The Agenda: Poll shows support for flag removal; Gowdy puts out Speaker rumors; Joaquin spins off coast

Limehouse won't run again, Harrell must pay fine this week

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State Highway Patrol removes the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds on July 10 - GRACE BEAHM/THE POST AND COURIER VIA SC NEWS EXCHANGE
  • Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via SC News Exchange
  • State Highway Patrol removes the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds on July 10

A poll by Winthrop University showed that two-thirds of South Carolinians polled believe that removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse was the right thing to do. Looking at the responses by race, 93 percent of African American respondents thought it was the right decision, while only about half of whites polled thought similarly. Source: P&C, Winthrop

Rumors swirled on Tuesday that South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy was being courted by conservative Republicans to succeed Speaker John Boehner as the leader of the Republican House, but Gowdy himself squashed those 'draft' efforts, saying he'll remain as the head of the special committee investigating the Benghazi attacks. Source: WaPo, P&C

As part of the inquest into Planned Parenthood initiated by Gov. Nikki Haley, S.C. lawmakers grilled state HHS Director Christian Soura, a former Haley deputy, about state Medicaid money that may have been used for abortions at Planned Parenthood yesterday. Soura told the panel that in the past five years state money was used for 222 abortion procedures, but none were at Planned Parenthood clinics. Source: AP, G'ville News

Development was a hot topic at last night's mayoral forum at the Charleston Music Hall. Source: P&C

College of Charleston says it will automatically accept students graduating in the top 10 percent of their class from Lowcountry high schools. Source: CRBJ

According to a letter from the House Ethics Committee issued early last month, former House Speaker Bobby Harrell has until Thursday to pay back $113,000 he used to improperly pay attorneys while he pleaded guilty to ethics violations. Source: P&C

Charleston state Rep. Chip Limehouse will not seek re-election next year, telling the P&C that deciding not to run was "one of the most difficult" he's made in his life. Source: P&C

Captured on video by a body camera worn by police responding to an altercation between Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet and a neighbor, Nisbet is shown referring to his neighbor, who is black, as "homeboy." In South Carolina, coroners are elected county offices. Source: P&C

Could Hurricane Joaquin, which is churning north of the Bahamas right now, be another 'superstorm' similar to Sandy in 2012? Current models project the storm to miss Charleston, but make landfall up the coast in North Carolina or to the north. Source: CNN, National Hurricane Center

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