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MY LAST NERVE: Here's How to Shorten Session, People

March 27, 2015, 6 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

Shortening South Carolina's exceptionally long legislative session shouldn't be hard, says Jamie Murguia. It'll just take a few easy steps. 

Constitution Schmonstitution

March 26, 2015, 6 a.m. by Robert Ariail

Members of the S.C. Senate are proposing a fee and tax increase in order to "pay for roads," despite the constitution's clear prohibition on the Senate introducing bills that raise revenue. Cartoonist Robert Ariail lampoons...

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.

DOT Watchdogs Taking a Nap?

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

In November, State Law Enforcement Division agents arrested Joe Edward Butler, then a state Department of Transportation worker, on two felony charges of selling traffic control equipment valued at over $10,000 on separate occasions last year in Richland County, records show.

Members of Group Seeking Gas Tax Hike Receive Tens of Millions from DOT

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

Since fiscal 2013, at least two dozen corporate members of a nonprofit group pushing for an increase in the state’s gas tax collectively have received nearly $364 million from the S.C. Department of Transportation, records show.

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MY LAST NERVE: Here's How to Shorten Session, People

March 27, 2015, 6 a.m. by Jamie Murguia

Shortening South Carolina's exceptionally long legislative session shouldn't be hard, says Jamie Murguia. It'll just take a few easy steps. 

Constitution Schmonstitution

March 26, 2015, 6 a.m. by Robert Ariail

Members of the S.C. Senate are proposing a fee and tax increase in order to "pay for roads," despite the constitution's clear prohibition on the Senate introducing bills that raise revenue. Cartoonist Robert Ariail lampoons...

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.

DOT Watchdogs Taking a Nap?

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

In November, State Law Enforcement Division agents arrested Joe Edward Butler, then a state Department of Transportation worker, on two felony charges of selling traffic control equipment valued at over $10,000 on separate occasions last year in Richland County, records show.

Members of Group Seeking Gas Tax Hike Receive Tens of Millions from DOT

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

Since fiscal 2013, at least two dozen corporate members of a nonprofit group pushing for an increase in the state’s gas tax collectively have received nearly $364 million from the S.C. Department of Transportation, records show.

Legislative Caucuses Secretly Spend Millions on 'Operations'

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

From 2008 through last year, the S.C. House and Senate Republican and Democratic caucuses collectively spent nearly $9.5 million from their operating expense accounts, The Nerve found in a review of the groups’ campaign reports.

Empowering Public Agencies to Stop Citizen FOIA Requests – Another S.C. First?

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

A House-passed bill allowing South Carolina public agencies to take legal action against citizens who file “unduly burdensome” or “overly broad” open-records requests could be the first law of its kind in the country if enacted, several legal observers say.

The Nerve Wins First-Place News Reporting Award

March 16, 2015, 7:59 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

The Nerve received a first-place South Carolina Press Association award at the organization’s annual awards meeting Saturday in Myrtle Beach.

Potential Conflicts of Interest Lurk Behind Bond Proposal

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

S.C. Reps. Murrell Smith and Leon Stavrinakis had more than a passing interest in co-sponsoring a House Ways and Means Committee proposal to spend $50 million on a new children’s hospital at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Huge State Bond Package Passed - Minus Public Input

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

The S.C. House meets today to begin debating a nearly $24.5 billion proposed state budget for next fiscal year – plus an attached $497 million bond proposal that House budget writers quickly approved without giving the public any chance to comment on the total debt package.