Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Agenda: NAACP against McConnell; House upholds summer reading cuts; Flagship to expand

General election filing period approaches

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Yesterday, the local NAACP, flanked by photos of Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell in Civil War dress, held a press conference where they voiced their opposition to the former state senator's potential appointment to head the College of Charleston, saying his hiring would discourage minority enrollment. [P&C]

Only six more shopping days until filing for statewide offices open on Monday. [Aiken Standard]

A new law being debated in the Statehouse would mean that future statewide presidential primary contests would be paid for by the state. [AP]

Southwest is looking to begin service from Charleston to Dallas, adding a new westernmost route via the discount carrier from CHS. [WCSC]

Two technology firms will open up shop in the Flagship, the business incubator run by the city's Charleston Digital Corridor. [P&C]

The S.C. House of Representatives voted down two proposed amendments yesterday that would have restored funding to College of Charleston and USC Upstate over summer reading selections. A request by conservative lawmakers to show pages from "Fun Home" on the House floor was denied by Speaker Bobby Harrell. State Rep. Wendy Nanney: "It's not appropriate to put up in this room, but we'll give it to 18-year olds?" [AP]

P&C's Frank Wooten on American monetary policy, Andrew Jackson, and Bad Boy Records: "So let's keep our seventh president on the twenty. Let's also keep in mind, in our ongoing quest to uplift America's downtrodden, the wisdom of this 1997 hit-single title from Puff Daddy, aka Sean Combs, Diddy and P. Diddy: "It's All About the Benjamins."

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