Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Agenda: Haley supports colleges in dispute; SC Bar and Chris Christie's attorney criticize RGA ad

S.C. lawyers launch defense

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM

click to enlarge Front page of the Washington Post, April 23, 2014 - NEWSEUM PHOTO
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  • Front page of the Washington Post, April 23, 2014

If you missed it yesterday, the NYT and Washington Post caught wind of the ongoing controversy at CofC over "Fun Home," with the Washington Post slapping President George Benson and his chief of staff Brian McGee on A1, and NYT sticking the 'upset gentility' at CofC further back in the main pages. [WaPo, NYT]

From the Washington Post opinion pages today, culture writer Alyssa Rosenberg writes on "The resurgency of campus wars and the battle against discourse," citing CofC's recent unpleasantness. [WaPo]

When asked her opinion on the dispute and subsequent funding cuts over school-assignments within the halls of the Statehouse, Gov. Nikki Haley said, "That's a board decision, it's not a state decision." [SC Radio]

Posted late yesterday, City Paper staff writer Paul Bowers reports on a day he spent in Latta, S.C., where the town's openly gay police chief was recently dismissed by the local mayor. What he found was the worst, but also the best, of small-town politics at play in Latta. [CP]

A new app developed by the state unemployment agency lets residents seek unemployment benefits through their iPhone. [SC Radio]

Republican state Sen. Katrina Shealy called for the resignation of state DSS Director Lillian Koller. Shealy got herself into a nationally-publicized social media spat with the governor last week over her alleged questioning of Koller's faith (or lack thereof, as Shealy said she had heard.) [The State]

The state Bar Association released a statement and launched a new website,, yesterday criticizing the Republican Governors Association's characterization of state Sen. Vincent Sheheen's work as a criminal defense attorney, calling the ad's message "uncivil, misleading political rhetoric." [S.C. Bar, The State]

The campaign attorney for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, chair of the RGA, called the group's ad "a disgrace" in an email to the Huffington Post, saying it undermines the ideals of the American legal system. Other Republican lawyers have kept quiet on the ad. [HuffPo]

At a CRBJ breakfast this week, local real estate industry officials defended the influx of mixed-use developments making their way into the Charleston market, from The Boulevard in Mt. P to Midtown downtown, to Nexton in Summerville, saying that the density and commercial amenities offered help cut down on local traffic and prevent urban sprawl. [CRBJ]

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