Self-styled independent republican Tom Ervin of Greenville ended his gubernatorial bid this week but not before taking one last shot at the conservatives he once courted. Ervin's endorsement of Sheheen comes as the Camden Democrat seeks a life raft to save his long-shot hopes. Sheheen's short 15-second ad was released today in hopes of drumming up last-minute support among moderates. In some cases a move of this nature could change the outcome of an election. If not for Sheheen's lackluster campaign it might have worked.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A provider of technology, products and services in military and commercial mission-critical applications will locate its North American headquarters and manufacturing operations in Spartanburg County. F3 Engineering is investing $3.9 million over three years, resulting in an expected 53 new jobs.
Founded in 1999 in New Jersey, F3 Engineering prides itself in providing customers with mission-critical technology. Through the use of resources and expertise to prototype and manufacture complex products, the company brings technical, administrative and managerial resources together to provide a total program of complex engineering and contract manufacturing solutions.
The establishment of a North American headquarters in Spartanburg County provides F3 Engineering with an opportunity to continue growing the company. Although many locations were considered for this facility, the F3 Engineering selection team concluded that Spartanburg was the right choice, offering a convenient location, excellent climate and good quality of life. Furthermore, the 25,000 square-foot facility, located at 350 Seminole Drive in Spartanburg, is positioned in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone). The management team believes that the company’s experience and capabilities, coupled with the highest quality assurance standards and the HUBZone designation, will allow for many new business opportunities in this facility.
Those interested in becoming a part of the F3 Engineering team may visit the company’s career opportunities page. For more information about F3 Engineering, please visitwww.f3engineering.com.
*The above is a press release from the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Haley for Governor today announced a statewide bus tour that kicks off on Wednesday, October 29, in the Pee Dee and concludes on Monday, November 3, with an election eve rally in Lexington County, which Governor Nikki Haley represented in the S.C. House of Representatives and still calls home.
The 23-stop statewide tour will take the governor to cities and towns across South Carolina and afford her the opportunity to meet voters and talk to them face to face about the difference they can make when they use the power of their voice.
Haley for Governor’s bus tour schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, October 29
2:00 PM: Florence
Red Bone Alley
1903 West Palmetto Street, Florence
5:00 PM: Myrtle Beach
Rossi Italian Restaurant
9636 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Thursday, October 30
11:00 AM: Myrtle Beach/Conway
Coastal Carolina University
E. Craig Wall College of Business Building Lawn
119 Chanticleer Drive East, Conway, SC
1:00 PM: Pawleys Island
10880 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island
4:00 PM: Summerville
Red Pepper Café
709 North Main Street, Summerville
Friday, October 31
8:00 AM: Hilton Head Island
Port Royal Plaza
95 Matthews Drive, Hilton Head Island
9:30 AM: Bluffton
The Pavilion at Sun City
114b Sun City Lane, Bluffton
12:15 PM: Bamberg
Rusty and Paula’s Restaurant
3308 Main Highway, Bamberg
2:45 PM: Aiken
Red Pepper Café
752-A Silver Bluff Road, Aiken
4:15 PM: North Augusta
100 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta
Saturday, November 1
10:00 AM: Greenwood
The Arts Center of Greenwood
120 Main Street, Greenwood
11:30 AM: Abbeville
Natty’s on Trinity Street
101 Trinity Street, Abbeville
1:30 PM: Anderson
2802 North Main Street, Anderson
3:00 PM: Clemson
Mac’s Drive In
404 Pendleton Road, Clemson
4:30 PM: Greenville
Tommy’s Ham House
214 Rutherford Street, Greenville
Sunday, November 2
12:30 PM: Spartanburg
255 John B. White, Sr. Boulevard, Spartanburg
3:30 PM: Rock Hill
530 Galleria Boulevard, Rock Hill
Monday, November 3
9:30 AM: Sumter
1089 Alice Drive, Sumter
11:00 AM: Camden
Robert Mills Court House Building
607 South Broad Street, Camden
1:15 PM: Winnsboro
Winnsboro Community Barbecue
392 U.S. Highway 321 Bypass South, Winnsboro
3:30 PM: Newberry
Newberry Opera House
1201 McKibben Street, Newberry
5:30 PM: Gilbert
Harmon’s Tree Farm
3152 Augusta Road, Gilbert
*The above is a press release from Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC).
