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MY LAST NERVE: Campaign Cash for Criminal Defense? Please.

Dec. 19, 2014, 6 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

Currently, S.C. lawmakers can use their campaign funds to defend themselves against criminal charges. A recent proposal purports to ban the practice, but doesn't. Jamie Murguia explains.

Ousted School Board Member: State Seeks Power Grab in Boundary Law

Dec. 17, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Under a little-known bill that quietly became law this year, a division of a new state agency will have the authority to settle county boundary disputes.

Election Law Violations Alleged Against Former Longtime House Member

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

For 28 years, Denny Neilson served in the S.C. House, losing her seat in 2012 after her old legislative district was redrawn following the 2010 U.S. Census.

Crawford’s Resignation Tendered After Nerve Investigation

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

If Kris Crawford needs guidance these days from the Bible, he might want to ponder the proverb, “Physician, heal thyself.”

S.C. Rep. Crawford Suddenly Resigns House Seat

Dec. 9, 2014, 3:18 p.m. by Rick Brundrett

In a surprise annoucement today, S.C. Rep. Kris Crawford, R-Florence, said he is resigning from the House, telling The Nerve this afternoon, “Everybody who knows me, for good or bad, knows I do things full speed.”

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MY LAST NERVE: Campaign Cash for Criminal Defense? Please.

Dec. 19, 2014, 6 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

Currently, S.C. lawmakers can use their campaign funds to defend themselves against criminal charges. A recent proposal purports to ban the practice, but doesn't. Jamie Murguia explains.

Ousted School Board Member: State Seeks Power Grab in Boundary Law

Dec. 17, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Under a little-known bill that quietly became law this year, a division of a new state agency will have the authority to settle county boundary disputes.

Election Law Violations Alleged Against Former Longtime House Member

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

For 28 years, Denny Neilson served in the S.C. House, losing her seat in 2012 after her old legislative district was redrawn following the 2010 U.S. Census.

Crawford’s Resignation Tendered After Nerve Investigation

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

If Kris Crawford needs guidance these days from the Bible, he might want to ponder the proverb, “Physician, heal thyself.”

S.C. Rep. Crawford Suddenly Resigns House Seat

Dec. 9, 2014, 3:18 p.m. by Rick Brundrett

In a surprise annoucement today, S.C. Rep. Kris Crawford, R-Florence, said he is resigning from the House, telling The Nerve this afternoon, “Everybody who knows me, for good or bad, knows I do things full speed.”

Gov. Haley Increases Ties to Powerful Law Firm Lobbyists

Dec. 8, 2014, 7:18 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

From January 2013 through May this year, five state-government lobbyists with the prominent Nelson Mullins law firm collectively received more than $1.2 million in income representing mainly large corporations, records show.

S.C. House Committee Leadership: Same Old, Same Old?

Dec. 3, 2014, 11:28 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Newly installed House Speaker Jay Lucas is expected today to fill seats on standing committees, though leadership positions on several key panels likely will remain the same barring any opposition, The Nerve has learned.

House Panel Drops Proposed Oath Rule after Nerve Story

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

A special S.C. House committee that in late October recommended a rule requiring any citizen appearing before a House panel to testify under oath – and face a possible felony charge depending upon the testimony  – dropped the proposal by Tuesday after a Nerve story questioned the legality of the rule.

S.C. House Poised to Take up Controversial Oath Rule

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

“If we want people to come up here and tell us how to spend the state’s coffers that we take at the barrel of guns … they should come and tell us the truth.”

So said Rep. Kris Crawford, R-Florence, before a special S.C. House panel, known as the Rules and Procedures Ad-Hoc Committee, on Oct. 30 voted to recommend a new House rule sponsored by Crawford and two other lawmakers that would require anyone testifying before a standing or special House committee or subcommittee to be sworn in before their testimony.

Proposed Accounting Change Aims to Unlock Incentives Secrecy

Nov. 28, 2014, 7:37 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A little-known, proposed national accounting change could shed light on how much public revenue is lost in South Carolina through generous taxpayer-backed incentives that routinely are doled out secretly to companies.