Friday, November 1, 2013

The Agenda: Shrimp crops suffering; DoD criticizes S.C. same-sex policy; Food stamp funds to go down

Why are so few African Americans elected to the U.S. Senate?

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM

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A 90-page complaint filed this week cites depositions by Citadel officials during the investigation into Skip ReVille which may have shown opportunities for the school to intervene to prevent one incident between ReVille and one of his campers. [P&C]

Black gill disease in southern shrimp is turning up in increasing numbers, compounding trouble in the already-scant crop this year. [P&C, Savannah Morning News]

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Headline in Greenville, S.C., two days after a six-person murder-suicide rocked the small town: "Living in a state of violence." The Tuesday incident was coincidentally one of four mass domestic-violence-related killings in the nation this week. [Greenwood Index-Journal, WaPo/AP]

A month after the failed launch of, at least one local healthcare navigator is turning to pen and paper to get folks enrolled in health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. [P&C]

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel criticized nine states, including South Carolina, which, he says, are going against Pentagon policy by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits, diverting those requests to five federal facilities in the state. [WaPo/AP, Greenville News]

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is one of the beneficiaries of the "Year of the liberal billionaire," as Politico put it, as affluent, politically active investors like Mike Bloomberg to Mark Zuckerberg pump millions into media campaigns in support of select lawmakers. [Politico]

All Things Considered yesterday looks at why so few African Americans are elected to the U.S. Senate. Newly-sworn-in Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Tim Scott are the body's lone black members. [NPR]

A temporary increase in SNAP funds ran out at the end of last month, meaning that the typical family of four will see an average of $36 less in food stamps per month. [WMBF-TV]

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