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MY LAST NERVE: Why Should Lawmakers Bother Recusing Themselves?

Jan. 30, 2015, 8 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

Jamie Murguia wonders why senators are trying to fix the state's recusal law. It's fine the way it is, except for a very big loophole, and nobody's talking about that. 

Pulling Back the Curtain on the Governor’s Tax Plan

Jan. 28, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

If Gov. Nikki Haley’s proposal to cut the state’s income tax rate by 2 percentage points over 10 years becomes law, the average tax bill in South Carolina would drop by just $100 for the entire period.

Lawmaker Campaign Accounts Used for Club Dues

Jan. 26, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

On two dozen occasions since 2013, S.C. Sen. Billy O’Dell spent campaign funds on dues to two swank private clubs – the Palmetto Club and Capital City Club – located within walking distance of the State House, his campaign reports show.

Supreme Court Petition: Judicial Screening Panel Unconstitutional

Jan. 21, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A Lexington County woman wants the S.C. Supreme Court to declare the state’s judicial screening committee unconstitutional and put an upcoming judicial election in the General Assembly on hold.

Corporate Welfare Fund Grows by 800 Percent under Haley

Jan. 19, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Since Gov. Nikki Haley took office in 2011, state budget appropriations for a Department of Commerce fund used to lure corporations to locate or expand in South Carolina have grown collectively by more than 800 percent, a review by The Nerve found.

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MY LAST NERVE: Why Should Lawmakers Bother Recusing Themselves?

Jan. 30, 2015, 8 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

Jamie Murguia wonders why senators are trying to fix the state's recusal law. It's fine the way it is, except for a very big loophole, and nobody's talking about that. 

Pulling Back the Curtain on the Governor’s Tax Plan

Jan. 28, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

If Gov. Nikki Haley’s proposal to cut the state’s income tax rate by 2 percentage points over 10 years becomes law, the average tax bill in South Carolina would drop by just $100 for the entire period.

Lawmaker Campaign Accounts Used for Club Dues

Jan. 26, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

On two dozen occasions since 2013, S.C. Sen. Billy O’Dell spent campaign funds on dues to two swank private clubs – the Palmetto Club and Capital City Club – located within walking distance of the State House, his campaign reports show.

Supreme Court Petition: Judicial Screening Panel Unconstitutional

Jan. 21, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A Lexington County woman wants the S.C. Supreme Court to declare the state’s judicial screening committee unconstitutional and put an upcoming judicial election in the General Assembly on hold.

Corporate Welfare Fund Grows by 800 Percent under Haley

Jan. 19, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Since Gov. Nikki Haley took office in 2011, state budget appropriations for a Department of Commerce fund used to lure corporations to locate or expand in South Carolina have grown collectively by more than 800 percent, a review by The Nerve found.

The Legislative Pay Raise You Likely Haven’t Heard About

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

S.C. lawmakers – at least those who live close to the State House – are getting a pay raise this year, though they probably won’t admit it publicly.

Fireworks Again at House LCI Meeting

Jan. 14, 2015, 4 p.m. by Rick Brundrett

At last month’s organizational meeting of the state House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, Rep. Bill Sandifer, R-Oconee and the committee chairman, declared, after a failed attempt to remove him as the chairman, that “there will not be retribution.”

Another Election on Tap for Chief Justice’s Seat

Jan. 14, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

For the second time in a little more than a year, the General Assembly this spring will decide who will be South Carolina’s top judge.

Lawmakers Spend Campaign Funds on Their Businesses

Jan. 12, 2015, 7:48 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

In the 2008 and 2012 elections, S.C. Sen. Thomas Alexander faced little or no formal opposition.

Dentist-Senator Pushes Dental-Pay Legislation

Jan. 7, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A bill that would add just 12 words to existing state law could put thousands of dollars in the pockets of South Carolina’s dentists and oral surgeons.