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S.C. legislators know how to protect their own wallets

March 9, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT In the S.C. General Assembly, lawmakers can’t seem to resist pushing legislation that could benefit their businesses’ bottom lines. The practice has been perfectly legal for more than a quarter century – and they wrote the ethics laws. Consider this: On the same day last week, at least three House bills were […]

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It’s not just Merrill

December 16, 2016


By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ One lawmaker gets indicted while many do just fine The sweeping indictments of Representative Jim Merrill announced late Wednesday gave proponents of reform something to cheer about. But if they’re diligent, the game has only just begun. Merrill, the former majority leader, is charged with two counts of misconduct in office and […]

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Where Is That Congressional Delegation List?

March 1, 2016


By HANNAH HILL Finding out who is in a legislative delegation is harder than you think Want to know who’s responsible for electing the DOT commissioners? Since this is how the people hold the S.C. Department of Transportation accountable – at least in theory – the list of legislators per Congressional district should be easy to […]

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Why Am I Paying an Extra Penny for My Diet Coke?

September 1, 2015



IT’S ONLY PENNIES, RIGHT? HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PENNIES Last week, a Charleston resident asked why he was being charged an extra tax for raisin walnut bread that he wasn’t charged for another kind of bread. It’s still a good question. That brought forth a number of stories about similarly mysterious sales tax additions. Particularly […]

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Lawmakers Continue Defending, Explaining Tax Hike Proposal

May 19, 2015


‘IT COSTS TO RIDE’ Three weeks into the South Carolina Policy Council’s project to enable citizens to ask their lawmakers whether a gas tax hike will result in the repair of specific deteriorating roads, and well over 1,000 people have participated. Many lawmakers have not responded after repeated queries – or they’ve responded with formulaic […]

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Sponsor of CON Bill Denies Conflict of Interest

February 18, 2015



From 2007 through 2013, a medical supply company in which S.C. Rep. Murrell Smith is an owner received a total of more than $2.3 million in mainly Medicaid and state health insurance plan payments, according to his annual income-disclosure reports. These days, the Sumter County Republican is the main sponsor of a bill (H. 3250) […]

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Dentist-Senator Pushes Dental-Pay Legislation

January 7, 2015


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Some South Carolina dentists and oral surgeons say they are losing thousands of dollars in pay annually because of a state law. State Sen. Ray Cleary, R-Georgetown and a longtime dentist, has filed a bill that he says will correct that, though he contends it won’t fatten his own wallet. Under the bill (S. 136), […]

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Pharmacist-Lawmaker Refiles Pharmacy-Related Bills: Conflict of Interest?

December 31, 2014

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By RICK BRUNDRETT If you ask state Rep. Kit Spires, he’ll tell you his primary focus as a lawmaker is not to push pharmacy legislation. Yet the Lexington County Republican, who is a licensed pharmacist and pharmacy owner, this month re-introduced three pharmacy-related bills that will be taken up when the General Assembly reconvenes on […]

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House Members Stay on Message: Speaker “Innocent Until Proven Guilty”

July 29, 2014


MESSAGE DU JOUR: ‘INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY’ The phrase “on message” first began to circulate in 1992, when Bill Clinton’s campaign for the presidency began to take shape. It signified a tendency to keep a politician’s statements and responses trained on the two or three issues he wanted to talk about, and an avoidance of […]

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Study: S.C. Lawmakers Should Get Big Pay Raises

May 19, 2014


By RICK BRUNDRETT   S.C. lawmakers would see salary hikes of up to 192 percent, while certain legislative leaders, including House Speaker Bobby Harrell, would receive additional pay increases, based on recommendations of a salary study quietly authorized two years ago by the General Assembly. The study by the international consulting firm Hay Group, based […]

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