Education employees: Quit Whining already

When we read stories like what we've seen in the Sunday Charleston Post and Courier about how some state agencies are getting cut to the bone, we really wish the education folks would shut their mouths and quit whining:

Struggling to keep its core staff intact after years of withering budget and staff cuts, Natural Resources managers have now told employees to expect a staff reduction of at least 50 people in the coming fiscal year.

The cuts already have led to the loss of one in every five employees, including one in every four law enforcement officers. They threaten monitoring and research that led to the recovery of depleted game fish such as red drum and sea trout. Wildlife officers are now spread so thin that concern has been raised about the ability to provide public safety, much less foster wildlife and game.

Maybe the education profesional whiners should consider stories like this, not to mention the state's double-digit unemployment race, and spend less time whining and bitching and a little more time doing their part to pull the state through these tough times.  However bad they think it is, it's a lot worse for others out there.

Smart weekend advice

Here at the Blogland, we care about our readers. We want them to stay safe and keep out of trouble.

To help our readers have a safe and enjoyable weekend, we wanted to share some useful advice:

School Superintendents:Change is Bad so Vote for the Status Quo

Looks like Jim Rex faltering gubernatorial candidacy has some friends after all, seeing as how he got the endorsement of 47 school district superintendents.

When one considers that much of education funding comes from the state, the endorsements sounded a lot like drug addicts saying great things about their dealers. We could accuse Rex of having used tax dollars to buy their support, but it's not the first time he's been caught using your tax dollar to advance his political agenda.

In looking at where the endorsements came from, we couldn't help but notice how many of the superintendents come from school districts with low performance and dismal economic situations, such as Bamberg, Barnwell, Clarendon, Dillon and Sumter Counties.

ESC commissioner accuses agency of cover-ups, calls for reform

Becky Richardson, one of the state's three Employment Security Commissioners, fired off a two-page letter this afternoon which criticized the agency's leadership and calling for reforms to be made in the agency.

In the letter, which was shared with the Blogland, she laid into the quality of management and accused the agency of working to keep her in the dark on issues:

        I am shocked at many of the things that have come to light since Mr. Sam Foster was hired as the Employment Security Commission’s new interim executive director. I have long complained about how this agency was run, but the situation is even worse than I could have imagined. Information has been withheld and even hidden from me. It appears that I have purposely been kept in the dark. Every day, there is a new revelation and I find more and more evidence of just how dysfunctional the agency has been allowed to become. Moreover, I feel that I may have been somewhat “muzzled” by recent events.
        Last year my concerns and frustrations became so serious that I realized it was time for me to air my concerns.

In case you're wondering, yes, we've got the entire letter ...

Tort Reform passes Judiciary Committee vote

Tort reform legislation took another major step forward today in the State House when H. 3489 passed out of Judiciary Committee.

Action on this bill was first on the agenda for today's Judiciary meeting.  After Committee Chairman Jim Harrison explained the compromise amendment, questions were raised over three issues:

  • The PARSA section of the bill questioning the need to include solicitors in the PARSA section.

  • The existence of evidence to support the claims that the bill would benefit economic development or lower insurance premiums.

  • The statute of repose language.

All three issues were addressed by Harrison before the committee passed the legislation on a voice vote. We were told that Rep. Todd Rutherford, who had expressed his displeasure with tort reform in the meeting, was the only committee member to vote against the bill.

Our thanks go out to the Judiciary Committee members for helping push this legislation through - and you should thank them as well.

Congressman Henry Brown's next political move?

Lowcountry political circles are buzzing with reports that while current First District Congressman Henry Brown is leaving Congress, he may not yet be done with Lowcountry politics.

Talk in the last two days has exploded about Brown's potential candidacy for the office of Berkeley County Supervisor, joining an already crowded Republican primary field which includes incumbent Supervisor Dan Davis, Berkeley County School Board member Terry Hardesty, Hanahan Mayor Minnie Blackwell and former County Council member Jean Woods, Jr.

Berkeley County is one of four counties in the state which elect the office of County Supervisor, who serves as the Executive officer of county government, as well as the Chair of County Council.

GOP rallies around challenger to Rep. Anne Hutto

Democratic State Rep. Anne Hutto's tenure in heavily-Republican House District 115 may turn out to be short-lived, with a Republican challenger with major backing announcing plans to take her on in the fall elections.

