SC Dems Shedding Jefferson-Jackson Name for Fundraiser

Plus, Woman Dies in Lake Murray Boating Accident

The South Carolina Democratic Party is changing the name of the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, an annual fundraiser. The longtime Democratic event was named for Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. “Though Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson did play integral roles in the institutional development of the Democratic Party, our Executive Committee members — being careful not to judge historical figures solely by modern standards and thus taking full account of the range of views on the issue of slavery and treatment of Native Americans in American society during that era — decided that our annual dinner should be a reflection of the modern Democratic Party,” state Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison said. A new name will be selected in coming months. Not everyone agrees with the timing of the announcement. Amanda Loveday, former SCDP executive director and former communications director for Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn had this to say on Twitter: "The fact we're less than 80 days out from an election and the Dems are focused on the name of the JJ dinner is just dumb. #thereisaidit"

A woman died Tuesday in a boating accident on Lake Murray. On Tuesday afternoon, a boater on Lake Murray called police and told them he saw a boat moving across the water without a driver. The man caught up to the boat and was able to dock it. A short time later, a second man called authorities and said his boat and wife were missing. Rescue squads responded and began searching the lake and found the body of 46-year-old Cynthia Leagan, of Saluda, at about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday. There will be an autopsy Wednesday morning.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is out campaigning for bathroom-bill-loving North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory. A recent poll conducted by NBC, the Wall Street Journal and Marist College showed Democratic N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper leading McCrory by about 7 percentage points. Not long after McCrory and North Carolina passed the controversial HB2 bathroom bill earlier this year, Haley said such a law was unneeded in South Carolina and quietly pushed against similar bills in the state Senate.

A section of the Village at Sandhill shopping center has been foreclosed. According to Roddie Burris at The State, the property that has been foreclosed houses a Bi-Lo, a number of smaller retailers, a children's gym and some banks. Alan Kahn owns the property, and about $15 million is owed on it. It is set to be sold to the highest bidder. "The legal action does not mean Bi-Lo and the other businesses are in default or that they will close," Burris notes. "Rather, the court documents allege that money is owed on the buildings that house the businesses."

Residents aren't happy about Vulcan Materials' plans to open a quarry in Lexington County about halfway between Batesburg-Leesville and Gilbert. Residents in that area say they don't want the traffic and blasting that would come with a quarry. “This proposed activity represents a significant risk to the community,” said Mel Browne, spokesman for the Ridge Protection Coalition, according to The State. Meanwhile, Vulcan says it takes "pride on being a good neighbor." Vulcan's would-be $40 million project would replace the old quarry it operates in Olympia. The proposed Lexington County quarry would operate for about 75 years.

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