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South Carolina's Higher Ed "con game" shortchanges students & workforce

Writing in The State newspaper, former Abbeville County State Representative Harry Stille, himself a former college professor, sounded a call for reforming higher ed in South Carolina, warning that:

For years the Legislature and universities have conned us about the value of a baccalaureate degree, when these students would have been better off in the two-year system. Our technical colleges are where the major job growth potential is.
We need to limit university admissions to students who are in the top 50 percent of each high school class, who don’t need remedial classes and who score at least 910 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT. And we should send the rest of the students to the two-year system, where they, and we, will get their money’s worth.

I couldn't agree more. I've dealt with the issues of education and workforce, both as a career human resources professional and as a six-year member of the Charleston-area Workforce Investment Board, and have found that some of the most critical workforce shortages that we're faced with in South Carolina - as well as much of the rest of the South - is among those trades which require one to two years of technical education to enter.

Brian Frank turns to Dems for lawsuit help

After getting thumped in his bid for the Chair of the Cherokee County GOP, winning just three votes, Brian Frank's vendetta against the Republican Party has continued in the form of a lawsuit he is pursuing against Chair Chad Connelly and the SCGOP.

Thus far, Franks' efforts to solicit donations for the lawsuit have raised a paltry $740, according to his page on the GoFundMe website. To help raise more money, Franks has turned to the Democrats for help, according to this screenshot of the Facebook page of the Charleston County Democratic Party.

If he doesn't raise the money from Democrats, we're not sure where he'll go next.

Jim Clyburn: Twenty years & nothing to brag about

I spend a few moments before I leave in the morning or before I close my eyes at night trying to figure out how I can do something to make every one of you proud.

How could Clyburn make every one of us proud? Let's look at what he's done so far:

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 Palmetto Club.

This afternoon, construction industry leaders will be visiting the State House to learn more about how the legislative process works and share their concerns with legislators.

This event is always 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.

Don't miss it!

Construction types coming to State House tomorrow

Members of Carolinas AGC, the state's foremost association for general construction contractors, will be visiting the State House tomorrow. Their "Day on the Hill" begins at 2pm, followed by their annual legislative reception at the State House, which will be held at the Palmetto Club from 6 to 8pm.

As always, the reception 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.

The Blogland will be there as well.

Carolinas AGC Legislative Reception - next Wednesday

Like the calendar girl is suggesting ... it's that time of year again - the annual Carolinas AGC legislative reception will be held on Wednesday, April 17. This will follow an afternoon of construction industry leaders visiting the State House

As always, the reception 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.

That's Wednesday, April 17 from 6 to 8 pm at the Palmetto Club, right across from the State House. Be sure to mark your calendar and come join us.

Beaufort school mural bashes capitalism

Thanks to the good citizens of Charleston Thug Life for exposing this one.

They've reported on mural at Robert Smalls Middle School takes direct aim at capitalism, with the quote "You can't have capitalism without racism". The Wikiquote website attributes that quote to Malcolm X

We're not sure if that was intended to a portrayal of him in the mural, but if so, that was a lousy attempt.

There are a lot less inflammatory quotes that could have been presented from X, who was known for preaching a fiery brand of black separatism combined with self-reliance and distrust of liberal white politicians during the civil rights era.

School board member resignation demanded over Kincannon tweets

A Pennsylvania school board member faced a call for his resignation after engaging in a Twitter conversation with Todd Kincannon, a Columbia attorney and GOP politico with a growing reputation as a nationally-known conservative agent provocateur via social media.

Julian Stolz, a member of the East Penn School Board, faced a demand that he resign by a parent upset with recent comments that he exchanged with Kincannon earlier this month. The LowerMacungie Patch reported that at a recent school board meeting, Lou Schuler, a parent with children in two of the district's schools, told the board that "Stolz was not the kind of person he wanted making policy for the schools his children attend and demanded that Stolz resign immediately."

According to the local WFMZ-TV news website, Schuler went on to criticize Stolz as one who "ridicules the people he serves and who despises the very idea of public education."

The offending tweets took place during a highly-publicized flap over Tweets made by Kincannon during the Super Bowl. The parent cited two tweets between Stolz and Kincannon:

Kincannon: “There is nothing more brain rotting than public schools. God I pity the proletariat for having to send their inferior crotchfruit to them.”

Stolz: “@ToddKincannon as a School Board director, I wish I could disagree. As a sentient being, I cannot.”

When contacted by the Blogland, Kincannon defended Stolz:

God forbid someone actually state the obvious, that the elites in this country want to keep the public schools crappy so that they can continue to send their kids to fancy private schools, while opposing vouchers so that the rest of us can too.

