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Weekly Highlights From The South Carolina Republican Party

January 24, 2002

 

Senate Committee OKs Ten Commandments Bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill late Tuesday that would

require South Carolina public schools to set up a display that includes

the Ten Commandments, the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence

and the U.S. Constitution.

“We've taken an important first step toward improving character education in South Carolina schools,” said Sen. John Hawkins, who is sponsoring

the bill. “The legislation would reinforce the values of honesty and

integrity in public schools.”

In addition to requiring schools to set up a permanent display, the bill

would establish a “Respect for Law Day” on Sept. 17 in which students

would learn about the history, evolution and importance of the rule of

law in modern society. Sept. 17 is the anniversary of the ratification

of the U.S. Constitution.

Hawkins said his proposal would survive any constitutional challenge

because it would portray the Ten Commandments in its historical

perspective.

“They say you can't teach religion, but you can teach about religion,”

said Hawkins, R-Spartanburg. “It's impossible to teach about the history

of Western law unless you discuss the Ten Commandments.”

Hawkins said the bill passed committee despite unexpected opposition

from Democrats.

“I was under the impression that Governor Hodges supports using the Ten

Commandments as part of an overall character education effort,” Hawkins

said. “If he could lend his voice to this effort, I know this bill would

pass the full Senate with little difficulty.”

 

Americans Trust President, Republicans

An analysis of recent public opinion surveys shows that:

Americans believe war, recession and government overspending have caused

the federal budget deficit.

In an NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll released this morning, 36% say

the war on terrorism is the biggest cause of the budget deficit, while

28% point to the recession.

A CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll released last week shows that when asked

about the deficit, 40% blame government overspending, 30% the war, and

17% the recession. Only 9% say last year's tax cut is the main reason

for the deficit.

The President and Republicans are favored over Democrats to handle both

the economy and the budget.

“When it comes to dealing with the tough choices involved in the federal

budget, both in deciding how much Americans should pay in taxes and

funding needed federal programs,” the public favors President Bush's

approach over Congressional Democrats' - 50% to 38%

(CNN/USA Today/Gallup). 66% approve of the President's handling of the

economy (Bloomberg).

Americans trust Republicans over Democrats on the key issues of the

economy and the federal budget deficit by six points - 47% to 41%

(CNN/USA Today/Gallup).

 

Calendar of Events

Lexington Co. GOP Women

MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 5:30-7:30PM

Speakers: Agric. Comm. Les Tindal & Rep. Charles Sharpe Carolina Wings, #6 & 378 Mickey Lindler 803-781-2349

Richland Co. GOP

MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 6:00PM

Executive Committee Meeting

State GOP HQ, 1508 Lady St.

Shell Suber 803-736-3110

Spartanburg Co. GOP

MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 7:00PM

Exec. Comm. Meeting / Chairman Candidates' Debate: Katon Dawson,

Cyndi Mosteller, Tommy Windsor

Spartanburg Co. Admin. Bldg.

North Church Street

Rick Beltram 864-969-9601

SC Federation GOP Women

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 10:30AM

Quarterly Board Meeting

Speakers: Katon Dawson, Cyndi Mosteller, Tommy Windsor Seawells, Columbia Jan Allgood 864-261-6828

Greenville Co. GOP

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 7:00PM

Executive Committee Meeting

Greenville Tech, Verne Smith Resource Ctr.

Ed Foulke 864-232-7000

Greenville Co. GOP First Monday

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, NOON

Luncheon

Ramada Inn, 1001 S. Church St.

Deb Sofield 864-239-0116

Horry Co. GOP

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 6:30PM

First Monday Meeting

Speaker: Larry Richter

HCRP Headquarters, Myrtle Sq. Mall

Duane Oliver 843-916-4445

Spartanburg First Monday Club

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Speaker: Sec. of St. Jim Miles

Wade's Restaurant

1000 North Pine Street

Gerald Emory 864-579-3033

Summerville GOP Women

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 11:30AM

Gilligan's Restaurant, Ladson Road

Johnette Connelley 843-832-0124

Horry Co. GOP

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 6:30PM

Annual Elephant Ball

Wyndham Myrtle Beach Resort

Jim Jamison 843-449-2233