Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Agenda: Family values in 1st District, Benefitfocus IPO, Flying high on nullification

Colbert Busch denies talk of Sanford endorsement

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 11:27 AM

click to enlarge A Beechcraft King Air C90 similar to a plane owned by the State of South Carolina - FLICKR.COM/PLANEBLOGGER

Nullification Air - State Democrats took Republican lawmakers to task (AP) Wednesday after it was found (The State) that state Rep. Bill Chumley (R-Spartanburg) authorized use of the state plane to transport Walter Williams, a conservative columnist, George Mason University professor, and Rush Limbaugh fill-in, to testify in support of Chumley's bill that would ban the state from carrying out provisions in the Affordable Care Act. The trip was estimated to cost $6,390. (Patch)

Family 1st District - The Republican runoff (Roll Call) between Mark Sanford and Curtis Bostic could end up being a family values pissing match (Politico). if Bostic continues his early line of attack on Sanford, criticizing Sanford for failures" (P&C) while governor, referring to his run-ins with state ethics law, which resulted in Sanford paying a record $74,000 stemming from scrutiny of his travel records which included The Trip to Argentina.

Jenny Jenny, who can I turn to? - What's one thing that could really turn the SC-1 general election upside down? If Mark Sanford gets the GOP nomination and his ex-wife Jenny Sanford endorses his Democratic opponent. Elizabeth Colbert Busch's campaign denies (Patch) that she's "met with or in any way persued" an endorsement, but we'll wait and see.

Benefitfocus IPO - Retuers reported Wednesday that Daniel Island-based software company Benefitfocus is eyeing an initial public offering later this year. The company's D.I. neighbor Blackbaud is also publicly-traded. (P&C)

Johns Island rezoning denied - The Planning Commission denied a request to rezone (P&C) 462 acres on Johns Island Wednesday that would have allowed large-scale development on an area off River Rd. just south of Maybank Highway. Commission members voted down the request to rezone the land, which sits just outside the city's Urban Growth Boundary, by a vote of 6-0.

CofC on King - According to College of Charleston officials (CP), the College is planning to fill the space at the corners of King and George St. which formerly housed the Silver Puffin and Barton's with a College of Charleston store and eventually reinstate the King St. marquee entrance of the school-owned Sottile Theatre.

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