Since her election last November, new Gov. Nikki Haley has focused a charm offensive on S.C. legislators, attempting to repair a rift between the governor's office and the Legislature that marred the last seven years of former Gov. Mark Sanford's tenure.
Thus far, it has paid off.
Haley has met at least 13 times with legislators since November.
In return, after less than three weeks in office, legislators have passed a key part of her agenda, requiring more on-the-record legislator votes; committed to create a new state administrative agency; and praised her openness.
But Haley has fallen short on some of her campaign promises, according to public records.
For instance, candidate Haley promised to give the public a detailed schedule of her activities.
Thus far, the schedule that she has produced has been as thin as Sanford's. Last week, for instance, Haley's schedule - released Monday - included only four activities on two days.
Haley's office calendar, as governor-elect, begins on Nov. 9, a week after she was elected governor. The records, provided to The State after a Freedom of Information Act request, cover the period through Jan. 25, almost two weeks after she was inaugurated.
The governor's calendar bears the signs of a new administration: interviewing job candidates, preparing for the inaugural, staff briefings, teleprompter practice and press interviews. It also includes personal notes - her son's weekly basketball schedule, for instance.
The calendar shows Haley has spoken with a number of federal officials, including Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Spokesmen for those federal agencies said the calls were introductory and discussed state and agency issues. "The secretary emphasized the importance of maintaining close partnerships between DHS and the states in preparing for emergencies," said Homeland Security spokesman Adam Fetcher.
With the state's budget and economy badly bruised by the Great Recession, the calendar also shows that:
On Jan. 20, Haley started the day with her new commerce secretary, Bobby Hitt, before meeting with officials of Toronto Dominion Bank, which has acquired Greenville-based Carolina First Bank.
She has made one economic-development call, taking 30 minutes on Jan. 21.
She has met with her "Fiscal Crisis Task Force" once for an hour.
'Serves the people well'
Haley's courting of legislators began on her third day on the job, Nov. 11, as governor-elect, with a 30-minute meeting with state Sen. Larry Martin, R-Pickens.
Since then, she has met more than a dozen times with legislators, paying particular attention to the Republican lions of the state Senate.
On Jan. 4, Gov.-elect Haley met for 30 minutes with House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, and House Ways and Means chairman Dan Cooper, R-Anderson.
Two days later, Haley spent an hour with state Sen. Hugh Leatherman, the powerful head of the Senate Finance Committee and Sanford's legislative arch-nemesis, in the Florence Republican's office. Later that day, Haley met for 30 minutes with Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell in his office.
The evening before she delivered her first State of the State speech, Haley met again with Leatherman and, later, held a dinner with House and Senate leaders at the Governor's Mansion.
Thus far, the attention seems to be paying a dividend.
A day after Haley first met with Leatherman, for instance, his longtime ally, Frank Fusco, resigned as head of the State Budget and Control Board, a move Sanford long had unsuccessfully sought.
A week later the budget board - for years splintered by 3-2 votes with Sanford on the losing side - unanimously installed Haley's pick to head the agency.
"This is the way previous boards operated," Leatherman after the meeting. "It serves the people well."
The long-term plan, Leatherman added, is to create a Cabinet-level Department of Administration - another Sanford goal that Haley also embraces - to take over the functions of the budget board, which controls much of the state's bureaucracy.
"This is the start of the Haley administration," Haley said after the meeting.
Other legislators also have praised Haley's outreach.
House Ways and Means chairman Cooper says he has had frequent contact with Haley's office as legislators have started writing a budget for the state's budget year that begins July 1.
'It felt very different'
Haley also has made the rounds meeting with other elected officials.
She started the process on Nov. 10, meeting with Maj. Gen. Bob Livingston, the state's adjutant general-elect. Since then, she has met with the state's congressional delegation and 10 other statewide officers, including meeting twice each with new Lt. Gov. Ken Ard and new Education Superintendent Mick Zais.
Haley also has met with USC President Harris Pastides and held a separate summit with state college and university officials on ways to rate the performance of their institutions.
"It felt very different," Clemson University president Jim Barker said of how the meeting with Haley compared to those with Sanford.
The new governor also has tended to new power bases.
Haley's calendar shows she has met with Jenny Sanford, the former wife of Gov. Sanford, at least once since her election. Then-Gov. Sanford encouraged Haley to run for governor. However, after her former husband fell into disgrace, Jenny Sanford was perhaps one of the two most important women, with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, behind Haley's election.
Like Sanford, Haley also has tended the conservative national media, appearing on Sean Hannity's Fox News program and Laura Ingraham's radio show shortly after her election, according to her calendar.
In all, she has appeared on national broadcast outlets three times and has posed for photos for a profile in The Atlantic.
The calendar also reveals a different media strategy from Sanford, who tended to hold briefings for all state media at once.
Instead, Haley has adopted the Tea Party-model for dealing with the S.C. media, keeping the press at arm's length.
For instance, despite all his run-ins with the media, Sanford always briefed the press before his State of the State addresses.
The day before her first State of the State, Haley's spokesman said no media briefing was planned.
