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We get lots of tips, comments and questions about stuff we write … and stuff people want us to write.

Wanna share a link? Suggestion? Criticism? Question? Submit it (anonymously or otherwise) via our tip wire … and remember, in addition to confidentially investigating your leads we also publish letters to the editor and guest editorials (even anonymous ones) if you’ve got more to say on a subject. Also feel free to reach out to our founding editor directly at w@fitsnews.com.

To the wire!

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BURN HER ANYWAY!

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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.” 

SIC SEZ

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Wow. “We shall use my largest scales!”

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CHASING AWAY BUSINESS?

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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.

SIC SEZ

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We’ve heard this rumor. Very interesting … and further evidence that government should have absolutely nothing to do with economic development.

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MAKING SOUTH CAROLINA PROUD

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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.

SIC SEZ

sic speaking

Wow … interesting. Sucks to be that guy.

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SUPREME COURT SHUFFLING?

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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.

SIC SEZ

sic speaking

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.

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TOP SC TRANSPORTATION BUREAUCRAT IS HARDLY WORKIN’

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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?

SIC SEZ

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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.

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PALMETTO HEALTH RICHLAND “INCIDENT”

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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.

SIC SEZ

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No clue. Maybe somebody will read this and offer up some intel …

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TUNEAGE

“I sometime realize, I can only be as good as you’ll let me …”

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34 comments

Clerk on the way out June 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm

This Toal thing has taken a life of its own at the courthouses. The Pleicones folks are fighting mad. With Toal well known for her vindictiveness against clerks of court and judges who do not pay homage on a regular basis, people are having to whisper behind closed doors. She’s up to something, that much is for sure.

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Thomas June 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Well, evidently, Bakari Sellers just announced his plan to run for Lt Gov in 2014, Glenn is out. If Toal rules for Rainey, Nikki is out, and Pleicones is out if Jean stays put. Break time…

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jimlewisowb June 6, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Heard down at the Git ‘n Go that Queen Toad put a quietus to that talking behind closed doors

As of 4 PM this afternoon all doors in the Supreme Court Building have been taken down and trucked over to Goodwill on Broad River

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Clerk on the way out June 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm

This Toal thing has taken a life of its own at the courthouses. The Pleicones folks are fighting mad. With Toal well known for her vindictiveness against clerks of court and judges who do not pay homage on a regular basis, people are having to whisper behind closed doors. She’s up to something, that much is for sure.

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Thomas June 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Well, evidently, Bakari Sellers just announced his plan to run for Lt Gov in 2014, Glenn is out. If Toal rules for Rainey, Nikki is out, and Pleicones is out if Jean stays put. Break time…

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jimlewisowb June 6, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Heard down at the Git ‘n Go that Queen Toad put a quietus to that talking behind closed doors

As of 4 PM this afternoon all doors in the Supreme Court Building have been taken down and trucked over to Goodwill on Broad River

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Butch June 6, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Pleicones lived by the sword and now is dying by the sword. He has been on the Cam Lewis – Jean Toal sugar-tit for decades. He was their token gentleman and appeared to be honest. He was always defending them. He’s still in bed with them. He has hired Will Lewis – Cam and Mary’s son – to be his law clerk to begin July 1, 2013.

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Butch June 6, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Pleicones lived by the sword and now is dying by the sword. He has been on the Cam Lewis – Jean Toal sugar-tit for decades. He was their token gentleman and appeared to be honest. He was always defending them. He’s still in bed with them. He has hired Will Lewis – Cam and Mary’s son – to be his law clerk to begin July 1, 2013.

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Orangeblood June 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm

With the pending implosion of both the Hospital and School District in Sumter I think Rep Murrell Smith would have a formidable task to recruit a tatoo artist to move to there.

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Orangeblood June 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm

With the pending implosion of both the Hospital and School District in Sumter I think Rep Murrell Smith would have a formidable task to recruit a tatoo artist to move to there.

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History Repeats June 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm

RTCA, pols have ‘Big Easy’ dinner / Politico

“Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and his fiancée María Belén Chapur made a
rare appearance together. When asked about her reaction to Sanford’s
recent Congressional victory, Belén Chapur said, “I am happy because he
is very happy.””
Wait a minute…her response is not that he is a “wonderful” person and a seasoned congressman with sound ideas for fixing Washington’s spending problems? I guess a future wife has different criteria than a constituent. Maybe she has finally dog eared some pages in Jenny’s book.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/rtca-media-dinner-92318.html#ixzz2VSYLfmrO

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carrie June 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm

And they refused to tell the reporters when they will get married and where they will be living. They were very coy about it.

She’s happy because he’s happy-well the way I look at it she’s happy because Mark no longer needs Jenny; he won this election w/o her help and that makes him all hers. She has waited a long time for this moment.

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History Repeats June 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Well Father’s Day is coming up. It’s probably not too late to book a wedding chapel in Vegas.

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History Repeats June 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm

RTCA, pols have ‘Big Easy’ dinner / Politico

“Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and his fiancée María Belén Chapur made a
rare appearance together. When asked about her reaction to Sanford’s
recent Congressional victory, Belén Chapur said, “I am happy because he
is very happy.””
Wait a minute…her response is not that he is a “wonderful” person and a seasoned congressman with sound ideas for fixing Washington’s spending problems? I guess a future wife has different criteria than a constituent. Maybe she has finally dog eared some pages in Jenny’s book.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/rtca-media-dinner-92318.html#ixzz2VSYLfmrO

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carrie June 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm

And they refused to tell the reporters when they will get married and where they will be living. They were very coy about it.

