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S.C. Democrats’ standing ovation for Martin O’Malley

BY PHIL NOBLE Democrats in South Carolina are not a group that is easily impressed, but recently former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley really impressed them… as in a standing ovation impressed. All the national pundits and so-called experts who are saying that Hillary has it all wrapped up should take note, because it just ain’t […]

Jay Lucas and Fixing Education in SC – While I Breathe I Hope

BY PHIL NOBLE Regular readers of this space know that I have basically two articles of faith about South Carolina — and this week they both came together in one joyous moment. The first is, “If we don’t fix education in South Carolina, nothing else really matters.” After the physical safety of our citizens, nothing […]

The Palmetto Prize: Let’s Do Something Great With $21.5 Million

BY PHIL NOBLE We’ve all seen the advertisements for the TV lawyers promising big bucks if we sign up with them on some big class-action suit for mesothelioma or asbestos or some other product or medical liability case. Well, we in South Carolina just had a big payoff on one of these big class-action lawsuits […]

The $130 Million Scandal

BY PHIL NOBLE “Someone needs to go to jail.” These were the words of outrage of freshman SC Legislator Cezar McKnight when discussing the scandal of the $123 million in fines the state has paid for its 25-year failure to comply with federal law with regard to deadbeat dads. The question is, can this young […]

OK SC Democrats, This is the Bottom, but…

BY PHIL NOBLE Let me begin with three points that won’t surprise anyone and then a fourth that will surprise, maybe even shock you. First, I am a Democrat. I have been ever since I was a nine year old boy handing out leaflets on the street corner for John Kennedy in the 1960 election. […]

The Freak Show that is SC Politics

BY PHIL NOBLE One of the things about the fall that was most exciting to me growing up was the coming of the local fair. I vividly remember all the wonderful sights, sounds and smells of the neon Ferris wheel, the carnival barkers and the frying corn dogs. They all still live in my memory […]

White Cop Shoots Unarmed Black: Will SC be the Next Ferguson?

BY PHIL NOBLE It is front page news all across the state and indeed nationwide – a white policeman shot an unarmed black man in an incident at a filling station in Columbia. A dashboard camera in the police car captured much of what happen. The question is – what now? Will our state erupt […]

Ten at the Top: A Big Idea for S.C.

BY PHIL NOBLE This week more than 800 movers and shakers from 10 Upstate counties gathered in Greenville. It was an amazing event because of (1) what they said, (2) what they did not say, and (3) what it means for the rest of the state. First, who are they? Ten at the Top, or […]

Is the SC Legislature a ‘Den of Thieves’?

BY PHIL NOBLE Exactly 40 years ago this summer, a brash, 36-year-old reformer running for governor called the state Senate “a den of thieves.” A majority of Democratic voters agreed with him, and Charles D. “Pug” Ravenel won the primary to become the Democratic Party’s nominee.. But the good old boys had their revenge. The […]

Slavery in SC Today

BY PHIL NOBLE What a shocking headline, but our Attorney General Alan Wilson says it’s true – and he’s right. Slavery today is not black folks standing on the auction block in the city square. Its modern day equivalent is called “human trafficking” – for the sex trade, enforced labor and especially exploitation of children. […]

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