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STATE HOUSE “FURNITURE-GATE”

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RE: “S.C. House Spending $2 Million On New Furniture

I can confirm the tip on your page regarding S.C. House members “fighting over which items of the old, decrepit furniture they can take home with them.” This is happening. Please shine some light on this. Taxpayers are spending $2 million to replace furniture that its legislators are stealing for their own personal use.

SIC SEZ

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That doesn’t surprise me in the least. Guess it’s time to start digging. Seems like a good story to “name names.”

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HOSPITAL CHARGES

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From The Greenville News:

“The average charge for a pacemaker implant at Greenville Memorial Hospital is $66,685. At Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, it’s $89,769.

A major cardiovascular procedure is $66,789 at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, and $135,066 at AnMed Health in Anderson.

The federal government recently released the average 2011 hospital charges — as well as actual average payments — for the 100 most common conditions that Medicare covers for some 3,000 hospitals nationwide in hopes that consumers will compare prices before choosing where they get care, and influence hospitals to lower their prices.

How can the charge for the same procedure vary so much? And with such variation, is the data actually useful for consumers?”

Good question. Accompanying the story is this searchable database of hospitals and their costs.

SIC SEZ

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Wow. The Greenville News is still around? Kidding, kidding. That’s an interesting report. Thanks for sharing.

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INAPPROPRIATE IMAGES

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RE: “Cunnilingus: Hazardous To Your Health

The image you used for your story on Michael Douglas and the cunnilingus epidemic was offensive and inappropriate. If you continue to display such pornographic images on your website I will be forced to go elsewhere for my news.

SIC SEZ

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Your definition of porn is obviously different than mine. The image showed a blonde woman with her tongue out. Since when is that porn?

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SCDEW: STILL CORRUPT

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I’ve heard that the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) has been giving their state office employees raises under the pretense of “additional duties” while getting ready to lay off (June 6) many of their front line staff serving in the workforce centers across the state. This is supposedly being done before the new executive director comes on board mid to late June. It would be interesting to do a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA request of SCDEW state office staff raises since John Finan became interim executive director in February to verify this info.

I definitely believe a FOIA request is in order but perhaps it would be better to get the information from the Budget and Control Board as getting accurate information from SCDEW may not happen with Kerry Paul in charge. Paul has received substantial raises of more than $30,000 since coming over from Budget & Control Board within the last two to three years. Her salary was around $73,000 when she came to SCDEW as the human resources director and now she is making over $110,000.

SIC SEZ

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Nothing at this shamelessly corrupt agency surprises us anymore. Nothing. We will file the FOIA. Thanks for the tip.

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GREENVILLE COPS

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You guys should pay attention to Operation Blue Machine on Facebook. It has Greenville, S.C. in an uproar.

SIC SEZ

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Last time we checked Greenville, S.C. was pretty easy to put in an uproar. We’ll check the page out, though …

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WORTH CLICKING

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No (IRS) Employees Would Acknowledge Who Ordered Targeting” (Breitbart)

Special Prosecutor Needed in IRS Case” (NetRightDaily)

Coach Tells Nation’s Top Football Recruit He’ll Get To Meet Michael Jackson” (Yahoo!)

Obama Appointees Using Secret Government E-mail Accounts” (AP)

USDOT Shuts Down South Carolina Passenger Carrier” (MarketWatch)

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OF NOTE

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S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg) will announce his plans to run for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina this Thursday, according to The Patch network of websites. This website was the first to discuss Sellers’ likely Lite Gov bid (two months ago) so look for a fuller treatment of this breaking story in today’s editions.

Assuming he wins his party’s nomination, Sellers would likely face “Republican” incumbent Glenn F. McConnell.

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TUNEAGE

“Tell me who you gonna believe …”

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