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The Agenda: Trump set to end DACA after threat from S.C.’s Wilson and others; VC Summer report released


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S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson is one of ten U.S. attorneys general challenging President Donald Trump to make good on a promise to end a program providing children of illegal immigrants from deportation - HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND REFORM COMMITTEE

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  • S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson is one of ten U.S. attorneys general challenging President Donald Trump to make good on a promise to end a program providing children of illegal immigrants from deportation

Faced with a deadline set by S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson and nine other Republican U.S. attorneys general, President Donald Trump will reportedly announce today the end of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which protects children of illegal immigrants from deportation. If Trump does not end the program, Wilson and the others say they plan to file a lawsuit objecting to the protections. Source: NPR, The State

Gov. Henry McMaster made public a controversial February 2016 report from Santee Cooper on Monday that detailed the fading prospects for the VC Summer nuclear project more than a year before the state-owned utility and SCE&G, a private company, walked away from the project, which was one of the only nuclear expansions underway in the nation. Full PDF here. Source: P&C

Before the utility balked at releasing the rport over the weekend, it was found late last week that the outgoing Santee Cooper CEO will receive about $800,000 a year in retirement pay after he steps down. Gov. Henry McMaster said the pay amounted to a “golden parachute” for the chief executive forced out amid the struggling nuclear project and called it “an outrageous affront” to S.C. power customers. Source: The State

Catherine Templeton, the former Haley cabinet member seeking to unseat McMaster, says the governor was playing politics with the report over the weekend. Templeton has been calling for the resignation of top utility regulators for some time, a move McMaster has resisted. Source: AP

Related P&C headline: “SCANA has given money to nearly all South Carolina lawmakers probing the failed nuclear project”

As tensions continued to grow around North Korea’s missile testing program over the weekend, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said North Korean despot Kim Jonh Un is “begging for war.” Source: NPR

Also over the weekend, P&C reported on new SLED records that shed some light on a former North Charleston police sergeant named as the operator of the racially-inflammatory website Charleston Thug Life. Ray Garrison, who was apparently fired after testing positive for cocaine in 2011, was a street cop, processed crime scene evidence, and served as an internal affairs investigator for 22 years and was named by SLED as the man behind the website. In 2015, SLED declined bringing any charges after the site apparently named a juvenile victim of a local crime. The site reported backchannel info about violent crimes for years, sometimes naming potential suspects and victims with a heavy dose of editorializing by its anonymous writer. Neither the North Charleston Police Department nor Mayor Keith Summey had a comment on the story for P&C. Source: P&C

Hurricane Irma has worked its way across the Atlantic, now threatening the eastern Caribbean with projections forecasting it to head toward South Florida at the end of the week. Any impacts on South Carolina are not known at this point. Source: Weather Underground



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