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We've posted numerous times about the disaster that is U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (L-TX). Cruz is the most polarizing and vitriolic figure in the U.S. Senate behind perhaps Harry Reid - and that’s not a good thing.

Cruz has made few bones about his desire to seek higher office and has traveled the country extensively to raise his profile, speaking predominantly to Tea Party groups and Libertarian crowds. But as 2016 inches closer Cruz has been hitting Republican circles, too. 

Cruz has made several visits to South Carolina over the past 6 months. Just this week he spoke at a fundraiser for a group at The Citadel. It wasn't that long ago we reported Cruz held a secret meeting with ministers and faith leaders in the Palmetto State. It's obvious to any casual observer that Cruz has his eye on the White House.

After his most recent jaunt to the Lowcountry Congressman Tom Rice was asked about a Cruz candidacy in South Carolina by POLITICO. Rice didn't hold back in his remarks saying, "I think Ted Cruz may be a little too extreme." While Congressman Rice may win the prize for "Understatement of the Year" his words are spot on. We brought you this story last year in which 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Cruz would not get his support and we're pretty sure this latest revelation means Cruz need not be looking for a Rice endorsement anytime soon. Cruz's brand of Libertarianism is a danger to America.

 
 
Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) took to Facebook this week to give an unwarranted slap to one of her top allies in the South Carolina Senate, Senator Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington). The controversy surrounds an embattled Haley appointee, Lillian Koller, Director of the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

Koller was grilled in a Senate hearing on Wednesday over major concerns about child welfare and was asked tough questions about the failures of DSS on her watch. Shortly thereafter Haley took to Facebook to defend her appointee with this post:
In the comment section a citizen made a remark about Koller's personal faith that infuriated Haley. Take a look:
Haley responded to the comment made by Rogers but took it a step further by throwing Senator Katrina Shealy under the bus. See below:
Haley's move can certainly be described as completely unnecessary but it's also curious. Haley's PAC dumped tens of thousands of dollars behind Shealy's contentious candidacy in 2012 and the two have worked closely on many issues. The comment from Haley clearly took Shealy by surprise as well. Shealy had this to say:
But that wasn't the end of the spat. Shealy took to her personal Facebook and explained further:
Whatever the case may be, it would behoove Haley to issue Shealy an apology. A much more diplomatic approach should have been taken on the part of the Haley camp in addressing any issues they might have had with a popular sitting Senator.
 
 
Almost 50% of Registered Voters Approve of How Gov. Nikki Haley is Doing Her Job

43% Approve of How U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is Doing His Job, While Only 18% Disapprove

And Nearly 40% Give a Thumbs-Up to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham With Approval and Disapproval More Closely Divided

Meanwhile, More Than 50% of All Respondents Disapprove of Pres. Barack Obama's Job Performance

And Almost 40% of South Carolina Retirees Say They Don’t Have Enough Money to Live as Comfortably as They Hoped

And Nearly 18% of All Those Polled Have a Parent, Sibling or Spouse with Alzheimer’s or Dementia of Some Kind

ROCK HILL, S.C. - The results of the April 2014 Winthrop Poll of 877 adults living in South Carolina are in. The survey was in the field from April 6-13, 2014. After weights (for sex, age, and race) have been applied, results which use all respondents have a margin of error of approximately +/- 3.3% at the 95% confidence level. Results that use less than the full sample will naturally have a higher margin of error.

Since the last Winthrop Poll of the general population—with breakouts of registered voters—took place in Oct. 2013, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s approval rating among all respondents has gone up 3.1%, within the margin of error—(42.8% now, 39.7% in Oct. 2013). Meanwhile, his approval rating among registered voters during the same period ticked up 2.2%--again within the margin of error (39.6% now, 37.4% in Oct 2013.).

And while Graham’s disapproval rating among registered voters is higher than his approval rating with the same group (43.8% disapproval vs. 39.6% approval), Poll Director Scott Huffmon cautioned that the difference between the two is just at the margin of error for the registered voter sample.

At the same time, U.S. Senator Tim Scott, facing his first election for the Senate, received an approval rating among all those polled of 43.1%. Huffmon noted in the context of his disapproval and ‘no opinion’ numbers, the 43.1% figure should not be regarded as being low, since his approval among all respondents is 25.5 percentage points above his disapproval number. Huffmon said that the most interesting factor is that more than one-third of respondents still do not know enough about Sen. Scott to form an opinion even as he prepares for an election.

