Monday, October 7, 2013

S.C. State Ethics Commission accused of destroying records

Rick Brundrett of the SC Policy Council is reporting that the state Ethics Commission may have violated the law. The commission destroyed a letter they had prepared demanding Nikki Haley's campaign reimburse the state for her use of taxpayer funded transportation to a political event. Is this the most transparent administration South Carolina has ever had, or one of the most corrupt?

Syria is earning praise from an official helping to oversee the destruction of the country’s chemical weapons stockpile. US Secretary of State John Kerry said, “I think it is extremely significant that yesterday, Sunday, within a week of the resolution being passed, some chemical weapons were already being destroyed,".

Campaign finance, affirmative action, legislative prayer, recess appointments by the President and abortion clinic protests are all cases on the Supreme Court’s docket as it begins a new term today. Court watchers say that this is an opportunity for the court’s conservative majority to “undo limits on campaign contributions, undermine claims of discrimination in housing and mortgage lending, and allow for more government-sanctioned prayer.”

In government shutdown news, the Republican majority House of Representatives passed a bill that would retroactively pay workers once the shutdown ends. Currently there is no end in sight to the shutdown pay furlough federal government as the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party insists on making defunding the Affordable Care Act its primary goal in the budget impasse with the President and the Senate that is controlled by Democrats.

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