Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Agenda: Bridge Run brings in big bucks; Controversy over God and fossils; Haley draws primary

Clemson appears on A1 of NYT in guns-in-bars story

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 10:46 AM

A new cell phone ban in Greenville that's the strictest adopted to date by any S.C. city goes into effect today. The law prohibits all use of hand-held mobile devices while operating a car. [AP]

This weekend's Cooper River Bridge Run is expected to bring in $18 million to the local economy, with the vast majority of people coming in from out of town and staying an average of 2.5 days over the course of the big event. [Live 5]

Congressman Joe Wilson, who represents much of the area of the state between Columbia and the Aiken-Augusta area, has enlisted more than 20 of his colleagues to sign a letter to the federal energy secretary about the Savannah River Site's MOX project that recycles weapons-grade nuclear waste and was largely cut out of this year's federal budget. [Aiken Standard]

The State has a profile of Tom Ervin, the former state rep. from Greenville who filed an unexpected primary challenge to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley before Sunday's deadline. [The State]

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An eight-year old has managed to dig up some mammoth controversy in the Statehouse, after Upstate Sen. Kevin Bryant stalled a proposal to establish an official state fossil with an amendment that inserts the language, "as created on the sixth day with the beasts in the field." [G'ville News, Reuters]

Congressman Jim Clyburn said on Morning Joe yesterday that he hopes the Obama campaign team will step in as the November midterm elections approach to help state ground game operations. [Politico]

New York Times' Kim Severson has a front-page dispatch from Clemson, S.C. looking at bars and restaurants that have assumed a political role in the debate over gun carry laws in states like South Carolina, including quotes from chef Sean Brock. [NYT]

In one of the first elections since island politics have gotten rather heated, voters in Folly Beach head to the polls today for local mayoral and city council eelctions. [P&C]

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