South Carolina Senatorial Candidates 2016
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South Carolina Senator Candidates
Primary: June 14, 2016
Primary Runoff: June 28, 2016
Bobby Mahendra (D)
Catherine Cortez Masto (D)
Sharron Angle (R)
D'nese Davis (R)
Tony Gumina (R)
Eddie Hamilton (R)
Joe Heck (R)
Robert Leeds (R)
Tom Jones (IAP)
Jerry Dean Carter (Independent)
Dean Heller (R)
South Carolina Senator Candidates
A.G. "Joe" Wilson (R)
Jeff Duncan (R)
Mick Mulvaney (R)
Tom Rice (R)
Mal Hyman (D)
South Carolina is composed of five geographic areas, or physiographic provinces, whose boundaries roughly parallel the Atlantic coastline. In the southeast part of the state is the Coastal Plain, which can be divided into the Outer and Inner Coastal Plains. From north to south the coast is divided into three separate areas, the Grand Strand, the Santee River Delta, and the Sea Islands. Further inland are the Sandhills, ancient dunes from what used to be South Carolina's coast millions of years ago. The Fall Line, which marks the limit of navigable rivers, runs along the boundary of the Sandhills and the Piedmont, which has rolling hills and clay soils. In the northwest corner of the state are the Blue Ridge Mountains, the smallest geographical region in the state.
The state's coastline contains many salt marshes and estuaries, as well as natural ports such as Georgetown and Charleston. An unusual feature of the coastal plain is a large number of Carolina bays, the origins of which are uncertain. The bays tend to be oval, lining up in a northwest to southeast orientation. The terrain is flat and the soil is composed entirely of recent sediments such as sand, silt, and clay. Areas with better drainage make excellent farmland, though some land is swampy. The natural areas of the coastal plain are part of the Middle Atlantic coastal forests ecoregion.
Subject: Tea Party to Challenge Senator Lindsey Graham.
FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe has a warning for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and other GOP incumbents up for
reelection in the 2016: don’t expect Tea Party support just because you’re already in Congress.
“It's utterly contrary to Republican philosophy, we believe in competition, we believe in open democratic processes and I think that leads to better candidates,” Kibbe tells Top Line.
Kibbe singles Graham out as one of his Super PAC’s major targets in the midterm elections, citing Graham’s criticism of the filibuster over the Obama administration’s drone program led by Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) as a major reason for replacing him.
“The way he lashed out against Rand Paul…he's begging for a primary,” says Kibbe, who continues on to say that he hopes to replace Graham with someone “who is worthy of that seat.”
Kibbe says FreedomWorks is also looking to make gains for Tea Party candidates in Arkansas and Alaska come 2016 and says he’s not concerned about protecting Republican incumbents--as Republican strategist Karl Rove has advocated in some cases--if they don’t represent Tea Party interests.
“Maybe it's good if you're a sitting senator, but it's not good for the Republican Party and it's certainly not good for public policy,” Kibbe says.
When asked about cases when a Tea Party candidates beats out an incumbent in the primary but then loses in the general election, Kibbe says: “Generally, I don't think that's true. If you can't win a primary, the supposition that you can win the general is pretty questionable. Competition is better.”
He also said there are some 2016 races where FreedomWorks will likely not get involved, such as the Massachusetts Senate race with Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez.
“I would suggest that it might be the case that Republicans running in Massachusetts don’t necessarily want FreedomWorks’ support,” Kibbe jokingly said, in acknowledgement that Tea Party backing is not generally an asset in the very blue state.
On the topic of legislation passed by the Senate to impose a sales tax for online retailers, Kibbe says it will not equalize the playing field between brick-and-mortar stores and online businesses, as the legislation’s advocates have argued. But he believes it will instead give an advantage to big retailers over small online businesses.
“The biggest advocates of taxing online would be big online retailers, like Wal-Mart, like Amazon,” Kibbe says.“The Internet is the wave of the future, this is how we're going to make our purchasing decisions and everything else, and to tax it, to regulate it, to control it from Washington: bad idea,” Kibbe says.
The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration, where it is not expected to pass.
To hear more of the interview with Kibbe, including why he calls the Bush legacy a disaster that is responsible for President Obama’s being elected, check out this episode of Top Line.
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