Monday, August 25, 2014

The Agenda: Temps dropping; 2016 primary heating up; Cops defend use of ex-military gear

S.C., N.C.'s blurred lines

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM

click to enlarge The Columbia Police Department is one of several in the state that maintains at least one ex-military MRAP vehicle - COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT
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  • The Columbia Police Department is one of several in the state that maintains at least one ex-military MRAP vehicle

Recent well-publicized crackdowns on protests in Ferguson, Missouri have brought the role of former military equipment in citizen police departments to the forefront. Charleston state Rep. Wendell Gilliard says that all S.C. cops should be required to wear cameras as part of their normal gear. [P&C]

Tropical Storm Cristobal, which hammered the Bahamas over the weekend, will bring cooler weather to the Lowcountry as it steams toward the East Coast, but it's expected to turn out to sea in the next couple days. [P&C]

More than two decades after it was originally argued before the State Supreme Court, some say that the landmark schools case Abbeville County School District v. State of South Carolina could see a decision soon. [P&C]

The NYT this weekend ran an interesting examination by a Duke professor at how North and South Carolina have been hashing out border disputes between the two states using Colonial-era surveys that date as far back as 1735. [NYT]

Are requests made by the campaigns of Gov. Nikki Haley and Vincent Sheheen in recent weeks to have campaign trackers, a person hired to go film the events of a political opponent, removed from events a violation of their civil rights? [The State]

2016 might be closer than you think ... Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Rand Paul are both making stops in the Upstate today, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be in town on Wednesday. [G'ville News]

Speaking of 2016, if the calendar as it was adopted this weekend holds true, South Carolina's 2016 Democratic presidential primary will be held on February 27, 2016. [AP]

Most recently, conflicts over dense development of the mostly-suburban city of Mount Pleasant. [P&C]

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