2012 local, state and national elections

2012 South Carolina Ballot Initiatives

From the South Carolina ballotpedia page:

At least two statewide ballot measures have been proposed for the 2012 statewide ballot in the state of South Carolina. Since only legislatively-referred constitutional amendments are allowed in South Carolina, proposals must be made during the state’s legislative session. The 2011 session began on January 11 and will end on June 2.

The potential measures are:

  • Initiative and Referendum Amendment - Permit the enactment of laws and constitutional amendments by initiative petition
  • Recall Amendment - Would allow citizens to recall officials by initiative petition
  • Government Restructure Amendment - Allow governor to select running mate for lieutenant governor among other government changes
Barack Obama - the 44th President of the United States of America - Democrat (Incumbent)
Pro-Choice:
prohibited federal funding for abortions
supports adoption
supports Roe vs. Wade
against parental notification 
supportive of Planned Parenthood
for Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Education:
President Obama is investing $2 billion in competitive grants to reform  community colleges, raising completion rates and creating new programs  tied to workforce needs. 
The President signed a new law that caps the maximum amount of monthly  student loan repayment at 10 percent of income above a basic living  allowance for certain borrowers. The law also allows remaining debt to  be forgiven after 20 years instead of 25 for responsible borrowers.
A new $2,500 American Opportunity tax credit for tuition expenses has  helped an estimated 9.4 million college students and their families in  2011.
The administration implemented the Race to the Top program, which  rewards states for making tough reforms—raising standards, helping  teachers improve, and turning around struggling schools. Since 2010, the administration has awarded Race to the Top grants to 11  states and the District of Columbia—helping 13.6 million students and  980,000 teachers in 25,000 schools.
LBGTQ/Same Sex Issues:
Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate  Crimes Prevention Act into law. The Act allows the Department of Justice  to prosecute crimes motivated by a person’s actual or perceived gender,  gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.
Believes that marriage is between a man and a woman, but marriage is not strictly defined in the Constitution

Budget/Economy:
 a progressive tax code which would involve  raising the tax rates for the high income category proportionately and  increasing the tax cuts and credits of the middle and lower classes • provided tax incentives and made investments in clean energy  technologies such as wind turbines and advanced car batteries to grow  high-technology U.S. manufacturing capacity and supply clean energy  projects with American-made parts and equipment. • signed the America Invents Act: patent reform  legislation that will help American entrepreneurs bring inventions to  market sooner, helping to create new businesses and new jobspassed The Affordable Care Act: supports small businesses by providing them  with better affordable health care options for employees, simpler  administrative operating rules, and billions of dollars in tax relief.President Obama passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which  included a tax cut for 95 percent of working families, tax cuts for  small businesses, emergency funding to support about 266,000 jobs in  public schools, and investments in the clean energy sector that created  or saved 224,500 jobs through the end of 2010. 

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Barack Obama - the 44th President of the United States of America - Democrat (Incumbent)

Pro-Choice:

  • prohibited federal funding for abortions
  • supports adoption
  • supports Roe vs. Wade
  • against parental notification
  • supportive of Planned Parenthood
  • for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Education:

  • President Obama is investing $2 billion in competitive grants to reform community colleges, raising completion rates and creating new programs tied to workforce needs.
  • The President signed a new law that caps the maximum amount of monthly student loan repayment at 10 percent of income above a basic living allowance for certain borrowers. The law also allows remaining debt to be forgiven after 20 years instead of 25 for responsible borrowers.
  • A new $2,500 American Opportunity tax credit for tuition expenses has helped an estimated 9.4 million college students and their families in 2011.
  • The administration implemented the Race to the Top program, which rewards states for making tough reforms—raising standards, helping teachers improve, and turning around struggling schools. Since 2010, the administration has awarded Race to the Top grants to 11 states and the District of Columbia—helping 13.6 million students and 980,000 teachers in 25,000 schools.

LBGTQ/Same Sex Issues:

  • Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
  • President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law. The Act allows the Department of Justice to prosecute crimes motivated by a person’s actual or perceived gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.
  • Believes that marriage is between a man and a woman, but marriage is not strictly defined in the Constitution

Budget/Economy:

  • a progressive tax code which would involve raising the tax rates for the high income category proportionately and increasing the tax cuts and credits of the middle and lower classes
    • provided tax incentives and made investments in clean energy technologies such as wind turbines and advanced car batteries to grow high-technology U.S. manufacturing capacity and supply clean energy projects with American-made parts and equipment.
    • signed the America Invents Act: patent reform legislation that will help American entrepreneurs bring inventions to market sooner, helping to create new businesses and new jobs
    passed The Affordable Care Act: supports small businesses by providing them with better affordable health care options for employees, simpler administrative operating rules, and billions of dollars in tax relief.
    President Obama passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which included a tax cut for 95 percent of working families, tax cuts for small businesses, emergency funding to support about 266,000 jobs in public schools, and investments in the clean energy sector that created or saved 224,500 jobs through the end of 2010.

