Palmetto Politics

BRIEF: Feel soggy? Leaked report provides insights

BRIEF: Feel soggy? Leaked report provides insights

There sure has been a lot of rain around the Midlands and coast over the last 30 days, and now a federal report shows major rain events are occurring with higher frequency over the last 100 years in our area of the country.

According to the draft of a  leaked federal science report, climate change is affecting regions of the United States. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that there’s been an 8 percent increase in extreme rain in the Southeast over the last 100 years.  By 2100, rainfall could go up another 21 percent.

by · 08/11/2017 · News, Palmetto Politics
Construction at the Summer site.

NEWS BRIEFS: Nuclear fallout at Statehouse, a Q&A and impact of life sciences

In the wake of billions spent on nuclear reactors that will remain unfinished for the foreseeable future, South Carolina lawmakers this week established a bipartisan caucus, and others will reconvene for a special Senate committee meeting this month.

On Monday, Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) abandoned the over-budget V.C. Summer project that has already cost $9 billion. Some of that money was raised by SCE&G on the backs of ratepayers, enabled by a 2007 act by the General Assembly.

Also: Six Questions with Santee Cooper and the impact of the life sciences industry in S.C.

by · 08/03/2017 · News, Palmetto Politics
BRIEFS: South Carolina’s failing grade plus a great digital resource

BRIEFS: South Carolina’s failing grade plus a great digital resource

The Palmetto State’s low jobless rate and huge economic development victories over the years haven’t been enough for it to escape being named the nation’s worst on jobs and business, according to a new Prosperity Now scorecard.

More than one-third of jobs in the state pay less than $24,250 per year, and the average annual pay in the state is $46,411, the report said.. The data earned the state an “F”.

The Prosperity Now scorecard gave South Carolina an F grade based on 60 outcome measures from savings and graduation rates to homeownership and health care.  

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BRIEFS: Prevention program on chopping block; New number two

The Trump administration has cut a federal grants program advocates say has helped to decrease S.C. teen pregnancy rates.

Also: S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Monday that Circuit Court Judge Jeff Young will serve his office as chief deputy attorney general.

NEWS BRIEF: Lawmakers hear two hours of testimony on opioid crisis

NEWS BRIEF: Lawmakers hear two hours of testimony on opioid crisis

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent  |  He wasn’t the kind of person you thought would have been involved in drugs, one man testified. Funerals for overdoses less than a week apart, a woman echoed.  A grandparent had to tell his 11-year-old granddaughter that her father had died from an overdose.

Those are just a few of the statements made during the first of five public hearings about the opioid crisis in South Carolina, which drew two hours of testimony Wednesday in Greenville. You can watch a video by the Greenville News here.

by · 07/14/2017 · News, Palmetto Politics
BRIEFS: GOP’s McKissick criticized; Street is new correspondent

BRIEFS: GOP’s McKissick criticized; Street is new correspondent

Staff reports  |  New S.C. GOP Chairman Drew McKissick is getting roundly criticized for cavalierly saying he would turn over voter information that a seemingly partisan presidential commission wants after the S.C. Election Commission said it wouldn’t turn over the info.  Some 44 states have reportedly refused to hand over the information.

BRIEFS:  Happy Fourth; Swaimming with the current

BRIEFS:  Happy Fourth; Swaimming with the current

If you’re going to be on the coast on Tuesday, look skyward for the annual Salute from the Fourth.  Hundreds of thousands of people will witness an air parade of F-16s and other military aircraft as they fly down the state’s coast. 

Also, Barton Swaim, a speechwriter for former Gov. Mark Sanford who recently has served as communications director for the S.C. Policy Council, is moving on to a “dream job.”

by · 06/30/2017 · News, Palmetto Politics
BRIEFS:  S.C. ranks 7th in beer taxes; Whipper to leave House

BRIEFS: S.C. ranks 7th in beer taxes; Whipper to leave House

Staff reports | Here’s some fodder for conversation around the bar: For every gallon beer that South Carolinians drink (that’s about 11 beers – way more than you should have in one sitting in a bar), they’re paying 77 cents in state taxes.

Also: Longtime Charleston state Rep. Seth Whipper, a Democrat, is stepping down from his North Charleston seat to take one on the bench. He’ll become a county magistrate judge, a position he held part-time for eight years before heading to the Statehouse in 1995.