Will the SC Supreme Court kick even more candidates off the ballot? - The South Carolina Supreme Court is hearing a lawsuit by Florence County Democrats that may throw the beleaguered state primary elections next week into further turmoil, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. The Florence Co. Democratic Party is arguing that the county GOP improperly certified candidates who didn’t conform to the court’s ruling in May which removed nearly 200 candidates from primary ballots across the state.
What’s up with all of the new satirical Twitter accounts? - Recently there have been quite a few new parody accounts covering everything from Sikh Jesus to Richland Co. House candidate Kirkman Finlay’s beard, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. To celebrate, we’ve collected a Twitter list of some of our favorite South Carolina parody accounts as well as some of their choice tweets from the last few years. Let us know if we’ve missed any in the comments section.
It’s crunch week for lawmakers - State lawmakers are back in Columbia today for what normally would be the final week of the regular legislative session, but this year has been anything but normal, according to The State’s Gina Smith. Legislators know that after a break for next week’s primaries, they will be back at the State House to finish work on the state budget and any vetoes issued by Gov. Nikki Haley.
SC denied special education hearing - The U.S. Education Department denied South Carolina’s request to further appeal a $36 million penalty for not spending enough on special education during the economic downturn, meaning the cut could continue indefinitely, according to the Associated Press’ Seanna Adcox. The cut in federal money is a punishment for the state not spending enough on students with disabilities in the 2009-10 school year.
Maverick DOT commissioner leaving - Whether seeking answers about highly paid consultants, multibillion-dollar freeways or the lack of public access in policy decisions, Transportation Commission member Sarah Nuckles kept things stirred up during her four years on the transportation board, according to The State’s Sammy Fretwell. Now that’s about to end, as Nuckles’ term on the commission has expired.
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