Friday, August 8, 2014

The Agenda: Walmart expands clinics; State board OK with CofC expansion; Boland to psych unit

Thad Viers headed back to court

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 11:55 AM

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U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham had about $2.7 million in his campaign coffers at the end of the last reporting period, while his next-closest competitor, Thomas Ravenel has about $235,000 left over from a previous campaign loan. Democratic challenger Sen. Brad Hutto, has about $51,000 on hand at the end of June. [G'ville News]

Graham and U.S. Sen. John McCain slammed President Barack Obama's approval of air strikes and humanitarian aid in Iraq last night, calling for an end to the president's policy of "half-measures." The hawkish senators have long critized Obama for his handling of the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. [Politico]

The state Commission on Higher Education indicated that it would be amenable to expansion of College of Charleston's degree offerings, given the state's even-handed approach to its regulation. [P&C]

Fresh off pleading guilty in January to harassment charges, former GOP state Rep. Thad Viers was drawn up on more than a dozen federal tax charges Thursday for his alleged role in helping a businessman who defaulted on a government paving contract hide assets to avoid seizure by collectors. [The State]

Continuing a string of establishment victories in S.C., Texas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Kansas earlier in the year, on Thursday, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander notched another win for the GOP against the tea party. [Politico]

The P&C's Jeremy Borden has a fun story about Statehouse lobbyist Hobart Trotter and a bipartisan troupe of well-tuned Columbia insiders who bond together now and then over their interest in music. [P&C]

The current legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act launched primary medical care facilities recently in stores in Texas and South Carolina as it looks at expanding the big box retailer's one-stop-shop offerings at its stores. [NYT, P&C, Forbes]

The namesake of the "Boland Bill," which clamped down on gun-buying by the mentally ill, Alice Boland, will be committed indefinitely to a federal prison mental hospital in Texas. [The State]


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