Image by WACH FOX An awkward exchange ensues as Gov. Nikki Haley dodges questions.
Update December 22: In the wake of the flak, the Haley administration has said they will pursue a policy that requires the retention of all of the governor's e-mails.
I suggest heading over to The Post and Courier's report to read about the development.
First reporting: Remember the whole flap about how the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control was getting a pointed review after its board changed stances and allowed deepening of the Savannah port?
Well, while state senators gave a pass to Gov. Nikki Haley staffers of exerting any undue influence in the reversal, the pressure is not letting up on Haley herself.
The latest issue to come to the foreground in the questioning of Haley's transparency compliance was why Haley had not included email in a public records request — in fact, in late November, The State ran a feature dubbed "Killing emails, cheating history?"
The questions are giving rise to concerns that Haley is violating South Carolina's public records law. And for her part, Haley has not been helping to clear the air.
Following this week's Budget and Control Board meeting, Haley made the unusual step of not taking any comments or questions. And so the media trailed her to the elevator, where Post and Courier's Renee Dudley (yes the reporter from the "little girl" spat) and when confronted with questions about transparency, staffer's replied that the governor, "had to move on today".
The Post and Courier has a nice report on the matter (read that here), the Charleston City Paper offers some scathing advice for Haley (read that here), and WACH Fox captured the awkward exchange on video (watch that here, or up top).
As always, you can follow along with all Haley stories on our topic page, and we'll be sure to keep you current.