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PALMETTO STATE SPOT STIRS THE POT …  Negative campaigning in South Carolina is once again making national news … only this time the mudslinging is coming from a national partisan organization. This website was among the first outlets to report on the Republican Governors Association (RGA) television advertisement that’s running…

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PALMETTO STATE SPOT STIRS THE POT … 

Negative campaigning in South Carolina is once again making national news … only this time the mudslinging is coming from a national partisan organization.

This website was among the first outlets to report on the Republican Governors Association (RGA) television advertisement that’s running in South Carolina on behalf of incumbent “Republican” Nikki Haley.

The ad blasts Haley’s 2014 gubernatorial rival – Democratic State Senator Vincent Sheheen – for his advocacy on behalf of criminals charged with both violent and sex-related crimes (including sex crimes against minors).

Not only were we among the first websites to report on the ad, but we broke the story of Sheheen’s controversial representation earlier this month.

(Hint: If you want to follow what’s happening in the early voting Palmetto State, you’ve come to the right place).

Here’s the question people are starting to ask, though: What’s more controversial – Sheheen representing his clients (however unsavory they may be) to the best of his ability? Or Nikki Haley’s RGA buddies attacking him for it?

More than a few commenters have pointed out that in our haste to break the story of Sheheen’s representation (and the pro-Haley attack against him), we neglected to point out the real story.

And guess what … those commenters are right.

The American criminal justice system – to the extent it still exists in this country – is built around the notion that individuals accused of crimes are innocent until proven guilty. They are also entitled to the best representation they can afford as they make their cases before juries of their peers. In fact taxpayers even subsidize representation in those instances when defendants cannot afford a lawyer.

The pro-Haley ad attacks this bedrock principle – and seeks to assign unto lawyers some measure of culpability in the actions of their clients.

Not surprisingly, the left went absolutely nuts in response to the spot.

Liberal website ThinkProgress referred to it as “the most atrocious political ad of 2014.”

“If you want to run for office some day, you better not believe that everyone is entitled to legal counsel before the government locks them away,” reporter Ian Millhiser noted.

Washington, D.C. politico Taegan Goddard wondered aloud whether the pro-Haley spot was the “most negative political ad ever,” noting the commercial “sets a new standard for nasty.”

Even those aligned with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – who runs the Republican Governors Association – have spoken out against the spot.

“I did watch the ad and, wow, it’s a disgrace,” one of Christie’s attorneys told The Huffington Post.

“No lawyer can ‘get a client off’ unless a judge or a jury decide that he or she should be set free. There are no tricks or trap doors in the process,” the attorney added.

The RGA isn’t backing down from the advertisement. In fact the organization sent out a news release this week touting the media coverage the commercial has received.

Haley’s job approval numbers have been on the mend lately, but she remains exceedingly vulnerable in a general election. How come? Well, in addition to Sheheen she is now facing a credible and well-funded “independent Republican” challenger – former lawmaker and circuit court judge Tom Ervin. The Libertarian Party has also nominated an eloquent, fresh-faced young businessman who threatens to siphon additional votes away from the GOP ticket.

In other words Haley’s reelection – which most viewed as a lock earlier this month – is now a much iffier proposition.

After receiving the GOP nomination in 2010, Haley abandoned her Tea Party roots and began a fast-paced sprint to the state’s political “center.” Since taking office in 2011, she’s advanced a fiscally liberal agenda on taxesspendingeducation and (most notably) government-subsidized health care.

In other words there’s really no difference between her and the Democrat her allies are attacking … well, except obviously as it relates to that whole “due process” thing.

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42 comments

Smirks April 24, 2014 at 9:37 am

The fact that the RGA is proud of the media attention it got is as sad as it is expected.

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rebellozit April 24, 2014 at 9:58 am

Must be an effective ad if it made you wet your panties this morning.
No worries the dem/socialist party will soon start running their usual race baiting,anti-women, we love abortion,steal the wealth,dirty air/water ads.They have no ideas.
oops…they did come up with Obamacare. :-)
They REAL news this morning is new home purchases were down 14% in March signaling the economy has stalled again.Gas prices are around 4 bucks a gallon and grocery store prices are exploding.Health Care premiums are going up 60-100% in some states.