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Willard Mitt ‘Mitt’ Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts - Republican - Currently running as Republican candidate for the office of the President of the United States
Pro-Life:
Initially supported a women’s right to choose, but now opposes abortions
Does not support a federal ban on abortions, instead favors state level legislation
Favors Adoption
Favors repeal of Roe vs. Wade
Supports Parental Consent
Wants to federally defund Planned Parenthood
Not in favor of Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Economy: 
5 Bills For Day One •	The American Competitiveness Act  Reduces the corporate income tax rate to 25% •	The Open Markets Act Implements Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea  •	The Domestic Energy Act Directs the Department of the Interior to undertake a comprehensive energy review  •	The Retraining Reform Act Consolidates federal retraining programs and return these programs to the states •	The Down Payment on Fiscal Sanity Act Immediately cuts non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent ($20 billion)5 Executive Orders For Day OneAn Order to Pave the Way to End Obamacare • Secretary of Health and Human Services to return the maximum possible authority to the states An Order to Cut Red Tape • All agencies to initiate the elimination of Obama-era regulations that burden the economy or job creationAn Order to Boost Domestic Energy Production • Department of the Interior to implement a process for rapid issuance of drilling permits to An Order to Sanction China for Unfair Trade Practices • Department of the Treasury to list China as a currency manipulator  and the Department of Commerce to assess countervailing duties on  Chinese imports An Order to Empower American Businesses and Workers • Reverses the executive orders issued by President Obama that tilt the playing field in favor of organized labor
You can view Mitt Romney’s record as Governor of Massachusetts from a HERE and HERE

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Willard Mitt ‘Mitt’ Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts - Republican - Currently running as Republican candidate for the office of the President of the United States

Pro-Life:

  • Initially supported a women’s right to choose, but now opposes abortions
  • Does not support a federal ban on abortions, instead favors state level legislation
  • Favors Adoption
  • Favors repeal of Roe vs. Wade
  • Supports Parental Consent
  • Wants to federally defund Planned Parenthood
  • Not in favor of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Economy:

5 Bills For Day One
The American Competitiveness Act
Reduces the corporate income tax rate to 25%
The Open Markets Act
Implements Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea
The Domestic Energy Act
Directs the Department of the Interior to undertake a comprehensive energy review
The Retraining Reform Act
Consolidates federal retraining programs and return these programs to the states
The Down Payment on Fiscal Sanity Act
Immediately cuts non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent ($20 billion)

5 Executive Orders For Day One
An Order to Pave the Way to End Obamacare
• Secretary of Health and Human Services to return the maximum possible authority to the states
An Order to Cut Red Tape
• All agencies to initiate the elimination of Obama-era regulations that burden the economy or job creation
An Order to Boost Domestic Energy Production
• Department of the Interior to implement a process for rapid issuance of drilling permits to
An Order to Sanction China for Unfair Trade Practices
• Department of the Treasury to list China as a currency manipulator and the Department of Commerce to assess countervailing duties on Chinese imports
An Order to Empower American Businesses and Workers
• Reverses the executive orders issued by President Obama that tilt the playing field in favor of organized labor

You can view Mitt Romney’s record as Governor of Massachusetts from a HERE and HERE

