August 22, 2014

SC Big Story: Vice President in town again

A roundup of what’s making news in South Carolina state government

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Biden has spoken in South Carolina several times since taking office.

Vice President Joe Biden will be back in South Carolina Friday.

Biden will give the commencement address at the University of South Carolina’s graduation ceremony. Earlier in the day, he will attend a Democratic Party fundraiser at Columbia’s Capital City Club around noon, The State newspaper reports.

Biden has made several public trips to the Palmetto State since winning the nation’s number two elected office in 2008. The vice president often vacations in the Charleston area and has also made several previous speeches in South Carolina. Biden was the keynote speaker at the state Democratic Party’s annual dinner last year and also appeared with Gov. Nikki Haley last September to request more infrastructure spending on the nation’s port terminals.

He is rumored to be considering a third run for president in 2016.

– State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw, targeted his opponent for governor during Thursday’s Senate budget proceedings. Sheheen filed a budget amendment Thursday which would have required the release of a private investigators’ report into what exactly happened during the 2012 hacking at the state Department of Revenue and the cyber-attack’s aftermath. But state police, the Governor’s Office, and Secret Service requested the report stay private, saying that publicizing the information at this time could tip off the hacker of the case against him or her. The amendment was struck down on a technicality.

– Meanwhile, a House judicial panel advanced enabling legislation that would ensure the governor and lieutenant governor can run together on the same ticket much (as the president and vice-president do).  Voters approved the change to the state constitution in a 2012 referendum, but State Rep. Greg Delleney told the Associated Press there was no need to rush, as the change takes effect in 2018. The bill would also shift the lieutenant governor away from his current duties presiding over the Senate and have senators choose his replacement.