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SC “Business Lobbyist” Back At It …

… WHO WILL HE THREATEN NEXT? There are still a few people in the South Carolina political world who pay attention to pronouncements from the S.C. Business and Industry Political Education Committee (SC BIPEC) … Most, though, remember our exclusive story a few years back which exposed this organization as nothing…

… WHO WILL HE THREATEN NEXT?

There are still a few people in the South Carolina political world who pay attention to pronouncements from the S.C. Business and Industry Political Education Committee (SC BIPEC) …

Most, though, remember our exclusive story a few years back which exposed this organization as nothing but a sop for powerful special interests.

Speaking of … when last we checked in on this crony capitalist association, it was subserviently carrying special interest water on behalf of a so-called “free market” liquor bill.

Not very well, either …

SCBIPEC’s leader Tom DeLoach ran afoul of several state lawmakers by allegedly threatening them … which we’re told contributed to the failure of the special interests pushing this bill to get the language they wanted included.

Now that the bill has been scheduled for a hearing in the S.C. Senate, DeLoach is ramping up his “advocacy” on the issue – slapping a “business negative” rating on the version of the liquor bill that cleared the S.C. House of Representatives.

Interesting …

Curiously, sources close to the Big Liquor strategists currently managing this bill tell us they were caught off-guard by the SCBIPEC announcement.

“The new management was displeased,” one source told us.

In fact, this source said SCBIPEC “engagement” on this issue a year ago “did more harm than good,” and there was concern about DeLoach upsetting lawmakers again with his brusque tactics.

How’s that for teamwork!

This website continues to advance a very lonely view in this debate – namely that there should be no regulation of the alcohol industry, period.  Obviously Big Liquor doesn’t support that position, but then again neither do the smaller and mid-sized retailers for whom we are routinely accused of shilling.

Oh well …

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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18 comments

fl ? p January 26, 2016 at 1:54 pm

Lobbyists, the scum of the earth.

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Sic Semper Tyrannis January 26, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Right next to republicans as ewue says.

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fl ? p January 26, 2016 at 4:53 pm

Actually, Republicans feed off of lobbyists, so they would be the scum of the scum of the earth, wouldn’t they?

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Denozitall January 27, 2016 at 2:59 am

He is a bully and fancies himself to be a playboy. Old fart. Tick, tock.tick, tock. Pull out the photo albums and live in yesteryear wanna be cool guy, ladies man. Not!

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Rocky Verdad January 26, 2016 at 2:07 pm

Wil – what about that attorney that was Twitter monster, who beat his wife and drove around drunk threatening to kill his wife’s family and himself? Any updates?

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Tazmaniac January 26, 2016 at 2:46 pm

The “family values” guy?

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Rocky Verdad January 26, 2016 at 2:52 pm

Wasn’t an elected official. Was like some GOP consultant guy, who was like a downtowl Cola lawyer. Remember, his wife bailed out of the car and called the cops, and then she was gonna go to school, and stay away from him, and then she told the judge she “luved him” and he was gonna kill himself and crazy stuff. Like a Legal Eagle T-Rav!

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Tazmaniac January 26, 2016 at 3:12 pm

You don’t have to be a politician to look like an idiot while tooting your values horn. (see: flip/gt/pogo/sandi morals/today’s current id) Trying to force people to “be perfect like you” is a open invitation for KARMA to come a calling.

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Rocky Verdad January 26, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Remember when Tango Flip said the Eagles would be calling Tebow back?

Tazmaniac January 26, 2016 at 4:01 pm

First, being a Gator Nation Fan, you can’t waterboard me in to saying something bad about him. Secondly, to me he is a good example of what influential Christians should be, an example not an enforcer. The man makes his faith clear without harsh judgments of others, a fact that drives liberals nutty. Even as a Agnostic and as a college football fan, I admire his spirit and positive energy. People could do a lot worse as far as a athlete for their kid to look up to. One last thing,look at the Eagles, that’s all I’m going to say.

fl ? p January 26, 2016 at 4:36 pm

He’s not a bad person, I admire his devotion to his faith. I just wish he performed a bit better.

fl ? p January 26, 2016 at 4:35 pm

“Hello Mr. Tebow? Yes, someone turned in your gym bag the other day. It seems it was tucked away in the corner, wasn’t sure if you still wanted it. You may come and pick it up whenever you would like. Have a nice day!”

Tweeting Todd? January 26, 2016 at 3:40 pm

The racist tweeter, Todd Kincannon?

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otis January 26, 2016 at 3:06 pm

Oh, and any news on Moped Ted Vick? Is he still driving?

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fl ? p January 26, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Can he fit a young, college-aged woman on the back of that moped?

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shifty henry January 26, 2016 at 4:44 pm

Where’s Taylor?

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Tazmaniac January 26, 2016 at 5:44 pm

Don’t forget you promised a foreign country one night stand story. Extra points for not remembering where you were at when you woke up! Sadly, the closest I’ve been to a foreign country in my adult life is Disney or Miami.

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HD January 26, 2016 at 5:26 pm

I’d have thought you might make a tiny little effort to understand what the hell you were writing about on this issue, but it clearly makes no difference to you whether have your facts straight. Yesterday you were concerned about small/medium sized distributors. Today it’s small/medium sized retailers. You should at least ask your paymasters to explain in clearer language (so you understand it better) what they want you to write.

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