Post Tagged with: "Myrtle Beach"

General Assembly Action Needed on Internet Sweepstakes Cafes

August 2, 2012 7:04 PM
General Assembly Action Needed on Internet Sweepstakes Cafes

Federal lawsuits, state arrests, judges giving opposing rulings on the same law and the current head and former head of SLED on different sides of the issue, this is the world of internet sweepstakes cafes in South Carolina.

Sound confusing – absolutely – but it is really an example of the General Assembly fiddling while South Carolina burns.

While the General Assembly spent a large portion of this year’s session determining how to spend an additional approximately $1.2 billion in unexpected excess revenue, it virtually ignored several bills introduced to regulate or outlaw the internet sweepstakes café industry.

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Is Myrtle Beach Tourism Tax Working?

July 15, 2012 5:56 PM
Is Myrtle Beach Tourism Tax Working?

Local television stations carry daily ads telling us the Myrtle Beach tourism tax is ‘working.’ The ads are run by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and its associated entities in the hospitality and business community.

Beneficiary of approximately $18 million per year from revenue generated by the tax, the Chamber has good reason to advertise the tourism tax is working. Its marketing arm, the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau receives the proceeds from the tax to spend in ‘out-of-area’ advertising to promote tourism to the Grand Strand.

But, going beyond the advertising message (dare we call it propaganda?) one has to ask how is the tax working.

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Light Goes Out at CASA

June 11, 2012 8:43 AM
Light Goes Out at CASA

I was saddened last week to read that SLED is investigating Citizens Against Spouse Abuse for misappropriation of funds.

My first thought was ‘there goes another point of light, extinguished through the selfishness of public policy.’

On second thought, I realized this has nothing to do with public policy, because in today’s political environment, there is no public policy. There is government policy, business policy, even wine policy but the public doesn’t deserve a policy.

President George H.W. Bush warned this was coming in his inaugural address nearly 24 years ago:

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Tom Rice and the Failed Campaign Ploy

June 6, 2012 5:09 AM
Tom Rice and the Failed Campaign Ploy

Obvious campaigning with the Horry County budget didn’t work for county council chairman and 7th Congressional District candidate Tom Rice Wednesday as his fellow council members saw through the attempt.

During a council Committee of the Whole meeting, Rice suggested a series of proposed budget changes that appeared to be designed more for their voter appeal than county fiscal stability.

The county budget for FY2013 has passed two readings and will be up for third reading at the regular council meeting scheduled for June 19, 2012.

During budget discussions, workshops and readings since January, Rice has opposed proposed pay raises for county workers while he advocated building a reserve fund for projected budget deficits beginning with FY2014.

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Legends in Concert Announces Limited Engagement

June 2, 2012 8:24 AM
Legends in Concert Announces Limited Engagement

Legends in Concert Myrtle Beach Announces Special, Limited Engagement Performances for Elvis Tribute Artist Grahame Patrick

Legends in Concert Myrtle Beach is proud to welcome revered Elvis Tribute Artist, Grahame Patrick, to the Myrtle Beach stage for a limited engagement appearance.

Grahame is scheduled to appear at Legends’ new Broadway at The Beach venue from June 4th through July 15th, 2012. Grahame has been an Elvis tribute artist with Legends In Concert for many incredible years and for a limited time only he will be donning the jumpsuit for Myrtle Beach fans.

Grahame is also scheduled to make a special appearance during the June 30th Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

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Game On Santorum vs. Romney

January 15, 2012 9:13 AM
Game On Santorum vs. Romney

After finishing in second place by an eyelash to Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum told his supporters “game on.”

The game became much more interesting yesterday when Santorum received the endorsement of 170 socially conservative Christian leaders representing various politically active organizations and financiers at a meeting in Houston.

Each candidate, with the exception of Jon Huntsman, had a representative who addressed the group. Three rounds of voting followed the speeches.

The first round saw Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry receive what was described as measurable support. Romney drew very little support.

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Political Profile – Andrew Preston Brittain

December 13, 2011 8:53 AM
Political Profile – Andrew Preston Brittain

Andrew Preston Brittain (pictured here with wife Elizabeth) took his first step into the political arena last week when he addressed the Beach Dems Breakfast meeting in Myrtle Beach.

Brittain said he was a candidate for the new S.C. 7th Congressional District and would begin his campaign in earnest early in January.

A native of Myrtle Beach, the 31-year old Brittain is a graduate of Myrtle Beach High School, Wofford College and the University of South Carolina Law School. He is currently a trial attorney in Myrtle Beachafter serving as a clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Terry Wooten.

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SCGOP to host 7th District Debate

December 8, 2011 4:29 PM
SCGOP to host 7th District Debate

Republican candidates for the new S.C. 7th Congressional District will have an early chance to attract voters when the SCGOP presents a candidates debate Sunday January 15, 2012 at 7 p.m. The location of the debate is still to be decided,

The 7th District debate will be part of the SCGOP Experience Weekend & Presidential Debate January 14-16, 2012 in Myrtle Beach. The First in the South Presidential Debate will be held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Monday January 16, 2012 at 8 p.m.

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Welcome to Grand Strand Daily, a Free Press

December 5, 2011 7:31 AM
Welcome to Grand Strand Daily, a Free Press

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Of all ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution set forth in the Bill of Rights, the first is the one practiced daily by virtually all Americans. Freedom of religion, speech and the press, the right to assemble peaceably and to petition the government for a redress of grievances are what separate us, as Americans, from all other national groups.

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