SC2 Democrat Assails Joe Wilson Over GOP Tax Cut
FITSNews, December 12, 2017

We don’t know yet whether the tax plan passed by “Republicans” in Washington, D.C. will be good for the economy or not.  From the beginning of this process, we’ve argued the GOP missed an opportunity to do two critical things: Target tax relief where it is needed most (middle income earners and small businesses) and cut government spending.

These twin failures will certainly have an adverse impact on the “stimulation” envisioned for this legislation.  They will also make the plan more difficult to sell.

Having said all of that, we didn’t oppose the bill …

“We believe lawmakers in Washington should pass it because it will likely provide some measure of broader economic benefit,” we wrote last week.

How much benefit remains to be seen, though …

Ardently opposing the legislation?  Annabelle Robertson, a Democrat who kicked off her campaign for South Carolina’s second congressional district (map) last week.

That’s the seat held by fiscally liberal “Republican” Joe Wilson, who has long been part of the problem in Washington.



SC2 Democrat Kicks Off Campaign
FITSNews, December 12, 2017

Democrat Annabelle Robertson kicked off her campaign for South Carolina’s second congressional district (map) this week, channeling a progressive populism aimed at voters disillusioned with “Republican” rule in Washington, D.C.

“I’m running for Congress because America doesn’t belong to the CEOs and the shareholders,” Robertson said in announcing her candidacy. “It doesn’t belong to the insurance companies, the power companies, the investment bankers or the super PACs.  It belongs to you. It belongs to the people, all the people, and it’s time we took it back!”

How Tea Party-esque …

A liberal activist, Robertson is the founder of Indivisible South Carolina – a grassroots group dedicated to “resisting the Trump agenda.”

An attorney and survivor of domestic violence, Robertson says her campaign will focus on raising wages for working families, rebuilding the state’s roads and bridges, closing what she refers to as the “school-to-prison pipeline” and providing “quality, affordable healthcare for all.”



There’s a surge in women running for office. Is it happening in SC?
By Bristow Marchant, The State, December 8, 2017

The number of women running for the U.S. House and Senate is double what it was in 2016, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University… Democrats Annabelle Robertson and Mary Geren are planning to run for Congress in the 2nd and 3rd districts, respectively, facing (male) Republican incumbents Jeff Duncan and Joe Wilson, both pro-Trump.



Activist to Challenge Joe Wilson for SC Congress Seat
By Bristow Marchant, The State, December 6, 2017

A South Carolina attorney active with an Indivisible group is launching a challenge to U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale.

Annabelle Robertson will formally announce her campaign at 6 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cayce.

Robertson’s legal work focuses on civil rights, workplace discrimination and sexual harassment, she said in a release.

She helped start the group Indivisible South Carolina after the 2016 election, one of several grassroots liberal activist groups that have organized since the election of Donald Trump.

Robertson says she is the first Indivisible member to run for a major office in the South.



Indivisible South Carolina Founder to Take on Joe Wilson
By David Travis Bland, The Free Times, November 20, 2017

An increasingly prominent progressive figure around Columbia and South Carolina plans to run for the U.S. House.

Annabelle Robertson has made her 2018 candidacy for the District 2 seat official. Republican Joe Wilson has held the seat since 2001.

Robertson has come to be a frequent sight at left-leaning rallies and events. She hit the South Carolina progressive scene hard earlier in the year as the founder of Indivisible South Carolina, a group that’s part of the grassroots network of the Indivisible movement which dedicates itself to resisting the Trump agenda. She came out against President Trump’s Secretary of Education pick, Betsy DeVos, in the wake of her nomination, and spoke critically about the Republican attempts at health care reform.

She also confronted Joe Wilson during his recent tour of the district about his support of Trump’s pardon of controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. And in so many words, Robertson believes Wilson is a puppet of the president, particularly on the latest Republican tax plan passed by the House.



Indivisible South Carolina Founder to Announce Congressional Campaign
By Colin Demarest, Aiken Standard, November 15, 2017

Annabelle Robertson, a civil rights attorney and the founder of Indivisible South Carolina, will announce her bid for Congress on Thursday.

