Articles by: Jeffrey Sewell

NEWS RELEASE: AG Alan Wilson joins 16 AG’s & Gov’s in wanting intrusive “Waters of the U. S.” proposal withdrawn

October 16, 2014 2:53 PM
NEWS RELEASE:  AG Alan Wilson joins 16 AG’s & Gov’s in wanting intrusive “Waters of the U. S.” proposal withdrawn

Attorney General Alan Wilson Joins Governors, Fellow AG’s in Wanting “Waters of the U. S.” Proposal Withdrawn

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) Attorney General Alan Wilson joined with sixteen governors and attorneys general in asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to withdraw their proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule.

On April 21, 2014, the EPA and Corps jointly released a proposed rule called Definition of Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act. It would greatly expand the definition of waters that fall under federal jurisdiction. Under the proposal, roadside ditches, small creeks, farm ponds, flood control channels, drainage conveyances and storm water systems would be subject to federal regulation. That, in turn, would impose new hardships on county governments, farmers, developers and small businesses.

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SC DSS Attorney Asserts Unlimited Powers

October 3, 2014 4:31 PM
SC DSS Attorney Asserts Unlimited Powers

South Carolina lead counsel for the department of social services asserts that SC DSS is exempt from extending civil rights protection to individuals who are white/Caucasian. The case at hand involves the beating and abuse of an elderly white women who was forcibly taken and put under SC DSS protective custody where she died from the abuse she received that would have violated a black person’s civil rights but not hers according to DSS’s attorney.

“A claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 can only be brought in cases of race or national origin
discrimination. As Plaintiff has made no such claim, any claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 must be
dismissed.” ~ ~Eugene H. Matthews, SC DSS Lead Counsel

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House Ethics Reform Subcommittees Announced

October 2, 2014 1:56 PM
House Ethics Reform Subcommittees Announced

SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     October 2, 2014                                                                                                         Contact: Greg Foster (803) 734-3125 gregfoster@schouse.gov   House Ethics Reform Subcommittees Announced Addressing new issues to further strengthen House’s reform efforts (Columbia, SC) – Today, House Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas and Chairman Derham Cole […]

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News Release – House to Review & Recommend Changes to How it Operates

September 20, 2014 8:40 AM
News Release – House to Review & Recommend Changes to How it Operates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2014                                                                                                   Contact: Greg Foster (803) 734-3125 gregfoster@schouse.gov   S.C. House to Review & Recommend Changes to How it Operates Speaker Pro Tempore Lucas appoints Special House Rules & Procedures Review Ad Hoc Committee (Columbia, SC) – Today, House Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas – […]

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Statement from House Speaker Bobby Harrell

September 10, 2014 7:33 PM
Speaker Bobby Harrell

“I have said all along that I have never intentionally violated any law, and I still strongly believe that statement to be accurate.

“In no way have I ever benefited personally or financially from travel reimbursements from my campaign account. In fact, I have regularly used the privately raised funds from my campaign account to pay for official state travel instead of passing that cost along to taxpayers. Similarly, I have often used my own airplane, at no cost to the taxpayers, for official state travel when it would have been completely justifiable to have used the taxpayer-funded state plane instead. If over the course of four years, I mistakenly wrote down the wrong date on a handful of items, that is something that can easily be addressed.”

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NEWS RELEASE: S.C. Speaker Bobby Harrell Indicted

2:17 PM
NEWS RELEASE:  S.C. Speaker Bobby Harrell Indicted

Columbia, S.C. – September 10, 2014 – First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe announces that the Richland County Grand Jury indicted Robert W. Harrell, Jr., Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives, today on nine charges. The nine indictments are for two counts of Misconduct in Office (statutory and common law), six counts of Using Campaign Funds for Personal Use, and one count of False Reporting Candidate Campaign Disclosures.

A bond hearing date has not been set. Mr. Harrell has been provided copies of his indictments but he will be allowed to formally accept service of the true billed indictments and attend his bond hearing on the same date. Once the date for service of the indictments and the bond hearing is set, the First Circuit Solicitor’s Office will provide ample notice to the media of the date and time.

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