By Mike Rose || Soon after I joined the South Carolina Senate in 1989 an FBI sting, Operation Lost Trust, landed several S.C. legislators in jail for bribery. The remaining legislators passed a new ethics law considered then to be the toughest in the nation. Today a special Commission appointed by Governor Nikki Haley, and [...]
TIPS, COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS FROM FITS READERS
Welcome to “The Wire,” our pseudo-daily effort to respond to the barrage of info we receive on a daily basis here at FITSNews …
What’s in the news today? The ongoing suspense regarding S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s appointment of an interim replacement for the Senate seat being vacated by Jim [...]
REFORMERS RALLY ‘ROUND THEIR MAN … BUT DOES IT MATTER?
Barring a miracle, when the South Carolina Senate reconvenes in January 2013 its so-called “Republican” majority will have shifted ever-so-slightly to the left (quite a feat when you consider its leadership is already slightly to the left of Chairman Mao).
How did this happen? Isn’t South Carolina [...]
SC “REFORM” MOVEMENT ON ITS DEATHBED
For those of you who haven’t noticed, this website hasn’t exactly been chomping at the bit to endorse candidates in the 2012 legislative elections here in South Carolina.
Why not? Because this year’s election is a total farce … and that was true long before the S.C. Supreme Court tossed more [...]
WHEREFORE ART THOU, DONKEYS?
Since the vast majority of South Carolina “Republicans” spend money like Democrats, it only makes sense that they would seek out their votes come election time. That goes for “Republican in Name Only” candidates, too, who are reportedly engaging Democratic operatives in an effort to turn out the donkey vote in their [...]
ISTANBUL, NOT CONSTANTINOPLE …
Eight S.C. Senators received an all-expenses paid trip to Turkey last October according to The Nerve, a Columbia, S.C.-based political website.
The purpose of the trip? No one seems to know …
Who went on the trip? State Senators Creighton Coleman (D-Fairfield), Mike Fair (RINO-Greenville), Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg), John Land (D-Clarendon), Phil Leventis (D-Sumter), [...]
CHARLESTON, SC – The Republican Liberty Caucus of South Carolina voted to endorse South Carolina Senator Mike Rose for re-election to the South Carolina Senate. Rose has served as a Senator for District 38 in Dorchester and Charleston counties since 2009, and previously held that office from 1988-1997.
“Mike Rose has a voting record that [...]
DEMOCRAT PUSHES TERM LIMITS, MORE DISCLOSURE, TOUGHER ETHICS LAWS
As he said he would last fall, S.C. Rep. Boyd Brown (D-Fairfield) has rolled out an ambitious ethics reform agenda for lawmakers to consider during the 2012 session of the S.C. General Assembly.
Will the “Republican-controlled” House and Senate take up any of Brown’s proposals? Probably not … [...]
We all know that Lexington County (S.C.) Republican activist Katrina Shealy – and presumably a few others – will be challenging corpulent “Republican in Name Only” Jakie Knotts in 2012, but what other “Republican” incumbents will face primary challenges next year?
We can certainly think of a few who deserve to be challenged …
One name who [...]
RE: “A New Inspector”
I’m pleased that Governor Nikki Haley has found a replacement for former S.C. Inspector General George Schroeder, and I wish the new guy all the best. How big is this challenge? How much fraud is out there in state government?
One “metric” to consider is the number of state employees. To get [...]
Eight S.C. Senators have joined Gov. Nikki Haley in responding to a lawsuit filed Monday by Senate President Glenn McConnell – who is challenging Haley’s authority to force lawmakers back into an emergency legislative session this week.
Haley made the decision to call lawmakers into an “extra” legislative session after the S.C. Senate failed to pass [...]
S.C. Senator Mike Rose (R-Summerville) has proposed legislation that would force lawmakers in the Palmetto state to go on the record with special spending requests – i.e. state-level “earmarks.”
Specifically, lawmakers must fill out a form anytime they want to insert one of these special spending items in the state budget.
“The form must include the member’s [...]