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Richard John “Rick” Santorum - Former U.S. Senator - Republican - Currently running as Republican candidate for the office of the President of the United States
Pro-Life:
Supports federal ban on abortions
In favor of parental notification
supports the removal of federal funding for Planned Parenthood
Against Embryonic Stem Cell Research
"Made In America: Empowering American Families, Building Economic Freedom":
Cut and simplify personal income taxes by cutting the number of tax  rates to just two - 10% and 28% returning to the Reagan era pro-growth  top tax rate
Simplify the tax code and reduce middle income taxes by eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
Simplify the tax code, encourage savings and investment and reduce taxes by eliminating the Death Tax
Lower the Capital Gains and Dividend tax rates to 12% to spur economic growth and investment
Reduce taxes for families by tripling the personal deduction for each child
Reduce and simplify taxes for families by eliminating marriage tax penalties throughout the federal tax code
Retain deductions for charitable giving, home mortgage interest, healthcare, retirement savings, and children
Eliminate the cap on deductions for losses incurred in the sale of a principle residence
Cut the corporate income tax rate in half to make our businesses competitive around the world, from 35% to 17.5%
Eliminate the corporate income tax for manufacturers – from 35% to  0% - which will spur middle income job creation in the United States and  will create a job multiplier effect for workers 
Energy/Environment:
Core principles
 Create energy security and independence for the U.S. to strengthen  our national security and decrease reliance on unreliable and  adversarial nations.
 Develop an energy policy that is consistent, uniform, and predictable for long-term economic growth. 
Rely on market forces and private sector research and development  capabilities to provide Americans with clean, affordable energy through  competition. 
Remove harsh regulatory restrictions on oil and gas research and exploration.
Expand domestic innovations and energy resources.  This includes  oil, natural gas, hydro, biomass, wind, solar, clean coal, and nuclear  energy. 
Encourage economic growth creating U.S. jobs and bringing us back on the road to growth and opportunity. 
Reduce energy costs for family budgets and business expenses. 
LBGTQ/Same Sex Issues:
Believes marriage is a union between a man and a woman
supports DADT
supports a federal ban on gay marriage

Healthcare:
Every American should have access to high-quality, affordable health  care, with health care decisions made by patients and their physicians, not the government
America needs targeted, market-driven, patient-centered solutions to  address the costs and underlying causes of being uninsured rather than a  “one-size fits-all”, government-run health care system
You can find a detailed list of Rick Santorum’s voting history by clicking HERE

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Richard John “Rick” Santorum - Former U.S. Senator - Republican - Currently running as Republican candidate for the office of the President of the United States

Pro-Life:

  • Supports federal ban on abortions
  • In favor of parental notification
  • supports the removal of federal funding for Planned Parenthood
  • Against Embryonic Stem Cell Research

"Made In America: Empowering American Families, Building Economic Freedom":

  • Cut and simplify personal income taxes by cutting the number of tax rates to just two - 10% and 28% returning to the Reagan era pro-growth top tax rate
  • Simplify the tax code and reduce middle income taxes by eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
  • Simplify the tax code, encourage savings and investment and reduce taxes by eliminating the Death Tax
  • Lower the Capital Gains and Dividend tax rates to 12% to spur economic growth and investment
  • Reduce taxes for families by tripling the personal deduction for each child
  • Reduce and simplify taxes for families by eliminating marriage tax penalties throughout the federal tax code
  • Retain deductions for charitable giving, home mortgage interest, healthcare, retirement savings, and children
  • Eliminate the cap on deductions for losses incurred in the sale of a principle residence
  • Cut the corporate income tax rate in half to make our businesses competitive around the world, from 35% to 17.5%
  • Eliminate the corporate income tax for manufacturers – from 35% to 0% - which will spur middle income job creation in the United States and will create a job multiplier effect for workers

Energy/Environment:

Core principles

  • Create energy security and independence for the U.S. to strengthen our national security and decrease reliance on unreliable and adversarial nations.
  • Develop an energy policy that is consistent, uniform, and predictable for long-term economic growth.
  • Rely on market forces and private sector research and development capabilities to provide Americans with clean, affordable energy through competition.
  • Remove harsh regulatory restrictions on oil and gas research and exploration.
  • Expand domestic innovations and energy resources. This includes oil, natural gas, hydro, biomass, wind, solar, clean coal, and nuclear energy.
  • Encourage economic growth creating U.S. jobs and bringing us back on the road to growth and opportunity.
  • Reduce energy costs for family budgets and business expenses.

