Archive for January, 2011

January 28, 2011

Do I need I.D. to join the L.W.V.?

Contributed by the misplacedmtnman

After much debate and discussion, the South Carolina House of Representatives approved a measure that would require citizens to present some form of photo identification before voting in an election. Republicans assert the new law would cut down on voting fraud, but Democrats disagree, saying it is unnecessary and will disenfranchise minorities, seniors and those with lower incomes. (In other words, the very groups that the Democrats use all over the country to steal elections.)

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January 18, 2011

Roll Call Voting Up to Senate – Again

Contributed by Eric K. Ward of The Nerve

It’s déjà vu all over again regarding members of the General Assembly voting on the record.

Or is it?

Just like last year, the S.C. House has passed a roll call voting bill in a rare unanimous vote. Rep. Nathan Ballentine, R-Richland, is chief sponsor of the bill, H. 3004.

And, also like last year, that measure now heads to the Senate, where its prospects are not necessarily as bright but could be better than in 2010, when roll call voting legislation died in the upper chamber.

Last week, the day after Gov. Nikki Haley took office, the House acted swiftly on Ballentine’s bill, bypassing the committee process to approve it with no dissenting votes.

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January 18, 2011

“Civility” equals censorship

Contributed by the misplacedmtnman

I should have known better. Thumbing through a State paper delivered to me free of charge on Monday, I was reminded once again why I don’t subscribe to this moribund medium of misinformation. Out of the five “Letters to the Editor,” three of them were sanctimonious, hand-wringing pleas for the end of the“climate of hate,” the “vitriolic rhetoric that led to the tragedy in Arizona,” the “poisonous rhetoric coming from America’s right wing.” One letter declared, “As the Messiah of the mindless, [Rush] Limbaugh is as guilty as if he had pulled the trigger himself.”

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January 17, 2011

Pelosi plotting her return?

Contributed by Warren Mowry

I posted the following article from The Hill on Facebook today and, as always, got many very interesting, entertaining, and insightful comments. The title tells it all: “Dem Campaign Chief: Goal is Making Pelosi Speaker Again.”

While one of my friends questioned whether their goal should be to do right for the American people, I am willing to give politicians a break on that score. However, the very idea that Americans will be comforted by the return of Nancy Pelosi to two heartbeats from the Presidency is in itself worth a belly laugh. And I am clearly not alone. I steal this in its entirety from one of my friends:

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January 17, 2011

Bill Would Cap Payouts to School Superintendents

Contributed by Rick Brundrett, Senior Investigative Reporter, www.thenerve.org

In March 2009, the Marlboro County School Board in a split vote approved buying out then-Superintendent’s Alisa Goodman’s contract for $400,000, throwing in another $10,000 to cover her attorney fees, according to published reports.

S.C. Rep. Phillip Lowe, R-Florence, says that never sat well with him. On Wednesday, he introduced a bill (H. 3297) that would ban the state’s 85 school districts from offering severance packages to fired superintendents exceeding the superintendent’s annual salary, unless approved by district voters in a special election.

“I understand that there’s a contract, that there’s a need to do something,” Lowe told The Nerve last week. “But not a golden parachute. This is public money.”

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