Monday, March 4, 2013

The Agenda: Harrell investigation shows speaker's power, Hacking case dismissed, Deal reached w/ bus drivers

Food stamp changes would face federal approval

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Harrell investigation shows speaker's power, delicate treatment from Democratic and Republican colleagues
Despite a SLED investigation into a laundry list of ethics allegations against House Speaker Bobby Harrell, you'll be hard pressed to find a Democrat or Republican willing to speak out against the speaker—a testament to his position of power over the legislative operation of the House.
Sources: Post and Courier

Charleston drivers, bus subcontractor reach agreement to avoid strike
Over the weekend, unionized Charleston school bus drivers reached an agreement with their employer, Durham School Services, who's contracted with the district to provide bus service. Dorchester District 2 drivers reached a deal with the company last week.
Sources: Post and Courier

Judge dismisses lawsuit in South Carolina hacking case
A judge ordered the case against the state over last year's Dept. of Revenue cyber-security breach dismissed after it was found that the Haley administration did not conspire to hide the news of the hack, and that no measurable harm could be ascertained as a result of the breach.
Sources: Post and Courier

SC-1 candidates, Sanford disagree over former governor record
While many of his 1st District special election opponents concede that former Gov. Mark Sanford deserves forgiveness for his personal failings, they don't agree that his record as governor puts him in the position of deserving another chance at public office.
Sources: Beaufort Gazette

Changes to food stamp-eligible foods face federal hurdle
Changes that some state officials, including Gov. Nikki Haley, are seeking that would change the foods eligible to be purchased using food stamps would first face approval from the feds—approval which they denied in similar cases recent years.
Sources: The State

Solutions exist for "Forgotten South Carolina"
The final installment of the "Forgotten South Carolina" series by the Post and Courier, this time looking at potential solutions for the problems plaguing areas rural areas of the state.
Sources: Post and Courier
Related: New Post and Courier editor Mitch Pugh starts at the paper this week (City Paper)

Berkeley, Charleston solicitors hope to keep efficient docket system
Solicitors for districts in Charleston and Berkeley Counties worry that proposed changes to how the court handles cases could bog down their departments and create inefficiencies.
Sources: Post and Courier



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