SC ballot crisis explodes: Get ready for a whole lot of election lawsuits - In less than a week, thousands of South Carolinians voters will take part in state and local primary elections which have already seen nearly a fifth of its candidates disqualified by lawsuits, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. A second court decision earlier this week means even more candidates will be removed from the ballot before Tuesday’s elections, but don’t expect the lawsuits to stop there.
SC economic growth lags behind national average - New data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that despite all the big corporate tax breaks and our “union-busting” governor, South Carolina’s economy grew only 1.2 percent in 2011, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. That’s just below the national average of 1.5 percent, according to GSA Business, and down from 2.6 percent in 2010.
House votes to cut raises for state workers - The S.C. House Wednesday cut raises for state workers to 2 percent from 3 percent and struck $30 million from the money that the state gives local governments, according to The State’s Adam Beam. House Republicans intend to use the cuts as bargaining chips with the Senate when negotiators from the two bodies meet to hash out a budget compromise over the two weeks.
S.C. unions say Walker win no blow to labor here - While Gov. Nikki Haley on Wednesday cast Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s victory in a recall election as a blow to unions, S.C. labor leaders said they aren’t worried about the win’s implications in the Palmetto State, according to the Charleston Post & Courier’s Stephen Largen. While many analysts have said the vote could embolden governors across the country to seek to strip state employees’ collective bargaining rights, state employees here have long lacked that privilege.
House Ethics to refund former candidates’ fines - The House Ethics Committee is refunding fines imposed on former candidates who were tossed from primary ballots following a state Supreme Court ruling, according to the Associated Press. The committee voted unanimously Tuesday to refund fines issued to since-decertified candidates for not filing financial disclosure forms on time.
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