Other Winthrop Poll findings include:


*President Barack Obama’s job approval remains low among South Carolinians as he posted a 37.8% approval rating in the latest poll— while lower than his approval numbers from the general population poll in October 2013, the almost 3 percentage point drop is within the margin of error.

*Among registered voters surveyed, Gov. Nikki Haley’s approval rating is almost 10 percentage points higher than her disapproval rating (49.3% vs. 39.6%). Among all those surveyed, her approval rating is almost 15 percentage points higher than her disapproval rating (49.8% vs. 35.0%).

*When asked what the most important problem facing the U.S. today is, the economy/economic-financial crisis was the #1 response. Despite the fact that news reports are asking whether another Cold War is imminent based on what’s happening in Russia and Ukraine, only 0.5% identified them as the most important problem facing the U.S.

*Education and jobs/unemployment switched first and second positions in the last six months when it comes to what respondents identified as the most important problem facing South Carolina. While education received the most responses in the current poll (18.5 % now compared with 14.5% in October 2013), in the fall it was jobs or unemployment that was most frequently mentioned (17.5% now compared with 19.6% in Oct. 2013).

*42.3% of all respondents strongly, or somewhat strongly, felt that generations of slavery and discrimination make it difficult for blacks to work their way out of the lower class. However 52.2% of all respondents strongly, or somewhat strongly, do not feel that this is the case.

*62.1% of all those polled felt positive, or somewhat positive, when asked about BMW. The company recently announced that it plans on investing $1 billion to expand its operation in the Upstate, with the expectation that this will bring 800 additional jobs to the state by 2016.

*Boeing also garnered impressive numbers. When asked their feelings towards Boeing, almost 60% said they had either very positive—or somewhat positive--reaction to the company.

*When those polled were asked if they currently had a parent, sibling or spouse suffering from Alzheimer’s, or some other form of dementia, 17.9% said yes. Of those, almost three-quarters reside in South Carolina.

*Twenty states and D.C. now permit the use of marijuana for medical reasons. When South Carolinians were asked if they thought doctors should be allowed to prescribe actual marijuana for medical purposes to treat their patients, 71.6% of all those polled said they should, while registered voters responded yes 66.7% of the time. However, nearly 6 in 10 oppose the legalization of marijuana for personal use.

*Among retirees polled, almost 40% of all respondents said they did not have enough retirement savings or pension, when combined with other retirement income, to live as comfortably as they had hoped.

*Among those polled who have not yet retired, over one-third (33.9%) said they, or their spouse, were not currently putting money into a specific account dedicated to their retirement.

*Over 90% of all respondents said they did not consider themselves to be members of the Tea Party movement. 90.7% of registered voters said the same. (Please see interpretative note under Question T-29 for important context)

This Winthrop Poll, which is partially underwritten by the John C. West Forum at Winthrop, contains a significant number of social questions. For additional information on methodology, see this link: Methodology


The above is a press release from Winthrop University.
 
 
During election season the nation tends to leave the down and dirty mudslinging up to South Carolina politicians and challengers but this new ad from Ohio makes the Palmetto State landscape look tame by comparison. The ad was produced by J.D. Winteregg who seeks to unseat powerful U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). 

"Sometimes, when a politician has been in D.C. too long, it goes to his head," the announcer says as clips flash on-screen of John Boehner laughing with President Obama, John Boehner on the golf course with Obama, and John Boehner smiling while giving Obama a glowing "thumbs up" at the State of the Union address.

The ad - titled "When the Moment is Right" - is a spoof of Cialis commercials. Winteregg, a Tea Party candidate with absolutely no chance of defeating Boehner, is a high school teacher. His recent Federal Election Commission filings show he has almost no campaign cash.
 
 
April 15 marks what has become known as "Tax Day" across the United States. If you haven't already sent in your required yearly reporting of income you have earned during the fiscal year of 2013 you have until midnight to comply or request an extension.

On Tax Day many pause to reflect about where those dollars are spent by Congress. The White House has put out an interactive tool designed to answer the later question. The results might surprise you. 

 
 
South Carolina's shining star in Washington, Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-Spartanburg), takes to his House Committee with harsh words for Lois Lerner. Lerner you may recall is the former IRS employee who repeatedly lied to investigators (including the Inspector General) about what role the IRS played in targeting conservative groups with audits and increased scrutiny. In fact, we now know that Lerner sent confidential tax information from her government email account to her personal email account. We also know she lied about why the IRS targeted conservative groups. On this Tax Day we found it appropriate to remind our readers about those running the IRS and Congressman Gowdy hits the nail on the head.

