Friday, April 12, 2013

The Agenda: First pitch, Debating debates, Fast-tracking Boeing

The Masters' effect felt statewide

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Loftis - The Charleston RiverDogs opened their home season at The Joe last night, here's a video posted by state Treasurer Curtis Loftis "warming up" in Columbia before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Oh, and he's also being sued by the state investment commission. (The State)

SC-1 debates - At this point, it looks like 1st District special election candidates Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch will meet in just one debate (AP) before the May 7 election. On Thursday, Democrat Colbert Busch bowed out of a televised AARP debate (P&C), leaving an April 29 debate sponsored by Patch and SC Radio Network as the remaining debate.

Call it a comeback - Clinton, Gingrich, Weiner, Vitter, Spitzer, Sanford. The luv-guv is in good company in this Washington Post ranking of the best political comebacks in recent memory.

Boeing - State House lawmakers say (The State) they are hoping to fast-track $120 million (P&C) in proposed incentives to help Boeing jumpstart its North Charleston expansion.

"Thanks, Obama." - The 2014 federal budget is set to include $1.2 million to continue to study the effects of dredging the Charleston Harbor in anticipation of deepening the shipping channel to accommodate larger container ships.

Slam Duncan - "Read about the Rwandan genocide, the Hutu and Tutsi tribes." That's what Upstate Congressman Jeff Duncan wrote on Facebook as part of a warning about the danger that a national gun registry databases could pose. The 1994 Rwandan genocide resulted in the death of more than 500,000 Rwandans.

Masters - Business related to the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, GA is spilling over stateline area near Augusta to the Midlands (The State) and even the Upstate. (WYFF)

From Citadel to SCSU? - Thomas Elzey, executive vice president for finance at The Citadel, is one of three candidates (T&D) for the presidency of S.C. State University.

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