Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Agenda: Harrell expected to plead guilty today; Rubio and Bush in S.C.; A 90-mile bike ride

Deerin's 90-mile ride to protest incumbent's 90-mile commute

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM

click to enlarge Harrell's mugshot - PROVIDED BY SOLICITOR DAVID PASCOE
  • Provided by Solicitor David Pascoe
  • Harrell's mugshot

Suspended House Speaker Bobby Harrell, indicted on multiple corruption charges last month, is expected to plead guilty to at least some of the charges at a hearing set for 10:30 a.m. this morning. If guilty, Harrell must resign from office. [The State, P&C]

Less than two weeks out from election day with one poll showing him as far as 20 points behind incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley, Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen is finding round two against the now-governor to be more challenging than their first contest, where he finished less than five points behind Haley in the general election. [AP]

Haley, meanwhile, is appearing in TV ads for lieutenant govenror, throwing her endorsement behind Republican Henry McMaster to be her second-in-command. [The State

Democratic candidate for secretary of state Ginny Deerin continues criticizing incumbent SoS Mark Hammond's 90-mile commute from Spartanburg to Columbia, setting out on a bike ride from Sparkle City to Soda City to blast the ride Hammond makes in a state-provided vehicle. [Spart. Herald-Journal]

Republicans Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio are in the Palmetto State this week, where they're making the rounds ahead of their anticipated participation in the 2016 presidential primary campaign. Rubio's Senate colleague Lindsey Graham said earlier this month that Rubio wasn't ready for the limelight, but the Florida senator shrugged it off, calling it "a non-factor." [AP, P&C]

More than a quarter-century after a federal law mandated that states digitize their child support management systems, South Carolina, who is the only holdout in the nation, has finally reached a settlement "in principle" with the latest vendor signed on to complete the project, which has run the state a $104 million bill so far in federal penalties. [G'ville News]


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