Katrina Shealy: Not Backing Down

S.C. SENATOR KEEPING THE HEAT ON TROUBLED PALMETTO WELFARE AGENCY S.C. Sen. Katrina Shealy has been one of the few Palmetto state lawmakers this website has had occasion to praise in recent months.  Elected as a petition candidate in 2012, the first-term lawmaker from Lexington County has emerged as a…


S.C. Sen. Katrina Shealy has been one of the few Palmetto state lawmakers this website has had occasion to praise in recent months.  Elected as a petition candidate in 2012, the first-term lawmaker from Lexington County has emerged as a reliable pro-free market vote.

Of course Shealy isn’t just voting the right way, she’s introducing legislation that would materially improve our state’s competitive position.  Which makes us admire her all the more.

What’s impressed us most about Shealy, though?  Her refusal to let political considerations get in the way of doing what she believes to be right.

For example, Shealy didn’t let her longtime friendship/ political alliance with S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley stop her from tackling the serious issues at the S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) – an agency Haley has literally run into the ground.  In fact, no lawmaker has been more aggressive than Shealy when it comes to pushing for reforms at this agency – something that’s earned her the contempt of the notoriously thin-skinned Haley administration.

But Shealy didn’t back down in the face of Haley’s threats, which is one reason SCDSS director Lillian Koller was forced to (at long last) take responsibility and resign.

Nor is Shealy backing down now in her efforts to fix the troubled agency.

Shealy is currently in Minneapolis, Minnesota attending the National Conference of State Legislatures‘ child welfare forum – trying to get as much information as possible to “bring back to the table” to address problems in South Carolina.

Good for her …

Lots of lawmakers attend these events as an excuse to party, but not Shealy … she’s working, trying to fix what is arguably the worst agency in Haley’s cabinet.

Kudos to Shealy.  Along with S.C. Rep. Jenny Horne – who requested an audit of SCDSS that’s due out any day now – she is doing her job in spite of the political pressure coming from the governor’s office to cover up these scandals.

We look forward to seeing what she offers up over the next few months …

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Vanguard16 August 19, 2014 at 10:46 am

Too bad she’s bought and paid for by ALEC and the Koch’s!

Lee Padgett August 19, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Please dialogue a little more on that comment. If this is what the Koch’s and ALEC paid for they and we are getting a good bang for the buck except as Corruption pointed out that nasty Jean Toal vote.

Really August 19, 2014 at 10:56 am

I don’t think you can buy her

CorruptionInColumbia August 19, 2014 at 11:16 am

I hope not. I am still unhappy with her decision to vote FOR keeping Jean Toal as SC Supreme Court Chief Justice.

At least she isn’t Jake Knotts. She DID do good by helping pass the Restaurant Carry bill for CWP holders. Oh, and I don’t believe we are realizing all those shootouts and carnage that the naysayers told us would happen. Funny how they are so consistently wrong about that. NOW, if we can just do away with the restrictions on carry in doctors offices, hospitals, churches, government buildings (except jails) and a few more, we’ll be in business.

CNSYD August 19, 2014 at 11:26 am

What church is it that you attend that you need a CWP?

RogueElephant August 19, 2014 at 11:52 am

Didn’t you hear about the off duty security guard in Colorado that was attending church when a nut case broke into the service and started shooting. She nailed him and was called a hero, but the MSM almost didn’t mention it. Several years ago. BTW how about people counting the offering after church. Easy target for a robber. It CAN happen.

idiotwind August 19, 2014 at 12:09 pm

a church in colorado had an incident where a gun was used defensively. thats great. you know there was a guy jogging on the beach on hilton head who got run down by a plane? legislation by anecdote is a very bad idea.

CorruptionInColumbia August 19, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Tom August 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm

If we each had access to SAMS, I bet the number of people run down by airplanes would go down

idiotwind August 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm

oh shit! don’t put ideas in their heads. i don’t see anything about the 2nd amendment that rules out surface to air missiles. can’t think of anything the SCOTUS would use (or that the present SCOTUS would want to use) to stop it. we may stop Iran but once an american billionaire patriot decides he wants nukes he’ll be protected by the constitution.

