Monday, February 25, 2013

The Agenda: Sequestration cuts loom, Colbert stumps for sister, Driggers settling in N. Chas.

Sellers issues food stamp challenge for Haley

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM

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Sequestration cuts loom over S.C.
New figures released show that millions set to be slashed from descretionary spending funds, including military budgets, could mean hundreds of jobs lost statewide and more than 11,000 furloughed civilian defense employees.
Sources: Post and Courier, NPR, AP, Politico

Colbert stumps for sister at Charleston events
Comedian Stephen Colbert campaigned for his sister over the weekend at events in NYC and Charleston, hosting a fundraiser at The Alley on Saturday and a prayer breakfast Sunday morning.
Sources: Post and Courier, Live 5 News, CNN, Patch
Related: Sanford seeks political resurrection (Reuters)

Driggers finishing out first month as North Charleston sheriff
New North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers talks with the Post and Courier about his decision to return to the 'po-lice' force after serving as a chaplain for four years.
Sources: Post and Courier

Unreleased DNR report details dangers of warming in S.C.
A team of scientists gathered by DHEC more than a year ago compiled a report on the effects of continued warming over the next 70 years, but the report was never released, reportedly over political concerns.
Sources: Post and Courier/AP

History in 'Forgotten South Carolina' haunts present, future
The Post and Courier continues its 'Forgotten South Carolina' series, this week looking at institutional issues within state government and a culture that continue to influence modern policy and social norms within the state.
Sources: Post and Courier

Sellers challenges Haley to live on food stamp budget
Days after Gov. Nikki Haley said she'd push for eliminating certain unhealthy foods from state food stamp eligibility lists to cut down on state obesity rates, Bamberg Democratic state Rep. Bakari Sellers challenged her to live on a food stamp budget and buy healthy foods, highlighting what he sees as issues over other expenses and access to healthy alternatives as the real issue.
Sources: AP, WIS-TV


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