Friday, March 7, 2014

The Agenda: Frank Martin gets angry; Charleston Harbor gets its money; State House gets more pot bills

Caucus proposes "Stand Your Ground" repeal

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, USC men's basketball head coach Frank Martin gets a little worked up now and then. []

The S.C. Policy Council's Ashley Landess writes this morning on the "political tentacles" of House Speaker Bobby Harrell, which, she says, have encircled Charleston Law, CofC, and MUSC in state politics. [The Nerve]

State Sen. Larry Grooms said that if the state deems it so, a merged CofC-MUSC university would be overseen by a chancellor while the colleges would maintain their individual presidents. [CRBJ]

The new federal budget unveiled this week gives the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers another $700,000 to continue looking at deepening the Charleston shipping channel. [Live 5]

In a policy shift by the governor's office, a new program the state has requested permission to begin would require some food stamp recipients to have jobs or be actively looking for a job. [P&C]

The Legislative Black Caucus is pushing to repeal the state's "Stand Your Ground" law, despite one of its members working as an attorney representing suspects using "Stand Your Ground" as a defense. [The State, P&C]

Two additional medical marijuana-related bills were filed in the House this week. One as a companion to Senate legislation that would allow the use of cannabidiol for epilepsy patients, and another wider proposal that would legalize medical marijuana for severely ill patients. [AP]

Former Hodges cabinet member Rick Wade, who said he was mounting a campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, became the second Democrat in as many days to finish rolling out the big blue bins as a part of its single-stream recycling program by early June. [P&C]

Some state fishing groups are pushing for the federal government to ease back on federal protection of some sea turtle species, saying that it presents a burden for their business.

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