Sanford challenged on stimulus

Thursday, April 16, 2009 10:54 AM
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COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Supreme Court was asked Thursday to decide who controls federal stimulus funds that Gov. Mark Sanford has refused to request.

The petition in the name of an 18-year-old Chapin High School student was filed by Columbia lawyers Dwight Drake and Dick Harpootlian.

Sanford has said he won't request $350 million in federal stimulus cash unless it is used to reduce state debt.

The Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough law firm said its action asks the high court to decide the issues without a lower court hearing arguments first. It's an attempt to get the court to declare that the state Legislature has the responsibility for deciding how the money is spent.

"We feel this is an important issue for the school children of South Carolina and it needs to be decided quickly," Drake said.

He refused to discuss other details of the lawsuit until a news conference Thursday afternoon.

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jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 04/16/09 - 11:08 am
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Hopefully this will TARNISH

Hopefully this will TARNISH his national reputation and KILL any and all hopes he have of getting votes if he was to run for president. I for sure WILL NOT voite for him.

Signal Always
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Signal Always 04/16/09 - 11:24 am
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Go Mark!

Go Mark!

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 04/16/09 - 11:31 am
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This guy (like Palin) is

This guy (like Palin) is washed up. Finished. A real compassionate conservative, who could never walk the talk.

Signal Always
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Signal Always 04/16/09 - 11:54 am
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Yeah, they're washed up.

Yeah, they're washed up. That's why they're governors of states and you're just an anonymous idiot behind a computer screen.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 04/16/09 - 12:38 pm
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LOL the same can be said for

LOL the same can be said for you Signal FALLS OUT LAUGHING.

mad_max
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mad_max 04/16/09 - 01:11 pm
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I guess the courts will rule

I guess the courts will rule the governor is not the state's chief executive officer and that it is mandatory to take the money, throw is away on a bunch of welfare programs, and obligate the state to support those programs when the federal money runs out.

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justus4 04/16/09 - 01:18 pm
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The makeup of that state's
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The makeup of that state's Supreme Court is critical to the decision and reflect the real problem with so-called justice. These judges, who owe their position to political lawmakers, will probably rule with the governor. They will fabricate an opinion that fits their decision and determine that the process worked. The "people" had their say will be the chant from the governor. Ol' Pitchfork Tillman (racist, former governor of SC) would be proud that his legacy is still alive and well.

dadgethiskids
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dadgethiskids 04/16/09 - 01:39 pm
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I believe in what Mark

I believe in what Mark Sanford is doing! If you don't like it.... please feel free to leave South Carolina to the working class/taxpaying citizens! Our state currently has over 200 unfunded mandates. My wish is for the state to be a leader and protect its own State's rights. Justus4, this issue is exactly what the Civil War was fought over.

Signal Always
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Signal Always 04/16/09 - 02:33 pm
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Wow, almost made an entire

Wow, almost made an entire post without bringing up the fact that you're black and can't make it on your own, Justus. You know, I can only assume you're a complete invalid and, since you ALWAYS blame whitey, it must be because you're black. Wow. Nice of you to explain to everyone that you, being a black guy, are inferior, but don't paint us all with that ridiculous brush.

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toldya 04/16/09 - 02:51 pm
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fruitpaper: You are 100%

fruitpaper: You are 100% right - he is a sorry excuse for a governor and this is just one example, the other one is "not enough damage in SC after a tornado rips threw". He won't win if he tries to run as Gov. or Pres.- get this idiot out now!!!

Signal Always
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Signal Always 04/16/09 - 03:15 pm
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So, that's what you Dimbulbs

So, that's what you Dimbulbs want. Someone to take care of you because you're either too irresponsible or too incompetent to take care of yourselves. You people should have never left the comfort of your parents' home. You're clearly not cut out to live a life of freedom.

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