Post Tagged with: "South Carolina"

NEWS RELEASE: AG Alan Wilson joins 16 AG’s & Gov’s in wanting intrusive “Waters of the U. S.” proposal withdrawn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NEWS RELEASE:  AG Alan Wilson joins 16 AG’s & Gov’s in wanting intrusive “Waters of the U. S.” proposal withdrawn

Attorney General Alan Wilson Joins Governors, Fellow AG’s in Wanting “Waters of the U. S.” Proposal Withdrawn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

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The West Columbia Mayor Problem

West Columbia voters said a resounding “NO” to a change in government Tuesday, defeating an attempt by supporters of Mayor Joe Owens to change the form of city government to a strong mayor type by a 2 to 1 margin.

Now the council must decide if there are further steps to be taken regarding some of Owens’ alleged actions while in office.

Since first taking office, Owens may have assumed the duties of a strong mayor and more, under the current council form of government, in violation of state law.

Owens, reportedly, unilaterally approved a $10,000 raise to former police Major Matt Edwards, something he is not allowed to do under the current council form of government. Edwards was subsequently dismissed from the department when his position was made redundant during a department reorganization and has filed a lawsuit.

Edwards was, reportedly, a leader in the effort to have the form of government changed to a strong mayor type which would have put Owens in charge of managing city services and the 200 employees of the city.

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1st Winthrop Poll Results Casinos and Politics Together

October 1, 2014 7:48 AM
1st Winthrop Poll Results Casinos and Politics Together

Gov. Nikki Haley holds a 10 point lead over Democrat Vincent Sheheen in the first Winthrop Poll results with other gubernatorial candidates making little impact.

In like manner, incumbent senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott hold very comfortable leads over their main Democratic challengers Brad Hutto and Joyce Dickerson, respectively.

Gambling in Myrtle Beach?

What makes this poll interesting is the three questions on gambling casinos. Respondents were split 47% to 47% when asked if they favored or opposed allowing a limited number of gambling casinos to operate in South Carolina.

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The Scottish Independence Vote – Update

September 18, 2014 8:13 AM
The Scottish Independence Vote – Update

Does the question of Scottish independence really matter to the people of the United States in general and South Carolina in particular?

Of course, any vote on the question of secession should viscerally matter to all South Carolinians considering the state’s history. Secession votes should be important to South Carolinians even (or is that especially) if their political views are limited to the extreme parochialism of the ultra-conservative, states’ rights genre.

As a colony, South Carolina seceded from Great Britain months before the Declaration of Independence brought the other colonies into the fold. And no native son or daughter can forget when South Carolina led the way to the Confederate States of America by being the first state to secede from the Union.

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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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