Sunday, December 23, 2012
The last interview of 2012.
In the last Patch Video Interview of 2012, Karen Floyd, former Chair of the SCGOP and Publisher of PalladianView.com, a digital magazine for conservative women. Floyd talks about Tim Scott's ascension to the United States Senate, the coming battle to replace him in SC1, Nikki Haley's re-election prospects and the Newtown tragedy. Keep up with all of Patch's coverage of South Carolina politics by following us on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Karen Floyd and Bakari Sellers tell us what to expect.
The pundits say that debates don't matter. But in the first presidential debate Republican nominee Mitt Romney showed that, as a matter of fact, they do. His strong performance led to a bounce in the polls and, if you trust the polling, he and incumbent Barack Obama are effectively tied. Join Patch 15 minutes prior to the debate as we talk strategy with Karen Floyd, former state GOP Chair and founder of ThePalladianView.com, and S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers, one of the country's brightest young Democrats who represents District 90. In the first debate, Romney was able to do in 90 minutes what no ad nor years of campaiging could not, show himself to be a capable opponent to Obama. With this in mind, the stakes are even higher for the second …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Despite attacks from liberal commentators and others, GOP women say they'll continue to defend their values.
The audience at the TECO Theater at the Straz Center in Tampa watched quietly Sunday night when a video clip of HBO's Bill Maher was shown on the screen. In the segment, the talk show host was trying to explain why liberals don't like conservative women like Sarah Palin or U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann. "Because they’re crazy people," Maher said. "It’s not because they have breasts, it’s because they are boobs.” While the punchline drew laughter from Maher's studio audience, the 50 or so people who watched the clip at the TECO Theater remained silent. That segment was just one example of the "liberal bias" against women highlighted at "Lashing Back at the Backlash," a forum sponsored by Her New View, an initiative of Palladian View, a …
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Another high profile female business leader departs.
As I look back over the past 25 years, I have seen a cycle emerge here in South Carolina. Women leaders rise to prominence here before making an exodus to positions elsewhere. Some may say “that’s just business.” But in actuality, it’s much more. Today the light is dimmer with Duke Energy South Carolina President Catherine Heigel’s move to the Midwest where she will be a vice president of American Transmission Co. in Wisconsin. Women have made countless impacts on business in our state. While there are many more, three iconic women immediately come to mind who have led with standards exemplified by Heigel. They are Anita Zucker, Jodie McLain and Pamela Lackey. Anita Zucker is the chairperson and chief executive officer of The InterTech …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Secret Service, GSA and military scandals are emblematic of larger, more pervsaive moral failing.
“The Perfect Storm of Liberalism has arrived. A professional collapse inside the several departments and agencies of the United States government created by a decades-long erosion of standards. An erosion fed by all manner of deadly liberal obsessions from racial quotas to political correctness to an addiction to lawsuits, the tolerance for a culture of out of control spending...” Jeffrey Lord Last week, Americans watched in astonishment as scandal after scandal involving well-respected government institutions (the Secret Service, the GSA, the U.S. military) unfolded, and each new revelation just angered us more. The Secret Service scandal prompted Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee…
Monday, April 23, 2012
Outrage at GSA is well-deserved as investigation continues.
"SC jobless rate drops again" reads one of last week's print headlines. This should be good news. So why do businesses continue to struggle and why does watching the GSA (General Services Administration) debacle strike a raw nerve amidst the quest for businesses’ survival? As a small business owner, I can attest to the downturn in the economy. Since 2009, like many small businesses, we work harder and longer than ever before. Because marketing is often seen as superfluous, many companies’ first course of action in economic downturns is to cut this sector. Though we have been fortunate, the result for a majority of Marketing and Public Relations companies nationwide is a reduction in contracts, resulting in a decline of work, creating a …
Monday, April 2, 2012
Karen Floyd explains how school choice has affected her family.
I am the product of public education: from Irmo Elementary School to a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Likewise our identical twin sons have received excellent educations in public schools from Pine Street Elementary School to the Freshman Academy at Spartanburg High School. I can point to seminal teachers and coaches that have impacted their lives in positive ways, and we are forever grateful to each one. In the ninth grade, however, we made a change – a choice. While one son was flourishing, the other son was not reaching his potential. No fault lies with any person, process or institution. Though it has always been apparent that our twin sons, despite being identical, learned differently, responded …
Monday, March 26, 2012
The pursuit of perfection.
Monday, March 26, 2012
In his biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson dedicates a subtheme to what "actually caused" the computer revolution. In simple terms, Isaacson contends that Apple products were the result of the "intersection of the humanities and science." Isaacson writes that the genius Jobs exhibited was "someone whose insights come out of the blue and require(d) intuition more than mere mental processing power." On a larger scale, Isaacson maintains that the 21st Century innovation/computer technology revolution was due to the perfect balance of "poetry and processors" and "artistry and technology." Fast-forward to Forbes article posted March 23, 2012 by Rachel Balik, titled “Women as Party Favors and Eye Candy: the Latest Tech Meme.” She writes, "…
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Women poised to make an even bigger difference this election cycle.
The National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) held their Spring Board meeting in New Orleans, LA this past weekend, and Palladian View was there to cover it all (See our Facebook page). The power of Republican Women to influence elections was made clear by the number of elected officials from Louisiana (including the Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, US Senator, Congressmen, and even state senators) who told the enthusiastic crowd pulled together from across the country that they—Republican women—were the ones most responsible for getting them elected. The officials—all of whom were male—reminded the women that the federated clubs were the first groups they contacted when it came time to organize their campaigns. I have …
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Does the most unpredictable campaign in recent memory have one more turn left?
As a former state chair of the GOP and a player on the national political scene, Karen Floyd has experience in politics that few in South Carolina can match. This primary season, she’s been sharing her expertise with Patch. Last week, Floyd, publisher of the Palladian View, provided a high-level view of the race to Patch readers. This week, Floyd talks specifics and looks back at the South Carolina primary. So far, the GOP presidential race has had one turning point after another. And on the brink of Super Tuesday, the possibility exists for there to be yet another. The conventional wisdom--though not necessarily Floyd--says that if former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney performs well enough tomorrow, he could all but lock up the nomination…