Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Agenda: City Paper on Daily Show; $2.5M+ raised on Giving Day; Budget debates over CofC/USC Upstate

Harrell walks back WTMA comments

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 10:19 AM

The City Paper got some screen time Tuesday night on the Daily Show in its latest installment of "Gaywatch," discussing the Latta police chief controversy that Paul Bowers reported on for our cover story last week. [Daily Show, CP]

Tuesday's Lowcountry Giving Day raised nearly $2.5 million online that will be added to $1.5 million pool of incentivized funds from private donors made before the event. [P&C]

House Speaker Bobby Harrell yesterday took an opportunity to walk back a conspiracy theory he floated on WTMA Monday, edging around his earlier "I'll be blunt" preface, pointing to "a number of people from the Lowcountry" who have the same theory. [P&C]

NYT's Upshot looks at the Virgin Islands Republican Party, which has raised nearly $225,000 in the past few years, but only made two donations, one to U.S. Sen. Tim Scott. [NYT]

Daniel Island residents say they're dropping their bid to be annexed into Charleston County. [P&C]

After nearly a half-century under the American flag, the Charleston-based Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin is now the Nigerian navy's NNS Okpabana.

The Washington Post followed U.S. Sen. Tim Scott as he volunteered at a local Goodwill recently, going, as the Post called it, "anecdote shopping." [WaPo]

An initial Senate budget proposal approved Wednesday would cut $16 million in local government aid for a proposed statewide 4K program. A House proposal did not have a similar arrangement, so the differences will need to be hashed out in committee. [AP]

A debate over proposed budget cuts for CofC and USC Upstate over gay-themed summer reading assignments — "This body has a hang-up on sexuality in general and homosexuality in particular," said state Sen. Brad Hutto — prompted allusions to slavery, Charles Manson and, of course, Adolf Hitler, courtesy of the honorable senator from T.R. [P&C]

Ethics reform, supposedly a top-priority item for state lawmakers for years now, continues to face an uphill battle in the Statehouse. [SC Radio]

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