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"He starved the state for three years and now, in an election year, with falling poll numbers and recordunemployment, he wants to buy everyone steak dinners."

Senate Democratic Leader John C. Land (Clarendon) commenting last week on the governor's tax rebate plan.

$140

That's the cost of the most expensive ticket at this year's Spoleto Festival USA.

$151 million

That's the amount of a tax rebate Gov. Mark Sanford wants to give to citizens, as laid out in the $5.9 billion state budget he proposed last week. In that budget, Sanford recommended cutting higher education funding and slowing the growth of state government.

"No question."

(D-Kershaw) responded when asked if the current property tax reform bill winding its way through S.C. Senate committees could doubly shift the burden of education funding to property owners in the middle class and below. “We’ve got to be up front with the people,” said Sheheen last week. He says he is for the bill because of his support for public education.

$2,750

That's how much U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) plans to give to an anti-gambling hotline after it was disclosed that campaign contributions to his election campaign for the same amount came from employees at D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff's former law firm. Abramoff last week agreed to pay $25 million in restitution and pled guilty to federal charges of fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to bribe public officials in a deal that requires him to provide evidence about members of Congress. Source: The Post and Courier

"12 miners found alive"

A front-page headline from last Wednesday's edition ofThe Post and Courier, based on what turned out to be erroneous information that, according to The Associated Press, spread quickly after cell phone calls of rescuers working in the Sago mine were misinterpreted. West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin didn't help matters by celebrating with family members over the news that their fathers and brothers were still alive, either. It was later revealed that the rescuers weren't checking the vital signs of the miners they found, but checking for vital signs. Only one miner has survived and is in critical condition.

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