• Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen releasesa new ad today
, mocking a statewide slogan Gov. Nikki Haley asked government employees to say when they answer the phone: “It’s a great day in South Carolina.”
The 30-second television ad is part of a six-figure media buy that starts today, according to Sheheen’s campaign.
The ad strings together a series of critiques. It hits Haley for vetoing $10 million for teacher pay raises in 2012 “while giving her own staff raises" in 2011, increasing her staffers' pay over what Gov. Mark Sanford paid his, and refusing to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which experts estimate would extend the federal healthcare program for the poor to about 250,000 additional recipients.
The ad also hits Haley’s S.C. Department of Social Services for having “failed our most vulnerable children.” The agency has been the subject of a state Senate investigation and a recently published audit by S.C. Legislative Audit Council.
The ad hits the airwaves just days before candidates reveal just how healthy their campaigns are – filing with the S.C. Ethics Commission finance reports detailing their fundraising totals for the quarter, heading into the Nov. 4 contest.
• Dierra Fisher was 22 years old and pregnant when she was shot in the head by her fiance, who burned her body in the woods near Eastover last year. A red silhouette representing Fisher was one of 46 cutoutsheld up Tuesday on the State House steps representing S.C. victims who died at the hands of someone they knew in 2013
(Presenters hold silhouettes representing victims of domestic violence as S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson reads their stories during the South Carolina Silent Witness Story ceremony on the State House grounds in Columbia Tuesday.)
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• 1 p.m.: The S.C. Board of Education meets in the Rutledge Building conference center. The board will get a briefing on pushback against the Advanced Placement U.S. History course critics say is anti-patriotic. (Background
• 9 a.m.: Expungement Study Committee (Gressette Room 105 /Agenda
• 1:30 p.m.: Investigation and Enforcement Subcommittee of the Ethics and Freedom of Information Act Study Committee (Blatt Room 516 /Agenda
• 2 p.m.: Gov. Haley will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony, Nexans High Voltage USA, in Goose Creek