Summer in Sumter SC

Thursday, October 30, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC: EXCLUSIVE: DHEC ignored threats to lake from toxic dump, consultant says | Local News | The State

Even the blind could see this one coming!!!!! 


COLUMBIA, SC: EXCLUSIVE: DHEC ignored threats to lake from toxic dump, consultant says | Local News | The State: "Kestrel became trustee of the Pinewood landfill about 10 years ago after the property’s owner, Safety Kleen, filed for bankruptcy and left South Carolina."



PINEWOOD LANDFILL 
LEAKING INTO LAKE MARION


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Monday, October 27, 2014

MY LAST NERVE: 'Reform' Effort Would Squelch Right to Petition | The Nerve

COME ON MAN!!!!



MY LAST NERVE: 'Reform' Effort Would Squelch Right to Petition | The Nerve: "At a recent meeting of the House Rules and Procedures Ad-Hoc Committee, Rep. Kris Crawford (R-Florence) proposed a rule that would require any individual testifying before a House committee to meet extensive disclosure requirements"



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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Buying Prestige Using Funds from Campaign Contributors

Rep. Brian White Photo Credit 
Rep. White Contributes Thousands in Campaign Funds to Wife’s Employer, Charity | The Nerve: "The Nerve’s findings highlight the longstanding problem of the lack of restrictions – and enforcement – on how lawmakers spend their campaign money. The Nerve in February, for example, reported that Sen. Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, donated $17,500 in campaign funds over a six-year period to a nonprofit school organization whose board of directors included his wife."

Related Link: Indicted Former House Speaker Bobby Harrell's Endorsement Rings Hollow:

"...“First of all, I would like to congratulate Brian White on the great honor of being elected the next Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee.

“Over his years of dedicated service in the House, Brian has displayed decisive leadership and a willingness to pursue and take on challenging responsibilities – currently serving as both Rules Committee Chairman and as Ways & Means 1st Vice-Chair. With the support his fellow Committee Members showed today, I am certain that Brian is ready to deal with the challenges ahead and do so as a fair Chairman who holds our state’s best interest at heart..."

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Friday, September 26, 2014

MY LAST NERVE: You Don't Need Term Limits; You Need Backbone | The Nerve

MY LAST NERVE: You Don't Need Term Limits; You Need Backbone | The Nerve: "...the fact that it took a criminal indictment to make that happen makes you wonder how 124 allegedly independent-minded elected officials kept absolutely quiet about it for so long..." and a WHAT IF moment: "...If the Legislature were to take the power to run state government away from the speaker – in other words, if the speaker becomes simply the House’s presiding officer, not a puppet master behind all three branches of government – members won’t want to serve more than two or three terms..."



Special note of interest: "...Rep. Murrell Smith (R-Sumter) was appointed Chairman of the bipartisan 17-member Special House Rules & Procedures Review Committee..." This was authorized by House Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas – under his authority as Acting House Speaker - See Link



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Monday, September 15, 2014

Our Lawmakers Sleep Good at Night

Light Punishments for Raiding Campaign Accounts | The Nerve: "Gaines said the state Ethics Act is weak, adding that lawmakers deliberately crafted it that way to protect themselves.

“You know who writes that stuff,” Gaines said about the law. “You’ve got that fox guarding the chicken house.”"



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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Speaker Bobby Harrell Shows Disregard for Law by Suspending Himself

Speaker Bobby Harrell Suspended from Office: "...Democratic State Representatives James Smith and Todd Rutherford asked State Attorney General Alan Wilson for an opinion and clarification about the suspension. Wilson responded around midday Thursday, concluding that Harrell couldn't suspend himself, since he was automatically suspended from office by law as soon as he was indicted. He said the Pro Tem--in this case Rep. Jay Lucas--had the authority as soon as the indictment came down to suspend Harrell..."



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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Harrell Indicted on Nine Counts of Ethics Act Violations, Misconduct in Office | The Nerve


Harrell Indicted on Nine Counts of Ethics Act Violations, Misconduct in Office | The Nerve: "Under state law, a General Assembly member indicted in state or federal court with a crime that has a sentence of two or more years, a felony, a crime that involves moral turpitude, or a criminal election-law violation must be suspended immediately without pay by the presiding officer of the member’s respective chamber."