 
 
Winner: South Carolina Roads
It's the worst kept secret in the state: South Carolina's roads and bridges are falling apart. The South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads is a new group aiming to raise awareness about road conditions and road safety. Over 18,000,000 hours are spent in stuck in traffic by South Carolina motorists. Bringing South Carolina roads into the 21st Century is a winning idea.

Loser: Attorney General Alan Wilson
Wilson's corruption went mainstream this week. The state's top prosecutor is likely staring down an investigation into his campaign finances according to one source. We're glad the public is being made aware of the blatant corruption and we continue to call on Alan Wilson to restore dignity to the office by resigning immediately. 

Winner: Ethics Reform
The South Carolina House took a step forward on ethics reform this week by pushing for a streamlined process whereby Constitutional Officers are held accountable to the public. H 5072 has its flaws but it has started the discussion and has addressed questions put forth by the South Carolina Ethics Commission legal counsel. This is good governance and they should be applauded for their bipartisan effort.

Loser: Thomas Ravenel
Ravenel has soiled his family name and has been the driving force behind the rotten reviews being given to Charleston, SC by viewers of reality television series Southern Charm. If that wasn't bad enough Ravenel says he's going to run as an Independent against Republican Lindsey Graham. As a felon Ravenel will be unable to vote for himself and has already renounced his U.S. citizenship. 

 
 
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CAMPAIGN MEMORANDUM

Memo: New Research Shows Vince Sheheen Defended Sex Offenders, Child Molesters, and Spouse Abusers for Pay

Sheheen's personal judgment comes into question

Vince Sheheen has been in public office for a decade and a half.  His family has been South Carolina political royalty since the early 1980s. He has been running for governor non-stop for the last five years.
 
But in truth, South Carolina doesn’t know who Vince Sheheen is. We know his income has quadrupled since he became a legislator but we don’t know exactly why. We don’t know how many times he has sued state agencies. We don’t know how much money he has made off of local governments. And we don’t know who his clients are. We don’t know any of this because Vince refuses to tell us.
 
Fortunately, that’s starting to change. Last week The State newspaper started peeling the cover off of the slick Vince Sheheen facade. Candidate-Vince wants to be governor and wants South Carolinians to entrust him with the oversight of our pardons and parole system, yet lawyer-Vince has proven he will sell out South Carolinas children, women, and victims if it means he can personally cash a paycheck. 
 
But there is a lot more to Vince's profiting from defending hardened criminals than The State's recent report indicates. 
 
And South Carolinians deserve to know exactly who Vince Sheheen is and what that means before casting a vote in this year’s general election. Let me walk you through new information that court records has revealed about the kind of work Vince Sheheen does for money.
 
First, registered sexual offender Isaiah Outten, who according to court records has continually abused and assaulted children. Outten provided alcohol and marijuana to two underage children and enticed them into his vehicle. He then took one of the underage girls (under 15 years old) to the woods near her home, where he had sex with her. Outten pled guilty and faced 10 years in prison, where those who prey on our children belong, but Vince Sheheen negotiated Outten's sentence down to only 38 days time already served and 5 years probation. THIRTY EIGHTY DAYS.
 
And then what happened? Outten was arrested 13 more times for crimes including hitting a man with a crowbar, failing to register as a sex offender, TWICE again being found in hotel rooms with underage children, and possession of cocaine near a school and disorderly conduct. 
 
But there's more. 
 
As Midlands law enforcement authorities and community leaders work overtime to make our neighborhoods safer, Vince Sheheen makes money trying to get drug dealers and violent criminals off the hook.
 
One man who hired Vince Sheheen to work the system was Mark Alexander. Arrested on assault and drug charges, Alexander was using a local Kershaw County church as cover for his drug dealing, and when officers tried to stop Alexander, he attempted to flee, ramming a Kershaw County Sheriff's Department vehicle in an effort to inflict "great bodily harm" according to public records. With Vince Sheheen's help, Alexander pled down to a non-violent charge and sentenced merely to time served. THIRTY DAYS. 
 
Another man, James Dixon, sought to leverage Vince Sheheen's influence over the legal system when he was arrested distributing crack cocaine near a school. He also assaulted the arresting law enforcement officer. Once again, in this case, Sheheen ensured the offender received a lighter sentence even in the face of charges that he endangered children and assaulted those whose job it is to protect our cities and towns. 
 
