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The Speaker Is Flying Again

S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s BMW X-3 sport utility vehicle was spotted at North Charleston’s General Aviation terminal on Saturday, indicating the scandal-scarred “Republican” is doing some weekend traveling. Is Harrell, a pilot, doing some flying himself? If so let’s hope he’s doing a better job minding those reimbursements (one of many…

S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s BMW X-3 sport utility vehicle was spotted at North Charleston’s General Aviation terminal on Saturday, indicating the scandal-scarred “Republican” is doing some weekend traveling.

Is Harrell, a pilot, doing some flying himself? If so let’s hope he’s doing a better job minding those reimbursements (one of many finance-related scandals that have dogged his speakership over the last nine months).

Last we heard, the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was just beginning its probe into the fiscally liberal leader … but that was more than two months ago. Other than a bizarre report linking Harrell and his wife to a messy divorce involving Mrs. Harrell’s BFF, it’s been eerily quiet on the Harrell front.

What’s the latest?

We haven’t heard a peep, peeps. Seriously …

This website has already called on Harrell to step down, by the way … arguing his offenses (and the measures he’s taken in response to them) make him unfit to hold office. Of course we’re admittedly biased against the guy … with good reason.

A big spending, tax hiking crony capitalist, Harrell is one of the primary architects of the Palmetto State’s “Lost Decade” – first as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means (a.k.a. budget) committee and later as Speaker.

Along with S.C. Senate finance chairman Hugh Leatherman, Senate President John Courson, Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, former House Ways and Means chairman Danny Cooper, current Ways and Means chairman Brian White and Senate “majority” leader Harvey Peeler, he’s among those in state government most responsible for our state’s perpetual lack of forward motion.

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59 comments

A face in the crowd May 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm

They cannot step down just yet, as various actions are yet to be decriminalized in the state ethics “reform.”

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A face in the crowd May 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm

They cannot step down just yet, as various actions are yet to be decriminalized in the state ethics “reform.”

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Jeffy01 May 11, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Holy crap…. He may be in a plane! Alert the sleuths at the Policy Council. In others news…..he peed before take off!
Did David Wilkins drink coffee today? We need the news!

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Jeffy01 May 11, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Holy crap…. He may be in a plane! Alert the sleuths at the Policy Council. In others news…..he peed before take off!
Did David Wilkins drink coffee today? We need the news!

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hola May 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm

That’s an X5, not an X3. They’re made in SC! Get it right!

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Smirks May 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm

It’s even in the damn picture.

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hola May 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm

That’s an X5, not an X3. They’re made in SC! Get it right!

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Smirks May 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm

It’s even in the damn picture.

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bob May 11, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Nothing will happen to Harrell. The elitist politicians always slide by. Do you think Sled will honestly investigate this, their budget generates in the house where Harrell is lord and king.

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Dan on Devine May 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm

He’s cut deals with McConnell also as well as Toal. Nothing is going to happen. If some Democrat does come up with some state charge, Toal will cherry pick the judge and all will swept under the rug.

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Sarge May 13, 2013 at 10:47 am

Harrell has got trash on McConnell, Leatherman and Toal. Nothing is going to happen to him.

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bob May 11, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Nothing will happen to Harrell. The elitist politicians always slide by. Do you think Sled will honestly investigate this, their budget generates in the house where Harrell is lord and king.

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Dan on Devine May 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm

He’s cut deals with McConnell also as well as Toal. Nothing is going to happen. If some Democrat does come up with some state charge, Toal will cherry pick the judge and all will swept under the rug.

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Sarge May 13, 2013 at 10:47 am

Harrell has got trash on McConnell, Leatherman and Toal. Nothing is going to happen to him.

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Elfego May 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

We have a Dictatorship in South Carolina as well as DC!

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Elfego May 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

We have a Dictatorship in South Carolina as well as DC!