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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Disabled DDSN Clients Overcharged for Room and Board, Ex-Commissioner Claims | The Nerve

Disabled DDSN Clients Overcharged for Room and Board, Ex-Commissioner Claims | The Nerve



Intellectually or physically disabled clients under the care of at least three local service providers that contract with the S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs have been overcharged for room and board, an outspoken former DDSN commission member contends.
Deborah McPherson of Columbia, whose term on the commission wasn’t renewed this year by Gov. Nikki Haley, toldThe Nerve she was informed that Chesco Services in Chesterfield County, the Greenville County DSN (Disabilities and Special Needs) Board, and the Orangeburg County DSN Board haven’t been properly crediting U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidies to room-and-board costs charged to clients. She voiced her concerns during an Aug. 21 meeting of the DDSN commission, naming the three service providers.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Oldie

The Wanderer


Monday, August 18, 2014

Family Dollar in bidding war as Dollar General tops Dollar Tree offer - Telegraph

What happens to the Tree after the dust settles and the Family becomes the General?



Family Dollar in bidding war as Dollar General tops Dollar Tree offer - Telegraph: "The three dollar retailers may have similar names, but they operate rather different strategies. Dollar Tree prices everyday items at $1 or less, and is focussed on the suburbs. Family Dollar targets low-income shoppers in urban and rural areas, with items at a range of deeply discounted prices. Dollar General follows a similar model to Family Dollar, but is almost exclusively focussed on rural markets."



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Mr 'Untouchable' Harrell has a New Prosecutor Who Has Ties to Speaker | The Nerve

Announced New Prosecutor in Harrell Case Has Ties to Speaker | The Nerve:



1st Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe
"...Earlier in his remarks, Harrell, the House speaker since 2005 and who was first elected to the House in 1992, portrayed himself as a type of test case for investigations of lawmakers.

“I believe that – and I told you all this from the very beginning – I was targeted.

Because if they succeeded in this template that they were trying to put together, anybody in this room could be next with that template because what they were doing just plain wasn’t right.

Because I am the speaker, I was the easy target.”..."



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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Harrell: State Grand Jury Investigation Over; Wilson Off Case | The Nerve

Harrell: State Grand Jury Investigation Over; Wilson Off Case | The Nerve: "House Speaker Bobby Harrell announced this morning the state grand jury investigation of him has ended, and that S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson is off the case, Bart Daniel, one of Harrell’s attorneys, confirmed to The Nerve."



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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Do South Carolinians Have the Right to Work? | The South Carolina Policy Council

Source Link: Do South Carolinians Have the Right to Work? | The South Carolina Policy Council:

"REMEMBER, THE FREEDOM TO WORK MEANS MORE THAN THE ABSENCE OF UNIONS"
"...South Carolina’s poor economy (48th lowest per capita income in the nation, poor education system, low graduation rates) can’t be attributed to a weak right-to-work law. It’s the product, rather, of bad policy and government interference..."



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

SC Drivers Appear to be 'Entitled' to Left Lane Privileges

A Needed Change in our Driving Culture

"...Georgia recently toughened its left-lane law by making it a violation to “drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation.”..." - See more at: http://blog.motorists.org/needed-change-in-driving-culture/?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC: Hoover won’t return to television for at least a year | SC Celebs Watch | The State

COLUMBIA, SC: Hoover won’t return to television for at least a year | SC Celebs Watch | The State: "Non-compete clauses are based on the premise that in the event of an employee’s termination or resignation, the employee might begin working for a competitor, possibly exploiting their former employer’s confidential information and trade secrets."



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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Resident: 'Seneca Mafia' Harasses People into Giving Up Their Property | The Nerve

Resident: 'Seneca Mafia' Harasses People into Giving Up Their Property | The Nerve: "Disputes are supposed to be adjudicated by a board of experienced building officials who do not have any ties to the governing body. But this dispute didn’t go before any board; it went before a city judge. The judge had every motivation to rule in favor of the city – all fine revenue goes to city coffers, and once the city seizes a piece of land, it can sell that land for a profit or use it as collateral for loans. On at least six occasions, city officials told me that “if you can’t afford to fix the property, you can give it to the city, and it won’t cost you anything.” The implication was clear.

The truth is this: Seneca officials are forcing people without a lot of financial means to relinquish their property to the city."



