SCPC in the News

OPEN A NEWSPAPER OR TURN ON THE EVENING NEWS, AND CHANCES ARE YOU’LL HEAR FROM THE POLICY COUNCIL

October 11, 2017: Bryce Fiedler’s Nerve story on economic incentives prompts a citizen letter featured in the Berkeley Independent and the Gazette 

October 6, 2017: The Spartanburg Tea Party reprints SCPC’s list of questions every lawmaker should answer about the suspended nuclear project

October 3, 2017: Bryce Fiedler’s Nerve story revealing the unseen cost of buying jobs runs in the Gazette and the Berkeley Independent

September 20, 2017: In an interview with WIS, Columbia’s NBC affiliate, SCPC President Ashley Landess explains how industry insiders have benefited from the state-wide gas hike. The interview was later featured in BVT News.

September 13, 2017: SCPC President Ashley Landess quoted in The State about the concerns of charging for police services during protests.

September 6, 2017: Lancaster News runs Bryce Fiedler’s Nerve story on the need to restrain government spending

August 24, 2017: Lexington County Chronicle cites SCPC research on utilities.

August 18, 2017: The Policy Council’s in-depth breakdown of accountability for the energy crisis featured in My Horry News.

August 17, 2017: SCPC’s report on the Public Utilities Review Committee cited in Lexington County Chronicle.

August 16, 2017: Robert Meyerowitz’s article on the lack of prosperity in South Carolina reprinted in  News and Press.

August 9, 2017: Abby Nugent’s op-ed on pricey consulting position reprinted in News and Press. 

August 7, 2017: SCPC’s extensive analysis of who runs South Carolina featured in Palmetto News-Opinion. 

August 2, 2017: Nerve column on the negative effect of tax credits runs in Lancaster News.

July 26, 2017: Robert Meyerowitz’s report addressing expensive electricity rates runs in News and Press , Greer Citizen and the Lexington County Chronicle .

July 23, 2017: Nerve story on South Carolina’s sales tax reprinted in Lancaster News and Lexington County Chronicle.

July 19, 2017: SCPC report calling for gas tax transparency runs in the Summerville Journal-Scene. Hannah Hill’s column on central planning reprinted in Greer Citizen and Lancaster News.

July 18, 2017: Hannah Hill’s column on the DOT commission featured in Times and Democrat. 

July 14, 2017: Lancaster News runs Robert Meyerowitz’s op-ed on road reconstruction.

July 12, 2017: Lancaster News reprints Nerve story on citizen engagement in government.

July 11, 2017: Nerve report on DOT commission quoted in Charleston City Paper.

July 5, 2017: Robert Meyerowitz’s Nerve story challenging I-73 projection data reprinted in Lancaster News.

June 24, 2017: The Orangeburg Times and Democrat reprints SCPC policy explainer on roads.

June 21, 2017: Hannah Hill’s Nerve column on Judicial Merit Selection Committee reprinted in Lancaster News.

June 12, 2017: SCPC quoted on local bonding issue in the Palmetto Business Daily.

June 7, 2017: Hannah Hill’s column on the legislature’s non-reform on pension runs in Florence News Journal and Sumter Item.

June 4, 2017: Robert Meyerowitz’s Nerve story on federal funds and cities reprinted in the Lancaster News.

May 31, 2017: Lancaster News reprints Nerve column on budget deliberations.

May 21, 2017: SCPC research on State Transportation Infrastructure Bank quoted in Post and Courier report.

May 19, 2017: SCPC’s Ashley Landess quoted in McClatchy story on Obamacare.

May 12, 2017: SCPC’s Elisabeth Allen publishes op-ed in Statehouse Report on rhetoric vs. reality in lawmakers’ budget discussions. The piece would also run in the Jasper SunGeorgetown Times and Bluffton Today.

May 10, 2017: Hannah Hill’s Nerve column on guns and bankruptcy reprinted in Charleston Post and Courier. The piece was later reprinted in the Laurens Advertiser, the Coastal Observer, and the Orangeburg Times and Democrat.

May 8, 2017: Senator reads from SCPC report in Senate debate on gas tax.

May 3, 2017: Lancaster News reprints Nerve column by SCPC’s Duncan Taylor on parliamentary shenanigans to pass a gas tax increase.

April 21, 2017: Nerve report on distracted driving vs. bad roads runs in Lancaster News.

April 19, 2017: The Summerville Journal-Scene and Berkeley Independent run SCPC’s analysis of gas tax expenditures.

April 7, 2017: The Nerve‘s examination of STIB funding runs in the Batesburg-Leesville Twin-City News.

March 31, 2017: The Nerve‘s analysis of State Infrastructure Bank allocations reprinted in the Lancaster News.

March 29, 2017: SCPC’s Hannah Hill publishes op-ed on accountability and road spending in the Florence News Journal, the Chester News & Reporter, the Loris Scene, the Lancaster News, the Marlboro Herald Advocate, Savannah Morning News, the Horry Independent, and the Greer Citizen. 

March 28, 2017: Nerve column recounting outrageous statements made during gas tax debate reprinted in Lancaster News.

March 21, 2017: “We expected a massive, all-the-way to the top, takedown investigation,” SCPC’s Ashley Landess tells The State.

March 21, 2017: The Nerve‘s analysis of a report on South Carolina’s road conditions reprinted in the Times and Democrat.

