Groups vie for upper hand
Bill Davis, editor | read
17, 2013 -- State Sen. Hugh Leatherman (R-Florence) has some really tough
choices to make.
To get his vision
of how the state should handle its billions in the coming fiscal year,
the chair of the Finance Committee has to either reach out to his usual
allies, moderate Democrats, or to the very conservative members of his
The latter would
signify Leatherman searching for votes in uncharted waters,
according to several sources close to the budget-writing process.
In recent years,
Leatherman has counted on Senate Democrats and some moderate, country-club
Republicans to get the votes he needed to get things done. ...
Focus on Crescent of Shame
Andy Brack, publisher | read
17, 2013 -- A few years back, Columbia public relations guru Bud Ferillo
made a film about several economically distressed counties that he dubbed
the Corridor of Shame. This area, which stretched along Interstate
95 from Dillon County to Jasper County, got a lot of attention when then-presidential
candidate Barack Obama toured an old Dillon middle school in the run-up
to the 2008 election.
But did you ever
wonder whether South Carolinas Corridor of Shame was an anomaly
-- or whether something similar was happening on the other sides of our
state borders? Unfortunately, similar conditions continue, extending north
to Tidewater Virginia and curving south and west across middle Georgia
and Alabama before swinging north to the Mississippi Delta. ...
17 , 2013
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