Palmetto Sunrise: The end of an era

COLUMBIA - Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell told The Post and Courier on Thursday he will be resigning from his position sometime next week.

McConnell, the incoming president of the College of Charleston, plans to resign his post early next week as the politics around a bill that would affect the college have made his position untenable.

McConnell, a longtime Charleston Republican, was forced to take the job as Lieutenant Governor and give up the Senate pro tempore position and his longtime Senate seat when Lt. Gov. Ken Ard resigned after an ethics scandal in 2012. McConnell leaves big shoes to fill, with the strides he made with the Office on Aging.

The position of Lieutenant Governor has been considered largely ceremonial over the years. But McConnell changed that when he started working aggressively with the Office on Aging.

McConnell had become so highly involved in his position beyond simply presiding over the Senate that the four Republicans who are running to become his successor echoed each other on how that office had been underutilized and underestimated.

But until the primaries in two weeks, all eyes will be on McConnell who has not said what day he will resign. He had planned to stay on as lieutenant governor through the end of session, but he is already feeling the demands of the college presidency. The College of Charleston is his responsibility now.

The longtime Charleston leader's resignation will end a long chapter in a very public, political life. McConnell is a former lawyer and Confederate memorabilia store owner who spent just over three decades in the Senate and has been a part of some of the Legislature's biggest decisions.

In other news:

Senate adopts amendment that requires DSS provide yearly caseload reports (The Post and Courier)

S.C. Insurance Director: 'Obamacare' policies will cost more next year (The Post and Courier)

S.C. Democratic leadership takes odd step of endorsing Hutto in U.S. Senate race (The Post and Courier)

A Citadel grad takes the helm at Bob Jones (The Post and Courier)

SC Democratic candidates say they would keep MOX plant open, support veterans (The State)

Science teaching splits GOP candidates (The Greenville News)

Ahead of the primary, Sen. Graham speaks to Beaufort County supporters (The Island Packet)