Assistant 9th Circuit Solicitor Peter McCoy announced today that he is running for South Carolina's 115th House of Representative seat.

After receiving widespread support and encouragement from family, friends, and elected officials, I have decided to become the Republican candidate to represent James Island and Folly Beach in the State House.

Let Utah Do It

Early in the days of the Reagan administration, President Reagan proposed a system in which federal funds for some programs would be disbursed to states in a block grant manner. Under this system of "New Federalism", states would have the discretion to restructure those programs, allocating funds in whatever manner that best suited their state's individual needs.

In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, Michael Waddoups, the President of the Utah Senate, and David Clark, the Speaker of the Utah House, revisit this idea in calling for the federal government to use their state as a pilot study by giving them the full authority for managing and funding certain federal programs which are usually done as state-federal partnerships, like health care and education:

Bound to rock you: Overkill's "Ironbound" album

Thirty years ago, a bunch of New Jersey boys shut down a punk rock band and decided to form Overkill, one of the bands that introduced the 80s metal scene to a high-speed frenzied style of metal which became known as "thrash metal".

They've been rocking the world ever since.

I caught them playing live in Charlotte back in 1990, but haven't been able to catch them on tour since then - but not for lack of trying.

South Carolina DNA inmate database helping bring repeat offenders to justice

Those going to prison in South Carolina will find it harder to get away with other crimes they've committed due to a new South Carolina law which requires inmates to submit DNA samples for cross-referencing with DNA samples from crime scenes.

Just ask Damien Edwards. Already serving a 19-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter, he was linked to a two-year old unsolved rape case, using the DNA sample he submitted upon beginning his prison sentence. Last week, he was given a 40 year sentence - thirty for sexual assualt and ten for kidnapping - by 9th Circuit Judge Kristi Harrington.

Clemmons event was a great time!

We want to thank Ferris Bueller ... um, Alan Clemmons ... for his hospitality for inviting the Blogland to attend last night's reception for the Palmetto Patriot Leadership Committee.  When it comes to packing them in and putting on a great show, leave it to Alan to do it right.

Kind of like a high school kid on a parade float in downtown Chicago, only Alan's even cooler.

The fundraiser event for the PPLC PAC, organized by Rep. Alan "Ferris Bueller" Clemmons, was well-attended indeed. With House Speaker Bobby Harrell there, along with about three dozen legislators along with several dozen other supporters, the ballroom at the Clarion in downtown Columbia was packed.

Those who missed it really missed out on a great time, and we certainly look forward to his next event.

Good books on Public Speaking, Part Two

For yesterday’s posting, as well as this one, I owe thanks to my Department Chair, Dr. Brian McGee, who had the misfortune of having me in his graduate Executive Speechwriting class (a level of pain only surpassed by his wife, Deb McGee, and my senior advisor, Dr. Vince Benigni, who both had me for two classes). He’s the one who introduced me to all three of the titles that I’m touting in these postings.

I’ve got two titles that I’d like to share with my readers: “Choosing Powerful Words: Eloquence That Works”, Ronald H. Carpenter (Allyn & Bacon) and “Speak like Churchill, Stand like Lincoln”, by James C. Humes (Three Rivers Press). Both books are a little dated, with Carpenter’s book dating back to 1999 and Humes’ to 2002. But as I said yesterday, the art of public speaking is an ancient one, and one which has been studied across the span of recorded human history, so when compared to 2,500 years, a book that goes back a decade or so can still provide useful insights. Both these books do exactly that.

Tort reform legislative update

So far, it's been a busy week for tort reform in the State House, specifically H3489, the tort reform legislation sponsored by House Speaker Bobby Harrell (and several dozen co-sponsors).

As the Blogland reported yesterday, the ball got rolling on moving this legislation forward this week.   In a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing earlier today, an amended version of the House bill (the amendment  adopted regardied the percentages on the sliding scale for attorneys' fees in the Private Attorney Retention section) received a unanimous vote.  Chairman Jim Harrison, Rep. Greg Delleney, Rep. Gary Smith, and Rep. Walt McLeod all voted in favor of the amendment. Rep. James Smith could not attend the meeting due to a commitment in Washington, DC.

