My Turn

OUR TURN:  7 secrets for dealing with press interviews

OUR TURN: 7 secrets for dealing with press interviews

By Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, republished with permission  |  We’ve been conducting interviews for an alarmingly long time and the last 25 years of have been largely devoted to talking with state, county and city officials. Based exclusively on personal experience, we’ve developed a solid sense of the things that our interviewees can do that will optimize their chances of communicating their message well.

Important note: We’re not talking about a lot of the things you might hear in media training; like how to pivot from the question asked to the one you want to answer. Speaking for ourselves, when someone is pivoting away from our questions, we’ll just ask the question again and again and again, and finally we’ll just go to another source.

James Comey speaks at the White House following his nomination by President Barack Obama to be the next director of the FBI when Director Robert S. Mueller’s term ends on September 4.

CARR:  Comey’s leak and constitutional protections, privilege standards

By Robert S. Carr, special to Statehouse Report  |  The recent revelation and subsequent articles concerning the leak by former FBI Director James Comey to the New York Times  via a “friend” and the testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions highlight the complex world of privileged information and the lack of understanding of the serious nature of those privileges.

First, it is necessary to remember that privileges and secrets are protected, whether written or oral, and belong to governments and protected individuals  While it may be of significance who prepared a written document, it is the information that is subject to protection, not the piece of paper it is written on or who created the document.  For example, if I write a memo to our enemy following a top-level military meeting about a classified military operation, it is of little defense for me to say, “it is my memo.”  Indeed, it is even more damning.  And national security has been compromised.

HAMMOND: With online service, Secretary of State’s office always open for business

HAMMOND: With online service, Secretary of State’s office always open for business

By Secretary of State Mark Hammond, special to Statehouse Report | This year, Chief Executive Magazine ranked South Carolina fourth in its annual list of “Best States for Business.” This ranking was based on a survey of CEOs throughout the country, and is our state’s highest ranking to date.

The Secretary of State’s office is the first stop for businesses seeking to incorporate or obtain a certificate of authority to transact business in South Carolina. Most statutorily-required corporate documents are filed with the Secretary of State’s office. As secretary of state, my goal is to make South Carolina as business-friendly as possible by continuously improving the business filing process.

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WELBORN: Working to bolster state’s local food production

WELBORN: Working to bolster state’s local food production

By Katie Welborn, special to Statehouse Report | We choose who succeeds by how we spend our money. Every time we purchase food products from other states and countries, we’re not purchasing them from agricultural entrepreneurs here at home.

Did you know that only 10 percent of the food that we eat in-state is actually farmed here? In South Carolina, we have a huge gap between farmers who are producing food to sell at retail prices at farmers markets, roadside stands and off of their front porches and farmers who are able to sell at wholesale prices to and through mainline food distributors to hospitals, schools, restaurants and grocery stores.


ALLEN: Legislators say we spend too much, but they’re spending!

By Elisabeth Allen, special to Statehouse Report | Statehouse politicians love to wax eloquent about the dangers of spending too much money on non-essential services – right before spending too much money on non-essential services.

ULBRICH:  Whatever happened to Home Rule?

ULBRICH: Whatever happened to Home Rule?

By Holley Ulbrich, special to Statehouse Report | Lurking in the shadows of the big issues, pension reform and roads, is a nagging continuing question that arose again in the context of a school district bill for Pickens County.

About six years ago at the request of a group of angry citizens, legislators stripped the Pickens County School Board of its three at-large seats, leaving it with six numbered seats. After numerous citizen protests of this arbitrary action, this year’s General Assembly passed a bill to restore one seat as a numbered seat, making it seven and providing a tie breaker.

MY TURN:  Make a difference now in reducing gun violence

MY TURN: Make a difference now in reducing gun violence

By Judy Hines, special to Statehouse Report | A window of opportunity to effect change in gun violence in South Carolina has opened with the referral of several gun-related bills to Senate subcommittees. Immediate action from citizens to legislators in support of key bills will make the difference. This is the first time bills designed to tackle the problem of gun violence have reached subcommittee consideration since the Emanuel Nine shootings in 2015.

Shem Creek

MY TURN: S.C. Picture Project seeks sponsor to document culture, state

By Robin Welch, special to Statehouse Report | In just a few short weeks, SCIWAY will turn 21, which means we are now old enough to buy a good stiff drink!

As it turns out, we may need one. Over the past two decades, we’ve grown from a simple online portal with links to 23 other South Carolina websites – all that existed at the time – into a wide-ranging collection of original maps, detailed essays, and useful guides to state and local resources, including such things as S.C. events, S.C. elections, S.C. pronunciations, and – especially important this time of year – S.C. taxes.