A few weeks after the New York Times noted that Nikki Haley "has no intention of being sidelined" as a cabinet member, President Donald Trump jokingly dangled her job in front of her during a lunch meeting Monday, saying Haley "could easily be replaced."
Trump asks UN Security Council members: "Does everybody like Nikki [Haley]"?— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) April 24, 2017
"Otherwise she can easily be replaced. Nah, we won't do that" pic.twitter.com/adtfPXN2ZM
For S.C. beach towns, fighting beach erosion is a never-ending battle. Source: P&C
In New Orleans, workers donned flak jackets and helmets to conceal their identities while dismantling a Confederate monument overnight, one of four set to be removed amid controversy. Source: NYT, Gambit
Emanuel AME killer Dylann Roof, who was obsessed with the Confederate flag, is now a resident of the death row in the U.S. Penitentiary in Indiana where he will likely live the rest of his life until he's executed.
Charleston officials are trying to prevent scenarios where working horses downtown are in close proximity to heavy machinery and other situations which can cause the horses to spook. Source: P&C
In Columbia, a career government watchdog is suing Gov. Henry McMaster, saying that his free speech and voting rights are being violated because his local senator, John Courson, remains suspended and inactive from the state Senate without a replacement appointed by McMaster. Daniel Island state Rep. Jim Merrill has also been suspended since December. Source: P&C
Richard Quinn and Associates is not saying how much it was paid by the non-profit Conservative Leadership Project, a group whose stated mission is promoting and discussing "the rule of law" and other policy issues. The group's public face is Attorney General Alan Wilson, who stepped away from an ongoing ethics investigation of the Statehouse, citing a conflict of interest. Source: P&C
The Post and Courier reports that Gov. Henry McMaster and Richard Quinn and Associates firm were paid a combined $1 million to do work for USC for four years starting in 2011. McMaster says he was hired to "raise money for the law school," but the now-governor also "was pivotal," P&C reporter Andy Shain says, to the school winning $10 million in funding from the state legislature. The other firm involved is reportedly the subject of an ongoing state ethics investigation. Source: P&C
A choice quote from the report: "McMaster told The Post and Courier he was pleased with his efforts."
McMaster's critics say the governor is doing too much campaigning and not enough governing. Source: The State
Campaigning in CharlestonM yesterday, McMaster called on help from local Republicans to help kill efforts to raise taxes to pay for roads. Source: P&C
As Georgetown seeks to redevelop its waterfront, with eyes toward demolishing its landmark eyesore steel mill, the company that closed it in 2015 says it is about to finalize a deal to sell it, opening up the possibility that it could be restarted. Source: P&C
After state lawmakers gathered in the Statehouse lobby this week to pressure the state Senate to take action, the Senate adjourned yesterday for the week without taking action. Source: P&C, Greenville News