Below, you will find additional background on these cases.
 
Vince Sheheen is a trial lawyer. He has every right to make his living that way. But there are trial lawyers, and there are trial lawyers. The voters of South Carolina deserve to know the details of what Vince Sheheen actually does as a trial lawyer. Vince Sheheen was paid for reducing jail time for wife beaters, child molesters, drug dealers, and people who attack and abuse police officers.
 
South Carolina deserves better from anyone wanting to serve as governor. Vince Sheheen is unfit to serve.
 

Isiah Outten

In the fall of 1999, Isiah Outten was arrested for disturbing a school; contributing to the delinquency of a minor and criminal sexual conduct with a minor 2nd degree.

Description of Offense from Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department:

Disturbing School: That Isiah Junior Outten did in Kershaw County on or about October 13, 1999, willfully disturb a school, to wit: the defendant fought with another in the rear parking lot at Camden High School.

Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor: That on November 13, 1999 between 8:50PM. and 11:00 PM. the defendant Isiah Outten Jr. did knowingly and willfully allow or give a child (A.J. and B.C.) some Icehouse beer and some marijuana in which he engaged her to be involved in a violation of the law and did so deport himself as to willfully injure or endanger her morals or health or the morals or health of others. This incident took place in the Pickett Thomas Acres Camden. In Kershaw County South Carolina. Witnesses and statements to prove the same.

The defendant Isiah Junior Outten did open the door to a 1988 white in color jeep Cherokee SC tag 816-EED, while at 506 DeKalb St. within the city limits of Camden, and invited minor children (A.J. and B.C.), into the vehicle to leave the area without the children’s parents’ permission, with the intent to commit a crime therein. Investigation by the Camden Police Department, statement to prove the same.

Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd Degree: That on November 13, 1999 between 8:50PM. And 11:00PM. the defendant Isiah Outten Jr. did engage in sexual battery by having sexual intercourse with a child (A.J.), the victim between eleven and fourteen years old, and the defendant more than three years older than her. This incident took place in the woods in Pickett Thomas Acres Camden, in Kershaw County South Carolina. Witnesses and statements to prove the same.

On January 18, 2000, with Vincent Sheheen named as his defense attorney Outten pled guilty to disturbing school; contributing to the delinquency of a minor and criminal sexual conduct with a minor 2nd degree.

·      Outten was sentenced to 10 years time.

·      Outten’s sentence was negotiated to 38 days time already served and 5 years probation.   

Outten was arrested multiple times while still on probation, including but not limited to:

·       On May 28, 2002, for contributing to the delinquency of a minor by allowing her to have beer.

·       Outten was arrested in a hotel room with a thirteen year old female, fourteen year old female and sixteen year old female

·       On August 31, 2002 for public disorderly conduct.

·      Outten was arrested in a hotel room with a 14 year old juvenile and alcohol present.

·      On October 23, 2002 for failure to register address as a sex offender.

·      On February 19, 2003, for possession of alcohol by a minor.

·      On March 26, 2003, for being found in the possession of an altered urine sample with the attempt to defraud a drug test.

·      On June 16, 2004, for possession of cocaine within proximity of a school in Lexington County.

·      On February 23, 2005, for assault and battery.

In 2006 Outten again pled guilty to and sex offender registry violation, fail to register and  manufacture, distribution, etc. of cocaine base  (Kershaw County Fifth Judicial Circuit Public Index, publicindex.sccourts.org/kershaw/publicindex/, Accessed 11/16/13)

In 2008, Outten was featured on WIS’ Midlands’ Most Wanted list after being accused of hitting a man in the face with a crowbar.  “West Columbia police say Isiah Outten has turned himself in. He is accused of a hitting a man in the face with a crowbar in November. Police say Outten agreed to turn himself in right after the incident, but did not do it until after he was featured on the Midlands' Most Wanted.” (“Isiah Outten,” WIS, Accessed 11/26/13)

Mark A. Alexander

On May 6, 2011, Alexander was arrested for malicious injury to animals, personal property, injury value $2,000 or less; manufacturing possession of other sub. in Sch I, II, III or flunitrazepam or analogue, w.i.t.d.- 1st offense and assault and battery- 1st degree.