She’s happy because he’s happy-well the way I look at it she’s happy because Mark no longer needs Jenny; he won this election w/o her help and that makes him all hers. She has waited a long time for this moment.

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History Repeats June 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Well Father’s Day is coming up. It’s probably not too late to book a wedding chapel in Vegas.

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Googlemeister June 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm

That Richland case is a MAJOR event if true. Losing CMS support could end residency support and medicaid/medicare payments. It would seem that this would be headline news? Anyone know?

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Googlemeister June 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm

That Richland case is a MAJOR event if true. Losing CMS support could end residency support and medicaid/medicare payments. It would seem that this would be headline news? Anyone know?

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Philip Branton June 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm

“…..SIC SEZ

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….”

No….Mr. Wil Folks………come to think of it, could it be that the so-called “lazy” state workers have no clue to the real “Value” of time stamping a certain article. Now if 500 or 2000 state workers time stamped an article the YOU had written ….what spin would you be putting on it..?? (WOW…look at me, I’m Wil Folks, we have 500 DOT workers concerned about pot holes in Clarendon County…and they understand how to use my website instead of the STATE or Skirt Magazine..!)

Mr Folks……..care to tell your readers why 5000 concerned FEDERAL, State, City and Charitable workers did not “comment” on your SC State University DOT Funding Fiasco..??

Maybe it was because YOU have failed to explain to your readers of exactly what they are supposed to do after they READ one of your articles..??

Wil Folks…..stop being Brian Hicks….!! That’s an order…!!! (Fist Poundzz…!)

Ya know Wil…..maybe if you cared enough to understand the ramifications to SC worker pensions from the chaos in Syria …..your readers may understand how to MAKE more MONEY…!!!

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Squishy123 June 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm

So Phillip… are you defending state employees who apparently spend much of their time at work posting on political blogs instead of doing what they were hired to do?

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Whatever June 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Nobody knows what this fool is prattling on about. But he does it a lot.

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nitrat June 6, 2013 at 11:20 pm

That’s zoomru!!!

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Philip Branton June 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm

“…..SIC SEZ

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….”

No….Mr. Wil Folks………come to think of it, could it be that the so-called “lazy” state workers have no clue to the real “Value” of time stamping a certain article. Now if 500 or 2000 state workers time stamped an article the YOU had written ….what spin would you be putting on it..?? (WOW…look at me, I’m Wil Folks, we have 500 DOT workers concerned about pot holes in Clarendon County…and they understand how to use my website instead of the STATE or Skirt Magazine..!)

Mr Folks……..care to tell your readers why 5000 concerned FEDERAL, State, City and Charitable workers did not “comment” on your SC State University DOT Funding Fiasco..??

Maybe it was because YOU have failed to explain to your readers of exactly what they are supposed to do after they READ one of your articles..??

Wil Folks…..stop being Brian Hicks….!! That’s an order…!!! (Fist Poundzz…!)

Ya know Wil…..maybe if you cared enough to understand the ramifications to SC worker pensions from the chaos in Syria …..your readers may understand how to MAKE more MONEY…!!!

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Squishy123 June 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm

So Phillip… are you defending state employees who apparently spend much of their time at work posting on political blogs instead of doing what they were hired to do?

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Whatever June 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Nobody knows what this fool is prattling on about. But he does it a lot.

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nitrat June 6, 2013 at 11:20 pm

That’s zoomru!!!

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Marie Harrison June 6, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Thank you, Sen Jackson for standing up to Haley and recognizing her as the hypocritical bully she is.

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Marie Harrison June 6, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Thank you, Sen Jackson for standing up to Haley and recognizing her as the hypocritical bully she is.

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Squishy123 June 7, 2013 at 8:59 am

Looks like bud is back online, he’s already posting again after clocking in at DOT.

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Squishy123 June 7, 2013 at 8:59 am

Looks like bud is back online, he’s already posting again after clocking in at DOT.

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9" June 7, 2013 at 9:28 am

can’t tell if philip branton’s good looking or not , but the last philip i met who spelled his name with one,l had a big one and was uncut(a plus)

why is bud wasting his time on a blog at work,when he could be having sex,like everybody else,although it’s possible to do both…

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9" June 7, 2013 at 9:28 am

can’t tell if philip branton’s good looking or not , but the last philip i met who spelled his name with one,l had a big one and was uncut(a plus)

why is bud wasting his time on a blog at work,when he could be having sex,like everybody else,although it’s possible to do both…

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Low level party goer June 9, 2013 at 12:02 am

GOP operatives at cocktail parties here in Columbia tonight claim this Toal manuever is way more devious and dangerous than originally thought. Most believe Toal – Queen Jean – believes she can manipulate the impended indictments of some of her cronies and she did not think Pleicones was man enough to do the job. There are those who believe the Feds are giving Toal enough rope to hang herself. This ought to be getting more interesting by the day.

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Low level party goer June 9, 2013 at 12:02 am

GOP operatives at cocktail parties here in Columbia tonight claim this Toal manuever is way more devious and dangerous than originally thought. Most believe Toal – Queen Jean – believes she can manipulate the impended indictments of some of her cronies and she did not think Pleicones was man enough to do the job. There are those who believe the Feds are giving Toal enough rope to hang herself. This ought to be getting more interesting by the day.

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