State Sen. Vince Sheheen's inappropriate comment continues to sink his candidacy. The Camden trial attorney had dwindling hopes for a late surge and his unforced error continues to make national headlines.
For her Part, Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) has taken the saga in stride. Today she responded to the sexist slur from her opponent with grace. Haley gave the following remarks to cameras while on her state-wide bus tour today:
Incumbent U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-Charleston) faces off against democrat Joyce Dickerson and American Party candidate Jill Bossi. The debate will be streamed live here on SCETV.
Self-styled independent republican Tom Ervin of Greenville jumped into the gubernatorial fray with high hopes and mountains of personal cash to spend. He kicked off his candidacy by submitting thousands of signatures, demonstrating to some observers that he had staying power.
Ervin dipped into his vast personal wealth to pay for millions in television airtime across the Palmetto State. But his campaign never caught fire with the largely hyper-partisan South Carolina electorate. One political operative remarked that Ervin's decision to end his campaign and endorse state Sen. Vince Sheheen (D-Camden) was unexpected but not entirely unforeseen.
Ervin's endorsement of Sheheen raises questions about his intentions since the beginning of his campaign. His name will still appear on the November ballot. Meanwhile, Haley continues to cruise to re-election.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s re-election campaign today announced a significant statewide television, radio and digital ad blitz was launched over the weekend.
The new ads highlight Graham’s leadership for South Carolina against President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s failed policies. The new ads tout Graham’s:
*The above is a press release from U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.
South Carolina Democrats are about to lose the only statewide seat they currently hold. Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill will not seek re-election and according to recent polling former Attorney General Henry McMaster is a lock to win the seat. He faces democrat Rep. Bakari Sellers in what has been a largely low-key election. McMaster will face off against Sellers in a televised debate tonight set to begin at 7pm. You can find the debate here on SCETV.
Winner: Governor Nikki Haley
There is no doubt Haley wont he week. A final debate in which she made no unforced errors, soaring poll numbers and a fundraising haul leaving her with over $1 million to spend by Election Day all factor into her stellar week. She's looking to beat her 2010 margin of victory against liberal Sen. Vince Sheheen (D-Camden) and she's well on her way.
Loser: Sen. Vince Sheheen
Not only did Sheheen call Gov. Nikki Haley a "whore" in a stump speech this week, his campaign is showing signs of complete melt-down. Sheheen has scaled back his media purchases as his cash on hand dwindles and donors lack confidence in his staying power. With a 20-point gap between him and Haley, Sheheen's candidacy is on life support.
Winner: Sec. of State Mark Hammond
While most down-ballot races for statewide constitutional officers traditionally receive little attention, Hammond has managed to make waves this week after he slapped a charitable organization with a $1 million fine for illegal financial solicitation practices involving Palmetto State donors. Hammond faces liberal democrat Ginny Deerin in November.
Loser: Thomas Ravenel
Lowcountry playboy and independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel was accused of assault by a Charleston woman. The woman claims the incident occurred at Ravenel's home, while Ravenel denies the episode ended with any physical contact. Ravenel is no stranger to such antics and has tanked his own U.S. Senate campaign with self-inflicted wounds.
While more and more Ebola cases pop up around the nation, many continue to express concern about the ability of the federal government to respond to the Ebola crisis. South Carolina's very own Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-Spartanburg) hammered the Obama Administration for their selection of an attorney to lead the nation's response to the Ebola crisis. Gowdy's colorful commentary on the matter can be seen below. We remain convinced that Gowdy's strongest asset remains to be the work he performs on the various house committees on which he sits.