March 17, 2017: The Charleston Post and Courier editorializes on SCPC’s study of South Carolina’s FOIA law. See also the Greenwood Index-Journal‘s editorial of March 20 and the Georgetown Timeseditorial of May 5.

March 17, 2017: SCPC President Ashley Landess sounds skeptical note in The State‘s analysis of “constitutional convention” proposal.

March 15, 2017: SCPC President testifies before Senate committee on proposed “electioneering” law.

March 7, 2017: Elisabeth Allen’s op-ed on regulation runs in the Orangeburg Times and Democrat and Beaufort Today, the Jasper Sun, and the Coastal Observer.

March 3, 2017: Phillip Cease’s Nerve column on eclipses reprinted in the Lancaster News and Chester News & Reporter.

March 1, 2017: SCPC policy analyst Duncan Taylor’s op-ed on taxes — South Carolina is a low tax state, right? Wrong” — runs in Greenville News.

February 22, 2017: SCPC quoted on Sen. Hugh Leatherman’s “electioneering” proposal in the Palmetto Business Daily.

February 11, 2017: Times & Democrat‘s coverage of gas tax debate features SCPC’s voice.

February 10, 2017: Hannah Hill’s op-ed on DOT accountability runs in the Hilton Head Island Packet, the Georgetown Coastal Observer and Lancaster News.

February 10, 2017: House Ways & Means Committee passes major tax hike. “Most House members want to make the problem go away by treating it as a revenue problem and raising taxes,” comments SCPC communications director.
“They’re just wrong.”

February 10, 2017: SCPC’s Hannah Hill publishes op-ed in the Hilton Head Island Packet on the futility of raising taxes for road repair.

2016

December 20, 2016: An op-ed by SCPC’s Hannah Hill explaining how lawmakers botched a constitutional amendment runs in the Orangeburg Times & Democrat. That piece also ran in the Chester News and Reporter, the Lancaster News.

December 19, 2016: The Post and Courier‘s coverage of the indictment of Rep. Jim Merrill acknowledges the Policy Council’s role.

November 26, 2016: Columbia’s Fox affiliate correctly credits The Nerve as the first to raise constitutional problems about succession of power. The State follows up on The Nerve‘s story with comments from lawmakers.

November 25, 2016: The Lancaster News reprints Phillip Cease’s Nerve column on the cozy relationship between judges and lawmakers.

November 6, 2016: The Chester News & Reporter reprints The Nerve‘s analysis of campaign money spent after campaigns are over.

November 4, 2016: A piece by The Nerve‘s Elisabeth Parker on lawmakers and lobbyists runs in the Coastal ObserverChesterfield Progressive-Journal the Kingstree News, Greer Citizen, and Aiken Leader.

November 2, 2016: The Nerve‘s piece on the state budget reprinted in the Chester News & Reporter.

October 28, 2016: In an analysis of lobbyists’ influence on state government, The State quotes SCPC President Ashley Landess.

October 12, 2016: Phillip Cease’s Nerve column on lawmakers’ monuments to themselves runs in Greer Citizen.

October 5, 2016: Nerve column on confusing sales tax code runs in Holly Hill newspaper. The piece was also reprinted in the Greer Citizen and Santee Striper.

September 18, 2016: Lancaster News reprints Nerve article on South Carolina legislature’s way of “restructuring” troubled agencies.

September 7, 2016: Duncan Taylor’s Nerve article on unpaid ethics fines runs in Chester New & Reporter.

August 31, 2016: Chester paper reprints Nerve column on how two lawmakers bypassed everyone to approve a stadium. The piece later ran in the Greer Citizen.

August 30, 2016: Pageland Progressive-Journal reprints Nerve story about state’s money funding congressman’s infrastructure boondoggle. The piece also ran in Travelers Rest and Lancaster.

August 17, 2016: Phillip Cease’s analysis of nepotism and state salaries reprinted in the Lexington County Chronicle, Lancaster News, and Chester News & Reporter.

August 2, 2016: Aiken Independent reprints Nerve post on laws that declare themselves constitutional.

August 1, 2016: Governing magazine report on state budgeting features commentary by SCPC’s Ashley Landess.

July 22, 2016: In the Statehouse ReportSCPC’s Elisabeth Parker explains why “farm aid” sent more subsidies to an already oversubsidized industry.

June 29, 2016: Chester News & Reporter reprints The Nerve‘s analysis of the danger of “study committees.”

June 26, 2016: In the Post and Courier, SCPC’s Hannah Hill exposes the fraudulence of 2016’s “independent investigation” law.

June 17, 2016: Lancaster News reprints Taylor Estes’ analysis of lawmakers who spend campaign money on their own businesses.

June 10, 2016: Aiken Leader reprints The Nerve‘s comments on fees.

May 26, 2016: Lexington County Chronicle reprints Ron Aiken’s report on a government backed “penny tax” group operating without a business license.

May 15, 2016: Hilton Head Island Packet runs story based on The Nerve‘s revelation of DOT contractor scores.

May 11, 2016: Chester News & Reporter reprints The Nerve‘s story on lawmakers “walking.”

May 7, 2016: The State‘s Cindi Scoppe credits The Nerve with breaking local government scandal, and on Greenville’s NBC affiliate, WYFF, SCPC’s Barton Swaim explains why a longer session doesn’t mean lawmakers get more done.

