Republican U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney sent out a shutdown statement yesterday explaining why he voted against re-opening the federal government. Mulvaney said he opposed the deal because it did not make changes to Obamacare, it included several "pork" projects and it "did nothing to address our nation’s addiction to spending." An original statement from Mulvaney's office was revised because it incorrectly asserted that the deal Congress passed would have funded African warlord Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army. Mulvaney's GOP colleague, Spartanburg Rep. Trey Gowdy — who also voted against re-opening the government — sounded considerably more chastened by the experience. “What did Republicans get for 16 days of a government shutdown with people being hurt? We have absolutely nothing to show for it, other than a damaged brand," Gowdy told the Greenville News. He referred to the deal re-opening the government as a "capitulation" by Republicans.
The campaigns of Republican Gov. Nikki Haley and Democratic S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen continue to swipe at each other more than a year before the gubernatorial election, Adam Beam reported. This time, the two are complaining about fundraisers their opponents are taking part in: The Sheheen campaign attacked Haley for holding a fundraiser on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion, and the Haley campaign blasted Sheheen for raising money in New York City. "Both campaigns said the fundraisers are strictly for the candidates’ respective political parties and contributions will not go to their campaign accounts," Beam reported. Though there will not be a Democratic Party primary until next June, the media and state party officials have been treating Sheheen as the presumptive nominee.
South Carolina has attracted several gun manufacturers recently, including an Ohio company, the Ithaca Gun Company, that is investing $7 million in an expansion facility near Aynor in Horry County. The expansion is part of a trend in which gun manufacturers are leaving states with strict gun-control laws and moving to states with fewer gun restrictions.
In the wake of the shooting of an 18-year-old student in Five Points, the South Carolina State Fair is stepping up to support the beleaguered entertainment district. Starting today, anyone who presents a receipt showing a purchase of $25 or more from a Five Points establishment will receive two free admission tickets to the fair on Sunday, Oct. 20, the closing day of the fair. Merchants will place a "Find Your Happy" sticker on receipts to verify the purchase.
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Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
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New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
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