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“Republican” Gas Tax Hike Suffers Setback

MEASURE STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE, THOUGH … || By FITSNEWS || Taxpayers scored a rare victory in the “Republican-controlled” South Carolina Senate this week when efforts to advance an $800 million gas tax hike were temporarily rebuffed. Liberal Senate leader Hugh Leatherman – who has been ruffling feathers with his…

MEASURE STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE, THOUGH …

|| By FITSNEWS || Taxpayers scored a rare victory in the “Republican-controlled” South Carolina Senate this week when efforts to advance an $800 million gas tax hike were temporarily rebuffed.

Liberal Senate leader Hugh Leatherman – who has been ruffling feathers with his aggressive advocacy on behalf of the levy – attempted to get the measure set for special order in the State Senate (meaning he attempted to move the bill to the top of the chamber’s schedule so as to guarantee it would receive a vote).

To get the bill set for special order (read more about that process here), Leatherman needed a two-thirds majority of Senators present and voting.  He didn’t get it.

Twenty-six Senators (including Leatherman) voted to set the bill for special order, but nineteen voted against the measure.

Meaning it failed to gain the necessary two-thirds support …

“Republicans” voting in favor of the tax hike – in other words to deprive the state’s economy of an additional $800 million – were Thomas Alexander, Paul Campbell, Ray Cleary, Ronnie Cromer, Wes Hayes, Billy O’Dell and Luke Rankin.

And of course Leatherman …

Obviously the battle isn’t over.  Raising the gas tax is Leatherman’s top priority this session, and he has two vehicles he can use in the coming weeks to try and finagle the support he needs.

“He will use the budget and bond bills next week to mete out pain and pleasure in an attempt to move votes,” one Senator told FITS.

In other words, Leatherman will award – and withhold – pork barrel spending in an effort to get Senators to flip their votes on the gas tax.

Will his efforts be successful?

“Fifty-fifty chance,” the Senator told us.

Earlier this month, the “Republican-controlled” S.C. House of Representatives passed a $427 million gasoline tax hike.  Meanwhile S.C. governor Nikki Haley has proposed a gas tax-income tax swap.

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48 comments

GrandTango April 30, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Thank you GOP….

Also: I’ve heard from some other professional media sources that the GOP attached an abortion limiting bill to it – so your BELOVED Democrats balked…

Did I miss something…or is FITS remiss in his “reporting?”…..and running interference for the Democrat Party???

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Thanks GOP! April 30, 2015 at 5:02 pm

The GOP is the reason we have to worry about a gas tax in the first place. Thanks Haley and thanks GOP State House for bickering over just how much to rip off the taxpayers, and thanks GrandTango for supporting us getting ripped off.

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GrandTango April 30, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Who STOPPED it???…you ignorant F*#k…

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Stop Hitting Yourself April 30, 2015 at 6:44 pm

You don’t get credit for stopping something if you started it.

If you were near a ledge and I shoved you and immediately caught you and said I saved your life, you’d probably believe me if I said I was a Republican.

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GrandTango April 30, 2015 at 7:29 pm

Dumb@$$…the people who stopped it…didn’t start it…

And it’s the Democrats P!$##d ot got stopped…you F*#king idiot…

TontoBubbaGoldstein April 30, 2015 at 9:25 pm

And it’s the Democrats P!$##d ot got stopped…

TBG, for one, is elated that ot got stopped.

About effing time!

TroubleBaby April 30, 2015 at 3:33 pm

That dress is too long to easily hike up over her head.

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Squishy123 April 30, 2015 at 3:36 pm

I think you’d be disappointed.

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The Colonel April 30, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Why, plenty of length to tie it closed once you have it over her head…

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TroubleBaby April 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

lol, that’s funny right there, +1

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TroubleBaby April 30, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Dude, wtf, are you Superman?

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Squishy123 April 30, 2015 at 5:35 pm

No I just got a pair of those glasses out of the back of a comic book.

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Rocky April 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm

No, it’s perfect. You only have to move it up half-way, the top will fold down. And you can use all the extra material later to erase any evidence.

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Rocky April 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Oh, I think that went too far.

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SCBlues April 30, 2015 at 11:51 pm

“Oh, I think that went too far”
Correct.

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Rocky May 1, 2015 at 9:40 am

My apologies

Squishy123 April 30, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Will his family business be allowed to bid for providing construction materials for these repairs?

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GrandTango April 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Are you on the sexual offenders list???…you seem like the type…

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TroubleBaby April 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

“Are you on the sexual offenders list???…you seem like the type…”

Are you coming on to him?

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Let a Player Play April 30, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Who are we to judge what tickles him?

