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Haley, RGA Ban Press From Governors’ Meeting

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – who made transparency in government a central theme of her campaign three years ago – refused to allow media inside a Republican Governor’s Association (RGA) meeting in Charleston, S.C. this week. The meeting – attended by Haley and six other GOP governors – was held…

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – who made transparency in government a central theme of her campaign three years ago – refused to allow media inside a Republican Governor’s Association (RGA) meeting in Charleston, S.C. this week.

The meeting – attended by Haley and six other GOP governors – was held at the luxurious Charleston Place Hotel, a facility which as of last February owed taxpayers $23 million for loans it received in the mid-1980s.

“A visiting reporter was politely asked to leave,” notes Schuyler Kropf of The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier of the meeting, which was attended by Haley, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

According to Kropf, the RGA branded the event as its “corporate policy summit.”

“So much for transparency,” his headline read.

Democratic spokeswoman Kristin Sosanie said the RGA crowd at the closed-door event was “almost as large as the paltry turnout for Nikki Haley’s big reelection rally,” which featured Jindal, Perry and Walker.

Far from opening the doors on the Palmetto State’s secretive, corrupt government – Haley’s administration has made things demonstrably worse.

During her 2010 campaign, Haley invoked a legislative exemption to keep her taxpayer-funded emails, computer records and public phone records hidden from public view after she was accused of having two extramarital affairs. Months later, she conducted a positively Nixonian release of mostly spam emails – refusing to let the press have access to the vast majority of her taxpayer-funded correspondence or her government-funded computer hard drives.

She still hasn’t released any of that information, by the way …

As a candidate Haley also failed to disclose more than $40,000 she received from a company doing business before the state.

Since taking office, Haley has been busted convening off-the-record public meetings, withholding relevant emails under the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and even deleting emails – although she claims to have stopped the latter abuse.

Under Haley’s “leadership,” South Carolina ranks dead last in the nation in access to public documents – and recently received an “F” for its transparency regarding academic funding.

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12 comments

Smirks September 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm

It was a simple mistake. She meant to run on being a translucent candidate, where the only thing the public is allowed to see is anything rose-colored.

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Smirks September 17, 2013 at 3:06 pm

attended by Haley, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Where’s Rick Scott? They’re one governor short of being the Legion of Doom. (Actually, Kasich too.)

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Lowcorider September 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Voldemort.

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nitrat September 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm

It’s the most purely crazy in the bunch.

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Anon. September 17, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Nikki Haley only cares about Nikki Haley!

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Carolina Girl September 17, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Haley has cheated the people of SC since she began campaigning for office. She has lied, cheated, and slept her way to be the leader of SC when all she does is what is best for her!!! Transparency???? What a joke!!! When will the people of SC see through her tactics? What more does it take? Do not re-elect the poorest excuse of a governor I have ever seen, just like Sara “Idiot” Palin!

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Billy Sawyer September 17, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Whats with the horses? Statue or just decorative iron work. Never been In downtown Columbia.

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shifty henry September 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm

It’s Blue Sky’s greatest work of art. It’s a fantastic optical illusion – physically located in front of Charleston Place one can also imagine seeing it on the State House grounds, especially after a Gamecock football game.

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El Kabong September 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Who wants to bet FITS will support Haley in 2014?

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Philip Branton September 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

This type of activity and “solitude” can only inflate the distrust……..who is Nikki Haley listening too.

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9" September 18, 2013 at 10:25 am

nikki been messin with 2nd horse

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Sam September 18, 2013 at 11:29 am

Everybody gets a blow job. Isn’t that the way it works?

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