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What Income Tax Relief?

April 24, 2015, 6 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

If S.C. lawmakers were serious about tax relief (which they're not), they wouldn't be proposing a microscopic tax cut in exchange for a substantial across-the-board tax and fee hike. Jamie Murguia explains.

Company with Ties to Leatherman’s Relative Gets Lucrative State Contract

April 22, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A sign company with ties to Sen. Hugh Leatherman's son-in-law has a lucarative state contract.

Legislative Leaders Still Spending Campaign Funds on Spouses’ Charities

April 20, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

In his latest campaign-disclosure report submitted on April 6, Sen. Luke Rankin listed just two expenditures for next year’s election cycle: a $135 framing expense and a $1,500 contribution to the Art Museum of Myrtle Beach.

Legislative Caucuses Don’t Believe FOIA Applies to Them

April 15, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

These days, the S.C. House Republican and Democratic caucuses enjoy the use of rent-free office space in a taxpayer-funded House building on the State House grounds.

Gov. Haley Omits Spouse’s Pay in Ethics Disclosure Reports

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

Gov. Nikki Haley hasn't reported the public income of her husband, Michael Haley, in her annual income-disclosure reports since becoming governor.

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What Income Tax Relief?

April 24, 2015, 6 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

If S.C. lawmakers were serious about tax relief (which they're not), they wouldn't be proposing a microscopic tax cut in exchange for a substantial across-the-board tax and fee hike. Jamie Murguia explains.

Company with Ties to Leatherman’s Relative Gets Lucrative State Contract

April 22, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A sign company with ties to Sen. Hugh Leatherman's son-in-law has a lucarative state contract.

Legislative Leaders Still Spending Campaign Funds on Spouses’ Charities

April 20, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

In his latest campaign-disclosure report submitted on April 6, Sen. Luke Rankin listed just two expenditures for next year’s election cycle: a $135 framing expense and a $1,500 contribution to the Art Museum of Myrtle Beach.

Legislative Caucuses Don’t Believe FOIA Applies to Them

April 15, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

These days, the S.C. House Republican and Democratic caucuses enjoy the use of rent-free office space in a taxpayer-funded House building on the State House grounds.

Gov. Haley Omits Spouse’s Pay in Ethics Disclosure Reports

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

Gov. Nikki Haley hasn't reported the public income of her husband, Michael Haley, in her annual income-disclosure reports since becoming governor.

How Leatherman's Son-in-Law Got on DOT Commission

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

Questions surround last year's appointment of Sen. Hugh Leatherman's son-in-law to the S.C. Department of Transportation Commission.

Secrecy Surrounds Dismissed Complaint against Judge

April 6, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

In February, the S.C. Supreme Court was blunt in quickly rejecting a complaint filed by Brenda Bryant against the state’s judicial screening committee, which re-nominated a circuit judge who had issued a bench warrant for her arrest.

House Ethics Fines: Punishments Fitting the Crimes?

April 1, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

As of the end of December, 12 sitting S.C. House members had paid $100 fines imposed by the House Ethics Committee after they took office for late filings of campaign or income-disclosure reports, committee records show.

Legislative Staff Pay Continues to Grow

March 30, 2015, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Once again, the 170-member General Assembly can’t seem to tighten its own financial belt.

Judge Tosses Rep. Duckworth’s Defamation Lawsuits

March 26, 2015, 5:59 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

A judge has rejected claims by freshman Rep. Greg Duckworth, R-Horry, that an Horry County couple defamed him in online letters to the editor during his failed attempt in 2012 for a House seat.