Graham’s GOP challengers to speak in Rock Hill
Three of the four announced Republican primary challengers to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham will speak at a Rock Hill forum next week.
State Sen. Lee Bright of Spartanburg, Easley businessman Richard Cash and Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor will attend the Tuesday forum, hosted by GPS Conservatives for Action and the S.C. District 5 Patriots, said GPS’s Swain Sheppard.
Charleston PR executive Nancy Mace will not attend, her campaign spokeswoman said.
The four challengers will face Graham, seeking a third term, in June’s GOP primary.
The forum starts at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Room at 4017 Laurel Creek Drive in Rock Hill. Audience members will be able to submit questions to the candidates.
State chamber names Graham 2013 “Public Servant of the Year”
The S.C. Chamber of Commerce has named U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, its 2013 Public Servant of the Year. In naming Graham, the chamber cited his advocacy for the military, his commitment to the Charleston port and his defense of Boeing against a challenge from the National Labor Relations Board.
Graham is one of three South Carolinians receiving honors from the chamber at its annual business summit Thursday at the Isle of Palms. Also to be honored are: Anita Zucker, chief executive of InterTech Group in North Charleston, as Business Leader of the Year and retired Brig. Gen. John Finan as recipient of the chamber’s Sgt. William Jasper Freedom Award.
State Board of Education votes against class-size rule change
The S.C. Board of Education rejected proposed changes Wednesday to rules limiting the number of students in K-12 public school classrooms.
The proposal would have removed rules that limit class sizes and require schools, depending on their size, to have a minimum number of principals and other types of teachers.
After educator groups criticized the proposal, state schools’ Superintendent Mick Zais withdrew his support for the plan, saying it was unnecessary since the General Assembly has voted to suspend the rules for the last four years, giving districts flexibility to make their own staffing decisions.