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Committee chaired by Leatherman passed $7 million hike for university with ties to senator

July 13, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT S.C. Senate president pro tempore Hugh Leatherman – arguably the state’s most powerful lawmaker – has a science building on Francis Marion University’s campus named after him. The Florence County Republican is an emeritus member of the university’s board of trustees. His daughter has been an at-large board member since 2016 after […]

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S.C. lawmakers racing to give more incentives to Darlington Raceway

April 20, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT The decades-old Darlington Raceway is getting a pricey facelift – and also could soon receive another big taxpayer-backed gift under fast-track legislation that the raceway’s president says was the company’s idea. If it passes, the S.C. House bill would be the second stand-alone legislation since 2013 benefiting the raceway, which annually hosts […]

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Legislators show little transparency about their private income sources

March 29, 2018

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Senator Hugh Leatherman

By RICK BRUNDRETT Since July 2013, the S.C. Department of Transportation has paid a total of more than $7 million to a concrete company with ties to powerful state Sen. Hugh Leatherman. Leatherman, R-Florence and the longtime chairman of the budget-writing Senate Finance Committee, was president of Florence Concrete Products Inc. when he joined the […]

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‘Reform’ bill would give more control to this South Carolina power broker

January 26, 2018

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By RICK BRUNDRETT One of South Carolina’s most powerful lawmakers would gain even more control under a just-passed House bill purporting to reform an influential screening panel in the aftermath of the failed V.C. Summer project. House bill 4378 would automatically put Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, or his designee on the proposed […]

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