TWICE IN ONE WEEK …
Another day, another South Carolina political “wire …”
Like we said, we’re going to try and do a better job publishing this particular feature because it gives us the opportunity to interact with you – our readers. That’s going to become increasingly fun as the 2014 elections draw closer … and as the national spotlight begins to move to the Palmetto State in anticipation of the 2016 presidential primary elections.
It’s official: Interaction = Good. Well, unless it’s the sort of interaction we alluded to in item No. 2 from yesterday’s wire.
Speaking of interacting, in case you don’t follow FITS on twitter, our founding editor Will Folks (a.k.a. Sic Willie) engaged in a spirited debate on education policy this afternoon on the social media platform. Then he vented his spleen on our pages about … something. We’re not sure what, exactly.
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To the wire (and remember to check back as this segment is often updated) …
“REPUBLICANS FOR SHEHEEN”
You are missing something very big in your exposure of the “new media network” established by (S.C. House) Speaker Bobby Harrell. I appreciate the work you have done so far – it is excellent – but go one step further, please. Most of your dots have been connected, but did you know David Carter – who receives information for these media sites from Trey Harrell and Thomas Higgs and then publishes the posts – previously reached out to Democrats in an effort to run coordinated attacks against Governor Nikki Haley?
Democratic operative Tyler Jones even tweeted out a screencap of their exchange several months ago, I do believe.
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Best of all right after this exchange Carter ENDORSED HALEY.
Wow … obviously I’ve got no love for Nikki Haley, but that’s very interesting seeing as the blog network established by these guys is so vigorously supportive of everything the governor does. Hard to believe one of its key players tried to organize political hits against her.
LONGTIME READER, FIRST TIME CALLER
Hi Fits – just wanted to take a moment to say thank you!!!!! You report the truth and issues that mainstream media stays away from. We do have educated, concerned people in our amazing state and I hope Nikki Haley is gone come November. I am following Tom Ervin and Vincent Sheheen closely and let’s see what they can do…maybe Ervin has a chance??
Anon thank you … I got a lot of hate mail yesterday so it’s nice to see some love letters. LOL. As to your question regarding Tom Ervin, if he is able to ideologically exploit the wide opening on Haley’s right flank – while banging the drum regarding her incompetence as an executive – then yes he has a chance. Of course at this point that “chance” would be to throw the election to Vincent Sheheen, not actually win the Governor’s Mansion. We’ll have to see where he takes his candidacy … and how Haley (and possibly Sheheen) seek to define him depending on the direction he chooses.
DANNY FORD GOT “FIVE-BOMBED”
I’ve got a great picture of a “five-bomb” on former Clemson Tigers head coach Danny Ford. I would love to send it to you so you can put it up.
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Beautiful. You know, though, this is going to get a lot harder to do when the Gamecocks win six in a row this fall.
PENNY SALES TAX STATUS
What is being done with the Richland County Penny Sales Tax? County Council selected a firm to handle the program management and then never signed a contract with that firm. I’ve heard that the program management is going to be rebid due to the fact that County Council violated the Richland County procurement code in their original selection but the project still has not been re-advertised, while the tax has been collected for over a year.
Is this another instance where Richland County is taxing its residents and giving nothing in return? I am surprised you haven’t written anything about this whole debacle.
You’re absolutely right, E.K. … I’ve been so focused on covering the legal side of this scandal the practical implementation (or lack thereof) has drifted off of my radar. Thank you for bringing it back. Let me see what my sources can dig up on this.
S.C. SUPREMES TO HEAR LIBERTARIAN COURT CASE
As the state’s leading “Libertarian” blog I’m a bit surprised to see you don’t have a story up on the oral arguments scheduled this week in the party’s primary ballot case. Libertarians are being denied the right to hold a primary election by the S.C. Election Commission. You need to be all over this.
Actually, Gene it’s the S.C. General Assembly that’s denying Libertarians their primary election. Has nothing to do with the Election Commission – which is just following state law. Frankly we’re tired of major party primaries altogether – we prefer the Louisiana “Jungle Primary” model (a.k.a. nonpartisan blanket primary) in which all candidates fight it out on one ballot.
ANOTHER HALEY CABINET AGENCY IN DISARRAY
I know your website is very focused on the scandals at SCDSS (the S.C. Department of Social Services) but please do not forget other Nikki Haley agencies in trouble. Please keep the pressure on Kela Thomas. Her and SCDPPPS (the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services) are feeling it. Saying your site’s name at headquarters is forbidden. Please keep informing the public and politicans of her corrupt ways.
Ha! They sound sensitive. Seriously, though: Feed me and I will feast on them. I have exposed a lot of shadiness at that agency and am happy to expose more if you’ve got information I can independently verify.
S.C. SUPERINTENDENT’S RACE: KELLY PAYNE IS ENDORSING
Brace yourselves, Fits. Former pro-parental choice S.C. Superintendent of Education candidate Kelly Payne has recorded a telephone endorsement of anti-parental choice candidate Molly Spearman in the GOP State Superintendent Primary. Can you believe that? I wonder who put her up to it! Please report on this …
That’s actually good news. Given that she has lost all credibility, a Payne endorsement – to the extent anyone pays attention to it – is likely to be a net negative for whoever receives it. Props for the tip, though – and for recognizing Spearman as the establishment candidate in this race. Seriously … the woman lobbies for the wealthy school administrators who run the absolute worst government-run education system in America. ‘Nuff said!