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BRACK:  Looking beyond corruption at Statehouse

BRACK:  Looking beyond corruption at Statehouse

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  The S.C. General Assembly is far different than 27 years ago when Operation Lost Trust blew open the cozy culture of the Statehouse with federal charges against 28 legislators and lobbyists in a cash-for-votes sting.

People went to jail.  Some avoided it.  Ethics rules were changed to become some of the toughest in the nation as it became virtually impossible for people to buy a cup of coffee legally for a friend in the legislature.  

But time moved on and institutions adapted.  Unknown dark money rose to fuel ever-increasing partisan, nasty campaigns.   In recent years, shenanigans have shown up in political campaign accounts, leading to the departure of a lieutenant governor and House speaker.  Currently, others hang in the balance in an ongoing Statehouse scandal that may be broadening, according to sources.

by · 10/13/2017 · 2018, Andy Brack, Commentary
NEWS: Noble joins gov’s race; 3 Dems, 4 GOPers now running

NEWS: Noble joins gov’s race; 3 Dems, 4 GOPers now running

Noble to attack culture of corruption at Statehouse

Staff reports (updated, 10 a.m.)  |   Charleston businessman Phil Noble is the latest Democrat to join the race to be elected governor in 2018.  He announced his candidacy this morning in Charleston. 

Last week, state Rep. James Smith, D-Richland, joined the race.  Previously, self-described “dark horse” Democratic candidate Philip Cheney of Anderson has announced he was running.

Republicans running for the seat held by the GOP since 2003 include incumbent Henry McMaster, Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant of Anderson, former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill of Kingstree and former state agency head Catherine Templeton of Mount Pleasant.

by · 10/11/2017 · 2018, News
NEWS BRIEFS: Looking for more teachers; Dems for governor?

NEWS BRIEFS: Looking for more teachers; Dems for governor?

Educators urge state action on teacher shortage

The numbers are stark: nearly 6,500 teachers do not return to their positions annually, while South Carolina education programs graduate 1,700 annually. On top of that, enrollment in S.C. teacher training programs is declining on average by 4 percent per year. …

Also inside:

Dems starting to queue up for governor?

It’s pretty much an open secret that state Rep. James Smith, D-Richland, will be a Democratic candidate for governor vying to challenge whoever wins the GOP nomination in a crowded field. …

by · 09/21/2017 · 2018, News, News briefs
BRACK:  Strive for “We Generation,” not more “Me Generations”

BRACK: Strive for “We Generation,” not more “Me Generations”

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Maybe it’s time for America to reinstitute conscription or develop a program to require national service for youths after high school or college.

Or maybe schools need to do a better and more comprehensive job of providing instruction on how America works from when students start school until they graduate.

That’s the big takeaway I had after watching part of the first presidential debate. It’s pretty clear that the America in the headlines for the last few years isn’t an America that would make the founding fathers or Greatest Generation too proud. The raucous, ongoing presidential campaign is a symptom of the country’s divisions and challenges, not its unity.

by · 09/30/2016 · Andy Brack, Commentary
Abortion rights supporters protested outside the Statehouse this week to urge Gov. Nikki Haley to veto a ban on almost all abortions after 19 weeks.  She didn’t.  More below in this weeks’ news analysis.  (Photo provided.)

NEWS: More of the same on abortion — stealth, protests, lawsuits

A news analysis by Andy Brack | With a new South Carolina ban on abortion after 19 weeks now securely in place, don’t expect anti-abortion advocates to rest on their laurels. But don’t expect abortion rights supporters to keep quiet either.

For the foreseeable future, the politics of abortion will be much the same with protests from both sides at the Statehouse and approval of anti-abortion bills by the GOP-led legislature just in time for primary elections as a way to burnish credentials of incumbents who might need help at the polls.

“The ultimate goal [is] to outlaw abortion entirely, if not outright, by making it impossible to access,” one abortion rights official told Statehouse Report.

by · 05/27/2016 · News
SCORECARD:  From farm aid and better pay to too much drunken driving

SCORECARD: From farm aid and better pay to too much drunken driving

Thumbs up this week on farm aid bill, Lt. Gov. HenryMcMaster, Chief Justice Costa Pleicones on trafficking, pay raise and better times. In the middle on Jasper port. Thumbs down on refugee bill and drunken driving. Quotes of the week by Rep. James Smith and Donald Trump.

by · 05/06/2016 · Features, Scorecard
NEWS: Possible candidates already eyeing governor’s mansion

NEWS: Possible candidates already eyeing governor’s mansion

By Andy Brack | It might seem early to some, but potential candidates who want to be the state’s next governor are already looking at whether a bid to succeed Gov. Nikki Haley is winnable.

“It would not surprise me if the two candidates from the 2014 lieutenant governor’s race decided to run for governor in 2018,” said Gibbs Knotts, head of the political science department at the College of Charleston. “Henry McMaster is the sitting lieutenant governor and Bakari Sellers has experience running a statewide campaign.”

by · 07/17/2015 · News
NEWS: Turbulent future for serene Edisto River

NEWS: Turbulent future for serene Edisto River

By Bill Davis | Subtle, serene, and slow-moving since forever, the Edisto River may be in for big, turbulent change.

Earlier this month, a national watchdog listed the 250 miles of South Carolina blackwater river as the fifth most endangered river in the country, up from sixth last year.

The release of that ranking has churned rhetoric of how best to use and protect the Edisto River on its journey from the springs of Edgefield and Saluda counties to where it meets the ocean at Edisto Beach.

The two sides with the most to lose are the conservationists and the state’s small farms, which are represented in the fight by state Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers.

by · 04/17/2015 · News