Lawmakers to call witnesses in reopened Haley ethics investigation - A House committee voted unanimously Wednesday evening to reopen the investigation into Gov. Nikki Haley’s alleged ethics violations while she was a state representative, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. The move will allow John Rainey, the Republican power-broker who originally filed the ethics complaint against the governor, to testify about the allegations in person.
SC lawmakers balk at buying part of State Farmers Market - S.C. taxpayers are poised to pay the chairman of the State Ports Authority nearly $12 million to buy 15 acres that he owns at the new State Farmers Market in Lexington County, according to The State’s Adam Beam. But some lawmakers in the House are balking at the expense, questioning whether property owner Bill Stern, a prolific campaign contributor to Republicans and Democrats alike, is making a profit at the expense of taxpayers.
SLED: Sheriff candidate plotted kidnapping of judge - A candidate for Oconee County sheriff has been released on bond after being accused of trying to arrange the kidnapping of a retired judge, according to WYFF-TV. Solicitor Chrissy Adams said evidence was captured on audio surveillance, and James Bartee gave a person money to buy items needed for the kidnapping.
Retirement system compromise attempted by SC House - The latest proposal to pass the state House means changes for the nearly 500,000 people in the state retirement system would not take effect until Jan. 1, according to The State’s Adam Beam. To fix the deficit, state accountants say lawmakers have to make changes to the Retirement System that affect current employees and retirees – difficult to do in an election year.
DHEC defers on Savannah River dredging appeal - The board that runs South Carolina’s environmental agency has decided not to reconsider its permit allowing deeper dredging in the Savannah River, setting up a courtroom showdown next week in the fight over helping bigger ships reach the port in Savannah, according to the Associated Press’ Jeffrey Collins. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control board decided Thursday to wait for the Supreme Court to rule on a lawsuit by environmentalists.
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