Monday, December 9, 2013

The Agenda: Bowl games set; Graham to enroll in Obamacare; Bauer weighing another gov campaign

Keck calls criticism of narrowing health choices "ill-advised"

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 10:44 AM

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted this morning that he'll sign up for healthcare under the federally-operated S.C. health insurance exchange.

During a talk on Kiawah Island on Friday, state HHS Director Tony Keck took an alternate viewpoint on the narrowing of medical choice as a result of Obamacare, calling it "ill-advised" for consumers in a subsidized healthcare market to have an expectation that they can get what they want, when they want it. [P&C]

Sunday's Post and Courier published a six-part package looking at recent changes—good and bad—in the Upper King Street area, including a large three-block parcel currently owned by the P&C's parent company, Evening Post Industries. [P&C]

The brother-in-law of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin was shot and killed in Charlotte Friday afternoon. [WIS-TV]

A 32-year old woman was shot and killed by a stray bullet after a fight broke out at a Goose Creek bar Sunday night. [P&C]

Former S.C. lieutenant governor Andre Bauer tells The State that he wouldn't rule out another run for governor in 2014, dropping hints that a run with a third-party could be possible. [The State]

The always quotable Bauer to The State: "I tell people I got out of politics for health reasons. The voters were sick of me."

Submitted without comment: #12 Clemson will take on #7 Ohio State in the Orange Bowl on January 3 and #8 South Carolina will play #19 Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1. [AP, GoGamecocks.com]

Gloria Tinubu says she will run for Congress in the 7th District again in 2014. [The State]

The State reports that activists pushing for stronger ethics laws met with the attorney general's office to discuss state Speaker Bobby Harrell's ethics investigation recently, but few answers came out of it. [The State]

The Charleston County Council says it may reconsider an easement for Legare Farms on Johns Island that had previously been denied over concerns about public money being used on private property. [P&C]

A new federal study shows that despite our best efforts to restore critical wetland ecosystems along the coast, stronger storms and rising sea levels outpace mitigation. [WaPo/AP]


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