Cayce Mayor Elise Partin’s fund-raiser

TweetOn Tuesday night I dropped by a fund-raiser for Cayce Mayor Elise Partin, who’s up for election this year, to see who was there and stuff. As it happened, I missed the mayor’s announcement of a grant for the Airport Corridor project she’s worked so hard on — to beautify the gateway to the Midlands […]

Elise Partin’s re-election campaign kickoff

Tweet After interviewing Cayce Mayor Elise Partin the other day, I had intended to attend her campaign kickoff on Saturday, but family business took me out of town. But here’s a release about what I missed: [Cayce, SC]     A crowd of Cayce residents gathered today in front of the Cayce Municipal Complex to hear their […]

Today’s ‘other’ endorsement — Elise Partin

Tweet The McCain endorsement, being released early today, was sort of predestined to make a splash to the exclusion of readers noting anything else. So I call your attention to the endorsement that actually ran in today’s paper — that of Elise Partin for mayor of Cayce. Certainly I want to make sure readers who […]

Way to go, Elise!

TweetOne of the BEST things that happened last night was that Elise Partin won BIG in her bid for a full term as mayor of Cayce. She did this in spite of being against her own former city manager of many years’ experience, and despite the fact that everywhere she went campaigning, she had to […]

ULI Reality Check: Growing by choice, not by chance

TweetToday was the kickoff of a program that a bunch of community leaders have been working on under the auspices of the Urban Land Institute. Here’s the release about the event:   Midlands Reality Check Focuses on Growth and Progress for South Carolina’s Capital Region Columbia, S.C. – Midlands members of Urban Land Institute South Carolina, together […]

A sure sign of a welcoming attitude

Tweet Soon, Columbians who head across the Blossom Street bridge will be welcomed by an attractive brick sign, and by attractive young women in jogging costume. Or so we are led to gather, from the artist’s rendering. Here’s hoping we are not disappointed by the actuality. Friendly competitor Clare Morris, who does publicity for the […]

Midlands mayors speak optimistically of burgeoning community unity

TweetThis morning — very early this morning — I attended the latest “Power Breakfast” sponsored by the Columbia Regional Business Report. So did a lot of other people, packed into a ballroom at Embassy Suites. I’d like particularly to thank the friends who joined us at the ADCO table, right up front: Mary Pat Baldauf, […]

More encouraging evidence that local leaders GET the need for regional approach

TweetTo me, the most memorable thing about Columbia Regional Business Report’s “Power Breakfast” this morning at Embassy Suites, where a cross-section of the business community heard a panel of Midlands mayors (Columbia’s Steve Benjamin, Lexington’s Randy Halfacre, Cayce’s Elise Partin, and Blythewood’s Keith Bailey) talk about our community’s future, was this tidbit: Steve Benjamin said […]

Transparency in Cayce

TweetRemember that last year, my colleagues and I endorsed Elise Partin in her successful bid to become mayor of Cayce? Endorsing in that particular election was unusual for us — we seldom got involved in municipal races outside of Columbia proper — but interest was high on both sides of the river after Cayce suddenly […]

Here’s how ‘our’ candidates did

TweetBy BRAD WARTHENEditorial Page EditorTHE TIME for reckoning has arrived. No, not the election; we just did that. I speak of my traditional post-mortem, in which I look back on the candidates this newspaper endorsed, and how they did.    First, the obligatory disclaimers: Endorsements are about who should win, in the judgment of The […]

My predictions

TweetHere are my predictions as to what I think will happen on the contested races that we dealt with in our endorsements. As always, endorsements are about who should win, not who will win. To fill that vacuum — and to help you see the difference — here are my prognostications (in which I place […]

Our 2008 endorsements favor GOP; overall record still tilts to Dems

TweetThis is an all-things-to-all-people post. Those of you who think we’re just another bunch of wild-eyed liberals who only back Democrats, just read this paragraph! I’ve done the count on this year’s endorsements (which you can go read here), and here’s the final count: We endorsed 8 Republicans (John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Joe Wilson, Nikki […]

Does the gender of lawmakers matter to YOU?

TweetJust got a post-election e-mail from the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics, which had also hit me with releases a number of times before Tuesday. Here’s the gist: Congratulations to all of the brave female candidates running in South Carolina and their support teams. Women made progress in the South Carolina House of Representatives, […]