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ISSUE 12.05
Feb. 01, 2013

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News :
Ethical harmony
Legislative Agenda :
Grinding away at legislation
Radar Screen :
Medicaid expanion is lurking monster
Palmetto Politics :
Does he or doesn't he?
Commentary :
When church politics rises to the level of pure pettiness
Spotlight :
Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina
My Turn :
Help do something about teen pregnancy
Feedback :
Another Interstate crash prompts supportive letter
Scorecard :
19 candidates, dead horse, GING
Stegelin :
Protecting your identity
Megaphone :
One vote against
Tally Sheet :
New bills
Encyclopedia :
Avery Normal Institute

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That’s how many state school districts are failing to teach sex ed correctly. But judging by our state teenage pregnancy rates, which have dropped recently (see this week’s My Turn below), the kids have apparently learned how to do it right on their own. More.


One vote against

"We have a jewel in this property that we will lose if we permit it to become a golf course."

-- S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom, explaining why he was the only member of the state Budget and Control Board this week to vote against leasing 300-plus acres of state parks land along Lake Hartwell to a developer. More.


New bills

House and Senate members introduced dozens of new bills over the past week.  We'll post some of the key bills later today.


Avery Normal Institute

Founded in 1865, the Avery Normal Institute was the first accredited secondary school for African Americans in Charleston. The school, established by the New York-based American Missionary Association (AMA), was initially named in honor of New York abolitionist Lewis Tappan. Renamed Saxton after Union general Rufus B. Saxton, an assistant commissioner of the Freedmen's Bureau, the school was temporarily located in several buildings confiscated by the federal government. It was staffed with northern white missionaries and members of Charleston's antebellum free black community, such as the Cardozo brothers, Thomas and Francis. Thomas W. Cardozo was the school's first principal (1865-1866), and Francis was the second (1866-1868).

Francis Cardozo campaigned to construct a permanent building. He persuaded the AMA's traveling secretary, E. P. Smith, to seek $10,000 from the estate of the late Reverend Charles Avery of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With additional aid from the Freedmen's Bureau, the new school building, renamed Avery, was finished in 1868. Cardozo expanded the school's mission beyond primary and secondary education to include teacher training. Prohibited from teaching in all but one of Charleston's black public schools, many graduates taught in one-room schoolhouses all over South Carolina, especially in the Lowcountry. Graduates excelled as educators. Subsequent principals, such as Morrison A. Holmes, continued the school's tradition of high standards.

Principal Benjamin Cox (1915-1936) and his wife, Jeanette Keeble Cox, revitalized Avery. Cox was the first black principal since Cardozo. In 1917 Avery became a bulwark for the establishment of the city's chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Its first president was Edwin Harleston (Avery, 1900), a noted artist. Principals Frank DeCosta (Avery, 1927) and L. Howard Bennett (Avery, 1931) moved the school in a more progressive direction.

Principal John F. Potts presided over Avery's transition to a public school in 1947. Coinciding with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the county school board closed Avery in 1954, citing financial reasons. Avery students and teachers had long been active in the state's civil rights movement and continued to be so even after the school was closed. Avery activists included Septima Clark, J. Andrew Simmons, John McCray, John H. Wrighten, Jr., Arthur J. Clement, Jr., and J. Arthur Brown.

Averyites also became leaders in preserving the Lowcountry's African American heritage. In 1978 the Avery Institute of Afro-American History and Culture was established to save and renovate the original Avery school building at 125 Bull Street as a repository of African American history and culture. With Lucille S. Whipper (Avery, 1944) as its first president, the organization joined the College of Charleston to found the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. On October 6, 1990, the grand opening of the renovated building took place.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Edmund L. Drago. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)


Palmetto Priorities Statehouse Report encourages state leaders to develop and implement Palmetto Priorities involving several issues to make the state better a better place. Click the link to learn more about our suggestions for bipartisan policy objectives.

Here is a summary of our Palmetto Priorities:

CORRECTIONS: Reduce the prison population by 25 percent by 2020.

EDUCATION: Cut the state's dropout rate in half by 2020.

ELECTIONS: Increase voter registration to 75 percent by 2015.

ENVIRONMENT: Adopt a state energy policy that requires energy producers to generate 20 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2020.

ETHICS: Overhaul state ethics laws.

HEALTH CARE: Ensure affordable and accessible health care.

JOBS: Develop a Cabinet-level post to add, retain 10,000 small business jobs per year.

POLITICS: Have a vigorous two- or multi-party political system of governance.

ROADS: Strengthen all bridges and upgrade state roads by 2015.

SAFETY: Cut the state's violent crime rate by one-third by 2016.

