Graham, Scott avoid debate on Redskins

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South Carolina's two Republicans U.S. senators say the furor over the Washington Redskins name-change push is not something they want to be a part of.

"An issue for the league and owners," responded U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's office. "Not on priority list."

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott also said it was not a top concern.

"I'm not going to get into hypotheticals about letters that were originally circulated among only the Democratic Caucus," said his D.C. spokesman Sean Conner. "However, I'd note that while last week Sen. Scott was circulating a letter to have the Senate launch an immediate, independent investigation of mismanagement and corruption at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Senate Democrats were using their caucus time to 'address' a private business' affairs."

Earlier this month, 50 Senate Democrats got behind letters to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell demanding a name change for Washington's pro team for being racially insensitive. Not a single Republican senator signed on, in part, because no one asked them until the notes had already been sent.

The May 21 letter was signed by 49 Senate Democrats; Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, sent his own letter.

Some Republicans called the exercise "pointless."

Republican education superintendent candidate Sheri Few has declared war on fellow candidate Meka Childs and is running around the state calling press conferences to let everyone know about it.

Childs has long been a target for Few; for months she's been attacking Childs in a race that - with eight Republican candidates in the primary mix - seems destined for a runoff.

On the stump, Few has somehow steered just about every conversation into why she feels Childs is wrong for South Carolina.

Very few media outlets are biting, though.

During a recent "presser" in Columbia, Few went after The State newspaper for its coverage of a recent debate for noting that Few "erroneously said Childs was the reason the state secretly passed the Next Generation Science Standards."

Few's press conference was to dispute The State's reporting. But no news outlet bit. And when that didn't work, Few took her press conference to Greenville, where a story was published about their squabble.

Don't be surprised if she makes her way to the Lowcountry next.

Mount Pleasant may be South Carolina's fourth largest municipality and one of the nation's fastest-growing areas, but this town of 74,000 still has no resident serving in Columbia as a state State Senator or House member.

It doesn't even have anyone serving on the nine-member Charleston County School Board.

While the town still has no one running in a House race this year - and state Senate seats are not up for election until 2016 - there are two Mount Pleasant residents planning to run for the school board, said Town Councilman Chris Nickels, who called the town's current lack of representatives "baffling."

Chris Staubbs Kate Darby, who chaired the town's Coleman Revitalization Advisory Board, intend to run for the school board, Nickels said. Filing for nonpartisan offices such as the school board opens later this summer.

While no town residents serve on the school board or in Columbia, it has been represented by others living either downtown or on Sullivan's Island or the Isle of Palms - or just outside the town limits.