Friday, January 23, 2015

The Agenda: Summey upbeat in State of the City; SLED looking at DeWitt's arrest; Thurmond challenging Sanford?

Could Graham get S.C. support in '16?

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 11:37 AM

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey played his annual State of the City video yesterday at city council, complete with a Parks and Rec spoof, quadcopter footage of Riverfront Park, and Summey's hope for revitalizing the southern end of the city, where local officials have been trying for some time to recruit a major grocery store to move in. Source: YouTube

After an initial review of the arrest of Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt earlier this month, Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson has asked state police to take a look at Hanahan Police Department's handling of the drunk driving arrest. Source: ABC News 4, P&C

As economic analysts watch for signs that a weak Euro could affect American markets with ties to European industry, like the automotive cluster between Atlanta and Charlotte along I-85, reports surfaced this week that automaker Volvo has been in talks about incentives to locate a new plant in the Carolinas or Kentucky. Source: NPR, Financial Times, G'ville News

Fits News posted this morning that Republican state Senator Paul Thurmond is reportedly considering challenging Congressman Mark Sanford for his District 1 seat. Thurmond is the youngest son of longtime U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond. Source: FITS News

Speaking of Will Folks, NBC News talked with several South Carolina politicos, including Folks, about U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's flirt with a 2016 campaign, wondering if Graham could even get support from home-state Republicans. The Columbia Free Times floats the idea that Graham may be positioning himself to take the veep spot on the GOP ticket. Source: NBC News

Attorneys for the South Carolina Ports Authority filed a brief in Appeals court yesterday, urging the court to allow a DHEC permit for a new cruise terminal to stand after it was contested by neighborhood and environmental groups. Source: NYT/AP

South Carolina is one of three states that President Obama hasn't visited during his time in office, along with Utah and South Dakota. Source: Politico

After shutting down his restaurant in Hilton Head last year and moving away from the Lowcountry, celebrity chef Robert Irvine, who's actually in town taping "Restaurant: Impossible" in Summerville this week, announced yesterday that his Bluffton restaurant, Nosh, would shut down after this weekend. Source: Beaufort Gazette

As part of the PULSE Art and Technology Festival in Savannah this weekend, organizers are hosting a GIF Festival, taking over 500 submissions in categories such as "Creepy", "Funny", and "Trippy". Source: Beaufort Gazette, Tumblr

Cover photo by City of North Charleston.

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