Monday, November 4, 2013

The Agenda: Haley in USA Today; S.C. to invest federal health care $$; Local elections on tap

Columbia chief dismisses deleted Facebook post

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Gov. Nikki Haley sat down with USA Today for a front page feature, discussing her husband's deployment to Afghanistan, where he's earned the nickname "FGOSC," "First Gentlemen of South Carolina," and preparing for her re-election. [USA Today]

A deleted Facebook post made by Interim Columbia Chief of Police Ruben Santiago made the rounds on the interwebs over the weekend, being picked up by Popehat, Boing Boing, and the Associated Press. Santiago, posting on behalf of the department promised a critical commenter "we will work on finding you." Santiago dismissed the controversy as "a late night situation." [Free Times]

A FITS News post on Friday calls State Superintendent Mick Zais' future "uncertain," pointing to paltry fundraising recently, raising just enough to pay off the remaining debt from his 2010 campaign. [FITS]

From the Opinion pages, the Post and Courier publishes their endorsements for mayor of Mount Pleasant, Mount P Town Council, and Charleston City Council ahead of tomorrow's off-year municipal elections. For our guide to the candidates, check out last week's cover story. [P&C, CP]

In a tidbit from the new 2012 presidential election retrospective by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, "Double Down" (a companion to "Game Change"), the authors reveal President Barack Obama's little patience for the Congressional Black Caucus, aside from South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn and John Lewis of Georgia. [Politico]

Come for the elephant ears, stay for the lop ears, this year's Coastal Carolina Fair boasts "the most complete display of rabbits in South Carolina," one exhibitor says. [P&C]

Despite denying billions in federal money for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, state health officials say they'll invest federal funds into a new program to help "dual-eligible" seniors on Medicare who also qualify for Medicaid. [P&C]

The Senate Conservatives Fund, founded by former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint that's grown to be a force within the tea party political landscape, is seeing some pushback from rank-and-file Republican groups, including the NRSC. [NYT]

The State and S.C. Policy Council's Nerve investigative branch look at the upcoming State Supreme Court elections, which pits a sitting chief justice against her colleague. [The State,]

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