April 20, 2016: SCPC’s Shane McNamee’s op-ed on legislative self-policing runs in Florence News Journal.

April 13, 2016: SCPC’s Jamie Murguia’s Nerve column reprinted in the Greer Citizen.

April 5, 2016: WSPA report references SCPC’s view on teacher incentives bill.

March 23, 2016: SCPC features in Free Times update on corruption probe.

March 7, 2016: Project Conflict Watch at the center of Rock Hill Senate debate.

January 24, 2016: SCPC’s Ashley Landess comments in Post and Courier and Associated Press on “joke” bill to force journalists to register.

January 22, 2016: Summerville paper queries senator on Nerve’s revelation of secret meetings.

January 21, 2016: Lexington County Chronicle reprints The Nerve‘s story on legislative law-flouting.

2015

December 27, 2015: The Nerve‘s revelation of Leatherman’s bogus tax advantage reprinted in Lancaster News.

December 25, 2015: Lancaster News reprints Ron Aiken’s Nerve story on data breach.

December 19, 2015: Gov. Haley’s property sale proposal under scrutiny.

December 18, 2015: Chester paper uses Nerve piece to editorialize against DOR “shaming” releases.

November 30, 2015: Cecelia Brown’s op-ed on shortening session runs in Sumter Item, Pageland Progressive Journal, Summerville Journal-Scene, Goose Creek Gazette, Florence News Journal, Darlington News & Press, Lancaster News, Camden Chronicle-Independent, Pawleys Island Coastal Observer, and the Greer Citizen.

November 30, 2015: SCPC’s analysis of South Carolina’s weak eminent domain law runs in the Lancaster News, Walterboro Press & Standard, and Camden Chronicle-Independent.

November 13, 2015: SCPC’s Jamie Murguia’s column on reforming the state’s transportation system runs in the Chester News & Reporter, the Camden Chronicle-Independent, and the Lancaster News.

November 20, 15: The State covers ongoing tax debate, includes SCPC.

October 30, 2015: The second installment of the Post & Courier‘s “Capitol Gains” series quotes SCPC President Ashley Landess. The first two segments included at least ten stories first broken by The Nerve.

October 13, 2015: The Times & Democrat editorializes on a Nerve column by Jamie Murguia on transportation funding.

October 9, 2015: Jamie Murguia’s Nerve column on why lawmakers like prefer large debt numbers runs in the Aiken Leader.

October 7, 2015: Op-ed by SCPC’s Shane McNamee on reforming the transportation system runs in Florence News-Journal, Sumter Item, and Greer Citizen.

September 18, 2015: Statehouse Report piece on Infrastructure Bank features Policy Council’s criticism of agency. And Jamie Murguia’s Nerve column on a recent audit of the Department of Agriculture runs in the Lancaster News and Chester News & Reporter.

September 11, 2015: SCPC investigative researcher Cecilia Brown contends for judicial independence. The piece would also run in the Florence News-Journal, the Kingstree News, and the Summerville Journal Scene.

September 6, 2015: Policy Council’s suggestion to give feedback to House committee catches on.

September 5, 2015: Report on residency requirement for State House membership features comments by SCPC President Ashley Landess.

September 4, 2015: Aiken Leader runs Rick Brundrett’s Nerve piece on how the legislature is hoarding millions.

September 1, 2015: The Pageland Progressive-Journal reprints Nerve story on how state workers are being forced to undergo “ethics training.”

August 26, 2015: SCPC’s Shane McNamee publishes an op-ed critiquing the Post & Courier‘s series on the “unintended consequences” of school choice. The op-ed would later run in the Lancaster News.

August 10, 2015: The debate over road funding continues, with SCPC at the forefront.

August 9, 2015: The Post & Courier‘s report on possible post-Harrell investigations features SCPC’s comments.

August 8, 2015: Associated Press report on gas tax hike includes comments by SCPC President Ashley Landess.

July 28, 2015: Charleston City Paper reports on Nerve story about Harrell payments.

July 26, 2015: Post & Courier session wrap-up gets SCPC’s take.

July 22, 2015: Jamie Murguia’s Nerve column on shortening session runs in the Chester News & Reporter and Lancaster News.

July 21, 2015: The State‘s Cindi Scoppe pens column about bogus probation payments by former Speaker Bobby Harrell, a story broken by The Nerve.

July 15, 2015: Lancaster paper reprints Jamie Murguia’s Nerve column on state budget law. The piece would also run in the Chester News & Reporter.

July 9, 2015: Lexington Chronicle reports on DOT-related lawsuit begun by SCPC analysis. The same day’s Chronicle also reprints The Nerve‘s story on the University of South Carolina’s massive reserve funds. (The latter also ran in the Greenwood Index-Journal.)

June 11, 2015: Coverage of SCPC’s press conference on the gas tax debate (held jointly with other organizations) runs in the Greenville News, The State, on the South Carolina Radio Network, and on several TV news channels, including WACH, Columbia’s Fox affiliate.

June 9, 2015: The Orangeburg Times & Democrat reprints Rick Brundrett’s article about the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank’s favorite county. The same piece was reprinted in the Greenwood Index-Journal.

June 5, 2015: The Charleston-based Statehouse Report‘s session wrap-up piece includes comments from SCPC.

May 31, 2015: Post & Courier credits SCPC analysis with playing role in death of gas tax hike measures.

