Alvin Greene graphic novel is an innovative chronicle of SC political drama - I’m often struck by how closely South Carolina’s political news resembles a made-for-TV drama. But as Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday, nothing matches the jaw-dropping, circus-like circumstances of Alvin Greene’s 2010 run for the U.S. Senate. Luckily, Free Times reporter Corey Hutchins and military correspondent David Axe have storyboarded the script behind that bizarre election into a compelling graphic novel called The Accidental Candidate.
Clock ticking on SC pension deal - Lawmakers have less than a week to agree on how to fix the state’s $15 billion pension shortfall, or else taxpayers will be forced to give the system $150 million just to keep it solvent, according to The State’s Adam Beam. Negotiations broke down for the third straight week yesterday, with House and Senate lawmakers walking out of closed-door meetings after failing to reach an agreement on who should make decisions for the system that covers nearly 500,000 people.
7th District Dem primary to be on trial Thursday - The future of the 7th District Democratic primary hangs in the balance in a Georgetown courtroom Thursday morning, according to the Myrtle Beach Sun News’ Steve Jones. Judge Larry Hyman is deciding whether to order a runoff in the primary between Gloria Tinubu, whom the Election Commission says won the June 12 vote, and runner-up Preston Brittain.
Schools chief asks court to block federal penalty - South Carolina’s state superintendent is asking a federal court to suspend a $36 million penalty against the state and review an order by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, according to the Associated Press’ Seanna Adcox. Mick Zais has asked the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review Duncan’s decision last month to reject their efforts to avoid the penalty for special education spending cuts during and after the recession.
House, Senate debate plan to restructure - Time is running out for lawmakers to approve the largest government restructuring effort in decades, according to The State’s Gina Smith. Supporters of the Department of Administration bill say it streamlines much of state government, saves taxpayer money and increases government accountability, but critics say the bill does not represent real reform and grows the size of government by creating new boards.
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