Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Agenda: Clemson architecture building approved; T-Rav gathering signatures; 25k jobs coming to Charleston

CofC gives Monte Lee big extension

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 12:33 PM

The street view of the proposed Clemson Architecture Center - CHARLESTON BOARD OF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW
  • Charleston Board of Architectural Review
  • The street view of the proposed Clemson Architecture Center

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, fresh off a primary challenge from the right himself, says that expensive conservative campaigns against sitting Republican lawmakers, like the failed challenge settled this week in a Mississippi runoff, amount to a "purification effort" that could hurt the GOP in the long run. [NYT]

Reality star and former state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel is reportedly gathering signatures to challenge Graham in November's general election as an independent. [The State, P&C]

Charleston Board of Architectural Review members on Wednesday gave 4-2 approval to the controversial contemporary building design proposed for the Clemson Architecture Center on Meeting Street. [P&C]

Tourism officials in Myrtle Beach are not too happy with a toungue-in-cheek bank statement printed by Golf Digest that chronicles a bunch of golf buddies' hypothetical weekend along the Grand Strand. Highlights: "You're Innocent Bail Bonds: $2,500", "Wild Boar Golf & Skeet: $115.22", and tree line-items for "Hush Hush Cabaret." [WBTW]

A new Charleston Chamber report says that 25,000 jobs will be created in the Charleston area in the next five years, nearly seven times the growth seen in the last half-decade. [P&C]

College of Charleston baseball Head Coach Monte Lee will be staying with the Cougars for a while after the school signed him to an eight-year, $193,000/year contract. The Cougars advanced to the NCAA super regionals this year for the second time in program history and Lee was reportedly a finalist to take over the same position at Arizona State. [Live 5]

Weird headline of the day: "In S.C. and the U.S. the face of population growth is a wrinkled one" [P&C]

Mark Sanford is written up in this week's New York Times Sunday Magazine, five years after his Statehouse confession now that he is back in the U.S. House of Representatives. [NYT Mag]

The Florence Morning News has a recount of the latest saga unfolding in Latta S.C., where voters cast ballots to change the town's form of government to a weak mayor system, stripping the controversial mayor of his hiring and firing power. Wednesday morning, before the election was certified, the mayor hired a new police chief, the first to hold the position since he fired the last chief, an openly gay woman who had been with the local police for more than two decades. [Florence Morning News, CP]

Common Cause's John Crangle: "Alan Wilson following in father's footsteps on ethics" [The State]


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