Good books on Public Speaking, Part One

In teaching public speaking, I’ve come to learn that one often doesn’t need to buy the latest (and often most expensive) books in the field. Since the 2,500 years or so since the study of rhetoric began in the high days of Greek society, one will find that a lot of the basics have been well-covered long before modern book publishing. The most expensive text often doesn’t cover much ground that hasn’t been covered by far less expensive texts, which is one of the reasons I stand by my preferred text: “A Speaker’s Guidebook” by Dan O’Hair, Rob Stewart and Hannah Rubenstein.

A well-organized text, it covers the basic elements of planning and presenting a speech.

House Tort Reform effort coming up for a vote this week?

The Blogland has been informed that the ongoing House tort reform effort may kick into high gear later today or Wednesday at the latest.  We've been told that tort reform bill backers are seeking to get this bill moving by pushing this legislation to a vote by the full Judiciary Committee today.

We encourage our readers to contact anyone they know on the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to vote in favor of this legislation.  We've already done this and will be watching this closely.

The Senate tort reform subcommittee will meet again next week on S350, the Senate version of the bill, so keep an eye out for their efforts as well.

Becker's NLRB defeat: The high water mark of union influence?

There's no mistaking the role played by labor unions in electing Democrats to national offices. Without their investment in terms of money and manpower, it's hard to imagine how the Democratic gains of 2006 and 2008 could have taken place.

While some would say that the Democrats owed the labor unions quite a lot following the last two election cycles, unions have gotten very little in return, first with the failure of card check legislation that would have given their recruitment efforts a major boost, and then with the recent failure to seat Craig Becker on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Mark your calendar: Women in Politics seminar this Saturday in Santee

Gender diversity in South Carolina politics is sorely lacking (a subject we'll be talking about soon). Upstate Republican Deb Sofield is one of those who understand that this is an area which needs to be addressed. Active in the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics, she's heading up a class next weekend in Santee aimed at helping women become more active in politics, either as candidates or campaigners.

This organization is a non-profit and men and women are welcome to attend. One can register until the day before the event.

On Thursday: Upstate GOP club event to feature announcement by new Lt. Governor candidate

The Blogland's friends with the Piedmont Republican Club are planning a announced a Presidents' Day Banquet and Program on the evening of Thursday, February 18th.

Dinner will be at 6:30PM (dinner) and the program at 7:30PM, to be held at the Summit Pointe Event Center in Spartanburg. The program which will feature a number of statewide and congressional candidates, including Ken Ard, Andre Bauer, Mark Hammond, Christina Jeffrey, Henry McMcaster, Kelly Payne, Larry Richter, David Thomas and Mick Zais.

We've been told a fourth (yet unnamed) Republican will announce for Lt. Governor at this event.

Sponsor Tables of 10 cost $500. and half sponsors at $300. Individual tickets cost $30.00. For more information, call 864-582-1717.

Valentine's Day: Love is in the Air ... and Cheaters are on the prowl

Valentine's Day is the day of love and happiness for some, loathing for some, and bad news for others.

Leave it to the Blogland, the brain child of a twice-divorced 80s leftover, to share an alternative view of such an occasion. But we're not the only ones who don't always get worked up over today. According to a survey by Rasmussen, while 36% of their survey respondents looked forward to Valetine's Day, 20% dread it, meaning that for every two excited about it, there's someone else who can't wait for it to be over with.

The "Man-cession"

This recession has caused some of the biggest transformations seen in the American workforce in decades. According to this article in the Wall Street Journal, these changes have included women taking the lead in today's workforce:
Steady increases among women with college degrees over the past two decades apparently paid off during the recession, with government statistics showing they fared better than men over the past year, and for the first time surpassed the number of men holding payroll jobs.

The article attributes this change as being driven by the economic downturn putting the squeeze on lesser-skilled positions, giving women, who have more college degrees than men, an advantage in today's job market.

This might be a good reason for guys to go back to school.

Mark your calendar: Clemmons' campaign leadership fund event - next Wednesday

Here's an event in Columbia you don't want to miss coming up next Wednesday (Feb. 17) afternoon:

    The Palmetto Patriot Leadership Committee, a PAC organized by Rep. Alan "Ferris Bueller" Clemmons, will be hosting a fundraising event at the Clarion Hotel Downtown Camellia Room from 4-5:30.
This PAC was established to help provide campaign support for some support for pro-business/pro-jobs fellow members of the House Judiciary Committee.

So if you've got some time free that afternoon, we encourage you to drop in and  help support Alan's efforts to help those who are trying to promote jobs and prosperity in South Carolina, as well as help out the kind of righteous dude who isn't afraid to jump in the ocean in the middle of the winter. Who knows - you might even find us there.

