Monday, August 24, 2015

The Agenda: Bernie Sanders packs in S.C. crowds; Scott decries Gitmo prisoner 'import'; Belk is sold

Plan to move detainees to Navy brig attracts more critics

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 12:11 PM

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stopped at North Charleston Convention Center on Saturday, capping off a trip through S.C. that also included stops in Greenville, Columbia, and Sumter. Some national media speculated that the Sanders trip was part of an effort to fix his "black-voter problem." Sanders used his hour long speech during his North Charleston stop to attack the "greedy" Koch brothers, but also to knock politicians "begging from billionaires." Source: P&C, NYT, WaPo, AP

A downtown Charleston middle school that bears the names of the slain S.C. Sen. Clementa Pinckney and celebrated iron craftsman Philip Simmons, but also the name of what one CofC historian says "personified the reactionary tradition of the Charleston white elite," but the state "Heritage Act" prohibits any of the names being removed from the school. Source: P&C

Charlotte-based Belk, the largest family-owned department store chain in the nation, said this morning that it's agreed to sell itself to a New York-based investment group, Sycamore Partners, for $3 billion. Source: Charlotte Observer

In an op-ed run by the Greenville News and Post and Courier over the weekend, State Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers calls Donald Trump's positions on immigration "somewhat extreme." Source: Greenville News/P&C

As the Department of Defense reportedly considers sites in S.C. and Kansas for relocation of Guantanamo Bay detainees, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and his Sunflower State counterpart Pat Roberts took to the Wall Street Journal this Sunday, saying the plan was just President Obama "pursuing an effort to move the terrorists at Guantanamo into our backyards." Source: WSJ

The P&C echoed the senators' sentiments: "Don’t put terror detainees at Navy brig in Hanahan"

Asked whether he is considering a bid for the governor's office in 2018, state Attorney General Alan Wilson says the idea is "not even on my radar. I'm not even thinking about that." Source: The State

State government was left with $87 million in the bank at the end of the fiscal year, more than legislators had counted on, which will be held over to spend next year. Source: AP

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