Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush joins Governor Nikki Haley on several campaign stops throughout South Carolina this week. On their second stop in Lexington, SC, both Haley and Bush addressed supporters on the importance of re-electing conservatives. Haley also tells the crowd how Governor Bush was a support system for her 4 years ago in her first campaign for governor.
One of the constitutional amendments that will be seen on the November 4th ballot has drawn the support of two unlikely groups. Both the SC Republican Party and SC Democratic Party have formed an alliance, Troops Leading Troops (http://troopsleadingtroops.com/) , to ask voters to vote “Yes” on Amendment 2.
Amendment 2 would allow the Governor to appoint the Adjutant General of our state, instead of being elected, as it stands currently. South Carolina is the only state in the country that still elects this position, which oversees the National Guard. If this amendment receives approval, it would go into effect in January of 2019.
In a joint statement, SCGOP Chair Matt Moore and SCDP Chair Jamie Harrison said,
“As Chairmen of our respective political parties, we don’t always agree – especially during election season. But Amendment 2 is a great exception. That’s why we’ve teamed up to let South Carolinians know about an important decision on the November 4th ballot. Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat, or independent, we all should agree that politics should not decide the leader of our state National Guard. We must ensure that only a qualified person of the highest caliber can be appointed to lead our brave men and women in uniform.”
The State newspaper reports, not only would this amendment change the way the position is filled, but also some of the requirements.
“The amendment would also include more stringent requirements for an appointed adjutant general, including requirements that the person have high-level military education and experience.”
For more information on this ballot question and others, visit the SC Election Commission. (scvotes.org)
Candidates Molly Spearman (R) and Tom Thompson (D) debate.
Petition candidate Tom Ervin, who is running for governor, recently meet with the editorial board of The State Newspaper to discuss his platform and campaign.
Stay tuned for more of The State’s editorial board meetings with the candidates for governor as they happen.
Vice President Joe Biden headlined an event hosted by the SC Democratic Party at Allen University in Columbia on Tuesday. In his speech to rally SC democratic voters, he touched on education, healthcare, and voting rights.