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From the Mailbag: Does Your Recycling Programs Actually Recycle?

July 7, 2015, 6 a.m. by The Nerve

Skepticism about the virtues of recycling have been growing for more than a decade. For example in Bjørn Lomborg’s The Skeptical Environmentalist (2001, Oxford University Press), we learn that “the entire U.S. twenty-first-century waste can be contained within a single landfill in part of Woodward County, Oklahoma,” and recycling programs around the country have consistently proven to lose large amounts of public money.

Governor Silent on ID of Lawmaker Cited in Veto Message

July 6, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

In vetoing $250,000 to the Lt. Governor’s Office for predatory lending education, Gov. Nikki Haley described the proposed appropriation as an “earmark for a single state lawmaker intended to be used for a private business.”

New State Budget Challenged in S.C. Supreme Court

July 6, 2015, 7:59 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A Greenville-based, government watchdog organization is asking the S.C. Supreme Court to declare part of the new state budget and a section of existing state law unconstitutional dealing with the appointment of the head of the Department of Transportation.

USC Rolling in Taxpayer, Tuition Dough

July 1, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

When lawmakers claim state funding for higher education has dropped over the years, they typically don't mention the other big piggy banks they approve for the state's public colleges and universities.

Harrell Pays Probation Agency with Campaign Funds

June 29, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Eight days after pleading guilty to misspending $93,958 from his campaign account, ex-S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell paid $3,517 from the account to the state probation department, campaign records show – money which the agency says was credited toward his court-ordered restitution.

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From the Mailbag: Does Your Recycling Programs Actually Recycle?

July 7, 2015, 6 a.m. by The Nerve

Skepticism about the virtues of recycling have been growing for more than a decade. For example in Bjørn Lomborg’s The Skeptical Environmentalist (2001, Oxford University Press), we learn that “the entire U.S. twenty-first-century waste can be contained within a single landfill in part of Woodward County, Oklahoma,” and recycling programs around the country have consistently proven to lose large amounts of public money.

Governor Silent on ID of Lawmaker Cited in Veto Message

July 6, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

In vetoing $250,000 to the Lt. Governor’s Office for predatory lending education, Gov. Nikki Haley described the proposed appropriation as an “earmark for a single state lawmaker intended to be used for a private business.”

New State Budget Challenged in S.C. Supreme Court

July 6, 2015, 7:59 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A Greenville-based, government watchdog organization is asking the S.C. Supreme Court to declare part of the new state budget and a section of existing state law unconstitutional dealing with the appointment of the head of the Department of Transportation.

USC Rolling in Taxpayer, Tuition Dough

July 1, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

When lawmakers claim state funding for higher education has dropped over the years, they typically don't mention the other big piggy banks they approve for the state's public colleges and universities.

Harrell Pays Probation Agency with Campaign Funds

June 29, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Eight days after pleading guilty to misspending $93,958 from his campaign account, ex-S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell paid $3,517 from the account to the state probation department, campaign records show – money which the agency says was credited toward his court-ordered restitution.

$25 Billion State Budget Finalized in Secret

June 24, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

As an estimated 1,500 people attended a rally Saturday on the State House grounds, organized to demand that the Confederate battle flag be removed from the front of the capitol, six lawmakers were meeting secretly in two buildings on the grounds.

Power Play: Who Gets to Appoint the DOT Secretary?

June 22, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Buried near the bottom of Act 114 of 2007 is one sentence that strips the governor of the authority to appoint the Department of Transportation secretary and gives that power to the already legislatively-controlled DOT Commission – effective Wednesday of next week.

Pothole Payouts: Motorists File Hundreds of Damage Claims against DOT

June 17, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

On the morning of March 25, 2013, William Pritchard was driving to the University of South Carolina-Beaufort when his Ford F-150 pickup truck hit a large pothole on Argent Boulevard in Jasper County between Hardeeville and Beaufort, causing the vehicle to lose control and strike a tree.

JTRC Member’s Multimillion-Dollar Ties to DOT

June 15, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Since 2007, Banks Construction Co. has received a total of more than $76 million from the S.C. Department of Transportation, records show.

And since 2007, Reid Banks, president and CEO of the North Charleston-based asphalt paving and land grading firm, has been a member of the legislatively, controlled, 10-member Joint Transportation Review Committee (JTRC), which nominates candidates to the DOT Commission.

Transpo Chairman’s Income Disclosure Lacking in Detail

June 10, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

On the S.C. General Assembly’s website, Sen. Larry Grooms lists his occupation only as “Businessman.”