TAX REFORM: Remove outdated special interest sales tax exemptions as part of an overall reform of the state's tax structure to be completed by 2014.


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Ethical harmony

Can Statehouse factions sing individual notes together?

By Bill Davis, senior editor

FEB. 1, 2013 -- There’s growing hope at the Statehouse that ethics reform will become a reality, but don’t count on it yet. There are still several political battles to be won and the time is ticking away already on what’s seen as a politically tough and touchy subject.

Earlier this week, Gov. Nikki Haley unveiled a sweeping 23-point statewide political ethics reform package based on the recommendations and quick work by a blue-ribbon commission.  The commission’s work got a boost with a mostly warm reception it has received from powerful legislators.

Haley has said the impetus for forming the commission came about as the result of her own challenged ethics, in which she was alleged to have worked as a de facto lobbyist while still a seated member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Last fall, she toured the state by plane, unveiling the beginnings of her effort and said it was critical that the rules be updated and for everyone to be playing off the same sheet of paper. [See Palmetto Politics below.]  

Addressed in the special commission’s package of recommendations were several different components, ranging from conflicts of interest and campaign disclosure to ethics enforcement issues to open records access.

Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey said this week that “the commission’s recommendations will move South Carolina from being among the worst states on government ethics to one of the best states.”

Godfrey said he hoped the legislature would move as quickly on the issue. “If this bipartisan commission could do its exceptional work in less than two months, the General Assembly should be able to do its work in less than four months.” 

All aboard!

S.C. Sen. Wes Hayes (R-York), chair of the GOP Caucus Ethics Reform Committee, said he welcomed Haley’s efforts, and felt no competition, despite having led a series of hearings and meetings dating back to last year.

Hayes said ethics reform is one of the hottest topics this year in the Senate, and pointed to a host of pre-filed bills, and others, including several of his own, waiting in the wings.

He admitted having only somewhat studied the governor’s package, but noted there were many areas covered in common to what his committee had been exploring. But Hayes did say his work hadn’t included the expanded open records access included in Haley’s.

Hayes said that all the ethics reform efforts – the governor’s, his committee’s, and corresponding Republican and Democratic committees in the House – all “basically” cover the same three areas:

  • Expanding political candidate income disclosure requirements;

  • Shifting the responsibility of investigating alleged ethical breaches of legislators and other state officials to an enhanced S.C. Ethics Commission; and

  • Giving the state Attorney General increased powers of enforcement. 

Hayes said he expected great “progress” on getting an ethics reform bill passed this year, mindful that next year could be difficult in the House where members would be facing reelection campaigns.

State Rep. Murrell Smith (R- Sumter), who chairs a similar committee in the House, said he was very pleased with Haley’s overall package. He added that the idea to require lobbyists to register with the state who were only working on a county level made “good political sense.”

Smith, cognizant of the usual glacial pace of the state’s legislative achievements, said he fully expected the General Assembly to pass some sort of ethics reform session before June of this year.

“Statewide, there is so much interest that have a bill passed, I don’t think we can fail,” said Smith, who chided his colleagues in the Senate, known for being the more “contemplative” body (read: slower). “The Senate acted quickly this year with bills to solve ‘ballotgate’ and sweepstakes.”

House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford (D-Columbia) agreed that some sort of ethics reform would pass this session, but that was about it.

Back from the abyss

Rutherford said that whatever plan passed, it wouldn’t be Haley’s. But he offered no specifics as to what his party disagreed with in her reform package.

Both Rutherford and Smith said their respective committees could reveal their ethic reform packages within the next two weeks. Smith said Rutherford’s comments were more about “politics than policy.”

Other Democrats have also joined with Rutherford in opposition. State Sen. Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg) pointed out that Haley’s flights around the state last fall to introduce her efforts in press conferences were apparently done in violation of state law.

Last year in the law that created the current year’s state fiscal budget, legislators made it illegal for politicians to use the state plane on less important trips, like ceremonial bill signings and press conferences.

Smith said the legislature, mindful of a governor’s need to be accessible to the people, would reverse that and allow for more flying flexibility.

Crystal ball: Smart money bettors will tell you it takes at least two years to pass anything worth debating in the Statehouse. Ethics reform, a hot topic on the campaign trail last year, may prove to be the exception to the rule. But don’t count on it. Getting four different committees, the House, the Senate and the governor to all agree on something, even if it’s something they already want individually, isn’t going to be easy. Off-election year or not.

