Friday, March 28, 2014

The Agenda: Spurrier in the Statehouse; Unemployment down; McMaster files for lt gov race

Commerce secretary on hand for BMW announcement

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM

The Head Ball Coach stopped by the Statehouse yesterday to be honored by a Senate resolution recognizing his success as a Gamecock. [The State]

The state unemployment rate is down to 5.7% in February from 6.4% the previous month. [The State]

Former state attorney general and candidate for governor Henry McMaster filed papers yesterday to run for lieutenant governor, adding another purported ally of Gov. Nikki Haley to the Republican field. [The State]

Glenn McConnell, tapped last weekend to be the new president of the College of Charleston, says he won't hold his current position as lieutenant governor and president once he assumes the Randolph Hall job. [AP]

The Southern Poverty Law Center has taken notice of the selection of "Neo-Confederate" McConnell on its Hatewatch blog. [SPLC]

A former member of York County Council, Sidney Moore, became the second Democrat to announce a challenge to U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, who faces his first election to the seat he assumed in the November general election. [Rock Hill Herald]

The Center for Public Integrity name-checks College of Charleston in the intro to its piece looking at the Koch brothers' donations to colleges and universities over the years. CofC has reportedly received over $100k from the conservative Kochs. [CPI]

The New York Times looks at efforts by billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson to outlaw online gambling via a bill, drafted with Adelson's lobbyist, introduced by South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. [NYT]

A Senate subcommittee passed a proposal that would strike a compromise between regulators and power companies, making it easier to construct and use solar panels in the state. [The State]

New U.S. Census data shows the state grew to 4.8 million people in 2012, up 150,000 over the previous year. [AP]

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Gov. Nikki Haley are expected to be on hand for a 1pm event at BMW's Greer assembly plant to announce the expansion of the facility's production line. [Greenville News]

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