Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Agenda: P&C redesigns; "Declaration of war on Charleston"; 'Stone Bill' passes Statehouse

Sheheen unveils first TV ad

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM

The venerable Post and Courier, the oldest daily in this here southern United States, unveiled a snappy responsive redesign to its internet page today. Follow @SCMitchP, @AndyParas, and @Jaspar on the Tweeter to get the latest on the migration.

Charleston Sen. Marlon Kimpson added his name to the list of S.C. pols calling for the resignation of DSS director Lillian Koller over agency leadership and administration as one prosecutor said the agency ignored reports of child abuse during a 2013 case. [P&C, The State]

Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen debuted an ad Wednesday knocking Gov. Nikki Haley over the ongoing DSS investigation, enlisting Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott in a testimonial ad for Sheheen's bid for governor, "Vincent will clean up Nikki Haley's mess and protect our children." [YouTube]

A new report shows that 2009 state reforms of the payday lending industry has cut down the number of stores statewide from 1,100 to 324 last year, cutting the number of individual loans from more than 4 million to just over 1 million in 2013. [AP]

State Sen. Larry Grooms calls an attempt to halt the fast-tracking of a bill expanding the offerings at CofC "a declaration of war on Charleston." [P&C]

The state appears likely poised to unanimously approve a property tax break for dual-homeowners who rent out their second home for more than two weeks a year. [P&C]

Republican state Sen. Mike Fair of Greenville has placed a procedural hold on reforms to the state's 25-year old sex-ed law, effectively killing the proposed reforms first put forward by Republican Rep. B.R. Skelton. [AP]

Lawmakers are hashing out differences between Senate and House versions of a proposed statewide texting-while-driving ban, but must pass a final version by next Thursday. [The State]

State lawmakers approved legislation Tuesday that will expand what S.C. breweries can offer in-house, in an effort to attract large national breweries, like Stone Brewing, to the state. [G'ville News, The State, P&C

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley says he hopes to pull in former President Bill Clinton as he continues to fundraise for a proposed International African American Museum in Charleston. [P&C]

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