Monday, April 28, 2014

The Agenda: RGA doubles down on Sheheen; Burris set to move; Shrimpers anxious for shrimp season

USA Today plugs Charleston as Millennial paradise

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Power move of the day: Clyde Burris. From this weekend's write-up of Burris' landmark Meeting Street liquor store's upcoming move, it looks like Mr. Burris was looking for a sweet little deal to spark his jump across the street into a brand new store:

"It took six years of negotiating with Tara Investments of Charlotte before Burris agreed to move his store across the street and to lease his current site for 99 years so that new five-story, 165-room hotel can be built there.

The investors agreed to dedicate its fountain in honor of his wife, who passed away in 2006. The deal also stipulates that he will have a room on the fifth floor overlooking his beloved store. He jokes that he may commute by zip line."

Days after former state attorney general Charlie Condon and the national Bar Association came out asking the Republican Governors Association to ditch its TV ad criticizing state Sen. Vincent Sheheen for his criminal defense work, the RGA is up with a second ad along the same lines, highlighting one case that Sheheen worked. [The State, YouTube]

Fresh off this weekend's Blessing of the Fleet, Lowcountry shrimpers aren't sure what to expect when they drop their nets into the water this shrimping season. [P&C]

Mayors from McClellanville to Charleston have pledged to do what they can to maintain a passable Intracoastal Waterway in the area, which has become too shallow in some parts for the channel to serve its intended purpose as an inland waterway. [P&C]

USA Today on Charleston as post-grad Millennial paradise: "Post-college towns' brim with youth, jobs" (Bonus: Cutty's sighting, through the spoke of a locked-up bike, of course.) [USA Today]

Ahead of his new memoir, Congressman Jim Clyburn, the state's last remaining national Democrat, says he's more worried about South Carolina now than he was 20 years ago. [The State]

State Treasurer Curtis Loftis says an "error in dosage" of cholesterol medication on Saturday left him bedridden for much of the weekend, but reports on Facebook this morning that he's back at it this week. [WRHI, Facebook]

U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island were in the area last week, with Sanders pitching his brand of economics at College of Charleston and Whitehouse, outspoken on climate issues, visited Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown County. [South Strand News]

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