Lee Padgett August 19, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Probably any church in Ferguson at this moment would be a good place to pack heat.. Unfortunately they are not off limits for the crazies out there. Since respect is no longer being taught by parents or allowed to be encouraged upon their kids we, as a collective, need to brace for the fact that this world is a sick and dangerous place.

CNSYD August 20, 2014 at 8:55 am

I counted the offering for decades. In the “old days” there was a significant amount of cash. Now days it is mostly checks. Not much use to a robber. BTW, we never felt threatened, even in a downtown church.

CorruptionInColumbia August 19, 2014 at 12:39 pm

I’m not a church goer but have friends and family who are. To answer your question, that can be about any church. In Spartanburg County a year or two ago, a nutzoid was driven by his sister to a church, armed with a shotgun. He has been at the church earlier, making incoherent statements and left. Anyway, on his return trip, people in the church saw him coming to the door with a shotgun and locked the door. The nut forced his way in and the pastor’s grandson got the drop on him with a handgun he carried as a CWP holder. The bad guy was disarmed and restrained until police could come pick him up. If that grandson had not been armed, who knows what would have happened?

A few years ago, in the Augusta, GA area, an elderly man was stabbed multiple times outside a church as he and his wife were leaving after evening services. I remember that he was in very serious condition and don’t know if he survived the ordeal or not. I recall thinking how bogus the argument that someone attending church services would never need to be armed.

EJB August 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm Reply
anonymous August 19, 2014 at 9:46 pm

She proved she is a political whore just like Tom Davis, Sic’s Saint, when she voted for Toal. I believe she cut a deal with Jakie Knotts and Jahue Moore by voting for Toal. They would go back into submission by voting for Toal. Whore.

Edgar August 19, 2014 at 9:49 pm

I heard this afternoon Bill Nettles has been called on the carpet for protecting and covering Toal. His time is limited. Obama;s problem is there is not a qualified Democrat in the state to appoint to the job!

Scooter August 19, 2014 at 11:38 am

BS, everyone has a price, especially a pol.

Really August 19, 2014 at 11:52 am

Not everyone – maybe you!

GrandTango August 19, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I bought young boys on Two Notch before.

South Congaree August 20, 2014 at 8:23 am

Leatherman and Harrell bought Shealy for Jean Toal.

Frank August 19, 2014 at 10:57 am

The scandals and lawsuits at DSS need to be made available to the public with full disclosure. Unless this is done nothing will change everyone know Haley is doing everything she can to keep the looming trouble there until after the election.

Sandi Morals August 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm

No. 8: South Carolina

In recent months, South Carolina has begun booming its way out from the shadow of the Great Recession. Here’s how the Palmetto State is doing based on our metrics:

South Carolina had the largest drop in its unemployment rate among the states, going from 7.8 percent in June 2013 to only 5.3 percent in June 2014 — a drop that puts South Carolina’s rate under the national average.

Accordingly, South Carolina also had strong payroll jobs growth, adding 42,500 jobs between June 2013 and June 2014, a 2.2 percent increase.

South Carolina’s auto sales have also grown, with a 9.7 percent uptick in per-dealer sales from 2012 to 2013.

South Carolina has the 8th best economy in the nation according to Business Insider.
Nice job Nikki Haley. ‘traitor’ Tommy and Sheheen can lie and spend millions but they can’t change the TRUTH of your economic success.

Steve August 19, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Damn girl Haley is going to go broke paying you to post to this blog!

Amy August 19, 2014 at 5:21 pm

WTF Haley Troll……Haley will lose this fall becauseif Toms involvement in the election thats what really had your fucked up isn’t it dumbass.

Sandi Morals August 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm

I hope not.however politics is a weird ‘bird’. Never know. He could elect Sheheen if he spends 10 MILLION $$$$$ for 4-6% of the electorate. Haley ain’t perfect but has performed well as governor and will pull this out.The economic numbers don’t lie, she is pro-life and pro-traditional family.
I would hate to be an apparently lying, lonely, bitter old man, pretending to be a ‘Born Again Christian and who is apparently so empty in his own soul and personal life, that he believes spending millions of $$$$$ will buy him the respect of his family and community.What a shame an apparently successful judge and attorney can’t find the peace in his own being to enjoy family and life in his later years and whose mission in life is apparently to destroy another person (Haley) to elect ANOTHER candidate. Just my opinion on Tom.I am sure he is a nice guy and has fooled many.
I have faith that the voters will reject him in November just like the Democrat and Republican Party’s did in SC once they got to know there is NO ‘trustintom’, the ‘traitor. :-)

Harry Cooter August 19, 2014 at 10:50 pm

Are swingers now traditional families?

