And Another Thing

  • The last time we looked at the governor’s carelessness

    Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on July 21, 2014

    SC Gov Nikki Haley

    As we noted in today’s editorial about Gov. Nikki Haley’s misleading claims about eliminating government regulations, this isn’t the first time she has misstated or overstated or mislead. Below is my column from Sept. 28, 2011, about her claims concerning drug abuse among the unemployed, and other problems.

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  • The woes of the lesser-known candidates

    Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on July 17, 2014

    Jill Bossi is challenging US Sen Tim Scott as one of the inaugural candidates from the new American Party of South Carolina.

    I got an email over the weekend from one-time Republican gubernatorial candidate and now co-father of a new third party Oscar Lovelace. He was forwarding a note from U.S. Senate candidate Jill Bossi, who was complaining about the fact that she and the other American Party of South Carolina candidates are being ignored by the media in general, and The State in particular.

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  • Thomas Ravenel’s do-over

    Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on July 15, 2014

    The caption on this photo said Thomas Ravenel “talks to reporters after applying to run as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Lindsey Graham.” It looks to me more like he’s pretending to run on a treadmill, but with Mr. Ravenel, you just never know, do you?

    When then-Rep. Hunter Limbaugh gave up his House seat in 1997 to become then-Gov. David Beasley’s chief counsel, I used that as an occasion to write an article about the toll serving in the Legislature took on young professionals. And since any significant news article required a display photo, I arranged for a photographer to take a picture of Hunter packing up his legislative office.

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  • The Obama-Haley-Harrell approach to road funding

    Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on July 9, 2014

    Traffic on I-26 near its junction with I-20.

    Somehow I hadn’t managed to pay any attention to President Obama’s $302 billion plan to shore up the federal Highway Trust Fund until I read Cynthia Roldan’s article in The Post and Courier about all the angst S.C. officials have over the pending bankruptcy of said fund.

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  • How I spent my summer vacation

    Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on June 27, 2014

    Andrew, Libby and Max demolish the crumbling roof of the old porch.

    Perhaps it would make more sense to say “how my 40 companions spent their summer vacation,” because what they did was a lot more important than what I did. I mostly stood around and watched, and lent some chaperoning service, while they replaced a roofed porch, repaired two roofs, a deck and three sets of stairs, built a 20-foot-high retaining wall, removed and replaced the deteriorated bottom of the backside of a house and did exterior painting and cleaning and extensive yard work.

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  • Think The State’s endorsement is the kiss of death? Think again

    Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on June 25, 2014

    GOP lieutenant governor candidate Henry McMaster celebrates his coming runoff victory after casting his vote on Tuesday.

    People who don’t get The State’s endorsement or who just like to be snarky love to say that our endorsement is the kiss of death. That never has been the case: Well over half of the people we endorse always have won, and it seems to me like the number is usually significantly higher, but I’m not certain and I don’t feel like trying to figure it out.

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