The Agenda: Haley has big money, polling edge; Jobless rate ticks up; "Pay to play" politics?

Final gov debate tonight

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The family bringing the case against the state over S.C.'s same-sex marriage ban is asking the federal judge to throw out the state's case in support of the law. [The State]

Democratic challenger for governor Vincent Sheheen says that political candidates in South Carolina should not be allowed to receive donations from businesses and their representatives that receive economic incentives from the state, calling the practice "pay-to-play." [The State, G'ville News]

Ahead of the final televised debate today between Sheheen and Haley, a new P&C poll shows that Haley has a substantial lead over the field, topping 50% as Sheheen drops to 31%. [AP, P&C]

With two weeks until election day, Gov. Nikki Haley has nearly $1 million more to spend than any of her opponents, according to state ethics filings. Haley has $1.4 million on hand, while Sheheen has $577,785 to spend before election day. Independent candidate Tom Ervin, who has loaned himself more than $3 million during the campaign but continues to poll below the main party candidates, has $1.2 million to spend. [State Ethics Commission]

In a debate yesterday between the two major party candidates for state superintendent, the S.C. Radio Network reports "little disagreement" between the two contenders, Republican Molly Spearman and Democrat Tom Thompson. [The State, SC Radio]

In the midst of one of their best seasons ever, Academic Magnet Football Coach Bud Walpole was reportedly fired over "inappropriate" celebrations by the team after victories, according to the local media reports. [Live 5, P&C]

The state's jobless rate rose to 6.6% in September, up for the third straight month as more people entered the workforce. [The State]


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