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Comment Archives: Stories: News+Opinion: Rock Bottom

Re: “Gov. Haley dodges education questions on Facebook

She gave away over $144 million the federal government wanted to send SC for education. http://www.postandcourier.com/article/2011…
Now she wants to cut education in her own budget...Does she want to keep SC 49th in education? Do the top 1% want dumb workers? She also turned down federal funds for healthcare. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/01/n… What the heck is her deal and why isn't there an outcry? She is one of the only Governors to do this.

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Posted by harley boy on March 27, 2012 at 9:36 AM
Posted by mat catastrophe on March 26, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Gov. Haley dodges education questions on Facebook

Everyone knows she is ignorant and should know by now that she is obvioulsy not a CPA. We do lose some of the smaller businesses to other states because of our high personal income tax rates, something that will scare off anyone that files as a subchapter S. That means a bunch of smaller contractors and subcontractors are only going to look here if there is already a market for them. If they are not geographically locked it makes no sense to move to SC and pay 7% when they can move to FL or TN and pay nothing.

And based on the above from Paul Bowers it is interesting that there were no questions about the Savannah River sell out or the ongoing illegal violation of the MOU in North Charleston. It appears that she might have finally gotten all of those people successfully blocked from posting on her facebook page

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Posted by nofaith on March 26, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Gov. Haley dodges education questions on Facebook

No one asked why she's either ignorant or lying about corporate tax rates and losing jobs to Florida?

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2012/ma…

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Posted by mat catastrophe on March 26, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Remember that lawsuit against the state about rail lines on the Navy Yard?

If the Governor had any intention of "getting this done" she would tell her staff to honor the MOU. Not honoring the MOU means it will not get done until a judge tells North Charleston they have to let it happen. As for Hitt working with the Mayor on a regular basis that is just another one of Governor Haley's fabrications (or lies if you want to put it plain and simple.) The state wants to be able to give BMW and Jafza their own private, unneeded second rail yard at taxpayers expense to throw some freebies to Bobby Hitt and his former employer. The Mayor needs to continue to stand his ground.

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Posted by nofaith on March 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Folly Beach gets the shaft in Obama's budget

McCoy doesn't want an earmark? What the heck does he think an "earmark" is? It's designating a specific project for funding as opposed to letting the Executive Branch make that designation. Personally, I know hundreds of projects in SC that are very worthwhile efforts that resulted from earmarks, so I can't imagine why McCoy would hesitate to make the case for this one.

Posted by LauraMorris on March 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Re: “SC Democratic Chair: McConnell prances around in Confederate garb

I was elated to hear that Senator Glenn McConnell has become the new Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. But I was happy for reasons that others, including the new lieutenant governor, might not be. This is a major step down in power for McConnell who was head of the South Carolina senate and arguably the most powerful man in South Carolina. Unfortunately, his removal from power was the automatic constitutional result of the resignation of Lt. Governor Ken Ard who was convicted of ethics violations, and not the result of voters finally having enough of him.

This makes Glenn McConnell a figurehead and hopefully will end his ability to manipulate and use other South Carolina politicians as secret attack dogs, sacrificial pawns and scapegoats to do his bidding. It also ends his chairmanship of the South Carolina Hunley Commission. That's what pleases me the most.

As a senator, McConnell often exercised his political might and office in what I and certain others, who crossed swords with him, considered to be in violation of the South Carolina Constitution. In my case, he also knowingly and intentionally violated my rights under the United States Constitution.

I first met McConnell in 1995 in relation to questions being raised over what should be done with the wreck of the wreck of the Civil War submarine Hunley, which I had discovered in 1970. He asked me to appear before a South Carolina legislative committee (i.e. the Hunley Commission) to testify under oath about my 1970 discovery of the Hunley and my 1980 federal district court action under which I established salvage rights under the Law of Salvage and ownership under the Law of Finds. The committee was looking into my discovery because earlier that year (1995) novelist Clive Cussler had brought a lot of attention to the wreck by falsely claiming to have discovered the wreck in only 18' of water.

I had furnished documentation to the committee before the meeting and my maps, documents and court records had been carefully reviewed by representatives of the office of the State Archaeologist and the office of the South Carolina Attorney General.

After my sworn testimony McConnell asked me about my prior written offer to donate my rights to the Hunley to the State of South Carolina. He wanted to know whether I was still willing to do that. I said I was, and the State's Attorney General (Charles M. Condon) immediately approached me with a prepared document for me to sign, which I did. And, at McConnell's further request, I agreed to lead an archaeological team out to the wreck site, which was in 27' of water off Sullivan's Island and at least a mile from Cussler's claimed location. (Cussler later admitted to a reporter that he had lied about its location, but only did so after the reporter had gone to the wreck site with the State archaeological investigative team and realized it was in 27' of water.)

