Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Agenda: Judge calls off Harrell grand jury; Local GOP "censures" Graham; Va. gay marriage arguments

Allman drops suit over "Midnight Rider" production

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, May 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM

A circuit court judge has called off the state attorney general's investigation into a complaint filed by the S.C. Policy Council, alleging ethics violations by state House Speaker Bobby Harrell, a Republican state rep. from Charleston. Attorney General Alan Wilson says he plans a multi-sided appeal of the decision. [SC Radio, The State, The Nerve, P&C, AP]

S.C. ranks as the fifth-best state in which to do business, according to a new Chief Executive magazine survey. [CRBR, Chief Executive]

Reportedly without much discussion, Charleston County Republicans voted by secret ballot Monday night to "censure" U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, who faces a primary challenge from a handful of conservative Republicans in next month's party primary. The local party chair and state RNC committeewoman criticized the timing of the vote. [P&C]

Gay-rights groups in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina are keeping their eye on arguments being made by Virginia officials in front of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today in a gay marriage case that could affect bans on same-sex marriage in the three states who sit in the 4th Circuit. [AP, Buzzfeed, WaPo]

Congressman Mark Sanford will visit an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico today and tomorrow to learn more about offshore energy. [AP]

Congressman Jim Clyburn talks with NPR's "Tell Me More" on the release of his memoir, "Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black." [NPR]

Former Upstate Congressman Butler Derrick was remembered as "the ultimate public servant" in Trenton, S.C. yesterday. Derrick died on May 5. [The State]

Gregg Allman says he'll drop a suit against the producers of a biopic being shot about him after an out-of-court agreement was reached between the groups. Allman had filed suit after an on-set accident killed Sarah Jones, a Columbia native who was a member of the film crew, by a passing train in February. [The State/AP]

Ever seen a baseball game end in a walk-off walk? The Riverdogs had one last night. Here's a video courtesy of @wbryan08:

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