Description of Offenses from the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office:

PWID Marijuana 1st: That on May 6, 2011 in the county of Kershaw , State of South Carolina one Mark Anthony Alexander did aid, abet, attempt or conspire to manufacture, distribute, dispense, deliver, purchase and or possess a quantity of growing marijuana plants with the intent to manufacture, distribute, dispense, deliver same.  The aforesaid marijuana plants are growing behind Flint Hill Baptist Church. The Defendant was observed by officers of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department touching and taking care of the aforesaid plants. The Defendant removing one of the marijuana plants and removing it to a vehicle owned by him parked near the growing site. This incident did occur in the county and state as aforesaid at 2045 Flint Hill Road.

Assault and Battery 1st Degree: That on May 6, 2011 in the county of Kershaw , State of South Carolina one Mark Anthony Alexander did intentionally us a motor vehicle operated and driven by him to ram a police vehicle operated by Lt. Kirk Willis of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department. The Defendant did so in an attempt to escape agents of  aforesaid agency in the area of a marijuana-growing site being cultivated and cared for by the Defendant. The Defendant’s aforesaid act was accomplished by means likely to produce death or great bodily injury, inasmuch as the vehicle struck was occupied by Lt. Willis, who was put in peril of immediate threat of great bodily injury. This incident did occur in the county and state as aforesaid at 2045 Flint Hill Road.

Malicious Injury to Personal Property: that Mark A. Alexander did in Kershaw County on or about May 6, 2011, willfully and maliciously cut, injure, mutilate, deface or otherwise injure the property of Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department, to wit: hit a police vehicle, damages totaling more than one thousand ($1,000) but less than five thousand ($5,000) dollars.

On September 21, 2011, with Vincent Sheheen named as his defense attorney Alexander pled guilty only to non-violent malicious injury to animals, personal property injury value $2,000 or less.

·      Alexander was sentenced to 30 days time already served.

Alexander Buddy Robinson Jr.

On May 5, 2001, Robinson was arrested for burglary- 1st degree; criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and felony kidnapping.

·      Robinson had two or more prior convictions for burglary.

Description of Offenses from Officer Danny Catoe:

Burglary- 1st Degree: That on 5-5-2001 the defendant Alex B. Robinson did enter with force the dwelling house of Levern Jeffers located at 1722 Thunderwood Rd. in Lugoff, by pushing his way into the home while the home was presently occupied and during his time did commit the crime of kidnapping. This incident took place in Kershaw County, South Carolina, affiant and witness to prove the same.

Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature: That Alex B. Robinson did in Kershaw County on or about the 5th day of May, 2001, unlawfully cause physical harm to his girlfriend, Tina Nunn constituting an unlawful of violent injury to the person of the said victim, accompanied by circumstances of aggravation, to wit: the defendant pulled the victim out of bed and forced her into his truck against her will and there is a disparity between in sex between the defendant and the victim.

Felony Kidnapping: That Alex B. Robinson did in Kershaw County on or about the 5th day of May, 2001, unlawfully seize, confine, inveigle, kidnap, abduct or carry away any person to wit: Tina B. Nunn, by any means whatsoever without authority of law.

The Kershaw County Court of General Sessions ordered Robinson undergo psychiatric evaluation and Robinson was found competent to stand trial.

·      Robinson’s psychiatric evaluation said “according to his family, the patient ‘gets violent with his women.’”

On October 16, 2001, with Vincent Sheheen named as his defense attorney Robinson pled guilty to non-violent burglary in the 2nd degree and non-violent criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

·      Robinson was sentenced to three years time.

James Dixon Jr.

In September 2002, Dixon was arrested for assault and battery while resisting arrest; distribution of crack cocaine and distribute, sell, purchase, manuf. crack cocaine, or pwid, near school.

Description of Offense from Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department:

Assault and Battery Wile Resisting Arrest: The one James Dixon did head butt Lt. David Dowey of the Kershaw County Sheriff Office after being place under arrest this took place at Wateree Villa in Camden, SC Kershaw County 

Distribution of Crack Cocaine: The one James Dixon did distribute a quantity of crack cocaine to an under cover agent that works with the Kershaw County Sheriff  Office this took place 13D Wateree Villa in Camden, SC Kershaw County.

On July 31, 2003, with Vincent Sheheen named as his defense attorney Dixon pled guilty to a lesser charges of resisting arrest non-violent and distribution of crack cocaine.

·      Dixon received a negotiated sentence of 5 ½ year’s time.