LBGTQ/Same Sex Issues:

  • Believes marriage is a union between a man and a woman
  • supports DADT
  • supports a federal ban on gay marriage

Healthcare:

  • Every American should have access to high-quality, affordable health care, with health care decisions made by patients and their physicians, not the government
  • America needs targeted, market-driven, patient-centered solutions to address the costs and underlying causes of being uninsured rather than a “one-size fits-all”, government-run health care system

You can find a detailed list of Rick Santorum’s voting history by clicking HERE

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    Ron Paul - U.S. House of Representatives, Texas District #14 - Republican - Currently running as Republican candidate for the office of the President of the United States
Pro-Life:
Federal ban on abortions
Voted to defund Planned Parenthood
Qualified yes on Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Energy platform:
* Remove restrictions on drilling, so companies can tap into the vast amount of oil we have here at home.
* Repeal the federal tax on gasoline.  Eliminating the federal gas  tax would result in an 18 cents savings per gallon for American  consumers.
* Lift government roadblocks to the use of coal and nuclear power.
* Eliminate the ineffective EPA.  Polluters should answer directly to  property owners in court for the damages they create – not to  Washington.
* Make tax credits available for the purchase and production of alternative fuel technologies.
Education:
Ron Paul is a consistent supporter of homeschooling. In Congress, he has introduced legislation to:
Help parents better educate their children by providing parents  with a $5,000 per child tax credit for tutors, books, computers, and  other K-12 related educational needs.
Ensure that the federal government treats high school diplomas  earned through homeschooling the same as other high school diplomas.
Budget: 
Does not support government bailout of private enterprises, these bailouts have ruined our budget
Believes that we cannot continue to financially support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 
Supports a Balanced Budget Amendment and on-budget accounting
Government spending should be based on the Constitution
If elected, he plans to:
- Veto any unbalanced budget Congress sends to his desk.
- Refuse to further raise the debt ceiling so politicians can no longer spend recklessly.
- Fight to fully audit (and then end) the Federal Reserve System,  which has enabled the over 95% reduction of what our dollar can buy and  continues to create money out of thin air to finance future debt.
- Legalize sound money, so the government is forced to get serious about the dollar’s value.
- Ending the corporate stranglehold on the White House.
- Drive down gas prices by allowing offshore drilling, abolishing  highway motor fuel taxes, increasing the mileage reimbursement rates,  and offering tax credits to individuals and businesses for the use and  production of natural gas vehicles.
- Eliminate the income, capital gains, and death taxes to ensure  you keep more of your hard-earned money and are able to pass on your  legacy to your family without government interference.
- Oppose all unfunded mandates and unnecessary regulations on small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Marijuana
Believes that the decision for legalization should lie in the hands of individual states


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    Ron Paul - U.S. House of Representatives, Texas District #14 - Republican - Currently running as Republican candidate for the office of the President of the United States

    Pro-Life:

    • Federal ban on abortions
    • Voted to defund Planned Parenthood
    • Qualified yes on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    Energy platform:

    * Remove restrictions on drilling, so companies can tap into the vast amount of oil we have here at home.

    * Repeal the federal tax on gasoline. Eliminating the federal gas tax would result in an 18 cents savings per gallon for American consumers.

    * Lift government roadblocks to the use of coal and nuclear power.

    * Eliminate the ineffective EPA. Polluters should answer directly to property owners in court for the damages they create – not to Washington.

    * Make tax credits available for the purchase and production of alternative fuel technologies.

    Education:

    Ron Paul is a consistent supporter of homeschooling. In Congress, he has introduced legislation to:

    • Help parents better educate their children by providing parents with a $5,000 per child tax credit for tutors, books, computers, and other K-12 related educational needs.
    • Ensure that the federal government treats high school diplomas earned through homeschooling the same as other high school diplomas.

    Budget:

    • Does not support government bailout of private enterprises, these bailouts have ruined our budget
    • Believes that we cannot continue to financially support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
    • Supports a Balanced Budget Amendment and on-budget accounting
    • Government spending should be based on the Constitution

    If elected, he plans to:

    - Veto any unbalanced budget Congress sends to his desk.

    - Refuse to further raise the debt ceiling so politicians can no longer spend recklessly.

    - Fight to fully audit (and then end) the Federal Reserve System, which has enabled the over 95% reduction of what our dollar can buy and continues to create money out of thin air to finance future debt.

    - Legalize sound money, so the government is forced to get serious about the dollar’s value.

    - Ending the corporate stranglehold on the White House.

    - Drive down gas prices by allowing offshore drilling, abolishing highway motor fuel taxes, increasing the mileage reimbursement rates, and offering tax credits to individuals and businesses for the use and production of natural gas vehicles.

    - Eliminate the income, capital gains, and death taxes to ensure you keep more of your hard-earned money and are able to pass on your legacy to your family without government interference.

    - Oppose all unfunded mandates and unnecessary regulations on small businesses and entrepreneurs.