Sandi's Boss August 19, 2014 at 10:52 pm

You too can make $4700/month from home!

Call 1-800-Sik-Cash now!

Money Printing=Prosperity August 19, 2014 at 7:51 pm

You have to appreciate her citation of the next bubble asset class, sub-prime auto loans.

Sandi Morals August 19, 2014 at 8:11 pm

“Bubble asset”? You talking bout how Ervin turned an $108,000 401-K/IRA and $62,000 of campaign donations into 3.5 MILLION + of campaign spending?

Did Ervin get a “sub-prime” campaign loan and who was it from?

Money Printing=Prosperity August 19, 2014 at 8:21 pm

It’s hard to believe you don’t know what “sub-prime” is….

Sandi Morals August 19, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Apples and oranges….sub-prime housing loans and sub-prime auto loans…you apparently have a problem with poor black/white people getting a loan to buy a car so they can drive to work while Haley has been governor!
They ain’t got MILLIONS$$$$ like King Tommy and Queen Kathryn. :-)

Money printing=prosperity August 19, 2014 at 10:50 pm

“you apparently have a problem with poor black/white people getting a
loan to buy a car so they can drive to work while Haley has been

You apparently have a problem with recognizing when true prosperity exists what to attribute it to.

Also,why even bring race into the discussion?

Tell you what though, maybe you can share with us what specific policies Haley has instituted that have helped auto sales so much in comparison, to say houses since you brought it up.

I’ll forget you didn’t understand what sub-prime means for the moment.

Sandi Morals August 20, 2014 at 12:00 am

Don’t forget. I just figured since ‘traitor’ Tommy apparently is loaning his campaign MILLIONS $$$$ after that sob story of cashing his 401-K/IRA in,that he was broke and wondering why a bank would loan him money and at what % rate? :-)

Tool time w/ Sandi August 20, 2014 at 9:49 am

“Tell you what though, maybe you can share with us what specific policies Haley has instituted that have helped auto sales so much in comparison, to say houses since you brought it up.”

Apparently, she can’t.

delbert norquest August 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Why does Will have a hard on for Nikki? Or he does because didn’t………

Sandi Morals August 19, 2014 at 6:48 pm

No idea. Never met Will, Haley or any of the other candidates for governor. Our ‘group’ takes an interest in political campaigns ALL OVER the country when we believe a Christian conservative that has been faithful in instituting policies to create jobs and supporting pro-life/pro-traditional values is being attacked and slandered by her opponents and the media.
FITS provides a perfect forum to exchange different opinions on all sorts of subjects and does a great job in allowing bloggers to do such without fear of retribution.

Sikh Sensation August 19, 2014 at 10:57 pm
GrandTango August 19, 2014 at 11:06 am

I bet you liberals will BAIL on Shealy post-haste if she really moved to REFORM DSS, and began taking funding from welfare-industry fatcats that infest the child welfare system..

Just give it some time. If Shealy is serious, and finds the REAL problem in DSS, FITS, and his @$$-kissers will hate her, and bash her as the next anti-Christ. Liberalism is the root of any government agency failure. And I doubt you’ll let go of your control, even if it will save the lives of children.

Lee Padgett August 19, 2014 at 1:33 pm

What the hell did your mother do to you as a child? Damn dude.

GrandTango August 19, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Can you add anything of substance, or are you just a Hate-Filled Dumb@$$?

...little help from my friends August 19, 2014 at 2:11 pm

I’ll add to this: President Perry isn’t going to happen in ’16…

GrandTango August 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Sadly for America, Obama did in 08, and 12…thanks to F*#king First-Class idiots like you…

Lee Padgett August 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Mr. GT when you post something of substance that is remotely intelligent and not filled with some idiotic rant on Fits and Liberaltarians then I would certainly engage you in a little convo but if you look at your posts and take a breath I think we can really see the Hate-Filled Dumb@$$! Can we say PROJECTION? Xanax is a wonderful big pharm creation, maybe you should give it a try. Other than you most of what I post is healthy debate of the article at hand.

