State House politicos start online politics show

By Drew Stewart - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said, "Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous.  in war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times."

A couple of State House fixtures are out to prove using new media the first part of that statement is true and change the way you look at politics.

It all started when Wesley Donehue, who works for the Senate Republican Caucus, approached his Democratic counterpart Phil Bailey with an idea.

"It went in about 10 hours from concept to reality and we've been carrying it on ever since," said Bailey.

That idea was to start an Internet show about politics, but not the garden variety mean-spirited show where opposing views are crushed out like cigarettes, but one where people shoot the breeze over a few cold ones or if you're like the most recent guest, Richland Rep. Anton Gunn, a Sprite with lemons.

Donehue says the key mission of Pub Politics Live is to show citizens that politics doesn't have to be boring and stuffy.

"We're good drinking buddies, and we though what better way to show people it all isn't dirty nasty politics then having a few beers and talking about it," said Donehue.

Bailey says when all is said and done, he wants listeners to come away with the sense that political discussions don't have to be mean and nasty.

"Folks often times have images of these guys sitting on a hill somewhere, so this is a real opportunity, like Rep. Anton Gunn talking about his days playing Carolina football, or Rep. Nathan Ballentine talking about his kids," said Bailey.

For those of you who would like to see the show for yourselves, it's held live at the Flying Saucer on Park Street in downtown Columbia Wednesday nights at 6p.m. or you can watch it online at

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