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  1. More Links Between Jay Koon And "The Ring"Read the original story

    18 hrs ago | FITSNews

    Lexington County, S.C. sheriff candidate Jay Koon has dismissed allegations that he is connected to the infamous "Lexington Ring" - a cabal of crooked cops and corrupt politicians accused of running an illegal video poker operation in Lexington County, S.C. Koon - who is running a "family values" campaign - has also stated that he opposes strip clubs in Lexington County, saying they "do not reflect the Lexington County values of faith and family that I know." Here's Koon's problem: Multiple sources have confirmed to FITS that the veteran Lexington, S.C. police officer repeatedly visited strip clubs during the early part of the last decade, often with members of the notorious "ring."

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  2. Barack Obama Coming To South CarolinaRead the original story

    21 hrs ago | FITSNews

    U.S. president Barack Obama will pay his first visit to South Carolina since being elected president in 2008, according to U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn . Obama will visit Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. this Friday , a Clyburn aide confirmed to FITS.

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  3. Business Interests Pushing Kirkman Finlay For GovernorRead the original story

    Thursday Feb 26 | FITSNews

    S.C. Rep. Kirkman Finlay is being touted as a possible candidate for governor of South Carolina in 2018. In fact, a group of influential Midlands, S.C.-area business leaders are already urging the second-term lawmaker to start laying the groundwork for a possible statewide bid.

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  4. Jeb Bush's Status Quo SC SwingRead the original story

    Thursday Feb 26 | FITSNews

    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will pay a visit to early voting South Carolina next month - addressing a group of crony capitalists in the Palmetto Upstate and a gathering of "Republican" lawmakers in Columbia, S.C. According to The Greenville News , Bush will address a breakfast meeting of the Upstate Chamber Coalition on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. That gathering of government-subsidized "economic developers" will be held at the Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort and Conference Center at 8:00 a.m. EDT.

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  5. Ad Slams Nikki Haley Gas Tax HikeRead the original story

    Wednesday Feb 25 | FITSNews

    A grassroots group is taking S.C. governor Nikki Haley to task for her support of a gasoline tax hike - accusing her of flip-flopping on the issue. The ad - paid for by the Columbia, S.C.- based group " Citizens for a Free Market " - compares Haley's 2014 pledge to veto any gas tax hike to former U.S. president George H.W. Bush 's infamous "read my lips" promise.

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  6. Foot-In-Mouth SC Senator: "More Jesus" Needed To Stop CDVRead the original story

    Wednesday Feb 25 | FITSNews

    A South Carolina Senator who made national news when he referred to women as " lesser cuts of meat " earlier this month is back at it S.C. Senator Thomas Corbin said this week he believes stopping criminal domestic violence in the Palmetto State requires divine intervention. "We need more Jesus in the world," Corbin said , according to television station WIS TV 10 .

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  7. Ron Tamaccio: SC Must Fix Broken Transportation BureaucracyRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Feb 24 | FITSNews

    Good leaders solve problems. Good legislators often do the same. Both succeed by focusing on the challenge at hand and developing a solution that maximizes "outcome" , minimizes "input" , and demands hands-on management, vigorous oversight, and strict accountability.

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  8. Two For The Events CalendarRead the original story

    Friday Feb 20 | FITSNews

    First, one of our favorite members of the S.C. General Assembly - big 'ol, burly 'ol Kirkman Finlay - will be hosting a fundraising this coming week. As we've noted on several prior occasions, Finlay - a former Columbia, S.C. councilman - is one of the few lawmakers at the S.C. State House who is actually worth a damn.

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  9. Democratic Lawmaker: Sherman Should Have "Burned More"Read the original story

    Thursday Feb 19 | FITSNews

    A liberal black Democratic lawmaker in South Carolina is comparing Union general William Tecumseh Sherman to Ghengis Khan - and expressing remorse he didn't "burn more" during his swing through the Palmetto State a century-and-a-half ago. The comments - made by S.C. Rep. Cezar McKnight - come on the 150th anniversary of the burning of Columbia, S.C. in February 1865.

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  10. SC Senators: Nikki Haley's Nominee LiedRead the original story

    Wednesday Feb 18 | FITSNews

    Senators familiar with the situation tell FITS Kitzman lied about a bad check charge, about her professional standing as an attorney and about political contributions made to Haley, one of her closest confidantes. Kitzman flatly disputed the allegation that she lied about making improper political contributions, telling Senators she was appointed by the SCDHEC board - not by her longtime "bestie."

