Monday, April 7, 2014

The Agenda: Tea party whiffing on Graham challenge?; CofC debates McConnell salary; Mt. P snake still at large

Gaboon viper still thought to be loose in Mt. P

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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While reporting from Wonderfest on Friday, WCBD's Rob Fowler was bitten by Audrey the Colombian red-tailed boa, but after getting patched up, went on to do a live shot from the event with Audrey draped around his neck. [Count on 2]

An unrelated snake, but a much more poisonous one, is thought to be at large in Mount Pleasant since Friday. A four-foot long gaboon viper skin found outside an East Cooper apartment complex sent crews looking for the poisonous African snake ahead of the busy Bridge Run weekend. [Count on 2, ABC News 4]

A statue and plaque will be dedicated this week in honor of U.S. District Judge Waties Waring, who pushed for an end to segregation in the 1950s, penning the lone dissent in the 1950 case Briggs v. Elliott, the Clarendon County case which would be folded into Brown v. Board of Education on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Brian Hicks had a profile of Waring's career and legacy in Sunday's Post and Courier. [P&C]

The tea party movement has hoped to make an example of a select number of seemingly-vulnerable conservatives in this year's midterm elections. Jonathan Martin, writing for the Times, looks at why those challenges have failed to materialize so far, with Lindsey Graham's field of "relative no-name" challengers as a case-in-point. [NYT]

USC Upstate could be facing more budget cuts over gay-themed programming on campus that doesn't meet the standard of a handful of conservative Upstate lawmakers like Sen. Kevin Bryant: "If they've got extra money sitting around to promote perversion, obviously they've got more money than they really need." [The State]

The State and the P&C this weekend, looked at what appear to be irregularities in excessive campaign contributions taken by candidates from both party for governor as well as attorney general. [The State, P&C]

Charleston has formed a team to take on a reassessment of the city's Tourism Management Plan, hoping to propose an updated version to city council by the end of the year. A public forum will be held tonight to take ideas from the public. [P&C]

The College of Charleston Foundation discussed how it will handle its contribution to new college president Glenn McConnell's salary, with formal discussion likely to come back up at the board's May meeting. [P&C]

Meanwhile, state Sen. John Courson, a key state Senate gatekeeper, says a revised research university proposal, which started as a merger proposal, likely won't make it through the legislative process this year. [P&C]

Conservationists aren't happy with that more than 11,000 long-necked cormorants were killed as part of a hunting season designed to thin populations of the fish-eating birds along the coastal part of the state. [The State]

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