Monday, November 10, 2014

The Agenda: State files brief fighting gay marriage; Ditch straight-ticket voting?; Hampton Park gets wi-fi

"Fast food, drive-through version of voting"

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 11:46 AM

The State Public Service Commission will discuss the next set of issues with car service app Uber at a hearing in January. [P&C

After appeals court judges upheld constitutional bans on gay marriage in 6th Circuit states last week, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson and Gov. Nikki Haley filed another motion last week in support of their argument against the marriage of a same-sex Charleston couple who's seeking a marriage license. [WaPo, The State]

State Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt says Gov. Nikki Haley's trip to India this week will be a chance for the state to make a "first impression" as it makes its sales pitch to Indian businesses. [The State]

The state's big three papers looked at state Democrats over the weekend after they were shutout of statewide office for the second time in a row:
The State: 'Democratic nominee for 2018? It's anybody's guess'
P&C: 'S.C. Democrats, reeling from election, look to rebuild'
G'ville News: SC Democrats begin rebuilding after election losses"

National Republicans celebrated big wins overall last week too. Among them, several African American Republicans notched a handful of historic victories. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott became the first elected black senator from the South since Reconstruction on Tuesday, adding to the fast national rise of the former Charleston County Councilman that he credits to his mother. [NPR, P&C]

We found out last week that the McRib was inspired by a trip to Charleston in 1980, but it turns out, according to CofC, that the McDonald's archivist who delivered us that finger-lickin news in the company video, is a 2008 graduate from the College. [CP, @CofC, CofC.edu]

You can now get online in Hampton Park thanks to new free wi-fi transmitters installed as part of an initiative by the Charleston Parks Conservancy, the Speedwell Foundation, Charleston Digital Corridor, and the city. [P&C]

From the P&C opinion page, coming out in favor of ditching straight-ticket voting in S.C.: "It's the easier - or lazier - way out. The fast food, drive-through version of voting. It's also pretty popular." [P&C]


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