Surveillance – The P&C reported yesterday that Congressman Mark Sanford and Sen. Lindsey Graham diverge sharply on the issue of state surveillance programs. Sanford: “I think they’ve crossed a tripwire.” Graham called the programs “very helpful for us when it comes to national security.” Congressman Mick Mulvaney wasn’t too happy (WRHI) when he heard about the programs either, “if you’re not committing a crime, then what you do isn’t anybody’s business. And the government shouldn’t be doing this.”
Lattimore lotto – Former Gamecock runningback Marcus Lattimore, drafted by the San Francisco 49ers, cuts an ad for the South Carolina Education Lottery (State), featuring Lattimore talking with lottery Executive Driector Paula Harper Bethea. Bethea: “So how’d you do it, Marcus?” Lattimore: “I protected what was most important. You’d probably say I played responsibly.”
Bustos quits – Charleston County Republican Party Chair Joe Bustos resigned his position suddenly (Patch) Monday morning, saying that (P&C) “the personal attacks and rancor is too divisive.” A look at the party’s Facebook group shows lengthy disagreements over the future and direction in the party’s conservative base. Bustos unseated incumbent chair Lin Bennett in April and is running for mayor of Mount Pleasant.
Teachers down on McGinley – An annual internal survey of Charleston teachers (P&C) showed that 45% think Superintendent Nancy McGinley seeks their perspective before making important decisions, down 16% from last year.
Alleged embezzlement at Crisis Ministries – A police report found by the CP yesterday shows that Crisis Ministries CEO Stacey Denaux reported that $11,000 in checks intended for groups associated with Crisis Ministries may have been deposited into a personal account over a year (P&C) by the group’s CFO. The investigation into the charges is ongoing and no one has been arrested.
State plane report – A report by WIS-TV (Columbia) reporter Jody Barr alleges widespread, bipartisan abuse of the use of state-owned aircraft totaling thousands of dollars in state tax dollars. Watch the WIS teaser here.
Haleys report income – Gov. Nikki Haley and her husband reported $284,226 in annual income in 2012 (AP), including $109,000 in profit from her 2012 book. The couple donated $130,000 (State) to the charity Haley founded to aid local communities.
Darius Rucker Blvd. – North Charleston Planning Commission approved plans yesterday (Live 5) to rename a road near North Charleston Coliseum to Darius Rucker Blvd.
Channel swim – College of Charleston Education Professor Brian Lanahan will attempt to swim the 19-nautical mile English Channel (Live 5) in mid-August.
Episcopal split – A case filed by the Episcopal Church in federal court against the now independent Diocese of South Carolina was remanded back (P&C) to the state court where it is now, the U.S. District Court judge disagreeing that the case had broad First Amendment implications.