The Agenda: Bigger 787 on display; Harrell pays lawyers w/ campaign money; MUSC bumped to #2

State Republicans call T-Rav's campaign "an embarrassment"



MUSC has been supplanted in U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of S.C. hospitals, being bumped into a tie for second with AnMed Health in Anderson, behind Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in first place. [P&C]

Boeing has released a crazy video of a demo flight of the new 787-9 Dreamliner ahead of the Farnborough Airshow in the UK ahead of the first "Dash 9" assembly in North Charleston this fall. [P&C, The Verge]

Boeing also received approval for a redevelopment plan for more than 460 acres near its North Charleston facility, including 4,000 acres in the region that it will preserve as part of a mitigation plan in place in exchange for filling in 153 acres of wetlands in North Charleston. [CRBJ, P&C]

The P&C reports that House Speaker Bobby Harrell has paid the attorneys representing him as part of the hearings associated with his ethics investigation with $80,000 from his campaign account. The Harrell investigation stems from initial P&C reports of alleged misspending of campaign funds by Harrell. [P&C]

Charleston County School District teachers, principals, and assistants are in line for an $8.4 million pay bump for next school year. [P&C]

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has passed $250,000 to a Lindsey Graham-friendly super PAC, the West Main Street Values PAC, according to Politico. [Politico]

Thomas Ravenel, who filed as a petition candidate for U.S. Senate against Graham yesterday says he doesn't think being a felon should disqualify someone for running for Congress. A SCGOP spokesperson said that Ravenel, who served as the state's Republican state treasurer, "can’t even vote for himself. His so-called ‘campaign’ is an embarrassment, and the people of South Carolina don’t appreciate it one bit.” (T-Rav also says he is IN for a second season of "Southern Charm" -- More here.) [G'ville News]

Cover photo from Boeing.

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