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Taylor Brown: A Changing Judiciary

UPCOMING OPENINGS AN OPPORTUNITY TO APPOINT CONSERVATIVE JUSTICES || By TAYLOR BROWN || Early next year, the S.C. General Assembly will elect a replacement for “retiring” chief justice Jean Toal.  At that point, current associate justice Costa Pleicones will be serving a one-year stint as chief justice – meaning there will be…

UPCOMING OPENINGS AN OPPORTUNITY TO APPOINT CONSERVATIVE JUSTICES

taylor brown|| By TAYLOR BROWN || Early next year, the S.C. General Assembly will elect a replacement for “retiring” chief justice Jean Toal.  At that point, current associate justice Costa Pleicones will be serving a one-year stint as chief justice – meaning there will be another election to fill his seat.

While there’s plenty of chatter about these individual races, what’s being discussed far less frequently is how the high court will change over the next few years.  There will likely be at least three new justices elected over that time frame – presenting an opportunity for major ideological evolution.

What this evolution means for our state we will see, but as a Republican I will be looking for our conservative legislature to elect judges who reflect our values.

This go-round the S.C. Judicial Merit Selection Commission (recently pilloried by this website) has selected three good candidates to stand for election to Toal’s seat: The Honorable John Cannon Few, the Honorable Ralph King Anderson, and the Honorable Bruce Williams.  All three are experienced jurists – respected by their colleagues in the bar as well as by the members of the legislature.

In short, all three would be good judges to serve on the state’s highest court.

South Carolina is a conservative Republican state.  Accordingly, we need the General Assembly to start electing conservative judges.

We need to eliminate what disgraced former Senator Robert Ford referred to as “horse trading.”  We need to have good, conservative judges cleared by the screening committee, thus eliminating the need for horse trading for judicial candidates that could not otherwise be elected.

Judges must stand on their own merit.

I had the pleasure of meeting Judge Williams and his wife recently, and he struck me as the type of person who would serve our state well. I do not know Judge Few personally, but people whose judgment I trust have told me very good things about his intelligence, temperament, and ability.  Similarly I do not know Judge Anderson personally, but he receives rave reviews from the legislators and attorneys I know.

Each of these men would make an excellent Supreme Court justice.  And while this website’s founding editor might disagree, I believe the Judicial Merit Selection Commission did an excellent job this time in sending three qualified candidates to the legislature for consideration.

Stay tuned, readers.  Our judiciary is changing …

Taylor Brown is a 20-something Wofford College graduate who somehow got sucked into politics at an early age.  She is easily won over with Rush’s fast food, wine, and spirited political arguments.

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169 comments

thereallizardman December 2, 2015 at 12:53 pm

“South Carolina is a conservative Republican state. Accordingly, we need the General Assembly to start electing conservative judges.”

I think you were won over with wine when you thought that one up. It makes absolutely zero sense.

South Carolina doesn’t need liberal or conservative judges; it needs disinterested, intelligent judges. Perhaps you were one step ahead of us all and assumed that wasn’t possible.

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Mom December 2, 2015 at 1:03 pm

Mr. Lizard Man, Your idealism is really sweet. But the reality is that judges make decisions on their own life experiences, moral compasses and personal beliefs. Hence, judges usually lean to the left or right.

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thereallizardman December 3, 2015 at 9:30 am

I understand that judges are people. I get that part. Thanks. I would hope, though, that the decisions they make are based on more than their personal beliefs. I recall a few questions along similar lines during Sotomayer’s confirmation hearings. Are those backgrounds factors? Sure. But life experiences, etc. are certainly not chief factors and, in most cases, wouldn’t factor at all. That’s not idealistic; it’s common sense. The article suggests we need a certain type of judge. I disagree with the type that’s suggested and the logic behind it.
We also know that judges do not – or at least are not supposed to – legislate from the bench. If that’s not possible (you know, if it’s just a sweet thought), it would seem what we need is not more of the same. More of the same would do nothing to balance out the interests of, say, 60% of our state with those of the remaining 40%. So, assuming you are correct, I still stand by my point that the logic in the article is flawed.
In an ideal world, we wouldn’t even need judges. But I’m a realist. You know that, mom.