Bill Davis is editor of Statehouse Report.  He can be reached at: Recent news stories include:

Legislative Agenda

Grinding away at legislation

If making laws is truly as disgusting as making sausage, then next week will be a real grind in both the House and the Senate with committees hard at work producing bills with little debate on the floor.

The Senate’s focus will be so much on committee work that it will be in “perfunctory” session on Tuesday, which means no one will be present in Senate chambers but staffers will process bills.

In the House, the biggest debate next week will likely be a bill that would restore county solicitors' abilities to set their own dockets – a privilege the S.C. Supreme Court stripped them of last year.

In other meetings:

  • House Ways and Means. Subcommittees will meet throughout the week to continue to take reports and revenue requests from state agencies, departments and offices. For more information, go to Agenda.

  • Senate Banking. The full committee will meet Wednesday at 9 a.m. in 105 Gressette to appoint the heads of three different state organs. Agenda.

  • House Judiciary. The constitutional laws subcommittee will meet Wednesday at 11 a.m. in 110 Blatt to discuss a “nullification” bill that would exempt the state and its citizens from federal health care reform. Agenda.

  • Senate LCI. A subcommittee will meet Wednesday at 11 a.m. in 308 Gressette to hear updates on systemic improvements at the Department of Employment and Workforce. Agenda.

  • Senate Medical Affairs. A subcommittee will meet Thursday at 9 a.m. in 308 Gressette to take information from federal health care reform advocates, as it pertains to Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act. Agenda.
Radar Screen

Medicaid expanion is lurking monster

Don’t be fooled by all the ink and airtime ethics reform is getting at this point of the session. It’s just everyone wanting the same thing, but fighting anyway. The real monster of this year’s session is lurking: Medicaid expansion. The legislature’s Black Caucus, doctors and hospitals have already coalesced into the cornerstone of the effort for the state to take part in federal health care reform.

Palmetto Politics

Does he or doesn't he?

Senate Finance chairman Hugh Leatherman (R-Florence) successfully flexed his political muscle this week by detouring a restructuring bill approved by the Judiciary Committee to his committee before the bill was debated on the floor.

The bill would do away with the Budget and Control Board and send its duties over to a newly-created Department of Administration in the governor’s cabinet. Supporter Gov. Nikki Haley had groused that if it were sent to Leatherman’s committee, it would wither and die, as he is a perceived political enemy.

Leatherman, according to sources, wanted to create the new department, but wanted to add an additional wrinkle to the bill that would not allow the cabinet agency, under the governor’s fiat, to purchase items and write contracts.

As proof of his interest in Administration’s future, the committee agreed to release it back to the floor in a few weeks for debate. Leatherman’s concern is the history of past governors in other states using the state’s business presence to bolster political allies with sweetheart deals (see: successive and imprisoned Illinois governors Ryan and Blagojevich).

What no one has talked about is how any subsequent bill would limit legislators from over-reaching into the affairs of state agencies overseen by Administration.

The final bill, whatever it is and by whoever writes the thing, may have to deal with that thorny issue, according to sources.


Gov. Nikki Haley is receiving fire for a sliver of her 23-point ethics reform package. The sliver would allow her to, once again, use the state’s plane to zip around South Carolina for press conferences, bill-signings and the like.

The legislature included a proviso, a special one-year superseding law, which barred politicians for doing that. But Haley flew around the state last year to introduce the idea of an ethics reform commission that eventually produced the ethics reform package she’s now shopping around the legislature.

State Sen. Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg) was very critical: “South Carolina taxpayers should not be footing the bill for public officials to fly around playing politics. Ceremonial bill signings and press conferences are nothing but politics.

 “This recommendation by Governor Haley’s Ethics Reform Committee is nothing but an effort to give public officials a free ride to play politics and it’s an invitation for abuse of public funds. These aircraft should be for official business, not for a South Carolina Good-Ole Boy Airlines.”

Haley’s spokesman Rob Godfrey countered Hutto’s jabs, saying, “There are always those whose job it is to try to distract from the work at hand, but they won’t be able to stop us from fighting for the kind of comprehensive ethics reform that gives the people of our state a government they can trust.”


When church politics rises to the level of pure pettiness

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher

FEB. 1, 2013 -- If you think politics rocks and rolls only at the Statehouse, take a look at church politics.

Episcopalians, known around the country for acceptance and tolerance, are facing mighty frustration and confusion in the lower part of the state following a schism late last year that has pitted parish against parish, priest against priest, and a bishop against the national church. 

The headline-grabbing schism in what until recently was a united body known as the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, today is fueled by a spiritual and historical stream of secession, a menacing aquifer of greed, disdain, money, power and sanctimony. It has spilled from the pulpit into state courts. It has caused churches and parishioners to pick between church leaders who have left the national Episcopal Church and those who remain with it. 

