Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Agenda: House 114 decision coming; Graham jokes at the Hibernian; Christie, O'Malley in S.C. for gov races

National surrogates join candidates for governor in final week of campaign

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 10:42 AM

A recording of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham speaking at the Hibernian Society earlier this month was leaked to CNN yesterday. In the recording, you can hear several gags characteristic of Hibernian guest speeches, including the choice line, "white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency." [CNN]

From the P&C opinion pages by Dana Beach: "Reduce S.C. House speaker's power" [P&C]

South Carolina's infant mortality rate is at its lowest point in decades, says DHEC. [AP]

The State Election Commission is holding a meeting this morning to consider whether what will change after former Speaker Bobby Harrell, who resigned last week, submitted an affidavit earlier this week contending that he withdrew from Tuesday's election for nonpolitical reasons. Whether those reasons were nonpolitical could determine if a special election is called in the race to fill the District 114 seat. Democratic candidate Mary Tinkler has retained former Reagan-appointed federal judge Billy Wilkins to represent her. [P&C]

Former Sanford communications director Joel Sawyer, now at Wesley Donehue's Push Digital firm, on Twitter yesterday:

A 2013 drunk-driving charge against state Rep. Ted Vick has been dropped because the cop who arrested him in a Statehouse parking garage never read him his Miranda rights as required by law. [The State]

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will join Gov. Nikki Haley on the campaign trail today, a day after he told an activist critical of his handling of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 to 'sit down and shut up.' Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will also join them. [AP, ABC News]

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will join Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen in the Charleston area today. [The State]

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