The Agenda: Flag removal instead of gun reform?; Ethics reform passed; Filibuster forces Congress gun vote

Lawmakers override most of Haley vetoes

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The Post and Courier has posted a multi-part series examining the Mother Emanuel killings a year ago tomorrow as well as a "mini-documentary" examining the year since the horrific shooting. Source: P&C

Was the quick action to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds a substitute for gun law reform after the Emanuel massacre? Wondering why the legislature didn't move as fast after Emanuel to take policy action as they did after Walter Scott, Jim Clyburn asks, "Why didn’t we have the same kind of movement after Charleston? ... Because people would rather worship a false God than face reality." Source: P&C

Chris Singleton, CSU baseball player and the son of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, one of the nine victims of the Emanuel shooting, is being featured today by Sports Illustrated. Source: SI.com

Sharon Risher, daughter of Emanuel victim Ethel Lance, on Vox.com: "My mom was killed in the Charleston shooting. Executing Dylann Roof won’t bring her back."

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, held the floor of the Senate for 15 hours yesterday, protesting Congress' inaction on gun reform after numerous mass shootings, including in his home state in Sandy Hook. Republicans and Democrats eventually worked out a deal behind the scenes to allow a reform bill to move forward.  Source: NYT, Politico

Lawmakers managed to hash out two bills that would require independent investigations of Statehouse politicians and sources of outside income. Source: The State, G'ville News, P&C

Lawmakers voted to override most of the vetos handed down by Gov. Nikki Haley last week, upholding less than $200,000 worth of budget line items nixed by the governor. Source: P&C, AP

Former Moncks Corner state Rep. Edward Southard will pay the maximum-allowed $2,000 fine after the House Ethics Committee found that he violated the chamber's no harassment policy. The public reprimand requires him to remove his name from the November ballot as part of the agreement, but admits no guilt. Source: P&C, AP

The State Supreme Court heared arguments in a dispute between Attorney General Alan Wilson and solicitor David Pascoe earlier today, both of whom are claiming jurisdiction over a Statehouse ethics probe. Source: P&C


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