Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Agenda: USC Upstate cancels "How to be a Lesbian"; Drunk-driving bill progresses; Biden to speak at USC

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM

USC Upstate, the other school dinged by state legislators over gay-themed school programming, has canceled a planned comedy act entitled, "How to Be a Lesbian," after pols, namely Republican state Sen. Mike Fair, said he was worried it was a gay recruitment program. [Slate]

USC announced yesterday that Vice President Joe Biden will be the commencement speaker at the school's spring graduation. Biden is widely expected to mount a presidential bid in 2016. [The State]

The Senate and House have now passed versions of a state texting-while-driving ban. [AP]

Lawmakers have also passed the same version of a proposed anti-drunk driving bill that would require ignition interlock devices for more DUI offenders, so it's headed to the governor's desk to become law. [The State]

Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday that state Sen. Vincent Sheheen's day job as a criminal defense attorney raises questions about his priorities as a legislator. [The State]

A report by the S.C. Policy Council's Nerve writer Rick Brundrett says that the state of South Carolina has given more than $10 million since 1994 to a little-known D.C. transportation advocacy group, nearly doubling the annual amount since FY 2010, before Haley tapped one of its leaders to run the state Department of Transportation. [Nerve]

U.S. Sens. Tim Scott and Cory Booker are working together on a bill that they say would create thousands of apprenticeships by offering tax credits to companies. [G'ville News]

At a congressional hearing yesterday to weigh the proposed merger of telecom giants Comcast and Time Warner, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham raised concerns that his DirecTV service didn't work when it rains. [NYT]

Former Pres. Bill Clinton spoke Tuesday night in Greenville at a benefit event for Furman's Riley Institute, named for former S.C. governor and Clinton education secretary Dick Riley. [G'ville News, Politico]

Aiken resident Steve Hale has been to every Masters tournament since 1964, clocking 52 total trips to Augusta since the mid 1950s. [Aiken Standard]

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