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Romney takes a hit from the Christian right

CHARLESTON, South Carolina — Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney hit a roadblock Sunday in South Carolina as Christian conservative leaders coalesced behind Rick Santorum in the race for the presidential nomination. A group of 155 Christian evangelical leaders from around the country endorsed Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, Saturday after holding…

Romney opens 21-point lead in South Carolina: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has opened a wide lead over his rivals in the South Carolina primary election race, trouncing Newt Gingrich and gaining momentum in his march toward the party’s nomination, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, could all but quash his…

South Carolina woman calls Perry ‘homophobic’ and ‘racist’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry was greeted at a restaurant in Anderson, South Carolina with a tremendously-backhanded compliment. A young woman who posed for a photo with Perry on Monday told him it was “good to see someone as homophobic and racist as you,” according to Politico. Perry’s response? He smiled…

In South Carolina primary, a fundraising showdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The obscure groups behind the spending spree in the race for the Republican nomination for president are about to take it up a notch. Super PACs, the fundraising giants that have already reshaped the campaign by spending millions of dollars for ads on TV, radio and websites,…

White House blocks South Carolina voter ID law

In a move with significant implications for the 2012 elections, the Obama administration on Friday blocked a South Carolina voter ID law from taking effect because of concerns that it would have a disproportionate effect on minority voters. The law, which was passed last spring by the South Carolina state…

Gingrich supporters cheer Confederate flag in South Carolina

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich made it clear at an event in Columbia, South Carolina Friday that they were for the Confederate flag but against allowing HIV-positive people to enlist in the military. At a town hall lunch event, a young black man stood up to ask the…

Court blocks key terms of South Carolina immigration law

WASHINGTON — A court on Thursday blocked key provisions of a controversial new immigration law by the southeastern US state of South Carolina, less than two weeks before it was to take effect. Judge Richard Gergel of the South Carolina circuit ruled that some terms of the law locally known…

South Carolina has first human rabies case in 50 years

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – A middle-aged woman in South Carolina has contracted the state’s first case of human rabies in more than 50 years, health officials said on Friday. “There are only about one to three cases of human rabies each year in this country,” said Dr. Eric Brenner,…

Today’s moments in over-the-top wingnuttery

Via Roy Edroso comes some more troubling examples of Michelle Malkin’s special brand of intellectual dishonesty. See, there’s a story out about how Michelle Obama won’t visit South Carolina, because of possible security concerns. U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said Friday that a conversation with White House staff left…

Recent crazies in the mailbag

As you all know I receive some really vile emails from people, but most of them are so ridiculous that you wonder if there is any brain activity going on with some of these dopes, so I share them. A recent harvest of the mailbag generated these two winners. First…

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