The next day, Haley gave interviews to four TV stations, strategically scattered across the state in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville and the Pee Dee, and to one wire service.
The message was clear: Pictures and sound-bites are what matter.
The press is no longer viewed as representing the public - who cannot show up at the State House to ask questions of their elected leaders.
Instead, Haley connects with her public via newer media, such as Twitter and the governor's website, even adding a connection to that site that allowed visitors to contribute to her campaign after she took office.
That device was removed after a Democratic blogger objected that taxpayers should not pay to raise money for Haley.
'People should know'
There have been other stumbles as well.
Candidate Haley promised that unlike her predecessor, Sanford, she would offer the public a detailed gubernatorial schedule, make no use of personal or private e-mail accounts for public business and notify other state officials and the public if she left the state.
"When you are a public servant you have to kind of open everything up to the public," Haley told The State in June. "People should know that I'm in the office, they should know that I'm in a meeting."
So far, Haley's public calendar has been as minimalist as Sanford's, listing only a handful of public events each week.
However, spokesman Rob Godfrey said, starting Monday, Haley will release a more detailed version of her schedule for the previous week in addition to upcoming public events.
"The governor will be open about her schedule," Godfrey said in a statement.
Other state officials have argued a public calendar is essential.
New Treasurer Curtis Loftis, for instance, posts his to his state website. Soon, Loftis said, his online calendar will be updated in real time and include the topic of his scheduled meetings and events.
"It's my job to prove to people what I'm doing," Loftis said. "I'm not saying it is right for everyone."
Loftis knows his calendar will be scrutinized, but, he adds, the voters will understand he is not hiding anything behind closed doors.
"I'm sure there will be trouble," he said. "No doubt at some point somebody is going to find a flaw with my calendar."
Candidate Haley, a prolific cell phone user and e-mailer while a Republican state representative from Lexington, also pledged to end Sanford's practice of using personal or private e-mail accounts to discuss state business. A 2009 review of Sanford's e-mail showed the governor frequently communicated with staff members from his personal e-mail account, even instructing staff members to redirect conversations from his state account to his private account.
Haley has ended this practice, staffers say, by not using state e-mail at all.
According to public records requested by The State, Haley has not sent an e-mail from her state account since she was elected Nov. 2.
Likewise, Haley rarely uses her $79-a-month state-issued cell phone, making just three calls since Nov. 2. Haley accessed her voice mail once and took calls from Napolitano and North Carolina Gov. Bev Purdue.
"The governor is not using private email to conduct state business," Godfrey said, "but she is now using her state cell phone and office phone quite a bit."
Last week, Haley also promised to make available a log of her flights on private airplanes after The Associated Press asked about a November trip that she took as governor-elect to a Republican political gathering in San Diego.
Subsequently, Haley disclosed that she had flown on a plane owned by entrepreneur Raj Mantena, a donor to her campaign and the S.C. GOP, and valued the transportation as being worth $20,000.
'Doesn't represent S.C.'
Haley's calendar shows she spent time interviewing Cabinet candidates.
According to records obtained by The State, Haley had 23 finalists for 12 Cabinet posts.
But the records show that while candidate Haley promised a thorough search to find the most-qualified Cabinet, Gov. Haley chose nearly half her appointments from a limited pool of candidates.
For six Cabinet posts - Insurance, Transportation, Motor Vehicles, Revenue, Corrections and Juvenile Justice - only a single finalist was identified by her transition team.
Members of the Legislative Black Caucus complained last week that Haley, the state's first woman and first non-white governor, had appointed just one black Cabinet member - to head Probation, Pardon and Parole, an agency Haley would like to merge out of existence - and had no black employees on her senior staff.
State Rep. Leon Howard, D-Richland, said Haley told the Black Caucus in a meeting that it should bring qualified candidates to her.
"We went and found these people out of state," Howard said, referring to Haley's appointees to head the departments of Health and Human Services, and Social Services. "All I do know is that when I walk through that office it doesn't represent South Carolina."
Don Herriott, a member of the state Board of Economic Advisors and director of the University of South Carolina's Innovista campus, was one of four finalists to head the Department of Commerce. Herriott said after Haley's transition team approached him about the job, he interviewed with a screening committee and, then later, with Haley and her staff.
"It was what you would expect," Herriott said. "She wanted to know the economic issues facing the state, what the role of the secretary of commerce should be and what her expectations were."
Godfrey declined to comment on Haley's Cabinet-search process. "The quality of the governor's Cabinet appointments speaks for itself," he said in a statement.
Haley so far
Legislative outreach: Lawmakers have praised Haley's tone and style, saying they can work with her. But this is the honeymoon period - they haven't had to resolve a major disagreement.
Restructuring: Haley won a big concession to create a Department of Administration to assume oversight of day-to-day government operations. But can she convince lawmakers to let voters choose which elected statewide positions should be appointed?
Transparency: A work in progress. Lawmakers are moving toward roll-call votes and other suggested accountability measures. But Haley is not releasing a detailed public schedule of what she is doing as governor. And she is not using her state cell phone or e-mail, even though she pledged she and her staff would not conduct business via private accounts.