The Agenda: Mignon Clyburn breaks FCC glass ceiling, Controlling Edisto floats, Hurricane Awareness Day

Wilson seeking those "wrongfully targeted" by IRS

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Mignon Clyburn (center)
  • Mignon Clyburn (center)
Mignon Clyburn at FCC - Mignon Clyburn, daughter of Congressman Jim Clyburn, becomes the first woman (Politico) to chair the Federal Communications Commission this week as Julius Genachowski leaves the agency. Clyburn ascends to the interim post from her position as one of four commissioners. Elle magazine named Clyburn as one of the 20 most influential women in D.C. earlier this year.

Edisto floats - Colleton and Dorchester sheriff's offices, state DNR, and a community group will hold a joint press conference (P&C) today to discuss how they will seek to stop litter, underage drinking, and drunk and disorderly conduct along the Edisto River as the weather warms up and weekend river floats become more commonplace.


Hurricane awareness - Especially timely after yesterday's Oklahoma tornados, and with what NOAA is expecting to be an "above normal" hurricane season on tap beginning June 1, MUSC will host Hurricane Awareness Day tomorrow (P&C) to help residents prepare for the start of the season.

IRS investigation - State Attorney General Alan Wilson is asking groups (The State) who say they were "wrongfully targeted" for investigation by the IRS to get in touch with his office.

Meth in S.C. - A proposal in the state Senate would make pseudoephedrine, the decongestant used to make methamphetamine, available by prescription only, but other senators have pledged to do whatever's necessary to block the measure, "Why punish everyone for this problem?" says state Sen. Kevin Bryant, a pharmacist from Anderson.

Michael Haley - Gov. Nikki Haley's husband Michael, who serves in the state National Guard (AP), is home on leave from service in Afghanistan this week.

Sanford - U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford stood outside (P&C) a Mount Pleasant Wal-Mart Monday for what he called "neighborhood office hours."

Water over wine - Mira Winery, which dropped four cases of Cabernet Sauvingnon to the bottom of the Charleston Harbor earlier this year, will recover the wine (P&C) today to assess the affects of ocean aging.

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Must be nice to have your father get you your job and then be elevated to one of the best jobs in DC with virtually no experience whatsoever in what you are doing.

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Posted by nofaith on May 21, 2013 at 11:14 AM

She's sat on the board for nearly four years. She was a member of the Public Service Commission for 11 years. She ran a newspaper before that.

What, exactly, makes you think she is not qualified to be the acting Chair of the FCC - aside from the fact that she isn't white or male?

She's still rich - and that's what really matters.

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Posted by mat catastrophe on May 21, 2013 at 2:20 PM

What's wrong with a black head of the FCC? What's wrong with there being a black Attorney General, a black Inspector General (Head of the General Accounting Office); a black TV Czar? What's wrong with blacks filling more and more key positions in government, the IRS, the court system, and the military? What's wrong with the Obama administration demanding that the Associated Press reveal its sources? It really shouldn't be of any concern. But it may be a good reason to remember that June is HAM Month (Hug a Minority.) Just in case any of those people bear a grudge against Colonial America, WASP, and right wingers. More needs to be done to let blacks know they are appreciated in this country. After all, they are running most of it. And their influence will be around for a long, long, time.

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Posted by And if elected... on May 21, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Wow, that's not delusional.

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Posted by mat catastrophe on May 21, 2013 at 4:16 PM

The head of the PSC and ran a newspaper with a circulation around 10k tops for fourteen years has so much experience that she should be put into a key position with the FCC and on a fast track to run the Commission. Real smart. And I am not so sure how she got rich, her family ran a small newspaper that targeted a small market and then she worked in government. Not usually a path to wealth without corruption.

As for her race or gender, it is liberals that worry about those things, not conservatives. Liberals are so trained to believe that is they way they should make all decisions that they fail to worry about things like experience, talent and ability to actually do the job. Liberals are the hate mongers that they accuse their opponents of being. Facts just do not bear out the "I know you are but what am I" bullshit liberals like to pull when the are confronted about their blind hatred and intolerance.

My issue is whether or not she is qualified, which based on experience she most likely isn't, and I doubt seriously she is the best qualified person out there for the job. But, qualification and ability doesn't matter, especially in this administration.

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Posted by nofaith on May 21, 2013 at 5:21 PM

As someone who was on the board of a non-profit on the other side of the argument from the tea party I can vouch that what they got was almost identical to the way our group was treated. All 501c3 groups go through the same thing to verify that they aren't being used to funnel money to candidates and issues under the table, illegally.

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Posted by John Clary on May 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM

OK, then, nofaith - why don't you tell us who is qualified to be the acting Chair of the FCC or what those qualifications even are? Perhaps you could enlighten us on why Tom Wheeler, a venture capitalist, is qualified. Perhaps it is the money he donated to the President's re-election? Or perhaps he has long been a lobbyist for the very industry he may end up regulating?

Conservatives are only concerned about qualifications for government when they aren't calling the shots. You certainly didn't complain when George W. Bush filled up key government positions with wildly unqualified goons - except when those goons then went on to fail miserably at the jobs they were in, at which point you pointed and cried, "Government is ineffective."

It's a brilliant game, but it's utter crap.



The media does not care about the hundreds of other groups scrutinized by the IRS. Only the 75 conservative groups count, since those are the ones they can raise the specter of scandal over.

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Posted by mat catastrophe on May 21, 2013 at 7:21 PM
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