"It's the outsourcing trifecta."That's South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Joe Erwin, talking about a tote bag, flip flops, and a beach towel offered to governors during their national convention last week by Gov. Mark Sanford. The items touted South Carolina, but were made in Pakistan, India, and the Philippines. Sanford said he didn't pick out the gifts. Source: South Carolina Democratic Party
They like us, they really like us ·
It may be more than two years before anyone votes for president, but apparently it doesn't hurt to get your name out there in South Carolina, as presidential hopefuls line up to visit the Palmetto State. John Kerry stopped by in July and a slew of governors did some presidential posturing during the National Governors Association meeting earlier this month.
This week's guests include two Republicans who get a mixed response from the party faithful, but poll really well when voters are asked about presidential favorites.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be visiting Charleston tonight for a state party fund-raiser in his honor at Hibernian Hall.
Come Thursday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will be stopping in Columbia for a reception for Adjunct General Stan Spears and will trek to Myrtle Beach on Friday for a fund-raiser for Karen Floyd, the Republican candidate for the state Superintendent of Education.
It's good to have presidential campaigns spending money and working hard in South Carolina, says Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).
"They need to get through South Carolina to get to the White House," he says, predicting South Carolina voters will select the next president. —Greg Hambrick
$19 millionThat's the total cost for the renovations at the Charles Towne Landing, set to reopen Friday after more than a year of renovations. There's a museum, walking trails, and bears, oh my.
LADIES ROCK THE VOTE ·
Making sure they get to you before your calendar fills up for Nov. 7, the League of Women Voters will be registering voters and hosting candidate forums through October.
The league will be coordinating the "Take Your Parents to Vote" effort at the Charleston County School District's fourth annual First Day Celebration on Sun., Aug. 20, from 2-5 p.m. at the South Carolina Aquarium. Children will be encouraged to ask their parents to vote and will receive a child-friendly booklet on being responsible citizens.
Those residents already burdened with a sense of duty can take it on themselves to register at the county's voter offices and motor voter sites or download an application at scvotes.org. The deadline to register is Oct. 7. —GH
$1.9 millionThat's how much in grant funding the Savannah-Santee-Pee Dee Resource Protection Fund Committee will award to 10 South Carolina coastal natural resource projects. Habitat improvement, species recovery and monitoring, wetlands management, research, and restoration are just a few areas the grant-funded projects will focus on.
More on Morrison ·
Development plans on Morrison Drive are getting some company as developer and pizza entrepreneur Michael Rabin applies to the city's planning commission Wednesday to rezone from industrial to mixed use two lots adjacent to the Ravenel Bridge exit ramp.
Rabin's request comes as the planning commission is set to consider a new mixed use designation that would require a portion of housing under most mixed use agreements to be at workforce prices. The roughly 2.25-acre site would likely be a good fit for the new zoning designation, said Christopher Morgan, interim director for the city's Department of Planning and Neighborhoods.
"We want to encourage as many opportunities for housing as possible," he said. "Especially housing in the affordable range." —GH