February 15, 2017

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State overpaid millions to schools

By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Superintendent not sure how money can be recovered The Department of Education has been giving schools millions of dollars in excess of what they were supposed to receive. Education Oversight Committee staffer Bunnie Ward was speaking before the full committee in Columbia Monday when she said there were “discrepancies” between enrollment and […]

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February 10, 2017

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Posterity or product placement?

By PHILLIP CEASE New painting raises timeless concerns On Wednesday, the official portrait of state Senator Hugh Leatherman was unveiled. It will hang in the Senate chamber beside that of former state senator and lieutenant governor Glenn McConnell. It depicts Leatherman standing with a picture of the Leatherman Terminal at the Port of Charleston in […]

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February 3, 2017

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How do they do that?

By PHILLIP CEASE Our legislators must think you don’t care State constitutions and laws aren’t suggestions any more than gravity is a recommendation. And when you break the law, police don’t arrest you for the sole purpose of having judges wag their fingers at you and send you away to do it again. Odds are […]

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January 29, 2017

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Gag me with a bill

By PHILLIP CEASE Our legislators get busy — silencing critics Over the past two weeks, members of both the South Carolina house and senate have introduced legislation that would require much more disclosure. With one member of the General Assembly already indicted for ethics violations, totaling above a million dollars in payments he took improperly, […]

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January 26, 2017

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Meet the new boss…

Senator Hugh Leatherman

By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Same as the old boss In the course of several minutes Wednesday afternoon, while normal South Carolinians were eating their lunches or petting their pets or just doing their jobs, state senator Hugh Leatherman was the senate president pro tempore, the most powerful state position, and then he wasn’t, and then he […]

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January 24, 2017

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We’re rolling in dough!

BY ELISABETH PARKER Where is it? In those ‘carry-forwards’ Every year around this time, state agencies go to the legislature and present their budgets. Legislators inquire about additional requested funds, new programs, and even issues with the agencies. One thing they don’t often ask: How much do you have left over from what we gave […]

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January 22, 2017

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What’s the official state waste of time?

BY PHILLIP CEASE My Last Nerve: We’re gonna need a bigger gift shop South Carolina, like most states, has a state flag, a state flower (Yellow Jessamine), a state bird (Carolina Wren) and not one but two state songs (“Carolina” and “South Carolina on My Mind”). Dum Spiro Spero is one of two state mottoes. […]

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January 19, 2017

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Supremes douse trashcan blaze

BY ROBERT MEYEROWITZ ‘We think you spilled something, mop it up,’ Court holds The South Carolina Supreme Court issued its ruling late yesterday in the matter of succession to the lieutenant governorship and the hash the state senate made of a constitutional amendment. Essentially, the Court said the constitution was unimpaired by the legislature’s shenanigans, […]

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January 19, 2017

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Of all the arguments against over-regulation…

BY ROBERT MEYEROWITZ We’ll need to see that hair removal You’ll sometimes hear us griping about excessive regulation. It’s a real thing. Take, for example, a state Senate bill pre-filed for the current session, S.182, which has now been introduced in  the Committee on Medical Affairs. Senator Greg Hembree, its sponsor, wants to license electrologists and electrology instructors […]

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January 18, 2017

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Updated: Court cancels arguments, says it will rule

BY ROBERT MEYEROWITZ It could be the end of the mess we’ve been telling you about The South Carolina Supreme Court has canceled arguments that had been scheduled for this afternoon in the matter of succession to the lieutenant governor’s post and the-amendment-that-wasn’t, saying it’s ready to rule in the matter. The ruling could mark the […]

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