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Mom December 3, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Again, your idealism is admirable. However if you look at the Supreme Court, for example, it is easy to divide the liberal judges from the conservative ones. Like most South Carolinians, I am conservative and would prefer conservative judges to liberal judges.

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thereallizardman December 3, 2015 at 3:09 pm

Prefer versus need. I really appreciate you taking the time to prove my point. At this rate, you’ll realize it’s not idealism some time before Christmas. Keep me posted.

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prefer v. need. I think you’re smart enough to know the intended meaning of how those words were used in the paragraphs above. Now go back to your imaginary land of Lizard Men.

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Rocky Verdad December 2, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Wil – I just read that Tebow broke up with Miss Universe. That would be a great story. This Toal Toad thing is just dullsville.

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pogo December 2, 2015 at 1:28 pm

I went back and counted the posts from 6:00 P.M. last night until NOW and 68% are about who GT may OR may not be.Who gives a fuck? Not about ISIS,the economy,immigration,Hillary’s brain injury or why the DOJ has not gone into Chicago about the dead bro by a white cop.

Appears to me GT owns everyone of ya and is really the ONLY story on FitsNews.Sure wish we could discuss issues however I know liberals can’t/won’t do that.Intellectually and morally bankrupt they are.

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When You Know You're Crazy December 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm

You spent how long counting posts from a specific time yesterday until today? Dude, you’re a fucking nut.

Can Terry drive you to the Department of Mental Health for an evaluation?

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pogo December 2, 2015 at 1:34 pm

69%.Thumper taught me how statistics can skew a discussion.

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GT + pogo = 69 December 2, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Hey, what you two love birds do behind closed doors is none of my business, and I want to keep it that way.

If all else fails you can get your imaginary lawyer cousin to sue the whole internet for hurting your feewings.

pogo December 2, 2015 at 1:37 pm

It appears GT has hurt your ‘feewings’-why else would you attack him for 15 straight hours?

BAAA BAMMMMM!!!! Checkmate!!!

Gonna Learn You Good December 2, 2015 at 1:43 pm

GT isn’t even here today. You are, though, and constantly whining and calling everyone Boz, who also isn’t here. Who’s winning?

Why am I even asking you? You still haven’t figured out that the team with the highest score wins the football game. MSU wasted 60 minutes schooling you.

Bible Thumper December 2, 2015 at 1:45 pm

:-) “MSU wasted 60 minutes schooling you.”
As will Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

Rocky Verdad December 2, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Ya’ know why they call it Ohio State right? To help the students answer the question, what state is your school in.

Bible Thumper December 2, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Yeah, Ask them what’s the capital of Boise.

Rocky Verdad December 2, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Idaho?

pogo December 2, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Why are there so many unsolved murders in South Carolina? There are no dental records and everyone has the same DNA ?

Rocky Verdad December 2, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Then why post here.

pogo December 2, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Why do you take welfare?

Mirror Mirror On The Wall December 2, 2015 at 3:13 pm

pogo’s talking to himself again.

South Carolinian December 2, 2015 at 2:08 pm

You disgusting troll, if you hate our state so much why do you come here?

Pogo Da Hoe December 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Pogo loves the boysies, that’s for sure.

pogo December 2, 2015 at 1:56 pm

Why did Forrest Gump choose ‘Bama over South Carolina? He wanted an academic challenge!

Rocky Verdad December 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm

But filmed his movie in the Low Country.

At Least They Get To Practice December 2, 2015 at 1:47 pm

It’ll be a good warm up game for Stanford, no doubt.

Terry=T. Lawrence December 2, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Boz owns a good % of space in pogo’s head. Boz is winning by a mile.

Boz Isn't Even Here Either December 2, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Boz hasn’t even shown up yet and he’s this far up on pogo. What a chump, losing to someone who isn’t even here to play the fucking game.

Sammie December 2, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Leave Boz alone.He is on the police scanner seeing if anybody lost a quarter at the Kangaroo last night?

pogo December 2, 2015 at 1:57 pm

How do you know GT isn’t here today, Will? :)

Bible Thumper December 2, 2015 at 1:59 pm

“How do you know GT isn’t here today, Will? :)”

Try Typing an @ in comment.

You = Terry December 2, 2015 at 2:11 pm

So I’m not Boz now, I’m Will? Damn, how wrong can you be in one day kid?

Hi Terry!

