Sen. Shane Martin

Ethics Fines Rack Up for S.C. Senators, Candidates

Aug. 2, 2013, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Since 2008, 42 current and former state senators, as well as Senate candidates, collectively have been fined $64,804 by the Senate Ethics Committee, according to committee records obtained recently by The Nerve.

The Entitled Attitude of S.C.’s Political Class

July 23, 2013, 9:55 a.m. by Barton Swaim

In April this year, the South Carolina Policy Council undertook an experiment. The experiment was this: Could progress be made in the sphere of transparency in the absence of a law passed by the General Assembly?

S.C. Sen. Shane Martin: 'Mr. Magic Man'

July 22, 2013, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Here in the Palmetto State, S.C. Sen. Shane Martin is kind of like “Mr. Magic Man” – at least when it comes to revealing to the public what he does for a living, which just so happens to be connected to NASCAR.

An investigation by The Nerve found at least one instance where Martin's lack of transparency as a lawmaker might have allowed him to engage in an apparent conflict of interest related to his work in the racing world.

Lawmakers Hide Their Pet Projects in State Budget

July 5, 2013, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

It may be hard to miss a pig in a dress, but some South Carolina legislators apparently go to great lengths to hide pork in the state budget.

Case in point: The Senate's votes last week on Gov. Nikki Haley’s vetoes of a section of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ budget for next fiscal year, which started Monday.

Senate Budget Debate Could Move into Third Week

May 23, 2013, 8 a.m. by Curt Olson

The S.C. Senate is running out of time.

Senate Panel Rewrites Disputed House Ethics-Reform Bill

May 8, 2013, 8 a.m. by Curt Olson

A Senate panel Tuesday scrapped major parts of a controversial House ethics-reform bill, putting investigations of lawmakers under a reconstituted State Ethics Commission and proposing tougher penalties for ethics violations.

South Carolina Fails at Transparency in Incentives Deals, Report Says

April 2, 2013, 8 a.m. by Curt Olson

When it comes to transparency of taxpayer-backed incentives for business projects, the Palmetto State received an “F” in a recently released study by a national nonprofit consumer group.

On Uncompensated Care in U.S., It’s All About Money for Hospitals, Expert Claims

March 1, 2013, 8 a.m. by Curt Olson

As the S.C. House of Representatives begins debate on the 2013-14 budget in about 10 days, one of the biggest issues focuses on whether South Carolina will expand Medicaid under new federal health care rules coming in January 2014.

Public Often Left in Dark About Sanctions Against S.C. Lawmakers

Sept. 24, 2012, 6 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Fines and other sanctions against S.C. lawmakers are not published online and usually are not released publicly unless there is a specific request.

Incentives Secrecy Gaining More Attention

July 25, 2012, 6 a.m. by Eric K. Ward

An effort to give South Carolina taxpayers a better sense of whether they get their money’s worth in economic development incentives could be generating more discussion, if not greater support.