Gov. Haley ‘furious’ at Georgia for brother stuck in storm (w/ Georgia's reaction)

February 5, 2014 

Winter Weather Atlanta

Abandoned cars sit idle along Northside Parkway in Atlanta Thursday Jan. 30, 2014.

JOHN SPINK — AP

Haley ‘furious’ at Georgia for brother stuck in storm

Gov. Nikki Haley is not too happy with fellow Republican Gov. Nathan Deal for Georgia’s handling of last week’s winter storm.

Problems on Atlanta-area interstates touched close to home for South Carolina’s governor, according a report in the Charleston Regional Business Journal. Haley said her brother was stuck on an Atlanta interstate for 27 hours along with thousands of other motorists.

“While I was trying to fix South Carolina, I was furious at Georgia for not taking care of that,” she told the Journal.

After noting how well her state handled the wintry blast, Haley mentioned South Carolina has learned from the closure of the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston for nearly two days after it froze over.

Democrats trying to unseat the first-term Republican in her re-election bid this year ran with Haley’s comments.

“So how has she tried to divert attention from her failures?" the Democratic Governors Association said in a statement. "By attacking fellow Republican Governor Nathan Deal.”

A spokesman for Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has responded

Haley’s campaign has called Democrats’ criticism of the governor’s storm management a distortion of the truth.

Haley honors Campbell at bill signing

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley honored the family of late Gov. Carroll Campbell and acknowledged her Democratic opponent in a ceremonial signing Wednesday of a government restructuring bill.

Haley evoked fellow Republican Campbell when the bill passed last month, taking some administrative work from the Budget and Control Board and putting it under her office. Campbell worked to streamline state government when he was governor two decades ago.

Campbell’s son, Mike, spoke to a packed State House lobby before Haley signed the bill, which became law last month. Haley gave the first signing pen to Campbell’s widow, Iris.

Haley also gave a signing pen to state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, the Camden Democrat who was chief sponsor of the restructuring bill and is Haley’s challenger in her November re-election bid.

Greenleaf opposing Wilson for Congress

Columbia Democrat Ed Greenleaf plans to run against U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Lexington, for the 2nd District congressional seat.

Greenleaf works for BlueCross BlueShield subsidiary Palmetto GBA. Wilson has represented the district since 2001.

Launching his first campaign for public office, Greenleaf said he is running with the goal of “working to make America more competitive on a global level and bringing representatives from both parties together to balance the nation’s budget and put our economic spending policies back in order.”

S.C. Medicaid program posts $384 million surplus

South Carolina’s Medicaid program ended the 2013 fiscal year with a $384 million surplus, state director Tony Keck told lawmakers Wednesday.

The surplus was a far cry from 2011, when the agency had a mid-year deficit of $228 million.

Keck said a variety of factors led to the surplus, including more Medicaid recipients using generic drugs instead of name brand drugs; lower-than-expected costs for electronic health records; and lower-than-expected premium increases for insurance.

Longer prison terms for gang members proposed

A gang member would get a longer prison sentence under a bill proposed in the S.C. House. State Rep. Phyllis Henderson says she hopes the bill helps law enforcement keep gang members off the streets.

The Greer Republican said last October’s shooting of University of South Carolina student Martha Childress angered her. Childress was shot as she waited for a taxi in Columbia’s Five Points neighborhood. She was not the intended victim.

Staff writers Andrew Shain, Jamie Self and Adam Beam and The Associated Press contributed

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