NEWS SHORTS 

"South Carolinians value their right to firearms, and André Bauer is the right man to represent them."

Chris W. Cox, Executive Director and Chairman of the NRA, lends his endorsement to Bauer's campaign for Lieutenant Governor. Bauer is now a triple threat — fast cars, planes, and guns, oh my!
Hat Trick ·
James Island has incorporated itself — again. The tenacious supporters of incorporation have succeeded, for a third time, in passing a referendum to form the Town of James Island. The vote turned out a total of 4,146 of the nearly 20,000 eligible voters, 3,068 of which favored incorporation.
The town's lead crusader, Mary Clark, is very pleased with the outcome and has vowed to run again for the position of town mayor. Clark held the position after the second incorporation attempt.
Mayor Riley has made a vow of his own, declaring his intentions to file a legal challenge against the town. The city filed similar challenges after the two previous James Island incorporation attempts. Both were decided in the city's favor after the courts found that the newly formed township violated certain stipulations in the state's constitution. James Island's efforts to persist in incorporation attempts have been encouraged by Sen. Glenn McConnell's successful amendments to the constitution's sticky stipulations.
It is difficult to predict what the courts will decide this go-around, but neither the city or the town's proponents are likely to give ground on their positions. The only thing to end the cycle of vote/lawsuit, vote/lawsuit, vote/lawsuit would be a ruling in favor of incorporation. —Elle Lien

$17.4 million

That's how much an unidentified Yankee paid for three Revolutionary War flags auctioned off at Sotheby's in New York on June 14 — Flag Day. The South Carolina House of Representatives allocated money for the State Museum to bid on the flags, but their dough didn't rise to the occasion. Source: AP

2

That's South Carolina's score — on an 11-point scale — for progressive approaches to state tax policies. The Center for a Better South evaluates each Southern state's level of commitment to tax modernization in a new book, Doing Better: Progressive Tax Reform for the American South. Find the book at www.bettersouth.org/doingbetter.

"Mr. Frasier benefited from strong support of African Americans and cross-over Republicans. We cannot let this happen again on June 27th."

This was in an e-mail from U.S. House candidate Randy Maatta's campaign.

7.1%

That's the newest interest rate on Stafford loans after a 1.8 percent hike. The new wallet-hurting rate is effective July 1, so stop slacking and get to consolidating, college grads. Source: US Newswire

"Offshore oil drilling is the slowest, dirtiest, and most expensive way to meet America's energy needs."

At a "Clean Beaches — No Drilling" event on Folly Beach on June 22, Colleen Kiernan, of the Sierra Club, encouraged beachgoers to preserve coastal environments by opposing offshore drilling.
Charleston County Week In Review ·
Now that the General Assembly is on the playground enjoying summer recess, the City Paper will be covering the hardworking Charleston County Council. The council meets every other Tuesday at 7 p.m., in their North Charleston building, to discuss the issues facing the local area. The meetings are open to the public, and citizens are encouraged to share their two cents. Agendas for the meetings can be found online at www.charlestoncounty.org.
Last Tuesday the Council unanimously "ayed" two zoning cases, a request to fund road improvements for Ismail Road, Rachael Cook Way, and Timothy Bostic Lane; and bond hearings for expansion of the SPCA facility (hooray for puppies and kitties!) and the Charleston County Detention Center. The Detention Center bond received some mild criticism from the audience. A man in the audience, Harrison Kapps, indicated that he was displeased that the bond presumed that the new detention center would be built in North Charleston. The council had not even considered alternative locations, nor had they taken the pulse of the surrounding community for a response. "This is an issue of self-determination, and North Charleston never has any," said Kapps.
Hollywood Mayor Herbert Gadson was in attendance to be on the record as insisting upon sewer assistance for the town. He addressed the council after a tense confrontation between a slighted local contractor and the council. "For a second there I wasn't sure if I was here or back in Hollywood," said the Mayor. Councilmen Curtis Bostic quickly responded, saying, " We have perhaps had no greater insult."
There was more melodrama when the council bid farewell to County Administrator Roland Windham, who was sitting in on his last meeting. Some had fond things to say, while others took the opportunity to clear the air of behind-the-scenes nastiness.
Who needs Fear Factor on Tuesday nights when we've got the County Council? —EL

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