City Briefs: Barrett, Boeing, and Sanford 

"There are alternatives, whether it's evolution, whether it's creationism ... To be jaded against one side or another is a disservice to our students in the public school system."

Congressman Gresham Barrett, a South Carolina Republican and 2010 gubernatorial candidate, campaigning with Pennsylvania conservative Rick Santorum in the Upstate last week. Source: Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Boeing Expands its Charleston Plans

The new Boeing manufacturing facility is expected to bring thousands of good-paying jobs to the state, but the real potential of the company's arrival has always been the related businesses that would sprout up nearby to provide the various nuts and bolts necessary to get the work done.

Last week, the Seattle Times reported that Boeing would be replicating the production lines of its tail fin and all other 787 parts produced in Washington in facilities on or near the new Dreamliner assembly plant in Charleston. The goal is a seamless operation that wouldn't be impacted by possible union strikes in the Northwest.

According to the Times, the plan would include contracting work out to suppliers or setting up ancillary Boeing facilities.

"Repeated labor disruptions have affected our performance in our customers' eyes," company spokesman Jim Proulx told the Times. "We have to show our customers we can be a reliable supplier to them."

Sanford Escapes Impeachment, Facing Divorce

Just when things were looking up last week for Gov. Mark Sanford, who avoided impeachment by a House subcommittee, he was served divorce papers by wife, Jenny Sanford. The governor's political future — albeit a limited one — is now in his own hands.

The first lady moved out of the Governor's Mansion in August, after the governor's secret six-day trip to see his mistress in Argentina — a woman he referred to in press reports as his soulmate.

A House subcommittee voted last week to censure the governor for his mystery trip to Argentina in June, but it rejected a call for his impeachment. The measures will now go before the full House Judiciary Committee this week, but a negative vote out of the subcommittee likely dooms any real chance for the legislature to remove Sanford from office.

House Speaker Bobby Harrell agreed with colleagues that the evidence was not enough for impeachment. But, in a statement last week, he called Sanford's actions "irresponsible, misguided, and hypocritical," and he made it clear Sanford should have left office on his own in June.

"The governor's actions brought great shame upon himself, his office, our state government, and our citizens," Harrell said. "This entire situation — the multiple investigations, court cases and media barrage — could have been easily avoided if the governor had acted in the best interest of our state and resigned from office."


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