Politics & Government

SC political briefs

S.C. Treasurer Loftis undergoing tests in hospital

South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis is undergoing tests in the hospital after suffering chest pains.

Loftis’ chief of staff Bill Leidinger said the 53-year-old Republican woke up early Monday with pain coming from his chest into his arm and went to the hospital after talking to his doctors. He was undergoing tests Tuesday, and his staff said he was positive and upbeat. Loftis hopes to be released from the hospital soon.

Loftis ran a pest control business before he was elected treasurer in 2010. It was his first elected office. Leidinger said Loftis appreciates all the prayers and good wishes sent to him during his hospital stay.

The Associated Press

Fundraiser scheduled Tuesday for Clyburn

Supporters of U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., are holding a fundraiser for him in Columbia.

The group called Friends of Jim Clyburn plans a reception starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the S.C. Minority Business Enterprise Center.

Clyburn is in his 11th term as a Democratic congressman. His 6th District is a predominantly black district, stretching from Columbia to Charleston. He last faced major party opposition in 2010, winning with 63 percent of the vote.

Clyburn reported $1.3 million in his campaign account at the end of March.

The Associated Press

What the governor is doing

Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for this week has no publicly announced events, according to her staff.

Haley’s schedule for last week included:

4 – Meetings or calls concerning the Legislature

3 – Economic development calls

2 each – Meetings concerning state agencies; and media activities, a press conference on ethics reform and a call to editors of newspaper editorial pages

1 – Ceremonial duty, greeting students from New Providence Elementary School who were visiting the State House

Busiest day – Thursday, with five activities

Slowest day – Tuesday and Friday, with two activities each

Of note: Haley’s schedule included no activities for Monday, May 20; also, she did not go to her office Friday