Gov. Nikki Haley's inauguration
When Gov. Nikki Haley takes her second oath for the state’s highest office Wednesday, she will stand as a survivor of a sometimes turbulent first term, having outlasted many of her opponents and controversies.
Powerful legislative leaders who fought the Lexington Republican’s priorities have left the General Assembly. Foes who took Haley to court and challenged her at the ballot box failed to knock her out of office. Scandals, including the worst data hacking of a state agency in U.S. history, did not cause lasting damage.
• Haley's inauguration ceremony starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday andwill feature Medal of Honor Recipient Kyle Carpetner and "American Idol" winner Candice Glover.
• The day's activities begin with a prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. For the full schedule,click here.
Spearman to take office
Molly Spearman knows her education allies have “high expectations” of her.
The Saluda Republican, who will be sworn in as the state’s next education superintendent Wednesday, said she hears frequently that, under her leadership, the S.C. Department of Education is “ ‘going to change. Molly’s there now.’ ”
The House has begun working on the state budget with many Ways and Means subcommittees meeting Wednesday to discuss budget requests for higher education and technical colleges, state law enforcement agencies and healthcare. For a full list of meetings click here.
In three decades as a S.C. House member, Grady Brown never has missed a day.
Tuesday was no different as Brown, the longest-serving House member, started his 31st year in the Legislature as the 121st General Assembly convened.
What was new about the S.C. House Republicans' start to this year's legislative session? Flat-screen TVs, cartoons and a comparisonbetween the leaders of the caucus and North Korea.
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Who's schmoozing the General Assembly
• South Carolina Aviation Association, Blatt Room 112, 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
• AMI Kids (Members Only), Blatt Room 112, Noon - 2 p.m.
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