GrandTango August 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Liberal-Tarians enjoy a respect that makes you feel special.
Conservatives are targeted, so claiming you’re not one makes you feel good, with pats on the back. It’s cowardly on your part, because you like the success that Conservatism breeds, but you can avoid the responsibility and accountability.

Liberals love you because if your candidates take votes, it’s usually from the GOP. So even if Democrats are deemed unfit by the majority, they can sneak in the backdoor because of politically immature idiots like you.

Hope that’s substantial enough for you. My one post likely has more truth and wisdom in it, than you’ve accumulated in your whole life.

Lee Padgett August 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm

I don’t even refer to myself as a Libertarian. I have libertarian views. I believe in the Constitution of this land. I believe that it should be upheld. I don’t believe the 2nd, 4th and 14th amendments should be violated at all as they are these days. The 2nd by liberals. The other 2 by conservatives. So you can toss mud all you want, but if some forked tongued shill that ran as a tea party conservative and turned out to be a crony capitalist of this highest much like Perry then no I would not vote for or support her in an election. I have a conscience and do not live by any of this stupid party loyalty. I do not tow any party line. Watching the blind leading the blind politically is nothing more than theater and bad theater at that as it does nothing but screw the rest of us and we only feel that in a painful way. So go salivate all over your corrupt Republican party candidates.

GrandTango August 20, 2014 at 7:14 pm

You’re way too immersed in yourself, and your certainty of your superior intellect, while the country swirls down the toilet. You’re too caught up in self to apply reality…and the liberals are laughing at you, while they screw you.

Lee Padgett August 21, 2014 at 7:34 am

I am immersed in myself?? Whoa.. Whoa.. Exactly who is it that has a “blog” (and I use that term loosely) and comments to themselves? Anyone? Anyone? Beuller?

GrandTango August 21, 2014 at 10:10 am

Liberal-Tarians make up 5% (if that) of the electorate…yet you DEMAND absurd policy, that ends up giving us Democrats in office, because of your Ignorance….That’s VERY selfish and self-centered.

I deal in ideas, not my own personal idiosyncrasies thrust on everyone else, because I’m told I’m special. I know it’s hard for you to grasp, and I don’t expect you to. Your common thought process is why you have such a difficult timewhat I do, and what you represent.

Lee Padgett August 21, 2014 at 11:33 am

No… Please go read the 14th amendment in it’s entirety. Your hardcore social views disenfranchise people and have created and continue to give a certain segment of society rights and privileges not extended to everyone. So YOU and your ilk are to blame for the GOP backlash you suffer from election after election. Fiscally conservative people who do not wish to see the Government used as a weapon against people we may or may not agree with will find alternatives to vote for and if that means a Democrat wins then so be it. I will not vote for any candidate that has extreme moralistic views as morals are not a Government issue. Call me what you want. Label me what you will. But continue to watch your beloved Elephant continue to get it’s ass kicked by a donkey every time!

GrandTango August 21, 2014 at 12:17 pm

All that matters is that Dumb@$$#$ like you, lead to Disasters like Obama. I want leaders who READ the GOP Platform, and apply it to public policy. That way we all prosper and succeed.

All of the Bull-$#!t you vomit, trying to show how smart and understanding you are…is to entertain you, and those like you. Anyone who cares about their country and fellow American either does not listen to fools like you…if they do, they’d tell you to STFU…

PS: GOP Backlash: Have you EVER looked at EVERY Constitutional officer in SC, the GA and the Governor? For all your self-believed intelligence, you are as stupid as the media and the democrats want you…

New South August 21, 2014 at 2:17 pm

…Example: almost 80% oppose government-sanctioned marriage based on sexual preference, but I bet you are FOR it…Backlash my @$$…

Yeah, like SC eight years ago this still applies…? You’re such a damn fool.

