Members of the S.C. House Ethics Committee could decide Tuesday whether they believe state Rep. Harold Mitchell, D-Spartanburg, misused campaign money in violation of state ethics law.
In a public hearing last month, the Ethics Committee reviewed dozens of transactions from Mitchell's account, including cash withdrawals, bank counter checks written to himself, money spent on purposes not clearly related to his campaign and improperly reported contributions and expenses.
The committee took no action after the meeting, saying it would meet again to continue considering Mitchell's case.
The committee also had planned Tuesday to discuss state Rep. Bill Chumley, a Spartanburg Republican who authorized the use of a state plane to fly a pundit to the state for a hearing on a nullification bill.
The committee found probable cause that Chumley may have violated state ethics laws. That item was removed from the agenda on Monday.
The State House this week
• Senators pre-file bills for the 2014 General Assembly session that starts Jan. 14
• 1:30 p.m., House Legislative Ethics Committee meets on the case of Spartanburg Rep. Harold Mitchell (use of campaign money), Blatt Room 511 /Agenda
/Background on Mitchell
• 9:30 a.m., Procurement Review Panel meets on review involving Express Scripts Holding Co., Blatt Room 110 /Agenda
• 2 p.m., Conference committee on the government restructuring bill a key issue for both 2014 gubernatorial candidates -- Republican Gov. Nikki Haley and Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen, top sponsor of the bill,S.22
, Gressette Room 105 /Agenda
(Note: Meeting days, times and locations are subject to change)
Dems pre-session party
The 2014 S.C. House Democratic Caucus Legislative Kickoff Reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 9 in Charleston's The Mills House Hotel. Guests include former U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings, former Gov. Jim Hodges, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford and S.C. Democratic party chairman Jaime Harrison. Suggested contributions range from $250 to $3,500.
Joe Wilson hosting holiday fundraisers
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale, is holding fundraising receptions in Aiken and Lexington this week, according to an invitation sent from his campaign. Wilson will have a reception honoring himself and his wife Roxanne Wilson at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Willcox Inn on Colleton Avenue in Aiken, and then another tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at the Private Property Restaurant on Main Street in Lexington. Suggested contributions range from $25 to $1,000.
•Gov. Nikki Haley and state law enforcement agencies can be sued
by Occupy Columbia protestors who were arrested in 2011 after living for a month on the S.C. State House grounds, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.Full story
•South Carolina might be in the heart of NASCAR country
, but the Palmetto State has the nation’s second-worst drivers. The state ranked last in careless driving – pedestrians and cyclists killed per 100,000 people, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data compiled by the website carinsurancecomparison.com.Full story
•South Carolina's fourth area code will be 854
, but no one is expected to get one of the new phone numbers until some time in 2015.Full story
•The leader of a national conservative advocacy group
said in Greenville Monday that he thinks South Carolina is underperforming, compared to other conservative states, and the Republicans who are in charge can do a better job with such issues as budget and pension reform and providing more choice in education.Full story
•Talks between the Machinists union and Boeing collapsed last week
, but a Boeing spokesman on Monday said Washington state is still one of the sites being considered for production of the company's forthcoming 777X passenger jet. South Carolina reportedly is in the mix, too.Full story
•U.S. senate candidate Bill Connor
addressed Aiken County Tea Party on Monday.Full story
Best of the Buzz
•State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, the likely Democratic candidate for governor, will be
busy this week meeting with teachers, attending legislative meetings and hosting a Christmas party at his campaign headquarters.Full story
•The S.C. Democratic Party released its "report card"
of Republican Gov. Nikki Haley today -- and the grades were not good.Full story
/Report from news conference
•S.C. officials collected $573.6 million in taxes and fees
in November, a 10 percent jump from November 2012.Full story
Will this be on the test?: Gov. Nikki Haley spoke at her daughter's Lexington high school on Monday.
Back-atcha: The S.C. GOP party chairman responded to Dems giving Gov. Haley a failing grade on Monday
(1 of 2) Since reporters love gimmicks, here's my report card on SC Democrats: F minus- Lost every race vs. incumbent Republican since 1998.— Matt Moore (@MattMooreSC) December 16, 2013
Poinsettia pose: Haley held a party at the Governor's Mansion on Monday night