Monday, March 3, 2014

The Agenda: RGA up with pro-Haley ad; McConnell, Card said to be on CofC list; CNBC on Chs. craft beer

Country Club of Charleston's Henley wins PGA Honda Classic

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 11:13 AM

The Republican Governors Association is on the air this week with a $200,000 ad buy in support of Gov. Nikki Haley with a TV ad that ties her Democratic opponent, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, to federal health care reform. [The State, P&C]

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is up with a new ad as well and joined the cadre of American diplomats this weekend calling for action to stop Russian troops from advancing on Ukraine, pushing for a "democratic noose around Putin's Russia," but not without taking the opportunity to knock President Obama, who he called a "weak and indecisive president" in context of the potential action by the Russian Federation. [Politico, USA Today]

A Senate committee has cleared the way for a plastic seawall that's managed to block erosion on Isle of Palms to be used on other state beaches as beach erosion mitigation technique. [The State]

State Medicaid officials say they may start coming after hospitals if they don't get the number of state-paid C-sections down in an effort to save money by not paying for elective C-sections. [P&C]

The state House voted last week to prohibit lawsuits by citizens groups under the S.C. Pollution Control Act. The measure would block suits against power companies over situations like what recently occurred in North Carolina, when huge amounts of coal ash spilled out of a containment area. S.C. utilities are said to be ahead of the curve in disposing of coal ash rather than storing it in similar ponds. [The State, NYT, AP]

James Island resident and Country Club of Charleston member Russell Henley took home the big check at the PGA Honda Classic after an up-and-down back nine that led to a four-man playoff that included the 2012 PGA Championship winner Rory McIlroy. Henley birdied the first playoff hole to best the field. [ESPN]

CNBC gives the Charleston craft beer scene some love in their recent look at the state of craft brews compared to big beer conglomerates. [CNBC]

Former Senator Jim DeMint, now with the Heritage Foundation, has a new book out, "Falling in Love with America Again." [P&C]

The State reported on Friday that Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, former George W. Bush Chief of Staff Andrew Card (a USC grad), and Harvard Prof. Jody Encarnation (a CofC grad), made up three of the five candidates on College of Charleston's short list in its search for a new president. [The State, P&C]

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