May 27, 2015: Column by The Nerve‘s Jamie Murguia on the end of the 2015 legislative session runs in Chester and Florence papers.

 May 13, 2015: At the Brookings Institution website, Brad Warthen credits The Nerve, SCPC with forcing attorney general to move against Harrell.

April 30, 2015: SCPC’s Shane McNamee publishes op-ed on legislative non-accountability in the Times & Democrat.

April 21, 2015: Index-Journal editorial on gas tax hike debate: “We are not saying the S.C. Policy Council’s versin of the truth is wholly correct. But…”

April 18, 2015: SCPC President Ashley Landess publishes op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about how South Carolina lawmakers are quietly trying to silence criticism by changing the law on “electioneering.”

April 7, 2015: Letter in Augusta Chronicle nails faux ethics reform debate, credits SCPC.

March 25, 2015: Heartland reports on Certificate of Need laws; SCPC explains significance for South Carolina.

March 10, 2015: House tries to get around roll-call law, The State notes SCPC originated reform.

February 20, 2015: SCPC’s Barton Swaim publishes op-ed in the Statehouse Report on how South Carolina has, in fact, expanded Medicaid. The op-ed also ran in OrangeburgCamden, Florence, and Greer newspapers.

February 17, 2015: SCPC shares documents with media on the dangers of legislative self-policing. WIS includes SCPC’s contention in coverage of ethics debate.

February 16, 2015: SCPC’s complaint against Speaker Bobby Harrell discussed in Post & Courier‘s assessment of year’s ethics reform measures.

February 14, 2015: Story on school districts spending large amounts of public money on lobbyists features SCPC comments.

February 13, 2015: The Nerve‘s story on how lawmakers spend campaign money on themselves reprinted in the Lancaster News.

February 7, 2015: The State gets SCPC’s views on topic we’ve brought attention to for years: the legislature’s dominance of South Carolina’s judiciary.

January 27, 2015: The Post & Courier covers bogus ethics reform bill, says SCPC legislation’s chief critic.

January 23, 2015: Jamie Murguia’s column on ethics legislation reprinted in Lancaster and Chester papers.

January 21, 2015: The Nerve‘s interview with a Lake Keowee resident is reprinted in the Chester News & Reporter.

January 20, 2015: SCPC’s Barton Swaim explains how South Carolina already expanded Medicaid on the Charleston-based Statehouse Report, and SCPC’s views on legislative efforts to reform the state’s ethics laws feature on WIS News.

2014

December 30, 2014: Papers in Lancaster and Cheraw reprint The Nerve‘s story on sketchy election filings, as Pageland paper reprints story on how lawmaker resigned after The Nerve raised questions about campaign appropriations.

December 12, 2014: WIS, Columbia’s NBC affiliate, gets SCPC’s (skeptical) take on the upcoming 2015 session.

December 10, 2014: WSPA reports on state lawmaker Kris Crawford (R-Florence) resigning just hours before The Nerve revealed questionable uses of the lawmaker’s campaign funds. (The report also ran on other CBS affiliates.)

December 1, 2014: The Nerve‘s story on how a Myrtle Beach lawmaker is suing a couple for defamation is reprinted in the Orangeburg Times & Democrat.

November 25, 2014: WSAV, Savannah’s NBC news channel, gets SCPC’s views on the sketchy uses to which some South Carolina local governments put the accommodations tax revenue.

November 11, 2014: The Nerve‘s story on how two state universities are sitting on millions in unrestricted reserves runs in two coastal papers.

November 10, 2014: Times & Democrat reprints a Nerve story on how legislative ethics committees don’t do much of anything. The same article would appear in the Lancaster News and Chester News & Reporter.

November 5, 2014: The Nerve‘s piece on how a Charleston law professor testified against legislative self-policing runs in the Chester News & Reporter.

October 31, 2014: Post & Courier columnist Brian Hicks notes SCPC’s origination of roll-call voting.

October 30, 2014: Pee Dee CBS affiliate exposes school official for partaking of “free gas” policy. SCPC’s Ashley Landess features in the story.

October 29, 2014: Phil Noble’s column for the Press Association, on the rise and fall of Bobby Harrell, runs in the Cheraw ChronicleNoble,’s column, which credits SCPC for its tirelessness in exposing the Speaker, would also run in the Summerville Journal-Scene, the Lancaster News, the Florence News Journal, and the Pageland Progressive Journal.

October 28, 2014: The Times & Democrat reprints Rick Brundrett’s story on how the Department of Social Services has used $6 million on a consulting firm.

October 23, 2014: After nine years as Speaker, Bobby Harrell resigns. 

October 10, 2014: The Post & Courier gets SCPC’s Ashley Landess’s take on gubernatorial candidates vying to be champions of “ethics reform.”

October 8, 2014: Shane McNamee’s op-ed on the folly of raising the gas tax runs in the Florence News Journal, the Blythewood Country Chronicle,

October 5, 2014: An analysis by the Post & Courier casts doubt on the effectiveness and appropriateness of taxpayer-financed incentives. SCPC’s president characterizes incentives racket as “one giant web of politicians deciding who pays taxes and who doesn’t with secret deals behind closed doors, with no information released to the public.”

September 30, 2014: Suspended House Speaker Bobby Harrell arraigned.

September 24, 2014: SCPC’s Director of Research Jamie Murguia testifies to House committee on rule changes in a post-Harrell House. Also the Post & Courier follows up on The Nerve‘s story on the transfer of the Wilson case.

