Friday, November 14, 2014

The Agenda: Robert Ford indicted; Wilson asks to stop gay marriages; Pols now face rural school budgets

Harrell splits with State Farm

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Sullivans Island and Isle of Palms are looking at tighter regs on parking. [P&C]

Attorney General Alan Wilson is seeking a stay to stop same-sex marriages from going forward as allowed in this week's federal court ruling, an appeal that could go to the U.S. Supreme Court if it's deferred by the federal Court of Appeals. [P&C, AP]

The P&C reported yesterday that ex-House Speaker Bobby Harrell has cut his ties with State Farm insurance after doing business under the 'Good Neighbor' banner for more than 30 years. [P&C]

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Former Charleston State Sen. Robert Ford has also been indicted on multiple forgery and ethics charges by a Richland County grand jury, says the State Attorney General's office. [P&C]

Poorer school districts in S.C. will have to depend on the generosity of state legislators to allocate the money needed to bring the state in compliance with a court order issued this week that will likely force change in how the state budgets for public education. [P&C, The State]

James Burns, a partner at Nelson Mullins and the appointed chair of the State Election Commission, will serve as Gov. Nikki Haley's new chief of staff. Burns last popped up in the news this summer when he said that the commission would no longer speak to the media through its chief spokeswoman, Cathy Hazelwood. That decision came after Herb Hayden, the commission's executive director, was said to have 'destroyed' a letter of reprimand from Hazelwood to Haley over a campaign trip to North Carolina. Hayden recently settled the legal matter of whether he violated state sunshine laws by destroying the letter. [AP, The State, The Nerve

Former CofC Cougar guard Andrew Goudelock set a Euroleague record with 10 three-point baskets in a game, going 10-13 last night to finish with 34 points. [@CofCBasketball]

A panel of experts says that Myrtle Beach should do more to attract 'Millennials' to boost tourism. [Sun News]

Have an extra $29 million? You can buy Long Island, a sea island near Folly Beach that's only accessible via boat, though the current owner plans to build a bridge. But don't worry, if the bridge doesn't work out, you can get $5 million back. [Wall Street Journal]


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