Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Agenda: Ashley River bike path faces delay; CofC-MUSC support disputed; Colbert welcomes Fallon

Group seeks runoff delay

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Stephen Colbert capped off a parade of Hollywood and New York City superstars to help Jimmy Fallon open "The Tonight Show" in New York City last night, "Welcome to 11:30, bitch!"

An anti-Lindsey Graham PAC called Carolina Conservatives United are working to challenge the state's runoff election system, using a law guaranteeing absentee ballots for military service members to delay the state's two-week runoff period, triggered when no candidate receives 50% of the vote, to 60 days. [The State, National Review]

The controversy over the proposed merger of the College of Charleston and MUSC has become a he-said-he-said back-and-forth as the local lawmakers proposing the merger say that at least one of the initial supporters of the proposal, MUSC board chair Tom Stephenson, has withdrawn his support for the bill, which was filed earlier this year. [P&C, CRBJ]

A proposed bike path over the Ashley River could be delayed as the city and the county continue discussions over how to implement the lane, which would take up one lane traveling across the inbound bridge connecting the peninsula to West Ashley. [P&C]

Yesterday was the sesquicentennial of the successful sinking of the Yankee warship Housatonic by the Confederate torpedo-armed H.L. Hunley in waters off the South Carolina coast. Though the Hunley successfully planted its charge in the Union ship, it never returned to shore. The New York Times delivers a remembrance of the story of the Hunley. [P&C, NYT]

Charleston-based software contractor SPARC says it will spin off its line of energy services, 5twenty. [CRBJ]

Gov. Nikki Haley will head to D.C. this week for the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association Winter Meetings, including meetings set with the president at the White House. [The State]

Ahead of a stop in the Upstate Tuesday, Gov. Haley teased a "fun announcement" in store for the lunchtime crowd at the Spartanburg Rotary. [WYFF]

All you Yosemite Sams out thre will likely have to wait a little longer to pack that piece on your belt as rootin'-tootin' Lee Bright's "Constutitional Carry" proposal faces stiff opposition in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is expected to take up the bill this week. [The State]

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