The State Senate has postponed a highly anticipated vote on ethics reform legislation for two weeks, despite a last-minute tweet from Gov. Nikki Haley urging its passage on Thursday afternoon. According to South Carolina Radio Network, Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) pushed for more time to review the bill, and the Senate agreed to take it back up in special session on June 17.
Sen. Yancey McGill of Kingstree, one of the General Assembly’s last old-school white Democrats, has told The Post and Courier that he might be up for becoming the Senate’s president pro tempore, which would put him in line to succeed Glenn McConnell as lieutenant governor. McConnell is leaving the office to become president of the College of Charleston, and no other senator wants to abandon his or her current office for the largely ceremonial position of lieutenant governor. McGill said such a move would represent the last chapter of his 26-year career at the State House.
Four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor, the same job that nobody in the Senate wants, met for a televised debate Thursday night. Former attorney general Henry McMaster, Kiawah Island developer and Haley donor Pat McKinney, beloved late Gov. Carroll Campbell’s son Mike and former Army chaplain Ray Moore are competing for the nomination.
Police in Myrtle Beach are trying to figure out how a loaded 9-mm handgun wound up in the toy aisle at a Target store. According to The Associated Press, the gun’s discovery comes on the heels of the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launching a petition, asking Target to ban guns in its stores.
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Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink is now open! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 6-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
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