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  11. "Lesser Cut Of Meat" SC Senator Blasts His Female Colleague AgainRead the original story

    Wednesday Feb 18 | FITSNews

    A South Carolina State Senator who referred to his only female colleague as a "lesser cut of meat" - and later apologized for the sexist comment - has switched back on the offensive. S.C. Senator Thomas Corbin - whose controversial remarks were reported on exclusively by FITS last week - is now accusing his colleague Katrina Shealy of having a role in the bad press.

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  12. Report: Lexington Sheriff's Candidate Linked To "Ring" LeaderRead the original story

    Monday Feb 16 | FITSNews

    With the support of S.C. governor Nikki Haley , State Senator Katrina Shealy and interim county sheriff Lewis McCarty in his back pocket, Jay Koon 's election as the next sheriff of Lexington County, S.C. appears to be a foregone conclusion. And to be fair, there may be nothing to "rock."

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  13. "Lesser Cut Of Meat" Senator Apologizes For Sexist CommentRead the original story

    Sunday Feb 15 | FITSNews

    S.C. Senator Thomas Corbin has apologized for sexist comments made last week toward the lone female in the State Senate, Katrina Shealy . As reported exclusively by FITS, Corbin - no stranger to bizarre statements - referred to women as "lesser cuts of meat" during a legislative dinner last Tuesday evening in downtown Columbia, S.C. The comment was a reference to the Biblical account of creation, in which God made woman by fashioning her out of a man's rib.

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  14. "Leadership" Czar Busted On Child Porn ChargesRead the original story

    Friday Feb 13 | FITSNews

    Who is Larry Peppers ? To him tell it, he's the guy who - in his role as longtime "leadership czar" - deserves credit for all the "economic development" that's taken place in Greenville, S.C. over the last forty years. "We've had so much development in the Upstate," the former Clemson sociology professor recently told the Upstate Business Journal , a loyal mouthpiece to the local chamber of commerce.

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  15. Dick Harpootlian Explains How "Angel Dust" Wound Up In ColumbiaRead the original story

    Thursday Feb 12 | FITSNews

    Former S.C. Democratic party chairman Dick Harpootlian has solved the mystery of how five barrels of a chemical used to manufacture phencyclidine - or PCP - wound up in downtown Columbia, S.C. this week. The acerbic political attorney told a local television station that the drug-making materials wound up in the heart of the South Carolina capital as a result of a criminal case involving his law firm.

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  16. Bizarre "Angel Dust" Discovery/ Bomb Threat In Columbia, SCRead the original story

    Thursday Feb 12 | FITSNews

    U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and members of the Columbia, S.C. police department are investigating the discovery of multiple containers said to be involved in the illegal manufacture of narcotics. According to a tweet from Drinking Ticket , law enforcement agents surrounding a building at 1225 Laurel Street in downtown Columbia, S.C. after discovering five 55-gallon drums containing Piperidine behind the building.

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  17. Major Enviro-Media Hypocrisy In SCRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Feb 12 | FITSNews

    This website has repeatedly bashed the Palmetto State's left-leaning mainstream media and with good reason. Their "coverage" is nothing but mindless parroting of establishment talking points invariably intended to separate you from your hard-earned money .

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  18. SC Senator: Women Are "A Lesser Cut Of Meat"Read the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Feb 11 | FITSNews

    A discussion over a pending criminal domestic violence bill took a bizarre turn this week when S.C. Senator Thomas Corbin - a "Republican" from Travelers Rest, S.C. - offered some bizarrely sexist commentary on the role of women in the political process. Corbin's comments - made at a legislative dinner held in downtown Columbia, S.C. - were reportedly directed at S.C. Senator Katrina Shealy , the only female member of the 46-person State Senate.

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  19. SC State: Shut It DownRead the original story

    Tuesday Feb 10 | FITSNews

    The Palmetto State's mainstream media is all in a tizzy this week over a recommendation to shut down S.C. State University for one year beginning on July 1. The idea - championed by S.C. Rep. Jimmy Merrill - cleared a S.C. House budget subcommittee this week, prompting status quo apoplexy and the playing of more than a few "race cards" . This institution - which recently received an unconstitutional $12 million bailout - should have been shut down a long time ago.

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  20. Nikki Haley Weighs In On Local Sheriff's RaceRead the original story

    Tuesday Feb 10 | FITSNews

    S.C. governor Nikki Haley 's national clout may be evaporating , but she's hoping she's still got some pull in her adopted home county. According to reporter Tim Flach of The State newspaper, Haley and her husband - Michael Haley - have endorsed the candidacy of Jay Koon for sheriff of Lexington County, S.C. A Haley spokeswoman told the paper Koon "is the right person with the right experience to continue to move Lexington County in the right direction and make the sheriff's department once again a source of pride."

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