SC politics: Nikki Haley heading to White House for visit

February 17, 2014 

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Gov. Nikki Haley

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Haley heading to White House this week

After spending most of last week dealing with a winter storm that crippled much of the state, Gov. Nikki Haley has several speaking engagements this week before heading to Washington for a Republican Governors Association meeting, according to a schedule released by her office.

Haley and other governors also will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House.

• Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.: Address the Spartanburg Downtown Rotary Club

• Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.: Take part in a “State of South Carolina Economy” town hall event hosted by the Palmetto Conservative Alliance in association with the S.C. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greenville

• Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.: Speak at the S.C. Automotive Council’s state automotive summit, Greenville

• Friday-Saturday: Participate in the Republican Governors Association’s winter meetings, Washington, D.C.

• Sunday, 6 p.m.: Attend a White House dinner with fellow governors

• Next Monday, 10 a.m.: Participate in a meeting with President Obama and fellow governors at the White House

Haley’s schedule included the following activities last week, according to her office:

• 10 – Emergency executive group calls

• 3 (each) – Policy meetings; also, news conferences

• 1 (each) – Call with another governor, staff call, economic development meeting, Leadership Columbia meeting and bill signing

Busiest Day: Friday, nine activities

Slowest Day: Monday, two activities

Note: During the winter storm, Haley spoke last week to Federal Emergency Management administrator Craig Fugate, S.C. Adjutant General Robert Livingston and S.C. Department of Natural Resources director Alvin Taylor. She also spoke to Duke Energy chief executive Clark Gillespie twice. The governor visited the S.C. Emergency Operations Center in West Columbia and toured damage in Aiken and Walterboro.

Graham opens campaign offices

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s re-election campaign is starting to take shape, with field offices opening across the state this week.

Graham appeared at the grand opening of his Clemson campaign office Monday after the Seneca Republican toured Cromer Food Services in Anderson and spoke to the Walhalla Rotary Club.

The two-term senator will attend the grand opening Wednesday of his Columbia campaign office.

McConnell backs bill to boost senior protections

Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, whose office oversees aging issues in the state, is backing legislation to reform the state’s 1993 law protecting seniors from abuse.

The measure closes loopholes and punishes new forms of abuse.

McConnell cited how crooks look for the elderly in emergency rooms and offer promises of a place to live and care in exchange for the person’s monthly income. Instead, the scammers take their money, he said.

The bill will be introduced Wednesday by state Sen. Thomas Alexander, R-Oconee, who chairs the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging.

South Carolina’s population of more than 900,000 seniors is expected to double over the next 15 years, McConnell’s office said.

Staff writers Andrew Shain and Jamie Self contributed

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