The Agenda: Sexual remarks in the Statehouse; When VC Summer was doomed; Hate crimes up

Political influence shown in attempted Charleston Law takeover

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P&C reports on the most recent critical moment that set the VC Summer nuclear plant up for failure, when regulators signed off on one final rate increase that SCE&G said would put it on the right track. Source: P&C

No surprise: Even female lawmakers in the S.C. Statehouse's halls of power aren't immune to off-hand sexual remarks from their male colleagues. Source: The State

Former S.C. Gov. David Beasley, now head of the U.N. World Food Programme, visited with Pope Francis at the Vatican earlier this month. Source: P&C

Citadel graduate and former Army Ranger paratrooper Bobby Cox announced his campaign for S.C. House in the Upstate by parachuting into a campaign event. Source: P&C

Politico: "Democrats smell opportunity in the South after Virginia rout"

In a single example of the cozy nature of political influence, for-profit law school executives flexed their muscles around Charleston School of Law founders, they say, as lobbyists worked behind the scenes to pull the strings that could've led to the school being bought by the controversial company. Eventually, the transaction was avoided when a local buyer stepped in. Source: P&C

Hate crimes went up in 2016, the FBI says, including an uptick in incidents motivated by anti-Jewish, Muslim, and LGBT bias. Soruce: Washington Post


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