Monday, June 3, 2013

The Agenda: Burbage's deal likely dead; Who'll replace Robert Ford?; Statehouse session winds down

FITS 'shreds' P&C?

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Burbages sits at the corner of Broad and Savage Streets
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Burbage's deal likely dead - On Friday, the potential buyer that had come forward hoping to convert the venerable Burbage's Grocery into a shop and restaurant, withdrew his offer to buy the building, likely killing plans to keep Burbage's open. "I will have to come up with something this month," owner Al Burbage told the Post and Courier. Also in today's P&C, an op-ed by South of Broad residents against the restaurant upfitting, "Quiet street isn’t the place for a restaurant."

Robert Ford - In a couple weeks, filing will likely open for a special election to replace resigned state Sen. Robert Ford, but it's unclear who's on the short list to replace him (P&C)—it may be a long list. Ford, who resigned last week after a bizarre ethics hearing which included allegations of illegal campaign spending at adult novelty shops, is leaving the post he's held for more than 20 years. A veteran of the civil rights movement who was at times determined, unpredictable, controversial, and flamboyant, Ford's supporters over the years viewed him as a "rabble rouser that we needed to rouse the rabble." After his Friday resignation, the Senate Ethics Committee referred his case (State) to the state for investigation.

Session winding down - With a week left in the legislative session (AP), bills that were given priority status now face a compressed timeframe to be passed before the Statehouse adjourns on Thursday, but a budget for the coming year and ethics reform have yet to be adopted.

FITS on P&C - This morning, Will Folks of took to his blog in an attempt to "shred what's left of the integrity" of the Chucktown daily Post and Courier, which he dubbed the "Post and Corruption" over allegations that reporters have been dismissed in recent years for refusal to follow orders and that the paper has served as cover for House Speaker Bobby Harrell as he battles alleged ethics violations that former P&C reporters initially uncovered.

Garcia Quintana - NPR's "Tell Me More" riffs on the unusual-sounding case of Roan Garcia Quintana, a white supremacist Cuban-American who was recently booted from the governor's statewide re-election committee over racially inflammatory remarks he made when confronted about his membership (and leadership role) in the Council of Conservative Citizens.

Trouble at the Manor? - Are you pissed at the way "Welcome to Myrtle Manor" is portraying (Sun News) the Grand Strand? Lucky for you, there are more than 2,400 people who agree with you. A cohort of concerned Horry-ites are campaignging via Facebook to Help get 'Myrtle Manor' Canceled."

Savannah dredging deal - A settlement that could end the dispute over the deepening of the Savannah River hinges on governmental approval (AP) of machines capable of artificially boosting oxygen levels for nearby marine wildlife.

"Warhorse" director in Charleston - The AP profiles Tom Morris, director of the Tony-award-winning play "War Horse," who's in Charleston this week for the Bristol Old Vic-Handspring Puppet Company production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for Spoleto Festival USA.

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