Monday, November 18, 2013

The Agenda: Local pols reach out to Boeing; Riley on Columbia referendum; "Fight for the soul" of SCGOP

Barter resigns Charleston school board

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Jim Clyburn's longtime communications director Hope Derrick is leaving her position to take a fundraising job at USC. [The State]

Clyburn on Democrats voting in favor of last week's Obamacare switch, "I don’t blame anybody for insulating themselves against these sound bites... that’s the world that we live in.". [Politico]

Gov. Nikki Haley called out Democratic Senator Vincent Sheheen, a lawyer who is her presumed Democratic opponent, for eight cases he has pending before magistrate judges that he recommended as a lawmaker. [The State]

Good government watchdog group Common Cause is asking the state attorney general to weigh in on the legality of a settlement by the governor earlier this year that she says reimbursed the state for funds spent while out of S.C. not on official state business. [The State]

Lindsey Graham's primary campaign is being called "a fight for the soul of the S.C. GOP," as Graham looks to fend off libertarian-tinged tea party conservatives. [The State]

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As Boeing notches nearly $100 billion in new orders for its 777X, South Carolina officials are reportedly reaching out to the company in a bid to lure work on the aircraft to the Palmetto State after Washington union reps rejected a proposed work contract last week. In the P&C's weekend opinion section, local state Rep. Chip Limehouse noted "Stubborn union creates another Boeing S.C. opportunity." [NYT, The State, CRBJ, P&C]

Charleston County School Board member John Barter resigned Sunday after taking a pro bono position with Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. [P&C]

North Myrtle Beach wind energy advocates say a North Charleston wind turbine testing facility, profiled in Sunday's P&C, is good for development in the region. [Sun News, P&C]

P&C columnist Brian Hicks waded into controversy swirling around College of Charleston's search for a new president in his Sunday column, "Presidential politics pervasive at the College of Charleston." [P&C]

Mayor Joe Riley popped up in The State newspaper on Saturday in support of Columbia's proposed referendum to change the city's form of government to a strong mayor system, the same structure as King Joe enjoys in his Holy City realm. For more on what's at stake in the December vote, check out Eva Moore's piece in the current issue of the Columbia Free Times. [The State, Free Times]


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