“Busch League” – Erick Erickson, head of conservative political blog RedState.com, teed off on Elizabeth Colbert Busch yesterday, accusing the campaign of race baiting, citing a “bizarre radio ad” (admittedly, it is pretty damn cheesy), that lays portrays Republicans and GOP SC-1 candidate Mark Sanford as thwarting black South Carolinians from voting, saying “somebody doesn’t want African Americans to vote.”
Wilson on Boland – 9th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said in a press conference Wednesday (P&C) that she would pursue full prosecution of Alice Boland, who is charged in the attempted shooting of an Ashley Hall teacher earlier this year, but says she has little faith in the state’s public health system.
Sheheen – Democratic state senator from Camden, Vincent Sheheen, announced Wednesday (P&C) that he was launching his campaign (The State) for governor. Sheheen ran against Gov. Nikki Haley in 2010, losing by a 52-46 percent margin, and has remained visible in state politics since then with many expecting another run (Politico). Haley has not officially announced she is running for re-election, but has still has $2M in the bank (AP) and has made moves to build her statewide fundraising organization.
Tradition unlike any other – Augusta National kicks off this year (NYT) for the first time since the historically all-male club announced it would admit its first female members, S.C. financier Darla Moore and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. Augusta Chairman Billy Payne calls the experience since announcing the change, “awesome.”
Boeing up – Days after announcing a massive expansion of the scope of the company’s North Charleston campus, the state Senate approved (AP) $120 million in incentives up front to help fuel expansion plans such as utilities and site prep.
Sgt. Jasper – Beach Co. officials said at a community meeting Wednesday that the high-rise apartment building at Broad St. and Lockwood Ave. downtown could be torn down as soon as 2015 if the company gets approval for a mixed use complex that would take up the parcel situated near the waterfront straddling Barre St. near Colonial Lake.
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