Some see it as a bunch of ecclesiastical nonsense because they don’t really care which governing organization they’re aligned with. But others see the split as a hurtful squabble brought on by conservative clerics who are negatively impacting the worship lives of church members. And some are even gloomier, viewing the break as sinful lust by those leaving to grab as much as they can by using rhetoric, strategies and tactics worthy of the best negative political campaign that Lee Atwater ever ran.

Over the last 10 years, some champions of Biblical literalism in the Episcopal Church in the lower part of the state got hot and bothered by gender politics. They went ballistic when the Rev. Gene Robinson, a gay man, was named Bishop of New Hampshire, even though the likelihood of anyone from South Carolina worshipping in the Granite State was next to nil. More recently, the same zealots got bent out of shape over the blessings of same-sex relationships in other parts of the country, just as they surely got bent out of shape in the 1970s with the ordination of women and as their ancestors did over race during and after the Civil War.

Led by S.C. Bishop Mark Lawrence, many churches broke away from the national church and formed a new entity -- “The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina” -- with rhetoric that sounds much like what happened when conservative Democrats jumped to the Republican Party -- “I didn’t leave the party; the party left me.”

It came as no surprise that since the end of last year, breakaway churches and the “new diocese” filed  lawsuits to keep property and even the seal of the national church diocese they abandoned. In what was the pot calling the kettle black, the breakaway diocese had the gall to spin that the national church abandoned them -- even though Lawrence and his minions voted to leave the national church as it appealed to them to stay inside the tent.

Although they departed with much bluster of cutting all ties, they really want (you should see this coming) to keep all of the formerly united diocese’s money, property and land, including a popular church camp. Seems to me that when you abandon something, you leave and start anew --and that means without all of the stuff that you signed over to the national church years ago. But that, I guess, is logic.

To rub salt into all of these self-inflicted wounds of the past months, S.C. Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein issued a temporary restraining order Jan. 23 to keep any individual, organization or parishes that are continuing to worship with the national church from using names and the seal historically associated with the Episcopal Church in the lower part of South Carolina for 300 years. Hmmm, surely seeking the order wasn’t a disruptive coincidence as it came the same week the continuing parishes were preparing to elect a new bishop.

Churches are supposed to be places of sanctuary, not places for negativism and pettiness. Who knows what will happen with the Episcopal parishes in the lower part of the state? About the only thing for sure is that it looks like a lot of lawyers will get richer. And that’s not the kind of Christian charity that motivates people to give to churches.

Andy Brack is publisher of Statehouse Report.  You can reach Brack at:


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My Turn

Help do something about teen pregnancy

By Lica Colwell
Special to Statehouse Report

FEB. 1, 2013 -- “Substantial improvements.” “All-time low.” “Fourth consecutive year of decline.” 

For a resident of South Carolina, these aren’t always the headlines I see when perusing the morning paper – especially when it comes to issues that affect education and child well-being, but it’s exactly what I read last week as teen birth rates in our state plummeted to an all-time low. 

As reported by the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, our teen birth rate declined by 8 percent between 2010 and 2011 and now stands at 39.1 births per 1,000 girls age 15 to 19. While this is progress that should be celebrated, it is also true that our state still ranks 11th highest in the nation in teen births and an alarming 6,000+ teens give birth in South Carolina each year. 

As a reader of the Statehouse Report, you may be asking yourself, why is this so important and why should I care? Maybe you don’t have children and don’t see the relevance for you. Maybe your children are grown and you feel a sense of accomplishment that you and your kids made it through those rough adolescent years. Maybe you are a new parent and feel like worrying about this issue is light years away from the diapers and sleepless nights you are now facing. Whatever your current situation, there are multiple ways that this issue is affecting you and your neighbors. The impact that teen pregnancy has on our state’s overall health, education system and economic stability is staggering. The following data points give only a glimpse into the reasons you should care about this issue:

  • S.C. taxpayers spend at least $197 million on costs associated with teen childbearing each year.

  • Teen mothers are more likely to live in poverty and rely on public assistance.

  • Teen mothers are less likely to finish high school … only 38 percent ever will.

  • Children of teen mothers are less prepared to enter the school system, score lower on measures of school readiness, and are 50 percent more likely to repeat a grade.

  • Children of teen parents suffer higher rates of abuse and neglect than children of mothers that delayed childbearing.

Ready to get involved?  Research and the success of the past 20 years in our state clearly show that through the continued promotion of age appropriate, research proven sex education in public schools; enhanced conversations about love, sex and relationships between parents and their children; and increased access to condoms and contraception for sexually-active youth, we will undoubtedly continue to see progress. 

