Lindsey Graham sure knows how to please his corporate benefactors - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been a big supporter of South Carolina energy giant SCANA and its nuclear agenda since entering office back in 1994, and SCANA has been a big supporter of Graham in return, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. Now that SCANA has won approval for a $10 billion reactor project in South Carolina, a new report shows just how deep the relationship between the energy company and the state’s senior senator runs.
Irony Alert: Parties miss deadline to fight for candidates kicked off ballot for missing deadline - It seems fitting that South Carolina’s two main political parties would miss the filing deadline Thursday to challenge a State Supreme Court ruling kicking potentially hundreds of state and local candidates off the primary ballot for missing a filing deadline, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. After all, the parties are a big part of the reason those candidates messed up in the first place.
50 local candidates may be off ballot - Nearly 50 candidates in Lexington and Richland counties may be off the June 12 primary ballot for failing to file a statement of economic interests in the manner required, according to The State’s Tim Flach. Those candidates — about two-thirds of whom are in Lexington and the remainder in Richland, most of them challenging incumbents — appear to have been disqualified under a state Supreme Court ruling that sent many campaigns statewide into disarray with just more than five weeks to go until the election.
July special election a go in Charleston Senate district - Voters in Charleston’s Senate District 41 will have a busy few months at the polls if they want to help choose replacements for Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, according to the Post & Courier’s Stephen Largen. This summer’s special election to fill McConnell’s former Senate seat is now sure to take place after a state representative on Thursday abandoned an effort that would have effectively canceled the contest.
Senate panel: End TERI plan by 2018 - Current state employees would likely work longer – but get to keep more of their retirement benefits – under a plan a Senate panel approved Thursday, according to The State’s Adam Beam. The state’s retirement fund is short $14 billion, a deficit that taxpayers would have to make up unless lawmakers can agree on a way to change the system.
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