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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Governor Haley and other Government Leaders Juggling the Books

Food Stamp Use Soars in Palmetto State | The Nerve:







Gov. Haley's Glasses?
 "“The recovery is misleading,” (Sue) Berkowitz said when contacted this week by The Nerve. “What nobody is willing to talk about is that while more people may be working, they are working for a lot less.”

“If you go to the food banks,” she continued, “you will see a lot of people who are working who are just not making enough money. It’s great to say more people are going to work, but people are not making a living.”"



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Harrell Claims SC Attorney General Actions 'Inappropriate Conduct'

SC High Court: Harrell Investigation Can Continue: "Wilson declined to comment, but Harrell issued a statement later in the day. "We are disappointed with the court's ruling but in no way did the court take exception to our original contention that another prosecutor should take over this case because of the Attorney General's inappropriate conduct," Harrell said."



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Supreme Court Gives Green Light to Grand Jury Investigation of House Speaker | The Nerve

Supreme Court Gives Green Light to Grand Jury Investigation of House Speaker | The Nerve: "S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson can continue a state grand jury investigation of House Speaker Bobby Harrell and doesn’t need a legislative committee’s permission to do so, the S.C. Supreme Court unanimously said Wednesday."



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Good News for the Good Guys... Bad News for the Bad Ones

South Carolina's Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the State's Constitution: Read about the latest reversal of a Circuit Court Judge ruling in the 'Speaker of the House vs the State Attorney General case' :  Major Supreme Court Decision Goes Against Harrell's Wishes

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Fireworks Fireworks Fireworks Fireworks

Fireworks Headquarters !

Sumter's Ancient Free Mason's are gearing up for the 4th of July... we are manning the fireworks stand (aka Floyd's Fireworks) at Palmetto Plaza (physically located next to Palmetto Veterinary Clinic on N Guignard Dr) and invite you and your friends to make us your Fireworks Headquarters !
Look for the big Yellow Fireworks Stand. Thanks

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Charleston Attorney Asks U.S. Attorney General to Consider Harrell Case | The Nerve

Imagine This !!!!

Charleston Attorney Asks U.S. Attorney General to Consider Harrell Case | The Nerve: "...Rhoades, who focuses on lawyer malpractice, workers’ compensation, and general injury cases in his law practice, has made a reputation for himself over the years as a lone legal crusader.

“Mention my name around town,” he tells me, “you’ll get a response. Sometimes it’ll involve curse words....”"



Rhodes, "...“Yeah. Sometimes I see something that’s just stupid, and nobody’s doing anything about it. When that happens, I can’t just do nothing...” - "... I just don’t see anything being done about this...” 



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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

S.C. Top Court Asked to Review Secret Grand Jury Records in Harrell Case | The Nerve

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Photo Source: LINK
S.C. Top Court Asked to Review Secret Grand Jury Records in Harrell Case | The Nerve: "...Wilson’s position that the grand jury investigation is criminal, not civil, in nature. A public hearing before the high court is scheduled for June 24..." says AG Wilson.

Additional information: Link





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Friday, May 16, 2014

Of the Estimated 420,000 Veterans in South Carolina, 30,000 Live in Poverty



Monthly Pro Bono Veterans Legal Clinic

"...As a service to area Veterans, the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center has partnered with the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center and members of the private bar to establish Lawyers 4 Vets, a Pro Bono Veterans Legal Clinic..."



For more information about this program go to LINK
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

One Man's Opinion ... Did He Make the Correct Decision?




State's Top Prosecutor Handcuffed by Judge Manning's Ruling


In his ruling Judge Manning says:

“...neither the Grand Jury nor any other investigative agency shall take any further action concerning the ethics violations allegations discussed herein until such time as a final determination is made by the House of Representatives Legislative Ethics Committee and/or referred by the House of Representatives Legislative Ethics Committee to the Attorney General...”

One Man's Opinion can Tip the Scale of Justice
Former Attorneys General Travis Medlock, Charlie Condon and Henry McMaster's statement: “...Over the past thirty years, not one of us ever imagined the Attorney General needed authorization from a legislative committee or political body in order to investigate or prosecute alleged criminal behavior by an elected official. Such a restriction would undercut the core Constitutional authority of the Attorney General. And even more importantly, it would violate the fundamental basis of our system of government that all people should be treated equally under the law.”