Find your fit and get involved:

  • Become familiar with the S.C. Comprehensive Health Education Act and explore your school’s sexuality education curriculum. Eighty-four percent of South Carolinians support sex education that emphasizes abstinence and teaches about contraception. Now, it’s time to be the vocal majority.

  • If you are a parent, start talking. Whether you are the parent of a 5 year old or a 15 year old, there are age-appropriate discussions that should be taking place. Visit the S.C. Campaign’s Parent Portal ( for more information. 

  • Refer a young person in your life to Here, teens can learn more about their bodies, what to expect, and how to plan for the future.

Too often, people will read an article like this and think, “Wow, that is an important issue and somebody should do something about it,” but my hope is that you read this article today and say, “Wow, this is an important issue and I am going to do something about it.”   

Lica Colwell, a patent attorney with Nexsen Pruet in Charleston, is a member of the board of directors of the S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.


Another Interstate crash prompts supportive letter

To the editor:

I was wanting to comment to you earlier [on tailgating] but procrastinated until I read this morning's Post and Courier front page regarding another I-526 crash. I-526 and the Ravenel Bridge are really my sore spots. I-526 is as dangerous and explosive a stretch that I know of. Basically it is a combo of big rigs, speeders, tailgaters, density, dangerous merging ... and on good weather days!

On the Ravenel, which I travel several times a day, I drive it as one big access/egress, merging on and have to cross three or four lanes to be in safer position to take my needed exit. Most times I am pulling a trailer.  I do the SPEED LIMIT. Cars pass right and left. A majority of the time I meet up with them at the lights

I tell my children as they travel I-26 back to school to stay in right lane and leave plenty of room in front of you so if something happens you have time and a place to the right to pull out of the way. I-26 is a race track in left lane anyway.

What really gets me is how these idiots don't know how close they are to pushing carnage.  

Truckers especially. As you say, "Folks, this is crazy." Keep up the good work.

-- Tommy Connolly, Charleston, S.C.

Slow drivers are dangerous, too

To the editor:

I read your article about tailgaters and you failed to mention the people who drive slower than everyone else and stay in the left-hand lane, which is sometimes referred to as the "passing lane." As a result, drivers have to pass them in the right-hand lane creating a more dangerous situation as they weave in and out of traffic.

I was in Italy this past summer and for them it appears that the speed limit is simply a recommendation. However, everyone drives in the right-hand lane until it is time to pass. It is much safer. There were no tailgaters, and it was a driving pleasure compared to what we have here.

-- Craig Jacobs, Spartanburg, S.C.

Ignorance is truly bliss in South, one man says

To the editor:

As a historian, but mostly as an observer of people (a fascinating habit one gets when riding the subways in NYC), one of the key -- and self-destructive -- philosophies of much of the South, and especially here, is the truly pre-puerile, "You can't tell me what to do!"

It pervades almost any and every reaction to programs and laws passed by someone "higher up" than the reactor . . . be it health care, programs to aid the poor, guns . . .you name it. They hate it. Little -- if any -- of these "reactions" has worked or had any negative effect on such programs or positive effect anywhere (key example, The American Civil War, and more recently federally-mandated integration) has not managed to seep into the shallow caches of thought that produced them. For them, ignorance is truly bliss.

Cruel? Too pointed? Perhaps ... but maybe some of these rigorous regressives should read Gary Wills' (a local!) latest comments on us “down heah” in an article entitled "Dumb America."  Or as Garrison Keillor noted some weeks ago, "Dumb and Dangerous".

Nasty? Yes. Sad, but true. 

-- Richard H. Berg, Hanahan, S.C.

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19 candidates, dead horse, GING

Involvement. 19 different candidates – 16 Republican and three Democrats -- have filed to fill the U.S. Congressional First District seat left open after Tim Scott accepted the appointment to fill Jim DeMint’s vacated U.S. Senate seat. No if only we can get a similar voter turnout. More.

New tool. USC’s Darla Moore School of Business has launched a cyber tool that measures changes in the tax code so anyone can see the impact of cutting or raising a tax or taxes on the state budget. More.

Dead horse revived. The S.C. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an ethics lawsuit filed against Gov. Nikki Haley by a state influential Republican. The case has been dismissed twice in the legislature. More.

Boeing. Known battery problems on the 787 went unreported, and an expert calls the batteries on the planes fundamentally unsafe. More.

GING. Congressional candidate state Sen. Larry Grooms may want to better vet his political bedfellows and contributors after endorsement by the Government Is Not God PAC. More.

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