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YOUR PALMETTO POLITICAL FIX … 

Just when you least expected it, we’re back with another edition of “The Wire.”

What’s that? For those of you new to this website, “The Wire” is a sporadically published interactive feature in which our founding editor Will Folks (a.k.a. Sic Willie) fields tips, comments, questions and other incoming communications from you, our beloved readers.

When do we publish this feature?  Not often enough (as one of our readers points out below) … which we blame on the fact Sic is always goofing off on our Twitter (here) or Facebook pages (here and here).

Anyway … you wanna share a tip? A link? Ask a question? Submit a comment? Put “Sic” on the spot?

Reach out (anonymously or otherwise) via our tip wire … and remember, in addition to confidentially investigating your leads we also publish letters to the editor and guest editorials (even anonymous ones) in the event you’ve got more to say on a subject.  Also feel free to reach out to our founding editor directly at w@fitsnews.com.

To the wire! (And remember to check back often as this segment is frequently updated) …

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“T-RAVENOUS”

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Dear Editor,

I think I speak for all of your readers when I say you and Thomas Ravenel need to “get a room.”  The fawning hero worship coverage of such a morally compromised individual does nothing to advance the brand of libertarianism you purport to embrace. Do us all a favor and shed “T-Rav” from your daily deluge of links.  Get back to covering the corruption at the Statehouse in Columbia and in the Nikki Haley administration.  Ravenel is never going to amount to anything, is not going to impact the outcome of Lindsey Graham’s reelection and is needlessly draining you of the credibility you have worked very hard to achieve.

Read the comments on your own articles if you don’t believe me!

-Beatty

SIC SEZ

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Beatty: Thanks for the input.  Thomas is my friend.  Has been for years.  Even if he wasn’t, though, I’d be hard-pressed not to cover him favorably in light of the consistency with which he advances the issues I care about.  My website is an opinion site, and if you don’t like those opinions … well, you are one click away from never having to read them again.  Also, while FITS has praised Ravenel’s entry into the U.S. Senate race, endorsed many of his views and echoed many of his criticisms of Graham, we’ve also been blunt in assessing his prospects come November.    

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DAMAGE CONTROL AT BOEING?

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Check Friday’s Seattle paper. There is an interesting story absolving South Carolina workers of the recent problems you referenced. Says they are doing higher-skilled work than their union counterparts in Washington State.  I would be interested in your take.

-Fred

SIC SEZ

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Fred: Saw that.  My take is simple … Boeing doesn’t care how many planes South Carolina makes.  Nor do they care how shoddy the workmanship is on those planes.  As a source close to the company’s North Charleston, S.C. facility told me plainly once, “never forget that we are leverage” – meaning the Boeing South Carolina facility exists for no other purpose than as a “stick” in negotiations with the company’s labor union.

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FORMER PALMETTO OPERATIVE LINKED TO MISSISSIPPI SENATE SMEARS

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Wesley Donohue’s Push Digital company was being paid by the pro-Thad Cochran super political action committee “Mississippi Conservatives” at the time the group was targeting African American Democrats to turn out for Cochran in the run-off.  The payments to Push were both independent expenditures in support of Cochran and opposed to McDaniel.

http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/953/14941618953/14941618953.pdf#navpanes=0

http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/516/14961313516/14961313516.pdf#navpanes=0

Wouldn’t it be interesting to see what kind of “online digital advertising” the company did? If it’s anything like the Citizens for Progress radio ad that Fox News recently found, I think it would be worth a FITSNews exclusive.

-Anon

SIC SEZ

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Anon: Nice catch. We covered the race-baiting Mississippi ad referenced in the Fox report last month (here’s our story).  Does it surprise us that “conservative” political operative Wesley Donehue may have been involved in race-baiting ads like this?  Of course not.  He’s been a tool of the GOP’s left wing from the beginning … and has made a killing over the years defending sellouts like Cochran.  BTW, I did reach out to Push Digital for a response and was told this: “We do work for clients all over the country. Political work is disclosed in accordance with state and federal campaign finance laws.”

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COLUMBIA S.C. “MAYORHOOD” UPDATE

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RE: Steve Benjamin No Longer With Law Firm

Next time you write about a scrubbed webpage, remember the Wayback Machine …

Here’s the archive webpage of Parker Poe Lawyers under the letter “B.” And here ‘tis.

-Anon

SIC SEZ

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Anon: That’s a solid tip. Duly noted …

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MORE COLUMBIA “MAYORHOOD”

None of the Columbia ‘news’ outlets have reported a word about the murder of Donald Gist since the shooter was arrested. I’m sure because he was the mayor’s brother-in-law. Why hasn’t this been investigated?

-Anon

SIC SEZ

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Anon: Good question.  Obviously we reported on it as it happened, but you’re right.  Very little has come to light about the circumstances surrounding Gist’s death.  I’ll keep my ear to the ground, though.

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ONCE MORE, “MAYORHOOD”

Dear Sir, I listened with interest to your appearance on the Cynthia Hardy Pryor radio show “On Point” this weekend on the Big DM.  Your comments referring to Mayor (Steve) Benjamin were inappropriate and qualify as racist.  Mayor Benjamin has done nothing wrong.  He has been charged with no crime.  (You’re) assassinating his character with no regard for his wife or family.  This qualifies as racist.  You owe the mayor an apology, his wife an apology and his children an apology.

-Gerald

SIC SEZ

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Gerald: All I can say regarding Mayor Benjamin is karma is a bitch … 

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IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS?

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Did you see WIS TV 10 reporter Jack Kuenzie discussing the Supreme Court’s recent Bobby Harrell/ Alan Wilson ruling? He’s getting “objective” analysis from attorney Pete Strom – who, as I’m sure you know, employs Bobby’s son Trey Harrell.

-B.T.

SIC SEZ

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BT: Yeah, I missed that … but then again I generally avoid WIS like the plague because it is the most pro-status quo television station in the state. Oh, and they censor viewer feedback.  Having said all that, Pete is one of – if not the – smartest lawyer in the state, which I know from experience.

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CHARTER VS. SEC NETWORK

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So Will. Did I miss it or have you spoken or are you interested in the major issue (to me and other Gamecock fans in the Upstate) about the fact that Charter cable and SEC network still haven’t agreed on a deal to carry it up here in Greenville? Time is running out and still no good news. I’m amazed that this is still unresolved and that it is still under the radar.

Keep up the good work. And thanks.

-B.P.

SIC SEZ

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BP: Thanks man.  Not sure what the status is regarding Charter or any of the other providers that haven’t inked a deal with the SEC Network.  I’m on AT&T U-Verse – which has subscribed – but it will definitely be newsworthy if August 28 rolls around and there are still providers who haven’t inked deals.

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MORE “WIRE”

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Dear Editor: You need to do the wire more than just once a month. I know it’s a pain in the ass but it is a great feature that generates leads for your site and the mainstream reporters who follow you. Please consider this as a request from a loyal reader — “MORE WIRE!”

-Anon

SIC SEZ

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Anon: Thank you.  You are correct.  I will do my best to amp up production of this particular feature.

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SIC STRUTTIN’ …

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So inquiring minds want to know, Sic William.  Do you plan on sharing the identity of the leggy black woman you were cozying up to in the the Capital Lounge late Thursday night in Washington, D.C.  Did you inform your wife as to how “close” the two of you were?

-DC Eye

SIC SEZ

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DC Eye: I got three words for you. The first is “pimpin.” The second is “ain’t.” And the third is “easy.”  Take ’em however you please.

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TUNEAGE

“This is my world and I am a world leader pretend … ”

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