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Ethics reform: a grand illusion
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Thursday, October 18, 2012 was another day with another full-throated proposal for ethics reform from the political class in Columbia. This time, our governor heralded the creation of a “commission” (at least she doesn’t label it “blue ribbon”) to make “recommendations” to the General Assembly concerning “reform” of the current ethics laws. The creation of a commission, of course, is a long tradition in South Carolina that is employed when either a governor or the legislature simply wants to avoid a problem rather than deal with it.