Megan Hutto: 2012 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Megan Hutto

Megan Hutto is the mother of two children and a candidate for the Lexington (SC) County Council. The county is experiencing phenomenal expansion and is one of the fastest growing areas of the nation.
As Hutto emphasizes, the growth is not a coincidence and is due to a pro-business outlook. The county is aggressive in recruiting employers, and several have been offered free land and other services in exchange for jobs.
Last year over 2000 new “good jobs at good wages” were threatened when Amazon announced the cancellation of a planned distribution center. The action came after the South Carolina House of Representatives rejected a promised sales tax exemption. Amazon said the exemption was one of the main reasons they had selected the state.
Hutto never thought of running for public office but was disappointed when many officials in county and state government appeared unconcerned about the potential job loss.
Lexington citizens responding by mounting a massive lobbying campaign. They wore “Amazon Yes” tee-shirts and turned out in large numbers. They said Amazon operates on a global scale, and whether they are located in South Carolina or another state, the company would still have the same business. They said Amazon should not be compared to a local retail business.
Their arguments were persuasive and the General Assembly reversed itself, and Amazon expanded its Lexington plans. Michelin added to the celebration by hiring another 500 workers.
The Amazon experience surprised many political experts and inspired Hutto. She is running to “present fresh, innovative ideas for economic growth without raising taxes.”
Hutto grew up in Lexington, graduated from the University of South Carolina, and obtained her real estate license at just 18.
She has never been a politician but has a resume with diverse experience, and says “I have always been an integral part of my family business.
“I have been an entrepreneur and my many occupational titles have included metal recycling, restaurants, real estate agent, residential builder, general commercial contractor, and property management. . .
“Lexington attracts investors and corporations that create jobs because we are a low tax county with an educated and motivated work-force, multiple interstates and competitive prices for property. I pledge to keep the focus on economic development and job creation. We must continue to aggressively recruit good businesses.”
The Amazon campaign demonstrated the power of citizen action and the past few months have been surprising, “I am really enjoying the campaign trail. It’s been a while since I’ve met so many new faces!”
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Nikki Haley: 2011 Winner – The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Nikki Haley


Nikki Haley (R-SC), 39, is the youngest Governor in the nation and the first woman to hold her position. She previously served six years in the state legislature.
The Governor is intelligent, vivacious, and exotic having a Sikh-Indian heritage. She is the perfect representative of the New South.
In 2004, as a virtual unknown she beat the longest serving state legislator in a Republican primary. In 2008 she was sent back to the statehouse with 83 percent of the vote – the highest percentage earned by any lawmaker facing a contested South Carolina election that year.
Last year she received 50 percent of the vote in the gubernatorial primary and was thus able to avoid a run-off. The opponents she defeated included the then state attorney general, a Member of Congress, and the sitting Lieutenant Governor.
Her campaign began as a long shot but it gained steam in the closing months, and received a boost when Sarah Palin endorsed her.

Katherine Jenerette: 2011 Winner — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Katherine Jenerette is a former Congressional candidate who previously worked for the U.S. Congress. She has an MA and is the mother four children.
She is also a paratrooper who is currently deployed with the U.S. Army in one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Kandahar, Afghanistan. She began her military career at 19 when she was sent to Kuwait in the Persian Gulf War as part of Operation Desert Storm. She is now a Captain with the 25th Infantry Division.
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

Republicans: Who Are The Real RINO's?

Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) do not want to end all funding for Planned Parenthood (PP). They wrote: “The program has successfully reduced the number of unplanned pregnancies, therefore helping to reduce health care costs.” However, they both voted for the GOP budget (HR 1) which cuts off PP. HR 1 contained an amendment of Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) which eliminated the Title X family planning program, which provides contraceptives to low income women. Sens. Jim DeMint (SC) and Rand Paul (KY) both voted against the GOP budget. Continue reading

Social Security and Reflections on the Power Town

"Bad Boy: The Life And Politics Of Lee Atwater" by John Brady, DeCapo Press, 352 pages.

Why is Reform So Difficult?
New York is the nation’s financial capital and Los Angeles has the entertainment industry, but Washington, D.C. is the Power Town. Over the past three decades I have been fortunate to know some of the key players. I admire all of them, and they are intelligent, hard working and have good intentions. Continue reading