Post Tagged with: "South Carolina"

Press: Speaker Reacts to Infrastructure Plan

May 7, 2015 3:44 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Caroline Delleney (803)734-3125 CarolineDelleney@schouse.gov May 7, 2015 Speaker Lucas Reacts to Senate GOP Infrastructure Plan (Columbia, SC) – House Speaker Jay Lucas (District 65-Darlington) issued the following statement in response to the Senate Republican Caucus’ newly created infrastructure plan. “The Legislature has an obligation to the […]

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Treasurer Curtis Loftis – The Message

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Curtis M. Loftis Jr., South Carolina’s treasurer, has pushed to learn more about private equity fees. Credit Dale W. Ferrell for The New York Times

SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis extends the following letter to his South Carolina constituents.

Loftis has been a watchdog and critic of SC pension fund investment since he first assumed the office of Treasurer in January 2011.

While the fight has been difficult, Loftis is making some headway in lowering pension fees paid by the SC Retirement System Investment Commission and raising the investment percentage realized.

The letter from Loftis:

Hi,

I’m passionate about protecting South Carolina’s money. Actually, it’s your money and the State should manage it with care.

You wouldn’t overpay for a service or accept poor investment returns and neither should the State. Unfortunately, the penalty for the State’s mismanagement of money is that you must pay higher taxes and employee contributions.

I was featured in the financial section of Sunday’s New York Times concerning the best ways to manage and protect your money. Please take a few minutes and give the article a read – it is important to me that you see my efforts on your behalf.

As the custodian of the State’s funds, making sure your money is protected and properly managed is my first priority. It’s what you elected me to do…and I am on it!

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Upcoming Convention of States Project Events

May 4, 2015 3:52 PM
Upcoming Convention of States Project Events

I just wanted to let you know that in the coming weeks I will be giving a couple of presentations on Article V and the Convention of States Project in two different locations across South Carolina. Many of you have questions or might be interested in learning how to explain the Constitution and what the founders left us in Article V to other people. Perhaps you have friends in either the Rock Hill or Myrtle Beach area that you can forward this email to so that they might be able to attend.

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Grand Strand Daily and SC Hotline Merge

March 27, 2015 6:59 PM
Grand Strand Daily and SC Hotline Merge

Grand Strand Daily and SC Hotline have merged into one internet publication.

Paul Gable will be providing the editorial content for the joint publication while Jeffrey Sewell will be handling the technical aspects of the operation.

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S.C. Ridiculous Second Amendment Education Act

December 29, 2014 10:00 AM
S.C. Ridiculous Second Amendment Education Act

One of the most ridiculous prefiled bills for this year’s General Assembly legislative session proposes to establish a Second Amendment Education Day in South Carolina schools.

Sponsored by House representatives Alan Clemmons, Richard Yow and Garry Smith, the bill (H3023), if passed, would establish December 15th of each year as Second Amendment Awareness Day.

It also would require three consecutive weeks of instruction on the Second Amendment each grading year from a curriculum developed or adopted by the National Rifle Association.

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Press Release: Nearly 1 in 4 South Carolina Residents Volunteer; Two-Thirds Help Neighbors

December 23, 2014 6:01 AM
Press Release: Nearly 1 in 4 South Carolina Residents Volunteer; Two-Thirds Help Neighbors

As the holiday season highlights acts of kindness and opportunities to give back, a new federal study shows that 1 in 4 South Carolina residents volunteered through an organization and two-thirds helped their neighbors last year.

The annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America research, released on December 16 by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), shows that service to others continues to be a priority for hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians.

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More Freedom of Information in South Carolina?

November 19, 2014 7:31 AM
More Freedom of Information in South Carolina?

A S.C. House Ethics and Freedom of Information Act Study Committee will recommend legislation that could make government information more open to request.

The committee is proposing to put a time limit on the production of public documents of between 30-35 days after an FOIA request is agreed to.

However, like everything regarding public information in South Carolina, there is a hitch. After two free hours of work on producing the documents, a public agency would be able to charge the citizen requesting the documents up to $100 per hour for the time needed to fulfill the FOIA request.

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Searching for South Carolina Road Funding

November 17, 2014 7:30 AM
Searching for South Carolina Road Funding

The message seems to have finally gotten through to Columbia that South Carolina roads are in generally poor condition.

However, how to fix the problem, or more specifically how to fund the fix, elicits differing solutions but no consensus to date.

Gov. Nikki Haley has promised to unveil her “magic” road maintenance funding plan in January. So far, she has promised to not raise the gas tax and to veto any legislation doing so.

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It’s a Great Day in South Carolina?

November 5, 2014 4:00 AM
It’s a Great Day in South Carolina?

It’s a great day in South Carolina!

It has to be.

Gov. Nikki Haley was reelected to a 2nd term in office by a 57% to 40% margin and incumbents around the state were swept back into office.

Many of the incumbents didn’t even have opponents to worry about in the general election.

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The Scottish Independence Vote – Update

September 18, 2014 7:05 AM
The Scottish Independence Vote – Update

Does the question of Scottish independence really matter to the people of the United States in general and South Carolina in particular?

Of course, any vote on the question of secession should viscerally matter to all South Carolinians considering the state’s history. Secession votes should be important to South Carolinians even (or is that especially) if their political views are limited to the extreme parochialism of the ultra-conservative, states’ rights genre.

As a colony, South Carolina seceded from Great Britain months before the Declaration of Independence brought the other colonies into the fold. And no native son or daughter can forget when South Carolina led the way to the Confederate States of America by being the first state to secede from the Union.

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