Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Greenwood supporter inspired 'fired up' chant that's been campaign staple since 2007.
President Barack Obama's final campaign speech ended with the story of Edith Childs, a Greenwood, S.C., resident who inspired a popular campaign slogan that has followed Obama for nearly five years. Childs was one of just 20 or so folks at a 2007 Obama rally in rural South Carolina. When the crowd seemed less than enthused to meet then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Childs yelled out "Fired Up! Ready to Go!" Since then, the chant has become a staple at Obama rallies all across the country, and it has fueled small-time fame for Childs, who has been using the chant since her days as a NAACP civil rights worker. "She became a celebrity. She was written up in the Wall Street Journal," Obama told the crowd. She has also traveled to the White House …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
With less than 60 days until Election Day, Facebook is packed with political talk.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
As the Presidential race swings into high gear, the political discourse on Facebook has reached epic proportions. Hardly an hour goes by without some new posting proclaiming one party or candidate's virtues or the lack thereof. The overly political tone of Facebook has forced some folks to take a break from the popular social media site. Others have defriended folks who post too often about their political beliefs. We want to know how you're handling all the political banter. Vote in our poll below and share your thoughts in the comment section.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Now that the Democratic and Republican delegates have officially chosen their nominees, Patch wants to know: Who are you betting on?
It's official: With President Barack Obama's acceptance speech in Charlotte Thursday night, both the Republicans and Democrats have formally chosen their nominees for the 2012 presidential election. Let the real race begin. A lot can change between now and Nov. 6: Gaffes, scandals or even major international news events could shift the dynamics of the campaign. The latest Gallup Polls show registered voters preferring Obama to Mitt Romney by just one percentage point, 47 percent to 46 percent. A USA Today/Gallup poll taken just before the party conventions found American voters think Obama is more likeable, but trust Romney more to handle the economy. Pundits have been busy for months handicapping the major-party candidates on various …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Democrat with connection to President casts roll call vote.
CHARLOTTE — The South Carolina Democrat who was featured in a Barack Obama campaign ad for her "Fired up! Ready to go!" chant cast the state's votes to nominate Obama on Wednesday night. Read more about Edith Childs here.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Retired nurse from Greenwood featured in campaign video moves Democrats with chant.
CHARLOTTE — It's hard to go anywhere at this week's Democratic National Convention without hearing "Fired up! Ready to go!" echoing through the halls. The call and response is part of Obama campaign history, dating back to a 2008 Democratic Primary rally in rural Greenwood, S.C. President Obama describes in a campaign video about arriving in the small town, roughly 70 miles west of Columbia. Only 20 supporters had turned out, and the energy was tepid until Edith Childs began chanting "Fired up! Ready to go!" For the 63-year-old retired nurse, it's a phrase she's been using for decades. "Back in the 1960s, early 1970s ... we would go out in the community to register people to vote, that was our battle cry," Childs said. "We'd do about five …
Obama can deliver young voters, but future for Democrats is hazy.
CHARLOTTE — Party faithful at this week's Democratic National Convention insist that if there is a dearth of enthusiasm to re-elect President Obama, all will be righted after the President speaks Thursday. "You might not be able to re-capture what we had in 2008, but we're all still very excited and motivated," said S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers, 27. "Over the next couple of days you'll see that build up." Young voters are largely credited with propelling Obama to office in 2008. But there are doubts about whether recent college graduates, who have faced difficult job struggles, will return to the polls this year. Obama has made high-profile stops at college campuses across the country in the weeks leading up to the convention. An estimated 15 …
Monday, September 3, 2012
Civil rights leader says Nikki Haley is trampling on Voting Rights Act.
CHARLOTTE — S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley wouldn't be a voter, much less governor, if it wasn't for the Voting Rights Act now jeopardized by new requirements to show picture ID when casting a ballot. That's the view of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who spoke Monday at a handful of impromptu events at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. "I'm astonished Nikki Haley would take such a strong position against easy access to voting when she is a primary beneficiary of the Voting Rights Act,' Jackson told Patch. The state's first female governor, Haley's parents are Indian immigrants. She was reared as a Sikh, though she converted to Christianity as an adult. "She's a part of the wave of beneficiaries of the Voting Rights Act," Jackson said after …
Democrats have landed in Charlotte this week for the 2012 national convention.
CHARLOTTE — Democrats from across the country are 'fired up' about the November election. Delegates and supporters chanted "fired up" and "ready to go" at several events held Monday before the convention officially starts on Tuesday. Here's a look inside the Charlotte Convention Center, the South Carolina delegate breakfast and the Black Caucus.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
S.C. Democrats and victims' advocates outraged; apology demanded.
Editor's Note: Although the veto concerning sexual assault and rape crisis centers was referred to as "domestic violence" by Gov. Haley, the funding at issue was for the 15 sexual assault centers across the state. Domestic violence agencies are funded elsewhere. S.C. Democrats and victims advocates are demanding an apology from Gov. Nikki Haley after the first-term governor posted a comment on her Facebook page referring to the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as “special interests.” Shortly after the House unanimously overrode Haley’s Veto 51, which cut funding to rape crisis centers throughout the state, she said: “veto of SC Coalition of Domestic Violence $453,680. Special interests made their way …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
But they say they are 'not surprised' by the S.C. Republican governor.
In response to the Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow states to opt out of the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, at least 15 governors have voiced their opposition. Gov. Nikki Haley logged on Facebook to make known her stance against the expansion. She wrote: “South Carolina will NOT expand Medicaid, or participate in any health exchanges. We will not support Pres. Obama's tax increase or job killing agenda. I WILL do everything I can to get Mitt Romney elected and work to strengthen our Senate so that we can repeal this unAmerican policy aimed at moving our country in the wrong direction.” South Carolina Democrats and industry professionals are concerned — but not surprised. “If George Bush hated black people, then …