The Agenda: Ports subpoena names Columbia consultant; Sanford, Duncan among health care holdouts

Strawberries survive cold snap

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A subpoena sent from the special prosecutor investigating Statehouse ethics violations to the State Ports Authority and provided to the media reportedly names Columbia political strategist Richard Quinn. Quinn and his web of political services companies have been under increased scrutiny after an indictment of state Sen. John Courson alleges that campaign money belonging to the longtime Columbia Republican was funneled through a Quinn business with some of it going back to Courson.

Tuesday, McMaster reportedly decided to replace two SPA board members who questioned that agency paying $1.3 million to Quinn's PR firm between 2013 and 2016. Wednesday morning, former Gov. Nikki Haley tweeted that she "experienced the wrath" of Quinn and consultant Bob McAlister in 2010, the year a whisper campaign alleged that Haley had extramarital affairs. Those nominations have been halted since the allegations were made public. Source: P&C, AP

It's appearing increasingly likely that Westinghouse Electric Co., the company building a nuclear power plant in S.C. for the parent company of SCE&G, will go bankrupt as the business tallies losses in the billions. Source: Reuters

$1.1 million: The amount Coastal Carolina University reportedly paid to scammers who posed as businesses working under contracts with the school. Source: The State

The state might be low on peaches this year after a late freeze last week, but apparently strawberries survived the cold snap. Source: Rock Hill Herald

Congressmen Mark Sanford and Jeff Duncan are reportedly among the Republican members of the House Freedom Caucus who are are undecided on the GOP-crafted Obamacare replacement plan. A vote is expected today as leadership and the White House continue trying to sway votes. Source: P&C

Republican North Charleston state Rep. Chris Murphy reportedly 'ran out the clock' on a vote on a bill that proposes equal pay for equal work by women by putting off a vote until the House convened yesterday, at which time the committee had to adjourn. Source: P&C

Also, state senators are proposing passing legal limits on alimony payments. Source: P&C

Over on Motherlode, a Vice tech site: "How Mignon Clyburn, the FCC’s Lone Democrat, Is Fighting to Save Net Neutrality"


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