Kirkman Finlay’s Second Chance

REVENUE SITUATION OFFERS UP-AND-COMING LAWMAKER ANOTHER BITE AT THE POISON APPLE … This website has written a lot of nice things about S.C. Rep. Kirkman Finlay. He’s been a substantive voice on ethics reform at the S.C. State House, and we’ve appreciated his willingness to adopt pro-taxpayer positions even though…


This website has written a lot of nice things about S.C. Rep. Kirkman Finlay. He’s been a substantive voice on ethics reform at the S.C. State House, and we’ve appreciated his willingness to adopt pro-taxpayer positions even though he represents a less-than-conservative district in the House of Representatives.

But Finlay disappointed us profoundly earlier this year by voting in favor of a gas tax hike – and his vote is likely going to haunt him if the rumors about his statewide political aspirations are true.

Assuming, of course, he doesn’t take advantage of something exceedingly rare in politics: A second chance.

This week’s news that state government has an additional $1.2 billion to spend in next year’s budget (on top of the $26 billion it’s spending in the current budget) is a huge opportunity for Finlay – and any member of the GOP caucus who voted to support a gas tax hike.

How so?

Well, it provides them with a chance to revisit the issue – reassessing their support for raising taxes in light of an overflowing cornucopia of cash.

“In light of this new money, it would be irresponsible to raise taxes,” they might say.

Never mind that the gas tax hike was irresponsible in the first place … or that the new influx of cash is a clarion call for tax cuts, not hikes.

Still … this is a second chance.  It’s an opportunity for lawmakers like Finlay to tell liberal legislative leaders like S.C. Speaker of the House Jay Lucas and Senate president Hugh Leatherman that they are drawing a line in the sand on taxes and spending.

This far … but no further.

More importantly, it’s a chance to tell the people sending all of that new money to Columbia that their sacrifices are no longer going to be wasted.

Will Finlay recognize this opportunity?  And if so, will he seize it?

The answers to those two questions could very well determine his political future …


Related posts


Hampton County Financial Mismanagement Prompts Investigations, Allegations

Callie Lyons

South Carolina Beach Water Monitoring Set To Begin …


Former TV Anchor, ‘Friends Of The Hunley’ Leader Popped For DUI

Will Folks


flip November 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm

‘This comment has been deleted’

The smartest thing I’ve ever said.

flip (original) November 11, 2015 at 12:47 pm

I’ve been hacked again or something! Poor me! I’m going to obsess about Boz and Rocky and mamatiger beating my ass on a regular basis while I play grab ass with GrandTango! Oh my! LMAO!!! LMAO!!!

flip (the real one) November 11, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Hey! I’m going to get my imbecile son to tell Will to give me your IP address and I’ll see you in court, dumb@$$. The Food Court that is……do they take EBT?

jimlewisowb November 11, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Anyone who has ever held a magnifying glass with a laser like stream of sunlight to the head of a Cockroach knows the vermin cannot backup

They can go sideways, round and round in circles, even roll on their backs and crawl but nope, the little sons of bitches can’t backup

This hairy little Cockroach will just have to deal with it

Filthy Home November 11, 2015 at 3:09 pm

You really need an exterminator. Ever heard of those?

Krista Zaragoza November 12, 2015 at 5:47 am


.?my neighbor’s mom is making $98 HOURLY on the internet?….A few days ago new McLaren F1 subsequent after earning 18,512$,,,this was my previous month’s paycheck ,and-a little over, $17k Last month ..3-5 h/r of work a day ..with extra open doors & weekly paychecks.. it’s realy the easiest work I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months ago and now making over $87, p/h..Learn More right Here….
??? http://GlobalSuperEmploymentVacanciesReportsWeb/GetPaid/$97hourly… ?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?.?

CorruptionInColumbia November 11, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Never mind Kirkman, tell me about that hot woman with the dark hair to his left, who is facing the camera! I will gladly shave so that I can offer her a clean place to sit at the very first opportunity!

jimlewisowb November 11, 2015 at 1:16 pm

It is either Gilda Cobb-Hunter or Anne Thayer

Tazmaniac November 11, 2015 at 5:19 pm

I think CiC is hoping she’s a Cobb-Hunter.

