The Agenda: City makes way for plan to finish I-526; Haley in D.C. over Gitmo

City will ask for more time to iron out specifics

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Out today, this week's Bitter Southerner dispatch comes from Steve Oney, who reflects on time he spent working alongside the late Pat Conroy at Atlanta Weekly in the 1980s. Source: Bitter Southerner

Things got testy yesterday as State Supreme Court Justice Donald Beatty testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is tasked with assessing the suitability of Beatty's elevation to Chief Justice. After an exchange with state Sen. Larry Martin (R-Pickens) in which Beatty struck back at Martin over some insinuation regarding a close-door talk he gave to state prosecutors in 2013. "Let me withdraw every comment I just made," Beatty said after collecting himself. "That might be advisable," Martin responded. Source: P&C, The State

With South Carolina lawmakers fighting to save the $5 billion nuclear processing project at Savannah River Site and Russian leaders hoping the U.S. makes good on a nonproliferation commitment to handle disposal of weapons-grade plutonium, the two parties are unlikely allies in the push to fund the project. Source: McClatchy

State Sen. Lee Bright's 'bathroom bill' needs just three more votes to advance it from committee ahead of the 'crossover deadline' marking the latest practical date a bill could make it through both houses of the General Assembly. Source: G'ville

Gov. Nikki Haley goes before Congress today to testify against a measure that would send detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the Naval Brig in Hanahan, which is one relocation possibility once the Cuba prison camp closes. Source: The State

Charleston leaders say a plan in the works to finish I-526 supported by the city and the county could lead to an increased sales tax and a toll on the new portion of the loop to help finance the projected $300 million shortfall. Brian Hicks discussed the logistics of the complex deal in his column on Sunday. Source: P&C


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