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LOWCOUNTRY “REPUBLICAN” BUSTED LIFTING LANGUAGE …

S.C. Rep. Samuel Rivers – a “Republican” from Goose Creek, S.C. first elected to his seat in 2012 – has been accused of plagiarism in an opinion piece appearing in The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier .

The alleged plagiarism was uncovered by investigative reporter Corey Hutchins – who published his findings in The Columbia Journalism Review .

“What does cattle ranching in Wyoming have to do with building homes in South Carolina?” Hutchins asks. “More than you’d think, apparently, judging by a recent newspaper op-ed by a Charleston lawmaker and a PR package from a beef lobbying group in Cheyenne.”

Rivers’ oped – published here – appears to have been written on behalf of the S.C. Homebuilders Association.  It opposes a controversial new mandate from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Obviously this website is no friend of the EPA, but at least we’re original in our criticism.

Rivers?  Not so much …

The preacher – who we’re assuming is familiar with the Scriptural admonition against stealing – lifted significant portions of “his” opinion piece from an opinion piece (see page seven of this .pdf file) prepared by the National Cattleman’s Beef Association.

“Six of the 12 paragraphs in the P&C commentary either closely mirror or reflect verbatim the ranching op-ed,” Hutchins notes.

And he’s right.

Here’s an excerpt from Rivers’ oped …

Despite U.S. Supreme Court rulings striking down broad interpretations of their authority over isolated waters, the agencies keep trying to expand federal jurisdiction over ditches, ponds and puddles. The agencies’ latest attempt is the most brazen, and according to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is “cleverly written,” leading industry to believe the proposal is intended to be an end-run around Congress and the Supreme Court.

Many in the regulated community have called this proposal the largest land grab in history.

And here’s an excerpt from the Big Beef document …

Despite Supreme Court rulings striking down broad interpretations of their authority over isolated waters the agencies keep trying to expand federal jurisdiction over ditches, ponds and puddles. The agencies latest attempt is the most brazen, and according to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is “cleverly written,” leading industry to believe the proposal is intended to be an end-run around Congress and the Supreme Court.

Many in the agricultural community have called this proposal the largest land grab in history, and I don’t think that is far off the mark, if at all.

Wow … that’s “Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V” if we’ve ever seen it.

Amazingly, Rivers still claims he wrote the piece, telling Hutchins “I didn’t copy and paste that at all. No, no, no.”

Sure you didn’t, dude … sure you didn’t.

This reminds us of B-Rabbit (a.k.a. Eminem)’s second rap battle in the movie 8 Mile in which he instructs a rival rapper to “go home write some sh*t make it suspenseful – and don’t come back until something dope hits you.”

Seriously …

UPDATE: Looks like Samuel Rivers has gotten money from the S.C. Builders’ PAC …

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