Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Agenda: McConnell signs 5-year deal; Committee against InfiLaw; S.C.'s Medal of Honor Marine

Haley dines with Joan Jett

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, May 20, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter, a 24-year old U.S. Marine and Gilbert, S.C. native, will become the second living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War during an upcoming ceremony at the White House for heroism after throwing himself on a grenade to save a fellow Marine while manning a post in Afghanistan. Carpenter has undergone about 40 surgeries after leaving the field and is now enrolled at the University of South Carolina. [WaPo, The State]

Sitting Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell has reportedly signed a five-year, $1.5 million deal to become the College of Charleston's next president. [P&C]

The signing means that the lieutenant governor's post will likely sit empty for the first time in a half-century until November's general election. The state Constitution calls for the Senate president pro tempore to take over the position, but that position's current occupant, Sen. John Courson, says he won't leave the post. [The State]

The State newspaper, the daily newspaper of record in the South Carolina capital city of Columbia, has endorsed former U.S. attorney and S.C. attorney general Henry McMaster, who also ran failed campaigns to be the state's next U.S. senator and governor, to become the state's new lieutenant governor. [The State]

U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings to McMaster, who had mad a name for himself prosecuting drug cases as U.S. attorney, in the 1986 campaign: "I'll take a drug test if you take an IQ test."

(OK, that's all the lieutenant governor news, I promise.)

During a lunch fundraiser on Monday, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham casually floated the idea that former U.S. secretary of state and aspiring NFL commissioner Condoleezza Rice run for president to apparent approval from the 1,000+ in attendance at TD Convention Center in Greenville. [The State]

A state Commission on Higher Education subcommittee voted Monday to decline to recommend a license be issued to InfiLaw to take over operation of Charleston School of Law. The full committee will meet for a final vote on the pending sale in early June. [AP, P&C]

Nason Medical Center says it was told by an unnamed state body to stop offering CT scans and ultrasound as well as replace signs advertising "Emergency" services on signs outside its urgent care facilities. [P&C]

The state correctional agency says it has filed its appeal of a ruling commanding that it reform how it treats mentally ill prisoners. [AP]

The State's Ron Morris reflects on Friday night's "crazy" 23-inning marathon baseball game between College of Charleston and William and Mary at Patriots Point, which wound up being the second-longest college baseball game in history, ending in a walk-off single in the bottom of the 23rd. CofC pitcher Eric Bauer gave the Cougar bullpen some breathing room, pitching 10 innings of relief himself, earning him national Pitcher of the Week honors and a spot on SportsCenter over the weekend. [The State]

Gov. Nikki Haley got her wish to sit down with musician Joan Jett while in New York Monday:

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