Friday, January 17, 2014

The Agenda: 'Journalism dead' at NYT, says Graham; Tesla charger in Santee; Restructuring gets light OK

Guns-in-bars approved too

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 1:23 PM

State lawmakers on Thursday gave tentative approval to a long-sought-after government restructuring bill and state senators approved a controversial guns-in-bars bill that would allow permitted carriers to take guns into bars and restaurants provided that they dont drink. [AP]

Lindsey Graham, reacting to a report chronicling the Benghazi attacks that cast doubt on a NY Times special reportlast month that said there was no Al-Qaeda connection to the attacks: "To my friends at the New York Times, journalism has died at this paper." [NYT, Mediaite]

A Charleston businesswoman says she's gotten the OK from state DOT to live on a billboard off I-526 until she raises enough money for her organization, Ship of Smiles, to buy a hospital ship. [CRBJ]

The state's first Tesla Supercharger station has opened in Santee, just off I-95, expanding the network of charging stations for the high-end electric cars into South Carolina. The closest station is in Savannah. [O'burg Times and Democrat, AP]

Mayor Keith Summey's vendetta against the unruly and nuisance pine trees of North Charleston cleared another hurdle this week, passing its first reading, 8-3. [P&C]

South Carolina contempt of court charges have been dropped against the birth father of "Baby Veronica," but state custodial interference charges still stand. [Tulsa World]

County Councilman Elliott Summey, a Republican, says he's reconsidering a vote in support of Legare Farms owner Thomas Legare after he announced that he's planning to run against Summey's colleague on council, Democrat Anna Johnson, to whom Legare lost in 2010. "He's throwing salt in Anna's eye," Summey said. "I won't back down from a threat," Legare countered. [P&C]

State Sen. Vincent Sheheen is taking a new attack to Gov. Nikki Haley, accusing the governor of lax oversight of the state Dept. of Social Services that could have contributed to the deaths of children under supervision of the state. [The State]

Activist Sheri Few, last seen as the state director for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, said yesterday that she plans to be the third Republican to declare their intention to run for state superintendent as her Democratic opponent, state Rep. Mike Anthony vowed to fight for equal opportunity and against vouchers. [AP, Aiken Standard]

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