S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen said at a press conference this week that Gov. Nikki Haley is fudging the welfare-to-work numbers she’s touting in her re-election campaign. While Haley says her Department of Social Services has moved 20,000 people off welfare and into jobs, Sheheen argued that DSS sets very low standards for what counts as a job. “If a person gets paid 20 bucks once a week to mow a lawn, Nikki Haley counts that as a job,” he said. He also said many of the people who are moved off Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF — what most call “welfare” these days) still remain on food stamps and in need of other government assistance. A call to the governor’s office seeking comment was not returned.
However, despite Sheheen’s efforts, at a University of South Carolina symposium Thursday night political experts from across the state said Sheheen is unlikely to beat Haley in their rematch this fall. Here’s Free Times’ report.
The night before classes began at the University of South Carolina, a student was robbed at gunpoint near the historic Horseshoe in the heart of campus, the university announced Thursday. Because the student didn’t have any money on him, the gunman accompanied the student to his dorm room at East Quad. Cops have released photos of the suspect.
Anti-tax Republican activist Don Weaver, who is challenging Democrat Norman Jackson for his seat on Richland County Council this fall, is trying to make an issue out of Jackson’s handling of sewer issues in Lower Richland, The State reports. Many residents are upset by a new sewer system in Hopkins to which they’ll have to pay to connect.
The latest news outlet to chronicle South Carolina’s struggling schools, which have for decades failed the state’s poorest students? Al Jazeera America.
South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. plans to build a 20-acre solar array next to its headquarters in Cayce, the company announced Thursday.
There was a bit of a showdown at West Columbia City Hall on Thursday, WIS reports: Supporters of Mayor Joe Owens held a press conference to refute a recent report by attorney Robert Bolchoz that suggest Owens abuses his power. Before the presser, Owens got into an argument with Councilman Tem Miles, his chief critic on Council, and locked him out of the room. Miles summoned a police officer to unlock the door. “Both Miles and Owens called each other liars and ultimately the meeting was called off after they continued to argue back and forth,” the station reports.
Wal-Mart has opened five primary care clinics in stores across South Carolina, most recently Florence and Sumter. As The Post and Courier reports, it’s part of a pilot project by the company to offer affordable care for both employees and customers. The company has long drawn criticism for not offering health benefits to many of its employees.