Happening today at the S.C. State House
Who's schmoozing the S.C. General Assembly today: S.C. Realtors Association, luncheon for legislators and staff (1-3 p.m., State House grounds)...S.C. Association of Municipal Power Systems, reception for legislators (6-8 p.m., The Clarion)...Claflin University, reception for legislators and staff (6-8 p.m., Capital City Club)
Full body meets at noonAgenda
Full body meets at noonAgenda Agenda
Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday that her pick for the next chief of the state’s Highway Department has extensive experience with federal highway administrators and grants programs that will benefit the state. At a State House press conference, Haley named Janet Oakley, a federal transportation policy expert with more than 30 years of experience, to head the S.C. Department of Transportation, overseeing the state’s decaying road system and $29 billion in needed road repairs.
Gov. Nikki Haley is heading on a 10-day trade mission to India in November in hopes of introducing her home state to her parents’ home country. Haley, the nation’s second Indian-American governor, will visit New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and the Punjab state, where her parents were born.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will headline the South Carolina Republican Party’s Silver Elephant Dinner, a major GOP fundraising event in the early primary state that doubles as a must-do stopover for ambitious politicians with an eye on the White House.
The head of S.C. Trooper Association plans to travel Wednesday to Washington to put the brakes on a move to allow larger, heavier trucks on the nation's highways, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reports. David Latimer, executive director of the Troopers Association, said he strongly opposes any increases to truck sizes or weights because of the safety threat.
Sheri Few, president of S.C. Parents Involved in Education and a candidate for S.C. Superintendent of Education, says it was "just an innocent mistake" that led a Twitter account for her tax-exempt nonprofit organization to send out messages promoting her as a political candidate, The Charleston City Paper reports.
The state of South Carolina has built a connection with Germany that is smoothed by a cultural familiarity that makes the future bright for further investments in the state, Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday in Greenville, The Greenville News reports.
Five Republican candidates bidding for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, will participate in a debate hosted by the Aiken Republican Club on April 16, The Aiken Standard reports.
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Politics today: Myrtle Beach Republican Women, Greater Carolina Forest Republican Women and Georgetown County Republican Women will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club. Speakers will be S.C. lieutenant governor candidates Pat McKinney and Mike Campbell and U.S. Senate candidate Bill Connor.
And finally, a moment with T-Rav...: Former State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel announced after his reality show Monday night that he will run as an independent if U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, wins GOP nod in June. Ravenel, who was a Republican when he resigned his statewide seat in 2007 after a cocaine charge, said he wants to offer voters a more Libertarian choice. The star of "Southern Charm" was asked in post-show show when was the last time he used cocaine. "Is that a trick question?" T-Rav shot back. "I gave that up a long time ago. ... I wasn't that big into it."
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