Monday, June 16, 2014

The Agenda: CofC's Benson looks back; Riley's late-night op-ed; Could Hutto pull a Cantor-like upset?

Chester lands half-billion investment by tire company

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 12:34 PM

After Majority Leader Eric Cantor's surprising defeat by an unknown opponent in Virginia last week, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham reflects on taking his primary outright last week, despite widespread chatter that he was vulnerable. Democratic challenger to Graham, Brad Hutto, sees the Cantor defeat as a sign of hope for his bid to unseat the senior senator. [CNN, G'ville News]

Giti Tire, a Singapore-based tire company, announced today that it will invest over $500 million to build its first U.S. facility in Chester County with plans to hire up to 1,700 in the next decade. [G'ville News]

Political Wire makes GOP state superintendent candidate Sally Atwater's cringe-inducing interview that aired on WORD their "Interview of the Day," after Atwater stumbles through an interview discussing sex education in S.C. public schools. [Political Wire]

Outgoing College of Charleston President George Benson looks back at his tenure leading the school, lamenting limitations presented by state budgetary issues and "tightwad legislators," as the P&C's Diane Knich put it. [P&C]

Winthrop University trustees fired their president over the weekend after Rock Hill Herald reporting that showed the husband of President Jamie Comstock Williamson had taken a part-time job in the president's office at the university. Williamson has returned the $27,000 he earned in the post. [Rock Hill Herald, SC Radio]

The political musical chairs currently being played in the state Senate could set up badly for Gov. Nikki Haley, the State reports, as a handful of not-always-friendly legislators, including one Democrat, look at taking over the lieutenant governor's office with the departure of Glenn McConnell. For her part, Haley says she wouldn't mind a temporary Democratic lieutenant governor. [The State]

Riley op-ed in the P&C, posted at 12:01am Sunday morning: Why the late night ordinance is needed

Shrimp are costing more this season as harvests stay small and costs remain significant. [P&C]

The P&C had a front-page spread on Sunday looking at the changing market for sweetgrass baskets along the historic Highway 17 corridor and in downtown Charleston. [P&C]

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