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GrandTango May 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

With it beginning to become unraveled for the Obama Administration, FITS is beginning to look more and more IGNORANT and desperate.
Obama is so sloppy, because he has been told he is a god, by his idolaters in the media. But there is likely something atrocious that will make a majority turn on him…
Scandal is the benchmark for most last 2 years. They tried to get Bush, be he was pretty clean. They Finally got Clinton…and I’d imagine Obama’s got a lot more to hide than Clinton…
And let’s bet FITS will $#!* all over himself when it hits…

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2big2fall May 11, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Six of one, half a dozen of the other. Give them typewriters and an eternity and something intelligible could eventually spew forth.

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shifty henry May 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm

!!! AAAAAGGGGGHHHHH !!!

….that’s even freaking US out !!!

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Squishy123 May 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

This too will be swept under the rug, much like the crap that suddenly disappeared in Lexington. Danny Frazier and gang never were worried.

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Drone in the sky May 11, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Frazier and the gang have high friends in low places!
Frazier raised and contributed to Nikki Haley, who appointed Chief Keels (remember SLED sat on recording for months without action).
He and his adulterous wife are close friends and neighbors of Bob Peeler (brother of Senate Majority leader Harvey peeler) and his adulterous wife (former Joe Wilson employee and neice of Jean Toal). Joe Wilson father of Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Frazier and Halfacre are in the Ring and close to Sheriff Metts, Dennis tindle and Tim James (SLED former #2).
What more could you ask for?
This is why he was quoted as saying, ‘I’ve got Law Enforcement on lock down!”.
The High Sheriff, the Chief Justice, the Chief of SLED, a US Congressman.
I don’t know why they stopped with illegal gambling. They could have probably gotten by with much, much more!

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dwb619 May 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm

I think i need a chart to keep up with all that.

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Lexington Louie May 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm

It’s not that complicated. Unfortunately, I could follow it. I agree. It is that bad over there, but nothing is going to happen. p. Isn’t it funny, how quickly Jakie Knotts fell off the chart. I would have added Jahue Moore – on about 3 lines. pps. Is the Toal niece, a Hoefer? Does she live off the sand pit money also? That explains a lot with where the Peeler money comes from.

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Sam May 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

Can anyone say Tony Ippolito?

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Squishy123 May 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

This too will be swept under the rug, much like the crap that suddenly disappeared in Lexington. Danny Frazier and gang never were worried.

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Drone in the sky May 11, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Frazier and the gang have high friends in low places!
Frazier raised and contributed to Nikki Haley, who appointed Chief Keels (remember SLED sat on recording for months without action).
He and his adulterous wife are close friends and neighbors of Bob Peeler (brother of Senate Majority leader Harvey peeler) and his adulterous wife (former Joe Wilson employee and neice of Jean Toal). Joe Wilson father of Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Frazier and Halfacre are in the Ring and close to Sheriff Metts, Dennis tindle and Tim James (SLED former #2).
What more could you ask for?
This is why he was quoted as saying, ‘I’ve got Law Enforcement on lock down!”.
The High Sheriff, the Chief Justice, the Chief of SLED, a US Congressman.
I don’t know why they stopped with illegal gambling. They could have probably gotten by with much, much more!

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dwb619 May 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm

I think i need a chart to keep up with all that.

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Lexington Louie May 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm

It’s not that complicated. Unfortunately, I could follow it. I agree. It is that bad over there, but nothing is going to happen. p. Isn’t it funny, how quickly Jakie Knotts fell off the chart. I would have added Jahue Moore – on about 3 lines. pps. Is the Toal niece, a Hoefer? Does she live off the sand pit money also? That explains a lot with where the Peeler money comes from.

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Sam May 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

Can anyone say Tony Ippolito?

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tom williams May 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm

At least he is not a six figure (not counting benefits) taxpayer funded bureaucrat like Sic Willie’s boy Sanfraud.

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GreenvilleLwyr May 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

While I have no love for either Harrell or Sanford, I would point out that Sanford, as an elected (by some brain dead people) official, is not a bureaucrat.

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CNSYD May 13, 2013 at 10:45 am

Harrell was elected twice. Once by the people of his district and then by the members of the House.

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tom williams May 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm

At least he is not a six figure (not counting benefits) taxpayer funded bureaucrat like Sic Willie’s boy Sanfraud.

