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Is the Law Really the Place for This?

July 30, 2015, 6 a.m. by The Nerve

A like-to-pass bill in the South Carolina General Assembly reads more like a tire re-treading manual than legislation. Is the state law code really the place for this?

Leatherman’s Long Reach as Senate President Pro Tem

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

When Hugh Leatherman was elected in June 2014 as the Senate president pro tempore – making him leader of the 46-member chamber – he got more than a nice new title.

He acquired even more power.

Solicitor: Harrell Can’t Use Campaign Funds for Restitution

July 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A payment by ex-House Speaker Bobby Harrell, after he pleaded guilty in October to misspending campaign funds, from his campaign account to the state probation agency will not be credited toward his court-ordered restitution, the special prosecutor overseeing the case told The Nerve on Friday.

Lawmakers Approve $200K Earmark for ‘Paper’ Project

July 13, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

S.C. lawmakers for years have bypassed the normal budget process by quietly slipping in earmarks for thousands – and sometimes millions – of tax dollars for their favorite organizations.

Probation Director Meets with SLED on Harrell Plea Deal

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

The head of South Carolina’s probation agency says he met with the State Law Enforcement Division's assistant chief to discuss issues raised in last week’s Nerve story on former House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s plea deal.

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Is the Law Really the Place for This?

July 30, 2015, 6 a.m. by The Nerve

A like-to-pass bill in the South Carolina General Assembly reads more like a tire re-treading manual than legislation. Is the state law code really the place for this?

Leatherman’s Long Reach as Senate President Pro Tem

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

When Hugh Leatherman was elected in June 2014 as the Senate president pro tempore – making him leader of the 46-member chamber – he got more than a nice new title.

He acquired even more power.

Solicitor: Harrell Can’t Use Campaign Funds for Restitution

July 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A payment by ex-House Speaker Bobby Harrell, after he pleaded guilty in October to misspending campaign funds, from his campaign account to the state probation agency will not be credited toward his court-ordered restitution, the special prosecutor overseeing the case told The Nerve on Friday.

Lawmakers Approve $200K Earmark for ‘Paper’ Project

July 13, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

S.C. lawmakers for years have bypassed the normal budget process by quietly slipping in earmarks for thousands – and sometimes millions – of tax dollars for their favorite organizations.

Probation Director Meets with SLED on Harrell Plea Deal

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

The head of South Carolina’s probation agency says he met with the State Law Enforcement Division's assistant chief to discuss issues raised in last week’s Nerve story on former House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s plea deal.

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.