    Marijuana

    • Believes that the decision for legalization should lie in the hands of individual states

      You can find a detailed list of US Rep. Ron Paul’s voting history HERE

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      Newton “Newt” Leroy Gingrich - Former Speaker of the House - Republican - Currently running as Republican candidate for the office of the President of the United States
- Pro-Life
supports federal ban on abortions
Supports: Parental notification
Supports the defunding of Planned Parenthood
Against Embryonic Stem Cell Research
- "The Gingrich Jobs and Growth Plan":
Stop the 2013 tax increases
Eliminating the capital gains tax and the death penalty tax
Move toward an optional flat tax of 15% that would allow Americans the  freedom to choose to file their taxes on a postcard, saving hundreds of  billions in unnecessary costs each year
Implement an American energy policy that removes obstacles to  responsible energy development and creates jobs in the United States.
Repeal and replace Obamacare with a pro-jobs, pro-responsibility health  plan that puts doctors and patients in charge of health decisions  instead of bureaucrats.
Strengthen the dollar by returning to the Reagan-era monetary policies  that stopped runaway inflation and reforming the Federal Reserve to  promote transparency.
-Environment/Energy:
Remove bureaucratic and legal obstacles to responsible oil and  natural gas development in the United States, offshore and on land.
End the ban on oil shale development in the American West, where we have three times the amount of oil as Saudi Arabia.
Give coastal states federal royalty revenue sharing to give them an incentive to allow offshore development.
Reduce frivolous lawsuits that hold up energy production by  enacting loser pays laws to force the losers in an environmental lawsuit  to pay all legal costs for the other side.
Finance cleaner energy research and projects with new oil and gas royalties.
Replace the Environmental Protection Agency, which has become a  job-killing regulatory engine of higher energy prices, with an  Environmental Solutions Agency that would use incentives and work  cooperatively with local government and industry to achieve better  environmental outcomes while considering the impact of federal  environmental policies on job creation and the cost of energy.
LBGTQ/Same-Sex Issues:
opposes domestic partnership benefits for same-sex couples
supports a Constitutional amendment that protects the traditional family
believes that same sex couples should have some sort of legal rights so  that they can leave their estates to their partners or visit them in the  hospital
believes that homosexuality is a sin
against adoption by same-sex couples
supports gay and lesbian teachers 
- Education:
The continued growth of American jobs and American prosperity in a  knowledge-based, internet-connected, globally-competitive world will be  determined by quality of America’s schools. If America is going to  remain competitive with China and India in the 21st century, then we  must commit to improving education, especially in math and science, and  moving from a bureaucrat-dominated status quo to an innovative system  that emphasizes accountability, transparency, and parental choice. 

You can find a detailed list of Newt Gingrich’s previous voting record by visiting his Vote Smart page HERE
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      Newton “Newt” Leroy Gingrich - Former Speaker of the House - Republican - Currently running as Republican candidate for the office of the President of the United States

      - Pro-Life

      • supports federal ban on abortions
      • Supports: Parental notification
      • Supports the defunding of Planned Parenthood
      • Against Embryonic Stem Cell Research

      - "The Gingrich Jobs and Growth Plan":

      • Stop the 2013 tax increases
      • Eliminating the capital gains tax and the death penalty tax
      • Move toward an optional flat tax of 15% that would allow Americans the freedom to choose to file their taxes on a postcard, saving hundreds of billions in unnecessary costs each year
      • Implement an American energy policy that removes obstacles to responsible energy development and creates jobs in the United States.
      • Repeal and replace Obamacare with a pro-jobs, pro-responsibility health plan that puts doctors and patients in charge of health decisions instead of bureaucrats.
      • Strengthen the dollar by returning to the Reagan-era monetary policies that stopped runaway inflation and reforming the Federal Reserve to promote transparency.

      -Environment/Energy:

      • Remove bureaucratic and legal obstacles to responsible oil and natural gas development in the United States, offshore and on land.
      • End the ban on oil shale development in the American West, where we have three times the amount of oil as Saudi Arabia.
      • Give coastal states federal royalty revenue sharing to give them an incentive to allow offshore development.
      • Reduce frivolous lawsuits that hold up energy production by enacting loser pays laws to force the losers in an environmental lawsuit to pay all legal costs for the other side.
      • Finance cleaner energy research and projects with new oil and gas royalties.
      • Replace the Environmental Protection Agency, which has become a job-killing regulatory engine of higher energy prices, with an Environmental Solutions Agency that would use incentives and work cooperatively with local government and industry to achieve better environmental outcomes while considering the impact of federal environmental policies on job creation and the cost of energy.

