Monday, July 7, 2014

The Agenda: CofC coach on thin ice; T-Rav announces campaign; NYT writer floats Riley as 'most loved'

Haley reports $152k in gifts

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Despite high-profile shootings during this year's Atlantic Beach Bikefest, records show that violent crime in the area has remained steady with a few deviations," according to a Sun News analysis. [Sun News]

From a $1,500 commemorative semi-automatic rifle to $200 in Joan Jett memorabilia, Gov. Nikki Haley has reported $152,600 worth of gifts given to her on stops around S.C. and elsewhere. Former Gov. Mark Sanford reported just over $24,000 in gifts during his final term. [The State]

T-Rav made his independent campaign for U.S. Senate official on Friday, and has until July 15 to deliver 10,000 signatures to have his name on the November general election ballot as he seeks to knock off Sen. Lindsey Graham. [G'ville News]

Graham told "Face the Nation" on Sunday that the thousands of immigrants spilling over the U.S.-Mexico border are evidence a separate humanitarian problem the nation must tackle aside from immigration reform. [G'ville News]

Profile: Even before he was recently elevated to become president pro tempore of the state Senate, Florence Republican Senator Hugh Leatherman was already one of the most influential pols in the state. [The State]

State officials describe the cargo ports in Charleston, with additional capacity slated soon in North Charleston, are essential to big multi-national deals such as the one that brought Giti Tire to the state. [P&C]

The town of Latta may soon face a lawsuit from the man who Mayor Earl Bullard hired to take over the local police force in the intervening period between a town vote to strip him of his power and the certification of those votes. The Latta City Council voted to re-hire Crystal Moore, whose story was the subject of a CP cover story a while back, to head the department soon after the votes were certified. [Florence Morning News]

A 50-page report compiled after a six-month investigation, released to the P&C Thursday, details College of Charleston head basketball coach Doug Wojcik's alleged verbal abuse of his players. The account is littered with accusations from current and former players that the third-year head coach went beyond basketball-related criticism with his players, often taking jabs at their personal lives and families. Wojcik was all-but-fired last week after Cougar Athletic Director Joe Hull told ex-President George Benson he was going to dismiss the coach, but Benson called him off on his final day as the school's leader. Wojcik says he hopes to move past the report and has no plans to resign. CofC finished 14-18 this year in its first season of Colonail Athletic Association play. [P&C

Wooten on 'Reckless': "How long must this show go on?" [P&C]

New York Times columnist Frank Bruni asks: "Is Joe Riley of Charleston the Most Loved Politician in America?" [NYT

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