Editors Opinion: Because of notable errors made in arriving at his decision, asking the Judge to reconsider is a possibility. Failing a reversal an appeal to the State's Supreme Court is very likely. However, there remains the problem of Supreme Court's Chief Justice Jean Toal and Associate Justice Costa Pleicones. Both Judges have been asked to recuse themselves should the case get to the Supreme Court. As the ruling stands right now, State House Lawmakers are immune from prosecution by the State Courts because of one man's opinion.



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Monday, May 12, 2014

County Money Flows to State Lawmakers’ Wallets | The Nerve

Got that 'Funny' feeling that you've been....
County Money Flows to State Lawmakers’ Wallets | The Nerve: "The Sumter County delegation has seven House and Senate members. When asked Friday for a list of all county payments last year to those delegation members, Pam Craven, the county’s finance director, directed The Nerve to submit a request under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act."
Editor: This listing should be 'very interesting'....





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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mailbox Stuffings

No doubt your mailbox is filling up with a bunch of Political stuff sent out by all the hopefuls and the re-hopefuls... mine certainly is, and there is one re-hopeful in particular that is really bothersome to me. But, this may be the year when the people will make a better choice.

There is a survey out there, unofficial of course that is somewhat encouraging to this Editor. Take a look and if you want, add your opinion to the poll.




Source Link: The State Newspaper's US Senate Unofficial Survey

US Senate
Lindsey Graham (incumbent) 37 1%
Det Bowers 27 1%
Lee Bright 1298 49%
Richard Cash 982 37%
Bill Connor 286 11%
Nancy Mace 17 1%

Another very recent Poll that is very revealing: SC GOP Senate Poll: Lindsey Graham Below 50%; Facing Runoff

Saturday, May 10, 2014

McCain Says VA Scandal 'Unacceptable,' Expects It to 'Get a Lot Bigger' - NBC News.com

Editors Opinion: Veterans Affairs Department needs to be dismantled from the top down. Veterans deserve the best care and are not receiving it.

"... In September 2013, the Inspector General’s office at the Veterans Affairs Department reported what it called “a disturbing set of events” at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn medical center in Columbia, S.C., that “led to thousands of delayed gastroenterology consults for colon cancer screening...” Link Source

McCain Says VA Scandal 'Unacceptable,' Expects It to 'Get a Lot Bigger' - NBC News.com: "“Now we are hearing about similar situations in major VA facilities throughout the country,” the senator, a Vietnam veteran, told NBC News. “I think this is going to get a lot bigger before it’s over.”"
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Leatherman... Shocked??? Not likely... seems he is picking your pockets again.

The Big Cheese | The Nerve: "After initially acting as if he didn’t expect the proposal, Leatherman pointed out there has “not been an increase in compensation for House and Senate members in 20 years,” noting the monthly in-district payment was set at $1,000 in 1995."



Link Sources: The Nerve   <<<<< This should be your NUMBER ONE MEDIA SOURCE



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Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Truth about Licensing Laws | The South Carolina Policy Council

The Truth about Licensing Laws | The South Carolina Policy Council



"...a recent study by the Institute for Justice found the state currently has the 14th most burdensome licensing laws in the country, and is the 10th most extensively licensed state..."

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Don | The Nerve

Source Link: The Don | The Nerve:

"...The recipe for corruption is concentration of power plus secrecy. Ignore corruption long enough and it leads to tyranny.

The hard part is recognizing when we've crossed that line. What’s happening in our state is so outrageous that it seems impossible for it to be true. One legislator cannot possibly control all three branches of a state’s government to the point that he can decide what the law is and whether or not he violated it.

Until he can. Our House Speaker is very close to having that kind of power – it’s no longer possible to deny that. It has been close to two years since Renee Dudley’s article in the Post and Courier exposed the Speaker’s campaign practices, and more than a year since SCPC filed a complaint with the Attorney General alleging possible public corruption by the Speaker. During this time, Harrell has tried everything from pushing laws to decriminalize ethics violations to stripping the Attorney General of his constitutional authority. And now he’s raised issues so absurd that no one outside his reliable defenders believes they have any legal merit..."



Follow this story on Twitter: Link
Read more here: The State
Vote Rigging Alleged by State Lawmakers: Link
Harrell Used Position to Gain Personally: Link
Who is Bobby Harrell?: Link


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list - CNN.com

A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list - CNN.com



"... At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.


The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources..."

