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Cindi Ross Scoppe

Take 14 teens, 10 adults, add a week of work and prayer, and be amazed

I SPENT THE PAST week being amazed by what extraordinary things ordinary people can accomplish. A efficiency expert would not share my amazement: 24 people spent seven days (five if you don’t count the travel time) building two wheelchair ramps and two sets of wooden steps, replacing a worn-out carpet with a new linoleum floor, repairing a couple of leaky windows and scrubbing a nicotine-stained ceiling clean.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Should we subsidize pensions for 11 lobbying groups?

The SC House wants taxpayers to pay for the SC Education Association’s extra cost for its employees’ pensions next year. And the State Employees’ Association’s, and the Municipal Association’s, and the other eight wholly private organizations that participate in the SC Retirement System.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Whose water is it, anyway?

Let’s just focus on how the mega-farms are draining South Carolina’s rivers, how they’re causing precipitous drops in groundwater levels, how the neighbors’ wells are running dry. You can debate whether being a bad neighbor is the state’s business, but the water we all have to share clearly is the state’s business.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

How SC government is like the 12 Days of Christmas

The SC state budget funds about 110 separate entities; some counts put the number higher, some lower, but no matter how you look at it, it’s too high to be effectively managed and coordinated, particularly since most of the entities are run by part-time boards. And now the Legislature is poised to create another one.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Biggest legislative accomplishment in 2017? Not the gas tax

THE YEAR the Republican Legislature raises the state’s gas tax for the first time in three decades will be remembered as one thing and one thing only: the year the Republican Legislature raised the state’s gas tax for the first time in three decades. But that was not the most significant thing about this legislative session. At least not by itself. Or in those terms.

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Man live streams his takedown of Arkansas' Ten Commandments monument

Less than 24 hours after a monument of the Ten Commandments was installed outside the Arkansas State Capitol, it was smashed to pieces by Michael Tate Reed, who drove his car into it. Tate live streamed the incident via Facebook.
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Man live streams his takedown of Arkansas' Ten Commandments monument 1:04

Man live streams his takedown of Arkansas' Ten Commandments monument

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Samsung brings 950 jobs to Newberry

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USC baseball coaching search: 3 things to know about Mark Kingston

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USC baseball coaching search: 3 things to know about Kevin O'Sullivan