Politics & Government

This week's Capitol Report

Campaign Trail

Notes from Election 2010

MONDAY: 5:30 p.m. Morgan Reeves, an Irmo businessman running for governor as an independent, will speak at the Cecil Tillis Center in Columbia

Schmoozing

When and where S.C. lawmakers will eat and drink for free this week - and who's buying:

TUESDAY

- 6-8 p.m. Reception, dinner, Seawell's, sponsored by the S.C. Association of Conservation Districts

- 6-8 p.m. Reception, Clarion Town House Hotel, by the College of Charleston

WEDNESDAY

- 8-10 a.m. Breakfast, Blatt Building, Room 112, by the S.C. Association of School Administrators

- Noon-2 p.m. Luncheon, Blatt Building, Room 112, by the One-Voice, One-Plan Critical Needs Nursing Initiative

- 6-7:30 p.m., Reception, Embassy Suites Hotel, by the S.C. Association of Counties

THURSDAY

- 8-9:30 a.m., Breakfast, Blatt Building, Room 112, by the S.C. Nursery and Landscape Association and S.C. Greenhouse Growers Association

the buzz

After Mullins McLeod departed the Democratic gubernatorial primary field, rival Dwight Drake issued a press release praising McLeod's contribution to the debate.

Drake also pointed out: "I am now the only candidate from either party who works in the private sector."

Of course Drake has never shied away from his history of lobbying for cigarette companies, industrial waste firms and video poker interests, but The Buzz thinks his statement could use a little clarification.

Drake intended it as a dig against those living off publicly funded jobs.

State Sens. Robert Ford and Vincent Sheheen do hold public office, but they are only paid $10,400 plus travel expenses for their service.

Drake earned more than that in the last six months of 2009 from one client alone. State Ethics Commission records show tobacco giant Altria paid him $19,875.

Heck, even The Buzz earns more at the State House than Ford and Sheheen.

GOVERNOR'S SCHEDULE

Gov. Mark Sanford's publicly announced schedule for this week is:

Through Monday - National Governors Association winter meeting, Washington, D.C.

Tuesday - Budget and Control Board meeting, 9:30 a.m., governor's conference room, Wade Hampton Building, State House grounds

Wednesday - S.C. Criminal Justice Academy basic training village complex groundbreaking, 1 p.m., 5400 Broad River Road

Thursday - "Open Door After 4" meetings with members of the public, 4 p.m., Governor's Office, State House

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