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SC Legislative Taxi Service Shut Down

Less than a week after this website revealed the existence of a secret taxpayer-funded late night taxi service for inebriated and/or lazy South Carolina legislators, the free rides have come to an end – at least in the S.C. House of Representatives. According to one of our well-placed sources at the…

Less than a week after this website revealed the existence of a secret taxpayer-funded late night taxi service for inebriated and/or lazy South Carolina legislators, the free rides have come to an end – at least in the S.C. House of Representatives.

According to one of our well-placed sources at the state capitol building, “they (have) stopped doing Sergeant at Arms ‘after hours after hours,'” referring to the ferrying of lawmakers to and from various special interest receptions and downtown Columbia, S.C. bars on your dime.

“Thanks a lot,” one lawmaker us indignantly.

As we reported last weekend, the S.C. House Sergeant at Arms office maintains a fleet consisting of “several (Ford) Crown Vics and two (Chevy) Tahoes” which it uses for its late night lawmaker taxi service. The existence of this fleet came to light after S.C. Rep. Ted Vick (D-Chesterfield) – a former congressional candidate – was busted last week for his second DUI in less than a year. Asked whether he usually drove drunk, Vick told arresting officers “no, I have drivers.”

Hopefully the S.C. Senate will follow the House’s lead and get rid of these superfluous vehicles – with the proceeds going into a taxpayer rebate fund.

Of course this is corrupt as hell South Carolina … which means that’s wishful thinking. In fact as we write this we’re sure lawmakers are already plotting “alternative arrangements” for their late night travel needs.

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37 comments

LD May 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Wow, I’m sure that’ll save us a few dollars. How about revamping the state retirement system– like maybe using the total time spent in the system to determine the benefit vs. basing the benefit on the highest three tears? Or not letting years as an elected offical count.

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Brea Bennett May 22, 2013 at 11:30 pm

But how will I get a ride? :)

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LD May 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Wow, I’m sure that’ll save us a few dollars. How about revamping the state retirement system– like maybe using the total time spent in the system to determine the benefit vs. basing the benefit on the highest three tears? Or not letting years as an elected offical count.

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Buz Martin May 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Man, that potential/theoretical/fantasmagorical taxpayer rebate fund keeps growing, and growing and growing … kind of like Alice after she ate or drank whatever down in that rabbit hole.

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CNSYD May 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Buz, have you got a copy of how this rebate system will work? I have continuously asked Sic Willie for a copy but none seems to be forthcoming. Maybe it will be in Sic Willie’s book on his alleged affair with Haley.

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katlaurenscounty May 22, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Or maybe in the file cabinet with all those ‘investigations’ FITS keeps promising.

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Boz Martin May 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Man, that potential/theoretical/fantasmagorical taxpayer rebate fund keeps growing, and growing and growing … kind of like Alice after she ate or drank whatever down in that rabbit hole.

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CNSYD May 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Buz, have you got a copy of how this rebate system will work? I have continuously asked Sic Willie for a copy but none seems to be forthcoming. Maybe it will be in Sic Willie’s book on his alleged affair with Haley.

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katlaurenscounty May 22, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Or maybe in the file cabinet with all those ‘investigations’ FITS keeps promising.

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bob May 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Buz, any update on the Hilton case or the Coastal kickback?

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bob May 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Buz, any update on the Hilton case or the Coastal kickback?

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RHood2 May 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm

What’s the status of your FOIA about the service?

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RHood2 May 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm

What’s the status of your FOIA about the service?

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jurisdoc May 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Guess the DUI attys in Columbia will start racking up the business………… I might go hand out some cards.

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jurisdoc May 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Guess the DUI attys in Columbia will start racking up the business………… I might go hand out some cards.

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The Duke May 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Want to get really pissed off, get the info on legislative retirement and how much taxpayer money goes to subsidize it, number of years to be vested, how you can purchase additional years at very little cost. How many are still serving and drawing retirement and how indistrict expense is counted toward retirement!
Eye opening, selfserving and lucrative for them. Then they go to lobbying, draw retirement, get special bennies. etc.

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semi May 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm

One good end around they use when people complain if they contemplate giving a pay increase is to either remove the increase or minimize it and then they change the percentage the state contributes to their retirement fund. Last time I read anything about the differences (10 years ago) their contribution percent was 3 times greater than school teachers. I would be interested to know what the various matches are now.

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The Duke May 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Want to get really pissed off, get the info on legislative retirement and how much taxpayer money goes to subsidize it, number of years to be vested, how you can purchase additional years at very little cost. How many are still serving and drawing retirement and how indistrict expense is counted toward retirement!
Eye opening, selfserving and lucrative for them. Then they go to lobbying, draw retirement, get special bennies. etc.

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semi May 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm

One good end around they use when people complain if they contemplate giving a pay increase is to either remove the increase or minimize it and then they change the percentage the state contributes to their retirement fund. Last time I read anything about the differences (10 years ago) their contribution percent was 3 times greater than school teachers. I would be interested to know what the various matches are now.

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Rlg Cooper May 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Now they will just get arrested and have to pull strings to get off. An extra step.

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Rlg Cooper May 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Now they will just get arrested and have to pull strings to get off. An extra step.

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Marie Harrison May 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I am assuming that Ted’s license was suspended for 6 months due to the fact that he refused the breathalizer. Anyone know? I guess he will now be called moped-ted.

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Marie Harrison May 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I am assuming that Ted’s license was suspended for 6 months due to the fact that he refused the breathalizer. Anyone know? I guess he will now be called moped-ted.

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CorruptionInColumbia May 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Thank You, Fitsnews!!!!!!!! Every little bit (of waste cut from the state debt) helps!

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CorruptionInColumbia May 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Thank You, Fitsnews!!!!!!!! Every little bit (of waste cut from the state debt) helps!

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Whatever May 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Shoot now I have to watch out for Drunk legislators on my way home. Just when the streets were safe from Speed Racer Bauer.

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Whatever May 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Shoot now I have to watch out for Drunk legislators on my way home. Just when the streets were safe from Speed Racer Bauer.

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Real 5-0 May 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm

I guess the security gaurd’s wont have anything to do. Right King-Tut?

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Real 5-0 May 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm

I guess the security gaurd’s wont have anything to do. Right King-Tut?

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Real 5-0 May 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm

…GUARDS…

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Real 5-0 May 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm

…GUARDS…

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nitrat May 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm

yeah, SC is corrupt as hell. But, it is still pure as the driven snow compared to what VA governor Bob (the most plastic hair since Carroll Campbell) McDonnell and VA Attorney General (& just nominated as GOP candidate for Gov) Cuccinnelli have been up to in Virginia. They’re being investigated by the FBI.

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nitrat May 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm

yeah, SC is corrupt as hell. But, it is still pure as the driven snow compared to what VA governor Bob (the most plastic hair since Carroll Campbell) McDonnell and VA Attorney General (& just nominated as GOP candidate for Gov) Cuccinnelli have been up to in Virginia. They’re being investigated by the FBI.

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Nat May 22, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Oh man, the end of legislative liquor and pussy delivery? What the hell’s the world coming to?

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Nat May 22, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Oh man, the end of legislative liquor and pussy delivery? What the hell’s the world coming to?

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Darth May 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Guess tha’ taxi service spun off past Richland County Sheriff Frank Powell’s “X-Files” of legislative misbehaviours…. shame that the Lexington Ring isn’t FOIA-able

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Darth May 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Guess tha’ taxi service spun off past Richland County Sheriff Frank Powell’s “X-Files” of legislative misbehaviours…. shame that the Lexington Ring isn’t FOIA-able

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