Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Agenda: Sanford criticizes Trump military surplus order; Bus rapid transit line gets some help

GOP gov candidates shake hands at Duncan BBQ

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 11:27 AM

click to enlarge Retired armored vehicles like this MRAP can be acquired by local police departments under a program set to be restarted by President Donald Trump - FLICKR USER INVENTORCHRIS2
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Yesterday, Congresman Mark Sanford pushed back slightly on President Donald Trump's order to restart a program that sends surplus military combat equipment to local police departments for free. In a statement, Sanford said he thought the program should instead auction the gear to help bankroll the federal government, while also discouraging departments from stocking up on unnecessary equipment. Source: NYT

In a tweet yesterday, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley paid tribute to those affected by the storms and floods in the Houston area. Source: The State

Greenville News / The State headline: "The difference faces of Lindsey Graham"

Army veteran and lawyer Shawn Pinkston says he'll run for the seat currently held by state Rep. Jim Merrill, who was suspended from office amid a statewide ethics investigation. Source: P&C

Congressman Jeff Duncan held his Faith and Freedom barbecue last night, an annual event that functioned as an early primary gladhanding battleground for Republican candidates looking to knock off Gov. Henry McMaster. Former DHEC director Catherine Templeton and Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, who have announced their bids, were present and state Sen. Tom Davis, who may run, was also there. Source: P&C

Ashley Hall School, the all-girls private school downtown, says an email to parents that reportedly revealed sensitive medical records, was the result of an "inadvertent professional error." Source: P&C

A group of area business leaders are joining together to help local authorities spearhead the proposed bus rapid transit line that could provide the city's first large-scale rapid transit system along the Rivers Avenue corridor from downtown into Summerville. Source: P&C


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