Increasingly contorted efforts to nullify Obamacare in South Carolina appear to have been silenced on Wednesday, when Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell issued a procedural ruling that Sen. Tom Davis’ amendment to a House nullification bill broke Senate rules. The Senate then voted down the original House version by 33 to 9. The Post and Courier has the story.
The race for lieutenant governor is gaining candidates since the office’s current occupant Glenn McConnell announced he would not be on the ballot. Mike Campbell, the late Gov. Carroll Campbell’s youngest son, filed for his second run at the office on Wednesday, and another also-ran, former attorney general Henry McMaster, is hinting at a run too, according to The State. Democratic Rep. Bakari Sellers of Bamberg and Charleston businessman Pat McKinney, who has pitched himself as Gov. Nikki Haley’s pick, are also on the ballot.
A bill that would ban abortions in South Carolina after 20 weeks of gestation easily cleared the House of Representatives on Wednesday, 84 to 29. Supporters of the bill argue it’s necessary because a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks, a claim hotly disputed by a majority of doctors and scientists. This Washington Postblog has more.
South Carolina’s utilities appear ready to loosen the cap on solar energy use for businesses and other non-residential establishments after extensive negotiations with solar energy proponents. There is also a tentative deal to allow homeowners and businesses more access to the use of solar panels and the subsequent energy savings they provide, The State reports.
Alabama’s paper of record has a big article on how South Carolina is whipping up on the Yellowhammer State in terms of job growth.
The world of hip hop has noticed these South Carolina inmates going ham in the cell, somehow shooting this guerrilla video under the COs’ noses. How long have humans in captivity coped through song?
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
Going someplace cool this weekend?
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This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: