Monday, October 14, 2013

The Agenda: Haley spins "business expense"; "Dangerous" Lindsey Graham; Johnson's I-526 reversal

Haley ally McKinney to run for Lt. Gov.

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM

During a meeting Friday to discuss reported bullying by state Treasurer Curtis Loftis, the state pension chief resigned, but not before Loftis himself stormed out of the meeting shortly after it started. [AP, The State]

Responding to a question by The State about Gov. Nikki Haley marking campaign fines as a "business expense" in required state ethics reports (stemming from a story broken by the CP's Corey Hutchins Friday), Haley's campaign said the issue was being drummed up by Democrats to "distract from the fact that we have three times the cash on hand they do." [CP, The State]

Charleston developer Pat McKinney tells The State that he plans to announce his intention to run for lieutenant governor next year. [The State]

Many are still miffed by Charleston County Councilman Anna Johnson's turnaround in last year's key vote on the I-526 completion project. Johnson ran against candidate against the highway, but then became the swing vote in favor of the question of whether to move forward with the project. She has since clammed up and refuses to talk publicly about the project, which has languished in regulatory minutiae for nearly a year. [P&C]

There might soon be a whole mess of new houses on the site of Cainhoy Plantation in Charleston County near Daniel Island. [P&C]

The man accused of shooting and killing 17-year old Marley Lion in 2012 was found guilty late Friday and sentenced to life in prison. [P&C]

The New York Times profiles the town of Georgetown as it tries to look forward following a devestating fire on its historic waterfront main street last month. [NYT]

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U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham will not suffer fools in the debate over the government shutdown, calling the president a "pathetic leader" and decrying "dysfunction on every level" in the midst of the conflict. [Politico]

Chris Cox, the Mount Pleasant chainsaw artist and overnight D.C. landscaping sensation, had a band of helpers over the weekend and attracted the attention of several tea party groups, including commentator Glenn Beck. [WaPo]

Community members on James Island are questioning police officers' accounts of a reported chase that resulted in a man being shot and killed by Charleston County deputies. [P&C]


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