the wire january 9 2013


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Today marks the second day of the 2013 session of the S.C. General Assembly – a.k.a. “taxpayer-funded adult day care.” Did our lawmakers accomplish anything of substance on their first day back? Of course not – although we did finally receive our copies of their 2013 “legislative agendas” (more on those soon).

In other state news, a pair of South Carolina cities are making national headlines this week … Charleston, S.C. has been named America’s fourth-drunkest city, while Myrtle Beach, S.C. ranks No. 21 on a new list of America’s “most dangerous” cities.

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Nationally attention is focused on bailout beneficiary AIG – which is contemplating a lawsuit against the federal government over the terms imposed on the company during the 2008 Wall Street bailout. AIG recently launched a nationwide advertising campaign bragging about how it has paid back every penny of tax money it borrowed – and made the government several billion dollars on top of that.

Is that the point, though? Of course not. Speculative investment isn’t government’s job – no matter what the return may be.

Also in the news nationally? Boeing … which continues to encounter serious problems with its Dreamliner aircraft. Obviously these stories resonate in South Carolina given the company’s Dreamliner manufacturing facility in North Charleston, S.C. We’ll have a report on the latest Dreamliner issues soon …

In sports, our founding editor’s beloved National Hockey League has finally resolved its labor dispute and will welcome players back this week. Four months of the 2012-13 season are gone, however – more totally unnecessary brain damage for what should be the greatest sport of them all.

“Fast like NASCAR, tough like SEC Football …” that’s hockey, people.

To the wire!


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In viewing the #SCHacked letter you posted, I couldn’t help but notice something. Every letter sent by (the S.C. Department of Revenue) goes out on a letterhead with “Nikki Haley – Governor” on it … EXCEPT for this one. Does the governor really think we’ll forget she’s in charge of this agency?

FITS: Interesting point …



Vincent Sheheen has introduced a concurrent resolution calling on state government to apologize for failing the people of South Carolina over the (S.C.) DOR hacking scandal. In it he cites the generic form letter you posted on your site – calling it impersonal and inadequate.

FITS: Impersonal, inadequate … and expensive.



How many times must you be provided with the info about Nikki Haley’s family connection to the Revenue Dept. scandal? Why are you covering for the governor? I thought you hated her!

FITS: We’re not covering for anyone. We’ve been trying to verify this for several weeks – unsuccessfully. Assuming we can get it confirmed, we will absolutely run the story.



Nice work on the Jean Toal stories. Please keep the heat on. Perhaps your reporting will force the cancellation of this corrupt bargain.

FITS: Thank you. And we hope so …



I know you have written on at least one previously undisclosed incident involving Jean Toal’s alcohol problem. There are many more. Dig a bit and you will no doubt find a few of them.

FITS: We know. In fact we are investigating another incident right now. Also, as long as Toal continues to get sloshed every night after work at Night Caps on Devine Street in downtown Columbia, S.C. then we expect more “incidents” in the future.



S.C. Rep. Andy Patrick is a plant for Chip Limehouse in the South Carolina first. This is why Bobby is letting him campaign for this seat. He knows he cannot win – he is running to gather Beaufort support which he will then throw to Limehouse. Expose this!

FITS: We’ve heard that theory … what a bum Patrick is.




Saw your teacher sex story yesterday but don’t forget the one the MSM broke. There’s a second victim in the Kinsley Wentzky case. Also word is there are LOTS of wrinkles coming in this case – including some baby mama drama.

FITS: Can’t wait … we got the popcorn in the microwave as we speak.



If this is your army, Sic, you got problems (geezers being bussed in from Greenville for yesterday’s “Nullification Rally” at the Statehouse).

nullify bus group

FITS: We addressed the Obamacare nullification legislation in a post earlier this week. We have no problem with it, but we think it is every bit as important for lawmakers to block Obamacare’s costly Medicaid expansion. Oh … and when we bring an army to the State House, it won’t be to protest.



Via FB:

OK Republicans…we are in charge. Let’s buckle down, work together and produce for the people of SC. They deserve efficient, transparent and accountable government…so let’s get to it!

FITS: He is mighty chipper. Of course he’s also one of the few actual Republicans in state government … and one of the only truly transparent public officials we have … so we won’t mock his eternal optimism.



What I find most interesting about the Templeton article referring to saving money and jobs, she is reported as Dr. Catherine Templeton. Also, the caption under her picture reads….Dr. Catherine Templeton.

FITS: If Templeton is a doctor she can examine us anytime … ;)




Your girl Lauren Luxenburg is paging for S.C. Sen. Lee Bright. You jealous, Sic?

FITS: Ha! Mmmmmaybe …



Widespread Panic will play the Township Auditorium in Columbia S.C. on April 23-24. For info on dates, click here.

I know you’ve tweeted about them in the past, Will. Just didn’t want your readers to miss one of the all-time great jam bands in history!

FITS: Rock on, man. We saw them at the Township way back in … ummm, well … hmmmm. The nineties. Sometime in the nineties. Hope they play “Hatfield.”



“Now the clouds won’t stay apart …”


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