Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Agenda: P&C a Pulitzer finalist; Heritage Act challenge; I-526 toll to be considered

Graham says he'll meet with Garland Wednesday

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 11:44 AM

A bill heading to Gov. Nikki Haley's desk this week would provide HPV vaccines to S.C. students entering seventh grade. Source: SC Radio

A judge rejected a motion by state leaders last week, ruling that a challenge to the state's Heritage Act, which protects historic monuments from changes without a Statehouse supermajority, can move ahead. Five Greenwood residents are bringing the challenge in an attempt to alter the city's war memorial which segregates veterans' names by race. Source: P&C, Greenwood Index-Journal

Andy Brack handicaps Charleston-area Statehouse races this week. (Spoiler alert: Incumbents have the advantage.) Source: Charleston Currents

The state Senate is considering measures to spend $2.2 billion on state road expansion, not improvement, diverting SCDOT money into the State Infrastructure Bank and borrowing against that revenue. Source: The State

And speaking of spending on roads, outgoing state Rep. Chip Limehouse says a toll should be considered to help finance the completion of the I-526 loop. DOT commissioners will meet this week to discuss the proposal. Source: P&C

Congrats to Mitch Pugh and the team at the Post and Courier, which was noted as a finalist for two 2016 Pulitzer Prizes, which were awarded yesterday. The P&C was a finalist for Breaking News Reporting for the Walter Scott shooting and Feature Photography for coverage of the Emanuel AME shooting.Source: AP, P&C

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham will meet privately with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland tomorrow. Graham now says he believes judges should be considered on their qualifications, but it's unclear if Garland's meetings are anything more than a formality after Republicans uniformly rejected the proposition of President Barack Obama appointing a new justice to the Court during his final year in office. Source: Politico, SC Radio

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