Elmer Fudd December 2, 2015 at 2:15 pm

The ‘Terry’ thing has legs.I just called the Lexington Chronicle they just laughed-said nothing posted on FitsNews is factual anyway and apparently why they are being sued?

Lexington Chronic-le December 2, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Did you ask the person on the phone if their name was in fact Terry? Did you hear a click right after?

Elmer Fudd December 2, 2015 at 2:34 pm

No.They refered me to this article:

Lawmaker sues FITSNews – Lexingtonchronicle.com

lexingtonchronicle.com/lawmaker-sues-fitsnews-p36097-1.htm

Oct 28, 2015 – Lexington County Chronicle & The Dispatch-News in Lexington SC. … of the press.’ • 803-359-7633 • 131 Swartz Road | Lexington, SC 29072 ..

Hope I dialed the right number?

Congrats Mr. Big Balls! December 2, 2015 at 2:39 pm

LMAO!

I wonder if they carry Bingham’s water. I can’t understand for the life of me why Terry Ward would carry out such shenanigans.

Someone mentioned on another threat that he’s a liberal.

Does anyone know that for a fact?

pogo December 2, 2015 at 2:41 pm

LMAO!!! Chase your tails faggots!!!! What fools.

No Smoking Gun December 2, 2015 at 2:41 pm

He defends a lot of the liberal Republicans that FITS bashes. Lots of people have suspected him of being a liberal plant. Wouldn’t surprise me to find out he’s liberal as hell and faking otherwise.

Congrats Mr. Big Balls! December 2, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Do you have any links of Terry Ward doing that you can share?

No Smoking Gun December 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

I just go by what I’ve read him comment here, but any time Will calls out a local Republican, or even some national ones, who are fiscally liberal he actively defends them almost every time.

Congrats Mr. Big Balls! December 2, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Well, hopefully someone who knows Terry Ward personally will eventually chirp up.

pogo December 2, 2015 at 2:51 pm

What you gonna do when this ‘Terry Ward’ sues you? My guess is he has been alerted of these allegations and doesn’t know WTF you’ll talking about?

D. Fannin December 2, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Hi, I’m Mr. Terry’s, I mean I’m pogo’s fake lawyer, and I’ll be representing Mr. Terry. in the court of lol. I’m filing a lolsuit against you on behalf of my client for damaging his feewings. You should be served your papers shortly, unless the Tooth Fairy is still out sick this week.

Easter Bunny December 2, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Dude, I fill in for the Tooth Fairy on weekends and when she’s sick. I’ll handle it.

Congrats Mr. Big Balls! December 2, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Sue me for what? Speculating?

TARevolution has dropped off the face of the earth. Even if Terry had the balls to sue me(with your fake attorney, right?), he go running & screaming away after the first round of discovery and all his bullshit came out.

No one takes anything you say seriously pogo. How many people have you threatened with lawsuits here? You’re a clown.

RIP TARDevolution December 2, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Leave Terry alooooooooone! I’m suing you for a bajillion dollars because you were mean to me on the internet!

Congrats Mr. Big Balls! December 2, 2015 at 2:57 pm

Alright Terry. If you suck 9″ cock as well as you suck pogo’s I’ll leave you alone. BUT ONLY, if 9″ tells me he was satisfied.

$$$$$$$ December 2, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Order in da court,order in da court…here come da judge!!!!LMAO!!!! :)

Congrats Mr. Big Balls! December 2, 2015 at 3:02 pm

LMAO!

I can imagine my attorney speaking to whatever Saul Goodman type attorney Terry can afford if he grew balls to try to sue me:

“We’ll be deposing Jeffery Sewell first, then Lexington Chronicle’s staff, then Will Folks.”

*crickets*

Elmer Fudd December 2, 2015 at 3:09 pm

You sound nervous?

Congrats Mr. Big Balls! December 2, 2015 at 3:09 pm

Do I? Then try me.

Elmer Fudd December 2, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Making threats? You are nervous.You just fucked yourself in the last 24 hours, didn’t you?

Just apologize.Most people are very forgiving.

Congrats Mr. Big Balls! December 2, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Apologized for what? Stop pretending pogo. It gets stale.

pogo December 2, 2015 at 3:16 pm

Have a great day.Off to work.It has been fun watching the ghost of GT upset so many.

Peace.