Robertson will hold an announcement event at 10:30 a.m. in Columbia at the South Carolina Democratic Party Headquarters, according to information provided by campaign manager Brandon Upson.

Robertson is scheduled to give a speech at the event and, according to the same information, will highlight local activism and her experience as an attorney.

In a prepared statement, Robertson said, “America is in crisis.” She said the country deserves a “warrior who will fight for them – not against them.”

The same message is displayed on her campaign website.

Robertson’s prepared statement also outlines her initial running platform: “Justice, livable wages and health care,” all of which she said are achievable goals.

“I’m running for Congress because I am the warrior that will bring prosperity to S.C. District 2,” she added.



Conservatives Try to Separate Abortion and Women’s Health, Progressives Strike Back
By David Travis Bland, Free Times, August 31, 2017

State Rep. Micah Caskey is down with people getting it on, but that’s as far as “reproductive rights” go for him.

The clarification of his position came after progressive activist group Indivisible South Carolina pushed the first-year Lexington Republican via Twitter to defend his support of Gov. Henry McMaster’s recent measures to withhold state dollars from medical providers that perform abortions.

“You sound confused. I’m a conservative. Reproductive rights? Yes. Infanticide rights? No,” Caskey blasted back on Twitter.

“I was trying to underscore a distinction between ‘reproductive rights’ in the sense that I believe there is a fundamental right to procreate,” Caskey said in an email after the online remarks, “and ‘infanticide’ as a shorthand for termination of life in utero.”

That sounds like an unfunny joke to Annabelle Robertson of Indivisible SC.



At SC Vigil for Charlottesville, People Call Out Racism and Trump
By David Travis Bland, Free Times, August 15, 2017

All the heat and humidity made Columbia feel like a catfish stew. At the State House grounds Aug. 14, a few speakers added some spice to the pot.

About 400 people gathered for a vigil honoring the one person who died and 19 others injured when a man plowed his car into a group of counter-protesters against a white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia. It wasn’t a somber event, but rather one where speakers rallied the crowd against President Donald Trump and called for racism to be outed.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin was one of those speakers.

“We can fight against xenophobia,” Benjamin said, “against racism, against sexism, against homophobia but only if we do it together. … Keep doing the work — fight racism, say no to violence, say enough is enough, make sure our president hears our voice.”



Indivisible South Carolina Pressures S.C.’s Federal Lawmakers in Age of Trump
By David Travis Bland, Free Times, May 15, 2017

About a dozen people gathered on Main Street May 9 to die in front of the Bank of America building, home base for U.S. Sen. Tim Scott. But they said a lot despite being the figurative dead. The event was a “Die In,” a protest against House Republicans’ American Health Care Act. The group wanted to send a message to Scott about “the thousands of South Carolinians who will die if the U.S. Senate passes the ACHA bill.”

The action was planned by Indivisible South Carolina, a group whose recognition and influence in the landscape of activism in the Trump era is growing. The group has been a key force behind the raucous opposition at Republicans’ town halls since Trump was elected.

On the sidewalk, facing the passing vehicles, Phyllis MacQueen held a tombstone-shaped piece of styrofoam chiseled with “R.I.P My childhood diabetes is a pre-existing condition!”

Under the ACHA, states and insurers would have control over whether insurers must cover pre-existing conditions, opening up the possibility that those currently covered by the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, could be denied insurance or priced out. This potential stripping away of health care is Indivisible’s latest rallying call.



Who’s Lying Now? And What’s Next?
Letter to the Editor, by Annabelle Robertson, The State, April 24, 2017

COLUMBIA, SC  – U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson finally got a dose of his own medicine. After he said he supported domestic violence laws, constituents at his April 10 town hall in Aiken began chanting “You lie!”

The rebuke referred to Wilson’s 2013 vote against the Violence Against Women Act, a federal law that provides funding to states and local governments to prosecute rapists and abusers. It also harkens to 2009, when Wilson interrupted President Obama during a congressional address, shouting “You lie!” after the president said the Affordable Care Act wouldn’t cover undocumented immigrants.


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