Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Agenda: McMaster working to salvage nuclear project; Wilson says calls to resign "laughable"

Sale of Santee Cooper reportedly one option

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 11:41 AM

The Wall Street Journal reports that Gov. Henry McMaster is contemplating options for 'salvaging' the nuclear projects Santee Cooper and SCE&G abandoned last week. One option, according to the Journal, is selling Santee Cooper's stake in the $14+ billion project or selling the state owned utility altogether to try to ensure that the thousands of workers left jobless by the work stoppage aren't left stranded. Privately-held SCANA (SCE&G's parent company) owns 55% of the project and also voted to walk away. A number of state lawmakers appear to be on board with the idea. Source: WSJ, P&C, The State

On Monday, Attorney General Alan Wilson called state Democrats' calls for him to resign "laughable" amid controversy over emails he reportedly sent to Richard Quinn as a statewide corruption investigation heated up, possibly implicating Quinn, a powerful consultant Wilson used for years and still pays to manage his campaign finances. Virginia Democrats have also called on a Republican candidate for governor there to cancel an event with Wilson. Source: P&C

Also yesterday, Wilson reportedly filed a $100 million lawsuit against the federal government for past deadlines for removing plutonium from the Savannah River Site near Aiken. Source: P&C

P&C headline: "West Ashley Revitalization Commissioner pushed group to consider a transit technology he invested in"

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, a Republican candidate for governor, says he's taken a pledge to turn down all federal education mandates, which would include refusing more than $2 billion in federal education funds the state receives each year. Source: P&C

Ex-GOP state Rep. Chris Corley pleaded guilty to beating his wife on Monday and was sentenced to five years probation, avoiding jailtime stemming from the 2016 altercation which forced his eventual resignation. Source: The State


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