The Buzzman December 3, 2015 at 11:32 am

While you’re at it, ask Sewell about his recent collaboration with Jay Specter on dirty tricks in Horry and Charleston counties.

$$$$$$$ December 2, 2015 at 3:01 pm

You didn’t speculate.Wait until Terry and Jerry read this shit. Oh my!!!!

Congrats Mr. Big Balls! December 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Yeah, yeah, yeah little boy blew.

TARDevolution December 2, 2015 at 3:06 pm

pogo, why do you run from who, and what, you are?

Referred To Paywall December 2, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Forwards you to an article, paywall prevents you from reading it. And people wonder why newspapers are dying.

Fishwrapper December 2, 2015 at 2:41 pm

Who would monetize that shit rag on the internet with so many better choice out there? (like Fits for example)

They are slowly blood letting themselves.

Bleeding Out December 2, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Just look at SCPD, he tried to be Will and failed. He’s got some real jealousy going on, Will’s figured out how to be successful and Terry still can’t.

Congrats Mr. Big Balls! December 2, 2015 at 2:43 pm

If that’s the case, it’s borderline pathological.

pogo December 2, 2015 at 2:43 pm

GT has to laughing at all of you.For 24 hours HE has been the topic of conversation.

He wins AGAIN!

Jealousy December 2, 2015 at 2:45 pm

After people are done talking about Terry Ward for a day or two though, he’ll still be a penniless turd that room shares a house while Will Folks continues making scratch.

Where In The World Is GT? December 2, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Then let Terry come here and claim his “victory”

…or are YOU Terry?

pogo December 2, 2015 at 2:48 pm

lol….he kicked the shit out of ya again….make up something new…say he is Ben Cartwright and owns the Ponderosa!

What fools!!!!

Jerry and Terry December 2, 2015 at 2:50 pm

I really want to know, are you Terry too, or are you Jerry covering Terry’s ass? That nervous laughter you’ve got going on is very telling sir. The game is up, time to pack up your chips and move on.

pogo December 2, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Neither however since ya’ll have posted MANY times that GT is a pedophile(among other libelous allegations) and that you are NOW alleging GT is a ‘Terry Ward’-I would assume this Mr.Ward will believe himself to be a victim of defamation.If i was this gentleman I would be pissed.

Holy shit!!!Somebody call Cousin Vinny!!!!:)

Congrats Mr. Big Balls! December 2, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Did you really?!!?

That friggin hysterical! Do me a favor, call up Terry at his number here:

http://www.chamberorganizer.com/members/directory/query.php?business_cat_id=22141&org_id=WEST

Thing is, that address he lists doesn’t match the one in Columbia.

See what he says.

+1 for Mr. Big Balls December 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Quick, someone get a gofundme started so we can buy him a wheelbarrow for his balls.

Disqus Can't Save Pogo Now December 2, 2015 at 2:27 pm

That sounds like the words out of pogo’s mouth this morning. More evidence that they are one in the same???

Congrats Mr. Big Balls! December 2, 2015 at 2:28 pm

One other thing, call the “westmetronews” number, not that Lexington Chronicle one.(unless Terry identified himself at the Chronicle)

Jerry at the Chronicle might still work, he might be “pogo”.

Elmer Fudd December 2, 2015 at 2:29 pm

I did.They are all laughing.

Congrats Mr. Big Balls! December 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Well, no doubt that Terry Ward is Big T. I wonder if Jerry is pogo.

Paging Will Folks December 2, 2015 at 2:34 pm

This is all so damn juicy. Wonder if Sic’s going to put in his two cents. As often as GT heckles him he’s gotta say something.

Rocky Verdad December 2, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Can’t be the real Jerry – I knew him years ago. He’s a great guy.

Congrats Mr. Big Balls! December 2, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Well no joke, someone named “Terry Ward” had a conversation with Sewell Consulting over SCPD- that’s as plain as day and since it was brought up there’s been ZERO posts from GT/BigT/TARevolution.

Flip Connection December 3, 2015 at 9:19 am

Don’t forget, pogo claims to be a consultant.

Bible Thumper December 2, 2015 at 3:56 pm

There is a note that says “Show 45 new replies”
I’m afraid to click it.

West Metro News December 2, 2015 at 1:47 pm

When you and Terry do gay sex is he on top or bottom?

