MORNING BUZZ: More pro-Nikki Haley ads coming to SC airwaves

Posted by ANDREW SHAIN and JAMIE SELF on March 25, 2014 

A snapshot from a television ad by The Movement Fund touting Gov. Nikki Haley's education plan.

A pro-Gov. Nikki Haley political group will begin Wednesday airing television ads statewide urging state senators to back her education plan. The ad comes as Haley, a first-term governor from Lexington, prepares for another run against Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen this year. Democrats have said Haley co-opted plans they have recommended for years.

The X7, a full-size version of the company's popular X5 sports activity vehicle, will be made at the BMW Manufacturing Co. plant near Greer, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told The (Spartanburg) Herald-Journal reports. An formal announcement is expected Friday.

Library directors are asking S.C. legislators for the legal muscle to ban visitors who are disruptive or engage in behavior that makes others feel unsafe or uncomfortable. The officials are backing a state Senate bill that would make it a misdemeanor for someone to refuse to leave a library when asked by a library staff member or security, or to return to the library after being banned.

Duke Energy downplayed concerns Monday about water pollution and dam safety at the company’s only operating coal plant in South Carolina, saying the Upstate site is safe and should be no reason for alarm.

The powerful House Judiciary Committee likely will hold a scheduled hearing Tuesday on Emma’s Law, a bill aimed at getting tough on repeat drunken drivers and reducing the state’s soaring numbers of innocents killed by them.

A Tega Cay executive with corporate banking and nonprofit experience has announced her plans to run for the U.S. Senate on the American Party ticket.

While some state higher education and government leaders said the board definitely made the right choice for the college and the state, a group of about 200 students Monday protested against the Board of Trustees' decision to hire McConnell. Many faculty members wore black clothing to show support for them, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reports.

Who's filed: Updates from the S.C. Election Commission on candidates entering federal, statewide and S.C. House elections.

What's happening today: Gov. Nikki Haley is scheduled to file for her re-election bid at 3:30 at the State Election Commission office. ... A special House committee exploring a possible merger between the College of Charleston and Medical University of South Carolina meets at 10:30 a.m. Both schools also make their budget pitches to a Senate panel at 4 p.m.

Who's schmoozing the General Assembly today: 6 - 8 p.m.: Home Builder's Association of S.C. hosts a reception (Seawell's) ... 7 - 9 p.m.: Carolinas Associated General Contractors hosts a reception (The Palmetto Club)

State House today

Joint

• 10 a.m.: Santee Cooper Screening Subcommittee of the State Regulation of Public Utilities Review Committee (State House, 3rd Floor Conference Room / Agenda)

Senate

Full body meets at noon

• 3 p.m.: Judiciary Committee (Gressette Room 308 / Agenda)

• 3 p.m.: Finance Committee on S.911, S.964 and S.1085 (Gressette Room 105 / Agenda)

• 4 p.m. or upon adjournment of Finance Committee: Finance Higher Education Budget Subcommittee (Gressette Room 207 / Agenda)

House

Full body meets at noon

• 10:30 a.m.: North Greenville University (Blatt Room 321)

• 10:30 a.m.: Charleston University Act Ad Hoc Committee (Blatt Room 521 / Agenda)

• 1.5 hours after the House adjourns: EPW Motor Vehicles Subcommittee on H.4383, H.4392, H.4499 and H.4900 (Blatt Room 433 / Agenda)

• 2 p.m.: Agriculture Environmental Affairs II Subcommittee (Blatt Room 410 / Agenda)

• 2:30 p.m. or 1.5 hours after the House adjourns: LCI Health Insurance Subcommittee on H.4932 (Blatt Room 403 / Agenda)

•2:30 p.m. or 1.5 hours after the House adjourns: Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee (Blatt Room 427 / Agenda)

•2:30 p.m. or 1.5 hours after the House adjourns: Judiciary Committee (Blatt Room 516 / Agenda)

•3 p.m.: Agriculture Wildlife Subcommittee (Blatt Room 410 / Agenda)

• 4:30 p.m.: SC Legislative Black Caucus (State House Auditorium)

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