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Rocky April 24, 2014 at 10:43 am

Interesting. I just bought a new home, and kept my other one for a rental. Got a renter in about 15 days. Milk is about the same price as it’s been for the last five years. I’m still getting a nice sirlion for about $10 to feed the fam. Yeah, economy going down the tank.
I wonder what could imact property sales in March. Let’s see – what would have kept people from going out to view houses and make offers etc – oh I remember. Maybe that it snowed and iced every darn weekend from late January to end of March? Heck Reb – I had to drive home from DC after that big icer because my flights were cancelled. I bet not a lot of folks out looking at homes that weekend.

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rebellozit April 24, 2014 at 10:54 am

How can that be libatard? We were just informed by the enviromental wackotards that March was one of the warmest months on record?
Next!

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TyroneMamaCollards April 24, 2014 at 10:44 am

But the stock market is way way way up, bubba. A lot of money is floating around. I am doing well and I am a Demo-libtard !!

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rebellozit April 24, 2014 at 10:51 am

lol!! Why 40 million people are on food stamps under Obama, gas prices have gone from $1.87 a gallon toooo about $4.00 a gallon and Medicaid rolls are exploding in most states.
Alot of renters around cause they can’t afford toooo buy a house.
Market is up cause feds keep printing money.
Next!

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Godslayer April 24, 2014 at 11:07 am

And most of those people on food stamps are white trash just like you.

rebellozit April 24, 2014 at 11:18 am

Rev.Chickens Comin Home toooo Roost Muslim Obamunist don’t like whites.He is trying to enslave poor whites toooo generational poverty like the civil rights pimps did toooo blacks via welfare and Obamacare.That way the goverment controls them and their votes.
Not white.I am an african-american/chinese/hispanic of Danish heritage.

Godslayer April 24, 2014 at 11:50 am

You’re still trash.

rebellozit April 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

Nancy Pelosi Sends Racist Screed Via Twitter – Claims Black …

theconservativetreehouse.com/…/nancy-pelosi-sends-racist-screed-via-twitt…

1 day ago … Over 50% of food stamp recipients are people of color. … Claims Black People * NEED* Foodstamps More Than Non-Blacks …

Oh my!! Godslayer must not have gotten the Pelosi,racist tweet!
Bottom line.All Haley needs toooo do is pull the ‘Sanford’-forget about Sh#theen and ‘swervin’ Ervin and run around SC debating a card board figure of Pelosi AND Harry Reid.
All politics used toooo be local prior toooo Obama shredding the Constitution.ALL elections have become nationalized.Local and state politicians need toooo run against the dem/socialist party and tie the candidate toooo that perverted and deviant bunch of OWS types!

Godslayer April 24, 2014 at 11:50 am

Sorry, I was wrong. You’re stupid trash.

nitrat April 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm

And, you’re so happy when the country is having problems (actually, we over built so insanely leading into the crash, demand is simply not there), almost like you root for national failure when your party isn’t in control.
I bet you call yourself a patriot. I call you a traitor.

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EJB April 24, 2014 at 9:58 am

I dislike Mr. Sheheen and will not vote for him.

This ad IS a disgrace and anyone that is PROUD of it is an imbecile.

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rebellozit April 24, 2014 at 10:04 am

A great ad! If you are going toooo defeat the EVIL,American hating demotards ya got tooo get down in the sewer with em-or they will destroy you with lies and falsehoods.
Every Republican from the dog catcher toooo a gov should formulate an advertising campaign as if they are running against the devil himself and his twisted sister,Dirty Harry Reid and Nancy Pukelosi!

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Godslayer April 24, 2014 at 11:05 am

It must really suck to be ignorant white trash like you.

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nitrat April 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm

You’re a troll, right?
No one could be that idiotic, not even Big T/Grand Tango.

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rebellozit April 24, 2014 at 10:11 am

social progressive+fiscal conservative= a promoter of morally and culturally BANKRUPT communities under the faux disguise of caring about individual rights and their wallets.
More dangerous than liberals because history tells us socialism doesn’t work and liberals are idiots and RIN0’S because RINO’S don’t believe in a damn thing anyway-just want to be liked.

