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January 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Santorum Salutes the Citadel

with reporting by Lindsey Meeks

Drum Major in the weekly retreat parade at The Citadel.

CHARLESTON – The Citadel sits a few miles outside the City of Charleston’s town center, along a lazy tributary that feeds from the ocean. But laziness has no place on this public military college, where the three core values of honor, duty, and respect are manifested in crisp precision. From the cut of the cadets’ pressed indigo uniforms, to the synchronized marching formation on display during their Friday Retreat Parade, this is a campus that runs like clockwork.

The Retreat Parade, held weekly during the academic year, embodies the cord of history that The Citadel rigorously maintains. While spectators snapped photos on their iPhones, nearly 2000 cadets—both men and women since 1995 when The Citadel grudgingly became coeducational—strutted Summerall Field in a formation that harkened back to the pre-Civil War era.

Amid the unmistakable howl of military commands from the officers, there was an unexpected sound (besides the cannon fire that is). From the distant corner of the field, a smaller, less resonant voice reported on her company. Commander Charlotte Perrott of the Fifth Battalion, from London, England, is the only female among the 50 company officers. As of 2008, females made up approximately 7% of the Corps of Cadets.

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Comments | Topics: charleston, Election 2012, Rick Santorum

January 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Boeing unions still a touchy topic in South Carolina campaign

with reporting by Almeera Anwar

The new Boeing plant in North Charleston has been a focal point for controversy in the campaign.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley used her opening remarks before the CNN debate last night to once again accuse the Obama administration of trying to stop Boeing from opening a non-union plant in Charleston.

“We won that one,” Haley said, referring to the now-dropped lawsuit the National Labor Relations Board brought alleging that Boeing opened the Charleston plant to punish Washington workers for striking.

On the Republican campaign trail, the lawsuit, and Obama’s recent recess appointment of three new NLRB members, have been framed as an example of overreaches of the Federal Government that infringe on the rights of businesses and stifle the economic recovery.

But on the ground in South Carolina, where unemployment reached almost 12 percent before the Boeing plant was opened, the tone is more one of desperation for work than of a principled political stand against unions.

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January 20, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Inside the "Fight for the South" Debate

Inside the North Charleston Coliseum, facing the stage.

CHARLESTON – I thought I knew what to expect when I attended my first nationally televised debate last night, but I was wrong.

Arriving at the North Charleston Coliseum, Plan A for the UWElectionEye team was to go into the press entrance, where we thought our credentials for the event awaited us. Nope.  Plan B got us into the debate hall with voters and the candidates. Not bad at all.

We found the closest nose-bleed seats we could find, only to see that a building beam blocked the whole stage; that’s why they’d been left empty. So we moved up to an even higher location that was two rows from the back, which gave us a view of the whole spectacle before us.

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January 19, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Politics and pork

Photos by A.V. Crofts

BEAUFORT – Driving east from Columbia to the South Carolina coast, the upcountry pine trees give way to the low country Southern Live Oaks draped in Spanish Moss. Approaching the coastal city of Beaufort on Route 21, you cross brackish marshlands that hold the promise of a nearby ocean. Crack the window and you smell salt air.

Sgt. White’s Diner sits at the intersection of Rt. 21 and Boundary Street, just as you arrive in Beaufort. Celebrating 25 years in the barbecue business this year, Sgt. White’s has occupied this particular corner for 17 of them, appropriately placed next to the Piggly Wiggly, a classic Southern institution.

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January 19, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Photos: A spectacle in South Carolina

CHARLESTON — Famed political scientist Murray Edelman declared that politics in America had become a spectacle. For example, in 1967 Edelman wrote, “For most men most of the time politics is a series of pictures in the mind, placed there by television news, newspapers, magazines, and discussions. The pictures create a moving panorama taking place…

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