Monday, June 9, 2014

The Agenda: Primary election tomorrow; No "secret" wait lists at local VA; Gilliard calls texting fine "a joke"

S.C. departments stock up on military surplus gear

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Turnout is expected to be low for tomorrow's midterm primary contests, with many voters likely driven to the polls by the crowded field challenging U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's candidacy for re-election. [The State]

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Are the biggest opponents for Graham's six challengers actually themselves? P&C's Robert Behre compares Graham's sure-footed campaign against a handful of lesser tea party challengers to Mississippi incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran's shaky runoff election against a single tea party challenger. [P&C]

State Rep. Wendell Gilliard talking about $25 initial fine for the state's proposed texting while driving ban, which is awaiting Gov. Nikki Haley's signature: "It's a start, but it's still a joke." [P&C]

Congressman Trey Gowdy, who is heading up the committee investigating the 9/12 Benghazi attacks, says he doesn't approve of a super PAC's operation alongside his committee's inquiry. [G'ville News]

Aviation Authority board member Jenny Sanford wants to boost the airport's budget for art, lighting, and electrical outlets as part of CHS' renovation project. [CRBJ]

The interim head of the Charleston VA hospital says well-publicized "secret" wait lists reported at other VA facilities were not being used at the local Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. [P&C]

Following up reporting in December by Paul Bowers, the P&C reported over the weekend that Charleston police have confiscated 186 bikes from King Street, up from 55 in early December, just after new bike parking regulations went into effect. [P&C]

A South Carolina WWII veteran was unexpectedly seated next to President Obama on Friday at D-Day anniversary ceremonies in Normandy, France when he couldn't find a seat next to a buddy a few rows back. "It was the craziest thing ever," John Cummer of Blythewood recounted. [The State]

The New York Times, reporting on the flow of ex-military equipment into local police departments, mentions Richland County's purchase of military surplus gear. An NYT graphic shows 28 MRAP vehicles in operation in S.C. police departments, the highest of any state in the South besides Florida. [NYT]


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