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Squishy123 April 30, 2015 at 4:10 pm

What concerns me is GrandTango knows “the type”.

To answer your question, no I’m not on any list. How this came out of me asking if Leatherman’s family business would be involved in providing construction material is beyond me. Some people are just certifiable nutjobs I guess.

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GrandTango April 30, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Ignorant…

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Squishy123 April 30, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Yes you are.

Mark April 30, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Leatherman’s biggest goal is defeating the ethics bill.if it passed many would have to leave public office. Buisness consulting fees are the number one way to bribe a public official. Leatherman is rumored to get half a million a year in consulting fees.

He is, as they say, motivated.

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GrandTango April 30, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Like that trip wit da’ HO’s ya boy over in Columbia took, LMAO…..but never reported it….

I doubt all this new legislation you are whining for will change any of that…

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Steve Benjamin April 30, 2015 at 3:52 pm

I don’t remember going on any trips with Nikki Haley recently.

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GrandTango April 30, 2015 at 3:56 pm

That figures…because the S#!t ya’ll make up about the people you is mythology. LMAO…

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Dain Bramaged April 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm

“because the S#!t ya’ll make up about the people you is mythology.”

I’ve read this five times and every time it was more confusing than the last.

GrandTango April 30, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Tired…

Squishy123 April 30, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Tough day of typing on Will’s blog.

Spit Take #12,009 April 30, 2015 at 6:18 pm

Ahahahaha!

Squishy123 April 30, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Can you try that again, this time in English and not Dumbass.

Smart May 2, 2015 at 11:20 am

Curtis Loftis got his fat infected ugly ass kicked by the entire Senate of SC. The senators are sick of his shit…. It is a great day in SC.

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Kelly April 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm

Leatherman is going to nix the bond bill in favor of the gas tax. He will package it so Haley can have Volvo. But at the end of the day he will tax us about a billion dollars a year and most of it will be wasted.

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T C O'bidness April 30, 2015 at 5:26 pm

No one seems to care that Senator Leatherman has made millions building roads and related systems in SC. Another Billion coming down the pipe…

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Henry April 30, 2015 at 6:03 pm

The State Senate is full of cowards. Pure, yellow bellied cowards. They all kneel before Leatherman.

They have given the old crook Leatherman all of their power. The left and the right. They are cowards and traitors.

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Loud May 2, 2015 at 10:06 am

Henry, please, let the senators know that according to you/Curt they are “pure, yellow bellied cowards and traitors” It appears to me that you/Curt is the pure yellow bellied coward and traitor. The senators voted all against you. 44 votes and one no vote! Ah, a vote of ” We do not trust you ” Loud and clear against Curtis Loftis.

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Grand Bongo April 30, 2015 at 7:05 pm

I want to tinkle in Leatherdouchebags face.

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Squishy123 April 30, 2015 at 8:59 pm

Stand him on his head and wait, he’ll do it himself.

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Bible Thumper April 30, 2015 at 9:27 pm

I would like to understand the SC Senate.
Tell me if I got it right.
There is a Republican majority of 28 – 18.
The Democrats rule.
The Democrats are lead by a Republican.
Makes perfect sense to me.

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FastEddy23 May 1, 2015 at 8:54 am

Taxsuckers by any other name still stink.

(If youse guys had more gangbangers on the dole, you could have your own Baltimore riots.)

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Where May 1, 2015 at 6:54 pm

Where is our State Treasurer, Curtis Loftis? I think that he died, He died when he found out that he did not have a single friend in the State Senate of South Carolina . Not one . 44 voted and one did not vote. Poor Paul Thurmond , too young to know the vile state treasurer and his vile ways. He will learn soon. Not one friend in the Senate, Loftis…. That is why he is not tthere..

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Funds May 1, 2015 at 7:14 pm

Curtis Loftis will soon meet what he deserves. After blowing his mouth in so many directions, people know him for what he is. A fool , not to be trusted by anyone. A liar, a sick mental case,.. Not one friend in the SC Senate. … He should be gone for violating the funds in the care of the Treasurer Office. Violating the 529 funds, the DMV funds .. In jail, he should go

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euwe max April 30, 2015 at 10:01 pm

These gas gals are getting more homely by the month!

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FastEddy23 May 1, 2015 at 8:53 am

Republicrat pumpers better looking?

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euwe max May 1, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Fuck me pumps

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Same ol' Same ol' May 1, 2015 at 2:41 pm

I have to agree, next will be a pic of a woman in a burqa. Ms. Fits must be puttin’ the ol’ foot down.

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Slartibartfast April 30, 2015 at 11:04 pm

………. . . . folo da munny…………

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