Lawmakers ready to kill TERI system - The TERI program, an incentive to persuade quality teachers to stay in the classroom, is likely dead, according to The State’s Adam Beam. Since its inception in 2000, the TERI program has been the target of at least a dozen bills to kill it and one lawsuit that went all the way to the state Supreme Court. With the state retirement system’s deficit at $14 billion and climbing, lawmakers are rallying to end the program.
American Legislative Exchange Council has a hand in S.C. politics - The extent of ALEC’s influence in the Palmetto State is difficult to nail down, but the the shadowy, right-wing group’s bills are materializing at the State House, according to the Charleston Post & Courier’s Robert Behre and Stephen Largen. Since 1973, they have worked together in private — often at resort-hosted retreats — to craft proposed laws addressing everything from health care to education to gun laws and even voting rights.
Critical deadline nears for South Carolina legislation - House Republicans will work this week to push bills to the Senate that eliminate some sales tax exemptions and reduce income taxes for residents and small businesses, according to the Associated Press’ Seanna Adcox. Those are among the bills that face certain death for the year if they don’t advance to the other chamber by the April 30 crossover deadline.
Trial to begin in John Edwards campaign finance case - In a federal criminal case that has the markings of sex, money, betrayal and a handsome politician’s fall from grace, former presidential candidate John Edwards’ trial for alleged campaign finance violations opens Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Richard Simon. The former senator from North Carolina has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts related to campaign finance violations.
McConnell key to funding for elderly - Glenn McConnell, more so than any other senator, knows how to find money, according to The State’s Adam Beam. But now he is lieutenant governor, an office of considerably less power whose only duties are to preside over the Senate and oversee the Office on Aging.