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Millwood whaa?!?
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Speaking of FITS, Will Folks is all sorts of throwing out knowledge about the reorganization going on with House Republicans. One thing, though, seriously has to be bullshit.

He says that Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell is going to, among other people, try to create an alliance with newly-elected lobotomy patient Joey Millwood.

Millwood? Really? This is a guy who willingly became a stooge for Howard Rich and friends. He’s a sports editor for a small-town newspaper.

For those who don’t know, small-town sports editors fall into two categories:

1) Young writers who are so desperate that they don’t give a damn
2) Older writers that a) can’t do any better and/or b) beat the odds and married someone who didn’t have a child at 17.

The only reason that Millwood won is that Rep. Bob Walker made the mistake of going with Starboard Communications as his consulting firm. One of Starboard’s associates was former S.C. Club for Growth executive director Josh Gross. Gross also did all of the mail pieces for the Sandlapper Group, done out of Starboard and billed to Sandlapper. And Millwood was…a Sandlapper client! What a shock.

It’s amazing that Walker hasn’t sued to get his money back. And, what’s worse, we’re stuck with Millwood until the voters in the Upstate get a chance to rectify things.

Surely, there’s no way that Harrell would go to him for anything but odds for Friday night football.


The battle begins anew
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In the leadership reorganization in the state House Republican Caucus, the fight inside the party about who will be in control and what path the party will take has entered another chapter.

As has been posted on FITSNews, it was no surprise that Rep. Nikki Haley wanted to be chair of the LCI Committee, and a few weeks ago, Rep. Wallace Scarborough was one of her main opponents. With Scarborough being upset on Election Day, Haley was in position to take over.

If she took over, it would be a big win for the SCRG/S.C. Club for Growth/S.C. Policy Council faction in the party. If Haley was in any tighter with that crew, she would have to wear sponsorship patches on her clothes like a NASCAR driver.

But, something funny happened on the way to the State House.

Under a plan bringing more power to the Speaker, Bobby Harrell picked Rep. Bill Sandifer to lead the committee. What’s really got to give Howard Rich’s foot soldiers the red-ass is that Sandifer was one of the targeted people on the Club’s “hit list,” then blew out Sandlapper Group client Ed Rumsey, 72-28.

This should make for a fun session. It’s also a loss for Gov. Mark Sanford, who becomes a lamer lame duck as the clock ticks toward 2010.


On transparency: Sanford wins, Harrell loses
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One of the most infuriating parts of politics is when one guy takes the opposite position from another guy just because they hate each other. Such a thing happened today when Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell went after Gov. Mark Sanford on the new transparency proposal for roll call votes in the General Assembly.

“I have always supported more transparency and responsibility in government. More transparency is good for our state, and more roll call voting in the General Assembly would be a good idea, but we must be fighting for true transparency and not just pandering to voters and grabbing for headlines. In the House, we believe in working together to accomplish real transparency. That’s why the House has passed earmark reform, spending limits, government restructuring, tax cuts and many other important reforms to our state government.

“Demanding that we should spend taxpayer money to take a roll call vote on a resolution congratulating a state championship high school team is not true transparency, it’s pandering. Real reform in government is fixing the workers comp system, tort reform, and immigration reform, all of which became law because of actions by the General Assembly.”

Well, while roll call votes aren’t odd in the House, they also aren’t required. It’s important to make sure our lawmakers are accountable for their actions, and Harrell’s “thanks, but no thanks” answer just makes him look like he’s blocking needed reform.

As far as the Senate goes, it rarely has roll call votes, on a whole myriad of bills and amendments. Though Vierdsen doesn’t like Sanford or Rep. Nikki Haley, they’ve got something good here. John also noted earlier Sen. Shane Massey’s leadership on this issue in the Senate.

Though there’s plenty on enmity between Sanford’s sycophants and the rest of the General Assembly, it should be put aside for issues like this one.

GOP leadership continues war of words with Sanford [Brad Warthen’s Blog]
Transparency Reforms Take Flight [FITSNews]

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