Rocky Verdad December 2, 2015 at 1:48 pm

You know GT+Pogo=69 isn’t me right?

West Metro News December 2, 2015 at 1:49 pm

His head is too far in Grand Tango’s rear to know who is around him.

mamatiger92 December 2, 2015 at 1:55 pm

I think they make an adorable couple. It’s sweet.

pogo December 2, 2015 at 1:59 pm

I love it when you crawl out of the sewer with the other ‘rats’.Give us one of your famously intellectually stimulating comments like ‘+10’.

Go bake some cookies femi nazi.

Baker December 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm

How about we bake you some humble pie like we did Terry?

Murrels Inlet December 2, 2015 at 8:36 pm

Oh, it’s coming for him too.

Rocky Verdad December 2, 2015 at 1:44 pm

That’s nice. Seeing I didn’t post last night, nor very much this AM – I could gave a big wet shit.

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TARDevolution December 2, 2015 at 1:45 pm

A big wet one? Oh yes, that’s good, keep going, keep going!

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Rocky Verdad December 2, 2015 at 1:45 pm

As they say in Boston – sick baaa-staaad

mamatiger92 December 2, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Don’t tell him that 75% of his own posts are about GT, too.

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mamatiger92 December 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm

And, the other 25% are about Boz.

Just sayin’….

Rocky Verdad December 2, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Just ignore him. Sort of like poison ivy – just don’t scratch it and it goes away.

pogo December 2, 2015 at 2:04 pm

lol….you’re wise to ignore me as you have to be tired of the intellectual beating I give you everyday on ANY subject.

I laugh when you bring your family into the discussion to stop the bleeding. I know I have won on a TKO. :)

Women don’t like weak men Rocky.

Rocky Verdad December 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Women don’t like weak men – not true. They do at Ohio State. Know what the Ohio State Perdue LAX game is called – puss-eee bowl.

pedro December 2, 2015 at 2:12 pm

That was funny.How do you hide money from a hispanic?Hide it under a bar of soap!

Rocky Verdad December 2, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Pedro – Dude!!! Love the signs on I-95. How’s business?

pogo December 2, 2015 at 5:18 pm

Holy cow!!!! Was spending the afternoon with the ole’ lady, talking about Ohio State, and the chilling weather. Well one thing lead to another. Anyways, and she’s a real natural woman, we tried out some of that new fangled stuff – you know exploring parts. Whew!!!! It’s sort of like my friends in Florida tell me, if the fish smells fishy, don’t buy it. Yikes.

pogo December 2, 2015 at 1:51 pm

Holy shit-the Princess of Darkness appears! Fetus or turkey for Thanksgiving?

pogo December 2, 2015 at 1:52 pm

Rocky you have so many fake names we lost track.

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jack December 2, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Pogo, TARevolution, flip, Big T, Grand Tango, Did I miss any of your recent ones. Other the the ones you make up on the fly and use to talk to yourself?

Jan December 2, 2015 at 1:14 pm

What amazes me is you have a 20 something educated female who votes Republican. Either she has a Stepford wife for a mother or she went to college to get an MRS. Degree. Such a waste.

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Mom December 2, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Maybe she WORKS for a living and is disillusioned to see the bottom line of her paycheck.

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Jan December 2, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Well she might not be so disillusioned if she were not making 75% of what men do for the same job.

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Bible Thumper December 2, 2015 at 1:53 pm

That is not what the evidence shows. Women do make 75% of what men do, but not for the same job and work experience.

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Mom December 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm

So, assuming companies are motivated by profit, why the hell would they hire a man to do the same job a women could do for less money?
The study you cited is illogical, in error and misleading to say the least.

Human Nature December 2, 2015 at 3:12 pm

If someone pays women less than men because they wrongly believe women aren’t as capable of men, that same belief would explain why they don’t hire women in droves.

Mom December 2, 2015 at 3:15 pm

So, if I were looking to hire a young MBA, why would I hire even one woman if I believed women were not as capable as men

Mises December 2, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Hell, if you were a business owner and could really get equal work for less money from a women you’d be stupid not to hire a firm full of women so that you had 25% less labor costs than your competitors.

Jan really has no idea when it comes to economics. There are reasons that women make less(not all women) that are very un-PC but valid none the less.

It’s just easier for people that let their emotions over rule logic to vilify business on such matters.

