Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Agenda: Runoffs today; Sanford's hike, 5 years later; Dept. of Revenue director to resign

State's rules against robo-calls struck down

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Voters head back to the polls today for runoffs resulting from this month's primary elections, including statewide Republican and Democratic races for state superintendent and Republican races for lieutenant governor. [AP]

Bill Blume, the retired Ernst & Young tax executive who saw the state through the aftermath of the 2012 security breach in the Department of Revenue, will retire in late July. [The State]

Five years removed, now-Congressman Mark Sanford says he's thankful for peoples' "forgiveness" on the anniversary of his tearful return to the Palmetto State from an uncovered rendezvous in Argentina. [P&C]

Residents of the 64-year old Sergeant Jasper building on Broad Street are hurrying to empty their apartments as the building's owner, the Beach Co., gets set to tear down and rework the site into a mixed-use development. [P&C]

A federal court yesterday tossed out the state's ban on robo-calls, agreeing with a former consultant for ex-lieutenant governor Ken Ard that the ban unfairly targets political speech, infringing on First Amendment rights. [The State]

Speaker Bobby Harrell and Attorney General Alan Wilson meet again in front of the State Supreme Court today to discuss legal questions surrounding Wilson's grand jury investigation against alleged ethics wrongdoing by the Speaker. [AP, P&C]

How hard is it to find someone who wants to be South Carolina's second in command? So hard, the AP says, that state lawmakers took a week to find a volunteer. [WaPo/AP]

Charleston will spend $100,000 to hire three people to replace police officers who now handle enforcement of tourism-related ordinances that govern tour buses, bike taxis, and carriage companies. [Live 5]

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