Lee Padgett August 21, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Yes sir. You are right sir. The GOP and social conservatives are kicking butt. Claire McCaskill must be a GOPer in sheeps clothing. Todd Akin really won his election but it was stolen from him. Sarah who? The list goes on. But sir, you are correct. Your kind is kicking the Donkey ass. You have control of the senate. You have the White House. All is well in your world. I am in an alternate universe. We have no Ted Vick. Some guy named Obama is in office thanks to horrible people called Republicans who, like the Democrats, view the Constitution as a fluid document and continuously erode it. There is a terrible thing called the NSA and we are involved in war after war. Needless lies are being told to ensure that. Please Sir, help me get to your world.

GrandTango August 21, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Most liberal voters are as stupid, or as selfish, as you.That’s how we end up w/ an Obama…And look at (Ferguson) Mo. For you to use McCaskill as your glowing example of liberal brilliance, makes you look like a Big Fat Dumb@$$ (Molotov cocktail anyone…LMAO) …

Next you’ll tell me how smart Hillary is, or that Nancy Pelosi is a MENSA member. Your party is exemplified by its stupidity and ignorance. And you are a perfect example.

Curious August 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

I am curious if Koller is receiving any state retirement benefits. That could be the reason the Rock Star stayed as long as she did so Haley could put the fix in.

Good Question! August 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm

It’d certainly be a good way to buy her silence.

nitrat August 20, 2014 at 8:49 am

She worked barely over 3 years – lots of damage for such a short period of time – she should not be vested in the SCRS….but. legislators shouldn’t have any benefits from their part time work either…
I’m curious to know if she’s getting anything else from the state.
Is she still in the state? Or, has she moved on to some other Red state job?

RogueElephant August 19, 2014 at 11:58 am

Like I have told several of my friends: Katrina is my senator, no matter where they draw those silly lines. I started out supporting her because she was running against Jake the snake. But after I got to know her I have gained a great deal of respect for her. She is on a very short list of politicians I respect. These days that takes some doing.

Steve August 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm

and yet you have claimed elsewhere that you will be voting for Haley, go figure. Guess in the end you need to tow the party line.

RogueElephant August 19, 2014 at 5:21 pm

For lack of a better candidate —uh yes.

Steve August 19, 2014 at 8:18 pm

If after reviewing her record of the last 3.5 years you believe Haley is the best candidate there really is no hope for you..

Enjoy your Kool-Aid

Whats In A Name? August 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm

A Republican voting Republican,no news there.

I wonder why he calls himself,”rogue?”Pretty much just a typical Republican ,nothing”rogue” about him.

Horndog August 19, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Nice photo. She’s looking good, a little like Debbie Reynolds Just the right hairstyle for her face. Beautiful smile. Now she just needs a makeup or Photoshop adjustment for that weird eyelid fold thing that’s happening there but that’s just minor. Horndog would do that.

Dice Man August 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Good job on the teeth!

South Carolina Is Fucked Up August 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm

There will still be a cover up of DSS. Everybody has dirt on each other. They are used like cards in a poker game. In the real world, people at DSS would be going to jail.

Bible Thumper August 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm

But! But! But, has she joined the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Frosted Donut August 19, 2014 at 1:32 pm

The only reason she participated is because someone told her it was a cum bucket challenge.

lexguy August 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm

It’s too bad some people aren’t smart enough to get their point across without getting in the gutter!

RogueElephant August 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Especially when referring to a real lady like Katrina.

Blanche Devereaux August 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm

I guess the reports of my death have been falsified…now I’m jumpier than a virgin at a prison rodeo.

Dave Chappelle August 19, 2014 at 4:15 pm

“What’s impressed us most about Shealy, though? Her refusal to let political considerations get in the way of doing what she believes to be right.”

Well, that’s simply because she hasn’t been around long enough. Don’t worry, in this day and age of career politicians, she’ll fall eventually. They all do.

Tomocchio August 20, 2014 at 7:05 am

She has a nice ass. I want to put a candle in the beautiful butt and then read War and Peace by candlelight.

Toyota Kawaski August 20, 2014 at 9:04 am

KS better get back in campaign mode. Her time in the Senate is over. One can only hide behind the Barbara Bush wardrobe collection so long. She like TOM Davis are so dam smart I have deccied to let them do all my thinking for me.


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