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Ambushed by HaleyCare

In the middle of an intense battle to protect our state from ObamaCare, our flank is ambushed by Governor Haley. The State newspaper reported Wednesday that new expansion of state medical programs was introduced Wednesday by House Republicans and supported by Governor Haley. Haley’s communications director is quoted as saying, “This is a strong plan […]

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Legislators Exempt Themselves from Sunshine Law

When it comes to releasing public emails and other internal communications, the governor’s office isn’t the only place that likes to play secrecy games. In fact, for more than 30 years, state law has shielded the S.C. General Assembly from releasing documents showing what it does behind the scenes. The Nerve got a first taste of the special […]

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Lawmakers still padding own pockets

USA Today broke a story about state lawmakers drawing their pensions while they continue to “serve” us in the General Assembly. Senator David Thomas was singled out in the front page story probably because his pension is three times a Senator’s salary. But a follow up story published Tuesday, September 27th, by The State reveals […]

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Our Not-So-Conservative Budget

by Senator Tom Davis, used by permission. Originally published in The Sun News. You know it is early summer in the Palmetto State when our politicians start bragging about how conservative they’ve been with your tax dollars. You know the drill: The South Carolina General Assembly passes a budget larger than the previous year’s and […]

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Harrell and Leatherman are going down!

I love this Jamie Walton cartoon!  The voters will certainly take them down.  At $22 billion dollars, Senator Hugh Leatherman and Speaker Bobby Harrell orchestrated the largest spending budget in our state’s history. With unemployment sky high, Leatherman had the audacity to kill an amendment to the state budget that would have returned excess collections […]

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Landess: Low spending, low taxes? Don’t be fooled

By ASHLEY LANDESS Legislative leaders are busy spinning their new budget as “fiscally conservative.” Taxpayers shouldn’t be fooled. What’s really true? At around $22 billion, this year’s budget is the largest in state history. Spending grew by almost $1 billion. Lawmakers funded much of state government with hidden taxes through fees. More than a third […]

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