Despite all I had done and everything I had agreed to, and despite the fact that the Hunley was where I had accurately marked it on maps that I had turned over to the State long prior to Cussler's supposed discovery in 1995, McConnell still ended up crediting Cussler with the discovery. That was really absurd, because Cussler not only never dove on the wreck a single time, Cussler wasn't even the director of the 1995 expedition. That expedition was directed by underwater archaeologist Dr. Mark Newell. Newell has given sworn testimony in which he says he used my maps and credits me with finding it first. Crediting Cussler was obviously not right and damages the true story of the Hunley. I am convinced that McConnell always believed me, but that he thought the truth mattered less than Cussler's threat to write a $100,000 check to McConnell's political opponent. At that time, that would have destroyed McConnell's career.

Under South Carolina's Constitution, which prevents holding more than one State office, regardless of whether its for honor or for profit, McConnell's swearing in as Lieutenant Governor means McConnell can no longer serve on the Hunley Commission.

Perhaps, one day the Commission will take it on themselves to undo some of the damage to the Hunley's history and to correct for the injustice that McConnell did to me.

Signed:
Dr. E. Lee Spence

PS: For those who don't know more about me, although often described as a treasure hunter, I am a degreed, professional underwater archaeologist and shipwreck historian with many discoveries to my credit. You can look me up on Wikipedia, LinkedIn, and/or on Facebook.

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Posted by All ShipWrecks Lee Spence on March 14, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Re: “SC Democratic Chair: McConnell prances around in Confederate garb

nope, Sc education

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Posted by Ima Oldman on March 14, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Re: “SC Democratic Chair: McConnell prances around in Confederate garb

Adollesense? Is that some new buzzword?

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Posted by cbedenbaugh on March 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Re: “SC Democratic Chair: McConnell prances around in Confederate garb

I dont get the Democrat party. They have turned it over to adollesense that pursue the path of irrelevance. Would a grown-up please send these kids to bed and develop policy?

Try the Fairtax...It UNTAXES the poor.

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Posted by sdr35hw on March 14, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Re: “SC Democratic Chair: McConnell prances around in Confederate garb

The only thing right about Dick Harpootlian is his first name.

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Posted by nofaith on March 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Ken Ard out as lieutenant governor, Glenn McConnell in

@pookadot1 Good question. Basically, to go from Senate pro tem to lieutenant governor is a huge demotion. Pro tem = the power to appoint people to a lot of committees, not to mention the 30+ years of seniority McConnell wielded as a senator. Lieutenant governor = largely ceremonial duties in the Senate, plus you're in charge of the Office of Aging. Yes, he's second in line if the governor gets thrown out, but unless that happens, McConnell is kind of out of the loop, politically speaking. More on this soon.

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Posted by Paul Bowers on March 11, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Media buzz fails to drum up support for teacher's petition

And maybe SC's 9.6% unemployment rate is causing the taxpayers to be a little less than enthusiastic about handing out raises.

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Posted by pookadot1 on March 10, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Re: “Ken Ard out as lieutenant governor, Glenn McConnell in

What's the deal with McConnell potentially resigning to have avoided this? Just more responsibility/time commitment than he wanted, or is there more to the story?

Posted by pookadot1 on March 10, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Re: “Media buzz fails to drum up support for teacher's petition

He can blame Jackass' number one fan for taking media attention away from him.

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Posted by nofaith on March 6, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Madra Rua owners get punked by Mayor Summey

Nice to see a Mayor who has a sense of humor and who appreciates the contributions that small business owners make to the success of the city!

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Posted by Renee B on March 4, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Madra Rua owners get punked by Mayor Summey

excellent !!

Posted by artrogue on March 2, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Madra Rua owners get punked by Mayor Summey

It's really nice to have a mayor who is accessible to all of his citizens, realizes how hard small business people work, works to make it easier rather than more complicated to operate and recognizes that hard work should be rewarded. And being willing to play a little joke on his friends isn't a bad quality, either.

The folks at Madra Rua were at the hub of the revitalization efforts in Park Circle and gave the long time residents and new folks coming to the neighborhood a true public house to meet and socialize. That they were given this bit of recognition is a testament of their value to the community.

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Posted by nofaith on March 2, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Lawyer: Investigation will show that Husk let Burnell drink for free after closing

Out of Control America - Our right to sue is one tool available to us as citizens to try and effect change in company policies. It's meant to act as a complement to our right to select our own legislative representation. This is why lawsuits often seek what seems like inordinately huge amounts of money in damages. The point is not to actually get that much money, it's to create a punitive precedent that will encourage other similar companies to proactively change their own policies if the government won't or can't mandate that they do so.

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Posted by Manway on March 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM
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