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Landess: Why won’t S.C. leaders admit who really controls state government?

March 20, 2019

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By ASHLEY LANDESS Most Nerve readers know that South Carolina’s governor doesn’t control transportation, education, the pension system or every regulatory entity. But an important state financial document says otherwise, and that is cause for concern. As The Nerve reported last week, a chart depicting the chain of accountability in state government misrepresents who is […]

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Landess: Data warehouses threaten S.C. citizens’ privacy rights

June 25, 2018

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By ASHLEY LANDESS The state of South Carolina has a lot of information about you and your family – including your children. That much you know, but new laws on the books – and in the works – push data collection to a level that not only threatens privacy rights but also opens the door […]

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Landess: They Don’t Need a Law to Do the Right Thing

April 29, 2016

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By ASHLEY LANDESS If lawmakers won’t pass a loophole-free income disclosure bill, why not ask them to volunteer the information? The idea behind the Policy Council’s Conflict Watch project is simple. Lawmakers refuse to pass true reform that would force them and all other elected officials to disclose all sources of their income. The reason […]

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Landess: Why Are We Even Talking about ‘Ethics Reform’?

April 26, 2016

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By ASHLEY LANDESS At the South Carolina State House, corruption is legal and intimidation is real. Cosmetic ‘ethics’ legislation won’t change it. South Carolina politicians claim to be close to reforming at least two of the laws responsible for our state’s rampant corruption. Unfortunately, they aren’t doing that at all, and citizens need to understand […]

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