Stay classy! November 11, 2015 at 1:21 pm Reply
CorruptionInColumbia November 11, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Hey, I don’t condone this kind of actions, but am I the only one who finds a $10,000 bond for trespassing and breech of peace, what we would call “disorderly conduct” to be more than a little excessive? It makes me wonder allthemore whose (or what’s) toes this guy may have stepped on. If he was a participant in the race, how did trespassing even come into play? Looks like your article may be in conflict with your, “argument”.

You really are fixated on my belief that this was a gigantic hoax. Are you a paid shill for the hoax, or do you really believe it happened? I kind of hope it is the former because at least in that case, I can understand your motivations. If the latter, I really can’t help you as it is beyond any expertise I have. If so, please seek professional help.

Mike at the Beach November 11, 2015 at 6:12 pm

Catch me up here, I may have missed all of this somehow…you think the Sandy Hook shooting did not occur, or is this some ongoing thing between you and Stay Classy?

shifty henry November 11, 2015 at 6:26 pm

this is news to me ….. ???

CorruptionInColumbia November 12, 2015 at 6:24 am

Hi Mike. “Classy” is one of several personas of a troll I picked up a month or two ago when I noted that I (as a lot of other people) do not believe that the Sandy Hook “massacre” was anything other than a gigantic hoax. There are just entirely too many discrepancies that do not add up and do not fit.

The dearth of ambulances on scene, “news” footage of cops “arriving” and entering (some other school/some other location), memorial pages that were set up days and hours BEFORE the alleged incident, cops apparently taking it upon themselves to declare all twentysomething “victims” dead within eight to eleven minutes of arriving, rather than having EMS or other medical professionals make that decision, and much, much, much, more stuff that I don’t have time to list here, points to a gigantic, engineered hoax on the American people.

Anyway, my little troll follows me everywhere and attempts to berate me with comments about my disbelief in the hoax.
I’m starting to feel kind of important, if they are one of the paid shills whose job it is to cheerlead for people with few analytical skills to buy this bunk.

I don’t agree with or buy everything Alex says, but I also do not discount everything he ssys, either. The same standards apply to Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, etc.

Here is an interesting interview with s former cop and consultant on security matters which cannot help but raise a lot of eyebrows. There is much more than this.

Mike at the Beach November 13, 2015 at 1:08 am

OK…just wanted to make sure I was understanding you properly. I *totally* disagree with your position, but I promise not to troll you on it! ;-)

shifty henry November 11, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Well, there is something about the intensity in her gaze. I’ll thumb wrestle you for her!

jimlewisowb November 11, 2015 at 9:16 pm

Good point, either she is taking a hard look at his tool shed or he has left his toolshed door open and she has spied what is hanging on the wall

Bible Thumper November 11, 2015 at 1:52 pm

Nothing could hurt Finlay’s political prospects more than an endorsement by Fitsnews except possibly being found in bed with a dead woman or a live boy.

9" November 11, 2015 at 2:34 pm Reply
Mackie November 11, 2015 at 4:21 pm

I hope Kirkman says no to higher taxes and yes to living within our means.

Kenny Bingham's Lost Morals November 11, 2015 at 5:32 pm

Given the fact that you’ve had the Finlay floodgates (excuse the pun) at full blast for well over two years, I’m going to assume you two have already discussed how he is, in fact, going to “seize this opportunity.” I imagine he will be more successful at seizing this, than his great-great-grandfather was at seizing Union troops. [Drops mic]

Dirt Farmer November 12, 2015 at 8:41 pm


Toyota Kawaski November 13, 2015 at 4:36 pm

he has as much chance state wide as Lee (Not Very) Bright.

Paco Sanchez November 14, 2015 at 1:25 am

What happened, Will? Was Finlay’s check late?


Leave a Comment