Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Agenda: Districts OK'd, Scott hosts biz leaders, GOP makes last-minute pick

Senate District 41 bonanza continues

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 10:43 AM

The Agenda, published each morning, features the top Charleston-area stories you'll want to know each day.

Scott leads business conference at C of C
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott convened a panel of local and international business leaders at the College of Charleston Monday at a conference series led by the 1st District rep. On hand were Boeing CEO Jim McNerney, InterTech CEO Anita Zucker, and representatives from BMW North America, SC Ports Authority, SPAWAR, and Trident Technical College.
Sources: Charleston Regional Business Journal, Post and Courier
Related: Boeing CEO hints at growth of N. Charleston facility (P & C)
Tourism brings $3.2 million to Charleston economy (P & C)

US Supreme Court approves redrawn SC districts
The US Supreme Court upheld a lower federal panel's decision that newly redrawn U.S. and S.C. House district lines were not drawn with discriminatory intent, as a lawsuit brought by seven S.C. African-American voters alleged. South Carolina, along with other Southern states, is required to obtain federal clearance of all changes in voting laws and district lines as part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Sources: The State/AP, Greenville News

GOP to pick Senate 41 candidate in primary runoff today
A last-minute runoff between former Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond and incumbent SC Sen. Walter Hundley takes place in the West of the Ashley district today. The winner will likely face Democrat Paul Tinkler in November's general election. Later this month, a federal panel will hear arguments on the legality of the district's special election, which one voter says in a lawsuit should have been precleared by the federal Justice Department.
Sources: WCSC-TV, Post and Courier, WCIV-TV, West Ashley Patch
Related: 3 judge panel to hear District 41 primary case (The State/AP)

Top Haley aide leaving gov's office to run campaign
Haley's #1 aide, Tim Pearson, announced Monday that he would be leaving the governor's office to take a leadership role in Haley's yet-to-be-announced re-election campaign. Haley has said that she will announce whether she will run again next summer, but with over $1 million in the bank and a half-million in a PAC run by her supporters, the Magic 8 Ball says 'all signs point to yes.'
Sources: The State

Columbia releases Five Points crime stats
Columbia PD says it made 54 arrests and citations for alcohol-related offenses over the weekend in the city's popular Five Points area following a fight and shooting last weekend that led to the arrest of three men in connection with the incident.
Sources: The State
Related: Op-ed: Columbia leaders, police must act to keep Five Points free of mob rule


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