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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
McMaster, Bryant, McGill and Templeton

BRACK: Despite challengers, McMaster favored in governor’s race

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher  |  After mentioning the lieutenant governor was probably going to jump into the 2018 race for governor, the guy – a well-educated professional with at least two college degrees – asked, “Who’s the lieutenant governor?”

“Kevin Bryant,” I replied. 

“Then who’s the governor?” he asked.

“Henry McMaster.”

“O.K.  I’ve heard of him.”

Therein lies the challenge for the growing field of Republicans with gubernatorial aspirations:  McMaster, while not brimming with strength, has buckets of name recognition …

by · 07/28/2017 · Andy Brack, Commentary
BRACK:  S.C. is lucky to have Leatherman where he is

BRACK: S.C. is lucky to have Leatherman where he is

By Andy Brack, Statehouse Report | State Sen. Hugh Leatherman, president pro tempore of the Senate, never made it a secret that he didn’t want to be lieutenant governor.

When elected by Democratic and Republican colleagues a couple of years ago to the top organizational job in the chamber, he made it crystal clear that if a vacancy was imminent in the lieutenant governor’s position, he would step down as pro tem to remain chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

by · 02/03/2017 · Andy Brack, Commentary
Bryant

NEWS: Meet your next lieutenant governor

By Bill Davis, senior editor | Spoiler alert: State Sen. Kevin Bryant (R-Anderson) will be your next lieutenant governor. There’s just a bunch of things that have to happen first.

And, in some ways, this is all President-elect Donald Trump’s fault … with a little help from a snafu in some state-enabling legislation.

Trump has nominated Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) to be this country’s next ambassador to the United Nations. Her vetting could happen as early as next week, or it could drag out into March, depending on how Trump’s transition progresses through Congress.

by · 01/13/2017 · News
NEWS: Concerns over state retirement system cause gray hairs, more

NEWS: Concerns over state retirement system cause gray hairs, more

A news analysis by Bill Davis, senior editor | A safety net intended to provide a sense of security to tens of thousands of state employees and retirees — the state’s retirement system — continues to strike fear in state leaders in Columbia.

Back in the depths of the Great Recession, the investment fund that provides the primary fuel to the retirement system lost a staggering $1 billion in a single day. And that fund lost as much as 20 percent of its total value in a single fiscal year around 2008, according to state officials.

But has the situation gotten that much better since then? Not according to state Sen. Kevin Bryant (R-Anderson), who as the head of a retirement system subcommittee …

by · 07/08/2016 · News
The new conventional wisdom on Medicaid expansion: More time needed

The new conventional wisdom on Medicaid expansion: More time needed

By Bill Davis, senior editor | Looks like “conventional wisdom” was wrong, or at least delayed, when it came to health care in South Carolina.

In 2014, conventional wisdom held that when Gov. Nikki Haley led South Carolina to “opt out” of Medicaid expansion funded through Obamacare, it was merely a political move. Some health care advocates hoped that after a few years, the state would buy-in to expansion because of billions of dollars offered by the federal government.

Two years down the line, there has been little movement in state government to expand the state health care program, despite a vexing “coverage” gap between Obamacare and the state’s program that left tens of thousands without the real possibility of health insurance.

by · 04/15/2016 · News
11/13 issue: On ethics reform and the state’s brand

11/13 issue: On ethics reform and the state’s brand

In the Nov. 13, 2015, issue of Statehouse Report:

NEWS: A tale of two brands
COMMENTARY: Senate disappoints in inability to pass ethics reform
SPOTLIGHT: S.C. Association of Counties
FEEDBACK: Letters on dog column, VAT commentary
SCORECARD: From a surplus to a big hit
NUMBER: 1
QUOTE: Wild West
S.C. ENCYCLOPEDIA: Operation Lost Trust

by · 11/13/2015 · Full Issue
BRACK: Senate disappoints in inability to pass ethics reform

BRACK: Senate disappoints in inability to pass ethics reform

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | It almost defies reality that the downfall since 2012 of the state’s number two and number three elected officials hasn’t yet led to major ethics reform. The once bright promise of more transparency in government is becoming dimmer every passing day.

Welcome to Statehouse politics, courtesy of the South Carolina Senate.

George Washington once remarked that the U.S. Senate was created to be a more deliberative body than its colleague, the House, where two-year terms inspire legislators to act passionately and quickly. Likening the House to a cup of hot tea, Washington asked fellow Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, who was in France when the Senate was created, “Why did you pour that tea into your saucer?” Jefferson replied, “To cool it,” reflecting a custom of the time.

by · 11/13/2015 · Andy Brack, Commentary