And Another Thing
Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on July 24, 2014
Most of the speculation about why Gov. Nikki Haley’s new pick as Ethics Commission chairman decided to gag the agency’s outspoken attorney has a directive coming either directly or indirectly from the governor. You may recall that when the governor took a trip to North Carolina last year for what she called an official event, Cathy Hazelwood begged to differ, called it a political event and said the governor needed to repay the state for the cost. The disagreement didn’t end there, but you get the picture.
I’m not dismissing the possibility that the governor’s office suggested that Columbia attorney James Burns address that “problem,” or that he took it upon himself to do that. Nor am I dismissing the possibility that Mr. Burns simply thought it was inappropriate for the agency’s attorney to be so free-wheeling with her impressions about the activities of politicians of all political stripes, sometimes based solely on what a reporter knows about the situation.
But another thought occurred to me when I read Eva Moore’s piece earlier this week about a letter that Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin’s attorney had written to the Ethics Commission, in which he “claims the mayor twice consulted commission attorney Cathy Hazelwood about whether he should report a 2010 trip to Florida as a gift, and was told he didn’t need to.”
Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on July 21, 2014
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.
Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on July 17, 2014
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.
Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on July 15, 2014
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.
Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on July 9, 2014
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.
Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on June 27, 2014
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.
Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on June 25, 2014
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.