Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Agenda: Sanford on Sanford, Ford charged, Boland Bill progresses

GA port compromise brokered

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Sanford on Sanford - Well, Mark Sanford had a rough day yesterday. (CP) Between Tuesday night's trespassing reports to Jenny Sanford disclosing that the Sanford sons only first met Mark's now-fiancee Maria at his runoff victory party and that National Republicans were pulling out of the race, Sanford even admitted in an email blast to supporters, "campaign have their ups and downs." But could he still win? (WaPo)

S.C. House - The state House on Wednesday approved a $120 million incentives package (P&C) for the expansion of Boeing's North Charleston campus, after expected passage by a conference committee, it would then head to Gov. Nikki Haley's desk. The House also unanimously passed the proposed "Boland Bill," which would amp up restrictions on gun availability to the mentally ill. It now heads to the Senate.

The Senator Robert Ford - Late yesterday, buried among the Sanford news, the Senate Ethics Committee announced charges of campaign finance law violations by Charleston Senator Robert Ford. Among the charges (SCRN), use of campaign funds for personal expenses, misrepresentation of expenses as campaign-related, and incorrect campaign spending reports. Ford, who's served since 1993, could face dismissal (P&C), a public reprimand, a $2,000 fine per violation, and expulsion.

Savannah Port - Georgia and South Carolina officials agreed yesterday (AP) on a settlement which would end disagreement over Georgia's ongoing efforts to deepen its Savannah River port. Other parties from both states must first agree to the compromise, which would settle disputes between state officials as well as consservation groups in litigation with the Army Corps of Engineers.

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King me - This week's CP cover story by Susan Cohen and Paul Bowers looks at the noticable growth in recent years in the Upper King St. business district and a interesting interactive map looking at what's on tap in the King-Meeting corridor in coming months.

Dirt - Don't miss the brand new issue of Dirt: The Lowcountry's Local Food Guide, which hit newsstands Wednesday. Inside you'll find great stories about aspiring local farmers, quail and rabbit farmers, and the search for the perfect beans.

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