Mom December 2, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Well said.

Jan December 3, 2015 at 1:42 pm

As someone who has worked for a large corporation, a small private owned concern and who now runs what I think is a successful small business of my own, I think I know quite a bit about economics and how business works. I survived the great recession while many on Wall Street did not; and I am job creator, 11 employees to date.

Mom December 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Not necessarily. Plenty of clueless people have worked for a large corporations, small private companies and now run a small business. Surviving the recession does not make you a master of Economics.

Jan December 3, 2015 at 4:20 pm

I am as confident I know more than you as you are that you know more than me. You think I am dumb, I think you have been duped. We will have to leave it at that.

Mises December 6, 2015 at 1:47 am

” I think I know quite a bit about economics”

Nope.

Tom December 3, 2015 at 6:17 pm

So tell us what they are.

Mises December 6, 2015 at 1:49 am

It’s dependent on many factors that are industry specific.

You work with Jan, why not shift all your employees to female and start kicking ass if you think otherwise?

There’s a 25% advantage waiting to be had.

Tom December 3, 2015 at 5:16 pm

Many times because if you did not you would open your company up to a law suit for discrimination. You have to hire enough to avoid that.

Mom December 3, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Then why not hire ALL women if they will do the same job for 25% less?

Jan December 3, 2015 at 1:38 pm

You vs Respected international business publication; Who should i believe? I guess I will just have to await your counter data.

Tom December 3, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Karl Rove 101,

“When faced with data showing you are wrong, just say it isn’t true.”

It looks like you mastered that point.

Bible Thumper December 2, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Look at your chart in that link. It is comparing very highly paid women to men (all categories averaged above $100,000) and only MBAs. The article uses 77% not 75% but none of the pay differentials in the chart are anywhere near 77%.
I should think if we are going to help women, we should focus on the lower middle class and poor.

Jan December 2, 2015 at 5:36 pm

“I should think if we are going to help women, we should focus on the lower middle class and poor.”

We should focus on the middle class, but the point is women are discriminated against in pay and only one party is interested in doing anything about it. That said if as you say we should focus on the lower middle class and poor, we sure as hell don’t need to vote for Republicans as those are the very people they care absolutely nothing about.

Bible Thumper December 2, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Bunk! The Democrats are only concerned in helping the poor as long as they remain poor and dependant on government. Getting them self sufficient would weaken them politically.

Tom December 3, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Too much Fox, Beck, Rush. Watch something else for a change.

Bible Thumper December 3, 2015 at 5:20 pm

No. None of those. I troll the Internet on my smart Obama phone.

Mom December 2, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Do you really believe her 24 year old male cohorts are making more than her? She’s a journalist, for God’s sake!

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Jan December 3, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Most likely.

Bible Thumper December 2, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Come on, Jan. You don’t have to be ugly to be a female Democrat.

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pogo December 2, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Yes you do. :) That is funny.

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Jan December 2, 2015 at 2:13 pm

I want to thank you and your buddy Pogo for providing rapid evidence in my case that any educated female and anyone with a daughter is a fool to vote Republican.

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Your Average Republican December 2, 2015 at 2:17 pm

We don’t mind women being educated, self-sufficient, and successful. We like to keep a few binders full of them for when election season rolls around.

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pogo December 2, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Nothing wrong with being ugly Jan.Just don’t talk. :)

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Ugly On The Inside December 2, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Pogo’s kind of ugly isn’t one that can be fixed with any amount of plastic surgery, bless his heart.

Bible Thumper December 2, 2015 at 3:06 pm

You are the one who decided to use sexist stereotypes to discredit women who you disagree with. “Stepford wife for a mother or she went to college to get an MRS.”. If that is the way Democrats treat women, why would any chose to vote Democrat?

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Jan December 2, 2015 at 5:16 pm

“If that is the way Democrats treat women, why would any chose to vote Democrat?”

What does this have to do with Democrats? This is my personal opinion. I am not a politician. I am not involved in politics in any way. I don’t represent anyone or any party. I speak only for myself. These are my personal opinions. I have not always voted Democrat. Just for the last 15 years. That is because the Republican party is currently run by old white men and nuts, who want to take us back to the 1800s..

