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BRACK: New statue of Hollings captures his spirit, leadership, energy

BRACK: New statue of Hollings captures his spirit, leadership, energy

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Sculptor Rick Weaver captured the body language of Fritz Hollings just right in a new statue unveiled Monday as former colleagues heaped praises on the retired senator, now 95.

Three things stand out in the bronze figure – the warm, but determined, look on Hollings’ face; how his left hand is grasping a rolled-up document; and, most notably, an outstretched right hand, a familiar gesture to many of the senator’s former staffers and friends.

“I asked him what he felt was the quality he possessed that allowed him to succeed in his work,” Charlottesville, Va., sculptor Weaver said in the ceremony program. “He said very quickly, ‘My ability to make friends.’ So in subtle ways, I tried to show that – his hand gesture, him turning to face someone. I wanted to convey how actively engaged he was all his life.”

by · 04/18/2017 · 4 comments · Andy Brack, Views
PHOTO:  Honoring a South Carolina statesman

PHOTO: Honoring a South Carolina statesman

After all of the pomp and circumstance of a Monday dedication of a statue of retired U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings, the sculptor and his parents grabbed a quick snapshot for the photo album. Pictured from left are Charlottesville, Va., sculptor Rick Weaver with his mother Deme and father Dick, who live in Florida. You can see more photos by Andy Brack in his commentary about the sculpture and ceremony.

by · 04/18/2017 · 1 comment · Photos
GOOD NEWS:  New book out on S.C.’s Hollings

GOOD NEWS: New book out on S.C.’s Hollings

Staff reports | The University of South Carolina Press has published a new scholarly work about the early career of Isle of Palms resident Fritz Hollings, a former governor (1959-63) and longtime U.S. senator (1966-2005).

The book, “New Politics in the Old South: Ernest F. Hollings in the Civil Rights Era,” focuses on Hollings’ early life and his public service from his return from World War II as an infantry officer to serving in the Senate during the Watergate era in 1974.

Then Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster during a nomination speech of President-elect Donald Trump at the 2016 GOP convention.

BRACK: McMaster can learn lessons from past governors

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | South Carolina’s new governor, Henry McMaster, has boatloads of political and governmental experience. But that doesn’t mean he can’t learn a little, especially from people who have occupied the same seat that he took over this week.

by · 01/30/2017 · 1 comment · Andy Brack, Views
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, at podium, discusses formation of the Senate Opportunity Caucus at a Capitol Hill press conference in September.

BRACK: It’s just common sense for Scott to stay in Senate

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Perhaps the best job in the world for anyone passionate about policy and politics is to be a United States senator.

It pays well. You get to travel. You become part of an exclusive club where you can actually do big, meaningful things. You learn about a lot of different topics. And it can be a special kind of wonky fun, despite long hours, politicking, fund-raising and endless meetings.

by · 12/05/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Uncategorized

BRACK: Hollings was right on NAFTA

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | South Carolina’s Fritz Hollings warned the nation 22 years ago. The canary in the coal mine, he cautioned Washington policymakers that the North American Free Trade Agreement was Not A Free Trade Agreement in the nation’s best interest.

He predicted job losses that would force hundreds of thousands out of work, particularly in manufacturing.

by · 03/21/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
Hollings speaks to media in this 2008 photo.

BRACK: In renaming courthouse, Hollings still teaching us

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | At age 93, Fritz Hollings is still teaching us.

On Friday as a weekend deluge of rain started, dignitaries from all over gathered at St. Michael’s Church at the Four Corners of Law to rename the federal courthouse annex across the street that was named in 1988 for Hollings.

The senator, who got money put in the federal budget to construct the judicial center, never really wanted it named for him. U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, who had all sorts of things named for him by that time, apparently thought Hollings needed something named for him too.

by · 10/05/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views