Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Agenda: Some parking garage rates going up; Locals cheer DOMA/Prop 8; Leno riffs on bridge jumper

Lawmakers weigh vetoes

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Parking fees - The City of Charleston is making changes to parking garage fees (P&C), making fees in all city-run garages the same price. City officials say they don't think of the change as a rate increase, but rather a "clean up of what we had."

Locals cheer DOMA decision - Many Charleston-area residents and members of the LGBT community are cheering yesterday's Supreme Court (CP) decision that ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional (P&C), clearing the way for legally married gay Americans to receive a series of tax, health and pension benefits.

Pizza jumper - The Post and Courier has the audio recording of the radio traffic where police officers called in a pizza for the man threatening to jump off the Ravenel Bridge. "Is it pepperoni, do you know?" asked one officer. "Affirmative," responded another. Hat tip to P&C for the Leno video below, where the Chin makes a gag about the incident. Best to start around 2:55, so you don't have to struggle through the rest (no, really.) "You know by tomorrow that bridge is going to be lined with fatass Americans wanting their free pizza," Leno joked.

Vetoes - Lawmakers are in Columbia this week to take up last-minute veto override votes on line-item cuts issued by Gov. Haley earlier this week. The State has a rundown (State) of all the override votes, and we'll have more on how they affect the Charleston area in the next day or so. The Senate will take up votes today.

S.C. federal appointments - President Barack Obama has nominated two South Carolina judges (State) to serve in the federal district court in Columbia. State House Rep. Harry Ott was also tapped by the president (AP) to serve as the state director for the U.S. Farm Service Agency.

VRA ruling fallout - Several states are promising quick action (AP) on voter ID legislation after this week's ruling on a portion of the Voting Rights Act that required federal approval of changes to election laws. It's also making for some confusion locally (P&C), as Charleston prepares for a special election.

Aerospace - South Carolina wasn't the only state (CRBJ) with a delegation at last week's Paris Air Show. Alabama, which is home to a $600 million Airbus facility, was also trolling the crowd at the annual aerospace industry convention.

Billy Swails - Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails announced yesterday (P&C) that he won't be seeking re-election.

FYI - Steak 'n Shake opens today (Live 5) at the outlets. That is all.

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