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MY LAST NERVE: Whose Ethics Are We Reforming, Anyway?

Nov. 21, 2014, 6 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

A recent House proposal would force anyone testifying before a committee to be sworn in. Do lawmakers really the problem they need to deal with is citizens lying too much?

USC, Clemson Sitting on Fat Reserves While Seeking Millions in New State Funds

Nov. 19, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

South Carolina’s two biggest universities are once again asking the Legislature for millions in new state funding while sitting on far-larger reserves.

Few House and Senate Ethics Opinions Issued in Recent Years

Nov. 5, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

When it comes to policing itself for ethical violations, the 170-member General Assembly hasn’t shown much interest in recent years – if you go by the number of formal opinions produced by the chambers’ ethics committees.

Ruling: State Ethics Agency Director Violated FOIA in ‘Lettergate’

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

State Ethics Commission Director Herb Hayden violated the S.C. Freedom of Information Act by falsely telling a Nerve reporter that a commission letter sent to Gov. Nikki Haley had been destroyed, according to a settlement in a lawsuit against Hayden and the commission.

Companies Receiving State Aid Free to Back Political Campaigns

Oct. 23, 2014, 6 a.m. by Andrew Perez

Companies that receive taxpayer-backed tax incentives are free to contribute to the campaign accounts of the politicians who secured the incentive deals in the first place. Andrew Perez reports.

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MY LAST NERVE: Whose Ethics Are We Reforming, Anyway?

Nov. 21, 2014, 6 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

A recent House proposal would force anyone testifying before a committee to be sworn in. Do lawmakers really the problem they need to deal with is citizens lying too much?

USC, Clemson Sitting on Fat Reserves While Seeking Millions in New State Funds

Nov. 19, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

South Carolina’s two biggest universities are once again asking the Legislature for millions in new state funding while sitting on far-larger reserves.

Few House and Senate Ethics Opinions Issued in Recent Years

Nov. 5, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

When it comes to policing itself for ethical violations, the 170-member General Assembly hasn’t shown much interest in recent years – if you go by the number of formal opinions produced by the chambers’ ethics committees.

Ruling: State Ethics Agency Director Violated FOIA in ‘Lettergate’

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

State Ethics Commission Director Herb Hayden violated the S.C. Freedom of Information Act by falsely telling a Nerve reporter that a commission letter sent to Gov. Nikki Haley had been destroyed, according to a settlement in a lawsuit against Hayden and the commission.

Companies Receiving State Aid Free to Back Political Campaigns

Oct. 23, 2014, 6 a.m. by Andrew Perez

Companies that receive taxpayer-backed tax incentives are free to contribute to the campaign accounts of the politicians who secured the incentive deals in the first place. Andrew Perez reports.

DSS Mum on $6 Million Contract for Consulting Firm

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

A consulting firm hired by ex-state Department of Social Services Director Lillian Koller when she earlier headed Hawaii’s social services agency received more than $10 million while in the Aloha State, and obtained a $6 million contract in South Carolina after Koller transferred here, records show.

House Ethics Chairman Did Not Disclose Contracts from Several State Agencies

Oct. 13, 2014, 6:12 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

In March 2011, Pat Smith, director of the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School, told The Nerve that a proposed $2.3 million budget increase for his school was “quite a surprise for us.”

Rep. White Contributes Thousands in Campaign Funds to Wife’s Employer, Charity

Oct. 8, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Since 2008, state Rep. Brian White, chairman of the S.C. House’s most powerful committee, has contributed at least $20,200 in campaign funds to a technical college foundation where his wife works as a fundraiser and a charitable organization where she is a board member, The Nerve found in a review of White’s campaign expense reports.

LCI Chairman Spends $18K on Conferences; Details Lacking

Oct. 6, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Over the last three years, state Rep. Bill Sandifer spent nearly $18,000 in campaign funds on credit card payments for unspecified conference expenses, The Nerve found in a review of the Oconee County Republican’s campaign expenditure reports.

S.C.’s Legal War with a Mother of an Adult Disabled Child

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

Brenda Bryant says she doesn’t love her 40-year-old daughter any less because her child is intellectually disabled. If anything, she says she’s worked even harder to be more sensitive to her needs.