House Speaker Reveals Little about ‘Legislative’ Expenses | The Nerve

Why is 
S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell 
fighting so hard to keep you in the dark about his activities? 

"...Contacted this week by The Nerve, Jay Bender, the attorney for the South Carolina Press Association, questioned whether the Ethics Committee could claim that exemption, noting the committee would be in the position of investigating Harrell if Manning decides to transfer the case from the state grand jury.

“The attorney-client argument seems specious at best and corrupt at worst,” Bender said. “It implies … that this committee is saying it is the attorney for Bobby Harrell.”

The Nerve, through the Policy Council, is an associate member of the Press Association.

Crangle, of Common Cause, echoed Bender’s concerns.

“If you had a criminal defense lawyer and at the same time he could sit on the bench and decide your case, then there would be no homicide convictions,” Crangle said..."


House Speaker Reveals Little about ‘Legislative’ Expenses | The Nerve

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S.C. Taxpayer Tab for ‘Army Wives’: $37 Million-Plus | The Nerve

Image Source: http://www.tvfanatic.com/gallery/southern-charm-cast-members/
Ex-con and "...former state official – ex-S.C. Treasurer Thomas Ravenel – is a regular cast member on the current reality cable television show, “Southern Charm,” which began airing this year on the Bravo TV channel..." 



"...Ravenel, 51, and fellow "Southern Charm" cast member Kathryn Dennis, 22, are the parents of a baby girl born March 24, according to media reports. The first season's last episode is scheduled to air tonight at 10..." Link Source



S.C. Taxpayer Tab for ‘Army Wives’: $37 Million-Plus | The Nerve

Monday, March 31, 2014

So..... What is the penalty for violating the law?

Public Service Commission Secretly Approving Rate Hikes? | The Nerve: "Secret Meetings Generally Banned

The FOIA  defines a “public body” as not only the governing body of a state or local agency, but also “committees, subcommittees, advisory committees and the like of any such body by whatever name known.” The law also says a “chance meeting, social meeting, or electronic communication” can’t be used in “circumvention of the spirit of requirements” of the FOIA."



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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Speaker Harrell ... Master Manipulator or Corruption Master?

Source Link: Circling the Wagons | The Nerve



Editor: Article seen recently questions our Lawmaker's veracity.







"...It’s bad enough that the most powerful elected official in this state isn’t directly accountable to the public, but we should at least be able to count on the justice system to work as it’s designed to. But nothing about the process of holding House Speaker Bobby Harrell accountable has been simple. If it were not for public pressure, it’s unlikely that he would even be forced to answer charges of public corruption.

The concerns we raised in our complaint should have been answered long before now. Vigilance is one thing, but a few citizen leaders and some journalists have had to work overtime to get the state’s most powerful politician to account for his conduct – and that is a dangerous situation for this state. The allegations against Harrell were public before we at SCPC filed our complaint, and had been for months. But rather than address them, the Speaker lashed out and did all he could to manipulate the process in his favor – all while the members of the South Carolina House who put him charge have remained publicly silent..."

Friday, March 21, 2014

Bobby Harrell's Unprecedented Attempt to Remove Attorney General From Case


"...A court hearing has been scheduled for Friday regarding reported efforts by S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell to secretly try to remove state Attorney General Alan Wilson from an ongoing ethics investigation of the speaker.
The hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 2-B in the Richland County Courthouse in downtown Columbia before Circuit Judge Robert Hood, according to an email sent this afternoon to The Nerve from James Parks, the state grand jury clerk. The hearing is open to the public.
The State newspaper last week reported, citing unidentified sources, that Harrell’s lawyers were seeking a closed hearing before Hood, who is the chief administrative judge for the state grand jury, to argue that Wilson should be removed from their client’s case because of an unspecified conflict of interest.
Friday’s hearing would be unprecedented in recent memory involving a state attorney general and a member of the S.C. General Assembly..." Source LINK

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Just Who Does Representative Bill Sandifer Represent?

Energy Costs: Who's Really Responsible? | The Nerve



Editor's Opinion: Remember Virginia Woolf? Here is one of her more quotable quotes: "The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself" (Virginia Woolf).



