Nikki Haley’s primary opponent withdraws


South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley now finds herself without a primary opponent. Tom Ervin, a lawyer who previously served as a legislator and a judge, withdrew from the primary today and announced he would now be attempting to run as a petition candidate.

The State has his statement:

“After considerable thought and prayer, I have decided to bypass the June 10th Republican primary in favor of a petition candidacy to place my name on the November general election ballot for governor,” he said in a statement. “Like most South Carolinians, I’m a fiscal and social conservative with an independent streak. I’m running to reform state government and to restore executive competence, honesty and accountability — especially as it relates to protecting our most vulnerable children in harm’s way.”


“I believe South Carolina is ready for fresh new leadership and ready for a governor who cares about our people and not selfish political ambition,” he said. “Both (Republican Gov.) Nikki Haley and (Democratic challenger) Vince Sheheen are career politicians. I’m a small business owner who will serve as governor and then return home to run my business.”

He said he started gathering signatures of registered voters to have his name added to the November ballot as a “Republican petition candidate.”

“I look forward to offering my vision for South Carolina as a Republican in the general election,” he said.

He wouldn’t have won the primary and now he apparently hopes to be a spoiler in the general if he manages to get on the ballot. In addition to Democrat Vincent Sheheen, there is a Libertarian candidate running who claims to be the only pro-choice candidate in the race (Sheheen is Catholic.)

Stone Brewing could build East Coast brewery in SC


The State reports that the project would be “massive”:

Stone Brewing Co., based in Escondido, Calif., is looking to locate an East Coast Brewery and beer garden for tourists somewhere east of the Mississippi River, a $31 million investment that calls for nearly 400 employees within five years, making between $12 and $48 an hour. Proposals from interested communities were due about a month ago, according to the company, the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States.

The brewery – which makes such colorful products as Arrogant Bastard Ale and Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA – would produce 120,000 barrels of beer the first two years, according to the company’s request for proposals, which is a guideline for communities asking to be considered for the project.

The State‘s article focuses on the proposal for Lexington County near Columbia, South Carolina. Other cities who reportedly are in the running include Myrtle Beach and Charlotte. A company spokeswoman said construction would start in 2014. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens would be a tourist attraction similar to the company’s California locations.

Read the Obama and Biden tax returns for 2013


The White House released the completed 1040 forms today for Barack Obama and his wife Michelle and for Joe Biden and his wife Jill.

As someone else said online earlier, time to get a new accountant.

Here are details:

For 2013, the Obamas reported adjusted gross income of $481,098 – no pauper’s salary, but a 21% drop from the $608,611 they reported in 2012.

With the smaller take home pay, their charitable contributions similarly shrank – from $150,034 in 2012 to $59,251 in 2013.

The big difference: book sales are down. The Obamas reported $273,739 income from publishers/agents in 2012, but only $116,180 in 2013.

Vice President Biden and wife Jill Biden also released their returns Friday, with adjusted gross income of $407,009, a small increase over the $385,072 they reported a year ago.

The Bidens contributed $20,523 to charity in 2013, up from just $7,190 in 2012. Conservative commentators like Bill O’Reilly of Fox News have been critical of Biden in past years for not giving enough money to charity.

The Obamas paid $98,169 in total tax for 2013 but the Bidens paid more: $114,492 in total federal and state taxes because they pay state taxes in both Virginia and Delaware.

The Obama family tax return:

Obama Taxes – 2013

The Biden family tax return:

Biden Taxes – 2013

New site: Did Anthony Brown Come Clean Today?

On the heels of a new radio ad taking a swipe at Anthony Brown over the healthcare exchange issue, the campaign of Doug Gansler has launched a new website at The site also includes a previous video attacking Brown over the same issue along with the clock below.


Don Dwyer raffling off a gun as campaign fundraiser


The above weapon is a 9 mm JR Carbine. Delegate Dwyer is raffling off this gun as a campaign fundraiser. The winner has the option to choose a 9 mm version or a .40  version (or $500 instead of the carbine.)

More from Dwyer’s website:

No waiting period, no HQL requirement. NICS check.

Must be 18 years of age and legally able to own and accept transfer. Out of state winner must transfer through a Federally Licenced Firearms Dealer. Tickets are $5 each. Campaign Fundraising regulations limits the amount of raffles to $50 (10 tickets) per person.

The gun that’s being given away is at Scott’s Gunsmithing in Glen Burnie.