Cindi Ross Scoppe

Cindi Ross Scoppe

What a difference an amendment can make

I DON’T KNOW that removing legislators’ secret veto power over the governor’s appointments to the state Transportation Commission gets us any closer to the “last resort” that Henry McMaster has set as the standard for raising the gas tax. But it ought to make the House’s road-improvement bill more attractive to the new governor.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

How to improve the House gas tax proposal

The SC House’s road-funding bill gives the Transportation Department more money without eliminating the parochial board that runs it, and it makes yet another change to our tax system without fixing our tax system. But it could easily be tweaked to at least improve our tax system a little.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Will Henry McMaster make Cabinet government work?

I can’t say for certain that SC Gov. Henry McMaster told Juvenile Justice Director Sylvia Murray she could resign or be fired, but indications are that he did. And the rapid resignation bolstered legislators’ already high hopes: Besides being someone who would work with them instead of against them, maybe Mr. McMaster also would be a governor who actually cares about governing.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Was Leatherman out of line? History says no

I GET WHY most Senate Republicans tried to keep Sen. Hugh Leatherman from reclaiming his position as president pro tempore after he stepped aside to avoid becoming lieutenant governor. But it turns out that Mr. Leatherman did more to comply with the constitutional goals than most of his predecessors have done.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

How Henry McMaster can be the governor South Carolina needs

Henry McMaster wasn’t my first, second or third choice when he ran for attorney general. But then I started watching how he did his job, and by the time he ran for governor in 2010, I was a fan. Not someone who agreed with him on all the issues. Someone who respected him, and recognized that he has the qualities our state needs in a governor.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

From the archives: Mr Intensity not ready for a letdown

Operation Jackpot is the accomplishment of which Henry McMaster is most proud. Five years later, he unabashedly manages to work Jackpot into every speech, every interview, nearly every casual conversation, as he makes his record as US attorney the centerpiece of his campaign for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

From the archives: Mile-a-minute McMaster riding ethics reform wave

When Henry McMaster beat the more moderate Sen. Sherry Martschink in the Republican primary in June, conventional wisdom said Lt. Gov. Nick Theodore could look forward to an easy summer and easier re-election. But conventional wisdom didn’t anticipate the biggest political scandal in S. C. history, which would make legislative ethics front-page news for three months and, by extension, taint every government insider.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

From the archives: Henry McMaster’s boundless optimism

TWO THINGS that might surprise you if you only know Henry McMaster from his campaign ads and gubernatorial debate performance: He has been a responsible and at times courageous attorney general, who has largely avoided politicizing his office; and he has a charming, almost childlike belief in the potential for our state.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

How to hold a governor accountable for education

SC voters would decide in 2018 whether to let the governor appoint the state education commissioner under legislation approved last week by three separate legislative subcommittees. That would make it easier for teachers and others to hold someone accountable for improving our schools.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Suddenly, intrigue over an office of little intrigue

THREE POINTS about the legal battle over the next lieutenant governor: There could be a lot more at stake than whether the Senate president pro tempore assumes the office or Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster appoints the new lieutenant governor if he replaces Nikki Haley as governor. The convoluted language lawmakers passed in 2014 to change how vacancies are filled was not an accident. We wouldn’t be talking about this but for what one former Senate leader calls “the Jake Knotts gift that keeps on giving.”

Videos

South Carolina's Broken Roads: Senate's plan is a joke

Opinion writer Cindi Ross Scoppe weighs in on the Senate's roads plan. She explains how the plan will take money away from schools and other state funded agencies to fix the roads in South Carolina
South Carolina's Broken Roads: Senate's plan is a joke 2:10

South Carolina's Broken Roads: Senate's plan is a joke

Keenan vs. Gray Collegiate highlights and postgame reaction 3:39

Keenan vs. Gray Collegiate highlights and postgame reaction

Keenan celebration after win over Gray Collegiate 0:54

Keenan celebration after win over Gray Collegiate

Gray Collegiate's Jalek Felton with a one-handed slam against Keenan 0:16

Gray Collegiate's Jalek Felton with a one-handed slam against Keenan