Just in: SC rep leaves ALEC after colleague’s request - A Democratic state representative and congressional candidate has become the first South Carolina lawmaker to leave the American Legislative Exchange Council in response to a colleague’s letter urging legislators to abandon the shadowy right-wing special interest group, Palmetto Public Record reported this morning. Rep. Ted Vick (D-Chesterfield), who is running for South Carolina’s new congressional district in the Pee Dee area, announced Tuesday morning that he has resigned his ALEC membership.
Background: State rep asks colleagues to leave right-wing special interest group - A Democratic state representative is calling upon his colleagues in the South Carolina State House to leave a Koch-funded special interest group which pushes right-wing legislation through statehouses across the country, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. Rep. Boyd Brown (D-Fairfield) told fellow lawmakers that the American Legislative Exchange Council wields too much power among South Carolina legislators and lobbyists, and its members are neglecting their constituents.
Fox News is still pushing myth about “dead voters” in South Carolina - Fox News has been pushing the myth that over 900 “dead” people voted in state elections ever since Attorney General Alan Wilson falsely told Fox’s national audience back in January that “we know for a fact” voter fraud is taking place in South Carolina, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. Despite the fact that Wilson’s lie was debunked almost as soon as he uttered it, Republican officials have continued to maintain that voter fraud is an “unspoken truth” in South Carolina — without any evidence whatsoever.
Senate-House differences could derail new state agency - The largest attempt to restructure state government in decades could be derailed by concerns that it threatens the state’s credit rating, according to The State’s Gina Smith. The Speaker of the House and state treasurer say a state Senate plan to restructure much of state government will jeopardize that stellar rating, while others question whether any credit-rating agency really has expressed concerns.
Senate Finance to take up SC budget for 2012-13 - Pay raises for state workers, more money for special needs students and home services for the elderly are among the topics senators will consider as they craft the state’s spending plan, according to the Associated Press’ Seanna Adcox. The full Senate Finance Committee will begin meeting Tuesday afternoon on its 2012-13 budget proposal.
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