A campaign ad from Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen attacking Gov. Nikki Haley over her handling of the Department of Revenue hacking scandal in 2012 is misleading, according to FactCheck.org. The ad says Haley “covered up theft for two weeks” after the hacking incident was discovered. What it doesn’t say, however, is that “Haley’s silence was at the direction of state and federal investigators.” According to SLED Director Mark Keel, “She did what we asked her to do.”
A case involving Columbia restaurant Rockaways and illegal gambling is headed to the S.C. Supreme Court, John Monk reports in The State. The court has agreed to take up Rockaways’ appeal of a 2013 decision in which a lower court ruled that a woman could sue over losses on illegal gambling machines.
Sheri Few, a former GOP candidate for superintendent of education, blasts state officials over their stance on Common Core standards in an op-ed published by The State. Few says officials at the State Board of Education want to “simply rebrand the standards.” She calls instead for a concerted effort to replace the standards. Republican Molly Spearman, whose views on Common Core are subtler, won the state’s June primary.
A 21-year-old man from the Upstate pleaded guilty to felony child abuse in a case in which he bit a baby, pulled her hair out and broke her bones. The guilty plea comes just months after the man pleaded guilty to “assaulting his wheelchair-bound great-grandmother after she refused to give him money for cigarettes,” WYFF-4 reports.
Are you ready for 2016? The politicians are. Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas will be in Columbia today. Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland is moving staffers into South Carolina, according to CNN. And U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent democratic socialist from Vermont, is paying visits to Iowa and South Carolina, both key early states in the presidential race.