Saturday, May 11, 2013
Hayes recognized for leadership.
Richard Hayes, chair of the Dorchester County Democratic Party, received the state party’s “Chairman’s Award” at its convention in Columbia on May 4. “(Hayes) provided leadership and outstanding service to the Democratic Party,” Dick Harpootlian, outgoing chairman of the state party, said about the recipient of his award. The Chairman’s Award is bestowed every two years to whom the South Carolina Democratic Party chair finds provided the most effective work and dedication. “It was an honor,” says Hayes, but he finds it to more accurately reflect the county party instead of himself alone. “Although it has my name on it, this award really recognizes the entire DCDP team and their outstanding effort to provide support to the people of …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Dorchester County Democrats ask, 'Where's the Meat, Mitt?'
The atmosphere was jovial and the outcome of Wednesday's presidential debate — at least for the voters gathered at the Dorchester County Democratic Party headquarters — was expected. If you were at the office on West 2nd North Street, President Barack Obama trounced his Republican opponent former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, even before the debate started. After the debate, Democrats said Romney provided little detail on his proposals, while Obama was understandable. "I didn't get any meat," Karen Hudson complained of Romney after the debate. "He was strong in putting out no message." "Romney was on his heels the whole time," County Democratic Party Chair Richard Hayes said. "I expected more." Praise was high for the incumbent. "I …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
S.C. House District 97 GOP nominee Ed Carter has filed suit against the Dorchester County Democratic Party.
Less than a month after being reinstated as the GOP nominee for S.C. House District 97, Ed Carter has sued the plaintiffs of a lawsuit that temporarily decertified him. Carter was reinstated for lack of evidence Aug. 6. He's running against incumbent Rep. Patsy Knight. The suit filed Wednesday afternoon claims the Dorchester County Democratic Party and its chair, Richard Hayes, acted with malicious prosecution. The county Democratic Party's lawsuit, filed in June, claimed Carter and other GOP non-incumbent candidates did not file in accordance with S.C. election law. An almost universally-neglected requirement in campaign filing was ignored by hundreds of non-incumbents across the state, leading the S.C. Supreme Court to toss them from the…
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Dorchester County Democrats offer a ticket to the convention to volunteers.
Dorchester County Democrats are saying getting to the last day of the Democratic National Convention is as easy as 9-3-1. Democrats can volunteer nine hours of their time over three days for one ticket to watch President Barack Obama accept the party's nomination in Charlotte, according to an email release by the Dorchester County Democratic Party. This is for next week. Volunteers will be asked to work the phones beginning Tuesday, and ending Saturday, Aug. 18, which is the day of the Edisto River Stump. Those interested in volunteering are asked to go to the Democratic Party headquarters, 116 W. 2nd North St., at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14. Bring a cellphone. Only one ticket per volunteer and tickets are non-transferable.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Judge ordered for county Republican Party election officer Tony Piscatella to turn in candidate filings Tuesday.
ST. GEORGE — The Dorchester County Clerk of Court received Republican Party non-incumbent candidate filings Tuesday from county GOP election officer Tony Piscatella. The judge ordered Monday the documents be turned over to the clerk's office and made available to the public. View them on the right of this story. The filings have come under fire from the Dorchester County Democrats and from within the county Republican Party. There have been allegations that some or all of the non-incumbent candidates — including three who were to continue to the Nov. 6 general election — had not filed in accordance with S.C. election law. The three candidates affected by the current lawsuit are S.C. House District 97 GOP nominee Ed Carter, S.C. Senate …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Election commission says no one is officially on or off the ballot until Aug. 15 as lawsuit rattles Dorchester County non-incumbents.
SUMMERVILLE — A court order requiring the Dorchester County Republican Party and the S.C. Republican Party to decertify non-incumbent nominees in the general election has expired but those candidates now cannot appear on the Nov. 6 ballot without another court order, according to an S.C. Elections Commission spokesman. Deadline for certifying candidates for the general election is noon Aug. 15. The Election Commission requires parties to certify general election candidates, even after they win the primary and those results are certified. The now-expired court order came with the June 29 lawsuit filed by the Dorchester County Democratic Party against the county and state GOP, and county and state Election Commission, claiming that the non-…
Monday, July 9, 2012
Parties agree to keep non-incumbent Republicans off the ballot during discovery, according to lawyer.
Update July 10: The preliminary injunction was not signed by a judge and Dorchester County Democratic Lawyer James Smith withdrew his motion for the injunction. Instead, the temporary restraining order issued June 29 was allowed to expire, according to the judge's administrative assistant. Click here for more info. SUMMERVILLE — Three Dorchester County candidates will remain off the ballot until a lawsuit brought against the county GOP, state GOP and election commission has concluded, according to a Democratic lawyer. In the suit, Dorchester County Democratic Party claims the county Republican Party illegally certified all of its non-incumbent candidates, in accordance with two S.C. Supreme Court decisions that said non-incumbents must …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Dorchester County Democratic Party's lawsuit will have its first hearing Monday in Orangeburg County; Summerville Patch will be there to live tweet and report in real time.
The first hearing of the Dorchester County Democratic Party v. Dorchester County Republican Party et al will be 3 p.m. Monday at the Orangeburg County Court House, according to Dorchester County Clerk of Court Cheryl Graham. The hearing will be to validate the temporary restraining order placed on non-incumbent Republican candidates after the suit's filing June 29. Stay tuned to Summerville Patch for live reporting, or follow us on Twitter here. The lawsuit was filed June 29 alleging that the Dorchester County GOP had certified non-incumbent candidates that were not eligible to be on the ballot, according to two S.C. Supreme Court decisions. The suit came on the heels of county Democrats asking Republicans to prove their paperwork had …
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Dorchester County Democratic Party opened its office on W. 2nd North Street in Summerville with hopes to turn county from red to blue.
Dorchester County Democratic Party opened its new headquarters Saturday with a bold promise: "This is going to be the base where we help turn this county blue," Chair Richard Hayes told the 30 people gathered in the office near Matt's Barber Shop on W. 2nd North Street. That may sound like a tall order, but in 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama lost the county by about 8,000 votes (29,929 voted for candidate John McCain, 21,806 voted for Obama). During Saturday's opening, a representative for Congressional candidate Bobbie Rose was there, encouraging voters to help turn S.C. District 1, currently held by Congressman Tim Scott, blue as well. Democrat and County Council candidate Miriam Birdsong, who is running a petition drive due to …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Dorchester County Council GOP candidate Carroll Duncan will begin petition drive to keep her name on the ballot no matter what the court decides.
Dorchester County Republican Party Chair Carroll Duncan will file as a petition candidate for the unchallenged Dorchester County Council District 5 seat, according to her lawyer Todd Kincannon. Duncan and her fellow non-incumbent GOP nominees in the county have come under fire with a Dorchester County Democratic lawsuit filed June 29, alleging they did not file in accordance with S.C. election law as clarified through two S.C. Supreme Court rulings in May and June. Nearly 250 non-incumbent candidates have been decertified because they did not simultaneously file their Statements of Intention of Candidacy with their Statements of Economic Interest to party election officials. Duncan joins Dorchester County Council District 6 challenger …