We'll keep you posted on any further developments on this story.

Where was Peter McCoy?

Yesterday, when Peter McCoy was on the ballot for the First District Congressional GOP Primary, where was he?

Instead of chasing votes, the State Representative from James Island (the hometown of yours truly) was in Columbia as the General Assembly was in session, tending to several bills he was working on. In his second term in the House, the former prosecutor has become known for being one of those leading efforts to toughen a number of criminal justice laws.

We've always liked Peter and we can't help but respect a guy who's more concerned with doing the job he was elected to do than climbing the political ladder. 

Chesterfield County Sheriff indicted amid numerous misconduct allegations

It's not a good time to be a Sheriff in South Carolina - they keep getting in trouble. The latest is Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker, who was indicted earlier today on six counts of misconduct in office

Parker's indictment comes after reports surfaced in January of a SLED investigation - an investigation which the agency originally denied was taking place.

Parker faces four counts of Misconduct in Office and two counts of Furnishing Contraband to Inmates, accused of allowing state inmates to live as civilians outside of prison in exchange for working on his home and personal property.

Parker's indictment follows a string of arrests and removals of Sheriffs in rural counties around the state in recent years. The list includes former Sheriffs in Abbeville, Lee, Saluda and Union Counties. There have also been inquiries into the operation of the Chester County Sheriff's Office by a Sheriff who lost a re-election bid last year.

Two years ago, Parker said he was called a "a ruthless, barbaric, redneck, hill-billy killing machine", after four of his employees were accused of taking animals from a local animal shelter and shooting them, allegedly for target practice, making the county of Democratic State Rep. Ted Vick more like the home of Michael Vick.

No word on when the Governor's office will appoint a replacement, but we've been informed local Democrats want to see the current Chief Deputy appointed to replace the Sheriff.

Media 101: Never threaten a reporter

Any way you look at it, there's no way anyone can view a recent e-mail exchange between the wife of Seventh District Congressman Tom Rice and Grand Strand Daily report Paul Gable as good. Like many moments in politics in South Carolina, the truth is so out there that it's hard for us to make it up.

Speaking during a candidate forum at Big Mike’s restaurant in Myrtle Beach, Lazarus said he had steam coming from his ears hearing of the good ole boy system in Horry County.

“I’m sick of hearing about good ole boys,” Lazarus said. “There’s no good ole boys, just good people who volunteer their time to help the county.”

Can you trust Kevin Bryant?

He may try to tell you he's turning 29 today. If he does that, don't believe him.

But do wish Kevin Bryant, a State Senator and pharmacist from Anderson who is also one of the state's first legislators to hit the blogosphere, a Happy Birthday today, however old he may be.

Guest article: John Schafer - "Grandparents' rights advancing in Legislature - at last"

Today's guest article was written by John Schafer, a Pickens County resident and Vietnam-era veteran who heads us the Grandparents Rights Association of South Carolina. He is one of the most-recognized activists on Family Court and DSS reforms related to the rights of grandparents and other close relatives in South Carolina:

As a concerned grandparent and citizen, I have been working in the family rights movement for about five years, working to protect the rights of family members to play roles in the lives of their relatives. In many states, including South Carolina, grandparents have few legal rights and can be left unable to be involved in the lives of their grandchildren, in spite of considerable research which shows that involvement can make a vital difference in the lives of children. While there has been little progress in our state on these issues, the one bright spot where real progress was made was when Governor Mark Sanford signed regarding grandparents’ visitation rights bill into law back in 2010 (the full text of the law can be seen on this page:

Since then, we have been working to do more to strengthen Grandparents rights and give them more opportunities to make a difference - with lots of encouragement but little result until recently.

Rep. Sellers DUI arrest part of a pattern of dangerous driving

WIS-TV has reported that last October, Bamberg County State Rep. Bakari Sellers was arrested in Chester County on suspicion of DUI and was booked into jail after refusing a sobriety test. His drivers' license was suspended for six months for refusing to take the test - a fact which Sellers didn't seem to want to share with the voters back home.

Weeks after his arrest, Sellers won a close race for re-election, winning by a ten-point margin to Republican Dan Lawrence while losing two of the three counties in the usually heavily-Democratic district. Perhaps this disclosure could have made the race much closer, just as charges against Chesterfield County Representative Ted Vick resulted in a very close race with his Republican opponent.

Dodging the cops in one part of the state while dodging voters back home. Seems like a pattern.

But wait, there's more.

