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MY LAST NERVE: Wait, So These Ethics Bills Would Do WHAT?

Feb. 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

South Carolina Policy Council Director of Research Jamie Murguia wonders why a spate of ethics-related bills in the South Carolina General Assembly are being touted as "ethics reform" bills.

House Budget Writers Push $40 Million for Training Center for Boeing Workers, Others

Feb. 25, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Aerospace giant Boeing says it has 7,744 workers in South Carolina, including “full-time and part-time contingent labor,” according to its website.

S.C. House Approves Jail Time for Filing ‘Groundless’ Complaints against Judges

Feb. 23, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Anyone who “wilfully” files a “groundless” ethics complaint against a South Carolina judge could face a maximum one-year prison sentence or a fine of up to $1,000 if convicted of the criminal misdemeanor charge, under a state House bill now in the Senate.

Sponsor of CON Bill Denies Conflict of Interest

Feb. 18, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

From 2007 through 2013, a medical supply company in which S.C. Rep. Murrell Smith is an owner received a total of more than $2.3 million in mainly Medicaid and state health insurance plan payments, according to his annual income-disclosure reports.

State Oversight Lacking As SCSU Collapses Financially

Feb. 16, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

By the end of fiscal 2009, S.C. State University was running a deficit of nearly $5.7 million - an astronomical drop of 1,379 percent from the previous year - in its “unrestricted net assets,” or reserve funds that could be used by the 119-year-old school for any purpose.

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MY LAST NERVE: Wait, So These Ethics Bills Would Do WHAT?

Feb. 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

South Carolina Policy Council Director of Research Jamie Murguia wonders why a spate of ethics-related bills in the South Carolina General Assembly are being touted as "ethics reform" bills.

House Budget Writers Push $40 Million for Training Center for Boeing Workers, Others

Feb. 25, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Aerospace giant Boeing says it has 7,744 workers in South Carolina, including “full-time and part-time contingent labor,” according to its website.

S.C. House Approves Jail Time for Filing ‘Groundless’ Complaints against Judges

Feb. 23, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Anyone who “wilfully” files a “groundless” ethics complaint against a South Carolina judge could face a maximum one-year prison sentence or a fine of up to $1,000 if convicted of the criminal misdemeanor charge, under a state House bill now in the Senate.

Sponsor of CON Bill Denies Conflict of Interest

Feb. 18, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

From 2007 through 2013, a medical supply company in which S.C. Rep. Murrell Smith is an owner received a total of more than $2.3 million in mainly Medicaid and state health insurance plan payments, according to his annual income-disclosure reports.

State Oversight Lacking As SCSU Collapses Financially

Feb. 16, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

By the end of fiscal 2009, S.C. State University was running a deficit of nearly $5.7 million - an astronomical drop of 1,379 percent from the previous year - in its “unrestricted net assets,” or reserve funds that could be used by the 119-year-old school for any purpose.

Firm Behind State Road Plan Paid Millions for Other Work for DOT, STIB

Feb. 11, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A global engineering and construction firm that prepared a recent plan projecting about $70.5 billion in transportation needs in South Carolina to 2040 has received a total of nearly $13 million in state payments since fiscal 2012 – mainly from the S.C. Department of Transportation and State Transportation Infrastructure Bank, records show.

Haley’s Budget Would Add $22M in Restructuring Spending

Feb. 9, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A government restructuring law that Gov. Nikki Haley long sought could cost at least $22 million more next fiscal year if lawmakers approve her proposed state budget, The Nerve found in a review of budget documents.

Lawmakers in Medical Fields File More Medical Legislation

Feb. 4, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

So far this legislative session, Rep. Kit Spires has filed seven bills, five of which are pharmacy-related.

Screening Panel Rubber-Stamps Incumbent Judges

Feb. 2, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Of the 22 judicial seats that the Legislature is scheduled to fill Wednesday, nine of them – including a seat on the state's second-highest court – are for unopposed incumbent judges nominated by a legislatively controlled screening committee without any public hearings, records show.

House Speaker Asks Supreme Court to Dismiss Citizen Petition against JMSC

Feb. 2, 2015, 7:59 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas has asked the state Supreme Court to reject a petition by a Lexington County woman seeking to stop Wednesday’s scheduled election of an incumbent circuit judge and have the state judicial screening committee declared unconstitutional.