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 - - 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....