Sen. Glenn McConnell recovering after mysterious illness

State Senator Glenn McConnnell is recovering from a mysterious illness that he says could have been life-threatening. The senator's been sick for six to seven weeks and his illness may have been brought on by a tick bite. He said back in November, he noticed two small bite marks on his neck and then developed symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted fever or another illness caused by a virus. The senator said he had complications because of his asthma and developed fluid in his lungs and in … [Read more...]

Boeing opens another facility in Charleston County

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – Boeing's new interior fabrication facility located in the Palmetto Commerce Parkway off Ladson Road is impressive, but behind the machines, are its workers, 140 of them. They are the few who made the cut, after 50,000 applied. Thursday, Boeing and those employees celebrated the facility's opening. Workers will be making items like overhead stow bins, dividers, closets and many of the interior pieces in the airplane. They'll be training until January when … [Read more...]

Input sought on fiscal fitness plan

A Senate subcommittee will take public comments on a fiscal fitness plan for South Carolina at 6:30 tonight in North Charleston City Hall. The meeting, which will end at 8:30 p.m., follows an initiative by Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, to develop a plan for better financial restraint among lawmakers. The meeting will be in council chambers on the third floor at 2500 City Hall Lane. McConnell's plan calls for a constitutional cap on spending, a streamlining review … [Read more...]

Senate panel eyes limits to Budget and Control Board power

A state Senate subcommittee is getting to work on a “Fiscal Fitness” agenda, one that is considering limits on the way state agencies raise and spend money. Charleston Senator Glenn McConnell named the panel and set the agenda. AUDIO: McConnell’s agenda (3:25) The panel, dubbed the “Fiscally Fit Subcommittee” held a public hearing at the Statehouse Tuesday and meets after Thanksgiving in North Charleston. McConnell says this to-do list is partly a response to the State Budget and … [Read more...]

GOP legislator: I wish feds were as vigilant about border as attacking states on immigration

Republicans in the South Carolina state Senate lashed back after the U.S. Justice Department sued to stop South Carolina’s new immigration law from taking effect. The Senate GOP caucus issued a statement Wednesday accusing the federal government of failing to act on illegal immigration. That statement came after the Justice Department filed a lawsuit Monday arguing South Carolina’s new immigration law is unconstitutional, partly because it gives local law enforcement the ability to enforce … [Read more...]

Statement Regarding Presidential Primary Lawsuit

(Columbia, SC) Senator McConnell provided the following statement concerning the lawsuit filed to prevent the State Election Commission from conducting the 2012 Presidential Primary. “I continue to believe that the express language contained in South Carolina Code Section 7-11-20 is unambiguous and that it only gives the State Election Commission the power to conduct the 2008 Presidential Primary. Absent further legislative action regarding Presidential Primaries and that code section, I … [Read more...]

McConnell Announces Fiscal Fitness Subcommittee

Columbia – Senator Glenn McConnell, President Pro Tempore of the SC Senate, has named the members of the subcommittee tasked to consider his “Fiscal Fitness” agenda that consists of legislative initiatives to place a Constitutional cap on state spending, conduct a streamlining review of state government, enact a taxpayer fairness act, a deficit prevention act, and a trust fund protection act. Senator McConnell will chair the subcommittee whose members include: Senator Tom Davis, Beaufort … [Read more...]

McConnell lays out ‘fiscally fit’ agenda

Courtesy of The Post and Courier BY YVONNE WENGER Tuesday, August 30, 2011 COLUMBIA — South Carolina should turn to a five-point plan to get "fiscally fit," Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell announced today. The Charleston Republican will lead a bipartisan senatorial panel in the coming months to craft a package of bills intended to change spending habits in Columbia. But wholesale changes to spending and taxation might not be politically possible next year, Burnie Maybank, the … [Read more...]

New 7th District could divide area

Source COLUMBIA -- Where the new 7th Congressional District will be drawn is still up in the air. The state picked up the extra seat in Congress because of the growing population, but South Carolina lawmakers cannot decide where it should go. One plan puts the new seat in Horry County, along the North Carolina border and swinging into the heart of the Pee Dee, leaving the 1st District mostly as is. The competing plan keeps Charleston County in the 1st District, but draws Berkeley and … [Read more...]

Redistricting debate continues: Legislators expect tough work drawing voting lines

A couple of weeks of fast-paced approval for drawing new election district lines has become a crawl as the South Carolina state Senate debates plans for U.S. House districts, and the Senate’s top leader is looking for magic to strike. Today’s debate on those U.S. House lines is shaping up nothing like the speedy work that put redistricting plans for 124 state House seats and 46 in the Senate on Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk last week. While the Statehouse plans took a couple of hours to pass, the … [Read more...]