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Secret Deal Reached in Transfer of Harrell Case, Court Records Reveal

Sept. 20, 2014, noon by Rick Brundrett

S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson agreed to transfer House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s case to a local solicitor, and the now-indicted and suspended speaker agreed to drop a court motion seeking to disqualify Wilson from prosecuting him, under a secretly approved deal between the two sides last month.

Legislative Correspondence Likely to Remain Secret

Sept. 17, 2014, 6:44 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

There doesn’t seem to be much interest right now among S.C. legislators to eliminate a special protection for them in the state’s open-records law.

Light Punishments for Raiding Campaign Accounts

Sept. 15, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

In South Carolina, if you steal more than $2,000 from where you work or shop, or from other places, you could face a felony charge and up to 10 years in state prison if the stolen amount was at least $10,000.

Lucas: House Speaker Expected to Voluntarily Step Down Today from Office

Sept. 11, 2014, 9:30 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Indicted S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell is expected to voluntarily suspend himself from office today, House Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas told The Nerve this morning.

Harrell Indicted on Nine Counts of Ethics Act Violations, Misconduct in Office

Sept. 10, 2014, 3:34 p.m. by Rick Brundrett

Longtime S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell faces possible suspension from office after a Richland County grand jury this morning issued nine indictments alleging misconduct in office and violations of the state Ethics Act.

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Secret Deal Reached in Transfer of Harrell Case, Court Records Reveal

Sept. 20, 2014, noon by Rick Brundrett

S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson agreed to transfer House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s case to a local solicitor, and the now-indicted and suspended speaker agreed to drop a court motion seeking to disqualify Wilson from prosecuting him, under a secretly approved deal between the two sides last month.

Legislative Correspondence Likely to Remain Secret

Sept. 17, 2014, 6:44 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

There doesn’t seem to be much interest right now among S.C. legislators to eliminate a special protection for them in the state’s open-records law.

Light Punishments for Raiding Campaign Accounts

Sept. 15, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

In South Carolina, if you steal more than $2,000 from where you work or shop, or from other places, you could face a felony charge and up to 10 years in state prison if the stolen amount was at least $10,000.

Lucas: House Speaker Expected to Voluntarily Step Down Today from Office

Sept. 11, 2014, 9:30 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Indicted S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell is expected to voluntarily suspend himself from office today, House Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas told The Nerve this morning.

Harrell Indicted on Nine Counts of Ethics Act Violations, Misconduct in Office

Sept. 10, 2014, 3:34 p.m. by Rick Brundrett

Longtime S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell faces possible suspension from office after a Richland County grand jury this morning issued nine indictments alleging misconduct in office and violations of the state Ethics Act.

Big Taxpayer Bill to Come with College of Charleston Plans?

Sept. 10, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

The College of Charleston's new president, Glenn McConnell, didn’t waste any time telling students that a state commission had given the 244-year-old college the go-ahead to offer doctoral degrees.

Reality Doesn’t Match Hype in Eco-Devo Projects

Sept. 8, 2014, 7:10 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

In August 2011, state and local officials were beaming about the planned location of 5-STAR USA’s “global” headquarters in Marlboro County.

S.C. Taxpayers Shell Out $1.46 Million Yearly for Senators

Sept. 3, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

When Glenn McConnell was the state’s lieutenant governor last year, he earned a $46,544 salary for the part-time job.

What isn’t as well known is that the Senate in 2013 gave the Charleston Republican another $8,122 in “subsistence” payments meant to cover hotel and food costs for senators while in Columbia Tuesdays through Thursdays during legislative session weeks, according to Senate records provided to The Nerve under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act.

Watchdog Group Seeks Quick Ruling on 'Lettergate'

Sept. 1, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A Greenville-based government watchdog organization is asking a judge to declare – without a trial – that the State Ethics Commission violated South Carolina's open-records law, contending the agency’s longtime director falsely claimed that a letter requested by The Nerve had been destroyed.

Disabled DDSN Clients Overcharged for Room and Board, Ex-Commissioner Claims

Aug. 29, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Intellectually or physically disabled clients under the care of at least three local service providers that contract with the S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs have been overcharged for room and board, an outspoken former DDSN commission member contends.