      LBGTQ/Same-Sex Issues:

      • opposes domestic partnership benefits for same-sex couples
      • supports a Constitutional amendment that protects the traditional family
      • believes that same sex couples should have some sort of legal rights so that they can leave their estates to their partners or visit them in the hospital
      • believes that homosexuality is a sin
      • against adoption by same-sex couples
      • supports gay and lesbian teachers

      - Education:

      • The continued growth of American jobs and American prosperity in a knowledge-based, internet-connected, globally-competitive world will be determined by quality of America’s schools. If America is going to remain competitive with China and India in the 21st century, then we must commit to improving education, especially in math and science, and moving from a bureaucrat-dominated status quo to an innovative system that emphasizes accountability, transparency, and parental choice.

      You can find a detailed list of Newt Gingrich’s previous voting record by visiting his Vote Smart page HERE

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      John E. Courson - SC State Senate, District #20 - Republican (Incumbent)
First elected: 1984
Last elected: 11/04/2008
There is very little information on Senator Courson online. His SC Legislature Online page has a link to his voting for the 2011-2012 session. Some of his key votes are:
- Voted AYE for Voter ID
- Voted AYE for Immigration Reform
- Voted AYE to officially state Collard Greens as South Carolina’s state vegetable
- Voted NAY on Prohibiting Texting While Driving

You can find a detailed list of SC State Senator Courson’s voting history by clicking  HERE and choose a Senate session from the drop down box under ‘Voting Record’

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      John E. Courson - SC State Senate, District #20 - Republican (Incumbent)

      First elected: 1984

      Last elected: 11/04/2008

      There is very little information on Senator Courson online. His SC Legislature Online page has a link to his voting for the 2011-2012 session. Some of his key votes are:

      - Voted AYE for Voter ID

      - Voted AYE for Immigration Reform

      - Voted AYE to officially state Collard Greens as South Carolina’s state vegetable

      - Voted NAY on Prohibiting Texting While Driving

      You can find a detailed list of SC State Senator Courson’s voting history by clicking HERE and choose a Senate session from the drop down box under ‘Voting Record’

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      Addison ‘Joe’ Graves Wilson, Sr. - U.S. House of Representatives, District #2 (SC) - Republican (Incumbent)
First elected: 12/18/2001
Last elected: 11/02/2010
Platform (per his campaign website):
"The Joe Means Jobs 3 Point Plan":
1. 5% across the board tax cut (HR 470)
2. Repeal and replace Obamacare (HR 4944)
3. 20% discretionary spending cut. Returning spending to 2008  levels and keeping it that way until the federal budget is balanced in  2019. (H.Con.Res. 281)
Key components:
5% across the board income tax cut
Increase Child Tax Credit to $5,000
Make the 15% rate on Capital Gains and Dividends permanent
Make all withdrawals from IRAs Tax-and Penalty-Free
Permanently repeal required distributions on retirement accounts
Increase by 50% the tax deduction on student loans and on qualified higher education expenses
Allow small business a tax deduction of 20% of their income
Encourage responsible home buyers with a credit of $7,500.
"Real Healthcare Reform":
Protect Medicare for the millions of seniors that rely on this important program
Provide access to care for pre-existing conditions
Allow for competition, and let you buy a personalized insurance plan across state lines that works for you, not Washington
Encourage employers to offer discounts for employees with healthy habits
Work to eliminate frivolous lawsuits that ultimately drive up the cost of healthcare
Offer citizens tax dollars back through credits and deductions so they can purchase an affordable plan that works for them
Key Votes:
Jan. 16, 2012 Voted YEA on Disapproval of President’s Authority to Raise the Debt Limit: Vote on a motion to proceed to consideration of a joint resolution that  disapproves of the President’s exercise of authority to increase the  debt limit for the United States.
Nov. 1, 2011 Voted YEA on Encourages Display of “In God We Trust” in Public Buildings and Schools: Vote to pass a concurrent resolution that reaffirms the phrase “In God  We Trust” as the official motto of the United States of America, and  encourages public display of the motto in all public buildings, public  schools, and other government institutions.
NOTE: THIS IS A NON-BINDING CONCURRENT RESOLUTION. IT IS NOT SIGNED BY  THE PRESIDENT AND THEREFORE DOES NOT HOLD THE WEIGHT OF LAW.
Dec. 22, 2010 Voted NAY on 9/11 Health and Compensation Act: Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that establishes  the World Trade Center Health Program for responders to and survivors of  the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and extends coverage under  the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
Dec. 8, 2010 Voted NAY on DREAM Act:
-Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to cancel the removal  of an undocumented immigrant and grant him or her conditional  nonimmigrant status for a period of 5 years if the following provisions  are met (Secs. 6 & 7):
-The undocumented immigrant has been able to lawfully remain in the United States after such an order was issued; or
-The undocumented immigrant received the order before he or she became 16 years old; and
-The undocumented immigrant in  question has been residing in the United States for 5 or more years and  was younger than 16 years old when he or she initially entered the  United States;
-The undocumented immigrant has been “a person of good  moral character” since he or she initially entered the United States  which includes, but is not limited to, having not been convicted of an  offense punishable by more than 1 year of prison;
-The undocumented  immigrant has either been admitted to an institute of higher learning or  has earned a high school diploma or GED (General Education Development)  certificate;
-The undocumented immigrant has “never been under a  final administrative or judicial order of exclusion, deportation, or  removal”, unless:-The undocumented immigrant is under the age of 30, as of the date of the bill’s enactment.

