Ben “Rapistberger” looks to rebuild trust … (ESPN)

Tom Brady to have foot surgery … (AP)

Kim Clijsters: Not pregnant … (AP)

"WTF? No No. 2 yet ..."


Another Hilton? (Beer Goggler)

Katie Holmes may have a drug problem … (Gossip Cop)

Jessie James and Kat Von D are engaged … (People)

Macaulay Culkin knows how to handle a breakup … (The Superficial)

Playboy model Jenna Bentley’s clothes are … (Beer Goggler)

Halle Berry is spying? (Radar)

Rachel Weisz will be in the next James Bond movie … (Sun)

Elle Macpherson is laughing … (Beer Goggler)

There may be a topless photo of Selena Gomez floating around … (Celebuzz)

Group says new MTV show is “kiddie porn …” (TMZ)

FINALLY: Happy birthday to the lovely Sarah V., wife of our occasional sports (and Scarlett Johannson) columnist Steve V.