Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Agenda: Re-visiting the Corridor of Shame; Haley's welfare-to-work claims; Working on the Hunley

No missing mountain lion

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM

  • Al Jazeera America screenshot

Writing for Al Jazeera America, USC graduate Kimberly Johnson published the first in a multi-part series yesterday re-visiting South Carolina's "Corridor of Shame" and the 1993 court case still pending before the State Supreme Court that challenges the state's mandate to deliver "a minimally adequate education" to its students. [AJAm]

Real quote from U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham: "When I look at the map ... I think of the United States. I think of an American city in flames because of the terrorists' ability to operate in Syria and Iraq." [Politico]

Conservators will begin scraping away years of sand and shell buildup on the outside of the Hunley submarine at its worksite in North Charleston. [P&C]

S.C. Congressmen Mark Sanford and Tom Rice will travel to China this week as part of a federal delegation examining infrastructure in the growing nation. P&C's Schuyler Kropf: "While other members are taking their spouses, Sanford said he is taking along his son, Bolton." [P&C]

State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, Democratic candidate for governor, knocked Gov. Nikki Haley for declining an interview with ABC News to discuss the state's Department of Social Services, juxtaposing other appearances on national media outlets over the past four years. [P&C, YouTube]

Poverty advocates also challenged Haley's figure of 20,000 workers moving through the state's welfare-to-work program, according to DSS stats, calling the claim in a recent campaign ad "more of a PR campaign," and that efforts to move folks out of poverty are not as successful. [P&C]

A North Augusta man is in jail today after falsely telling police that a mountain lion went missing from a local pet store. [Aiken Standard, The State]

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