James Wadell Anthony

On August 30, 2003, Anthony was arrested for driving under the influence 3rd offense.

Description of Offense from Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department:

Driving Under the Influence 3rd Offense: That James W. Anthony did in Kershaw County on or about the 30th day of August, 2003, drive a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquors, and/or narcotic drugs, barbiturates, paraldehydes drugs and herbs: To the extent that his ability to drive a vehicle was materially and appreciably impaired, such not being the first offense within a period of ten years including and immediately preceding the forgoing date.

On January 12, 2004, with Vincent Sheheen named as his defense attorney Anthony pled guilty to a lesser charge of driving under the influence 2nd offense.

·      Anthony was sentenced to one year and a $1,000 fine.

·      Anthony’s sentences was suspended after 48 hours and negotiated to a $1,000 fine and 15 months probation. 

The above is a memorandum fromt he South Carolina Republican Party.
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A recent proposal from the South Carolina House of Representatives would fix an existing loophole in state law that currently lacks clarity pertaining to the prosecution of public corruption charges. H 5072 would clearly define the process by which Constitutional Officers would be prosecuted for alleged violations of ethical wrongdoing where in some cases existing law does not specify the process.

As with many laws this law is born out of necessity. Currently the South Carolina Attorney General, Alan Wilson, has prosecutorial discretion in such cases but never before has South Carolina been faced with an Attorney General so corrupt. As we exclusively reported here Wilson's reckless corruption and ethical wrongdoing surpass anything seen in South Carolina political circles in over a decade. 

Currently the law would allow Wilson to police himself. As the state's top prosecutor he would have complete jurisdiction over his own corruption charges. It's a nightmare scenario and it should alarm every taxpayer in South Carolina. South Carolina can do better and a bipartisan group of legislators - over 80 strong - are aiming to fix the issue by fast-tracking the bill to ensure ethics reform is taken seriously on all levels of state government. We applaud the efforts of the General Assembly to hold corrupt politicians accountable.

The legislation is simple and reads: 

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 14-7-1655 SO AS TO ESTABLISH PROTOCOLS FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR FOR CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS AND CERTAIN OTHER OFFICERS ALLEGED TO HAVE COMMITTED CRIMINAL VIOLATIONS OF CHAPTER 13, TITLE 8 OR ALLEGED TO HAVE COMMITTED AN ACT OF PUBLIC CORRUPTION.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Article 15, Chapter 7, Title 14 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 14-7-1655.    In the matter of an alleged criminal violation of the provisions of Chapter 13, Title 8 or an act of public corruption, as defined in Section 14-7-1620, by a constitutional officer or other officer subject to removal from office pursuant to Section 1-3-240(C)(1), a special prosecutor may be authorized by majority vote of both the Senate and House of Representatives. If a special prosecutor is authorized, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, upon mutual agreement, together shall appoint a special prosecutor to investigate such allegation who must be a member in good standing of the South Carolina Bar Association. The special prosecutor is entitled to the full resources and utilization of the State Grand Jury as provided in this article and is deemed to stand in the place of the Attorney General when appointed pursuant to this section."

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.



 
 
The tired-looking President of the South Carolina Policy Council (a Libertarian front group), Ashley Landess, has fallen asleep on the job. For the past 2 years she has been demanding transparency of lawmakers that she refuses to provide (we helped her with that by revealing her donors here) and has gone so far as to make up accusations of ethical wrongdoing committed by House Speaker Bobby Harrell (R-Charleston).

Landess filed her frivolous complaint against the Republican House Speaker with her friend South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson. What she didn’t know at the time was that Wilson was South Carolina's most corrupt politician in office. As we exclusively reported here Wilson accepted tens of thousands in illegal campaign contributions and never reported them until reporters caught him red-handed. Since that time Wilson has been forced to amend his falsified ethics reports a whopping 69 times.

Yet Landess has remained silent. She has refused to utter one questioning word about Wilson's serious divergence from state ethics laws. "This type of behavior is a natural result of a nonprofit organization getting involved in politics," said one Palmetto State insider. Landess is strictly prohibited from campaign activity according to the IRS code of laws governing nonprofit organizations. 

Worse yet is the outright hypocrisy Landess perpetuates on the matter. The only way Ashley Landess can purify herself is to demand Alan Wilson be investigated for his illegal activity. Only in South Carolina can the state's top law enforcement officer break the law dozens and dozens of times and not be investigated or charged with committing any crime. 


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