Palmetto State Drivers Are Nation's Worst (12/19/14)
From FITSNews: "In a state widely regarded for its successful breeding of ignorance, no one should be surprised to learn that South Carolina's stupidity extends to the highways.
"The Palmetto State - which leads the nation in mobile homes - also leads the nation in 'mobile morons.' In fact according to data compiled by Car Insurance Comparison, South Carolina and Montana tied for this auspicious 'honor.'...
"For those of you keeping score at home, South Carolina ranked No. 1 in fatalities, No. 5 in careless driving and No. 8 in drunk driving - meaning we scored in the top (well, bottom) ten in three different categories."
South Carolina Drivers: Second-Worst In America (12/16/13)
From FITSNews: "According to a recent study conducted by CarInsuranceComparison.com - a company we can only surmise provides users with the ability to compare car insurance - South Carolina has the second-worst drivers in America...
"The company collected data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and National Motorists Association in preparing its rankings. Among the measurables included in the report were highway fatalities, DUIs, speeding tickets, careless driving citations and seat belt violations.
"South Carolina ranked No. 50 nationally in careless driving, and No 49 in drunk driving."
It's A Great Day...To Die In A Fiery Crash
From FITSNews: "Another day, another 'worst in the nation' ranking for the Palmetto State...
"What did South Carolina do now? Well, according to an analysis of safety and infrastructure data compiled by a car insurance website the Palmetto State has the most dangerous roads in America."
SC: Where Kids (Don't) Count (7/26/12)
From FITSNews: "South Carolina ranks 43rd out of 50 states when it comes to children's well-being...or at least that's the conclusion of a new report based on 2009 data.
"According to the 'Kids Count' data center - a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation - more than a quarter million South Carolina children currently reside in households where the family income is below the poverty line. That's one out of every four children in the state - and a 13 percent increase from 2005."
Here's our scorecard.
10 worst states for retirement (7/17/12)
Bankrate.com assessed three measurements of the quality of life for retirees among all 50 states: crime rates, longevity and prosperity. They ranked the worst states for retirees, which included South Carolina. Their list of the ten worst states for retirees is: Louisiana, Georgia, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, and Kentucky.
Report says surf pollution higher
in SC (6/28/12)
Almost 8 percent of water samples taken from S.C. beaches exceeded national standards. Horry County beaches had the highest average elevated levels in the state. Part of southern Myrtle Beach exceeded standards 18% of the time.
SC Government Growth Bucks National Trend (6/21/12)
State and local spending is down by 0.8% nationwide while SC's budget is projected to increase by 4-6% this year.
Oklahoma City Claims Title of 'America's Manliest City' (6/11/12)
Columbia, SC is the second most manliest city in America! No comment.
Grading the nation: How accountable is your state? (3/19/12)
S.C. is one of eight states that received a failing grade for corruption in this study by The Center for Public Integrity. Ranked 45th in the nation, here is S.C.'s reportcard.
SC's Epic Academic Failure Gets Even Worse
From FitsNews: "Last spring, we published a list of the 100 worst public schools in America as evaluated by NeighborhoodScout.com. At the time of that report, South Carolina was home to thirty-seven of the nation's 100 worst schools - a figure we thought was pretty much the epitome of an 'epic fail.'
"Well guess what...the Palmetto State not only exceeded that atrocious tally this year, it nearly doubled it. According to the latest NeighborhoodScout.com list, a whopping seventy-two of the 100 worst public schools in America are located in South Carolina.
"That's right...nearly three-quarters of the nation's poorest performing public schools are located within our state’s borders."
SC "Dumbed Down" Update (9/5/11)
From FitsNews: "Two years ago, while South Carolina's taxpayer-funded educrats were blatantly misleading lawmakers and the public regarding changes to our state's costly and ineffective academic assessments (and while the mainstream media was covering for them), this website was sounding the alarm...
"'By moving the goalposts just a little bit, failure magically becomes success...which is sadly the only way South Carolina's worst-in-the-nation public school system ever shows improvement,' we wrote at the time.
"Shortly after this report was published, our analysis was confirmed by the nation's leading testing authority.
"'Use of the lower standards would result in dramatic increases in the percentages of students meeting standards in South Carolina schools, even with no actual improvement in student performance,' an analysis by the Seattle, Washington-based Northwest Evaluation Association concluded."
Fighting Oil Addiction: Ranking States' Gasoline Price Vulnerability and Solutions for Change (5/11)
According to this study, South Carolina is second in the nation in percentage of individual income residents spend on gasoline.