September 23, 2014: SCPC President Ashley Landess interviewed by Columbia’s ABC affiliate on Harrell indictment.

September 15, 2014: Nerve column on the state’s decrepit roads reprinted in the Orangeburg Times & Democrat.

September 14, 2014: In The State‘s analysis of corruption at all levels of South Carolina government, SCPC’s Ashley Landess makes the case for rewriting the Ethics Act.

September 13, 2014: The Post & Courier examines why it’s so hard for politicians to keep their hands out of their (sic) campaign cash; SCPC President Ashley Landess quoted.

September 11, 2014: After an 18 months investigation initiated by the Policy Council, House Speaker Bobby Harrell was indicted on nine counts: two for misconduct in office, six for misusing campaign funds, and one for misleading investigators.

August 23, 2014: SCPC’s Dillon Jones, writing int he Times & Democrat, asks whether South Carolina is really a “right to work” state.

August 15, 2014: SCPC’s Barton Swaim’s op-ed on earmark reform runs in Summerville Journal-Scene (and later in the Florence News-Journal and Lancaster News).

August 8, 2014: The Lancaster News reprints Nerve story on the “destroyed” Ethics Commission letter.

August 1, 2014: Business Monthly magazines run feature story on Harrell, Wilson, and the Policy Council.

July 31, 2014: SCPC’s Shane McNamee publishes op-ed in the Post & Courier on how federal funding has ruined South Carolina’s roads.

July 21, 2014: The Policy Council’s analyst Dillon Jones explains the dangers of “Common Core Lite” in a Greenville News op-ed. The op-ed would be reprinted in the Summerville Journal-Scene, the Lancaster News, and the Berkeley Independent.

July 10, 2014: The Supreme Court unanimously reversed a lower court ruling that would have forced the Attorney General to seek legislative approval before investigating or prosecuting lawmakers. This case was stemmed by SCPC’s allegations of public corruption against House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

July 7, 2014: The State profiles Sen. Hugh Leatherman, notes objections by SCPC and others to granting one politician so much unchecked power.

July 6, 2014: Ashley Landess’s Nerve column on corruption in South Carolina reprinted in the Lancaster News and Pageland Progressive-Journal.

July 2, 2014: Brian Hicks of the Post & Courier, in a piece on former Gov. Mark Sanford, notes roll call voting was SCPC’s idea.

June 29, 2014: SCPC’s Barton Swaim comments on the firing of Winthrop University’s president for nepotism.

June 26, 2014: Statewide coverage of the Supreme Court hearing to determine if South Carolina’s attorney general has to get permission of legislative ethics committees before investigating lawmakers for public corruption.

June 21, 2014: Policy analyst Shane McNamee publishes op-ed in the Greenville News arguing that South Carolina’s energy market can– and should – be privatized. The op-ed would also appear in the Times & Democrat , the Chester News & Reporter, and the Lancaster News. 

June 20, 2014: After SCPC and The Nerve publish numerous pieces on the legislature’s regressive “ethics reform bill,” the Senate – responding to SCPC-informed activists – surprises everyone by letting the bill die.

June 5, 2014: In an analysis of a bill purporting to “kill” Common Core in South Carolina, a Daily Caller report gets the unfortunate truth from SCPC’s Dillon Jones.

May 27, 2014: An editorial in the Charleston Post & Courier cites The Nerve as its source on a secretive attempt to raise lawmakers’ pay.

May 23, 2014: The state Supreme Court suspends a circuit court judge’s ruling to shut down the state grand jury investigation of House Speaker Bobby Harrell; the story received coverage on WIS, in the P&C, the Associated Press, and the Greenville News.

May 22, 2014: The Hilton Head Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette draw on a Nerve story to criticize members of the General Assembly for naming infrastructure after themselves.

May 20, 2014: WIS, Columbia’s NBC affiliate, covers Common Core in the race for education superintendent; SCPC’s Ashley Landess interviewed. SCPC’s Dillon Jones publishes an op-ed on Common Core in the Sun News; the piece would later appear in the Aiken Standard.

May 17, 2014: SCPC President Ashley Landess’s column on corruption in South Carolina runs in the Orangeburg Times & Democrat. It would also run in the Travelers Rest Monitor, the Lexington County Chronicle, and the Camden Chronicle-Independent.

May 16, 2014: The Associated Press runs a major story on how the case of House Speaker Bobby Harrell, which SCPC exposed, raises serious questions about lawmakers lack of accountability. As if to reinforce the AP piece, The State reveals that members of the House ethics committee, which some contend should be the first to adjudicate Harrell’s case, take money from a PAC associated with the Speaker.

May 15, 2014: The Columbia Journalism Review, Columbia University School of Journalism’s prestigious industry magazine, runs a story on The Nerve. The piece would also appear in the Columbia Free Times.

May 14, 2014: The Post & Courier blasts a circuit court judge’s decision to remand the Attorney General’s grand jury investigation of the House Speaker to the House Ethics Committee. The news that the grand jury will continue its work is reported in The State and the Post & Courier, and on WLTX and WIS.

May 7, 2014: House lawmakers try to pass “get out of jail free” amendment; SCPC President Landess blasts the attempt. The Chester News & Reporter and Lancaster News reprint Jamie Murguia’s Nerve column on how lawmakers are again bailing out a state college.

