Friday, May 1, 2015

The Agenda: Hootie on Letterman; Senate puts off roads bill; GOP '16 candidates coming to S.C.

Hollings judicial complex likely to be renamed for Waring

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 11:55 AM

The guys from Hootie and the Blowfish played the Ed Sullivan Theater for David Letterman' s "Late Show" for the final time on Thursday night, playing "the song that started it all," as Dave put it, "Hold My Hand."

As part of the process that means every S.C. driver will get new license plates in the next few years, state DMV offices will begin issuing the new, more generic specialty tags beginning today. Source: The State

With both sides acknowledging that the legislature is running out of time to ensure a road funding bill is adopted, Republican Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler argued against bringing a proposal up for debate on Thursday, and Democrats say moves to prioritize an abortion ban proposal could submarine a roads fix. Source: G'ville, The State

Today, the New York Times examines Greenwood officials' attempt to update a local WWII monument listing fallen veterans by race, so far held up by a state law right of the public to video or photograph law enforcement officers in public as long as they aren't interfering with an investigation. Source: P&C

South Carolina's congressional delegation in Washington joined to unanimously support a bill to change the name of a downtown federal district courthouse complex currently named for former U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings, who requested the name-change himself. The Four Corners of Law complex will likely be named for former District Judge J. Waties Waring, whose landmark rulings on South Carolina school desegregation laid the groundwork for Brown v. Board of Education. Source: P&C

State Republicans, with eyes on a "generational election" will welcome a caravan of potential 2016 candidates for president to Columbia this weekend for their annual state convention. Source: The State, P&C

Charleston County schools are proposing a property tax hike on non-owner-occupied homes to raise enough revenue to fund employee pay raises and reading and math programs proposed for the next year. Source: P&C

Mount Pleasant will likely approve construction plans for its new $30 million municipal complex this week to replace its aging town hall on Houston Northcutt Boulevard. Source: P&C

From The State opinion pages, by Warren Bolton: "How many deaths have we missed of black men wrongly killed by white officers?" Source: The State

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