SC politics: Texas Gov. Perry schmoozing in Upstate

December 3, 2013 

Republican Governors

Texas Gov. Rick Perry


Texas Gov. Perry visits Upstate

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 GOP White House hopeful, will speak Tuesday at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Downtown Spartanburg and, later, at the winter banquet of the S.C. Republican Party and the Spartanburg County GOP.

On Wednesday, Perry will speak at the annual meeting of the Electric Co-ops of South Carolina in Greenville before heading to a fundraiser for Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts for America.

Jamie Self

$555 million road plan up for vote

The state Joint Bond Review Committee meets Tuesday to approve $555 million in road spending, including $10 million to redesign Columbia’s dreaded “Malfunction Junction” interchange of Interstates 20 and 26.

The money comes from a loan the state will take and pay back over the next 15 years. The State Transportation Infrastructure Bank Committee already has approved the spending. Approval from the Bond Review Committee is the final step.

Adam Beam

Panel reviews contractor dispute

The state procurement review panel meets this week to settle a dispute between a state agency and an S.C.-based contractor.

The S.C. Patients Compensation Fund, which pays medical malpractice claims in excess of $200,000, hired Modus21, a Mount Pleasant-based company, to set up a new billing and membership management system. But state officials are unhappy because, they say, the new system does not work well.

Company officials say they did everything they were asked to do.

The Procurement Review Committee — made up of seven people appointed by the governor — will try to resolve the dispute.

Adam Beam

Governor’s schedule and activities

Gov. Nikki Haley will continue her push for ethics law changes this week with two more media events planned in the Piedmont and coast. Haley’s public schedule for the coming week, as released by her office Monday, is:

Tuesday, 11:45 a.m. — Address Gaffney Rotary Club

Tuesday, 3 p.m. — Ethics reform news conference, Rock Hill City Hall

Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. — Constituent meetings, Rock Hill City Hall

Wednesday, 10 a.m.— Address winter membership meeting of the Association of S.C. Mayors, The Manor at Doko Meadows, Blythewood

Wednesday, noon — Address Hartsville Rotary Club

Wednesday, 3 p.m. — Ethics reform news conference, Myrtle Beach City Hall

Thursday, 6 p.m. — Receive the 2013 “Roger Milliken Defender of Manufacturing Award” from the S.C. Manufacturers Alliance, Spartanburg Marriott

According to her staff, the governor’s activities last week included:

4 — Staff meetings

3 (each) — Economic development and policy meetings

2 — Budget meetings

1 (each) — Call with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham; also, agency and constituents meetings

Busiest day — Monday, with nine activities

Slowest day — Wednesday, with two activities

Of note — Haley’s schedule included no activities on Thursday (Thanksgiving) or Friday

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