*You can find a more detailed list of US Rep. Joe Wilson’s voting history by clicking HERE

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      Addison ‘Joe’ Graves Wilson, Sr. - U.S. House of Representatives, District #2 (SC) - Republican (Incumbent)

      First elected: 12/18/2001

      Last elected: 11/02/2010

      Platform (per his campaign website):

      "The Joe Means Jobs 3 Point Plan":

      1. 5% across the board tax cut (HR 470)

      2. Repeal and replace Obamacare (HR 4944)

      3. 20% discretionary spending cut. Returning spending to 2008 levels and keeping it that way until the federal budget is balanced in 2019. (H.Con.Res. 281)

      Key components:

      • 5% across the board income tax cut
      • Increase Child Tax Credit to $5,000
      • Make the 15% rate on Capital Gains and Dividends permanent
      • Make all withdrawals from IRAs Tax-and Penalty-Free
      • Permanently repeal required distributions on retirement accounts
      • Increase by 50% the tax deduction on student loans and on qualified higher education expenses
      • Allow small business a tax deduction of 20% of their income
      • Encourage responsible home buyers with a credit of $7,500.

      "Real Healthcare Reform":

      • Protect Medicare for the millions of seniors that rely on this important program
      • Provide access to care for pre-existing conditions
      • Allow for competition, and let you buy a personalized insurance plan across state lines that works for you, not Washington
      • Encourage employers to offer discounts for employees with healthy habits
      • Work to eliminate frivolous lawsuits that ultimately drive up the cost of healthcare
      • Offer citizens tax dollars back through credits and deductions so they can purchase an affordable plan that works for them

        Key Votes:

        Jan. 16, 2012 Voted YEA on Disapproval of President’s Authority to Raise the Debt Limit: Vote on a motion to proceed to consideration of a joint resolution that disapproves of the President’s exercise of authority to increase the debt limit for the United States.

        Nov. 1, 2011 Voted YEA on Encourages Display of “In God We Trust” in Public Buildings and Schools: Vote to pass a concurrent resolution that reaffirms the phrase “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States of America, and encourages public display of the motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions.

        NOTE: THIS IS A NON-BINDING CONCURRENT RESOLUTION. IT IS NOT SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT AND THEREFORE DOES NOT HOLD THE WEIGHT OF LAW.

        Dec. 22, 2010 Voted NAY on 9/11 Health and Compensation Act: Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that establishes the World Trade Center Health Program for responders to and survivors of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and extends coverage under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

        Dec. 8, 2010 Voted NAY on DREAM Act:

        -Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to cancel the removal of an undocumented immigrant and grant him or her conditional nonimmigrant status for a period of 5 years if the following provisions are met (Secs. 6 & 7):

        -The undocumented immigrant has been able to lawfully remain in the United States after such an order was issued; or

        -The undocumented immigrant received the order before he or she became 16 years old; and

        -The undocumented immigrant in question has been residing in the United States for 5 or more years and was younger than 16 years old when he or she initially entered the United States;

        -The undocumented immigrant has been “a person of good moral character” since he or she initially entered the United States which includes, but is not limited to, having not been convicted of an offense punishable by more than 1 year of prison;

        -The undocumented immigrant has either been admitted to an institute of higher learning or has earned a high school diploma or GED (General Education Development) certificate;

        -The undocumented immigrant has “never been under a final administrative or judicial order of exclusion, deportation, or removal”, unless:-The undocumented immigrant is under the age of 30, as of the date of the bill’s enactment.

