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Councilman Wants to Double Richland Elections Budget with ‘Emergency’ Funds

February 17, 2016


Pearce: “Everyone is shaking their heads” In a motion not submitted in time to make the printed public agenda or even have county council staff be able to confirm just an hour before the meeting, embattled Richland County Councilman Kelvin Washington submitted a motion to nearly double the $1.25 million budget of the county’s Board […]

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Harrell Saga Comes to Losing End

February 10, 2016


In what was likely the last time disgraced former House Speaker Bobby Harrell faced his peers in a Blatt Building meeting room Tuesday morning, Harrell was a defeated man. Attempting one last appeal that his expenditures of $113,475 in campaign funds to pay legal defenses related to his failed defense against ethics charges he pleaded guilty to were […]

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DOT Commissioner Influences Project He Has Stake In

February 8, 2016


By RON AIKEN In emails, Wooten directs DOT staff, county council members to take ‘hard line’ against firm owing him money According to emails obtained by The Nerve covering a two year period, South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission chairman Mike Wooten used his position to have DOT staff and elected officials pressure a local […]

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UPDATE: Washington removed from CMRTA board

February 4, 2016


Richland County Councilman Kelvin Washington has been removed from from his position as vice chairman of the Central Midlands Transit Authority board effective today, The Nerve has learned. Washington had served as acting chairman last week in the wake of the resignation of former chairman Brian DeQuincey Newman, an ex-City of Columbia council member who, along with […]

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Charity, Clarity and the SCRA

February 3, 2016


NOTE: On Monday, The Nerve looked at how South Carolina Research Authority is a state agency shrouded in secrecy that operates a business enterprise with revenues of more than $1.5B since 2010. Today, The Nerve looks at the SCRA’s status as a non-profit and what that means for an agency that for all intents and purposes operates as a […]

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Billions, Bonuses, Secrecy Define SCRA

February 1, 2016


“Invisible Kingdom” has $1.5B in Operating Revenues Since 2010 Would you be surprised to learn that the legislature created a state agency in 1983 using taxpayer money that then spun-off a nonprofit business so successful it has operating revenues of $435 million in FY 2015-16 alone and whose leadership regularly receives yearly bonuses in the […]

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