A quick check of court records showed that in Orangeburg County, Mr. Bakari Nikosi Tuggle Sellers, DOB 9/18/1984, was found guilty of 80 in a 60 zone in 2007, and then found guilty again of going 64 in a 55 zone in 2009. He was also a defendant in a motor vehicle lawsuit which was closed with a consent order in 2012.

More Twitter parodies entering SC-1 race

A relatively new form of political satire is the use of Twitter via parody accounts. In the special election to fill the First Congressional District seat, it's a form of political discourse that's becoming quite popular - and seems to be catching on like wildfire.

Yesterday, the Blogland reported that two more parodies had entered the race. Today, we learned that three more parody accounts appeared: @curtisballsac, @roscoepnash and @teddystrustfund.

The ever-growing satirical field now includes:

… and @dogcampbell, who is not a parody of any candidate, but is having fun in the race seeking the Twitter vote nonetheless.

If you have any to add to the list, drop an email to

Mike Burns wins House 17 GOP run-off vote

This time, the race to fill House District 17 didn't come down to a single vote. Mike Burns, who led run-off opponent Chris Sullivan by about ten points in the primary, scored a solid win in tonight's run-off vote, again leading Sullivan by about ten percentage points.
The final vote counts were
  • Mike Burns: 1,383
  • Chris Sullivan: 1,134
Barring any last-minute write-in candidacy, Burns is now unopposed for the seat, which was vacated by State Senator Tom Corbin in November.

My SC-1 race overview on Front Page Magazine

My overview of the state of the GOP field for the open SC-1 congressional race was published yesterday on Front Page Magazine, a national political website.

Here are some excerpts from that story:

The recent appointment of South Carolina Congressman Tim Scott to replace former Senator Jim DeMint last month opened up a feeding frenzy to fill South Carolina’s First Congressional District. Sixteen Republicans are seeking the now-open seat, including novices, legislative veterans, defeated politicos seeking a comeback and two candidates with national connections and name recognition, all jockeying for the special election contest for the seat ...

While Sanford is believed by many to be best-known candidate starting out, that perception and his past negatives have made him a target for some of the other candidates. His high name recognition failed to deter candidates from running for the seat and many past Sanford supporters are backing other candidates for the seat, suggesting he isn’t generating the enthusiasm of years past ...

Democrats also have three candidates in a primary which is expected to draw far less attention and heat as the GOP primary. In a seat which has been in GOP hands since 1980 (with only one close call for Republicans – in 2008), the GOP nominee will be an early favorite to carry the seat - even if such a wide and hotly-contested field will make it hard to spot a potential primary winner. While the primary outcome may be uncertain, what is certain is that this race - and its unprecedented field of candidates - will be worth watching.

To read the rest of the story, click here - and if you've got your own thoughts about the race, please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section.

... and if you're curious as to who is running, or want to find out about the candidates, here's a list of candidates with web links for most of them:

More Twitter parodies in SC-1 race

A while back, the Blogland discussed some of the parody Twitter accounts who are adding their own twists to the barrage of messaging produced by the sixteen Republican candidates in the race to replace Tim Scott in the First Congressional Distrct.
Just as people kept pouring into an already-full field of candidates, at least two more parody accounts have entered the race in the First: @chumpslimehouse and @harrygroomssc.

Those of you who enjoy political satire and tidbits of opposition research being wedged into the sometimes-comedic and often-critical tweets, here’s the updated roster of the known parody accounts in the race:
… and of course, special mention goes to @dogcampbell, who is not a parody of any candidate, but has a ruff approach to running for the seat.

If you have any to add to the list, drop an email to

Robert Ford's racism ... again

As someone who has been active in the realm of politics since high school and who grew up in the Lowcountry, I've long been used to Robert Ford's antics and racially-tinged rhetoric, first as a member of Charleston City Council and then as a member of the South Carolina Senate. Over the years, he seemed to have moderated his hard line and learned to work with others.

At least that's what I thought.

Today's rant by Senator Ford about Berkeley County State House member Samuel Rivers' vote in a recent Family Court race was one of the most insulting and racially-tinged statements I've heard Senator Ford make in a long time:

Rep. Erickson bringing 1st District candidates to Beaufort

Representative Shannon Erickson has been working hard to make sure her backyard folks aren't ignored - and the red-hot race for the First Congressional District is no exception. Even though she's in the middle of a busy legislative session, she's still found time to host a series of candidate forums for those seeking the Congressional seat.

Thus far, the series has hosted appearances by Chip Limehouse, Elizabeth Moffly, Mark Sanford and Teddy Turner. Each of the events feature two candidates, giving them opportunities to introduce themselves and answer questions from the public. Each candidate will be on stage for an hour, either 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dates for the upcoming Town Hall events are: