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TV BUZZ CLICKS: Bright talks schools, Clyburn explains health care roll out woes, lawmaker wants award for hero principal

11/18/2013 12:46 PM

11/18/2013 1:24 PM

SC Sen. Lee Bright talks about state-school standards on msnbc

State Sen. Lee Bright, a Spartanburg Republican running for U.S. Senate, spoke to Chuck Todd about his opposition to state-based school standards.

He appeared on the cable news show before speaking at a protest in Columbia on Monday.

Bright said he did not keep his kids out of school on Monday like protest organizers encouraged.

SC lawmaker upset the governor did not award Order of the Palmetto to hero principal

Democratic State Rep. Leon Stavrinakis took to Twitter to express his disappointment that Republican Gov. Nikki Haley did not award the state's highest civilian honor to a school principal who stopped an armed intruder at her school.

Stavrinakis lodged his complaints on social media as Haley gave the Order of the Palmetto to University of South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley during halftime of the Gamecocks' football game versus Florida on Saturday night.

The governor's office said it gave the principal a certificate instead because her act did not meet the Order's requirements.

Watch the report by Charleston's WCIV-TV on this battle for an award:

WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 - Charleston News, Sports, Weather

Clyburn talks about federal healthcare rollout CNN's "State of the Union"

"This is a sound bite that the President probably needed to take some more time to explain to the American people," Rep. James Clyburn, D-South Carolina, said on the Sunday talk show.

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