November 6, 2019

“Salus populi suprema lex esto” — the good of the people should be the supreme law. For you Latin scholars, you’ll know this is a quotation from Marcus Tullius Cicero. The maxim is so famous that John Locke used a variation of the quotation in his Second Treatise on Go...

June 5, 2019

The month of May has not been kind to those of us who wanted a reprieve from the high stress world of politics. One would think with summer heat coming that everyone might calm down to stay cool. Alas, no. While the political cauldron known as Washington, D.C. continue...

May 3, 2018

As May rolls around, we are now only a month away from the party primaries in South Carolina:  June 12, 2018 will see voters from across the state flock to the polls.

Actually, that last line was a bit sarcastic, as voter turnout is anemic in party primaries in the Palm...

April 10, 2018

Recently, a group of freshman state lawmakers, including Representative William Cogswell (R-110th District), called for the replacement of the 1895 South Carolina Constitution. This ambitious effort, unlikely to go anywhere in 2018, is a sign of the frustration that th...

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