The state Public Service Commission unanimously passed a motion yesterday ordering app-based car service Uber to cease and desist operations in the state. The company says they will challenge the order and, as of noon, drivers continued to be available for rides downtown. Source: WIS, PSC, Uber
Charleston City Councilman William Dudley Gregorie announced today that he will mount a third campaign for mayor in 2015, the first campaign where he won’t be tilting at Mayor Joe Riley, his frequent opponent on the trail and in council chambers. Source: Gregorie for Mayor
Business and political leaders appear poised for action to improve the state’s roadways as the legislative session reconvenes this week. A report out yesterday says that due to the state’s shoddy roads, S.C. drivers pay out a combined $3 billion in vehicle upkeep and safety costs. Source: G’ville News, The State
Under an agreement reached between state corrections agency and advocates for those with disabilities, the state must request nearly $9 million in increased funding for mental health services for the state’s prison system. Source: G’ville, P&C
More than 60 companies pitched in up to $25,000 a pop to Gov. Nikki Haley’s inaugural committee over the past few weeks. Unlike contributions to political candidates, there’s no limit on what companies can donate in an effort to defray inauguration costs for those politicians once their elected. Source: P&C
S.C. Poet Laureate Marjory Wentowrth, left out of Haley’s inauguration festivities this week, called the reaction to her work and its omission from the program, “quite profound.” Source: The State
It’s not really notable or surprising that lawmakers will take a two weeks off around Easter coming up this spring, but one tidbit dropped into the AP report on the break caught our eye: The Easter furlough will save taxpayers about $60,000 a week in travel reimbursements for politicians who don’t have to travel to Columbia for session. Source: AP
The State’s Gamecocks columnist Ron Morris thinks that Charleston state Senator Marlon Kimpson should keep politics out of college sports after reading a proposal by Kimpson to pay college athletes. Source: The State
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