Friday, September 1, 2017

The Agenda: Merrill resigns, pleads guilty; Sanford winds up against Trump; Secret nuclear project report

Sanford readying a trio of policy proposals to combat Trump initiatives

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 11:17 AM

As he prepares for a primary challenger backed by Statehouse GOP leaders, Sanford is readying proposals that take issue with Trump policies - FLICKR USER GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • As he prepares for a primary challenger backed by Statehouse GOP leaders, Sanford is readying proposals that take issue with Trump policies

More than $70,000 in bonuses have been paid to Santee Cooper executives since 2011 as the company worked with SCE&G on the doomed VC Summer nuclear project. Source: The State

Meanwhile, both SCE&G and Santee Cooper reportedly worked on a report critical of the project as it its prospects dimmed earlier this year, but never delivered the report to state regulators. State lawmakers and the governor were never told about the existence of the report, the contents of which are unknown, but which could have shed light on the inner workings of the project financed with S.C. taxpayer and SCE&G customer money. Source: The State, P&C

Rep. Jim Merrill (R - Daniel Island) - SCSTATEHOUSE.GOV FILE
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  • Rep. Jim Merrill (R - Daniel Island)

Daniel Island state Rep. Jim Merrill resigned Thursday night, a day before he was set to appear in court related to corruption charges leveled against him. Today, he is reportedly pleading guilty to one charge of 'statutory misconduct' in what appears to be a wide-ranging plea agreement as prosecutors continue digging into Statehouse corruption. He was initially facing 30 charges that he he accepted money illegally either "directly or through his business." Source: P&C, The State

The day after Congressman Mark Sanford got a GOP challenger in his primary campaign, the 1st District representative is taking aim at President Donald Trump with three proposals to 1) block restrictions on travel to Cuba, 2) block the reopening of the Atlantic to leasing for oil and gas drilling, and 3) restrict the Secret Service from exceeding spending limits on securing travel for the president. Source: The State

State education leaders want to ramp up teacher recruitment efforts based on programs that have seen high retention rates. Source: P&C

Earlier this week, Charleston County Council voted to move ahead with discussions to potentially settle a suit between the owner of the abandoned Naval hospital in North Charleston and the County, which signed a 25-year lease that it ended up scrapping, alleging the building owners didn't make-good on pledges to improve it. As P&C says: "there are tens of millions of dollars at stake and many more questions than answers." Source: P&C


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