Monday, March 23, 2015

The Agenda: 200+ officer-involved shootings, 0 convictions; Chs' cheap gas; House holds up CDV bill

Democrats' leader questions need for tougher domestic violence laws

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 12:31 PM

The Census Bureau is beginning testing of its new online survey in test markets Washington, D.C.; Maricopa County, Arizona; and Savannah, Georgia, which includes nearby areas of South Carolina. The bureau says it chose those areas because of the demographic diversity and the mix of urban and rural landscapes. Source: NPR

In the P&C this weekend, North Charleston City Councilman Ron Brinson (also a former P&C editor) recounts how questions from state legislators over millions in "Project Unicorn" incentives on, negotiated by state Commerce officials, sounded "alarm bells" for the governor's office and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman, who purportedly sprung into action and "rescued" the Daimler deal. Source: P&C

Of 209 South Carolina officer-involved shootings in the last five years, zero officers have been found guilty of pulling the trigger illegally, according to analysis by The State. Source: AP, The State

A four-car accident on I-95 in Florence County on Saturday night claimed the lives of five people, including an seven month-old and both its parents. Source: AP

With crude oil prices at their lowest level in six years, Charleston, South Carolina is currently home to the cheapest gas in America at $2.11 per gallon, forty-cents cheaper than the national average. Source: Bloomberg

A victim advocate pushing for a tougher domestic violence law and its conservative Republican champion in the state Senate say they're frustrated with stonewalling in the House, including efforts by Democratic state Rep. Todd Rutherford, who said advocates who made emotional appeals for change were "putting on theater." Supporters of the tougher laws worry the conflicts could kill the bill's chances altogether. Source: P&C

South Carolina is one of nine states that currently provide a "Sons of Confederate Veterans" license plate similar to one rejected in the state of Texas back in 2011. An appeal of the tag's rejection on First Amendment grounds will be argued in the Supreme Court this week. Source: NYT

The state's free 4K kindergarten program is helping poor students compared to their classmates who don't participate in the program, analysis by the state Education Oversight Committee shows, but it doesn't bridge the achievement gap compared to students in wealthier school districts. Source: The State

Interim Berkeley County Sheriff Butch Henerey told the P&C twice that his office is not under investigation by the FBI, but SLED spokesperson Thom Berry said that state police are cooperating with a federal inquiry that's been underway since 2012. Source: P&C

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