The Agenda: Voting Rights Act at 50; First GOP candidate debate; Judge blocks CSOL prof's termination

Graham, other 'second tier' GOP candidates take part in "happy-hour debate"

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act taking affect in the U.S. But a half-century after the law, which eliminated barriers that prevented African-Americans from voting, President Barack Obama says some states are at work rebuilding those barriers by repealing early voting laws and passing strict photo ID legislation. In a post on Medium today, Obama calls on Congress to restore the landmark 1965 law. Source: P&C, NYT Magazine, Medium

Ten of the 16 (give or take...) Republicans running for president will face off tonight in a Fox News debate in Cleveland, Ohio. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham won't be a part of that debate though, but he will take part in a rousing pre-debate forum that Carly Fiorina is fondly calling the "happy hour debate." Source: WaPo, Aiken Standard

Charleston-based Bidr got the chance to take part in this week's White House Demo Day as one of 25 startups from across the country chosen to give their pitch at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Source: CRBJ

Rodney D. Turner, the mayor of the small Upstate town of Lyman, S.C., population 3,243, was arrested today and charged with misconduct in office and wiretapping, with allegations that between 2004—2008, he acted outside of his jurisdiction as mayor. Source: Spartanburg Herald Journal

A magistrate judge has reportedly blocked the termination of one Charleston School of Law professor who was part of a string of layoffs the school said it made earlier this summer in an effort to help the school emerge from financial distress. But a wrongful termination suit filed by one of the professors claims the dismissal was because of her opposition to a proposed sale of the school to InfiLaw, which is owned by a private-equity group. Source: P&C

The Jewish Community Center in West Ashley is reportedly under contract to be sold after being listed for around $7 million. The JCC is building a new Addlestone Hebrew Academy nearby, which will open this fall. Source: West Of

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