Andy Brack

BRACK: A vaccine that saves women’s lives

BRACK: A vaccine that saves women’s lives

By Andy Brack | A pat on the back to the S.C. House for passing a bill last week that will save women’s lives. For seven long years, women’s advocates have been working to get the male-centric legislature to approve a bill that would allow the state to educate and vaccinate girls — with parental permission — to protect them against a virus that causes deadly cervical cancer, a disease that kills about 4,100 women in the U.S. annually. Every month, five South Carolina women die from cervical cancer.

by · 03/23/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK: Colorful nicknames becoming part of past

BRACK: Colorful nicknames becoming part of past

By Andy Brack | Spot. Goat. Boopa. Preacher. Peatsy. Red.

Nicknames, including those of political figures of all stripes, once were commonplace, perhaps a reflection of a society that spent more time talking with each other than emailing, blogging and staring at smartphones.

These days, with what South Carolina novelist Josephine Humphreys calls the “gentrification of South Carolina politics,” political nicknames run a comparatively narrow gamut with the occasional, bland Chips and Treys.

by · 03/16/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK:  Two dumb ideas: Splitting the school district, offshore drilling

BRACK: Two dumb ideas: Splitting the school district, offshore drilling

By Andy Brack | There are a lot of dumb ideas floating around these days, but we thought it was time to pick on two: breaking up the Charleston County School District and drilling for oil and gas off our shore.

by · 03/09/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
Brack: “Dum spiro spero” on S.C. public education

Brack: “Dum spiro spero” on S.C. public education

By Andy Brack | Twenty years from now, historians just might look back on the past week as the tipping point for state legislators finally “getting it” that public education, particularly in rural areas, needs a lot of attention, not episodic Band-aids.

The state House of Representatives finally seems to have a leader — a man who grew up in the Corridor of Shame’s Darlington County — who is walking the walk, not just talking the talk about public education.

by · 03/02/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
Brack: Mayor’s race is shaping up

Brack: Mayor’s race is shaping up

Boy, this year’s race to replace Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, retiring in his 40th year at the top spot, is shaping up to be a doozy. First, just try to wrap your brain around the notion of whether anyone can replace Joe.

by · 02/23/2015 · Comments are Disabled · 2015 Mayor, Andy Brack, Views
Brack: More civics education is a good thing

Brack: More civics education is a good thing

The James B. Edwards Civics Education Initiative calls for high school students to take a 100-question U.S. Citizenship Civics Test as part of an existing half-year course in government. The proposal doesn’t mandate passage of the test as a requirement for graduation (although it should), but students who get a passing score of 60 or better will receive an achievement certificate.

by · 02/16/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
The coverage area of the library's proposed station.

Brack: Library may offer local radio station

The Charleston County Public Library is looking into offering a new radio station to provide local educational and cultural programming now missing from the Lowcountry airwaves.

In November, the library system, which got overwhelming support from voters in a recent $108 million bond referendum, received approval from the Federal Communications Commission for a construction permit for a low-power FM station based at the main library on Calhoun Street. If it becomes a reality, it would broadcast at 97.5 on the FM dial.

by · 02/09/2015 · 4 comments · Andy Brack, Views
South Carolina, the Squeaky Wheel State

Brack: S.C. is Squeaky Wheel State

If you haven’t yet learned, South Carolina’s culture places more emphasis in reacting to problems instead of planning to deal with issues before they become problems. That’s just the way we’ve rolled. We should be called the Squeaky Wheel State.

by · 02/02/2015 · 1 comment · Andy Brack, Views
Gov. Nikki Haley gives the 2015 State of the State address, 2015.

Brack: Haley’s anti-union bullying out of order

“Folks, the only bully in the Statehouse chamber Wednesday night was Nikki Haley. Not a real contender in the 2016 presidential race, she must just have needed to create some kind of false bogeyman to feel warm and cuddly about herself.”

by · 01/26/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views
Brack: 7th cent in sales tax would cripple S.C.’s growth

Brack: 7th cent in sales tax would cripple S.C.’s growth

JAN. 19, 2015 | If a bill being pushed to add a seventh penny of state sales tax to fix roads ends up making it through the legislature, the state would suffer mightily.

Simply put, it’s a dumb idea. Not only would it make the Palmetto State less competitive, but it would catapult South Carolina into having the highest sales tax rate in the Southeast and the second highest in the nation! Imagine an economic recruiter trying to explain that to a prospect who wants to locate here.

by · 01/21/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Andy Brack, Views