Gov. Nikki Haley took advantage of Wednesday's post-primary news lull, and made a little news of her own.
First, Haley signed the Read to Succeed Act on Wednesday morning, a bill that creates a statewide focus on reading in public schools, requires struggling third-grade readers to repeat a grade and lays the groundwork for the expansion of the state's free, full-day four-year-old kindergarten for at-risk students.
The bill was a bi-partisan effort driven by a compromise between Republicans who wanted the third-grade read-or-repeat policy and Democrats who wanted the early education to go with it. Her guests at the bill signing at EdVenture in Columbia included Superintendent of Education Mick Zais, R-Richland; Sens. Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, Nikki Setzler, D-Lexington, Wes Hayes, R-York, and Gerald Malloy, D-Darlington; several House members, education leaders and a bunch of kids.
Peeler had a couple of special guests join him for the signing: two of his granddaughters.
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Then later, Haley invited U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott -- fresh off their Tuesday night GOP primary wins -- to the Governor's Mansion.
First at the podium, Haley said, "If you look at the three of us, you see the diversity of America, you see the diversity of South Carolina, but you see a lot of common ground."
"I've got two great rock stars here who are ready to fight. We fight for our business, we fight for our people, and we fight for our quality of life in South Carolina....We will stand as Team South Carolina and fight for what we believe in," said Haley who had refrained from formally endorsing either candidate in their primary races.
Up next, Graham said, "The Republican Party is on the move in South Carolina" in a new way.
"We are diverse," he said, referring to Scott, "the first African American senator I guess since ever," and Haley, a "great female governor, Indian American descent -- and the little short white guy that gets all the grief."
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