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GrandTango April 24, 2014 at 10:21 am

Bend over and GET F*#k#d FITS..

The GOP needs to Double Down ATTACK YOU……and SHOVE IT DOWN Your Throats. We’ve tried the timid, sissy approach….and ended up w/ a Hideous Monster in the White House…

You Filthy Pieces of $#!&* shill for Child Rapists, Terrorists and Brutal Murderers…
And then when you get called on it…you whine like Effeminate little P*$$!#$ because someone is Pointing Out Who and What You Are…

If there is nothing wrong w/ trying to let Pedophiles Walk Free, to Rape more children…you should not $#!* all over yourselves when someone simply Explains who you ARE..and what you DO…

As much as I hate pop parlance…OWN IT…you Worthless, Soulless B@$t@*d$..
If you are ASHAMED OF what and WHO you are…Repent, and Stop doing it…
Don’t try to Include people as being as FITHY as your immoral @$$…just because they tell Everybody who you PRIOUDLY say you are…

Your Dishonesty is a big F*#king problem…

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GrandTangolicksbutts April 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Good lord, are you a fucking cartoon character? Like a Teatarded Yo Sammity Sam with no humor what so ever. Who do you get to type this garbage for you? One of your cousins you’re trying to bang?

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Dr. Laura April 24, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Looks like this GT goob will stroke out before 2016.

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GrandTango April 25, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Kicking your @$$ is a lot more healthy (and therapeutic) than filling your lungs with dope smoke…or engaging in anal sex w/ other men, like you promote…

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GrandTangosMom April 26, 2014 at 12:34 pm

You’re a silly little man. Who definitely gets no ass at all.

Med Check April 24, 2014 at 6:24 pm

He’s an out of work “journalist”…can’t you tell?

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GrandTango April 25, 2014 at 3:33 pm

I probably earn more money in an hour than you do all day…and that’s doing my job, and slapping the $#!* out of idiots like you while I work….

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GrandTango April 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm

I can tell by your lack of substance…you are on the Leftwing’s “ALL Brain Team…

Is there ANYBODY in your group laymen…who has EVER produced a response other than attack that which is much bigger, better and brighter than even your gods…

You better be glad you have the media in your pocket…otherwise you’d just be greedy Dumb@$$#$ w/ no power to F*#k up the country…

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Elfego April 24, 2014 at 10:38 am

When is the last time you have seen a case where a lawyers was sued for ineffective representation or over zealous prosecution? There have plenty from both sides out the but lawyers like politicians cannot be sued or held accountable for all the backs they scratch. A court appointed lawyer or public defender is like having me going to bat against Randy Johnson in his prime in most cases. Also remember court starts from beginning to end with a lawyer and you may be surprised at how many cases are tried in judges chambers and what and who the lawyer is. Remember throughout the whole ordeal of our Chief Justice and her dealings with the law how all of our Senate and House still voted for her. Just stop,look and listen and be sure not to pay attention to what you see with your own eyes. It is a game of illusions and lawyers will never ask you iof you are guilty or not they just dream up a good scenario! No one ever goes to jail who is innocent,right?

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Republicans are Stoooopid April 24, 2014 at 10:40 am

The attorney is not the client. Chief Justice John Roberts represented a man who killed a group of people in cold blood, but nobody held that against him. Dirty tactics once again from the GOP.

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Bible Thumper April 24, 2014 at 11:01 am

Yes, but his client was never released and was eventually executed. Good job Roberts.

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snickering April 25, 2014 at 9:19 am

This has nothing to do with this article. Mr. Bible Thumper is your avatar a picture of Mitt Romney?

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Pickens April 24, 2014 at 11:03 am

I served on a jury this week in a trial wherein the big hulk husband defendant supposedly beat his pretty petite plaintiff wife, and we found — surprise — that she’d literally beat him with a kitchen stool while he was sleeping on the sofa.

For the GOP to attack ad hominum attorney Sheheen for defending a client for any offense makes it a laughingstock.

