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Two Upstate lawmakers — Republican Reps. Bill Chumley and Mike Burns — say they want to put an African-American Confederate memorial on the State House grounds. “This history is the truth and is being whitewashed,” Burns told The Post and Courier. “Some of our history is good and some of our history is not so good. But they deserve to be honored for what they did on behalf of South Carolina.” As noted by the paper, historians say most African-Americans in the Confederate ranks were slaves forced into military service. — Chris Trainor

Democrat Noble Joins Governor’s Race

Phil Noble, a business and technology consultant from Charleston, says he’ll run for governor as a Democrat, according to The Post and Courier. Noble, who previously ran for lieutenant governor in 1994, joins state Rep. James Smith in seeking the Democratic nomination in 2018. “As the State House corruption scandals and the SCE&G nuclear mess have proven, there is a disease of corruption that is infecting our politics. This disease is contagious and spreading,” Noble says. “The tragedy of this corruption is that it keeps us from having what we want and deserve – world class schools, safe roads and good jobs. ... Only an independent outsider can bring real reform that will move our state forward.” — Chris Trainor

Parnell Running Again

Democrat Archie Parnell says he will again run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Fifth District. Parnell ran against Republican Ralph Norman in a special election for the seat earlier this year, and Norman was victorious by a closer-than-expected 3.2 percent. “Together we will win this race because South Carolina deserves a representative who is focused on the best interests of this community, not the well-connected and the special interests,” Parnell told a crowd in Sumter this week. — Chris Trainor

Confederate Truck Flag Banned From Private School 

The Confederate battle flag rides into battle again. Several media outlets report that 38-year-old Rhett Ingram removed his children from Heathwood Hall, one of Columbia’s most exclusive private schools, after the school enacted a policy that essentially banned Confederate flags from being displaying on vehicles. Ingram began flying the Civil War banner on his truck in celebration of Confederate Memorial Day. Officials at Heathwood Hall determined the flag to be distracting to their students and were also disturbed by Ingram bringing firearms onto campus in his truck. Ingram insists he’s only exercising his First Amendment rights, while saying the heritage the flag represents has been “under attack” since it was removed from the State House grounds in response to the murder of nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Convicted murderer and white supremacist Dylann Roof travelled to Charleston with the Confederate flag displayed on his vehicle. “The morals this country was founded on are being attacked every day, and it’s gotten worse [since the flag’s removal],” The State quoted Ingram saying. — David Travis Bland

Two Soldiers Killed, Others Injured, at Fort Jackson

Two soldiers were killed and six others were injured at Fort Jackson on Oct 6. Fort Jackson officials said the incident involved a military vehicle and a troop formation, WIS reported. — David Travis Bland

Former S.C. Education Leader Could Go to Work for Trump 

Former South Carolina Superintendent of Education Mick Zais is set to be nominated by President Donald Trump to be the U.S. deputy secretary of education. The Republican Zais served as South Carolina’s superintendent of education from 2011-2015. The military veteran also is a the former president of Newberry College. At one point during his run as S.C.’s superintendent, Zais declined to apply for $200 million in federal education funding. — Chris Trainor

Richland County Council to Have Retreat at Myrtle Beach Resort

Richland County Council voted 9-2 recently to have a Council “retreat”  at a Myrtle Beach resort in January. Councilmen Seth Rose and Bill Malinowski dissented. According to WIS, some Council members said the retreats have “proved necessary in the past so that leaders can remain focused on county business and not leave sessions at will.” Malinowski wasn’t having it. “We just finished spending I think it was [an] approximate $1.2 million to renovate Council chambers, but that apparently is not good enough to hold a retreat in,” Malinowski said. “But we can hold meetings and the public can be there all the rest of the year, but for some reason we can’t do it now.” — Chris Trainor

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