Head Ball Coach Steve Spurrier said yesterday that he’ll be back on the sidelines for “two or three more” seasons. HBC seems psyched to be back: “This is more fun that doing nothing, and I’m not very good at doing nothing.” Source: GoGamecocks, ESPN
A slew of local nonprofit groups are participating in Giving Tuesday today, an annual post-Thanksgiving donation drive that shadows Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping sprees. P&C has a list of participating groups. Source: P&C
Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon says he welcomes the use of new technology like body cameras for local officers, but says a federal initiative floated by President Barack Obama doesn’t go far enough to fully address cost issues associated with them. Source: P&C, NBC News
Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page is proposing a rule that would require councilmembers to get a second before adding topics to council meeting agendas. Some residents in attendance say the idea of a “buddy system” on council could stifle discussion. Source: P&C
Midlands state Sen. Katrina Shealy says she’ll pre-file a bill that will dissolve the state DSS and put their responsibilities, such as child welfare and Medicaid, under state DHHS and force lawmakers to start from scratch. Source: P&C, The State
Educators said during a school oversight committee meeting on Monday that newly proposed education standards, a revision of federal Common Core standards, are inferior to the original educational guidelines, and that the proposed standards would set the state back. Source: The State
Former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, who now heads up the conservative Heritage Foundation, is poised to become “kingmaker or royal pain” as Republicans take control of Congress in the new year. Source: The State/McClatchy
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, who succeeded DeMint in the Senate, was officially sworn in today after becoming the first black senator elected from the South since Reconstruction. Scott was initially appointed after DeMint’s departure, and November’s election was to fill the remainder of DeMint’s term. He’ll be up for re-election again in 2016. Source: P&C, The Hill
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