After not getting their way, SC tea partiers suddenly not so keen on rule of law - A rare phenomenon is occurring in South Carolina in response to a pair of State Supreme Court decisions removing hundreds of state and local candidates from the primary ballot, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. In a political temper tantrum echoing across the Palmetto State, tea party supporters and Republican officials are abandoning their cries of “read the Constitution” and turning their backs on the rule of law for not giving them the results they want.
Boyd Brown warns lawmakers in farewell speech: “My generation is sprinting this way” - As the legislative session ended on Thursday, one of the youngest and most outspoken members of the General Assembly ended his time as a lawmaker with a farewell speech meant to inspire a new generation of South Carolinians, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. State Rep. Boyd Brown, 25, isn’t seeking reelection in order to focus on law school at the University of South Carolina.
Haley ethics case set for June 28 - Gov. Nikki Haley’s case on allegations that she illegally lobbied while a member of the House will be heard June 28, the S.C. House Ethics Committee announced Thursday, according to The State’s Andrew Shain. The committee will decide on what witnesses to subpoena at a meeting next Thursday, where Haley will also be allowed to call witnesses.
Ruling claims more candidates - At one point, some Lowcountry Republicans thought they would be choosing among four candidates in their primary for Senate District 41, according to the Charleston Post & Courier’s Robert Behre. But when voters in that race go to the polls Tuesday, they will have but one choice, former Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond — and he’s not even sure if he will remain on the ballot.
School choice among losers during Legislature’s last day - State lawmakers rushed Thursday, on the last day of the legislative session, to pass bills stripping unemployment benefits from people fired for misconduct and giving tax credits to tire manufacturers, according to The State’s Adam Beam. But as the clock struck 5 p.m. — the deadline this year for any bill not in a House-Senate conference committee — it signaled the end of one of the session’s most controversial bills: school choice.
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