Check out who's challenging Boyd Brown

Yesterday, we talked about potential opposition for Republican State Representative Deborah Long.  But she's not the only one facing primary opposition.

Word is that State Rep. Boyd Brown, who is seeking a second term in his Chester and Fairfield County House district, has a couple of Democratic primary challengers this year.  Here's who wants his job:

Where the F*** is Al Gore?!?

According to an alert just issued by the National Weather Service:

Urgent - Winter Weather Message
National Weather Service Charleston SC
308 PM EST Thu Feb 11 2010

... Significant Winter Storm Expected To Impact Parts Of The Area Friday Afternoon And Friday Night...

Jenkins-Screven-Candler-Bulloch-Effingham-Tattnall-Evans-Allendale-Hampton-Inland Colleton-Dorchester-Berkeley-Inland Jasper-Including The Cities Of... Millen... Sylvania... Metter... Statesboro... Springfield... Reidsville... Claxton... Allendale... Hampton... Walterboro... St. George... Summerville... Moncks Corner... Ridgeland
308 PM EST Thu Feb 11 2010

... Winter Storm Watch In Effect From Friday Afternoon Through Late Friday Night...

The National Weather Service In Charleston Has Issued A Winter Storm Watch... Which Is In Effect From Friday Afternoon Through Late Friday Night.

Low Pressure Will Intensify Over The Northeast Gulf Of Mexico Through Friday Morning... Before Crossing The Florida Peninsula Friday Afternoon Then Shifting Into The Atlantic Friday Night.

Rain... Possibly Mixed With Some Snow... Will Begin Across The Area On Friday... Mainly During The Afternoon Hours. As Colder Air From The North Overspreads The Region... The Precipitation Is Expected To Change Over To All Snow Late Friday Afternoon. Snow... Moderate To Heavy At Times... Will Then Persist Through Friday Evening Before Tapering Off After Midnight. Total Snow Accumulations Of 2 To 4 Inches... With Locally Higher Amounts... Can Be Expected Through Late Friday Night.

House District 45 GOP primary challenger under fire (again and again)

There's unusual and there is really strange.  In the latter category is the world that York County Council member Paul Lindemann, who seems to be aiming at a primary challenge to GOP State Rep. Deborah Long, seems to live in. 

In 2008, he made national news over his DUI arrest. As the GOP nominee in a heavily-Republican district, he won re-election but was disavowed by many in local Republican circles for a series of run-ins with law enforcement.  He later paid a fine and court-related costs of $1,026.76 for the charge of "driving with unlawful alcohol concentration".

Advice to gubernatorial candidates: Don't Drink and Drive ...

... or you might get pulled over in Colleton County and get cited on New Years' Eve for doing so (and you might hit a bump and spill the drink).

According to reports, Dwight Drake was found guilty of driving with an open container in Colleton County, for which he was cited on December 31, 2007.  The charge of "0660-VIOLATION OPEN CONTAINER" is described as an offense which takes place in a moving vehicle, with a maximum sentence of "of not more than $100 or imprisonment for not more than 30 days", if the court should find:

That the accused did have in his possession any beer or wine in an open container in a moving vehicle of any kind while located upon the public highways or highway rights of way of this state, except in the trunk or luggage compartment.

All 7 First District GOP candidates to participate in Saturday forum

This Saturday morning in Summerville, it's grits, eggs, and a heapin' helping of First District GOP Congressional candidates at the February meeting the Lowcountry GOP Breakfast Club.

All seven Republican candidates have confirmed their attendance for this event, which will be held at Kelly's BBQ on U.S. 78, beginning at 9 a.m.:

    Ryan Buckhannon, Tumpy Campbell, Katherine Jenerette, Larry Kobrovsky, Tim Scott, Paul Thurmond, and Stoval Witte.

MoveOn.Org getting involved in Second District race?

It's no secret that GOP Congressman's Joe Wilson's re-election bid has drawn the attention of national-level Democrats, with Rob Miller, his Democratic opponent, doing numerous out-of-state fundraiser events aimed at attracting national involvement for his second attempt to defeat Wilson.

One of the more interesting ties found in a recent story which looked at the intense levels of fundraising and spending the 2nd District race, is Miller's connections with the leftroots activist group, which received over seven thousand dollars for "credit card processing".