Haley’s $200,000 in undisclosed / unreported “consulting” work while she was a legislator for clients doing business with the state is a more important issue.

She’s as unethical as hell.

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Elfego April 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Look at the adds Bubba. They were about guilty people and the sentences. They were not about innocent folks! What about his DUI clients you drink and drive to?

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Yep April 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm

And Nikki is the champion and whore to those white collar criminals who never will see a day in court for their crimes. She’ll accept their crooked money and follow their orders and work her hardest to make sure they’re never brought to justice.

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nitrat April 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm

yeah, but her voter base is too stupid to realize that.
Just look at Big T/Grand Tango.

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TheCoast April 24, 2014 at 12:59 pm

This ad did not have the desired affect. I’m sure the Sheheen camp is thanking the Haley camp for producing an ad that will cause many viewers to side with Senator Sheheen. As in the previous campaign, Haley will watch her lead trickle away. However, this time she doesn’t have that comfortable 40 points to save her.

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nitrat April 24, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I want the Sheheen camp to do some research into the kinds of clients that all of Trikki’s appointees to state boards and state agencies, like Tommy Cofield at USC, have been representing.

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Thomas April 24, 2014 at 1:20 pm

I saw “independent republican” Ervin’s attack ad during last night’s 7pm-8pm MSNBC Chris Matthews’ Hardball during the first 30 minutes as well as WACH TV’s 10pm news again during the first 30 minutes. WTF

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Elfego April 24, 2014 at 6:33 pm

85-90% of contributions from lawyers goes to Democrats just like Unions!

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Native Ink April 24, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Where the heck are the pro-Sheheen ads? He’s either saving his ammunition for later or else he doesn’t have the money to advertise. Haley has real problems that Sheheen could focus on without playing dirty. Remember when her administration let hackers steal all our personal data?

In the end though, the falling unemployment rate will help her like it helped Obama.

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Deo Vindice SC April 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Desperate people do desperate things. I’m fun watching the Nikki campain!

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Slim April 24, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Matt overheard saying, “she is driving me crazy.”

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Elfego April 24, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Democrats are true believers in women’s rights:Do as I say not as I do!

Democrats War on Women

Major Obama Donor Avoids Jail Time After Brutally Beating Girlfriend

Gurbaksh ChahalGurbaksh Chahal / entrerpeneur.com

BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff

April 24, 2014 9:34 am

A high-dollar Obama donor who was caught on video brutally beating his girlfriend got off with 25 hours of community service last week after he pled guilty to domestic battery charges.

CCTV footage caught Gurbaksh Chahal, the CEO of San Francisco tech startup RadiumOne, kicking his girlfriend 117 times, including blows to the head, and trying to smother her with a pillow during a vicious 30-minute assault.

He faced 45 felony charges until the footage was deemed inadmissible. As a result, Chahal has managed to avoid jail time, the Daily Mail reported on Thursday.

According to police reports, Chahal also threated to kill his girlfriend several times.

Politics

Female Dem candidate accuses Democrats of ‘War on Women’

9:29 AM 04/24/2014

A female Democratic congressional candidate is accusing her party of waging a “War on Woman” after a Democratic committee omitted her from a recent poll.

Marisa DeFranco, a Massachusetts Democratic congressional candidate looking to unseat incumbent Rep. John Tierney, slammed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for its “blatantly sexist move” and a “war on women” in a new press release.

“The Democratic Party holds itself out as the champion of women, but in a blatantly sexist move, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee commissioned a poll in our race and omitted Marisa’s name from the poll,” the campaign’s release reads. “Yes, the party that has howled about the ‘War on Women’ left Marisa out of the poll even though she is the only candidate to date who has qualified for the ballot in the 6th District of Massachusetts. Keeping a candidate out of a poll effectively mutes her voice and keeps voters in the dark as to their choices in a race.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/24/female-dem-candidate-accuses-democrats-of-war-on-women/#ixzz2zoQi2FkC

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Slartibartfast April 24, 2014 at 11:42 pm

Nobody slugs harder than South Carolinians. They don’t call us “Fire Eaters” for nothing. I LOVE a good cat fight!

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