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Weekly Washington Wrap
- Tuesday was “Super Tuesday” with 12 states (and American Samoa for Democrats) holding primaries or caucuses. On the Republican side, presidential frontrunner Donald Trump won Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia; while Texas Senator Ted Cruz won Alaska, Oklahoma and Texas. Florida Senator Marco Rubio won Minnesota. On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and American Samoa. Vermont Senator and avowed socialist Bernie Sanders won Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Vermont.
- Yesterday, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said that he will not participate in tonight’s Republican presidential debate in Detroit and that he does not see a "political path forward" for his candidacy after Super Tuesday. Carson is expected to formally announce tomorrow whether he continues his campaign.
- A former State Department and 2008 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign staffer who worked on Clinton's private email server when she was President Obama's secretary of state has been granted immunity by the US Justice Department, as the investigation into possible mishandling of classified material continues, according to the Washington Post. The staffer, Bryan Pagliano, set up and maintained Clinton's homebrew server in the basement of her New York home. She used the private home system to conduct all her official business for the four years she served as Obama's top diplomat. This revelation of Pagliano's receiving immunity comes on the heels of the State Department's releasing the last of Clinton's work-related emails on Monday. In all, the year-long review brought to light more than 2,100 classified emails – including 22 marked Top Secret – the highest security level and withheld by the State Department – found on Clinton's home system. An FBI criminal investigation is now underway to determine whether classified material was properly handled. The last and latest batch of emails reveals Clinton received correspondence from current Secretary of State John Kerry who chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during her years in office and sometimes emailed her from his personal email account. Some emails sent from Kerry have now been upgraded to classified as well, and Clinton and her aides insist none of the emails she sent or received were marked as classified at the time they were sent.
Terrific Time in TO
Your former US Ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, jump-started his week in chilly Toronto where he caught up with a bevy of ol' pals including Canada's incomparable former Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird.
Later Monday he was proud to be on hand at a reception for Mattamy Homes held on the 55th floor of the TD Center downtown – the new headquarters of Mattamy Homes! Some of Toronto's biggest movers and shakers were on hand for the celebration including Mattamy Homes' founder and CEO Peter Gilgan, Toronto Mayor John Tory, and TD Bank President and CEO Bharat Masrani, as well as many others!
It was great later on that evening to enjoy dinner with Randy Pettipas – the head honcho of Global Public Affairs.
Seeing Orange at the State House
Wilkins hightailed it home from Toronto to be back in South Carolina Tuesday and in the capital city for the annual Clemson Day at his ol' stomping grounds – the South Carolina State House.
It's always fun for this former speaker of the House to go back and reminisce with colleagues and hang on the House floor. It's even "mo betta" when you get to celebrate (again!!) a recent 14-win football season, bowl victory, and shot at the national title. (Editor's note: y'all knew we'd find a way to weave last football season into the current discussion. Oh, and Clemson's spring practice started this week, too – already. We know. We gave you no break from hearing about Wilkins' football team. Take it up with management!).
At any rate, here are some snaps straight from the South Carolina State House:
Back to his ol' speaker stomping grounds: Wilkins visits the floor of the SC House for Clemson Day.
Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich, joins Wilkins and the Clemson Tiger at the sunny SC State House Tuesday in Columbia.
Miss Clemson and David Wilkins.
The Clemson Family comes together in Columbia!
Stay Tuned for State Dinner
David Wilkins is headed to Washington, DC next week for the festivities surrounding the state dinner in honor of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. We'll be chatting with our pals in the Canadian media and of course, will have all the deets from DC in the next edition of your Carolina-Canada Connections.
They Said What?
- "I'm a unifier. I know people will find this hard to believe," – GOP frontrunner for president, Donald Trump, in a news conference after winning big again on Super Tuesday.
- "People who are in the party are going to be speaking their minds while we are selecting a nominee, and so everything is fair game on the way to the nomination," – Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Fox News regarding his former GOP running mate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, speaking out vigorously today against Trump in a speech at the University of Utah.
- "I don't know why they think this is going to work in the first place. I don't know who they think this is going to influence. Keep in mind, Mitt Romney lost 3 million Republicans, who didn't even bother to show up and vote for him because they did not support his campaign. So now to double back and to go after the very guy who has brought them back into the party. You can not lose sight of the fact that regardless of what you feel, the establishment is going to need this man. Even if he is not the nominee because he is bringing voters back in who have not been a part of this process... If you're going after the guy they are now rallying behind, I don't understand what they think is going to happen here," – Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on MSNBC regarding the "GOP establishment" and Mitt Romney's speech targeting Trump.
- "A year ago, Hillary Clinton was still on the fence on the Keystone Pipeline and thought the Trans-Pacific Partnership “sets the gold standard in trade agreements.” She didn’t call for criminal justice reform until last year. Though critics might question her sincerity on these shifts, none of them would have happened without the prod of competition," – The editors of The Nation opining this week that competition is good for the Democratic Primary process and thus, Hillary Clinton should not yet be anointed the Democrats' candidate over avowed socialist Bernie Sanders.
- "What I can assure you is that I am very close personally to that investigation to ensure that we have the resources we need, including people and technology, and that it's done the way the FBI tries to do all of it's work: independently, competently and promptly. That's our goal, and I'm confident that it's being done that way, but I can't give you any more details beyond that," – FBI Director James Comey at a House Judiciary Committee hearing this week regarding the ongoing federal investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails for the four years she served as Obama's secretary of state.
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