Mud slinger Campbell has little room to talk

For the second time in a week, we've received a press release from the Tumpy Campbell campaign (which has gradually morphed from Tumpy to Carroll III to just Carroll) which has taken shots at State Representative Tim Scott, who entered the open First Congressional District race today.

Mr. Scott is just another politician in a string, all scrambling over one another to get into a campaign I have been in for nearly a year. The people of South Carolina are tired of political opportunists. They want real leadership - a leader with the guts to stand up for them. As someone who watched politics but chose to successfully help run businesses for over 20 years, I am ready to put my business experience to work for our District by creating jobs and growing South Carolina’s economy.

When he's talking about businesses that he's run, we're guessing he means ones like Carroll Campbell and Associates, a firm which engages in lobbying.

Security threats to S.C. courts abound

This came just days after a ruling by the S.C. Supreme Court which found that Sheriffs were responsible for providing courtroom security. This ruling addressed a lawsuit brought in 2003 in Lexington County in which a defendant in a domestic violence hearing attacked the victim in a magistrate's court.

But the Blogland has found that these problems are nothing new, nor are they isolated incidents.

Alan Wilson's Sheriff endorsements keep AG race pot stirred

One of the most daunting challenges for those seeking down-ballot statewide offices is to overcome difficulties in raising funds: some work to recruit and engage large grassroots operations, while others find ways to generate lots of publicity for their candidacies. While campaigns can fall behind in one of these three areas and survive, failing to quickly balance shortcomings in one area with strengths in others can be the kiss of death for statewide candidates.

News that Republican Attorney General candidate Alan Wilson finished last of the three GOP candidates in fundraising in recent campaign finance reports made some observers wonder if he was about to fall behind in the race. As early stumbles can fatally wound statewide candidates, Wilson's announcement of the endorsement of sixteen of the state's 46 Sheriffs couldn't have come at a better time:

Tim Scott to announce for Congress on Monday?

Weeks of speculation about State Rep. Tim Scott's political plans will end Monday.

Speaking to the Berkeley County Republican Breakfast Club meeting this morning, Scott informed attendees of plans to "make an announcement on Monday".

Stay tuned ...

Shocking new Saddam Hussein post-execution video

We wanted to let our readers know about this video which was allegedly taken of Saddam Hussein after his execution.

We will, however, warn our readers this video is not for the faint of heart. Watch it at your own risk:

Pete Reino's birthday gift to the Blogland

Occasions like birthdays  are great opportunities to relax, spend time with friends and family, and indulge a little.  But sometimes, they should be times in which we reflect upon how far we've come, and what we should be thankful for.

Fellow blogger Mike Reino over at SC6, recently talked about his Uncle Pete, PFC Peter Reino, who was killed in action 65 years ago this weekend (February 7) while serving in the U.S. Army's 76th division, which was deployed in Europe and quicky plowed across Germany in early 1945:

From what I know, no one in my family knew any details about Pete's death, just after his 19th birthday. All I knew was his Service Number, Division, Infantry Number and the day he died. Well, there are people out there who know enough military history that the info I had was enough - and he happened to run across my blog post.... Just 3 days before what would be Uncle Pete's 84th birthday, I now know where he died, and the important battle he fought in...

Pete served in the 76th Division, 417th Infantry Regiment, under General William Schmidt and the 12th Army Group under General Omar Bradley

Happy Birthday to me

Tomorrow is my birthday, so I'll be taking the day off from blogging. Hope everyone has a good weekend.

If you want to do anything for my birthday, be sure to attend tomorrow's benefit event for Nettie Britts in Greenville, or send a check to the address below if you can't make it:

Attn: Dean Allen
8 Rutledge Avenue Greenville, SC 29617

Commerce Secretary speaks out for tort and worker's comp reform

State Commerce Secretary weighed into the ongoing tort and workers' comp reform efforts this afternoon, publicly endorsing legislation that would help address both issues, by reining in frivilous legal actions against employers.  He pointed out what those of us in economic and workforce development know all to well:

Moving workers' compensation reform and tort reform forward now would strenghten our businese environment and thus increase our competitiveness. While numerous factors influence a company's location decision, we have found that fundamental issues like tort laws and workers' compensation play a key role in every location decision.
Amen, Brother.

Carolinas AGC Legislative Reception is TONIGHT!

While we hope you've marked your calendar already, the calendar girls are here to remind you one more time that the annual Carolinas AGC legislative reception will be held this evening from 6 to 8 pm at the Koger Center.

