Cindi Ross Scoppe

Cindi Ross Scoppe

What indicted SC Sen John Courson needs to do now

Sen John Courson’s indictment last week on charging of using campaign funds for personal expenses was shocking not just because he is a man of such high integrity. He’s also been one of our state’s leading ethics reform advocates - and was one of the earliest advocates of making it a crime to convert campaign money to personal use.

Cindi Ross Scoppe

Yes, your gas taxes do go to pay for SC roads

Opponents of a gas tax increase -- and even some supporters -- want to stop using gas taxes to pay for what they consider non-road expenditures. The problem is that the money has to come from somewhere else. And nearly all of those expenditures really are road-related.

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.

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

Welcome home: South Carolina basketball players address fans 2:26

Welcome home: South Carolina basketball players address fans

Frank Martin tries to convince USC President Pastides to cancel class 3:14

Frank Martin tries to convince USC President Pastides to cancel class

USC's Greatest Fans: Gamecock Jesus 0:59

USC's Greatest Fans: Gamecock Jesus