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GreenvilleLwyr May 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

While I have no love for either Harrell or Sanford, I would point out that Sanford, as an elected (by some brain dead people) official, is not a bureaucrat.

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CNSYD May 13, 2013 at 10:45 am

Harrell was elected twice. Once by the people of his district and then by the members of the House.

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flightawarereader May 11, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Is Bobby’s Mooney blocked from being followed? I don’t see his tail number as a departure.

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Mike at the Beach May 12, 2013 at 12:52 am

I thought he had a Cirrus? Both, maybe?

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flightawarereader May 11, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Is Bobby’s Mooney blocked from being followed? I don’t see his tail number as a departure.

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Mike at the Beach May 12, 2013 at 12:52 am

I thought he had a Cirrus? Both, maybe?

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Trouble Maker May 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Someone should slash the bastards tires.

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Trouble Maker May 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Someone should slash the bastards tires.

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dm10ae May 12, 2013 at 2:32 am

That last paragraph sums up the last 10 years very well.

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dm10ae May 12, 2013 at 2:32 am

That last paragraph sums up the last 10 years very well.

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FAA May 12, 2013 at 10:42 am

Speaking of FLYING, our “conservative” State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, has already taken the state plane more than the last 3 Treasurers combined!

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Harold May 12, 2013 at 7:47 pm

I tend to disbelieve the statement by “FAA” and ask that he substantiate it.

If there is one transparent, open-calendar-on-the-web, penny-pinching, skinflint, I’ll ride my bicycle politician in S.C., it’s Loftis.

So please, “FAA,” give us the details below.

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FAA May 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

Just look at the SC State Aviation log book. LOFTY LOFTIS takes to the air.

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FAA May 12, 2013 at 10:42 am

Speaking of FLYING, our “conservative” State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, has already taken the state plane more than the last 3 Treasurers combined!

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Harold May 12, 2013 at 7:47 pm

I tend to disbelieve the statement by “FAA” and ask that he substantiate it.

If there is one transparent, open-calendar-on-the-web, penny-pinching, skinflint, I’ll ride my bicycle politician in S.C., it’s Loftis.

So please, “FAA,” give us the details below.

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FAA May 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

Just look at the SC State Aviation log book. LOFTY LOFTIS takes to the air.

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Wappoo Will May 12, 2013 at 7:54 pm

If you think any serious ethics legislation will be passed this session — or next — you’re nuts.

Remember that Harrell was re-elected by a landslide by the same moronic lemmings in the Charleston area that just re-elected Mark Sanford by a landslide.

In Charleston, voters drink “stupid” juice, made from oysters and yaupon holly, also called “ilex vomitoria.”

Look it up.

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Wappoo Will May 12, 2013 at 7:54 pm

If you think any serious ethics legislation will be passed this session — or next — you’re nuts.

Remember that Harrell was re-elected by a landslide by the same moronic lemmings in the Charleston area that just re-elected Mark Sanford by a landslide.

In Charleston, voters drink “stupid” juice, made from oysters and yaupon holly, also called “ilex vomitoria.”

Look it up.

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surfer, the web, that is May 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

So his wife is bisexual? Whatever.

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surfer, the web, that is May 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

So his wife is bisexual? Whatever.

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Tyrone Goldnuts May 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

Whatever happened to that mantra the GOP used to say in the 80s and 90s: Thou shalt not speak evil of a fellow Republican? I know, I know, FITS says he is non-partisan…..Truth is, if FITS says he does not like it, I just say YES, I DO. The GOP is eating one another, and it’s visceral.

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Tyrone Goldnuts May 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

Whatever happened to that mantra the GOP used to say in the 80s and 90s: Thou shalt not speak evil of a fellow Republican? I know, I know, FITS says he is non-partisan…..Truth is, if FITS says he does not like it, I just say YES, I DO. The GOP is eating one another, and it’s visceral.

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Tom May 20, 2013 at 12:18 pm

The dynamic duo is back!1

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Tom May 20, 2013 at 12:18 pm

The dynamic duo is back!1

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