This is a great opportunity for legislators to unwind a bit after session and touch base with people in the state's construction industry, so we're hoping to see a lot of legislators and staff there.

Of course, the Blogland will be there, so you don't want to miss the occasion.

South Carolina Legislators: The "Road Warriors"

South Carolina legislators, for the paltry sum of $12,000 a year, with a modest travel and expense allowance, get to travel the state and be away from home for a couple of nights a week five months of the year. That is if they're lucky.

The truth is that those who serve in the General Assembly had better be ready to become "Road Warriors" in order to do their jobs effectively. Having served nearly two decades in the State House, House Speaker Bobby Harrell knows all too well what kind of time and travel burdens are part of the lives of House and Senate members:

Congratulations to Judge John Few

Congratulations are in order to 13th Circuit Court Judge John Few, who is now running unopposed for the Chief of State Appeals Court being vacated by newly-elected Supreme Court Justice Kaye Hearn.

The Blogland endorsed Few for a Supreme Court seat last year. While he didn't win that seat, his persistence paid off this year with the appellate seat, and we believe he will do a great job in this new judicial seat.

We'd also like to point out that we know one of the other candidates, Daniel Pieper.  He's an outstanding legal scholar who has earned a lot of praise from those we've spoken with in the legal community. We hope will take advantage of another opportunity to move up in the future.

South Carolina Legislators: What do they do for a living?

In most states, serving in the legislature doesn't pay enough to pay the bills, so the question of "how DO they earn a living" is one which was recently examined in a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures, which found that nationally:

Full-Time Legislators have now become the largest occupational group in legislatures with 16.4% of legislators classifying themselves as such. Previously, attorneys had been the largest occupational group but that profession has decreased substantially over the last three decades from about 25% in the mid-seventies to only about 15% today. Retired legislators make up the third largest occupational group in legislatures at approximately 12%.
By contrast, the study showed that lawyers making the law still make up a large part of the South Carolina General Assembly. The study found that attorneys are still the largest occupational group, comprising 25% of the legislature, while business executives comprise 18% and retirees 12%.

Why being first in February doesn't matter in the First District

We got a media release from the Tumpy Campbell congressional campaign which felt the need to diss State Rep. Tim Scott, a potential entrant, and proclaim their "lead" in the still-developing race for the First District Congressional seat. The ad trumpted:

Carroll Campbell is in first place. With three former State Republican Party Chairmen's recent endorsements and some of South Carolina’s most respected and active donors and leaders' involvement on his Finance Committee, Campbell's momentum is still building.

It's worth noting that in the last two open races for the First District, those who led in polling or in cash raised at this stage in the race did not go on to Washington:

  • In 1994, Bob Harrell led in fundraising and didn't make the run-off while Van Hipp led in the pre-primary polling, only to lose the GOP run-off to Mark Sanford, who finished a dozen points behind Hipp in the primary.

  • In 2000, Buck Limehouse held a tremendous lead in fundraising and in early polling, but finished a distant second in the GOP primary, and lost the run-off to Henry Brown.
Moral of the story is this: Being first in February doesn't necessarily mean you'll be the congressman from the First. It will be up to the Campbell campaign to prove the First District's front-runner curse is the exception and not the rule.

House bill (3087) to stop fusion voting awaiting Senate action

The practice of fusion voting has been of concern to some of those responsible for watching and conducting elections in South Carolina, one of the few states where the practice remains legal.  House Bill 3067, sponsored by Alan Clemmons, seeks to challenge this.

The bill sailed through the House and is now waiting in the Senate, waiting on action from a Senate Judiciary subcommittee chaired by Sen. Chip Campsen (R-Mount Pleasant). Ray Cleary (R-Georgetown) and John Scott (D-Richland) are also on the subcommittee.

Since we here in the Blogland are all about long-winded dissertations, we’ll share with our readers a little background on this issue.

South Carolina Legislators: "Who are you?"

To help our readers learn about local and state government in South Carolina, the Blogland has done it's long-running "Inside Interview" series. In doing so, we've also learned a ton, which is one of main reasons why there is a Blogland at all.

The day there's nothing left to learn, the Blogland will close up shop.

Beginning this week, Blogland readers will learn more about what it takes to serve in the General Assembly, when the Blogland tries to answer the question once asked by The Who: "Who Are You?".