The Agenda: DeMint resigning, State & N. Chuck rail deal, Remembering Goodloe-Johnson

Haley poll numbers remain low



Jim DeMint to leave Senate, head Heritage Foundation
The Wall Street Journal (and the entire Internet) reports this morning that U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint will leave his Senate post in January to become the head of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank headquartered in Washington.
Sources: Wall Street Journal

Poll finds Haley approvals remain below 40%
For the third time in a year, Gov. Nikki Haley's approval ratings were found to be below 40% according to a new Wintrhop poll. The same poll also found tea party support in the state to be waning.
Sources: The State, Post and Courier
Related: Tea party support waning in South Carolina
48% in South Carolina approve of Obama job performance

North Charleston settles rail dispute with state
At a meeting Tuesday night, N. Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, flanked by state Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt and Gov. Nikki Haley, announced a settlement of a years-long dispute over land along the area's waterfront that was the proposed site of a new rail yard. The agreement cedes some land to the state for a new yard, but the city gains some new land and is also freed from nearly $7 million in debt incurred through a Navy Yard TIF district. Another meeting was held Wednesday night to hear public opinion on the deal.
Sources: Charleston City Paper, Live 5 News/AP, Post and Courier
Related: N. Charleston hears from residents on settlement plan

Former Charleston superintendent Goodloe-Johnson passes away
Former Charleston County Schools Superintendent Dr. Marie Goodloe-Johnson passed away Wednesday after a year-long battle with lung cancer. Goodloe-Johnson was superintendent of Charleston schools from 2003-2007.
Sources: News 2, Post and Courier, Patch, Live 5 News

Mount Pleasant bike-ped meeting draws a crowd
About 200 people gathered over maps and proposals at the Mount Pleasant municipal complex Wednesday to discuss the city's bike and pedestrian plans, currently under development.
Sources: Post and Courier, News 2

East Side residents weigh in on Post and Courier tract development plans
At a meeting Wednesday night, residents of the peninsula's East Side neighborhoods listened to presentations by city officials discussing plans for significant development on the land currently held by the parent company of the P&C along Meeting, Spring, and King Streets.
Sources: Post and Courier

State senators consider candidates for cyber-security oversight position
State officials are pushing S.C. senators to approve the creation of two new positions charged with the responsibility of overseeing management of the state's information and privacy measures to secure that information.
Sources: Associated Press

Boeing's 787 line works through growing pains
The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner continues to hit stumbling blocks as the company works to roll out its new line of jumbo passenger jets, including an FAA directive just this week after a United 787 was forced to make an emergency landing.
Sources: Post and Courier

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