January 19, 2017

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Of all the arguments against over-regulation…

BY ROBERT MEYEROWITZ We’ll need to see that hair removal You’ll sometimes hear us griping about excessive regulation. It’s a real thing. Take, for example, a state Senate bill pre-filed for the current session, S.182, which has now been introduced in  the Committee on Medical Affairs. Senator Greg Hembree, its sponsor, wants to license electrologists and electrology instructors […]

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January 18, 2017

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Updated: Court cancels arguments, says it will rule

BY ROBERT MEYEROWITZ It could be the end of the mess we’ve been telling you about The South Carolina Supreme Court has canceled arguments that had been scheduled for this afternoon in the matter of succession to the lieutenant governor’s post and the-amendment-that-wasn’t, saying it’s ready to rule in the matter. The ruling could mark the […]

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January 15, 2017

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Better homes and pensions

BY PHILLIP CEASE MY LAST NERVE: Legislators burned our house Earlier this week, a state House and Senate panel offered its solutions to fix South Carolina’s pension system, which is anywhere from $20 billion to $74 billion in debt, depending on who you ask. What isn’t being discussed much now is how the pension system […]

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January 12, 2017

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If only we paid for another study…

Throwback: Measuring economic impact We’re often told that we live in The Information Age, just as though there was time before now when people went around starved for information and making worse decisions because of it. “Analytics,” “metrics,” “big data” — if we would just avail ourselves of these things, use more spreadsheets, hire more […]

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January 10, 2017

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What if the early birds are the worms?

By ROBERT MEYEROWITZ Pre-filed bills show pols up to old tricks When the South Carolina legislature convenes today for its 122nd session, it starts with a heap of bills. Among them are legislation that purportedly addresses the problems of road maintenance and improvement but will likely do nothing of the kind, according to a study by […]

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January 6, 2017

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MY LAST NERVE: We need to flush this

BY PHILLIP CEASE Port-a-potties need a break — we’ve all thought that, right? There’s another bathroom bill. This one’s been pre-filed for the upcoming session of the state legislature. Hold your noses, because it deals with a tax exemption for… port-a-potties. Portable toilet rentals and leases are already exempt from sales taxes in South Carolina […]

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January 5, 2017

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Happy birthday to… us

Throwback: Taxes Flow to Federal Lobbyists The Nerve arose from the swamp — well, wetlands — of South Carolina Politics seven years ago this month. For this week’s Throwback, we decided to go all the way back, to January of 2010, when we were just a wee swamp thing. That’s when we brought you the […]

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December 29, 2016

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Throwback: Is a gas tax really a good idea?

Flooded Bridge

Consider where the revenue would go Yes, it’s the festive time between Christmas and New Year’s, but soon enough the drinks will be drunk and the gifts put away and the legislature will convene for another session (on January 10). When it does there will be at least several bills, which have been pre-filed, calling […]

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December 22, 2016

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MY LAST NERVE: VNTYLEG

BY PHILLIP CEASE They’re making license plates again. You know, like cons do. If you still haven’t gotten that gift for someone who’s difficult to shop for, here’s an idea: a “Beach Music” South Carolina license plate. What if they don’t like Beach Music? Well, what about NASCAR, or coon hunting, or pets, or sports? […]

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December 22, 2016

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Throwback: Who owns this road?

Either the city or the county or the state. Or no one. In November of 2015 we presented the communication below that we received from a reader. It seems sadly not only still timely but perhaps timeless. Certainly now, as we anticipate another legislative session in which there will be much talk of the need […]

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