COLUMBIA — While President Barack Obama gears up for his State of the Union tonight, South Carolina’s House Democrats will be unveiling their legislative agenda for the 2015 session.
Minority Leader Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia, is expected to lead a press conference, concerning the Democratic agenda, today at 11:45 a.m., in the first floor of the Statehouse.
Rutherford already told The Post and Courier in December that House Democrats would make addressing the Supreme Court’s rural education ruling their “top agenda item…even if we get a lot of resistance.”
The ruling instructed the Legislature to improve education in rural districts, because the state had violated its constitutional mandate to provide basic education in those districts. Rutherford has vocalized his frustration with the state’s top leaders, who asked the Supreme Court to reconsider the ruling.
Rutherford is also expected to discuss expectations for Gov. Nikki Haley’s State of the State address, which is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m.
In other news, Haley’s Facebook account was “hacked” this morning — by her family.
It’s Haley’s birthday today, and on a picture posted of her husband and children, the caption reads: “You’ve been hacked!!! HAPpY BiRtHdAy!! WE LOVE YOU!!” The first gentleman, Michael Haley, was tagged in the picture.
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