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LOTTERY WOES PROMPTING CRACKDOWN?

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RE: “The S.C. Gambling Monopolists Strike Again

You should send a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the S.C. Lottery and SLED for correspondence between the two agencies in regards to video poker. Im told from a very reliable source that Paula Bethea watched as scratch off sales declined and lit the fire for SLED to start enforcement. Seems the “sheeple” prefered the better odds of winning at video poker than the government run lottery.

SIC SEZ

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Done … I sent those FOIAs out today. I’ll let you know what they bring back – and what sources at these agencies tell me about your tip. Certainly wouldn’t surprise me.

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NOT SO SMOOTH CRIMINAL

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RE: “Civil Disobedience On Gambling

I always thought you were pretty smart Sic but damn! Admitting you broke the law? I hope they come arrest your dumbass and mete out the punishment you so richly deserve for being STUPID.

SIC SEZ

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First of all props for using the word ‘mete’ correctly. ‘Plus two’ for you on that, for sure. As to your point, a little risk every now and then is a good thing …

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TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES?

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Just curious and not a real big deal (other then every penny counts): Why are a bunch of the interstate road signs being replaced with almost identical signs? From what I can see the only thing changing is the font. Did the cities move? The mile markers and exit change numbers? They aren’t falling down, faded, or incorrect. The ones I have noticed are on Interstate 26 toward Greenville. Look at the old parking area on way to Greenville and you’ll see SCDOT trucks and stacks and stacks of signs.

SIC SEZ

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Of course … we protect all of our sources. As to your point, we wholeheartedly concur. This state’s spending priorities are so far out-of-whack it’s embarrassing. Our S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is a disaster, and state lawmakers have done nothing but throw money at the problem (a.k.a. their solution for everything).

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EX-VEGANS?

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I’m very tired of hearing about how bad I am for eating meat. The company nurse even gives me a hard time about it so I decided to fight back a little bit. Maybe some of your readers would like to sign up like I did at Ex-Vegans.com.

SIC SEZ

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Now that is funny …

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GAMBLING HYPOCRISY 

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RE: “The S.C. Gambling Monopolists Strike Again

I enjoyed your article on the state of gambling in South Carolina. It is nice that someone sees the hypocrisy that this industry experiences.

SIC SEZ

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Thank you. Exposing hypocrisy is what we’re all about …

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HOT LAWYER NOMINATION

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RE: “It’s Hot Lawyer Time!

Consideration for hottest lawyer: Kate Loveland

SIC SEZ

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Very nice … “daddy like.” We’ve gotten a ton of great nominations this year. Can’t wait to roll them out in a few weeks!

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PHOTOGRAPHY: NOT A CRIME

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In case you’re not familiar with PINAC (Photography Is Not A Crime), it’s a great site. They highlighted a case from Darlington County this week:

Just your run of the mill abuse of power by a member of the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, but still worth posting at FITS in order to maximize the shame on this deputy. Maybe you can follow up and find out the status of the investigation.

SIC SEZ

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That is a cool site … and of course South Carolina is on the receiving end of its ire.

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SOCIAL SERVICES FIRING

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Why’d they fire the head child support guy at the S.C. Department of Social Services?

SIC SEZ

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Didn’t know they had … let me get on it …

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TUNEAGE

“So set the crosshairs back on one …”

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