Monday, February 10, 2014

The Agenda: Cold weather back?; Buckeyes in the Palmetto State?; Guns-in-bars bill to be signed

Beach points fingers on transportation money

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 11:13 AM

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Despite some good natured ribbing (right??), South Carolina is not being overrun with immigrants from the Buckeye State, as the P&C's David Slade examines, using Census data. [P&C]

Some cold weather is on its way back to South Carolina this week, with winter storm watches already in effect in some areas of the state. [The State]

With that in mind, the P&C says the Arthur Ravenel Bridge faces some of the same issues that some other polar climate cable span bridges face, sending "ice bombs" to the bridge deck. [P&C]

This weekend's Southeastern Wildlife Exposition marks the unofficial beginning of the busy tourist season, which generates an annual $18 billion in South Carolina. [AP, P&C]

Gov. Nikki Haley says she'll sign a controversial new gun-carry bill into law this week. For more on that bill, read Corey Hutchins' analysis from Friday. [WIS, CP]

Former Nikki Haley chief of staff Brian Stirling will likely be confirmed to head the S.C. Department of Corrections this week as it works to tackle a circuit court judgement calling for it to fix how the state deals with mentally ill inmates. [P&C]

Despite repeated well-publicized violations, why is ethics reform so slow to move through the Statehouse? [P&C]

Republicans hope that U.S. Sen. Tim Scott will bring more black voters into the GOP big tent. [The State]

Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Frank Holleman, who worked under former Secretary Dick Riley at the federal level and ran for state superintendent in 2010 has popped up in news swirling around a 82,000 ton coal ash spill in North Carolina as a senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, which has been chasing legal issues surrounding the Duke Energy spill. [NPR/AP, G'boro News and Record]

More than 820 people gathered in Columbia on Sunday to break the Guinness World Record for the most bow ties tied simultaneously. [The State]

Dana Beach pulling no punches in an op-ed this weekend against a proposed increase in the gas tax: "The fiction that [P&C columnist Ron] Brinson, [N. Charleston Mayor Keith] Summey and [state Sen.] Leatherman want us to believe is that higher taxes would actually be spent on fixing real transportation problems, instead of being squandered on the pet projects of powerful politicians." [P&C]


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