And Another Thing
Posted by Warren Bolton on February 18, 2015
With S.C. State University millions of dollars in debt and its accreditation threatened, some lawmakers have proposed closing the school for two years, a bad idea that has rallied S.C. State supporters and drawn strong rebuke.
As a matter of fact, about 1,000 S.C. State supporters indeed rallied at the State House on Monday, where they heard several speeches, including a soul-rattling one delivered by the Rev. Joe Darby, elder of the Beaufort District of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church.
Frankly, the Rev. Darby had a stern word for practically everyone. He —rightly, I might add — held S.C. State officials responsible for their part in the poor management of the school and he strongly admonished supporters to not just protest but get engaged and stay engaged. Needless to say, he also placed lots of blame on state leaders who haven’t given the Orangeburg university the level of support it’s needed over the years.
Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on February 16, 2015
One of the frustrating things about the S.C. Senate is that it rarely takes votes that tell you where senators stand. Wednesday’s defeat of a plan to let an independent body review legislators’ compliance with the ethics law was an exception. Of course, as with all things Senate, it’s not entirely straightforward.
Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on February 2, 2015
If you follow SC Gov. Nikki Haley on Facebook, or if you’re on her email list, you know that The Aiken Standard endorsed her plan to raise the state gas tax by a little and lower the state income tax by a lot in the name of repairing the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.
Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on January 16, 2015
The 2015 legislative session is just three days old, and already we’re halfway to removing disgraced former Lexington County Sheriff James Metts’ name from a boat landing on the Saluda River.
Posted by Warren Bolton on October 22, 2014
DON WEAVER’S CLAIM that Richland County Council Chairman Norman Jackson “was ultimately responsible for fixing the 2012 Election Day fiasco” and “did nothing” might be pretty damaging. If it was true. It’s not.
Posted by Cindi Ross Scoppe on September 22, 2014
WHEN HOUSE Speaker Pro Tem Jay Lucas rolled out his latest ad hoc study committee last week, panel chairman Murrell Smith praised him for “proactively appointing this diverse Committee to make sure such a major undertaking is done right,” noting that “building momentum is just as important as identifying and instituting the right reforms.”