A Post and Courier report over the weekend documents claims by Catherine Templeton, the former state agency head and Republican candidate for governor, that she was fired from a job with the State Ports Authority she took shortly after leaving SCDHEC for raising questions about SPA contracts with Richard Quinn and Associates. Since then, the Quinns have reportedly become one of the focuses of a major state ethics investigation that now involves the FBI. Source: P&C
Congressman Jim Clyburn, who turned 77 years old last week, remains one of South Carolina Democrats’ biggest allies left in D.C. as a member of the Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s leadership team, but outside pressure from candidates and party critics to oust Pelosi could be bad news for Clyburn too. Source: P&C
SCDOT called the collapsed tarp on the Don Holt Bridge last week that closed I-526 during a rush hour thunderstorm and trapped several cars underneath an “unprecedented failure.” Source: P&C
Charleston County Council voted to rename the Cooper River North Charleston Library branch on Rivers Avenue for North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey. The mayor’s son Elliott, a member of county council, voted for the proposal. The dissenting votes, Schweers and Sass, said that libraries should be named for their locations, not people. Source: P&C
As part of a move to replace all wooden-framed structures on Fort Jackson in Columbia, the Army has slated the base’s landmark Memorial Chapel for demolition. Source: The State
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