Thursday, April 17 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:29:33 GMT
After an almost 3-hour meeting where senators grilled Social Services Department Director Lillian Koller about alleged mishandling of child welfare cases, Gov. Nikki Haley took to Facebook to defend theMore >>
Close friends and political allies, Gov. Nikki Haley and state Sen. Katrina Shealy sparred against each other in dueling Facebook posts following Wednesday's DSS subcommittee hearings. More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-04-17 00:49:38 GMT
The director of the state's Social Services Department was grilled by a Senate subcommittee seeking answers for parents and child advocates who say the agency is mishandling child welfare cases. DirectorMore >>
The director of the state's Social Services Department was grilled by a Senate subcommittee seeking answers for parents and child advocates who say the agency is mishandling child welfare cases.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:06:16 GMT
Members of a legislative committee expect to post some hard questions to the state's Social Services Department chief on Wednesday.Agency head Lillian Koller has agreed to appear before the panel and defendMore >>
Members of a legislative committee expect to post some hard questions to the state's Social Services Department chief on Wednesday.More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – A motion filed Thursday morning by the South Carolina Republican Party, the state Democratic Party and the State Elections Commission asking for a rehearing in the ongoing candidate ballot saga has been denied by the Supreme Court.
An order handed down Thursday afternoon said "Our opinion...speaks for itself and stands as written. Accordingly, we deny the request for rehearing."
The parties had asked the court to hold another hearing in the case which barred dozens of candidates from 2012 ballots and to clarify its opinion.
The case looked at whether candidates for the upcoming primary and November election followed the laws in filing their Statement of Economic Interest forms on time. The filing deadline was March 15 at Noon, and required candidates to file the SEI at the same time they filed to run for office. Several candidates admitted to not filing these forms on time and some have admitted to not filing them at all.
In an order published Wednesday, the Supreme Court determined candidates that fell into those categories would not appear on the ballot in 2012.
It's a problem that has hampered both Democrats and Republicans.
USC political science professor Mark Tompkins says the entire filing process to run for office is set up to protect those already elected.
"The good ol' boys are winning again," Tompkins said. "This process feeds that story. It makes folks say, 'Gosh, the insiders have the edge in this process.'"
Tompkins jokes the court's decision could create a massive political movement in South Carolina.
"I predict we'll see some third party movement like, Republicans who really are Republicans, but didn't file on time," Tompkins said.
Both parties are now required to submit updated candidate lists to election officials by noon on Friday.