Friday, October 10, 2014

The Agenda: Haley gets flak for donations; Harrell PAC part of investigation?; State says it's ready for Ebola

Landess says to scrap state ethics laws

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 11:27 AM

More than 40,000 people walked through the gates at the State Fair on Wednesday, making it the biggest opening day ever. [The State]

Yesterday, state health officials discussed measures the state is taking to prepare for the possibility of Ebola spreading into South Carolina. [P&C]

After news broke earlier this week that state and federal law enforcement were reportedly looking into the finances of a political action committee with ties to indicted House Speaker Bobby Harrell, the head of the group denied accusations that it was running a separate fund under the control of the suspended Charleston legislator. [P&C, The State]

click to enlarge Haley speaks at USC Upstate in 2010 - USC UPSTATE PHOTO
  • USC Upstate photo
  • Haley speaks at USC Upstate in 2010

Rather than pass complicated ethics reform, S.C. Policy Council President Ashley Landess says the state should instead use existing criminal statues to enforce ethics-related offenses. [The State]

Petition candidate for governor Tom Ervin released a report Thursday that details about $130,000 in what he says are contributions Gov. Nikki Haley received from companies that received state economic incentives. [The State]

Piggly Wiggly's parent company is looking to sell off its remaining stores, but the company says the Pig brand is not going away. [P&C]

Little Mary Louise Swing, a 6-year old who suffers from epilepsy and inspired state lawmakers to expand laws allowing a marijuana derivitive to be used to treat symptoms of the condition, is receiving the first doses of the cannabidiol oil. [Beaufort Gazette]

The Coast Guard says it will save $6 million by moving its search and rescue helicopter from Charleston. [P&C]

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