May 6, 2014: In a radio interview, Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell claims those “targeting” him (SCPC?) are really just trying to limit the Charleston delegation’s influence.

May 5, 2014: In a Times & Democrat op-ed, SCPC’s Shane McNamee asks why, if S.C. lawmakers favor low taxes, they introduce so many tax/fee increases. The op-ed would later run in the Florence News Journal, the Blythewood Country Chronicle, and the Lancaster News.

May 3, 2014: Coverage of Speaker Harrell’s latest attempt to avoid having to account for his conduct runs in The State, the Post & Courier, and the Associated Press. Reports also appeared on Charleston’s Channel 5 Colulmbia’s WLTX.

May 1, 2014: USA Today covers the investigation of House Speaker Bobby Harrell prompted by the Policy Council more than a year before.

April 28, 2014: WBTW builds on The Nerve‘s exposure of a state lawmakers who holds power over the school board that sets his salary.

April 24, 2014: Jamie Murgia’s Nerve column on shortening South Carolina’s excessively long legislative session is reprinted in the Blythewood Country Chronicle, the Lancaster News, the Florence News Journal, the Chester News & Reporter, and the Pageland Progressive Journal.

April 17, 2014: Cindi Scoppe follows up the previous day’s column with another on House Speaker Bobby Harrell attempts at retaliation, this one warning that if Judge Casey Manning allows himself to be cowed, it will “haunt him for the rest of his life.”

April 16, 2014: Using SCPC’s research and The Nerve‘s reporting The State‘s Cindi Scoppe compares Speaker Bobby Harrell to former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi.

April 12, 2014: The Huffington Post, citing the Policy Council’s analysis of two bills, reports on some lawmakers’ attempt to protect House Speaker Bobby Harrell by effectively removing the Attorney General’s constitutional power.

April 9, 2014: SCPC’s Ashley Landess is consulted in a WIS report examining another legislative attempt to protect lawmakers from prosecution.

April 6, 2014: The Lancaster News reprints The Nerve‘s report on secret meetings at the Public Service Commission.

March 25, 2014: SCPC’s Shane McNamee argues in the Greenville News that, in education, more state funding won’t produce better results.

March 21, 2014: In attempt by Speaker Harrell to have the attorney general secretly thrown off the grand jury investigation of the Speaker’s conduct (an investigation started by SCPC), a judge rules that the proceedings be held in public.

March 14, 2014: SCPC and other organizations react to Speaker Harrell’s attempt to (secretly) get Attorney General thrown off case. The S.C. Press Association’s Jay Bender agrees that the decision should be made in public.

March 13, 2014: Speaker Harrell revealed to be trying unorthodox move to get Attorney General Wilson off his grand jury case.

March 12, 2014: Ashley Landess criticizes tax breaks in a Columbia land deal. SCPC’s Barton Swaim defends partisanship in the Charleston City Paper.

March 6, 2014: Rick Brundrett’s Nerve story on the House appropriating a whopping $37 million to a corporate welfare fund runs in several papers in the coastal Pee Dee region.

March 5, 2014: Jamie Murguia’s Nerve column on ethics reform is reprinted in the Chester News & Reporter and the Georgetown Times.

February 28, 2014: In the online Statehouse Report, Dillon Jones asks what the founders would think about a bill allowing police officers to confiscate smart phones of people not being arrested. That op-ed would later run in the Colletonian, too. Also on the 28th, SCPC analyst Shane McNamee’s op-ed on the governor’s education plan runs in the Summerville Journal-Scene, and The Nerve‘s examination of police militarization is reprinted in the Georgetown Times.

February 25, 2014: SCPC’s Dillon Jones, writing in the national conservative website The Daily Caller, tells states to stop blaming Washington for Common Core.

February 20, 2014: The Charleston City Paper runs a story abased on The Nerve‘s revelation of ties between the S.C. Supreme Court Justice and the Speaker the Speaker of the House.

February 16, 2014: Shane McNamee’s op-ed on taxpayer-financed “fusion centers” runs in the Lancaster News. The op-ed would also run in the Camden Chronicle Independent.

February 12, 2014: SCPC’s Barton Swaim begins a column in the Charleston City Paper. In the first piece, he argues that it’s impossible to “save taxpayer dollars” as long as government gets to keep them.

February 6, 2014: Jamie Murguia’s Nerve column on the state Senate’s behind-closed-doors debate on ethics is reprinted in two Lowcountry papers.

February 2, 2014: The Nerve‘s historic disclosure of two Supreme Court justices’ private income is reported in a front page, above-the-fold article in The State.

January 30, 2014: The State runs a story on the Grand Jury’s investigation of House Speaker Bobby Harrell, a case originated by SCPC’s complaint.

January 29, 2014: The State runs a major story on how South Carolina ranks extremly poorly on transparency when doling out corporate welfare (SCPC is correctly named as the South Carolina-based group that has pushed for transparency in incentives). On its website, meanwhile, The State reports on a story by The Nerve‘s Rick Brundrett revealing one Supreme Court justice’s voluntary income disclosure statement.

January 27, 2014: “The Buzz” column in The State verifies that SCPC President Ashley Landess will appear on The Daily Show.

January 25, 2014: State senator Kevin Bryant, interviewed by the Anderson Independent-Mail, takes SCPC line on allegedly “historic” restructuring bill.