        *You can find a more detailed list of US Rep. Joe Wilson’s voting history by clicking HERE

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        Nathan Ballentine - SC House of Representatives District #71 - Republican (Incumbent)
First elected: 11/02/2004
Last elected: 11/02/2010
Goals (per his website):

Improving education to ensure that every child in South Carolina has the opportunity for a bright and prosperous future.
Lowering taxes by reducing government spending; restructuring and  consolidating to put money back into the pockets of hard-working  taxpaying families.
Taking common-sense approach to government by focusing on people, not politics.
Pushing for more accountability and transparency in state government  – at all levels. Hoping to restore confidence and trust in elected  officials.

Voting history
May 25, 2011 - Voted NAY on Establishing a School Voucher Program
April 26, 2011 - Voted YEA on Voter ID: Requires voters to present one of the following forms of photo identification prior to voting
-Valid and current South Carolina driver’s license; -Valid and current passport;-Valid and current military identification card containing a photograph issued by the Federal government;-Valid and current South Carolina voter registration card containing a photograph of the voter; or-Any valid and current form of photo identification issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
-Authorizes a voter to cast a provisional ballot if the voter is unable to produce the required identification (Sec. 2).
-Repeals the $5 fee for special identification cards for individuals aged 17 years and older (Sec. 3)
March 29, 2011 Voted YEA on Freedom of Conscience Act: Vote to pass a bill that prohibits employers from disciplining or  discriminating against employees who refuse to participate in procedures  relating to embryonic tissue or a developing child in an artificial or  natural womb, and limits the coverage of abortions in insurance plans.
Feb. 26, 2009 Voted YEA on 24-hour Waiting Period for Abortions: Vote to pass a bill that increases the waiting period to obtain an  abortion from 1 hour to 24 hours after an ultrasound has been performed.
*You can find a more detailed list of SC Rep. Nathan Ballentine’s voting history HERE
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        Nathan Ballentine - SC House of Representatives District #71 - Republican (Incumbent)

        First elected: 11/02/2004

        Last elected: 11/02/2010

        Goals (per his website):

      • Improving education to ensure that every child in South Carolina has the opportunity for a bright and prosperous future.
      • Lowering taxes by reducing government spending; restructuring and consolidating to put money back into the pockets of hard-working taxpaying families.
      • Taking common-sense approach to government by focusing on people, not politics.
      • Pushing for more accountability and transparency in state government – at all levels. Hoping to restore confidence and trust in elected officials.
      • Voting history

        May 25, 2011 - Voted NAY on Establishing a School Voucher Program

        April 26, 2011 - Voted YEA on Voter ID: Requires voters to present one of the following forms of photo identification prior to voting

        -Valid and current South Carolina driver’s license;
        -Valid and current passport;
        -Valid and current military identification card containing a photograph issued by the Federal government;
        -Valid and current South Carolina voter registration card containing a photograph of the voter; or
        -Any valid and current form of photo identification issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

        -Authorizes a voter to cast a provisional ballot if the voter is unable to produce the required identification (Sec. 2).

        -Repeals the $5 fee for special identification cards for individuals aged 17 years and older (Sec. 3)

        March 29, 2011 Voted YEA on Freedom of Conscience Act: Vote to pass a bill that prohibits employers from disciplining or discriminating against employees who refuse to participate in procedures relating to embryonic tissue or a developing child in an artificial or natural womb, and limits the coverage of abortions in insurance plans.

        Feb. 26, 2009 Voted YEA on 24-hour Waiting Period for Abortions: Vote to pass a bill that increases the waiting period to obtain an abortion from 1 hour to 24 hours after an ultrasound has been performed.

        *You can find a more detailed list of SC Rep. Nathan Ballentine’s voting history HERE

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        Hi! This blog is to spread information about the upcoming elections in South Carolina and the Presidential election. I am from Irmo, SC, so the candidates I will be focusing on are from that area.

        — Jasmine

                                            United States Senators

                                   Senior - Lindsey O. Graham (not running in 2012)
                                   Junior - Jim W. DeMint  (not running in 2012)

                                      United States Representative

                                       District 2 - Addison Graves “Joe” Wilson

                                      South Carolina State Senator

                                     SC Senate District 20 - John E. Courson

                                South Carolina State Representative

                                    SC House District 71 - Nathan Ballentine