on SC politics, policy is candid, illuminating
book of commentaries by South Carolina syndicated columnist Andy
Brack is a candid and sometime rollicking look at politics,
politicians and policy in the Palmetto State.
available, from United Writers Press, Bugging the Palmettos
is a collection of Brack's Statehouse Report newspaper
columns, which are syndicated weekly in eight newspapers across
200-page book, which will be available in bookstores across the
state for $14.95, includes commentary on the pragmatic process
of democracy and good ideas that can improve government to refreshing
observations about the state's leaders.
the "thin-skinned" governor
Mark] Sanford's actions over the last three years show a continuing
disrespect for the foundations of state government. At best, it's
disturbing. At the least, it's frightening in the state's top
From the Introduction
Chapter 2: Follow the money
operating in the 21st century with a system of taxation that stretches
back for generations. The last big update was almost 50 years
Lawmakers need to wake up to budget realities and
resist the urge to try to give people something for nothing."
June 19, 2005
Chapter 8: Protect special places
people get riled up enough to raise Cain in Columbia or vote against
lawmakers who make environmental assaults, the degradation will
continue. And the South Carolina of tomorrow might not remain
a land of special places."
March 21, 2004
WHAT THEY SAY
College of Charleston President Alex Sanders:
Brack has the unmitigated audacity to challenge head-on the high
and the mighty, and the results are mightily illuminating for
anybody who is the least bit interested in South Carolina's politics
Jack Bass, from the Foreword:
informed and candid observations and commentaries on state politics
and public policy reflect a progressive spirit that raises the
level of debate about public life and civic responsibility. Bugging
the Palmettos provides a look into what is happening in South
Carolina government and politics - - and what it could be."
Institute Director Don Gordon, Furman Univesity:
matter your political position or ideological take on issues in
South Carolina, you need to read this book. Andy Brack writes
clearly and thoughtfully about important problems confronting
our state and he does so with intelligence, common sense , and,
at appropriate times, with a sense of humor."
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