Sen. Mike Fair

Plenty of Pork to Pass Around in Fiscal 2015 State Budget

July 2, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

S.C. Sen. Paul Campbell serves on the governing board of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, an annual event in Charleston that draws tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of artists, exhibitors and wildlife experts from “around the world,” according to its website.

Senate Bill Could Clear Way for New Convention Center in Greenville

Jan. 10, 2014, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

The city of Greenville would be off the hook for reimbursing state taxpayers $7 million used to help renovate its convention center if it builds a new center, under a bill sponsored by two Greenville senators.

Senator Fair Responds to Conflict Watch (Sort of)

Aug. 27, 2013, 8 a.m. by Barton Swaim

Back in April, the Policy Council launched an initiative to get South Carolina elected officials voluntarily to disclose their private income sources. Rather than wait for state legislators to pass a law requiring themselves to disclose their private sources of income – unlike every other state in the union, South Carolina legislators don’t have to disclose anything about their private sources of income – SCPC decided to ask them to do it voluntarily.


Projected Taxpayer Tab for Expanded 4K Program Much Larger Than Original Estimate

May 6, 2013, 8 a.m. by Kelli Weston

An advancing S.C. Senate proposal aimed at expanding the state’s full-day, 4-year-old kindergarten program could cost tens of millions more than what has been publicly disclosed, according to The Nerve’s review of a revised state estimate.

Third-Graders Who Can’t Read Face Repeating Grade Under Senate Bill

April 29, 2013, 8 a.m. by Kelli Weston

Thousands of S.C. third-graders potentially could be held back if they can’t read at their grade level, under an advancing Senate bill that would create a new “Read to Succeed” program likely costing millions and creating a new level of bureaucracy.


S.C. Chief Justice Addresses Case Backlogs, New Court Fee

Feb. 14, 2013, 8 a.m. by Curt Olson

Six of the nine new S.C. judges who begin work July 1 will have the task of reducing the backlog of family court cases, the state’s top judge told lawmakers Wednesday.

Legislative Hearing Could Be Held to Address Law on Founding American Documents

Feb. 4, 2013, 8 a.m. by Kelli Weston

If you ask public college and university officials in the Palmetto State whether their schools teach about the U.S Constitution and the country’s other founding documents, many of them apparently believe they have a right to remain silent on the matter.

Absent S.C. Lawmaker Continued to Receive State Pay

July 26, 2012, 6 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

An S.C. House member was paid more than $12,500 in legislative salary and expense reimbursements from January through June, despite racking up unexcused absences for virtually all of the legislative session this year, a review by The Nerve found.

Watching Out for Taxpayers – or Corporations?

July 12, 2012, 6 a.m. by Eric K. Ward

If South Carolinians want to know who some state legislators are looking out for in economic development incentives – taxpayers or corporations – a fly on the wall at a recent hearing might say it all.

S.C. Legislators Say 'No Agenda' on Trip to Turkey

May 16, 2012, 6 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Although South Carolina has a relatively small Turkish population and no major trade with Turkey,  eight S.C. senators apparently thought  it was important enough to go on a 10-day, all-expenses-paid trip to the Middle Eastern country last year.