Monday, January 13, 2014

The Agenda: S.C.'s "appalling" prisons; Jellyfish in them waters; Married SC gay couples must file as singles

What happens if McConnell resigns?

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 11:07 AM

That there is a cannonball jellyfish - NOAA PHOTO
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A plan to harvest tens of thousands of pounds of cannonball jellyfish, a popular item in Asian cuisine, off the coast of Seabrook Island is running up against friction from local environmental groups. [P&C]

While the federal government will allow legally-married same-sex couples living in states where gay marriage is illegal to file their tax returns jointly, South Carolina state government will not. [The State]

The Atlantic looks at last week's mandate from a state judge to shape up Palmetto State prisons: "The appalling story of South Carolina's prisons." [The State, The Atlantic]

Statehouse lawmakers return to Columbia this week for the start of the legislative session. [The State]

D.C. legislators are divided on party lines over whether to open up waters off South Carolina to exploration for oil and gas reserves. [Greenville News]

Republican Gary Burgess, a school board member from Anderson County and former State Superintendent Mick Zais transition team member, is the first Republican to say he'll run to replace Zais. [The State]

Former Mark Sanford spin doctor Joel Sawyer, now with Columbia political firm Push Digital, gave N.J. Gov. Chris Christie an "A-" for his handling of "bridge-gate" last week. [Push]

Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell actively seeking the presidency of the College of Charleston opens up the chance that McConnell's post could open up, paving the way for president pro tempore of the senate, Sen. John Courson, to assume the position. [The State]

Though N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory's office has said publicly that it never had any direct involvement with the South Carolina-based Catawba Nation in their exploration of the possibility of a casino outside Charlotte, top McCrory aides reportedly sat in on meetings with Catawbas before the project ran into opposition from conservative state lawmakers. [Raleigh N&O]

With help from a local artist, the People's Building on Broad Street now has two new editions of its trademark leopard statues flanking its entry. [P&C]

How pumped are you for the new season of "Welcome to Myrtle Manor" to start this week? Good thing, because the Myrtle Beach Sun News has all the info you need, including the lowdown on a few new members of the Manor. [Sun News]

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