A new No. 2 leader in the S.C. House
“When you go to work undercover narcotics, you don’t say, ‘Perhaps, I’d like to purchase marijuana.’... You say, ‘Bo, you got some reefer?’ ”
The rule is one of the lighter lessons state Rep. Tommy Pope, the S.C. House's recently elected speaker pro tem best known for putting child-killer Susan Smith behind bars, said he's learned over the years.
Read here how Pope's folksy charm and prosecutor's eye propelled the York Republican into a House leadership post.
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SC's top prosecutor cleared of ethics allegations
The S.C. Ethics Commission cleared state Attorney General Alan Wilson of allegations that he accepted improper contributions in his 2010 campaign after the Republican refunded more than $40,000 to donors.
Trump joins speakers at S.C. Tea Party convention
Donald Trump is one of four speakers at this month's S.C. Tea Party convention who are potential 2016 presidential prospects. Trump will join Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Ben Carson in speaking at the Myrtle Beach gathering from Jan. 16-19.
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State House today
• 1 p.m.: Governor's Nuclear Advisory Council (Gressette 207)
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