Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Agenda: Controversy over Haley trip; Graham, challengers on Syria; Rains trigger disaster status

Ethics director says no letter sent to Haley

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 12:50 PM

A C-17 Globemaster III sits on the flightline at Joint Base Charleston - USAF PHOTO
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  • A C-17 Globemaster III sits on the flightline at Joint Base Charleston

Following up City Paper reports this week about Gov. Nikki Haley's involvement in a June car accident in N.C. and a subsequent letter that was reportedly being sent to the governor's office questioning the use of state resources on the trip, the State Ethics Commission has distanced itself from its original assertion that, as commission deputy director Cathy Hazelwood told the CP, "there needs to be proper reimbursement to the state and proper disclosure" for Haley's trip. The State newspaper, reporting on a conversation with Ethics Director Herb Hayden after the City Paper's original report, says "that Hazelwood did not know 'the whole story'" and says that after speaking with Gov. Haley's attorney, Butch Bowers, the commission did not send Haley's campaign a letter. [CP, SC Radio Network, State]

In a separate report published after Corey Hutchins' City Paper post on Wednesday, the Associated Press says the governor reimbursed the state last week for a handful of campaign trips over the past few months. [AP]

MeadWestvaco has donated a portion of its 78,000-acre East Edisto tract to Dorchester District 2. [P&C]

Charleston Law officials told alumni Wednesday that the schools' owners, under fire in recent weeks for reported talks with private law school operator InfiLaw, plan to sell the school to the Florida-based company pending approval from regulators. [AP, CRBJ]

Joint Base Charleston, the Air Force and Navy installation that shares runways with Charleston International Airport, has a new commander. [AP]

Tax changes may be on their way for the Charleston area as local restaurant taxes get a "fresh look" and Charleston County considers putting extension of the local 1% sales tax on a referendum next year to finance new school construction. [P&C]

The USDA on Wednesday declared South Carolina to be a federally-designated disaster area after heavy rains drenched state farms' fields, hurting this year's harvest. [AP]

With U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham remaining one of the strongest voices pushing for U.S. military action in Syria, the Greenville News rounds up the positions of Graham's opponents, Republicans Nancy Mace and Lee Bright and Democrat Jay Stamper. [G'ville News]

From the Opinion pages: "Graham is not a cardboard cut out" [P&C]

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