January 22, 2014: Jamie Murguia’s column from The Nerve criticizing Gov. Haley’s stance on Common Core runs in at least two regional papers.

January 14, 2014: Coverage of SCPC’s complaint against the House Speaker being referred to the State Grand Jury appears (among other places) in the Greenville News, the AP, The State, the Post & Courier, the South Carolina Radio Network, the Charleston City Paper,

January 11, 2014: The Times & Democrat  reprints The Nerve‘s article on Lottery Commission commercials.

January 10, 2014: Barton Swaim’s op-ed on the way South Carolina lawmakers ignore the state’s budget law runs in the Georgetown Times. The op-ed would also run in the Walterboro Colletonian, the Blythewood County Chronicle, and the Orangeburg Times & Democrat.

January 8, 2014: Georgetown Times reprints The Nerve‘s profile of an Upstate activist, and the Travelers Rest Monitor reprints The Nerve’s story on legislation that would create “exceptions” for DOT’s priority list.

January 1, 2014: Georgetown Times reprints Ashley Landess’s column about a $2 million purchase of new furniture at the State House (see Dec. 19, below).

2013

December 30, 2013: The Free Times covers a lawsuit filed against the State Ethics Commission for violating the Freedom of Information Act – a lawsuit filed in response to a revelation by The Nerve.

December 22, 2013: An editorial in the Charleston Post & Courier on gun control laws references SCPC’s research.

December 19, 2013: WIS, Columbia’s NBC affiliate, runs a story chronicling the a $2 million purchase of new furniture for the South Carolina House, and House leaders’ nonsensical defense of the purchase; SCPC President Ashley Landess is asked for comment in the piece. The Times & Democrat reprints The Nerve‘s report on how, on real or perceived ethical violations, different lawmakers are treated differently according to the power they wield.

December 16, 2013: Voice of America News, the federal government’s media outlet for foreign viewers, reports on South Carolina hospitals’ complaint that, having signed on to ObamaCare, they’re dealing with cuts in Medicare without the promised large Medicaid increases. SCPC’s Ashley Landess briefly explains the problem.

December 13, 2013: Speaking with WIS-TV’s Jack Kuenzie, the Policy Council’s Ashley Landess discusses the real reason for South Carolina’s gradually tightening gun laws – federal coercion. Also on the 13th, Spartanburg’s CBS affiliate interviews The Nerve‘s Rick Brundrett on the absence of income disclosure requirements in South Carolina law; the online Statehouse Report analyzes shenanigans at the State Ethics Commission, basing its report in large part on stories that originally appeared on The Nerve; and The State reports on the follies of retail incentives, quoting Landess.

December 10, 2013: SCPC’s Shane McNamee publishes an op-ed in the Times & Democrat on the decline of the welfare state and what South Carolina can do to encourage private welfare. The op-ed would be reprinted in the Florence News Journalthe Pawleys Island Coastal Observer, and the Lancaster News.

December 10, 2013: SLED’s investigation into the conduct of the House Speaker – undertaken originally after a complaint filed by SCPC – has been handed over to the Attorney General. The AP and The State report, as does Charleston’s Channel 5 and the Charleston City Paper.

December 9, 2013: WOLO, Columbia’s ABC affiliate, reports on the latest in the SLED/Attorney General investigation into the conduct of the House Speaker. Policy Council President Ashley Landess is interviewed.

December 6, 2013: Georgetown Times reprints The Nerve‘s story on a federal investigation of Rep. Stephen Goldfinch.

November 27, 2013: The Monitor reprints SCPC’s analysis of state budget requests for the upcoming year.

November 21, 2013: The Nerve‘s piece on the enormous and constantly increasing sums of public money spent on “travel expenses” reprinted in the Times & Democrat.

November 20, 2013: SCPC President Ashley Landess’s column on the separation of powers reprinted in News & Reporter.

November 18, 2013: The Monitor reprints The Nerve‘s story on state agency travel expenses.

November 16, 2013: The Times & Democrat reprints a piece by The Nerve‘s Rick Brundrett on the University of South Carolina’s “fair funding” initiative. The article would also be reprinted in the Lancaster News.

November 15, 2013: The Georgetown Times reprints a column by SCPC President Ashley Landess.

November 3, 2013: The State publishes a major story on the way Columbia politicians use corporate welfare for political gain. SCPC, having been the first to criticize the practice of doling out taxpayer-financed “incentives” to private companies, figures prominently in the story.

October 31, 2013: “All three branches of government are picking and choosing laws they want to ignore”: Ashley Landess, quoted in an important piece in the Charleston City Paper on how the state Supreme Court ignores at least one significant state law.

October 30, 2013: An op-ed by SCPC policy analyst Shane McNamee on federal coercion on gun laws runs in several regional papers.

October 27, 2013: Ashley Landess’s Nerve column on bogus multisyllabic boondoggles is reprinted in the Lancaster News.

October 23, 2013: Shane McNamee’s op-ed on the way federal authorities coerce states into tightening their gun laws runs in a Florence paper.

October 21, 2013: Writing in the Times & DemocratSCPC’s Barton Swaim counters a severely fact-challenged op-ed (published several days before in the T&D) by the House Speaker, Ways & Means chairman, and House majority leader.

