Ervin turns in signatures to run as petition candidate for governor
Gov. Nikki Haley’s former primary challenger says he has more than twice the necessary signatures to be on the ballot in November as a petition candidate.
He’s turning them in more than a month early. The deadline for petition candidate-hopefuls is July 15.
The Election Commission must certify that the signatures are valid.
Ervin filed in late March to oppose Haley in Tuesday’s Republican primary. He withdrew less than two weeks later, saying he’s bypassing the primary because he needed more time to introduce himself to voters statewide.
Haley: Education funding must be yearly priority
Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday that passage of her education funding plan is just the first step of a multi-year effort.
Haley celebrated Monday her plan’s inclusion in the Legislature’s budget proposal for the fiscal year starting July 1. But she said the additional money is not a one-year fix.
Her education recommendations sailed through the budget process, as both the House and Senate adopted them.
The spending plan sent to Haley’s desk Thursday gives more money to students in poor, rural districts without taking money away from other districts. It spends more on poor students as well as on children whose primary language isn’t English.
It also provides more money for elementary school reading coaches and for technology upgrades.
Haley has through Wednesday to issue line-item vetoes of the budget.
Governor’s schedule, activities
Gov. Nikki Haley’s publicly announced schedule for the rest of this week, released Monday by her staff, is:
Tuesday, 9 a.m. – Vote at Mount Horeb United Methodist Church, Lexington
Tuesday, 11 a.m. – Take part in a groundbreaking ceremony, GE Power and Water, Greenville
Wednesday, 1 p.m. – Take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Koyo Bearings, Blythewood
Wednesday, 3 p.m. – Join the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation to announce the 2014 Historic Preservation Award winners, State House
Thursday, 3 p.m. – Facility tour of Tidal Processing, Charleston
Friday, 11 a.m. – Speak at the Palmetto Boys and Girls State inauguration ceremony, State House
According to her staff, the governor’s activities last week included: