Election questions still abound after tumultuous primary - Quite a bit remains unclear after Tuesday’s muddled primary, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. For example, we’re still not sure how little-known former Georgia state Rep. Gloria Tinubu beat establishment favorite Preston Brittain for the Democratic nomination in South Carolina’s new Congressional seat. In fact, we’re not even completely sure if she beat him.
Deputy director leaving DHEC - Another high-level staff member is leaving the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, an agency undergoing change with new leadership, according to The State’s Sammy Fretwell. Former air bureau chief Jim Joy’s leaving is among a string of departures involving employees since Catherine Templeton became DHEC director in early March.
Incumbents big winners in S.C. ballot drama - In their controversy-filled run-up, Tuesday’s elections were called a “sham,” a product of the “Incumbent Protection Act” and, at the very least, highly confusing, according to the Charleston Post & Courier’s Stephen Largen. But no matter how you describe the ballot drama that prefaced the South Carolina primaries, the end result was a great day for most Statehouse incumbents.
The Free Times Power 50 - “Who runs Columbia?” asks the writers of the Free Times. The Free Times 50 is their list of influential locals who are getting things done in the Capital City. Holding political office doesn’t necessarily land you a spot on the Free Times 50, because it takes more than winning an election to get something done or to influence the behavior of others.
Tea Party might get state car tags - An unofficial symbol of the Tea Party would be able to be put on S.C. customized vehicle license tags under a bill likely to be passed later this month when the General Assembly goes back into session, according to The State’s John Monk. Neither the Democratic nor Republican parties have their own symbols — a donkey and an elephant, respectively — on state vehicle license tags.
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