A RUNOFF; CLIMATE TALKS; 400,000 JOBS; It’s WEDNESDAY Morning in the Palmetto State.

by The Editor on April 7, 2010

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THIS FIRST — ROUND TWO — Steve Benjamin and Kirkman Finlay will go at it again in a runoff for Columbia mayor on April 20.

HOWEVER — Columbia voter turnout not as expected

HAPPY BIRTHDAY — 1975, A Very Good Year: Twins Ronde and Tiki Barber, as well as “Posh Spice” i.e. Victoria Adams

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NATIONAL LENS — ‘UNFORTUNATE’ — White House climate czar Carol Browner said Tuesday that the Obama administration is urging Senate lawmakers not to proceed with an “energy only” bill that shelves limits on greenhouse gas emissions.  Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) plan to roll out a bill later this month that limits greenhouse gas emissions while expanding federal support for nuclear power, offshore oil-and-gas drilling and low-emissions coal projects, among other measures.

POLITICS OF IT ALL — After the failure of the Copenhagen climate change summit to adopt global, legally binding greenhouse gas reduction targets, the electricity generation industry is in a state of uncertainty. Senator Graham has warned that unless the United States moved its economy to carbon trading it risked handing the global ‘green economy’ – the manufacture and export of carbon reduction technology – to China.

APRIL 23 — South Carolina Democratic Party officials announced today that U.S. House Majority Leader Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland will deliver the keynote address for the 2010 SCDP Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

AT ODDS — South Carolina’s two Democratic congressmen defended the new national health care law at a gathering Tuesday of businesspeople. Meanwhile, Republicans laid out their strategy to repeal the law.

SANFORD’S STATEMENT — “Given the debate we’ve had over the last several years on whether to offer taxpayer-subsidized retail incentives to major competitors at the expense of existing businesses, we’d again emphasize our belief that unfairly tilting the retail market playing field in South Carolina is both unwarranted and unwise.”

OPINION ON ID CARDS — “In Washington, DC some advocates of government power are hopelessly naive about the dangers of enhanced government power, while others are basically deceptive about it.  Sometimes, it’s simply difficult to tell the difference.  A recent article jointly penned by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), extolling the virtues of a national identification card, illustrates the problem.”

WATCH IT — Four of five Republican candidates running for South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District seat say their first piece of legislation would be about watching the money, while another says he would take aim at defining the beginning of “personhood.”

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LAST LAP — For Mayor Bob, master practitioner of the blood sport of local politics, Tuesday was part victory lap, part Last Hurrah.

JOBS — During Materials Innovation Technologies grand opening for its MIT-RCF facility, in Lake City, S.C. Sen. Yancey McGill, D-Kingstree, thanked the company leaders for the “kind gift” to the community.  McGill also put some pressure on Gov. Mark Sanford, who also spoke at Tuesday’s ceremony.  “You might make a private call to Boeing and tell them there’s a little business in Lake City,” McGill said to laughter from the audience.

LOTS OF JOBS — The economy will have to create 23 million new jobs in the next decade to absorb the current unemployed and those entering the work force, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  South Carolina’s share of that number will be 400,000 jobs.

ANOTHER COACH GONE — The Citadel’s Ed Conroy is the next head basketball coach at Tulane, according to WWL, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans.  The Green Wave is expected to make an official introduction on Wednesday.

CHARLESTON — Welcome to jail without bars

COWPENS — 3 Cowpens firefighters charged with arson

FOLLY BEACH — Record vote puts Goodwin in mayor’s seat

GREENVILLE — Furman University offers new program in corporate sustainability

MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant among 2010 All-America City finalists

ORANGEBURG — Orangeburg native helps develop unique teaching aid

VIEWPOINT — SCOPPE ON SENTENCING — “My colleagues and I – along with a lot of other people outside the State House – have been insisting for years that lawmakers need to stop squandering taxpayers’ money by housing, feeding and providing medical care for thousands of first-time, non-violent offenders and instead get aggressive about using serious fines and community service and intensive out-of-prison supervision that can both save money and reduce the chance that offenders will re-offend.”

VIEWPOINT II — GOWDY ON EATING BEETS — “The relevant question isn’t simply whether something is wise; the question is whether Congress can force you upon penalty of a fine to do it. In other words, is the centerpiece of the recently passed health-care legislation — the individual mandate to purchase health insurance — constitutional?”

FINALLY THIS — IN MEMORIUM: HAZEL WINE JR — They buried Hazel Wine Jr. on Saturday, his family and friends gathered graveside on a beautiful Lowcountry sea island.  Wine was not famous, rarely had his name in the newspaper or on the television, but he spent decades serving this community — and Charleston is a little poorer without him.

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