Haley will not head GOP governors group
Gov. Nikki Haley will not be the next chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association.
“Gov. Haley has expressed to me that she does not wish to seek a leadership role in the RGA at this time so that her focus can remain on her duties to South Carolina,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the RGA chairman, said in a statement Monday.
A new leader will be elected during the RGA’s annual conference next week. South Carolina Republican Haley will be on a trade mission to India during the conference in Boca Raton, Fla.
Haley, who won re-election last week, has been on the RGA’s executive committee since 2011. She and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence reportedly were vying to succeed Christie, a 2016 presidential hopeful.
The door remains open for Haley to possibly become chairwoman during 2016, the presidential election year. South Carolina receives a great deal of of attention in presidential elections because the state holds the first primary in the South.
Group says more review needed of I-526 project
An environmental group says a new review is needed of plans to complete Interstate 526 through Charleston’s western suburbs because so much time has lapsed since the original studies.
Attorneys representing the S.C. Coastal Conservation League, which opposes the project, wrote the state’s federal highway administrator last week, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported. They urged another review of findings in a draft environmental impact statement completed four years ago.
The $560 million project approved in 2012 has been delayed by updating an agreement between governments to build the road. Charleston County Council chairman Teddie Pryor says the call for new reviews is a delaying tactic.
The plan calls for a parkway-type road across Johns and James Island, not a high-speed limited access interstate.
Scott announces veterans job training workshops
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott announced workshops this and next week as part of his statewide job training initiative for veterans.
The workshops aim to help veterans transfer their military skills and certifications to the civilian workforce.
Scott will host two workshops Thursday in Florence and St. Matthews, and a workshop on Tuesday in Beaufort and Wednesday in Conway.
The Florence workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Florence-Darlington Tech Campus, 1951 Pisgah Road, F (SiMT Building, Room 235). The St. Matthews workshop will be from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the OCtech Quick Jobs Development Center, 101 Courthouse Drive.