Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Agenda: Scott tours African-American museum with Trump; REAL ID's price tag; Sharpton rallies in Columbia

Scoppe on Chamber-backed bill: "be-careful-what-you-wish-for"

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 10:37 AM

The auditing company which delivered the clean bill of health for Berkeley County Schools last month is defending their work a week after the district fired their CFO amid embezzlement allegations. Source: P&C

Six Republicans and zero Democrats have filed to run for the congressional seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney, who was confirmed last week to head up the Office of Management and Budget. Source: The State

$93 million: The cost for South Carolina to comply with the federal REAL ID law, which the state has skirted for nearly a decade. Source: CRBR

Rev. Al Sharpton was among the speakers at a 150-person S.C. Statehouse protest yesterday for a "Peoples March" on Presidents' Day. Source: P&C

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott toured the National Museum of African-American History and Culture with President Donald Trump today. Source: Twitter

The state Chamber of Commerce is pushing a bill that would cut down on paperwork for small businesses that work over a wide area and cut taxes for those businesses. But The State columnist Cindi Scoppe says the proposal could force increased local taxes and put small local businesses at a further disadvantage. Source: P&C, The State

The Supreme court of the United States has denied an appeal from a S.C. death row inmate guilty of killing an off-duty cop in 2004. Source: AP

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Applicants for new Meeting Street office building seek final approval

Check out what could be coming to the corner of Meeting and Calhoun

Posted by Dustin Waters on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 1:55 PM

A five-story office building could soon receive the final OK from Charleston's Board of Architectural Review - LS3P ASSOCIATES
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  • A five-story office building could soon receive the final OK from Charleston's Board of Architectural Review
The corner of Meeting and Calhoun streets in downtown Charleston could soon be the site of a new office building as applicants seek final approval from the city’s architectural review board.

Currently home to a First Citizens banking location, plans for the proposed project just across the street from Marion Square would include ground-floor retail with four floors of office space.

An aerial view of the proposed project at the corner of Meeting and Calhoun streets in downtown Charleston - LS3P
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  • An aerial view of the proposed project at the corner of Meeting and Calhoun streets in downtown Charleston
The project last went before Charleston Board of Architectural Review in January of 2016. Board members granted the design preliminary approval at the time, but asked for further development of the penthouse and reducing the size of the terrace so that rooftop guardrails would not be visible from the street.

Owned by Gramling Brothers and designed by LS3P Associates, plans for the project will go before the Board of Architectural Review for final approval this Wed. Feb. 22.

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Proposed renovations for The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium estimated at $9.8 million

Gridiron upgrades

Posted by Dustin Waters on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 12:53 PM

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  • Johnson Hagood Stadium
Plans to demolish the 9,300-seat visitor’s section of The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium will go before the city’s Board of Architectural Review this week.

An evaluation of the existing east-side stands found that due to the structure’s age, several areas require replacement. The current estimate to demolish and completely rebuild that portion of the stadium is more than $9.8 million. Other plans that include partially demolishing the east section and refurbishing the remaining area, including seismic upgrades, are estimated to cost just over $5 million.

New plans proposed for the stadium include repairs or replacement of the existing bathroom facilities and concession stands on the stadiums east side. According to the application submitted to the city’s BAR, the number of toilets in the stadium is inadequate to accommodate the current seating capacity of the stadium’s east side section and work is needed to bring the structure up to code.

The proposed $9.8 million plan for the stadium includes removing the entire east-side stands, press box, and supporting facilities, which would be replaced by an entirely new 3,000-seat section, including 23 wheelchair-accessible spaces, with room to expand in the future. The plan also includes the construction of a new athletic facility to be shared by nearby Burke High School.

The request for approval of demolition is set to go before the BAR Feb. 22.

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The Agenda: Graham on "kicking Russia in the a**"; Koch groups poised for gas tax fight

Confederate flag makes Relic Room job harder

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 11:41 AM

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A York County lawmaker is proposing a ban on the Confederate flag being shown in any public building in the state except in museums. Source: Rock Hill Herald

The State headline: "Why does the Confederate flag hurt the SC Confederate Relic Room?"

The mother of the teen arrested over apparent Dylann Roof copycat attacks says she was surprised to learn of her son's plotting, saying that she raised a churchgoing boy. Source: WBTW

Groups backed by the Koch brothers are gearing up for another fight against increasing the state gas tax. Source: The State

On Saturday, congressman Mark Sanford and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott hosted some not-so-friendly town hall meeting attendees. Source: P&C

P&C follow-up: "A rare show of civility between left-leaning activists and their conservative congressman"

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham on priorities this year at a national security meeting in Germany: "2017 is going to be a year of kicking Russia in the ass in Congress"

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Secessionist Party’s 'Grand Flagging' draws response from Charleston officials, activists

Group flies Confederate flags throughout downtown Charleston

Posted by Dustin Waters on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 10:19 AM

A Confederate battle flag flies above downtown Charleston - STACY HUGGINS GEIST
  • Stacy Huggins Geist
  • A Confederate battle flag flies above downtown Charleston
Members of the South Carolina Secessionist Party gathered across downtown Charleston Sunday to fly the Confederate battle flag in protest of an upcoming visit from civil rights activist Bree Newsome.

Newsome is known by many as the woman who climbed the flagpole outside of the South Carolina Statehouse and removed the Confederate battle flag following the deaths of nine black parishioners by a white supremacist at Emanuel AME Church in 2015.

Newsome is scheduled to speak at the Sottile Theatre on Feb. 22 in an event sponsored by the College of Charleston’s Office of Student Life and Multicultural Student Programs and Services. Newsome’s scheduled lecture is titled “Tearing Hatred from the Sky." Demonstrators opposing Newsome's visit hoisted the Stars and Bars atop vehicles parked on the roofs of parking garages in what the group called the “Grand Flagging” of Charleston.

Secessionists were met by counter protesters and a swift response from city officials. A notice has now been placed in all City of Charleston parking garages stating that “regulations prohibit signs, banners, flags, or other displays that protrude through openings between parking levels, or upon the exterior surfaces between parking levels or that extend higher than the perimeter wall on the top of the garage.”

“Obviously, the misuse of city garages to fly various flags and banners this afternoon was unexpected,” said city spokesman Jack O’Toole. “This notice makes it clear that city garages are for parking, not for these types of public displays, and it applies to any and every one equally.”

Secessionist Party members claim that the restrictions outlined by the city are an attack on their First Amendment rights and are calling on members to contact the mayor’s office to voice their complaints.

In response to news about the “Grand Flagging,” Newsome took to Twitter to thank those who demonstrated in support of her visit, writing, “To counter protesters: Love and light. To the others: a parking garage is a poor substitute for the dome of the Capitol, isn’t it?”

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