Two Republican officials indicted in two weeks — who’s next? - State Rep. Thad Viers (R-Horry) has become the second South Carolina Republican to be forced out of office by a criminal indictment in as many weeks, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. Viers announced his resignation from the State House on Wednesday over domestic harassment charges.
S.C.House targets protest camp - Lawmakers are scrambling to block the just-resumed Occupy Columbia protest from continuing its encampment on State House grounds, according to The State’s Gina Smith. The S.C. House Judiciary Committee held a specially called meeting Thursday to take up one piece of legislation that it swiftly passed — a ban on camping on the State House lawn, including sleeping.
DeMint ‘excited’ about Romney - Saying he was “excited” and “comfortable” with Mitt Romney as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-Greenville, Thursday called on Romney’s primary foes to re-evaluate their campaigns, according to McClatchy Newspapers’ James Rosen. DeMint’s appeal for Republicans to focus on defeating President Barack Obama came a day after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, another influential conservative, endorsed Romney and urged party unity.
State rep proposes repealing parts of S.C. self-defense law - A Democratic state representative introduced a proposal Thursday to eliminate parts of South Carolina’s “stand your ground law” self-defense law, citing the slaying of a black Florida teenager, according to The State’s Adam Beam. State Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-Bamberg, said parts of the self-defense law need to be scrapped before it results in a killing similar to that of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
NC, SC state line isn’t where folks thought it was - Surveyors have redrawn South Carolina’s boundary with North Carolina, using computers and GPS systems to narrow it down to the centimeter, according to the Associated Press’ Jeffrey Collins. Their results put the new line about 150 feet south of the old one, which means some people are looking at a major change of address.