October 16, 2013: The Nerve‘s piece on how state agencies are keeping their fine and fee revenue secret (a violation of state law) is reprinted by the Chester News & Reporter. Also, the Columbia Free Times publishes an article on the State House’s funeral cartel, first reported by The Nerve.

October 8, 2013: In an editorial on the increasing costs of higher education, the Charleston Post & Courier notes SCPC’s support of a higher education governing body.

October 2, 2013: Chester paper reprints Landess Nerve column on useless public-private partnerships. Also, the Travelers Rest Monitor and the Orangeburg Times & Democrat reprint Rick Brundrett’s Nerve story on Senate staffer pay raises.

September 27, 2013: SCPC’s Dillon Jones publishes an op-ed on Common Core. Dillon’s piece was later reprinted by regional papers in Hampton County and Bluffton.

September 12, 2013: The Charleston City Paper builds on a Nerve story about Gov. Haley’s failure to make board appointments.

September 11, 2013: SCPC Research Director Jamie Murguia’s op-ed on how North Carolina is cutting its taxes while South Carolina lawmakers just talk about it runs in Bluffton Today. Jamie’s piece would also run in the Lexington Chronicle, the Travelers Rest Monitor, the Florence News Journal, the Lancaster News, the Georgetown Times, and the Chester News & Reporter. 

September 8, 2013: The Post & Courier takes a skeptical look at a State Ports Authority tax incentive program, quoting SCPC president Ashley Landess. Also, the Charlotte Observer highlights a trend in no-bid contracts and, similarly, gets a hard-hitting quote from Ms. Landess.

September 5, 2013: The Seneca Journal publishes op-ed by SCPC policy analyst Dillon Jones on the way states and municipalities are using law enforcement agencies as revenue generators. That op-ed had previously appeared in the Chester News & Reporter and Bluffton Today.

September 4, 2013: The Chester News & Reporter reprints Landess Nerve column on the meaning of “socialism.”

September 27, 2013: SCPC’s Dillon Jones publishes major op-ed in the Post & Courier explaining Common Core and how it can be stopped.

August 30, 2013: The Times & Democrat reprints Rick Brundrett’s Nerve story on a shady economic development deal in Fairfield County. The paper’s editors pen an editorial on it.

August 21, 2013: Using SCPC’s research, the Times & Democrat calls on lawmakers to pass a law requiring the disclosure of private income for public officials. Also, the Seneca Journal runs op-ed by SCPC’s Barton Swaim on South Carolina’s weak (actually, non-existent) income disclosure laws. The piece would also be printed in the Lancaster News, the Travelers RestMonitor, and the BlythewoodCountry Chronicle. Also on the 21st, the Monitor reprints Rick Brundrett’s Nerve story about a prominent nonprofit organizations misappropriating state money.

August 19, 2013: A report in the Charleston Post & Courier references the Policy Council’s take on a study of economic mobility.

August 14, 2013: The Chester News & Reporter reprints a Landess Nerve column on our politicians’ crazy for ribbon-cutting and ground-breaking ceremonies.

August 6, 2013: The State‘s Cindi Scoppe bases column on The Nerve’s revelation of extra-legal Ethics Commission appointments.

August 2, 2013: SCPC’s Shane McNamee publishes an op-ed in the Georgetown Times criticizing the “multiplier effect” as a nice theory that’s always wrong in practice.

August 7, 2013: Dillon Jones’ op-ed “Stop Developing the Economy!” runs in several paper, among them the Monitor, Bluffton Today, and the Lancaster News.

July 28, 2013: The Patch posts analysis of consultants’ dirty war on SCPC.

July 27, 2013: The State reports on profits of lobbyists, quotes SCPC President Ashley Landess.

July 25, 2013: SCPC research fellow Tejas Ranade publishes an op-ed on the dangers of regulation in the Times & Democrat. That op-ed would also run in the Cheraw Chronicle, the Chester News & Reporter, and Bluffton Today.

June 26, 2013: SCPC’s Shane McNamee’s op-ed on South Carolina’s largest industry (hint: it’s not tourism) runs in the Travelers Rest Monitor and the Chester News & Reporter. That op-ed would also run in the Darlington News & Press.

June 17, 2013: A story in The Nerve on the uncertainty caused by the Affordable Care Act is reprinted in The Monitor.

July 11, 2013: WIS-TV, Columbia’s NBC affiliate, reports on apparent misuses of campaign funds by the Speaker of the House. SCPC, having raised the concern repeatedly in our analysis of State House corruption, is extensively cited.

June 29, 2013: The Hilton Head Island-Packet reports on a shady economic development deal in the Lowcountry; the report quotes SCPC President Ashley Landess.

June 24, 2013: The Nerve‘s story on how a S.C. Congressman’s chief of staff is a state lawmaker is reprinted in the Travelers Rest Monitor.

June 22, 2013: The State runs a several-part story on legal corruption at the State House. SCPC features prominently in the story. Also on the 22nd, SCPC’s Shane McNamee publishes an op-ed in the Charleston Post & Courier on the follies of state-driven economic development.

June 12, 2013: The Monitor reprints The Nerve‘s story on how lawmakers make millions from Medicaid while changing Medicaid laws.

June 5, 2013: A Citizen Reporter piece for The Nerve on how state-funded nonprofits ignore the Freedom of Information Act runs in several regional papers.

July 8, 2013: Orangeburg Times & Democrat editorial cites The Nerve and SCPC on ObamaCare’s adverse effects on small businesses.