Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Breaking news and analysis from our home state of South Carolina. Click on the links below to follow Palmetto State government and politics from a decidedly pro-free market, pro-taxpayer perspective ...
REALLY? We haven't been in the business of defending U.S. president Donald Trump much lately.  He's disappointed us on several fronts (stumbling, bumbling and fumbling on multiple issues) and we've not hesitated to call him out for his failure. But Trump does...
WILL IT? Earlier this week, S.C. governor Henry McMaster announced the appointment of Sara Goldsby as director of the S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS). Big news?  Not really ... DAODAS is a relatively small agency.  In the...
BACKROOM DEALING? The new chairman of Charleston, South Carolina's county council is meeting behind closed doors with the new head of the S.C. Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB) this week. According to our sources, county council chairman Vic Rawl met privately on Thursday...
BIG LEAD FOR GOP CANDIDATE "Republican" Ralph Norman - a former state lawmaker and wealthy developer - is cruising over his Democratic opponent in the special election for South Carolina's fifth congressional district. That's according to a new poll released this...
NO MORE GOVERNMENT MEDIA ... South Carolina lawmakers are debating how much money the state's educational television network (SCETV) should receive from the sale of $43.2 million worth of airwave space in the Greenville, S.C. market. According to reporter Cassie Cope of...
GAS TAX PREVIEW? We've covered a lot of corruption in South Carolina over the years, but the "passage" of a $1.2 billion tax increase in Richland County back in 2012 remains the most brazen example of it we've ever seen. For starters,...
FEDERAL FUNDING APPROPRIATED ... The port of Charleston, S.C. received "monumental news" this week when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) appropriated $17.5 million in federal construction funding for its harbor deepening project. The funding was one of six "new...
WILL SHE RUN? South Carolina Democratic party leaders are scrambling to find a candidate to occupy top of their 2018 ticket. Does it matter who they pick? As things stand now, no ... not really (something we addressed extensively in this piece earlier this...
MULTIPLE TWISTERS SIGHTED ... A tornado touched down in Saluda County, S.C. on Wednesday afternoon and was "producing damage" on the ground, according to an alert issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Columbia, S.C. Here's the warning ... https://twitter.com/NWSColumbia/status/867451931756724224 Tornado warnings...
STILL HAS OPPOSITION ... U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford’s path to reelection got a little bit easier on Wednesday when one of his prospective opponents for South Carolina's first congressional district was forced to suspend his candidacy. Wait ... there's a scandal in this...