A storm system spinning off the S.C.-Georgia coast could become Tropical Storm Irma today, possibly preparing to skirt the Carolinas before heading out to see. Source: WaPo, National Hurricane Center

Duke Energy says it will not be the company that attempts to salvage the abandoned Santee Cooper share of the VC Summer nuclear project. It is also seeking the cancelation of another nuclear project in Cherokee County, N.C. Source: The State, GSA Business


The P&C talked to one nuclear project worker who said the project was rife with “incompetency at every level.” Source: P&C

As we previewed on Friday, the P&C profiled the legacy-to date of the Summey family in North Charleston city government in their big Sunday paper. With the headline “BUDDY SYSTEM,” former CP reporter Paul Bowers and Brenda Rindge ran down stories on North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey’s cozy work with developers, friends, and family; his son County Councilman Elliott Summey ’emergence’ as the city’s ‘heir apparent’; tallying his wins and losses over the years; and criticisms that he’s ignored the city’s African-American community. Source: P&C

State ethics disclosures show that Republican Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, a pharmacist and pharmacy owner, has been paid more than $19 million over the last 10 years to fill prescriptions and orders for medical equipment under Medicaid and the state health plan. Bryant, who is running for governor, said he is merely “a participant in a free-market system.” Medicaid payments account for about 25% of his pharmacy’s business. Source: Anderson Independent-Mail

Meanwhile, with the failure of the Midlands nuclear project weighing heavily, the seat may be getting hotter for Gov. Henry McMaster, who already has two Republican challengers seeking to thrwart his first gubernatorial election campaign since he ascended to the office earlier this year. Source: P&C

Landlocked S.C. Congressman Jeff Duncan is one of seven GOP members sponsoring legislation that would eliminate red tape for oil and gas companies seeking permission for offshore energy exploration. S.C.’s coastal congressmen have expressed skepticism about plans to ramp up offshore oil exploration and drilling. Duncan accepted nearly $50,000 in donations to his 2016 campaign from oil and gas special interest groups. Source: Anderson Independent Mail, Open Secrets

The Charleston-based MDMA clinical trial was named a “breakthrough therapy” Source: WaPo

The State’s Cindi Scoppe: “These are the people who brought us the SCE&G/Santee Cooper nuclear debacle”

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