Bible Thumper December 2, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Quote: Jan – I want to thank you and your buddy Pogo for providing rapid evidence in my case that any educated female and anyone with a daughter is a fool to vote Republican.
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Jan Thumper – What does this have to do with Democrats Republicans? This is my personal opinion. I am not a politician. I am not involved in politics in any way. I don’t represent anyone or any party. I speak only for myself.

Jan December 2, 2015 at 5:35 pm

OK, I accept that you and Pogo are sexist, who resort to calling women you don’t agree with names, implying their opinions are meaningless unless work at Hooters. You just happen to also vote Republican, as do most of people who resort to attacking the physical appearance of women who speak their mind.

You might notice I did not respond to your points by calling you ugly.

Bible Thumper December 2, 2015 at 5:53 pm

You are the one who insulted a women.
QUOTE: Jan – What amazes me is you have a 20 something educated female who votes Republican. Either she has a Stepford wife for a mother or she went to college to get an MRS. Degree. Such a waste.
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You insulted her mother. You belittle a woman’s desire to find a husband.

Jan December 2, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Ok, I’ll admit that I think young educated women and anyone with a daughter who votes Republican today is nuts. What more can I say? If that is insulting so be it. I can understand the Stepford wife type. Beyond that I am at a loss.

Mom December 2, 2015 at 6:09 pm

Why do you think the Republican party is trying to repress women?

Mom December 2, 2015 at 6:05 pm

Why would they want to take us back to the 1800’s?

Jan December 2, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Because in the late 1800s the US was a Plutocracy. Government was run by the highest bidder. That is what the billionaires who run the Republican Party want to get back to. And after Citizens United they are very close.

Mom December 2, 2015 at 6:19 pm

So you think billionaires run the Republican party. Why wouldn’t they run the Democrat party too?

Jan December 3, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Duh, yes.
Because the Democratic party does not support, unlimited contributions by individual to politicians, Citizens United, tax cuts for the wealthy, cuts to education, cuts to Social Security, Cuts to Medicare, cuts to health car for the poor and disabled, cuts to corporate taxes, eliminating a tax which only affects couples with a net worth of 10 million or more. The agenda of the Democratic Party is directed to making the lives of Average Americans better, and reducing the influence of money in politics. The Republican party agenda is directed at increasing the influence of money in politics and making the lives of the very rich better in the hope crumbs will fall from their plate.

Mom December 2, 2015 at 3:16 pm

Since your name is androgynous, I can’t tell whether you’re a chick, or a man, or a just a chick with a stick. Anyway, I am an educated female and vote Republican mainly bc I believe less government is better government.

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Jan December 2, 2015 at 5:24 pm

But Republicans don’t stand for less government. They stand for different government. So your vote is wasted. Republicans just want government which does what they want it to do and nothing more. They stand for a system dedicated to making wealthy people richer and to hell with everyone else. Whatever size of government it takes to do that is the size they want.

Not to mention the addition of a sizable contention of racists and sexests. To paraphrase Julia Sugarbaker, “No blacks, no gays and no big mouth opinionated women.”

Mom December 2, 2015 at 6:02 pm

So what do you think happens to “everyone else” when wealthy people become richer?

Jan December 2, 2015 at 6:09 pm

All the statistics for the past thirty years show that as more and more wealth is concentrated into fewer and fewer hands, the middle class becomes poorer and the poor stay poor. A government dedicated to making rich people richer does not a tide that floats all boats. A government dedicated to making the middle class richer helps both the rich and the poor. Now I don’t pretend that making the middle class richer will help the mega wealthy as much as just making the mega wealthy richer, but they will still be mega wealthy.

Mom December 2, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Okay, personally I don’t believe it’s the governments job to make rich pp richer OR make the middle class richer OR the poor pp richer. If you are talking about the tax system, we already have a progressive tax system, as opposed to a flat tax system. What more do you want?

Jan December 2, 2015 at 6:24 pm

We do not have a progressive tax system anymore. The very wealthy pay a lesser percentage of their income and wealth in taxes than average person.

As for its not the government job to make people richer, tell that to the people who are getting rich off government. Its the job of the government to promote the general welfare. That involves a system that promotes general prosperity, We had that for most of the 20th century. But that changed in the 1980s with the implement of trickle down economic policies; and most Americans have suffered ever since.

Mom December 2, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Income tax rates start at 10% and go up to 40%.