State Representative District 2, South Carolina
"...Like most activities of state government, oversight of utilities is deliberately complex and designed to keep the public at bay. Commissioners for the PSC are chosen through a screening process that’s supposed to ensure the most qualified candidates are making these complex decisions on our behalf. But how do PURC members decide who oversees our utilities? Nerve reporter Rick Brundrett gave us a glimpse of the process in his story on Monday about a candidate before the screening committee. If you missed that story, you definitely want to read it now. Brundrett found this exchange between PURC member Representative Bill Sandifer, who chairs the powerful House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee and a female candidate applying for a position on the commission:

Sandifer: “You’re a mother of three underage children. How will their lives be impacted if you were elected to the Commission and required to attend hearings, sometimes three or four days a week in Columbia or elsewhere, as well as going to conferences all over the United States?”
Campbell: “I am blessed with a very supportive set of parents and a very supportive set of in-laws who really enjoy being with their grandchildren. They relish getting more involved.”
Sandifer: “I’m going back to my own experience when I started in politics. Have you discussed this with your children?”
Campbell: “Yes.”
Sandifer: “Are they endorsing what you’re doing?”
Campbell: “Yes. I haven’t described all the nature of the work, but the concept of going to Columbia today, they knew where I was. Yes. They’re delighted.”
Apparently Rep. Sandifer thinks it’s critical that Ms. Campbell have the input and approval of her children to consider service on the PSC. There are many things I could say about this exchange (Sandifer didn’t extend this line of questioning to any other candidates), but at the very least these questions are not reasonable ones when determining whether a candidate is qualified to serve on the board that oversees our utility rates..."

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Breibart gets 63 months for extorting clients - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |





This is the face of a PROFESSIONAL CRIMINAL. 
Are you kidding me? He doesn't deserve any type of leniency.
Breibart gets 63 months for extortion

In documents filed in federal court last week, Breibart's attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender Allen Burnside, says his client is in "very poor health" and suffers from the effects of brain injuries, coronary artery disease, obstructive sleep apnea and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He requested a lowered sentence based on Breibart's lack of criminal history.

Editor: The only lack of criminal history are the ones they keep track of in the Court Houses across America... this former "Officer of the Court" has years of criminal activity that finally caught up with him. He deserves the book thrown at him.

Cheating, Lying, Stealing, Infidelity, Concealing, Fabricating.... Qualifications For SC Politics?

Editors Opinion:

Cheating, Lying, Stealing, Infidelity, Concealing, Fabricating are words that come to mind when I think of South Carolina Politics, so I'm not overly surprised that our State Legislators are fighting so vehemently  to maintain control when it comes to punishing their comrades who are caught with hands in the proverbial cookie jar.

Perhaps those with the most to lose are the ones leading this fight?

If only there were a futuristic light source of some type, similar to the ones Pest Control people use to detect evidence of Rodent Infestation, we could shine the light on them.

But we don't have such devices, and until we rid the halls of the State House of those who are there to operate unethically behind closed doors our government will continue to receive a failing grade.

It is precisely, What We Don't Know That is The Problem.

That's my opinion, what is yours?

Worst in the Nation.... SC Lawmakers Continue to Hide Their Conflicts of Interest

No Conflict Here ?

Entitled to be a Paid Consultant

Under South Carolina Law
Farm Industry Ex-Lobbyist Says He Hasn’t Crossed Ethical Line | The Nerve



Freshman state Rep. Russell Ott, D-Calhoun, has expressed views similar to the Farm Bureau’s position on those topics to fellow lawmakers and lobbyists in recent weeks, sources told The Nerve. Ott for years was a paid lobbyist and more recently was the full-time state legislative affairs coordinator with the Farm Bureau, and continues to draw income from the organization as a contract consultant....

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Situation Update - Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VAMC - johnreames@gmail.com - Gmail

Situation Update - Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VAMC
01/29/2014 12:34 PM EST

WJB Dorn VA Medical Center

WINTER STORM STATUS UPDATE 2

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dorn VAMC Columbia Main Campus Status:

All Emergency Department and Inpatient services will remain fully open.

All clinics at the main Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC, will open for services at noon on Wednesday, 1/29/2014.

Community-Based Outpatient Clinic Status:

VA clinics in the Upstate (Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Rock Hill) will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 1/29/2014. Staff should report for their normal tour of duty but arrive no earlier than 8 a.m.

VA clinics in Florence, Orangeburg, and Sumter will open at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, 1/29/2014. Staff should report at noon."



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