975: The number of S.C. road deaths in 2016. Source: P&C
Report from the King Day at the Dome event yesterday: "Trump hangs over SC State House rally"
The story of how President-elect Donald Trump won can be seen in areas where Democratic voters didn't turn out in the same numbers they did in previous elections. And in areas like Horry County which showed a surge in Republican votes. Source: The State
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley will answer questions from members of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday as part of a flurry of hearings for nominees slated to serve in the Trump administration. Source: P&C
Haley would succeed Samantha Power as U.N. ambassador, and the two recently discussed the challenges of the job as Haley gets set to take over the Cabinet-level post. Source: WFAE
Georgetown County state Sen. Stephen Goldfinch says environmentalists are the ones holding up state road improvements and wants those opposing infrastructure projects to be required to pay a 'bond,' or put money up as collateral to ensure fair dealing in order to object to a major project. (Background from 2015.) Source: Coastal Observer, SouthStrandNews.com
The City of Charleston and the Green Heart Project are working together to build an urban farm at the historic Enston Homes development off Upper King Street. Source: P&C
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Loved ones of those killed by Dylann Roof continue to advocate on behalf of the causes championed by those lost at Emanuel AME, where Dr. King once spoke in favor of civil rights. Source: P&C
Meanwhile, with a state trial still planned for Dylann Roof despite his death sentence in federal court, it will likely be a 'long, complicated' saga before he is executed. Source: P&C
NYT headline, Part 5/6: "Jolted by Deaths, Obama Found His Voice on Race"
When asked about President-elect Donald Trump's critical comments on U.S. Rep. John Lewis after he questioned the legitimacy of Trump's election, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott called Lewis, a lifelong civil rights activist, an "American hero" and insisted Trump was fairly elected. Source: P&C
The number of S.C.-based banks has dropped by nearly half since 1996. Source: P&C
North Charleston is reportedly tied up in a lawsuit over its handling of an illegal search in 2013 in which police allegedly caused $10,000 in damage when they ransacked a local home unsuccessfully looking for a suspect without a warrant. Source: P&C
When last we checked in with Chris Cox, local chainsaw sculptor and founder of Bikers for Trump, he and his two-wheeled colleagues were traveling across the country in an effort to show their support for our president-elect. Now, with the inauguration just days away, Cox has one final destination in mind before Trump takes office.
“We will have a presence during the presidential inauguration. We have full confidence in the metropolitan police department, the park police, and the Capitol police,” Cox told Fox and Friends this weekend.
Previously, Cox described the members of Bikers for Trump as “citizen crusaders” and has positioned his organization to stand against protesters who may try to upset the festivities during the inauguration in D.C. this weekend.
“In the event that we are needed, we certainly will form a wall of meat,” Cox told the hosts at Fox and Friends, adding, “We’ll be shoulder to shoulder with our brothers, and we’ll be toe to toe with anyone that is going to break through any police barriers ... We are anticipating a peaceful transition of power.”
To learn more about Bikers for Trump and Cox’s plans for the inauguration, check out his full interview from Fox News.
Thank you to Chris Cox and Bikers for Trump - Your support has been amazing. I will never forget. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 17, 2016