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BURN HER ANYWAY!
A Sumter, S.C. man was found not guilty by reason of insanity on arson charges in the January 2012 destruction of his own home. According to the local solicitor, 45-year-old Richard Clark “burned the house down because he believed witches were in the home.”
Wow. “We shall use my largest scales!”
CHASING AWAY BUSINESS?
You need to call your buddy (S.C. Rep.) Murrell Smith over in Sumter County. They are trying to land a big manufacturing plant but Nikki Haley’s office and her minions at the Department of Commerce are trying to steer the project to Fairfield County so she can claim that she has brought jobs to all forty-six South Carolina counties.
Big story in the making.
We’ve heard this rumor. Very interesting … and further evidence that government should have absolutely nothing to do with economic development.
MAKING SOUTH CAROLINA PROUD
A former University of South Carolina law student, political consultant and lecturer at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte (UNCC) was arrested last month and charged with driving while impaired (DWI) and resisting arrest.
More importantly, this upstanding young gentleman – Lawrence “Larry” Shaheen – appears to be holding himself out as an attorney in the State of North Carolina according to his LinkedIn public profile – which would be a criminal misdemeanor. He is not listed as an attorney with the N.C. Bar.
Wow … interesting. Sucks to be that guy.
SUPREME COURT SHUFFLING?
RE: “Jean Toal Shocker!“
Thank you for the Toal article today on FITS News. The way I heard it was that Justice Costa Pleiconesis livid. He feels he has “stabbed in the back.”
“Somebody” posted a note a few minutes ago on Fits stating what I heard – that Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell is in on the deal. Toal turns 72 in August 2015 (b. August 1943) and is six months older than Pleicones (b. Feb, 1944). Toal intends to hold the position until it is played out as to whether McConnell has a chance at being Lt. Governor again. If not, the new hearings and legislative election for chief justice will be in February 2014 for McConell to take the position in August 2014 instead of 2015.
The Repubs will have plenty of time to get another candidate on the ballot for the June 2014 primaries.
Bruce Williams was already lining up votes to get onto the court thinking Costa would get his year of grandeur. Kaye Hearn was planning to take over after Pleicones. All this plan does is cut out Pleicones’ year and holds the position for McConnell.
Wow. Very interesting theory. All of this underscores why – as we’ve said all along – the S.C. General Assembly should have absolutely nothing to do with electing judges at any level.
TOP SC TRANSPORTATION BUREAUCRAT IS HARDLY WORKIN’
Look at this post on Brad Warthen’s blog. There is a guy over there who goes by “Bud” who is William Bloom, a S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) employee. According to his time stamps this guy spends all day posting comments on Brad’s blog. According to the state salary database he is a Program Manager I at the Department of Transportation.
Is this what taxpayers are paying him $62,000 to do all day?
Brad Warthen is still blogging? I’m sure Bud and twelve other people appreciate that … still, good tip. There are thousands of lazy bureaucrats like this in state government.
PALMETTO HEALTH RICHLAND “INCIDENT”
What happened at Palmetto Health Richland recently. An “incident” occurred that made the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid come in and investigate. CMS placed a legal notice in The State about involuntary termination.
No clue. Maybe somebody will read this and offer up some intel …
“I sometime realize, I can only be as good as you’ll let me …”