Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Agenda: Sheheen not relying on DGA; Massive local oyster kills; 737 MAX groundbreaking

CofC to open home campaign

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Just posted: The only local runoff, for Charleston Water Works, pits incumbent William Koopman against local attorney Catherine LaFond, and even though it's a quiet down-ballot race, has garnered some national attention from one LGBT group. [CP]

As Washington state union members wait to weigh in on a 777X proposal tomorrow, Boeing officials are on hand today in North Charleston for a groundbreaking on the company's new 225,000 square-foot facility for components of its 737 MAX jet. [P&C]

Yesterday, the Clemson Board of Trustees introduced their pick to be the school's new president, current West Virginia University leader Jim Clements. [Greenville News, The State]

After dropping a weekend opener against defending national champion Louisville, the College of Charleston Cougars kick off their home season tonight against UNCC. [King Kresse, P&C]

Orangeburg attorney and former candidate for lieutenant governor Bill Connor says he'll join the field to challenge U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham next year. That makes for four challengers against Graham: state Sen. Lee Bright, Nancy Mace, Richard Cash, and Connor. [The State, O'burg T&D]

Chilly weather could be rolling into the state later today, bringing a chance of snow as far south as the Midlands. [WSPA, WIS]

Oystermen in the Lowcountry are blaming summer rains for massive oyster kills in the area, where state wildlife officials say they're finding as many as 75-90% of local oysters are dead. [Beafort Gazette, AP]

Texas billionaire and one-time presidential candidate Ross Perot at a Walterboro Veterans Day celebration yesterday: "You understand something that most people simply don’t understand, and that is: Freedom is not free."

After being left off a list of the top priorities for the Democratic Governors Association, Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen says he's not relying on DGA money in an interview with the Greenville News. Despite not being named one of the group's top races last week, DGA officials told The State that beating Nikki Haley is indeed "a top priority." [G'ville News, The State]

From the Opinion pages, Cindi Scoppe, writing for The State, asks why state government doesn't do more to punish repeat-offender polluters:

Imagine that we made sure in meting out punishments that we didn’t do anything that would put a financial strain on the offenders.

That actually is our policy in South Carolina, but not for street thugs or other violent criminals. That treatment is reserved for white-collar crimes, and specifically for environmental repeat offenders. And the result is predictable: The polluters keep polluting.

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