Mom December 2, 2015 at 6:40 pm

And that is what is called a progressive tax system.

Jan December 3, 2015 at 10:03 am

No that is not what is called a progressive tax system. A progressive tax system is where the higher your income the higher the percentage of your income you pay in tax. You obviously do not know how this works. Different types of income are taxed at different rates. Very wealthy people, like the Koch Brothers make almost all of their income in the form of dividends and capital gains. The tax rates on that type of income is capped at 20%. That is why Mitt Romney had an effective 10% tax rate. That is why Warren Buffett pays a lower percentage of his income in taxes than his Secretary.

Further, when you take into account payroll, SS, Medicare, State and Local Taxes the disparity even becomes greater.

We do not have a progressive tax system except for people who work in regular jobs and earn a salary.

Mom December 3, 2015 at 3:13 pm

It is indeed a PROGRESSIVE INCOME TAX SYSTEM.
I have dividends and capitol gains myself, as do many other middle income people. So I do know it works. In my case, dividends and capitol gains are the result of earned money, saving money and investing money.
Keep in mind, I have already paid income tax when I earned the money. Now, years later, I decide to cash in some of my investments and I am taxed AGAIN even if the growth percentage was no more than inflation.
Jan, when you get older and decide to live off of your retirement savings, assuming you will have amassed a good bit through good investments, your bulk of income will be from dividends and capitol gains, not straight income. Also, you will need to know time requirements of sales.
As for the “mega rich”, well we could ramp up the rates on capitol gains and dividends. But these “mega rich” are a pretty smart bunch. I think they would simply move their money, citizenship or whatever it takes to hold on to their money.

Jan December 3, 2015 at 4:13 pm

When I get older??? Look this is how Republicans cooked the books against the middle class. If you are middle class and you are receiving dividend or capital gains they are almost certainly being earned in retirement accounts. IRAs, 401ks etc. Less than 1% of Americans with a net worth of 600k or less have taxable dividends and capital gains of more than $5000 outside of retirement plans. (with the exception of a sale of principal residence which is generally not taxable)

The law of course exempts dividends and capital gains earned in retirement plans from the cap. So for 99% of middle class Americans the tax cap on dividends and capital gains is meaningless. Our system is not progressive, no matter what Fox news and Republicans tells you. The wealthy do not pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than do average Americans.

If the rich want to leave the country we should let them go so long as they promise to never set foot in the country or invest their money in this country again. We don’t need fair weather Americans.

Mom December 3, 2015 at 7:19 pm

I am not old enough to be receiving IRAs or 401ks. However, I made a few real estate investments when I was younger and I sold some of them this year. If I were required to pay the top rate of 40%, rather than the much lower long term capitol gains rate, I would be screwed. After all, I paid tax on the income I used to buy the real estate and have paid property taxes all these years. To me, the government is getting more than it’s fair share here.
Your last paragraph is telling. Hatred and anger toward the rich is seething from you. It is better for the country to KEEP rich pp here. THINK ABOUT IT.

Bible Thumper December 2, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Taylor, I don’t know how you expect to be successful on the internet by praising public officials. The only sure route to success is to pillory them.

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pogo December 2, 2015 at 1:49 pm

You defending the INDEFENSIBLE-Haley-doesn’t help.

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The Confederate Flag Is Down! December 2, 2015 at 2:18 pm

You used to be up Haley’s bum until she took down your racist flag. Cry it out, you’ll be OK!

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pogo December 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Had nothing to do with the confederate flag.It was about caving to racist bigots like Louis Farakahn and YOU who wants to take the AMERICA Flag down.

Slippery slope.We give you perverts gay marriage and then you want legalized polygamy, marrying your children and the family pet.

We give you abortion rights and you want to abort children at 9 months and sell the baby parts.

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Goobersmacker December 2, 2015 at 1:46 pm

“South Carolina is a conservative Republican state. Accordingly, we need the General Assembly to start electing conservative judges.”
This is called a non sequitur. Guess they don’t teach logic at Wofford.

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NytPyk December 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Toal’s seat as chief justice is being filled by Pleicones. The seat being filled in early 2016 is the associate justice seat that Pleicones will vacate to become chief justice. Then there will be an election to replace him as chief. If an associate justice is elected to replace him and fill the chief justice seat, then that associate justice’s seat would be open for election in 2017.

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