SC is one of the worst-run states in the country, national survey finds - South Carolina is one of the worst-run states in the country, according to a national survey of financial health indicators and other data, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. South Carolina was ranked 43rd out of 50 states, making it the eighth-worst-run states according to the list.
Election data shows no evidence of bias - Election Day data does not support suspicions that voting machines were distributed last month in a manner designed to sway the disputed penny sales tax referendum, according to The State’s John Monk. A preliminary analysis by a USC computer science professor found that 89 of Richland County’s 124 precincts — nearly 72 percent — received fewer machines than they did two years ago when the referendum failed by 2,200 votes.
SC lawmakers hire former state rep to $146,000-a-year job - Retiring state Rep. Jim Harrison will make $146,000 a year in his new job as state code commissioner, according to The State’s Adam Beam. The Legislative Council did not post the job opening and never had a formal meeting to select Harrison.
Columbia Scores 40 Out of 100 in LGBT Equality - Columbia scored 40 out of a possible 100 in the Municipal Equality Index, a first-of-its-kind detailed rating system of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusion in municipal law, according to the Free Times’ Corey Hutchins. The Human Rights Campaign rated cities on 47 criteria under six broad categories such as non-discrimination laws; relationship recognition; the municipality’s employment practices; inclusiveness of city services; law enforcement; and municipal leadership.
Alan Wilson says Facebook scuttled clerk’s job - State Attorney General Alan Wilson said his office has refused to hire a prospective law clerk because of what that job applicant had posted on his Facebook page, according to The State’s John Monk. In recounting the anecdote, Wilson said he often speaks to young people at high schools, telling them that’s just one danger of being careless on Internet social media sites.
Atlantic Beach without town police protection - Atlantic Beach is without its own police protection again, according to the Myrtle Beach Sun News’ Amanda Kelley. Mayor-elect Jake Evans said Monday he learned Sunday that Chief Mike Bordner had left because the town wasn’t able to pay him.
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